I’ve talked before about how ties that are solid in color but have texture (like knits) are great additions to a wardrobe because they pair well with patterned clothes but are more interesting than smooth-finished ones. Grenadine ties are great for this reason, but they’re expensive because they use a lot of silk and a complicated weave pattern. That’s why thetiebar.com has introduced what they call “grenafaux” ties that mimic the texture of real grenadine for much less.  I recommend them.


Suit: Oxxford, consignment store, $50
Shirt: Luciano Barbera, bought secondhand online, $25
Tie: thetiebar.com Grenafaux, $15
Shoes: Peal & Company, sale, $180

Total: $270
If I’d paid retail prices: $3600 or more

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3 Responses to Fakin’ It

  1. Jack says:

    How convincing is the ‘Grenafaux’ texture on these ties? I’ve inherited one grenadine tie, and finding the costs of new ones online, I’d like to expand my collection on the cheap.


    • Jeff says:

      I wouldn’t say they’re a convincing fake; if you really want grenadine they’ll probably be a disappointment. But if you want a tie that does what grenadine does (provide some texture and surface interest to a solid color), these do that fairly well. Just not as well as real grenadine.

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