I bought three of these aprons about 8 years ago, and the ties finally began to fray from too much handling with wet hands, so I just bought two more. Although my old patterns are no longer available, the new ones are just as attractive -- and hide splashes and stains just as well. As before, the neck adjusts smoothly and without tangles. True, the fabric seems a little thinner than in the old ones, but they still feel rugged enough to last another 8 years. And so far, they've come through a machine wash very well.