The bow tie is believed to have originated among Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian wars of the 17th century: the Croat mercenaries used a scarf around the neck to hold together the opening of their shirts. This style was soon adopted by the upper classes in France and flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today it is making a comeback in menswear and the splashier the pattern, the more popular. This month I’ve chosen two artisan companies, Beau Ties Ltd. and Individually Twisted, which make amazing holiday bow ties — handmade in the U.S.A.
Based in Vermont, Beau Ties Ltd. creates handmade bow ties that are the perfect gift for all of the men in your life. Aside from their vast selection, I chose them this year for thier new tie to bow tie conversion program. For $35 you can send in any long necktie – perhaps a meaningful tie from your boyfriend, dad, husband or colleague, and turn it into a brand new bow tie. Beau Ties pays for shipping both ways and it is a one a kind gift.
There is a large selection of Christmas and Hanukkah patterns to choose from. Beau Ties Ltd. has neckwear for all occasions and will convert any tie that you send them.
This dual fabric crimson and green paisley print will certainly make a statement at any holiday party. This 80s flashback is my favorite pick for 2015.
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Individually Twisted is a creative jewelry design company based in Pennsylvania that recently stumbled on the bow tie craze. I attended a Halloween dinner party and wore a bow tie with a festive candy corn print — it was a huge hit. I received the tie as a gift from Individually Twisted and everyone I encountered at the event wanted one.
I learned that they make bow ties for all occasions with fabrics and prints that celebrate each season and holiday — they are as original as a holiday cartoon animation and as classic as your favorite carol. This happy accident came about as they originated as hairclips for girls (the bow ties clip on the collar). What is now developing is that you can order them individually or make a father/daughter matching set.
The bow tie never truly went out of fashion; it just took a few creative artisans to make the neckwear fun, whimsical and attractive for today’s male.