Letter: Ties in a bind

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The Independent Culture

Sir: Why have men's ties become so boring? Husband and son-in-law have asked for more ties like their favourites: lovely swirly abstract patterns in subtle colours which always draw compliments

All one can get now - anywhere - is repetitive ostriches or miserable little geometrical designs looking as though they have all been done on a computer - which they probably have

Is it all part of the fast food culture, or are there no artists left in the fabric industry? Or is it just that most men are boring?