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Vitaliano Designer Mens Neck Ties

Updated on September 2, 2012
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James Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and writer. James enjoys people, music, film, and books. He is a lifelong student of history.

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VITALIANO DESIGNER MENS NECK TIES

Vitaliano mens ties are cut and sewn by hand in Bologna, Italy. The Vitaliano Pancaldi Company has made neck ties for over fifty years. Vitaliano designer ties are constructed only from the finest silk jacquard—shiny fabric intricately woven with a tonal design. The weave creates the effect of a shadow pattern or print.

Vitaliano utilizes 12 color separation in the screening process as they manufacture their designer ties—far more separation than any other producer of mens neck ties. Vitaliano makes both the most exciting designer ties in the world and the most well crafted. Vitaliano mens neck ties have become collector's items among suave and debonair gentlemen.

 

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HISTORY OF NECK TIES

Men have worn cloth around their necks for 2,000 years. While more sturdy neckwear has been worn for protection of the neck, more commonly the purpose has been to keep the neck warm. Also, neckwear has been used as a bib, as a status symbol, and to symbolize a group to which one belongs.

The ancestor of today's ties is the cravat, thought to have originated in Croatia in the 17th century. King Louis XIV admired the colored silk kerchiefs worn around the necks of Croatian mercenary soldiers he hired in 1660. The Sun King began to wear them, and soon the lace cravat became a French fashion craze.

Colored silk bandanas (the word means "tying") were worn around the neck in England and the United States in the 19th century. The word "tie" was invented in the 1840s, and in 1864 the first mass-produced ties were manufactured, which are similar to those worn today except they were made from a single piece of cloth.

Jesse Langsdorf, an American tailor, patented the bias cut three-piece tie we see today in 1924. French tailors began to produce designer ties that same decade. In the 1950s, ties were associated with uniformity, but by the 1970s designer ties began to express individuality. Some high-end ties made today use six or seven pieces of silk.

100 million mens neck ties are sold each year in America alone, which generates over one billion dollars in revenues. 80 percent of the buyers are women. The standard tie is 57 inches long. Of course, there are also bolo ties, bow ties, and ascots.

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MENS NECKTIES

I did not own a tie (or a suit) until the 1990s. To a Bohemian musical artist, ties seem an oppressive sign of conformity. When I entered the business world, I had to make a professional presentation of myself to high-end clientele; this included ties.

After struggling to get used to them, I found that I enjoyed them; particularly when I found ties that expressed my personality. The designer ties that I felt did this best for me are labeled Vitaliano. I see them as the most beautiful ties in the world. I don't have the call to wear them much anymore. No one can see me writing my Hubs. But enjoy the gallery!

I have previously published Hubs about Salvatore Ferragamo; and Brioni Suits for Men.

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    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Gypsy Willow— I'll bet if you look hard enough you can find Vitaliano neckties in a thrift shop. I do not expect my fortunes to change. But I surely appreciate the visit, comments, and voted up!

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      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Beautiful! I shall be more informed now when I troll the thrift shops. The designs are stunning. Hope your fortunes change so you can dress UP again. xx

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Miss Lyric— Thank you for that clarification.

      :-)

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      Miss Lyric 

      7 years ago

      I am british actually, but I live in scandinavia :)

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Miss Lyric— Welcome to Hubpages! Good to see Denmark represented. I am glad you love the ties. Thanks for saying so.

      I was a professional singer for many years as well. Good to see you here. :D

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      Miss Lyric 

      7 years ago

      I love the ties James...they are just so fantastic!! Boldness and colour...but still classy!!! Superb style!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      no body— I will admit I love these ties. I don't have much occasion to wear them anymore since my business went under. Before that, I wore one four days a week.

      Thank you for taking the time to check out this little Hub, my friend. God Bless You!

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      Robert E Smith 

      7 years ago from Rochester, New York

      So fess up Jimmy when you wear a tie to events do you have the one that looks like a fish or one that flashes? How 'bout the little bow tie that spins? Personally I like that one but can't think of one place that it would be proper attire but I've made it my life's ambition to find the right place and go and spin all evening!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Kaie Arwen— You are so welcome, my dear. Thank you for the attention. I appreciate you. :-)

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      Kaie Arwen 

      7 years ago

      James- These are beautiful............ I love the depth of their colors........... just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! Kaie

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Truckstop Sally— You're welcome. Thank you for visiting and commenting. I appreciate it!

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Bet there will be a few more ties given as Valentine's Day gifts this year due to your great hub. Thanks

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      drpastorcarlotta— If you love them they must be beautiful!! Thank you so much for visiting my humble Hub. I sincerely appreciate your gracious compliments, and the voted up! :D

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Loving them neck ties! NICE! Love the color contrast. Thank you for again a wonderful Hub as always!!! Your GREAT! Voted-Up!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      DeBorrah K. Ogans— Hello there! Thanks for coming by to visit my humble Hub on Vitaliano neck ties. They are vibrant, that's for sure. Thank you for your gracious compliments. You are quite welcome. God Bless You! :-)

      James

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      James A Watkins, Nice review on Vitaliano Ties! What sleek lovely handsome artistic designs. The hues are absolutely wonderful and vibrant! Great brief history lesson as well Professor! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      oceansnsunsets— They are pretty. I'm glad you found this interesting. The Vitaliano ties make wonderful gifts. Tell your son about them. I have heard from another Hubber than Ebay has them at low prices. Thank you and you're welcome.

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      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      These seem like wonderful ties. I love the colors and designs. I love to read more about the history like you shared here. How things come to be popular and evolve over time is always interesting to read about. I have a 17 year old son that would probably like to purchase one of these Vitaliano ties if he could. I bet they would make a nice gift. Thanks for sharing!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      SEO Expert Kerala— You are quite welcome. I am very pleased that I could be of some service. Thank you for letting me know. I appreciate the visit. :D

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      SEO Expert Kerala 

      7 years ago from KERALA

      Thank you James actually I was search for gift to give my friend and from your this hub I got idea to gift this type of multi color tie to him. Thanks a lot

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      prasetio30— You are right on time, my friend. Thank you for visiting. I am glad you like these ties. I appreciate your comments. Always good to read your words. Love and peace back to you. And you are welcome.

      James

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Sorry, James I was late to know this hub. Very interesting topic. I love the history of tie necks. I am glad to know all stunning pictures of tie nicks. I believe that VItaliano is great designer. Thanks for writing this. Love and peace!

      Prasetio

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      rwelton— I'm glad you appreciate the beauty of the Vitaliano ties, my friend. Thank you for visiting and for your kind compliment.

      JAW

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Betty Wilson— Good to hear from you, Miss Wilson! I am glad you enjoyed this little piece. Thanks for letting me know you did. I hope all is well with you. And you are quite welcome. :)

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      rwelton 

      7 years ago from Sacramento CA

      James - time to step up to the "A" level- These ties are outstanding!! Saw some on eBay for $40 and up - vs $170 and up elsewhere. Great post. rlw

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      Betty Wilson 

      7 years ago

      Very enjoyable article, James. I love beautiful silk neckties. You are correct - Vitaliano's beautifully designed and impeccably colored ties finishes the gentlman's outfit. Thanks for sharing.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      creativeone59— I am so glad you loved it! Thank you for letting me know. I do appreciate your affirmation and encourage. And you are welcome.

      James

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      tom hellert— Hey Tom! I'm not sure about talents but I am a man of many interests. Your ties sound beautiful. So, there is small writing; people lean close to see what it says; and they get squirted in the eye? Naughty boy! :D

      I enjoy the occasional mischief. Thanks for commenting, TH.

      Jimmy

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      James, loved your hub on designer ties, they were awesome. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      tom hellert 

      7 years ago from home

      Jimmy,

      you are a man of many talents and interests that is evident- those ties are a little to flamboyant for me i have 2 ties that are not a solid color- its yellow with small red diamonds. the other one f\has a little jewel with small writing in the jewel - it squirts water....when people get close to read the tie I squirt water from the jewel. *hehehe*

      TH

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      katrinasui— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      American_Choices— Thank you for the laudatory remarks. Yes, the Italian designers have style. I appreciate your affirmation of my work.

      James

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      terixf— Yes, I agree with your remarks. Thank you for making them here. I appreciate this visit from you. :)

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      lyjo— You are welcome. Thank you for coming by to review my Hub. Good comments too. Yes, they don't give these ties away. And I am with you: Italians are unparalled when it comes to mens fashion.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      heart4theword— I enjoyed reading your comments very much. I appreciate your visitation. Thank you for the blessings! :D

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      katrinasui 

      7 years ago

      Excellent Hub! These neckties are really cool.

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      American_Choices 

      7 years ago from USA

      James A. Watkins,

      Excellent! The Italian have the talent with the quality of the silk and the designs. Very handsome ties and great write-up. What an asset you are to Hub Pages.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      katiem2— You are welcome, Katie. I am glad I could be of service. Thank you for expressing your appreciation for my gallery. I am always pleased to see you. :D

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      graceomalley— I hope your son appreciates the article. I am glad you came. Thank you for your comments. :)

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      H P Roychoudhury— Great to see you here, my friend. I am glad you came to visit. Thanks for your comments.

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      terixf 

      7 years ago from USA

      Funny how we can grow to love things that we may not have been so fond of before. But then again, when they can be this beautiful, why not?

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      IslandVoice— How wonderful to hear from you again! I see you like flashy colors. Me too! Hermes are beautiful ties as well.

      I'm glad you liked my Hub. Thanks for saying so. And you are welcome. :)

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Sun Pen 50— You are quite welcome. Thank you for visitng my Hub. I am well pleased that we are in agreeance. :-)

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      JudyJudy— Thank you! It does look uncomfortable. And it is uncomfortable if you are not used to it. After that, it feels perfectly natural. I appreciate your comments.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Marcella Glenn— Thank you! Thank you very much!! :D

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      lyjo 

      7 years ago

      Although my husband has not worn a tie in years...I do love an expensive one...and you can always tell, can't you? Nothing beats one! Photographs were gorgeous, and I love anything Italian...beautiful quality. Thanks for another interesting read. Take great care!

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      heart4theword 

      7 years ago from hub

      James, I can picture these flashy ties on you! These ties have personality! The first one I must say...Rocks! Love art, and that tie is electrifying:) May God Continue to Bless You:)

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      katiem2 

      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Thanks James, Now I feel more confident and informed when it comes to neck ties. I must say I'm a big fan of neck ties and do enjoy shopping for them.

      I enjoyed you Vitaliano Designer Mens Neck Ties very much. Well Done! :) Katie

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      graceomalley 

      7 years ago

      I'm going to forward this to my fifteen year old son, who is just entering the world of presenting himself. I think this will appeal. On the few times he needed a tie, he borrowed one of my husband's.

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      H P Roychoudhury 

      7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      NECKTIES are not only for warm but also for beauty. Nice to see types of NECKTIES.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      itakins— Thank you! Thank you very much. :)

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      msorensson— You are most welcome. I hope your son likes these. I love them!

      Thank you for your gracious words, my dear. Good to see you! :D

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      drbj— Yes, I think my writings were getting too serious. Time to lighten up a bit. Thank you for letting me know you were here. It is good to hear from you always. :-)

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      7 years ago from Hawaii

      I love silk ties, and i am one of the many women who shop for ties as gifts. Last ones i bought were, 1 solid pink and 1 mint green from Hermes,not sure if they would be worn at all. They were! Vitaliano ties are gorgeous indeed! Thanks for the information.

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      Sun Pen 50 

      7 years ago from Srilanka

      "I see them as the most beautiful ties in the world. I don't have the call to wear them much anymore." I agree with you after seeing the ten ties you have shown us in the gallery. Thanks lot for writing a beautiful, informative hub.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      stars439— They are pretty, aren't they? It is always such a pleasure to hear from you, my friend. Thank you for your warm words. God Bless You!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      CMerritt— Thank you for being my first visitor! I see what you mean: you were the one millionth tie buyer in 2010! Congratulations. What do we have for the gentleman? :)

      I appreciate your kind words. Thanks again for coming by!

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      JudyJudy 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Nice article, but I always felt sorry for men who felt they had to wear ties. Especially when their shirts and ties are tight - they look so uncomfortable.

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      Marcella Glenn 

      7 years ago from PA

      Informative hub.

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      itakins 

      7 years ago from Irl

      Nice hub James-very interesting too.

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      msorensson 

      7 years ago

      Wow, beautiful. Thank you!! My son loves ties...so thank you!!

      Yes, I will always go back to those hubs about Ferragamo, Brioni and Armani. Truly wonderful reads, James, as always.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      What an interesting change of pace, James. Enjoyed the graphics of those amazingly beautiful ties.

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      stars439 

      7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Magnificent ties with such beautiful colors. Great hub, and wonderfully interesting read. God Bless You for sharing.

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      Chris Merritt 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      James I have to be honest, I am not a tie person, with the exception of an occasional wedding or funeral, and yet, I read every word of this hub, and feel all the wiser about men's fashion. Ironicly I DID buy a tie this year (though I am pretty sure that Kohls does not sell any of the ones you mentioned), which brings me to an interesting fact, that had I not, your figure on the sale of ties sold annualy in America would have been, 999,999,999. So I have that going for me.

      Again, James I have never left one of your hubs where I was not either entertained, enhanced or enlightened.

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