Their sales consultant Marcello Scebanti not only showed me their entire current collection, encompassing close to a thousand different designs and fabric weaves, but he also gave me access to one of the company’s most valued treasures: their design archives that stores thousands of original fabric designs from 1903 till today.Below are pictures I took from their design book from 1954.While rare on neckties today, I think that these patterns will be coming back into the world of ties sooner than later.

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Quite common for tie designs from the mid century were geometric patterns which today’s design world often refers to graphic prints.

Today these patterns are not found on neckties, but more commonly seen on floor tiles, wall paper, and other house furnishings.

If anyone knows where to find this actual fabric (or even better an actual tie with this design), please comment below.

Jewelry mirrors time, culture, and societal values.

While the actual production of silk has gone back to China (mainly because of cost reasons), Como still produces silk fabrics.

The raw silk is now imported, and the Italian do their magic in terms of colors, designs, and unique fabric weaves.Como has always been famous for silk production ever since Italian monks smuggled silk worms from China in the 5th century to this mountainous region of northern Italy.The climate was just right to grow mulberry leaves – the food silk worms need in order to produce this sought after thread .This was my favorite among the hundred designs from the book from 1956.The color is perfect, and the design is truly unique.For example, color in the Renaissance was almost gaudy, while the use of color during the Victorian Era was somber because the death of Prince Albert caused Queen Victoria to declare an extended period of mourning.