A tailor friend of mine told me a few days ago about an old custom of tailors : the "workshop tie". It may be old news for many people here, but I've never read anything about it on the internet.
As he explained me, when a tailor needed a tie in a hurry (and did not have one with him, or maybe had stained his and wanted to change), they just grabbed a square of fabric, folded it quickly and weared it as a tie.
I find this interesting as it might be the origin of the seven fold tie.
This "tradition" is still kept by tailoring house Arnys in Paris, where one can buy a "cravate d'atelier", which indeed is a seven fold tie (the silk is folded 7 times and sewn by hand). They say this is a remembrance of the 1930's...
Keeping in mind that in the 30's, the necktie was much shorter that it is today, I find this theory pretty convincing.
The "workshop tie"
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