Very cool vintage 1970s High Fashion Necktie from COUNTESS MARA NEW YORK.
Nice, heavy, shiny material with woven diagonal bands in varying shades of brown and blue. The tie retains its original embroidered brown Countess Mara label on back. In addition, there is an embroidered label from Stix Baer & Fuller where the tie was originally purchased. The tie also has a Countess Mara "CM" and crown logo embroidered on front of tie in brown threads. The tie is nicely made with reinforced neck area and is fully lined in a white silky taffeta material. 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 Stix, Baer & Fuller
Length Tip to Tip: 59"
Width at Widest Point: 3-3/4"
Width at Narrowest Point: 1-1/4"