One day when I was in my early 20s, I saw a diagram in a newspaper of a particularly good knot for neckties. The memorable thing at that point was that it was the one used by Mikhail Gorbachev. I tried it, liked it, and have been using that knot ever since. The interesting thing about it is that the tie starts out wrong-side out, with the seam of the tie showing.

Recently, I saw a YouTube video which turned out to be a demonstration of the very same thing I had been doing for 25 years. The video called it the “Shelby” knot. Here is a demonstration of how to tie this particular knot: