The Grenadine Tie

Grenadine-Ties

A staple of the Connery Bond wardrobe is the dark solid tie. In Dr. No and From Russia With Love that tie was always a dark navy grenadine tie from Turnbull & Asser. Let’s not confuse that with the silk knit ties that he wears throughout Goldfinger. While the grenadine might look similar in texture to the knit tie, they are completely unrelated. I’m sure you’re familiar with the knit tie, which somewhat resembles a sock. It’s a tube of knit silk with a straight hem at the bottom, though some are made with triangular bottoms. It’s a casual tie (which might seem like an oxymoron these days) and disliked by many. Yet is was worn by the literary Bond and made it to a few films as well.

But for now we will discuss the grenadine tie. Grenadine silk is woven, not knit, and the tie is constructed like any normal tie: it has folds, an interlining and of course a triangular tip. It’s a luxurious silk, very delicate and much more formal than a knit tie. In black it makes an excellent funeral tie, and this is exactly what James Bond wears to the funeral at the beginning of Thunderball.

I know of two weavers of grenadine silk, Fermo Fossati and Seteria Bianchi, both in Italy. Most of the grenadine tiemakers get their silk from these weavers. There are two different types of grenadine silk: Garza Grossa (pictured above) and Garza Fina (below left), the former being the type that James Bond wore. Turnbull & Asser still makes Garza Grossa grenadine ties, and they can also be found at many other stores on Jermyn Street and elsewhere. You may also find “mock” grenadine (below right), which can still be very nice.

Grenadine

18 thoughts on “The Grenadine Tie

  1. I started watching James Bond movies in my middle school years. Pierce Brosnan was my generation's Bond and still is, and he inspired my own sense of style from that early age. In many ways, Bond influenced me more than anybody else in my life. Its thanks to 007 that I never dressed solvenly in my teens/early 20s like so many others my age. Now at 25, Im still the best dressed person I know!! :)

    Your blog is a welcome addition to my daily reading. Keep up the good work.

  2. The more I read the more I wonder, how would you Matt, have Bond dress in BOND 23?

    Perhaps that's a question for later though, as Dr. No is still being covered!

  3. Grenadines are lovely and a staple in my wardrobe and I think that they are more practical than the knits.

    Unfortunately the ones you get at shops are very thick and result in large knot (four in hand).

    I get mine from Sam Hober, who custom makes them, and I specify them with a thinner inner lining which allows a smaller knot…more like Sir Sean!!!

    http://www.samhober.com/grenadine-silk-ties/

  4. I got a midnight blue grenadine from Hober in a narrower width so I could tie mine the same. It's a fantastic tie!

  5. So, how close is the current version of the Turnbull & Asser Navy Grenadine tie to that in Dr. No?

  6. Matt,
    I remember you told me before Sean Connery wore different shades of blue grenadines, and was wondering. Would he wear lighter shades of blue to offset his navy suit albeit being a darker color and therefore making his grenadines stick out?

  7. Great article. What do you think of the grenadine ties on the house of ties website? It looks like they have three versions of the navy tie, each of different widths. Do you think the weave also differs between the versions?

    • I see. Which of the two grossa versions would be the best width match for Connery’s in your opinion, 8cm or 7.5cm?

    • In Dr. No they were probably around 8cm, and more like 7.5cm after that. 8cm won’t look as silly after the current fashion trends pass, and that’s what I would recommend.

  8. Matt do you recommend the Linkson Jack ties featured on the top right of the page? Do they closely resemble the ones used in the films?

    • Yes, I recommend them. They are very well made. If you get a tie custom made from them, request that the back side of the silk be used for something like what Turnbull & Asser makes. I’ve discussed that with Linkson and they can do it.

    • I wouldn’t even consider it an “alternative”. It’s a real grenadine at a fantastic price. Grab it while it’s still available!

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