Lee Allison
Home  About Us  About Ties  Buzz
Login  Register  My Account  View Cart
 Ties  Bows  Formal  Squares        
   
 

Ask your own question here.

   

 

What's a four-in-hand?

A four-in-hand is a necktie. It’s also a type of knot for tying a necktie. And it’s also a type of horse-drawn carriage. Here’s the derivation:

The first four-in-hand was a four-horse carriage, rigged in such a way that it could be driven by a single driver. (This was a big deal, because before the four-in-hand carriage came along, you needed two drivers to handle four horses. In fact, with a four-in-hand, the solo driver could handle all four horses by holding all the reins in one hand, thus the name four-in-hand.)

Okay, so how do we get from carriages to neckties? Apparently aristocratic Englishmen raced around town in these new four-in-hand carriages. And it was these same gentlemen who were embracing a brand new style of necktie. Unlike the cravats of previous eras (think elaborate floppy bowties), these new neckties were long and relatively simple, making them faster and easier to tie. And since this new tie didn't have a name of its own, they just started calling it the four-in-hand, presumably inspired by the name of the new speedy carriage.

Now the derivation of the four-in-hand knot is a lot more obvious. It's just the simplest, most popular, arguably most elegant, and very probably the first knot invented for the new four-in-hand necktie (which, as you now know, is a redundant phrase).

[Back To Top]

 

How long are your ties? How wide?

Our ties are approximately 57-58 inches long (on the long side of normal) and about 3 3/4 inches wide

[Back To Top]

 

Do you make extra-long ties?

Yes, for an $8 surcharge we'll custom make an extra long tie for you. Standard extra long is 62 inches, but since we're making it specifically for you, we'll make it any length you specify. If you'd like an XL made for you, please email us or call us toll-free at 888-434-8437 to make arrangements.

[Back To Top]

 

How long should your tie hang?

Although many will advise you to have the tip of your tie hit the top of your belt, we think that’s a little too short. We feel strongly that the widest part of the tie should be in line with your belt. That way there’s no shirt showing on either side of the point. The basic guideline is that a little too long is better than a little too short (just like shirt sleeves).

[Back To Top]

 

How do you tie a bowtie?

It’s easy once you know how to do it, but rather difficult until you get the hang of it. But what might be even harder is to effectively illustrate the steps of tying a bowtie. To date, we haven’t seen a good illustration of the process, nor have we been able to draw one ourselves (the last step is what makes it so tricky). So for now, I guess we’re not much help; you’ll simply need to find a friend who can help you. But if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and we’ll be that friend.

[Back To Top]


Do you make pre-tied bowties?

Yes. The bowties in our cummerbund sets come with special hooks on the necks that allow us to pre-tie them for you and simply unhook them in the back. But be assured that it’s still a real bowtie that’ll look appropriately imperfect and can be untied for that Tom Jones look. If you want your cummerbund bow to be pre-tied, you can select this option while shopping. Our regular bowties (meaning not part of a formal set) do not have this hook and need to be tied every time the old-fashioned way.

[Back To Top]


Which tie knot do you recommend?

We recommend the Four-in-Hand knot for its elegance and simplicity.

[Back To Top]

 

Do you gift-wrap?

Not per se, but we do have a custom-made black gift box that makes a very nice presentation. We roll our ties and include a care booklet in each box. Unlike typical tie boxes, our boxes are shaped like cubes, so not only do they initially fake people out, but they also do a very nice job holding coins, collar stays and cufflinks on dressers throughout America and the world.

[Back To Top]

 

Can I include a personalized message?

Absolutely, in fact we hand-write your message on a custom-made gift card. You’ll see a box for your message during the checkout process.

[Back To Top]

 

How do you ship? How long does it take?

Regular domestic shipments go out UPS Ground and take up to 7 days to deliver. Overnight and 2-day options are also available at checkout. International shipments are sent UPS Standard, and take a week or two. For more information, see Shipping.

[Back To Top]

 

Can I get something shipped overnight?

Absolutely. Just select one of the two overnight shipping options during checkout. For more information, see Shipping.

[Back To Top]

 

Can I ship to an address that’s different from mine? Can I ship to multiple addresses?

Yes and yes. It’ll all be clear when you start shopping.

[Back To Top]

 

Do you ship outside the U.S.?

Yes. International shipments are sent UPS Standard, and cost $13 to Canada and Mexico, and $19 to the rest of the world. For more information, see Shipping.

[Back To Top]

 

What's the difference between woven and printed silk?

In a word: texture. The colors and motifs you see in woven silk come from actual threads of silk; the designs are woven directly into the silk as the fabric is born on a jacquard loom. With printed silk, the design is applied to smooth silk using silk-screens and inks. Prints make fine ties, and can have more colors than wovens, but we think you'll appreciate the texture and beautifully intricate construction of woven silk.

[Back To Top]

 

Why do woven ties sometimes snag?

It’s just the nature of the beautiful beast. Woven silk is more likely to snag than printed silk because with woven silk, every color is made up of its own thread, and exposed threads are what snag. With printed silks, dyes are applied to a much smoother piece of silk. But what you gain in durability, you lose in intricacy and texture.

[Back To Top]

 

How do I fix a snag?

We recommend taking a very small, very good pair of scissors and very carefully cutting off the frayed threads (don’t worry, the whole tie won’t unravel).

[Back To Top]

 

Can I dry clean my tie?

Yes, but only as a last resort. Dry cleaning your tie at the neighborhood cleaner usually ends in disappointment, mostly because they tend to over-press ties. Your chances of satisfactory results are increased if you take it to the cleaner in your area with the best reputation (and often the highest prices). You may also want to consider an outfit in New York called Tiecrafters. They specialize in cleaning ties and can be reached at 212 629 5800. Ask for Andy and tell him we sent you.

[Back To Top]

 

What’s the best way to take care of my ties?

The best thing you can do for your tie is to actually untie it when you take it off. Don’t just grab the knot and slide it down the small end, but really untie it by doing the steps in reverse. We also recommend rolling the tie and letting it sit overnight (or longer) to reduce wrinkles and maintain its shape.

[Back To Top]

 

What’s the best way to store my ties?

Probably the best way to store your tie is rolled, but that takes up a lot of space. Hanging is fine too, and takes up much less room.

[Back To Top]

 

What’s with the “Remove Before Sex” message? Do all your ties have it?

It’s funny, and yes, all of the ties we make now have that message hidden up in the tipping. The ties we made in our first year or two had a different tipping with no such message, so if you have one of our early ties you won’t get the joke.

[Back To Top]

 

Can you create custom-made designs for companies, organizations or clubs?

Yes we do. The minimum for a custom design is 100 ties. For more information, check out Custom Designs.

[Back To Top]

 

What if I'm not happy with my purchase?

We want you to be ecstatic with your Lee Allison purchase. So if you're not, we want to make it right. See Returns for more information, or just read the next FAQ.

[Back To Top]

 

How do I return something?

Simply send us back the item with a note explaining what you'd like to have happen (e.g. an exchange for something else, or a refund) and we'll take care of it. Our address is The Lee Allison Company, 1820 W. Webster Ave. #401, Chicago, IL 60614-2927. We do not pay for return shipping, but if that really bugs you, let us know and we'll do it.

[Back To Top]

 

How do I know the colors on my computer screen are accurate?

They should be pretty close to reality, but we cannot guarantee their accuracy. However, we can and do guarantee your satisfaction if you’re not happy (or just plain surprised) once you receive your tie. If you find that the tie is not what you had in mind, you may send it back for a refund or exchange (please see Returns).

[Back To Top]

 

Do you offer custom-made shirts?

Not yet. But we hope to introduce this service in 2004.

[Back To Top]

 

Why don’t you make women’s scarves from your silk?

To date, all of our silk is woven, and woven silk is not nearly as good for making woman’s scarves as printed silk. However, we have done some custom work (most notably for the Lyric Opera of Chicago) where we’ve specifically designed printed women’s scarves. Perhaps we’ll do more of this in the future.

[Back To Top]

 

What are you supposed to do when the waiter presents you with the cork from the bottle of wine you just ordered?

Contrary to popular belief, you are not meant to sniff the cork. Rather you are to feel the cork with you fingers. You do this to see that the bottle has been stored properly, i.e. on its side. Wine is stored on its side so that the wine stays in contact with the cork, keeping it wet, thus expanded, and therefore keeping out air, which is the enemy of wine – at least until it's opened. So feel that cork with your fingers, squeeze it, bend it. You want it to be supple and firm (oh behave!), not dry and breakable. But actually, many connoisseurs just say "thank you" and put the cork aside, because what really matters is in the glass.

[Back To Top]

 

Where are you located?

Our loft studio is located at 1820 W. Webster Avenue in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago.

[Back To Top]

 

Can I visit the studio?

Absolutely, you're more than welcome to stop by. Just make sure you call us ahead of time to schedule an appointment. Call locally at 773-276-7172 or toll-free 888-434-8437.

[Back To Top]

 

How the hell did Lee end up being a tie designer?

He really wanted to be an architect, but he heard it was a really tough profession. So after stints in investment banking and advertising, he decided to become a fashion designer (like that’s easy).

[Back To Top]

 

Is there an afterlife?

This is perhaps the ultimate FAQ. Our answer: we don't know, but we really, really hope so.

[Back To Top]

 

Is it true that Steve Mayer has the longest eyelashes in the world?

Yes

[Back To Top]

Contact Us  Catalogue  Find a Retailer  Custom Designs
Get Lee-Mail Get Lee-Mail
Testimonials  FAQs  Shipping  Returns  Security  Privacy  Guarantee  Site Map

Copyright © 2009 Lee Allison Company, All Rights Reserved.

built by BUZZBAIT