Why I’m Intentionally Wrinkling my Ties

Vintage Tie PressI’m such a lemming! 

One of the blogs I follow regularly is Kempt (now an UrbanDaddy publication which is news to me!). A week ago, they posted a note about vintage tie presses. Now, I’ve been wearing ties a couple days a week since I was a freshman in high school, and I had never heard of a tie press before, but it makes a lot of sense. Occasionally, your tie will get a wrinkle or two and there is no great way to get it out in a hurry.

A quality tie will see the wrinkles disappear just from hanging it for a few days, but if you don’t have that kind of time, an iron can be very dangerous, if not fatal, and a steamer isn’t much better.

Enter the tie press: a vice-like device that gently presses the wrinkle(s) out of your precious silk seven-fold without the risks of some kind of piping hot instrument damaging the silk or the lining. 

After brunch last weekend, we stopped into an antique consignment shop and found a couple of goodies for the store, including the tie press pictured above. I’m now dying to wrinkle a tie just to have an excuse to use it tomorrow!

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