Knotty and nice: Vancouver tie shops

With the holiday season almost here, no doubt the invitations to formal gatherings are filling the inbox. For the men out there, there are few places where you can let your sartorial self shine more brightly than with your tie selection. Luckily, men’s boutiques are flourishing and many carry distinctive versions of this accessory.

Roden Gray

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8 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1A4

This super-stylin’ high-end men’s boutique on Water Street offers some truly gorgeous ties. Dark and appropriately narrow, patterns are subtle with green, red, black or grey plaids in wool, herringbone patterns in grey and blue, silk in retro black and more whimsical ties with small ducks or polka dots for a playful but still professional look. They also offer a small selection of dapper bowties for the dandies among us.

Harry Rosen

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39G-700 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1K8

The giant of Canadian men’s wear, Harry Rosen is a mecca for ties, bowties and pocket squares — the accessories that really allow men to showcase some personal flair. From formal to funky, wide to super-skinny, silk to linen to cotton, the selection of brand-name ties at this department store is sure to inspire the right purchase for any semi-dressy to formal occasion. Overwhelmed by the rainbow of choice? Their knowledgeable floor staff are happy to help.

Fortknight

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46 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1B4

Dedicated to all things manly when it comes to style, Fortknight is a full-service boutique selling everything from whisky rocks to grooming products. They even have an on-site barber offering straight-razor hot shaves if you’re ready for a clean face. The tie collection here is of the bow variety — adorable little neck accessories in plain bright colours, two-tone plaids, even silk black ties with a brightly coloured underside, perfect for the modern Tom Ford tuxedo. Here, men, they have all your sartorial needs taken care of.

Boboli

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2776 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J3

While this high-end men’s and women’s boutique could be right off of 5th Avenue in New York, it’s equally at home in Vancouver’s South Granville neighbourhood. With designer labels, styles and prices for the mature set, Boboli offers a range of exquisite, well made ties from a selection of fine fashion houses. Sales clerks are delighted to take their time with you and help you choose the perfect one to suit the occasion and your personality.

Haven Apparel Inc

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52 Cordova St E, Vancouver, BC V6A 1K2

Haven manages a perfect mix between urban street wear and rustic outdoors wear, ideal for our Canadian wilderness. Wool toques, distressed jeans and cozy flannel plaid shirts are at home beside leather jackets and peacoats, suede boots and, of course ties. But even this office staple projects a laid-back vibe with Haven’s selection of bright colours and patterns in knobby wool with flat bottoms. The perfect accessory to go with your slick new Adidas kicks.

Neighbour Shop

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125-12 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1A5

Impeccably stylish with very little effort — this is the vibe conveyed at this Water Street men’s store. Crisp, casual and neutral but embellished with subtle design flair — a denim shirt in ombré, colour-blocked sweatshirts, unique buttons — make every item sold here a strong long-term investment for your closet. Ties are no different. Cotton or silk ties in plain pastels or masculine large, diagonal stripes fit right in at either the law office or the summer garden party. One more element adding to your effortless style.

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