• Social Primer Classic Collection Ties

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    K. Cooper Ray is doing it again. He is putting his signature twist on traditional neck-wear. First, it was his reversible bow ties with Brooks Brothers. And now? Now it is long ties with contrasting knots and blades under the Social Primer (a word play on the dual meaning of the word, yet takes the long pronunciation of the "i") label. While down in Charleston working with Ray, I got a closer look at the English silk ties that are made right here in America.

    For starters, Ray plays with classic preppy stripe layouts, colors, and motifs that practically go with everything. You want that in a tie. He keeps the width to a slim 2 3/4" and designs for the accommodation of most knots, including the only two you really need to know: the four-in-hand and double four-in-hand. My favorite is the cheekily named Theta which boasts a navy/gold repp stripe blade with a blue/red stripe knot. Fair warning though—learning to take a compliment is a prerequisite to knotting one up. They are conversation starters. But then, so is K. Cooper Ray.

    Check out the Social Primer shop and name your favorite tie in the comments with a valid email address for a chance to win it. The name I pull out of the hat Friday will be the one tying one around their neck.

    Apr 3, 2013 | Permalink (96) Total Comments

    AP Bagwell left a comment on 4/12/2013 at 8:17 AM:

    Love the Delta.


    Stefan left a comment on 4/12/2013 at 1:12 AM:

    Theta. Without a doubt.


    Colin H. left a comment on 4/12/2013 at 12:24 AM:

    The Delta is top knot. (Excuse me, I meant “notch.”)


    Jeannette left a comment on 4/11/2013 at 10:47 PM:

    Love them all… but Delta is just about perfect.


    Randall left a comment on 4/11/2013 at 7:41 PM:

    The Chi Tie is my hands down favorite


    Christian Werge left a comment on 4/11/2013 at 9:58 AM:

    Omega is Amazing!


    Chad Savage left a comment on 4/11/2013 at 9:44 AM:

    Broad Stripes and Bright Stars. obviously.


    Joe Angell left a comment on 4/11/2013 at 7:45 AM:

    Great blog keep up the awesome work. I really like the Theta. The contrast in color is great. What a great site Social Primer is,


    Eric W. left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 11:30 PM:

    Broad Strips and Bright Stars! One of the most amazing ties that I have ever seen!


    Erin left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 10:16 PM:

    The Omega is a classic.


    W F Buckley left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 9:44 PM:

    Pi is quite sharp and ready for Locust Valley.


    Sterling Mayerlen left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 8:57 PM:

    Ill be wearing the Gamma to UF in the fall whether I win it or not.


    Shane Z left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 8:26 PM:

    I have to say that the Delta is my favourite.  Not to loud but not subtle to the point of being boring.


    Zach left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 6:10 PM:

    The Delta is my favorite. Cool idea for ties.


    jeremy mcmahan left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 5:41 PM:

    I dig the Kappa


    Jeremiah L. Moore left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 4:12 PM:

    I am from the Arkansas, Delta. It is my favored tie.


    Zac Garrard left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 3:45 PM:

    I like your taste in ties. Theta caught my eye quickly.


    Hayden Hairston left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 3:43 PM:

    I would love the Broad Stripes and Bright Stars!


    D.A. Smith left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 3:37 PM:

    I’m a Delta man.


    Seth Johnson left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 3:34 PM:

    Phi


    Mike Mason left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 3:23 PM:

    Fred, I couldn’t believe the number of comments until I saw that you were giving away one of these great-looking ties. Love the blog, keep up the excellent work. The Gamma would be my first choice, for sure.


    Jeremy Pushkin left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 3:18 PM:

    Love the Theta


    Robert left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 3:05 PM:

    Broad Stripes & Bright Stars is the greatest tie I have ever laid my eyes upon. I have to have one.


    Riley Solomon left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 3:02 PM:

    Gamma.


    Lorenzo Mitil left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 2:56 PM:

    Beta!


    Chase left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 2:56 PM:

    I like the Delta!


    Vince left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 2:56 PM:

    GAMMA


    Chris left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 2:55 PM:

    Chi is my favorite. Tough choice though.


    Arturo R Macias left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 2:53 PM:

    DELTA Δ


    Monroe, Pierce left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 2:37 PM:

    Delta


    Lori Vitro left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 1:38 PM:

    BETA for sure!


    Sarah S. left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 1:18 PM:

    Delta, certainly.


    M.L. Hancock left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 12:25 PM:

    Cock of the walk what I would prefer the “PHI” be named. Great looking ties btw.


    Len left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 12:03 PM:

    Beta is me.


    V Clever left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 10:56 AM:

    Broad Stripes & Bright Stars will be mine whether I win or not.  USA!


    Robin left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 10:04 AM:

    The BETA is very nice. Looks summery.


    MDH left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 9:59 AM:

    OMICRON.


    DB left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 9:58 AM:

    I agree with you on the Theta! I would love to tie one on.


    David left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 9:56 AM:

    Omicron. Love the contrasting pink & green. Classic.


    LFDIII left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 8:57 AM:

    Got to go with PHI.


    Tobias Roberts left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 8:54 AM:

    Social Primer by K. Cooper Ray 1st Edition Long CHI
    I live by a lake and this would fit in nicely.


    JMH left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 8:35 AM:

    Considering how long I’ve followed the two of you separately, it’s good to see my two favorite American menswear bloggers joining forces!

    Social Primer by K. Cooper Ray 1st Edition Long PHI


    Joakim left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 7:58 AM:

    Social Primer by K. Cooper Ray 1st Edition Long PHI


    Mark D. Cooley left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 6:01 AM:

    Haven’t commented on here for awhile!

    anyway….

    The Omega for sure! classic stripe patter with nautical knots!? can’t beat it!


    BB left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 5:46 AM:

    Really like the Theta tie.


    Dan left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 5:44 AM:

    Broad Stripes and bright stars is the pick of the litter.


    Benjamin David left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 3:04 AM:

    Omega is a beauty.


    Colin A left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 1:19 AM:

    Gotta agree with you on the Theta tie.


    KMD left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 1:14 AM:

    Broad Stripes & Bright Stars - can’t beat it aesthetically


    John Roy left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 12:43 AM:

    I always get compliments on my SP ties; Theta is my favorite, though!


    BBGahman left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 11:24 PM:

    The Broad Stripes & Bright Stars is certainly my favorite.  An American-made tie that does not just portray, but bleeds red, white, and blue.


    C left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 10:51 PM:

    Chi, for sure.


    Doug M left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 10:18 PM:

    Theta is amazing.  Would love to wear that tie.


    Raphael left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 10:09 PM:

    Gotta go with Gamma.


    Mark L. left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 9:58 PM:

    There’s a reason why Alpha comes first…its the boldest trendsetter!


    Aidan Sank left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 9:23 PM:

    Definitely Chi!!!!!


    Harry left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 8:37 PM:

    Fred - isn’t it the contrasting tail that creates the contrasting knot?


    J.C. Moylan left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 8:25 PM:

    Broad Stripes and Bright Stars!


    matt left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 8:23 PM:

    PHI.


    dbd left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 8:13 PM:

    Theta!


    ZG left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 7:50 PM:

    Theta.


    Steve Eubank left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 7:46 PM:

    BROAD STRIPES & BRIGHT STARS


    JONATHAN GUIDRY left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 7:33 PM:

    Absolutely love the entire line, but if I had to only choose one it would have to be the CHI!


    Andrew left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 7:30 PM:

    Sucker for the Delta or Theta.


    Mike Francis left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 7:14 PM:

    Chi all the way.


    Mitchell D left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 6:55 PM:

    Omega all day.


    cam left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 6:38 PM:

    Beta. Thanks fred


    BCW left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 6:32 PM:

    Theta is gorgeous. Classic and understated, I love it.


    Steven D. Andrews left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 6:26 PM:

    Let me be the first to love on BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS! To some, perhaps a gimmick- but if you are already a man with a reputation for making bold choices work, it’s the perfect statement.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 6:18 PM:

    @Harry—While several companies, including Tommy Hilfiger, have played with contrastivg blades, I don’t believe any of them did a contrasting knot.


    Harry left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 6:12 PM:

    Everyone knows that Tommy Hilfiger made (perhaps still makes) contrasting ties just like this for years, yes? How can this be his “signature twist” when it’s already been done/is being done by another, similar designer working in, essentialy, the same space?


    Alex W left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 5:42 PM:

    Theta


    Langdon Hartsock left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 5:27 PM:

    Chi

    *McNugget*


    Christopher Sloce left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 5:19 PM:

    The Phi is nice and subtle. I like it quite a bit.


    Bob left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 5:12 PM:

    That Delta is a beauty!


    William Lucy left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 5:11 PM:

    I like Pi - as unconventional as all the rest, but so discreet that only a discerning eye would even notice.


    Amy left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 5:06 PM:

    Dressing up my Dad, my Brother and my Boyfriend is my favorite hobby. I think the Delta and the Omega would both fit the bill.


    Tim T left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:59 PM:

    oh, the SIGMA is bound to get the convo started… I like that one!


    Grayson D left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:59 PM:

    The Phi is absolutely the way to go!


    Clay left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:57 PM:

    I hate to pick the overwhelmingly dominant choice, but the Delta is astonishing! The combination of baby-blue-repp stripe and pin dots is perfect.


    Marcus left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:55 PM:

    The gamma is incredible


    Mary Frances left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:53 PM:

    I love the Delta.


    Kyle left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:44 PM:

    Gamma-unlike anything I own


    Al left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:44 PM:

    Gamma!


    Christopher left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:29 PM:

    The Delta is amazing!


    James left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:29 PM:

    Hard to choose but ...Sigma


    Andrew S. left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:25 PM:

    1st Edition Long Chi!


    courtney chavis left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:23 PM:

    CHI


    Robert Nero left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:22 PM:

    I love the blue polka dot tie in the middle!


    Ted left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:20 PM:

    Lambda.


    Josh left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:19 PM:

    Delta!


    C. Therkildsen left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:19 PM:

    PHI all the way! As much as it pains me to go against my own pledge class of Omicron, you have to pick red roosters when they are available.


    Kory left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:18 PM:

    All of they are wonderful. Put I would like PHI.


    Wm Thomas left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:17 PM:

    Beta.


    David Gogel left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 4:06 PM:

    Omega is the perfect tie. Should be called the Halyard though!


    Drew Gorinson left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 3:59 PM:

    DELTA.


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