The authentication of pre-owned luxury items such as Hermès Ties is a fairly long process. However, all items sold in our store have gone through this meticulous process and are guaranteed authentic.
Here is a guide for you to assess the Hermès Ties you already own.
1. The Silk:
Genuine Hermes silk ties are consistently 100% silk, never a blend or polyester. Hermes prints its regular weight silk ties on the same twill, ensuring uniformity. The silk should have a distinctive feel, not overly soft or crisp, and never excessively shiny. The sophisticated, matte texture is challenging to describe but unmistakable when felt. Check for a label indicating 100% silk or "soie," the French term for silk; any deviation suggests a fake.
2. The Twill Direction:
On the wider blade's front side, confirm that the twill pattern runs from 11 to 5 o'clock; any other direction indicates a fake. Turn the tie to inspect the twill direction on the tipping, which should go from 2 to 8 o'clock. Note that heavy silk ties may have different twill patterns (9 to 4 o'clock on the front and 1 to 7 o'clock on the tip liner).
3. The Tip Lining Color:
Genuine Hermes ties have tip lining that precisely matches the background color. Fakes may have a solid black lining with H patterns, which Hermes doesn't use. Vintage Hermes ties before 1970 might have a solid white tip lining.
4. Tie Bar Tacks:
Genuine Hermes tie bar tacks, securing the fold, are close in color to the silk's background. Fakes often use a thicker, black color. Lack of bar tacks may indicate a fake, except in vintage ties where they may have come loose.
5. The Dovetail Fold:
Turn the tie around, inspect the backside folds, and identify the dovetail fold, a hallmark of genuine Hermes ties. Verify the left part is always folded over the right. Feel the tip on the wider blade; the right side should overlap the left.
6. Find the Slip Stitch:
Genuine Hermes ties are hand-sewn with a 177-centimeter-long thread, providing flexibility. Check for slight irregularities in stitching by gently pulling the fold. Dense machine stitching indicates a fake.
7. Look for the Loop Thread:
Locate the loop on the backside of the wider end, typically present in genuine Hermes ties. It's a woven label, not made of tie silk. Genuine ties may not have the loop visible on well-stretched used ties.
8. Observe the Pattern Mark:
Printed Hermes ties in twill have a pattern mark. Verify it aligns with the edge fold, has three lines post-1970 (including "100% soie"), and follows the specified font styles. Fakes may not accurately replicate these details.
9. Notice the Tie Keeper:
Genuine Hermes ties have a woven label tie keeper. Fakes might have additional fabric loops or printed keepers. The style and details of the tie keeper can indicate authenticity.
Consider the length and width; modern Hermes ties are typically 150 centimeters long and 8 centimeters wide. Vintage ties may have different dimensions. However, dimensions alone may not be decisive in identifying authenticity.
11. Note the Woven Hermes Logo on the Tip Liner:
A woven Hermes logo on the tip liner is a clear sign of a fake. Genuine Hermes ties do not have this feature.
By thoroughly analyzing these hallmarks, you can significantly increase your chances of identifying a genuine Hermes tie, even when purchasing vintage or used. For the utmost assurance, consider buying from website like ours.
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