How sad to learn of this. I bought my first Robert Talbott in Nordstrom in Orange Coast Plaza in 1989. Actually, two. It was my introduction to fine men's clothing and sales associates who knew how to educate men about clothing, not just ring up sales. I bought two Joseph Abboud sport coats that day too, and two pairs of slacks, the brands of which I don't remember.
Those two ties are gone, but more than 50 others have replaced them. I will treat them more carefully now, and perhaps start trolling ebay for them again. I have a few Zegnas, and I have looked at other brands in stores over the years, but quality-wise, I've never seen a better tie than the 80s-early 2000s Talbotts.