Say goodbye to the tie?
- By Jack Preston -
- Mar 08, 2012
As you’re probably already aware, Richard Branson is a man not short on principles or passion. He’s never one to shy away from confronting the big issues, although there’s one topic which particularly gets him riled.
His desire to change international drug laws, encourage entrepreneurial spirit, protect the world’s animals and start exploring space all come a close second to his one man anti-tie crusade. Although the death of the tie may always be ‘the one that got away’ for the Virgin Group founder, with the neck garment seemingly flourishing around the globe.
“I don’t know why the tie was ever invented. It’s about one of the few things that Britain has exported successfully and it completely destroyed those lovely robes that the Japanese used to wear, and now everyone looks the same and dresses the same. I often have a pair of scissors in my top pocket to go cutting people’s ties off,” explained Branson to Bloomberg Businessweek.
“I do think that ties most likely are still inflicted on people because the bosses, they had to wear it for 40 years and when they get into positions of responsibility they’re damned if they’re going to not have the next generation suffer. So ties continue to exist. My lifelong campaign to get rid of the tie has failed miserably.”
Do you agree with Richard? Or are you a tie fan? Maybe you’re partial to a bowtie, in which case have a look at these beauties.