It has been 100 years since Eugenio Marinella started producing discreetly patterned ties in Naples. The repeated tiny motifs or flowers have become the brand’s trademark, but it is the five- (£130), seven- (£150), and nine-fold (£170) constructions (pictured above) that really set it apart (conventional ties have three). These ties open up on the reverse like asymmetric concertinas to reveal patterned silk or block colours in place of a lining. Marinella’s ties are favoured by many heads of state, whose letters of praise are proudly displayed by third-generation Maurizio in the Maddox Street shop. Prince Charles is also a fan.