Very cool vintage 1970s High Fashion Necktie from COUNTESS MARA NEW YORK.
Beautiful Soft Woven Necktie with diagonal stripes in navy blue, burgundy red and white on a gray background.
The tie retains its original label reading "RITRATTI by Countess Mara, New York" and there is a secondary label from Jack Henry, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City where the tie was originally purchased. A great tie nicely constructed with reinforced neck area and fully lined in a black silky taffeta material. The tie has the Countess Mara "CM" and crown logo embroidered on front of tie in burgundy thread. 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: Ritratti by Countess Mara New York for Jack Henry, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri
Length Tip to Tip: 59-1/2"
Width at Widest Point: 3-1/2"
Width at Narrowest Point: 1"