Abstract: A tie knot system, including a necktie and a tie knot member with an interior and first and second upper apertures and a lower aperture, including an inner knot member positioned in the interior, such that a narrow tail of the necktie protrudes through the lower aperture and out of the first upper aperture and loops back via the second upper aperture and out of the lower aperture. The inner knot member can be made of a resilient material, have elongated openings, and can be folded and assembled from a tie knot sheet, including a bridge portion and left and right elongated portions.
September 19, 2018
Date of Patent:
December 8, 2020
Jeffrey R. De La Nuez, Nelson R. De La Nuez
Abstract: A retainer, and method for preparing a retainer, for a necktie to receive the ends of the necktie looped over, or to be looped over, the neck of a user or, comprising a piece of flexible fabric having a center section and end sections, the material being fitted at reverse opposite end sections with connecting members and shaped to form a frustum-shaped retainer when one end section is folded over the other end section and the connecting members are secured to each other whereby the retainer can then slide over the received necktie ends to move the retainer upwardly to the neck of the user.
Abstract: A modular tie-making device that is made of a tie-knot shaped manifold, the manifold capable of accepting a tie-knot fabric on the outside, and at the same time facilitating a tie to be guided through the manifold, resulting in a modular and fully personalizable tie. The device can be used to make two-toned ties or any combination of tie-knot and tie. The manifold is made of three tubes joined together at their ends. By following the geometry of the manifold, a user easily forms the two loops and hanging ends of a necktie.
Abstract: A set of generally frustoconical panel segments dimensioned for a nested receipt within each other provides a support structure that is generally shaped as a tapered tie knot onto which variously colored and textured fabric pieces may be mounted to achieve distinctly appearing simulated necktie assemblies. A captured pin retains the segments and the cloth pieces together in a looped configuration that is easily adjusted to fit the user's neck.
Abstract: A necktie assembly comprises a necktie (1) and a necktie-knot ring (3), wherein an additional hanging strip (11) is sewn on the necktie (1), and the necktie-knot ring (3) is used for forming a necktie knot. The necktie-knot ring (3) comprises a necktie-knot ring cavity (33), a necktie inlet-outlet opening (34) and a string-hanging buckling hook (25), wherein the necktie-knot ring cavity (33) is surrounded by a front shell (31) and a rear shell (32) of the necktie-knot ring and is used for enclosing the necktie (1); the necktie inlet-outlet opening (34) is positioned on the rear shell (32) and the necktie can pass from its top to its bottom; the string-hanging buckling hook (25) extends from any position at one side of the necktie inlet-outlet opening (34) to the other side thereof.
Abstract: There is provided a tie knot member for an elongated strip of fabric. The tie knot member includes a shell having a truncated, conical shape with a cardioid-like cross-section. The shell has a base end with a lower aperture. The shell has a top end with an upper aperture. The shell has a rear portion extending between the base end and the top end. The rear portion includes a cusp and a pivotable connector connecting the shell across the cusp. The pivotal connector is so positioned to retain the shape of the shell, whereby when the elongated strip of fabric is passed through the shell and the shell is spread at the top end, the upper aperture is enlarged and the lower aperture is reduced, thereby cinching the lower aperture against the elongated strip of fabric.
Abstract: A slip proof device for a necktie having a zipper thereon has a slide mounted on a bracket supporting a knot of the necktie. A controlling member is mounted onto the slide and extends a restricting hook having a sharp point through the slide. Thereby, the sharp point is able to extend into a gap defined between teeth of the zipper to secure the slide to the zipper and prevents the knot from slipping loose. Furthermore, the sharp point is able to withdraw from the gap to allow free adjustment of the slide with respect to the zipper.
Abstract: A necktie knot support assembly for supporting a pre-tied knotted necktie includes a spring clamp adapted to engage a shirt collar, and a main body member shaped to determine formation of the knot of the necktie. The main body member has a vertical central wall and first and second wings that extend outward from the central wall. The central wall includes a slotted arm that extends across the central wall and that inter-engages and retains the spring clamp. The central wall has a notch positioned so that a shirt button on the shirt collar is disposed within the notch during engagement of the spring clamp to the shirt collar. Another notch is disposed within the forward portion of the central wall to facilitate the connection of the spring clamp and the main body member at a substantial angle.
Abstract: A necktie includes a single-piece tie defining a display area and a knot area with the display area having a given pattern and the knot area having a pattern different from the given pattern. The one-piece tie can be woven or printed to produce the patterns. The tie can have a single-piece display-knot portion and a single-piece tail portion to be joined together. The tail portion can have a pattern, preferably, the same as the given pattern. A method of constructing a necktie includes cutting a tie from a single-piece of fabric having a given pattern at a display area and a pattern different from the given pattern at a knot area. The tie is folded lengthwise and is connected together at long edges. The edge-connected tie is turned inside out. Also, a single-piece display-knot portion can define the display and knot areas with the display-knot portion joined to a tail portion also preferably cut from a single-piece of fabric.
Abstract: A tie clip is constructed to include a shell, and a clip for securing the shell to a loose knot in a necktie, the shell having a flat body and two symmetrical wings turned backwards and then inwards toward each other from two opposite sides of the body, the wings being spaced from each other by a gap and defining with the body a receiving space having a narrow bottom mouth for receiving the knot of the necktie, the clip including a base frame fixedly fastened to the body of the shell inside the receiving space, the base frame having an upper clamping arm and two lower clamping arms, and a hook coupled to the upper clamping arm and the two lower clamping arms of the mounting frame and turned between a first position where the shell is allowed to be attached to the knot of the necktie, and a second position where the hook is hooked on the knot of the necktie to secure the shell to the necktie.
Abstract: A necktie knot support assembly that supports a pre-tied knotted necktie which, when worn, advantageously provides a knot that is maintained away from the wearer's neck, so as to aesthetically resemble a non pre-tied necktie. The assembly includes a main body member that is shaped to determine the formation of the knot of the necktie, and a spring clamp that is adapted to inter-engage the main body member. The main body member has a central wall and a post that rearwardly extends outwards from the wall at an acute angle therefrom. The main body member is shaped to integrally include left and right wings that extend outward from the central wall and that preferably have respective top surfaces that extend outwardly in a substantially horizontal plane relative to the central wall. The main body member further preferably includes an integrally connected forwardly projecting nose portion.
Abstract: A necktie holder and method of making the same. The holder is made of two pieces including a one-piece sleeve and a one-piece retainer. The one-piece sleeve is generally frusto-conical with a large diameter top and a smaller diameter bottom. A slot in the sleeve extends from the top to the bottom for receiving the both ends of the necktie. A one-piece retainer is placed in the slot to hold the necktie therein. As the sleeve and retainer are fitted loosely about the necktie, the holder is easily moved up and down to adjust its position. The sleeve is formed by a single sheet of metal or plastic that is rolled into a frusto-conical shape with a vertical slot therein. The retainer is constructed from a one-piece section of material having an H-shaped cross section.
Abstract: A decorative knot cover is adapted to be easily placed over and removed from the knot of a necktie, scarf or other elongated length of material. The decorative knot cover comprises a unitary, rigid structure having a generally triangular-shaped front face with side portions extending therefrom and connected by a back portion, collectively defining an opening through which an elongated length of knotted material may be pushed. A tab on the back upper surface easily fastens the knot cover to the knot. A magnet or other fastening device may be embedded in the front face to receive a removable decorative stone or other object. The knot cover is preferably molded or cast from one piece of solid metal such as gold, silver, bronze, pewter or copper for example.
Abstract: A necktie which includes a neckband adapted for putting over the user's neck, a plurality of magnetic elements fixedly mounted on the neckband at an inner side and equally spaced from one another and adapted to produce magnetic field for acting with the magnetic field of the body of the user, a coupling box coupled to the neckband, an apron unit, and a connector adapted to connect the apron unit to the coupling box.
Abstract: A necktie including a knot formed with a seat, a binding device having a fixing block removably engaged with the seat of the knot, and a front apron provided with fastening means at an upper end thereof engageable with the knot, whereby the front apron of the necktie can be changed as desired and the necktie can be easily converted to a bowtie thereby providing the user with a number of options and when pulled by a force which is larger than the holding force of the front apron, the front apron will be disengaged from the knot hence preventing the user from getting hurt.
Abstract: A necktie assembly incorporates a simulated necktie knot and a neckband that allows a fabric necktie tail portion to be added without making a conventional knot. The neckband may be elastic and may be opened, closed, and adjusted in a number of ways. The simulated knot is made in a fashion that leaves a hollow pocket useful for carrying and concealing small articles of many sorts, among these objects a small microphone which may be connected to a transmitter. The body of the simulated knot also serves as a display area for indicia of many sorts, such as emblems, advertising, and the like.
Abstract: A necktie knot forming device is provided. The knot forming device is temporarily attached to the tie prior to forming the knot and retains the tie and the device in position during the knot formation process. Once the knot is substantially completely formed, the device is then removed from the tie and a neat, consistent, four-in-hand knot remains in the tie.
Abstract: A ready-to-wear neckwear apparatus including a malleable tie knot-shaped insert, conformable to the contours of the wearer's neck. The insert is received in an insert sleeve with adjustable neck band. Front and rear body members attach to the front and rear of the insert sleeve, respectively, and are joined therebelow. A cover having slits for the neck band, wraps around the insert, insert sleeve and body members appearing like a conventional tie knot. The cover and rear body member have a slot and groove, respectively, defining a continuous button groove along the length of the neckwear for inserting shirt buttons therein.
Abstract: A prefabricated necktie including a frame having a generally wedge-shaped front profile and including flanges extending rearwardly and tapering downwardly. The operating stem of a camming element is rigidly mounted on the frame and entraps the camming element. The camming element receives and engages the interengagable ends of a neck band, defining a loop. The loop embraces the wearer's neck and may be tightened thereabout by pulling down on the interengaged neck band ends relative to the camming element. The novel flanges promote a knot having a fuller shape, decrease material wear and deter the user from pulling the neck band sideways, jamming or damaging the interengaging structures of the neck band. A front member is mounted to and loops around the frame to resemble a tie knot.
Abstract: A necktie assembly having a simulated knot which is slideable is disclosed. The simulated knot has a relatively rigid body and a Y-shaped bore. In one embodiment, the necktie is furnished with a complimentary image.
Abstract: An interlining of multiple plies the plies of which may be dissimilar, is made by joining fabric from respective rolls, gathering the stitched-together fabric as roll goods, and die cutting the stitched-together fabric from the roll goods before sewing the interlinings into neckwear.
Abstract: This invention concerns a neck tie structure, a tie, a neck band, and a knot former. The knot former has a groove extending from side to side on the knot former. The neck band is threaded through the groove. The neck band has fastener means at opposite ends to connect the neck band on a neck of a person wearing the tie. The tie has an intermediate tie loop portion mounted over a front face of the knot former with ends of the tie being projected along opposite sides and rearwardly of the knot former and rearwardly and beneath the neck band. The ends of the tie are extended upwardly and forwardly over the neck band between the intermediate tie loop portion and the knot former and downwardly beneath the knot former in lapped relation, the thus tied tie generating a tied knot about the knot former having an appearance of a four-in-hand knot.
Abstract: A necktie knot supporting means having a triangular shaped front face with a V-shaped upper portion to form a tighter knot and hide the back portion of the knot and a pair of upwardly inclined upstanding walls. A necktie loop having a zipper to tighten the loop and a necktie front panel fixed to the triangular shaped front face for tying a knot about the knot supporting means. An inclined braking area and a pinching area to give the tie a more natural look are also included.
Abstract: The Knotless Necktie is a three component, easy to assemble and adjust, necktie that gives the appearance of being a fashionable knotted necktie but which does not use a knot and eliminates any knot tieing. This necktie is comprised of a display streamer, a knotshaper and a neckband. Each of these components can be made of the same or of different materials, design patterns or colors. These components are easily assembled into a complete, ready to wear necktie. From the components of three knotless neckties, each of a different material, design pattern and color, nine different and fashionable knotless neckties can be assembled. Once the knotless necktie is assembled and adjusted for the wearer's neck size, no further adjustment is needed. This necktie can then be easily taken-off or put-on while maintaining the appearance of a fashionably knotted conventional necktie.
Abstract: A necktie knot supporting means having a hollow upper section and a lower tongue section where the knot supporting means tapers from the hollow upper section to the lower tongue section, and a bracket for supporting a zipper fastener. Where the zipper fastener interlocks and unlocks a neck embracing loop. A necktie front panel secured to the knot supporting means for tying a knot about the knot supporting means.There is a vertical groove running from the tongue section onto the hollow upper section to provide an indentation which allows a more natural looking knot to be tied.
Abstract: A tie knot apparatus is provided which includes a front shell member having a top edge, a bottom edge, and first and second side edges, a rear shell member having a top edge, a bottom edge, and first and second side edges, the shell members being configured at the top and bottom edges to form an upper shell member opening and a lower shell member opening, the openings being for passing a neck tie, a joining mechanism on the first and second side edges for joining the front and rear shell members together. The bottom edges are preferably contoured at the lower shell member opening to create aesthetically appealing folds in the tie below the apparatus. A wedge member is optionally secured to one of the shell members for pressing against the tie and creating an aesthetically appealing fold in the tie adjacent to the apparatus. One of the joining mechanisms preferably includes a hinge for the shell members. The front shell member preferably has an exterior surface shaped to resemble the appearance of a tie knot.
Abstract: A preformed necktie has an insert with a pair of connected diverging closed conduits interconnected by a support. A slide post extends from the support proximate the lower ends of the conduits. A tie portion is wrapped about the insert to form a knot and to become the front tie panel. The two ends of a neck-embracing loop have corresponding zipper panels and pass through the conduits to be joined by the slide and form a rear panel of the tie. The neck embracing loop is tightened or loosened by movement through the knot and slide.
Abstract: A combined and fixed necktie having a necktie body, a sheath member, an adjusting plate, a neck rope and a neck rope retainer. The adjusting plate can adjust and fix the length of the necktie body which is inserted into rectangular apertures of the adjusting plate. The twined necktie body and adjusting plate can be fixed in the sheath member. The rope retainer being fixed in the sheath member can control the diameter of the neck rope so that is is very convenient and easy for the wearer to wear or remove the necktie.
Abstract: A necktie assembly in which a reversible tie piece is held in place between interlocking front and rear tieknot shells by a slide bar and a bar lock, in which the front tieknot shell is an interchangeable part, the entire assembly is held around the neck by an adjustable band and a shadow bracket provides a raised or lowered affect to the tieknot.
Abstract: A necktie comprising a knot support, an outer tie secured to the knot support and being positionable about the knot support to provide a knot, an inner tie releasably secured to the knot support comprising an upper loop to be worn about the neck of a wearer, an adjusting means positioned on the inner tie, and a tie end adjacent to the upper loop, the adjusting means including a grasping means having an aperture therein; and a securing means for releasably securing the inner tie to the knot support including a stud positioned on the rear surface of the knot support and a protruding securing means also positioned on the rear surface of the knot support, wherein the grasping means is located within the protruding securing means and the stud is positioned within the aperture of the grasping means when the inner tie is secured to the knot support.
Abstract: A pre-formed support element is shaped to have an uneven surface configuration, and two portions of necktie type cloth are connected to the support to establish an appearance of a knot usually associated with a hand-tied necktie. A drape element includes a stiffener that is releasably attached to the support element and produces an appearance of a hand-tied necktie.
Abstract: A tie knot is provided separate from a conventional tie which eliminates the need for the wearer to tie a knot in the tie. The knot may be of the same color as the tie or be a contrasting color.
Abstract: There is disclosed a necktie or cravat which has snaps or other fasteners allowing it to be fastened at the shirt collar or removed without tying or untying the knot. One embodiment has a strip of semi-rigid plastic several inches in length with holes which engage with standard male snap fasteners at the top ends of the two panels of the necktie. The necktie is attached and removed by snapping and unsnapping the snap fastener into a selected hole in the plastic strip. Holes spaced one-half inch apart provide adjustability to accommodate different neck sizes. Preferably the two panels of the tie are not actually knotted but are provided with a separate matching slide formed of the same material as the tie and wrapped about the panels in a manner to simulate a single windsor knot, a double windsor knot or other decorative simulated knot.
Abstract: A preknotted adjustable necktie comprises a knot former having, an inner body (62) and an outer body (61), an inner tie member with a zipper (3), an outer tie member (5), and a rivet (63). The knot former serves forming and control functions, and the inner tie member is sandwiched between the inner and outer bodies thereof, with a pulling button of the zipper slider on the inner tie member secured to the inner and outer bodies of the knot former and to the outer tie member by a rivet. The outer tie member is tied into a fixed knot over the knot former. By means of the presence of a pair of leaf springs (622) on the inner body, the position of the tie knot and the zipper slider can be adjusted freely and retained in the position set.
Abstract: A support and fastening means for producing a pre-tied necktie using a modified form of body member and a support strap thereon, in which the support strap and body member reduce manufacturing costs while producing a superior product. This result is accomplished by replacing the spring clamp with the less expensive support strap which can be produced by the tie manufacturer, rather than having to be contracted out. The old spring clamp is replaced by a support strap which secures the tie around the wearer's neck and under the collar, and is detachably joined together at its ends by hook and loop area or "Velcro" fasteners secured to their respective overlapping ends. The support strap is engaged and aligned with the body member by pushing the rear post and wing posts through their respective punch holes in the support strap.
Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for forming a knot in a necktie. The method comprises utilizing a tool which is shaped and dimensioned to facilitate the wrapping of a free end of the necktie about the other free end to form a knot in the tie. The tool can include inscriptions formed thereon indicating the direction of movement of one free end about the other during formation of a knot in the tie.
Abstract: Pre-tied neckties include a slide fastener and two slide tapes which are joined by the slide fastener. The tapes of the slide fastener extend through a pair of tubes which meet at a fastening rivet. A spacer is placed there for keeping the guide tubes and the tapes properly spaced. The spacer is located in the vicinity of the knot where the front and rear parts of the tie are connected. A strap may be attached to the slideable element to the slide and the strap is movable to different orientations with respect to the slideable element. The rear part of the tie may have an opening or slit which receives the slide fastener and the bottom portion of the guide tubes.
Abstract: This invention discloses a necktie, in which a knot shaped tying member is provided separately from a necktie main body, and a rear side of the tying member is divided into right and left sides so that the necktie main body may be inserted between the divided end sections, and in which after the insertion, an engaging member provided at one end of the divided end sections of the tying member is engaged with a hook provided at another end, thereby a clearance between the divided end sections is closed.
Abstract: A built-in core body (10) for forming a ready-made knot of a necktie, by which a neat knot (4) is easily formed and permanently maintained, comprising an outer shell (11), a presser member (12), and a release member (13). A narrow band (2b) of a tie body (2) is inserted in a channel (17) formed in the interior of the outer shell (11) in a double-folded state and the knot (4) is formed around the core body (10) in a conventional manner. The upward movement of the narrow band (2b) through the core body (10) is inhibited by the action of the presser member (12) while the downward movement thereof is free. Upward movement of the narrow band (2b) is allowed when the release member (13) is operated to release the presser member (12) from engagement with the narrow band (2b).
Abstract: A necktie has a slide fastener including a slide means, a knot portion having an opening therethrough, and a front tie portion depending from said knot portion. A rear tie portion has a lower end extending through said opening and has an upper neck embracing loop, said neck embracing loop having interlockable means. The slide means is operatively connected to said interlockable means for interlocking and unlocking said interlockable means upon relative movement between said interlockable means and said slide means for varying the size of said neck embracing loop. The interlocking means comprises a loop defined by a single slide fastener stringer having a continuous string of interlocked elements of identical construction.
Abstract: A pretied necktie comprising a semirigid knot support, a front tie member fixed to and wrapped around the knot support, and a rear tie member having a loop-shaped, neck-encircling upper end which can be enlarged or reduced in size by means of a zip fastener comprising two continuous strings of interlockable elements that are symmetrically secured onto opposite portions of the loop and pass through a slider connected to the knot support. The slider comprises a small elongated hooking member integrally projecting from one of its side. This hooking member acts as the male element of a snap fastener. The female element of this snap fastener is defined by a small slot provided in the front wall of the knot support. The use of such a snap fastener makes the pretied necktie very easy to assemble.
Abstract: A holder for pre-tied neckties. The necktie includes a slide fastener and two slide-fastener tapes to be joined by the slide fastener. Where the knot is to be formed, a knot supporting and shaping member is provided. A pair of plastic tubes extends up from the supporting and shaping member and another pair of tubes extends downwardly therefrom. A respective one of the upper and lower tubes together define a pathway for one of the slide-fastener tapes from above to below the supporting and shaping member. The plastic tubes extend towards the shaping member in approximately a V shape to define a X shape thereat. At least the upper plastic tubes may be covered with necktie material.
Abstract: A necktie knot simulator. The knot simulator is adapted to be slidably positioned along a necktie and to fixedly detachably engage a portion of the necktie to maintain the knot simulator in the desired position on the tie.
Abstract: A one-piece, neck-encircling long necktie having a know form and snap means comprising a single piece of synthetic perma-press, one-way stretchable fabric having a single seam centered in the backside of the tie and having its ends formed from three-layer folds to provide a semi-pointed shape and including a knot form positioned approximately midway in said tie comprising a molded, flexible single member having an upper flap with a longitudinal groove therein separated from a mid-portion by a fold line of reduced thickness, a middle portion extends downwardly and outwardly from said fold line to a transverse groove, and a lower part portion extending downwardly from said transverse groove and holes for attaching snap means therein and a lower rounded edge.
Abstract: Disclosed is a novel pre-tied necktie having an inner tie with one end formed as a flexible opening and zip fastener disposed therein, an outer tie containing a wide end of a conventional necktie, and a knot support with a hole near the lower end of the front wall. The upper end of the outer tie and the slider plate of the zip fastener are fixed in the hole of the knot support. When the knot is preset upon the support, the necktie can be donned with one hand. If necessary a M-shaped clamping device can be mounted on the support and thereby enhance its stability.
Abstract: A necktie assembly easily fittable and removable to a wearer's neck without tying or untying a knot thereof, which comprises a tie body having a shape similar to a traditional tie and a knot formed by tying a part of the tie body around a core body. The core body has a channel by which a free end of the tie body can be inserted into the knot while keeping a neatly folded shape thereof. The necktie assembly may have a pin or the like built-in the core body for securing the necktie.
Abstract: A form for a ready-made necktie includes a form body having a pair of outwardly and rearwardly extending wings, a pair of spaced arms which extend rearwardly from the body adjacent the upper end thereof, a shaft which extends between the arms, a pin which extends rearwardly from the body in downwardly spaced relation to the arms, and a clamping member which is pivotally received on the shaft. The form body is constructed for receiving a permanently tied necktie thereon, and the clamping member of the form is operable for clampingly securing the form and the permanently tied necktie on the collar of a shirt of a wearer. The form body, the arms, the shaft and the pin are adapted for unitary construction, and the clamping member is easily assembled on the shaft so that manufacturing costs are minimized.
Abstract: Discloses a convertible necktie structure having a triangular knot body defining a generally cylindrical socket extending into a first angle of the body and releasable strap connection elements extending from the other two angles of the body with a first fabric draped across a generally convex front of the body and around the two sides of the body which extend from the socket to each of the other two angles. A fabric retaining element defined by the body retains the fabric in draped position. A generally cylindrical plug fitted and latched into the socket grasps a necktie streamer provided of a second fabric to complete the appearance of a necktie formed of the first fabric and the second fabric. A retaining neck strap releasably connects to the strap connection elements. The fabric retainer elements are hooking pins defined by the body and hooked into the first fabric.
Abstract: A support and fastening means for producing a pre-tied necktie, using a modified form of body member and spring clamp thereon, in which the spring clamp and body member eliminate costly and expensive labor while producing a superior product. This result is accomplished by molding the body member with a horizontally slotted front arm which slidably receives the spring clamp, the body member and spring clamp further having complementary prong and opening means respectively, so formed as to inter-engage with a snap, and non-removable relationship. The body member further is molded with front positioning means for the spring clamp. In addition, a rear post for elevating or tilting the formed knot forwardly, or more horizontally, is also molded integrally with the body member for improving the appearance of the knot. As a result, it remains only necessary to snap the spring clamp into place without requiring any riveting or the like, while nevertheless producing a more firmly and better operating support assembly.
Abstract: A simulatd knotted necktie composed of a hollow knot shaped body having a main front face, a rear face with a first hole centrally arranged and having a lower lip, a bottom face with a hole and a top surface with the side walls of the body each having an opening adjacent the top face and a necktie length with a display tail overlaying and jacketing the main body face, a rear tail and a neck loop length between the tails with the neck loop length extending from said body openings and the rear tail or hidden tail extending from the bottom hole and the display tail extending from the rear face hole with the rear face of the display tail overlaying the main face of the body and a keeper to hold the display tail in snug jacketing relation of the main face of the body to simulate a knot of a necktie of predetermined style.