I can’t speak for all fans of Bond’s style. But for me, 007’s suit and tie from the Green Party scene in Quantum of Solace remains one of my favorite looks from the franchise. The dark navy Tom Ford suit, with it’s near perfect fit, combined with the crisp white shirt and subtle navy and white basket weave tie is about as timeless as it gets. We’ll discuss alternatives for the midnight blue suit in a later post. Right now, I want to focus on that tie.
Honestly, basket weave ties are pretty common. So there are plenty of options available at almost all price points. But I was looking for something special, a statement tie. At the right price, of course. Which brings us to the Aklasu Navy Micro Pattern Six-Fold tie.
About that Pattern …
No, the Aklasu tie is not a basket weave. Meaning it’s not screen accurate. And if that’s going to be a deal breaker for you, I understand.
But in person, the Aklasu’s subtle white and light blue micro pattern on the navy background gives a similar effect to what we see onscreen. Up close, the pattern is remarkably detailed and gives the fabric a certain depth and texture you just won’t find on cheaper ties. Definitely Bond-worthy.
However, the real reason I decided the Aklasu was the right tie for me was the way it’s made.
The Construction of the Aklasu Navy Micro Pattern Six-Fold Tie
I am really hesitant about recommending “close enough” alternatives to people. You want things to be as screen accurate as possible. I want things to be as screen accurate as possible. So if something isn’t as screen accurate as possible, there better be a damn good reason why I’m sharing it.
In the case of the Aklasu tie, that reason is the construction. Mensah, the owner and main designer at Aklasu, starts with a high quality, medium weight silk woven in Como, Italy. This is also where Aklasu has each of its ties handmade. In the case of the six-fold, they’ve gone with a self-tipped design. Meaning the “envelope” on the back of the blade is made of the same material as the rest of the tie. The silk is then wrapped around a 100% wool interlining and folded six times to give the tie it’s shape.
When done right, a six-fold construction using high-quality materials results in tie that perfectly balances weight, drape and durability. And Aklasu has nailed it. With the medium weight silk and just the right amount of heft to wool interlining, the Navy Micro Pattern drapes beautiful and almost naturally creates a four-in-hand knot with a great shape and an excellent dimple. The 3.25″ blade width is also spot on for me.
This is one of those cases when I was happy to trade some screen accuracy in return for a high quality product at a great price that gives me the look I want. Aklasu sells their Navy Micro Pattern Six-Fold tie for $101.00 U.S/£75.00. And that may seem like a steep price. But when you consider that most quality six-fold ties on the market start at $140 and go up from there, you quickly realize what a deal you’re getting from Aklasu. Personally, when I factor in the quality of the material and construction and the tie’s timeless design and width, the price seems even more reasonable.
In conclusion: this will easily become one of the “go to” ties in my collection.
The Aklasu Navy Micro Pattern Six-Fold Tie is available from their website. Priced at $101.00 U.S., Aklasu offers free shipping in Canada and the U.S. You can read our review of the Aklasu Grenadine Ties here.
Aklasu provided the author with one tie at no cost for the purposes of this review.