Wearing a necktie, especially the right one, not only sends a message about how the wearer feels about himself, but also about the time and effort taken to appear properly and fully dressed for the occasion. Here are five of the top spots in Connecticut to find the right necktie.
J. Press Men’s Clothing
206 College St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 772-1310
www.jpressonline.comJ. Press has been dressing men in New Haven since 1902. Although it has since expanded to Cambridge, Washington and New York (where it will be reopening its renovated store soon), J. Press is first and foremost a Connecticut men’s shop, and the New Haven location remains the flagship of the line. Famous for their merino wool and cashmere suits, J. Press has always offered an extensive range of fine ties made by some of the best names in the trade. Although pricey by department store standards, most ties can be bought at J. Press in the $50 to under $100 range. Regimental stripe, grenadine, polka dot, Irish poplin, wool, satin and other types and styles are aplenty, including a wide selection of bow ties from which to choose.
JT Ghamo Men’s Store
137 Sisson Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 233-4666
jtghamo.comOften voted the best in Hartford for men’s formal wear, JT Ghamo is also one of the city’s finest tailors, and its men’s shop is a favorite for Hartford’s best-dressed business and political community. With nearly 30 years of experience in dressing Hartford’s elite, JT Ghamo knows how important the right necktie or bow tie is when one of their clients wants his clothes to make a statement. As such, they carry a wide range of ties and other accessories to help their customers get the look they want.
Fairfield Clothiers, Tailors And Shirt Makers
1551 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 292-6557
suityourself.comFairfield Clothiers, Tailors and Shirt Makers wouldn’t be worthy of any of those three titles if they couldn’t offer the right tie to complete their work. Their ties are a little on the expensive side, but then again, the ties they carry are among the finest in the world. Fairfield Clothiers, Tailors and Shirt Makers carries Italo Ferretti hand-made woven, printed, pleated and stained satin ties that range from $207 to $357. Fairfield Clothiers is not for the budget shopper, but for the man who has his suits and shirts custom-made; the ties they carry are the perfect and proper finish for a custom look.RelatedBest Suit Stores In Connecticut For Any Occassion

359 Greenwich Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 622-0551
richards.mitchellstores.comFor those who know and love neckties, names like Charvet, Eton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Brioni and Kiton conjure up the same kind of feelings and anticipation that others feel when they hear the names of makers of fine wines or sleek sport scars. Richards in Greenwich carries ties by these and other noted designers, helping a buyer find the perfect matching tie for any coat, jacket or shirt. Richards also has access to an even wider selection through their new affiliation with such other famous clothiers from around the country such as Mitchells, Marios and Wilkes Bashford.
Valentino Tailors
1422 Dixwell Ave.
Hamden, CT 06514
(203) 248-2037
www.valentinotailors.comValentino Tailors of Hamden specializes in custom-fit, made-to-order shirts and suits, and as such, they know how important a role a good necktie plays in presenting a complete package. They can match up the right neckwear to compliment any power suit, casual sports coat or formal tux or dinner jacket. Enzo Valentino, like his father and grandfather before him, has impeccable taste, and the family has earned the trust of three generations of customers in the New Haven area. If there is a perfect tie to match a customer’s needs, Valentino will have it.RelatedDress for Success: Top Spots In Connecticut For Office Wear

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