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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The richest man in Ohio

This tie is brought to you by the richest man in Ohio, Mr. Leslie Wexner, founder of Limited Brands, with a net worth of $2.7 billion. Wexner founded The Limited in Columbus, Ohio, in 1963, and took the company public in 1969. The chains owned and operated by Limited Brands today are The Limited, Victoria's Secret, Express, Bath & Body Works, Henri Brendel, The White Barn Candle Co., and C. O. Bigelow. Other chains owned at one time by Limited Brands include Lane Bryant, Lerner, The Limited Too, and Abercrombie & Fitch (founded in 1892 as an outdoors/sporting gear company, bought by Limited Brands in 1988 and transformed into the dubious "lifestyle brand" it is today, and spun off into its own corporate entity in 1996). Wexner's formula for success was in spotting international fashion trends early, reproducing them in massive quantities in Asia, and selling them at competitive prices in the US before rivals could catch up. Today's tie is of the Structure brand, a store which has since been folded into the Express chain as Express Men. (They still sell ties, but the selection on the website is unexciting, to say the least.) This tie is more than a striped tie, as the main stripes are wavy and overlap in places, plus it has perpendicular stripes that technically make it a plaid tie. But it's also more than a plaid tie due to its underlying pattern of floral medallions. It's a little subdued for me, but I like its flow and multiple design layers.


Anonymous said...

Subdued! It must be because even I would wear that tie. ;) It really is quite interesting to learn so much about so many different things on a daily basis thanks to your ties and your blog. Thanks.

Burl Veneer said...

What I call "subdued," others call "tasteful," haha! Thanks for visiting!