Vintage c.1963-4 iridescent red skinny tie from Wembley in a geometric pattern brocade creates a kind of optical illusion as the light shifts: From one angle, the concentric squares appear bright red, and from the opposite angle, a cool grey-blue.
Label reads “WEMLON, Wembley, Wear with Blue, Black, or Grey”, with the butterfly-on-top logo the company began using in 1962.
Measuring 52” long by 2” across the front blade, the tie is in excellent condition--lustrous, richly colored, and sturdy as ever. Made of Wembley’s famous Wemlon polyester fabric, trademarked in 1962 and used through the early 1980s, it appears virtually untouched by time.
Wemlon was touted by the company for its wash ‘n wear, crush-, knot- and wrinkle-proof indestructibility, as well as for its quality (period ads describe it as the “finest” polyester and say it is imported from Italy, France, and Switzerland, as many elegant tie fabrics were at the time). In light of Wembley’s rise to prominence in the mid-1930s, thanks to a wrinkle-proof (mohair) tie, this eye-catching mid-century example certainly qualifies as a worthy standard-bearer!
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