As integral to the preppy lifestyle as the navy blazer and oxford shirt, the repp tie has earned its place in the library of Ralph Lauren Classics. Although easily recognizable because of its iconic stripes, which traditionally slope downward diagonally, it is actually defined by and named for the tightly woven silk fabric with tight ribbing used to make it.
The repp tie as we know it originated in 1800s England, where it was worn and popularized in schools. Institutions adopted official colors that were featured prominently on the ties in contrasting stripes to identify where students came from, as well as their membership in certain clubs. By the 1920s, the tie was introduced to America, where Ivy League schools incorporated it as part of their uniforms.
A true classic yet always modern, the repp tie is now inextricably linked to the collegiate, preppy lifestyle and its thoroughly English heritage. Repp ties are featured every season in our men’s collections and available in an array of colors and fabrics appropriate for most occasions—from weddings to the office to semi-formal outings.
Incredibly versatile, the repp tie can be dressed up with a suit or paired with cashmere knits and jeans. Regardless of how it is worn, it is a staple for the well-dressed man.