The immaculately-coutured Francesca Serafin greets me at the door of her studio in Milan’s leafy Ticinese suburb. Bedecked in a vintage Hermes skirt with shiny gold buttons, silk blouse and Louboutins she strikes a stylish silhouette. Serafin has turned what was initially a hobby creating pocket squares for friends into a fully-fledged business. Having graduated from the Bocconi Law School in Milan and initially working in law overseas, she soon realised the fashion side was more her forte and subsequently launched Sera Fine silk in 2015.
We’re here to narrow down our choice of top 5 tie knots, and who better to sit down with than Serafin who sells some of the finest ties on the market, procured from luxurious Como silk. But before we delve deep into the elaborate nature of tie knot styles themselves and which ones rock our boat, it’s important to consider that the collar shape of your shirt has a bearing on how well your knot will fit once fastened. While style is important, comfort should not be compromised.
So once you’ve fastened the top button of your shirt, you want to be able to slip 1 or 2 fingers inside the neck line comfortably. You don’t want it to be too loose or equally too tight. If you’re hyperventilating you know you’ve gone too far. The collar gap on the shirt is designed for a specific reason so if it’s too big then there’s a risk that the collars crossover in the middle which is a sartorial no no.
There is nothing worse than a tie that is too short and flies at half-mast. So how is the correct length achieved and is it ok to have the back blade hanging slightly lower than the front like you see classic menswear dudes flaunt at Pitti, as though they’ve tied them the wrong way on purpose? Yes, it’s definitely ok – it’s a nuance of sprezzatura after all. I’d caveat that by recommending sporting a slightly high-waisted trouser. That way, even though the thinner side of your tie will appear longer, the wider side will still align with the top of your waistband, just as it should. And remember, the most aesthetic knots always possess a characteristic dimple which adds depth to the tie. A little tip, as you’re pulling the knot tight you can manipulate the shape of the dimple with your index finger.