American Tie Guys Untie Own Association

Necktie sales may be skyrocketing in the UK, but it's a bad time for tie makers in the good ol' USA.

Many American men have stopped wearing ties, and now, even the tie guys are calling it quits. The Men's Dress Furnishing Association, the trade group for American tie manufacturers, have, um, become untied:

According to a recent Gallup Poll, the number of men who wore ties every day to work last year dropped to a record low of 6%, down from 10% in 2002. U.S. sales have plummeted to $677.7 million in the 12 months ending March 31, from their peak of $1.3 billion in 1995, according to market researcher NPD Group. Although sales are expected to get a bump around Father's Day, June 15, the future of neckties is very much in doubt.

Some members of the neckwear association sensed the trend two years ago when, at the group's annual luncheon in New York, a number of people turned up tieless. Marty Staff, chief executive of men's clothing company JA Apparel Corp., which has a big neckwear business, was one of them.

"It was deliberate," explains Mr. Staff, who says he wanted to make a statement to his colleagues. "Historically, the guy wearing the navy suit, the white shirt and the burgundy tie would be the CEO. Now he's the accountant," Mr. Staff explains.

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Yes, the wearing of ties is a strange and wondrous thing. There's no rationale to it other than socio-biological, ie as an eg of evolution/natural selection at work, per this post on the subject at doodlemania

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Ever since I saw Saddam rockin' the tieless look at his kangaroo trials I've been less inclined to "tie one on," so to speak. (I mean ties, BTW. I'm still an untreated alcoholic)

I am saddened by this trend, however. I would very much like people to look less slovenly. I am reminded of the scene at the end of Martin Scorsese's "Casino," where droves of fat, t-shirt clad Mickey Mouse tourists are seen approaching the gates. I long for a return of classic style to rescue my delicate aesthetic sensibilities from the hideous land of tacky ying and bland, khaki yang that the US has become.
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