Designer Ties (credit: Randy Yagi)
Whether it’s for a special event, a first date or an important job interview, dressing in an appropriate manner is vital in making that first impression. While a suit is not always mandatory, accessories like neckties can often make a considerable difference. If you’re looking for a high-quality necktie in the Bay Area, here are just five of the best.
110 Sutter St., Suite 108
San Francisco, CA 94104
In business in San Francisco for more than 75 years, Cable Car Clothiers is the oldest men’s retailer in the city. Located in the Financial District, the renowned haberdashery currently offers more than 100 different types of neckties and bowties from its Business and Dress department, in addition to tie accessories like tie pins, tie bars and cufflinks. The store offers several necktie styles such as Argyle and Sutherland, micro medallion, shield and pine stripe and tartan from London-based Holland & Holland and its own Cable Car Clothiers brand of 100 percent silk ties. Also inside the store is a two-chair barbershop offering a full line of services including haircuts, shaves and beard or mustache trims.
981 N. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA 94022
In business for nearly 50 years, Cassara Brothers has been a major Bay Area provider of fine men’s clothing and furnishings. Led by Mario Sr. and his son Mario Jr., the well-respected store has been the choice of many Silicon Valley executives like former Intel CEO Andrew Grove and well-known celebrities like Joe DiMaggio, Robert De Niro and Ashton Kutcher for his role in the 2013 film “Jobs.” Cassara Brothers carries a nice collection of Italian silk ties from Pavone in addition to high-end slacks and dress shoes. The store carries its own line of expertly crafted suits and other fine men’s clothing, as well as sportswear from leading Italian designers like Bassiri, Luciano Visconti and Riscatto.
333 Santana Row, Suite 110
San Jose, CA 95128
With two South Bay locations, Franco Uomo is often the choice for Silicon Valley professionals. In business since 2011, the boutique men’s store named after its beloved owner. It offers exclusive European luxury men’s clothing including tailored suits, custom designed dress shirts and a large collection of color-coordinated ties that are handmade in London. Franco Cuomo can also custom design a necktie made from the finest materials available to meet anyone’s personal fashion preference. In addition to the original store inside Westfield Valley Fair shopping center, Franco Uomo also has a high profile store at the upscale Santana Row outdoor shopping mall.
450 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Last month, San Francisco mourned the loss of Wilkes Bashford, a well-respected businessman and a pioneer in luxury fashion. But thankfully, his legendary name still lives on at his former Union Square store in San Francisco and at the upscale Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto. In addition to a full line of men’s wear, women’s wear and accessories, Wilkes Bashford carries more than 90 different styles of ties at its Palo Alto store and an even larger number in Union Square, with more than 130 different selections. Both stores feature selections from eight different leading designers, including such names as Brioni, Charvet, Kiton and VKNagrani.
550 Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA
Although there isn’t a barbershop here like Cable Car Clothiers, Wingtip truly lives up its self-described status as a one-stop shop for men. This is especially true for men’s accessories, with an enormous assortment of neckties, ascots and bowties. The popular store carries more than 150 styles of neckties alone, in multiple colors and designs like plaid, paisleys, stripes and oxfords. Along with its own line of premium quality neckties, the stores also features designers like Edward Armah, Eton, Dunhill and Peter Millar. Wingtip is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District, right next to the iconic Transamerica Pyramid.
Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he received a Media Fellowship from Stanford University. His work can be found on Examiner.com