The button down oxford (read: button down collar) and the repp tie are the foundation of my wardrobe. It’s the prep set uniform. One hundred percent of the time I’m knotting up the unstudied four-in-hand knot. It’s a quick tie that is offhand at the sake of being precious. In fact, it’s so nice you can tie it twice, literally, when you reach for your spread collar shirt and suit. The knot Italians are notorious for is the same style but made by going around twice. Skip the thicker material and grab your storied repp tie for an Italian twist on an American classic. It’s finished purposely off to the left in order to manage that disheveled elegance the Italians refer to as sprezzatura. GQ shows you how.
Gianni Agnelli and grandson Lapo Elkann are two of Italy’s most recognized style icons.