Florentine designer Stefano Ricci was born into a family of fashion entrepreneurs, his parents having owned a manufacturing company. He began his career with a seemingly mundane passion of collecting ties. Although it is not unusual for a man to have several ties, few take this interest to a higher level of designing them. His collection gained a following after his participation in the Pitti Immagine Uomo Fashion Exhibition in Florence, Italy in 1972.
The style of the brand is distinctly Italian. The culture comes across in the classic lines of the designs, as well as in the nuances of production. Not only are all the ties manufactured in Florence—the designs are drawn by Stefano Ricci himself. According to Brent Craggs, Stefano Ricci general manager and master tailor in Singapore, "everything is still touched by his own hand."
This unrushed, exclusive philosophy is also apparent in the way the ties are finished. The designs are just the beginning, as the quality of the ties continues with the substance of their form. The excellence can already be seen when the material is in its raw state.
The silk is exclusively chosen, and the yarn used is the thinnest available. The fabric is woven at a low speed, in order to spare the fibers from unnecessary stress. The result is a soft and smooth consistency. Before the cloth is finished, it is allowed to rest or "decant." This is to allow the material to recover its natural textures before it is transformed to its final form.
How to get one
A Stefano Ricci tie begins with a hand-sketched design in pencil. There are a myriad of end results available, considering that the brand offers over 7,000 colors in 12 different varieties. Like other elements in fashion, Stefano Ricci follows a calendar of seasons, with each season offering up to 70 designs. Stefano Ricci likes to emphasize that the brand produces a collection of design, and not necessarily choice—a distinction that only truly bespoke services can claim.
Once the design of a tie has been finalized, it is printed using a serigrafia technique. This entails the use of specially formulated dyes that are then applied to the tie material through the use of a quadro, a unique textile screen. The process is so meticulous that if a particular design involves io colors, then io different quadros are used to achieve it. After the design has been reproduced on the tie, the garment is stitched by expert workers before the label is attached.
The measurements of the client, especially the height, are taken to ensure proper fit of the tie. Taller men necessarily require longer ties. Traditionally, the ties are produced to be 150 centimeters long. However, depending on the body type of the client, the length of the tie can be altered to 160 or 170 centimeters. The length will dictate its width to achieve an aesthetic balance. The desired result of a Stefano Ricci tie is not just to complement the clothing, but also to enhance the silhouette of its wearer. Stefano Ricci ties are available in 23 locations spanning North America, Europe, and Asia. Their bespoke ties are also available in Singapore, where skilled members have been trained to take proper measurements. Master tailors come to Singapore annually for a private trunk show.
For more information, visit stefanoricci.com.