I found an old friend the other day. The current trend towards narrower neckties called for a visit to my long term storage drawer and there I unearthed the 3.25" (8.5 cm) wide gummed silk in the photo that I had put away to wait for its next time in the sun.
Quality neckties don't wear out if they're rolled up and kept in a dark insect-free place so it's only sensible to store them when their width is no longer in fashion. The name on this one's label is Mark Cross, a defunct leather goods chain that was the family firm of Gerald Murphy of Living Well is the Best Revenge fame.
Neckties have grown wider and narrower on a cycle of thirty years or thereabouts, and that's likely to continue as long as men continue to wear the things. On that same visit to storage I took out three ties from Sulka, another legendary source for great clothing, and added them to my rotation as well.
Into the depths went half a dozen Borelli cashmeres. I've never stored Italian ties before, which is probably a statement of some kind but I'm not certain what to make of it.