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The end of the tie

Men are opting to do away with the restrictive neck piece and are finding other options for the workplace, notes Kirti Mehta.
By Kirti Mehta | None, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2008 11:44 AM IST

The end of the tie is nigh. Men the world over are opting to do away with the restrictive neck piece and are finding other options in terms of formal attire for the workplace and corporate meetings.



The verdict is in from no less a body than the US Men’s Dress Furnishing Association which, after 60 years, decided to shut shop, after membership decreased from 120 to 25.



With US tie companies consolidating and others closing down, the market share for Americanmade ties has fallen from 75 per cent in 1995 to about 40 per cent, reported a US daily.



Does this mean the end of 1980-style power dressing for men and the beginning of 2000s casual Friday-type dressing? Indian designers aren’t so sure. Some say the rebels in the new generation of Indians will chuck ties and wear cool buttoned down shirts.



Others feel that it’s the staple of Indian corporates and can never go out of fashion. But, what is true is that sales of neckties have also dropped here.



Designer Manoviraj Khosla said: “The retail of ties has slowed down drastically as people now believe in Friday-dressing. Like the bow tie, hat and tail coats, the death of the tie was inevitable.”



According to designer Hemant Sagar, it’s the younger generation who work by night and sleep during the day that has discarded the tie.



“This is one reason why sales have gone down. The youth don’t want to be restricted with a piece of cloth around their neck. They make their own rules and they sure don’t want neckties in their rule book.”



Designer Ranna Gill can’t think of corporate India without a necktie. Her husband has a collection of 500 ties. She said: “The necktie is here to stay. What will men wear to work? Retail may be slow due to depression but that doesn’t mean the end of the tie.”



Designer Nitin Bal Chauhan who always sports a tie with a quirky twist also believes it isn’t time to bid the neck tie adieu. “Nothing can replace a tie. With a little twist, it can add a younger cooler look to one’s persona, if that is what the younger generation wants.”

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