The classically elegant neckties of Passaggio Cravatte

Posted on April 18, 2013

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It’s often a second thought, the necktie is normally chosen after one has decided which suit to wear. That said, ties allow us to express individual style- they can make an ensemble dressier or turn a formal look into preppy smart casual. The real tragedy is that neckties are the single most versatile dress up-dress down accessory but not many men own more than a handful of ties; I’m here to correct that, starting with which necktie brand to buy:

Passaggio Cravatte's selection: the tie classic, 4 folds, the folds 6 and 7 folds old

Passaggio Cravatte’s selection: the tie classic, 4 folds, the folds 6 and 7 folds old

The Exclusive Passaggio Cravatte

The cravat or cravatte is a type of neckband and the predecessor of the modern tailored necktie and bow tie. A small outfit in Robbio has began to supply sartorialists worldwide with classically styled bespoke neckties each handcrafted following the ancient Neapolitan traditions.

“Ties are meant to accent and not overpower your ensemble.” – Necktie Rule No.1

The owner and chief designer of the Pavia workshop is Gianni Cerruti, a man young in years (not even 30) but whose tastes harken to the golden age of elegance. Together with partner Marta Passaggio, the three year old label has given members of the #menswear community and other style conscious aficionados a sample of that classic era with his handmade neckties.

“To be considered well dressed, own more than 5 neckties.” – Necktie Rule No.2

Lovingly handmade by an  Italian seamtress who happens to work for bespoke tailors as well.

Lovingly handmade by an Italian seamtress who happens to work for bespoke tailors as well.

Presently, Passaggio Cravatte is a small beacon of craftsmanship in a sea where even big name brands are mass producing their garments in China- All the ties are made in Italy 100% handmade. Possessing no ready-to-wear cravats, Passagio Cravatte is laudably bespoke and made to order only, using very best vintage silks– the best part is the limited edition nature of each creation as each collection of material only allows for a maximum of 4 ties.

“The best ties are seven fold ties.” – Necktie Rule No.3

The folds of a Passaggio 'Cravat'

The folds of a Passaggio ‘Cravat’

What makes Passaggio Cravatte truly fantastic is that they’re the only Italian crafters to present the tradtional 1900s era seven-pleat necktie all internal and hemmed by hand from a single piece of silk. At the lower end of the custom made spectrum, their 4 folds necktie are also cut from one piece of silk- it’s not an easy process and most other cravat makers tend to combine three pieces of silk. In essence, what you have with Passaggio Cravatte is pure artisanship, exclusivity and luxury.

“A necktie is only as good as its fabric.” – Necktie Rule No.4

Offering the tie classic, 4 folds, the folds 6 and 7 folds old, their sartorial customers get to choose the fabric, pattern, interior, measurements, color of the joists, opening the folds and even embroidery of  initials or a heirloom family crest for a true piece of timeless finery. In fact, Gianni offers the embroidery in decadent 24k gold wire with warranty for craftsmanship.

“Dimple your tie. Always.” – Necktie Rule No. 5

With limited edition runs of only 4 per design (due to size of working material), you can be assured of exclusivity.

With limited edition runs of only 4 per design (due to size of working material), you can be assured of exclusivity.

Ordering your bespoke neckties

Without a retail boutique, Passaggio Cravatte currently takes orders via email and at times do “roadshows” for customers, through events at fine hotels or through private appointments. Once you get your package of ties, do remember this final necktie rule – To be considered properly worn, your tie should be dimpled. [Order your Passaggio Cravatte here]

P.S. While I did include that tie dimple tool as a joke, not knowing how to dimple your tie is no laughing matter. Simply pinch your necktie with thumb and middle finger whilst inserting your index in the centre of the cloth and then pull downwards.

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