Very cool vintage 1970s High Fashion Necktie from COUNTESS MARA NEW YORK.
Beautiful sleek silky "SISTINE SATIN" fabric with printed foulard geometric designs in silver and blue. The tie has a black "Countess Mara New York" label. The tie also has a keeper loop label from REYNOLDS-PENLAND where the tie was originally purchased. In addition, the tie has the "CM" and crown embroidered in burgundy thread on front of tie. The tie is nicely made with reinforced neck area and is fully lined in a white silky material. A beautiful, elegant tie in nice condition.
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.
Material: "Sistine Satin"
Maker/Label: Countess Mara, New York for REYNOLDS-PENLAND
Length Tip to Tip: 58-1/2"
Width at Widest Point: 3-1/2"
Width at Narrowest Point: 1"
Condition: Excellent, only flaw is some light soiling to lining (not seen when worn).