If you’re looking to create a custom-made tie, you might be slightly overwhelmed by the number of different tie manufacturers and suppliers on the market. Of course, you will want to find the best for your business, safe in the knowledge that your ties are of the finest quality and delivered on time. One option is to find a good tie manufacturer that offers a full production solution from the initial design process, through to delivering product samples and then the bulk production of your order. Here are our top tips on what to look for in a tie manufacturer.
An easy tie-design solution
The design of your tie is one of the first and most important parts of the manufacturing process. It’s important that you as a customer are very much involved in this stage, so that you have the freedom to create the perfect tie for your needs. Often a tie manufacturer will have tools such as a free and easy-to-use tie-designer tool to help you to come up with your ideas and get your design off to a great start. Alternatively, you may have the option to download and sketch your design onto a tie template.
You may also through the manufacturer have access to in-house designers who are experts at creating custom designs, personalised to your precise requirements. If you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at past designs that the manufacturer may have already created, these are often showcased on their website.
A smooth manufacturing process
After the initial design stage, the manufacturing can start. The process used will depend on your design requirements and the materials you will wish to use. A custom tie can be made by hand, by machine, or a mixture of both – some of the best manufacturers will pair modern techniques with traditional weaving methods in their mills, to allow them to produce a whole range of different tie designs. Ties can be woven on a loom where the threads used will depend on the design of the tie. They can also be printed, either with a screen, or digitally, for the opportunity to use vibrant colours and large areas of fine detailing in a pattern, should it be required.
Ties are generally cut to a precise size using a template to make sure the exact pattern is adhered to, before being fitted with an inlay material, pinned and then sewn to create the finished product. Not forgetting steaming as a last step to create a neat finish to the tie. It’s a good idea to make sure that you can be sent a sample before the bulk order is made, to ensure that the product is exactly as planned.
Expert advice and guidance
Look for a manufacturer who is happy to guide their customers through the entire manufacturing process from start to finish – with a dedicated Sales Advisor on hand to answer any questions or queries. A good tie manufacturer, regardless of the order quantity or the design, should be committed to providing ties of the highest quality and pride themselves in having a seamless manufacturing process which allows for quick turnarounds. Make sure that they also use a reliable courier services to ship their products safely to your destination. It’s always a bonus if they can also offer other accessories including tie clips and cufflinks, should you need them, or a unique presentation box in which to present your ties in the most unique and sophisticated way, for the perfect finish.