It seems like you can buy anything custom/tailored over the internet these days: suits, shirts, pants, shoes, and now…ties? Peter Field fills the gap in the market and lets you pick your tie width, neck, and length size with just a few easy measurements. They sent me a tie so I could feel the fabric and tie it, but I didn’t get to customize the measurements, so I can’t really speak to how accurate they are. However, other than the width option I don’t know how useful or relevant your neck size would be for a tie. I’ve experienced a tie that is entirely too long, but they are often cheaply-made and you can tell just by looking at it that the tie is too long. I say this never having had a custom tie made for me, though, so what do I know?
The Thornham is a great tie for men who appreciate the classics. The tie sticks to no more than 3 colors, but the way the red background pairs with the greys and browns makes it seem like there are 4 or 5 colors. Subtle, classic, and simple–exactly what you should want from a modern and clean tie. If you’re looking for paisley, Peter Field has a couple options for you, but most of their ties are checkered or plaid. Fitting, considering the company is geared towards modern internet-era dudes.
All ties from Peter Field are handmade in Chicago, so you get both the handmade/small business feel-goods, but also the made in America feel-goods. The Thornham is a wool and cotton blend with no real flaws to my untrained eye that should concern someone. The wool in this tie is no joke, and extremely hot under my Texas sun–even in spring. However, if you’re still up in Chicago it might still work for you without making you sweat during this time of year. That’s no fault of Peter Field, though, wool is universally hot–so just know that.
Peter Field is a novel idea and one that I haven’t seen done before. The quality is definitely there, but at $55-$75 each, they will probably price a lot of guys out of the market. I, for one, am not real keen to spend that kind of dough on a tie, especially considering I don’t really see the benefit of a “tailored” tie; but I haven’t ever worn one, so I might be missing something? Peter Field has a lot going for it: classic handmade ties from Chicago hits on so many levels that it will attract a lot of guys out there, custom sizing or no. If you can swing it, do it.