Vintage late 1970s into early1980s square bottom wool knit tie from Neiman Marcus’ “One-Up” shop features holiday perfect colors: Horizontal black and green stripes on a bright red ground. The 2” wide tie thins to 1” at the neckband, where it is faced in a strip of red satin.
Skinny knit ties—and skinny ties in general--made their comeback in the fall of 1978, narrowing alongside the lapels of the also-returning “Ivy League” suit. As a 1978 article reported: "Skinny ties are officially IN and were introduced again by Pierre Cardin in Paris”. If they were cutting edge that year, by the early 80s--when they came in heathery, neutral solids to coordinate with plaid shirts and corduroy sport coats--square bottom wool knit skinnies had become thoroughly mainstream.
Label reads “One Up Neiman Marcus”. Introduced in 1975, NM’s One Up shop catered to fashion forward young men, carrying upscale designer merchandise alongside the “One-Up” house brand. A 1975 ad describing an ensemble of YSL suit, One-Up shirt, and Italian silk tie states: “Re the executive climb... an astute young man manages to look as if he's already there!... American made but clearly European of look, a bit more shaped...but who has a better body for it?"
Measuring 48” long, the tie came from the estate of a prominent architect with a flamboyant 60s-80s neckwear collection; I’m not sure whether he was short or just liked to wear his ties that way, but a second 80s square bottom knit tie from the estate was also unusually short.
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