Very cool vintage 1970s High Fashion Necktie from COUNTESS MARA NEW YORK.
Nice sleek shiny metallic fabric with woven diagonal bands and stripes in red, black, silver & blue from Countess Mara, New York for Woolf Brothers. A great tie nicely constructed with reinforced neck area and fully lined in an off-white silky fabric with CM logo and crown woven throughout. The tie also has the Countess Mara "CM" and crown logo embroidered on front of tie in black thread.
The tie has its original Countess Mara, New York label as well as a label from Martin's of Louisville, Kentucky where the tie was originally purchased.
A beautiful, elegant tie!
Countess Mara ties featured several novel marketing decisions. She had her initials featured on the outside blade of each tie, ensuring that they were instantly recognizable. The ties were made in very limited quantities, typically only fifteen dozen per design, and they were comparatively expensive. This led to their becoming collector's items, sought after by celebrities and fashion-conscious businessmen. Other tie manufacturers, noticing her success, copied her business model and hired artists to imitate her tie designs. In 1944 Countess Mara was awarded the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award in recognition of the influence her ties had had upon fashion. One of the most high-profile wearers of Countess Mara neckwear was Frank Sinatra, who sometimes wore one-of-a-kind custom ties made especially for him by the firm.
Maker/Label: Countess Mara, New York for Martin's, Louisville
Length Tip to Tip: 57-1/2"
Width at Widest Point: 3-1/2"
Width at Narrowest Point: 1-1/8"
Condition: Would be excellent except for minor fraying at tip of lining material