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The Origins of the Necktie

The Origins of the Necktie

The earliest known predecessor of the necktie is depicted in Chinese sculptures from 209 BC. But it wasn’t widely used until the 1630s, when Croat soldiers brought cravats to France. The tie as we know it today wouldn’t come about until the 1920s in New York.

Laser-Guided Tactical Necktie

Laser-Guided Tactical Necktie

We’ve seen a tactical lamp, pen, mug, apron, kilt and a freakin’ tactical pizza cutter. For April Fools’ Day, ThinkGeek commented on the tacticalization of everyday items with this MOLLE-compatible necktie.

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Magnetie Neckties

Magnetie Neckties
$33-$40  Buy Link Comment

Invented by Joel Paglione, Magneties have two magnets that lock in the tie’s tail, no need for a tie clip or tie loop. Because they have no tie loops, Joel also designed the ties to be reversible.

Zip Tie

Zip Tie
$65  Buy Comment

The Zip is an idiotproof necktie designed by Josh Jakus. Simply put the two halves around your collar and then zip ’em together. We hope he also makes a version with an inconspicuous zipper.

Wooden Neckties

Wooden Neckties
$34  Buy Comment

Wood Thumb finally gives us another option when it comes to decorative things to drape around our necks. Lightweight and flexible, each tie is made from a unique piece of reclaimed wood.


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