Proper Tie Storage for an Out of Town Guest

Today I have a friend of mine visiting. Well, he really isn’t coming down to visit me and my wife but he is coming down to Los Angeles for a job interview.  As you know, it is important to look your best when you are going to have a job interview. This is a very important interview for my friend, as he has been looking for work for the last few months to little success (I mean, who has had any success looking for a job these days?). Anyways, to his horror he realized he forgot his tie at home! Luckily I have a whole bunch of amazing ties that I have stowed away in proper tie storage.

So even though he had a bit of a heart attack this morning getting ready for his interview, everything turned out alright. He looked sharp and ready to seize the day, and I got a chance to show off some of the best practices for proper tie storage. It was really a learning experience for all of us. Actually, I take that back it was only a learning experience for him. It was a teaching experience for me.

A proper tie storage teaching experience! Something I do not take lightly, that is to be sure. Most of the time I am teaching amazing tie storage tips to a bunch of strangers, whom I never get to see the faces of. But today, I got to teach one of my very best friends about the importance of proper tie storage! What a day!

I told him about how important it is to have a tie rack that keeps your ties off the ground, and a tie rack that is able to grip your ties in a firm but not too-tight manner. That way your ties do not get dimples and creases in them.  Of course my tie rack of choice is the Friction Tie Rack Hanger.

Proper Tie Storage

Friction Tie Rack

A Great Tie Rack for Valentines Day

Taking out the garbage, repairing that broken fence in the backyard, coaching your son’s little league tee ball team, taking the car to Pep Boys for a tune up, cooking up a four-course dinner before you go on a romantic date together – for some lucky ladies, these tasks are just a day in the life when they are with the man of their dreams. Stereotypically, it is the man that is left feeling the pressure when Valentine’s Day comes around. But when you have such an amazing man in your life, you cannot help but want to make this a special holiday.

One of the most classic gifts for Valentine’s Day is a fancy silk tie – not only is it a functional gift but it can also show a little individuality as you can select the tie pattern. However, many of our husbands or boyfriends already have an abundance of ties in the closet. It makes little sense to get them yet another tie when they have a huge issue just keeping the neckpieces they currently own organized.

This year, instead of the trite necktie, try a new spin on the classic gift – instead of a tie, get them a state-of-the-art tie rack that makes organization and finding the right tie easy. There are a wide variety of tie racks available on the market, from the standard cedar wood, wall-mounted peg rack – to the more sophisticated such as a light-up, rotating tie rack that connects to the closet rod.

No matter what type of tie rack you choose, the man in your life is surely going to appreciate the ability to organize and find tie racks quickly and efficiently. Instead of being stressed every morning because his favorite tie is wrinkly from sitting on the floor, or being stressed out because they cannot find the right tie for their big job interview, he will locate that neckpiece with ease and be ready to go right away!

Featuring: Wall Mounted Tie Racks

Last week we delved into the extraordinarily interesting topic of tie racks in small closets. You will recall the detail in which we explained how difficult it can be to find room in the closet to store a wall mounted tie rack, because they are best suited for a walk-in closet or larger closets.

For those of you that do have a walk in closet, you sat by patiently while your less blessed co-followers were given a lesson on tie storage 101. We learned about a variety of hanging and rod-mounted tie racks, all made in a variety of styles.

Well this is your lucky blog post, walk in closet owners! This week we will explore the fascinating and surprising world of wall mounted tie racks! Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, construction materials and capacities, there is surely a great wall mount rack out there for your closet.

The most common wall mounted tie rack is the standard cedar-backed metal peg tie rack. Holding between 10 and 40 ties, these racks are great because they have a good solid base, so ties are less likely to be shaken around, causing them to fall to the ground. There is a downside however, and that is the peg’s metal construction. Because the pegs are a smooth metal (to prevent damage to silk ties), it is very common for ties to just slip right off of the peg.

Wall Mounted 30 Tie Organizer

 

To avoid this annoying occurrence with your run-of-the-mill wall mounted necktie rack, I would recommend looking into something a little bit more “grippy”. You’ll remember earlier on the blog we featured a hanging tie rack with gripping arms. This wall-mounted rack is a little bit different but provides the same function. The wall-mounted 30 tie organizer has a single metal rod with 30 separate clips, each one holding a single tie. The clips are specially designed to keep the tie from getting wrinkled while keeping it firmly in place.

Either of these options is perfect for anyone with a lot of closet space to mount a tie rack. They have great capacity, a durable quality and are relatively inexpensive!

A Brief History of the Necktie

We all wear them from time to time, little decorative collars that hang down our chest, adding a little bit of “flare” to our outfit. Maybe it is for church, business, celebration or whatever, but every man at some point has to clumsily attempt to pull off the Double Windsor and wear the old necktie. Maybe as you are strangling yourself while you try to tighten the knot, or frustratingly tying and untying the knot to get it at the correct length you have though to yourself, “Why am I wearing this contraptions anyways?!?!”

Well of course, like anything in fashion the modern tie sprang up after Parisians took a liking to the decorative garb of a group of Croatian mercenaries from the Croatian Military Frontier. After the French adopted it and called the early necktie a “cravat”, a full-fledged fashion craze swept the continent of Europe – and it wasn’t just for guys either.

Around the 19th century the tie had become a staple of formal wear, and in fact several publications were released specifying the proper way to tie and wear your cravat. At this time they were merely a proto-necktie, much more decorative and even sometimes lacy, and worn at quite a bit shorter length. But then along came the Industrial Revolution and the need for a more practical, durable and most importantly, comfortable tie and the modern necktie was born. Since then the style and preferred length of ties has morphed and melded with the ever-changing tide of fashion, but has basically retained its general form.

Now, I’m not sure how they ever stored all of their neckties back in the 19th and early 20th century, but today there are a wide variety of tie racks available, from wall mounted racks made of cedar up to motorized tie racks that rotate around and allow you to find your tie easily. Whatever your need, be sure to keep those ties hung up and looking great because nothing is worse than a frazzled tie!

Superior Storage With A Tie – O – Matic Motorized Tie Rack

My husband has a huge collection of neck ties.  I have to admit, I get a little jealous of him for being able to accessorize and jazz up his outfit in this way.  His neck ties range from beautiful vintage designer neck ties, to wacky themed neck ties, to ones that make a statement.  He has been collecting them his entire adult life, and almost all of them come with a story.  A great find at a thrift store, a neck tie that was passed down from his grandfather, the various neck ties I have given him for birthday and anniversary presents.  I would say that in his collection of neckties, he has a little over eighty five.  And whenever I need to find a great gift for him, I know that there are endless neck ties available on the web and they will probably never run out of ideas!  At the rate he’s going, he’ll probably be able to open a neck tie museum someday.

Tie - O - Matic Motorized Tie Rack

Tie - O - Matic Motorized Tie Rack

Once my husband’s neck tie collection started getting too big for the average neck tie rack, I had to start looking for a more efficient way of organizing them.  Not only because the tie rack was running out of space, but because it started getting too hard for him to find the one he wanted.  And different occasions call for different neck ties.
So for his birthday, a couple of years ago, I got him this really cool Tie-O-Matic motorized tie rack.  It can hold sixty four neck ties, which at the time was about all he had so it was enough.  He has since added a second tie spinning rack to the closet rod to accommodate his ever growing collection.  He was a fan of it right from the start, because it went up so easily and made a huge improvement in his morning routine.  Selecting a neck tie has never been so easy for him; all he has to do is push a button and they spin around until he sees the one he wants.  I never knew there could be a better gift for him than a neck tie – a motorized spinning tie rack was!

Men’s Valet – A Review By Clive Oxford

I’m a powerful business executive, so I know just how important it is to look my best. My clothing needs to be wrinkle free and immaculate. Keeping business attire in incredible shape can sometimes try your patience, and organizing these clothes can be cumbersome. It doesn’t have to be that way – all you need is a men’s valet.

I have a suggestion for those working in the business sector, with a closet full of business attire: consider a fine storage option for your attire, also known as a men’s valet.

They are functional, stylish, and best of all, they make the day to day process of preparing for your day at the office all the more simple.  You can hang suits, belts, pants, trousers, socks, almost every facet of your business attire from a valet.  They remain organized, free of wrinkles, and ready for you when you need them.

Men's Valet

MEN’S VALET

Where do I find this “men’s valet”?

I purchased a fine model online from a dependable online retailer, Stacks and Stacks, but you can find a men’s valet almost anywhere that sells fine furniture.

The model I chose features dependability and a classic look. It handily fits into my closet, and every night I can set out my items to wear for the next morning.  It really helps speed me along to that first meeting, knowing I look my best, and didn’t need to waste time selecting clothing for the day.

What is a nice side benefit to a well designed and fully-functional men’s valet is a seat.  Yes, having a seat whilst placing shoes upon your feet is a real comfort.  You may also find it convenient to place your wallet, jewelry, or other personal items into the myriad shelves or holding areas of the valet.

As a top executive, I needed to find a dependable men’s valet for my clothing. I discovered a perfect model online, and utilized the valet to make my clothing storage and organization easier.

You can too.

Tie Racks Blog – It’s Time To Tie A Tie!

Faithful readers of Tie Racks Blog – As many times as I’ve tried, I always forget how to tie a tie. I know it is embarrassing for the proprietor of Tie Racks Blog to completely forget how to tie a tie, but such is life.  I worked at Dillard’s for a short period of time, and I spent my long and boring days trying to learn different tie knots. The only problem is, I’d have to be looking at a cheat sheet and it would take me 15 thousand tries.

Tie Racks

So as someone with much experience in the frustrations of trying to tie a tie, I know just how very difficult this seemingly simple task can be. This is exacerbated by time – if you haven’t tied a tie in months, how on earth are you going to remember how to do it?

Luckily for those of you without much memory skills, I have included a helpful video that provides step-by-step instructions on tying that tie in a proper and professional manner!

For those of you that happen to just a tie newbie, perhaps the video below will be of some help to you. If you like what you see I truly hope that this blog will become a valuable resource for all of your tie storage and tie tying needs.

Not only is proper tie-tying important, so are tie racks

Check out my post on tie racks. It is important to have a tie rack at home to keep your ties in excellent condition. Ties are one of those things you can use for many years, as long as you take care of them.

There are many simple tie racks for those who have just a few ties to keep track of.

Keep the link to this video and blog – I post lots of new stuff for tie newbies!


How to tie a tie

Affordable Tie Care

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In today’s economy, tie care can fall to the bottom of the budget. In fact, it may not even be a concern. However, keeping your ties in great condition will save you money in the long run because you will not have to purchase a new tie when the time comes to wear one. Ties can get expensive so it is smarter to take care of the ties you have now so they’ll last you a long time.

You’d be surprised how affordable tie care can be.

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Neckties 101 – History of Ties!

Ever curious who in the heck invented neckties or where those curious fashion pieces came from? Who cast the spell of neckties to the business professional’s attire?

Neckties

It appears that the necktie originated in 210 B.C.  The first ever Chinese Emperor decided to make life-like replicas of all the soldiers in his army – that’s literally thousands of terracotta replicas of his army. Each and every one had a cloth around its neck.

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Gimme Five! Five Tie Racks, That Is!

In the wide world of tie racks there are so many different styles to choose from. No matter the size of your collection, there is a tie rack style for you! These are only 5 examples of ways to store and organize your tie collections. Check back for more styles to make a good decision!

 

Tie Racks

 

 

 

New and fun, these tie racks have a state of the art design that makes them better than your run of the mill tie rack. The rack allows for motorized rotation making it a breeze to browse your incredibly immense collection of ties. This particular one holds 64 ties and 8 belts, perfect for the avid tie wearer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A classic, classy way to organize a tie collection, the wall mounted tie rack is a simpler, stripped down tie rack. Featuring a double row of hooks that run the length of the piece of wood, it is easy to hang up your tie and keep it there after a long day at the office. As an added bonus your ties will smell fresh from the aromatic cedar scent.

 

Tie Racks

 

 

Sometimes the most important thing tie racks can do is save on space. If that is your mission, go with something like this. This tie rack has a hanger-shape and fits in nicely with your other clothes in the closet, perfect for space efficient tie storage. The hanger has a double row of hooks, which are able to offer plenty of space for your tie and belt storage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those living at the height of technology, there are tie racks with a more modern appearance. This rack is designed to be mounted to the wall, and the sleek chrome bar holds tie clips, which you can hang your tie from. These plastic tie hangers are exactly like the ones you’ll find in top of the line department stores, such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Saks. The combination of modern style and and high-class quality makes this the perfect way to keep your ties in brand new condition.

Tie Racks

 

 

This unique fun tie rack is great for any tie collection, and can be used just about anywhere! It is very compact and hangs nicely in the closet. The tie rack is able to easily hold many ties, keeping them straight and wrinkle free. Not only can it hold your ties, it can also double to hold belts or scarves as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like I said, this is just 5 of the many options out there for tie racks. There will be another showcase of some popular tie racks as well as a how-to on maintaining your tie collection and taking good care of your ties.

 

Have a favorite tie rack? How many ties are in your collection? How do you take care of your ties? I’d love to hear your advice!