The bow tie 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 was soon adopted (under the name cravat, derived from the French for “Croat”) by the upper classes in France, then a leader in fashion, and flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries.
In recent years, amongst the more dapper of men, we have seen a strong revival in the wearing of bow ties. Once confined to the realms of accompanying formal events and formal wear at balls, weddings and grand dinners, the renaissance of the bow tie is omnipresent.
Whether just to flourish a day outfit or freshen up an ensemble for a night out, bow ties are a statement of style and sartorial confidence. Think of Tom Ford who, almost single-handedly, has stipulated that the bow tie is ‘de rigueur’ in the wardrobe of any aspirant fashionable man.
Such has been the rise of the bow tie, which most design houses and reputable retailers, as a staple, offer a large range to suit all tastes and needs.
At TheTrendspotter, we are enamoured of the bow tie offerings from some specialist, homespun labels who are devoted to the cause of the bow tie revival. All three labels offer bow ties for the modern man. Vibrant colour palettes, prints, fabric and texture, are moulded into smart and stylish bow ties that render the wearer as a confidant man of this era.
‘LOLICU‘ is the brainchild of Melbourne based and Italian-born emigre, Paolo Lolicata. Raised in Syracuse, Lolicata grew up inspired by the rich culture and traditions of his homeland which instilled in him a love for creative design. Growing up, Lolicata had all his garments custom-made by his mother which further encouraged the lead philosophy behind his label, LOLICU. The individuality of design and that every bow tie Lolicata makes is unique, are key elements of this label. As Lolicata says, “Every piece I make today is made as mama taught me. With love care and individuality.”
his handsome self
‘his handsome self‘, touts itself as a men’s accessory company specialising in unique items for the discerning man. Presently this specialisation extends to bow ties and kerchiefs. This Melbourne label is unique in that it’s range of self- tie bow ties are all completely reversible making them the most versatile bow ties in the market. ‘his handsome self’ prides itself on the fact that all materials used are meticulously sourced, and all pieces are handcrafted in Melbourne. Interestingly Rohan Browne, Creative Director of ‘his handsome self’ comes from a background in theatre and these unique bow ties and kerchiefs bare traits of grand artistry and drama while remaining modern and ‘on trend’.
B.TIES‘ is a company formed by four creative friends from Victoria and New South Wales who banded together -merged by a love of creativity, design and fun- to start up a venture offering fun pre-tied bow ties for the man at an affordable price range. As their ‘modus operandi’ states if you let them, they would be very grateful to adorn you and your loved ones with brightly coloured and beautifully designed bow ties and more. Indeed bold colour and pattern are key features of the fun and vibrant bow ties from B.TIES.
With party season in full flight and the need to look dapper and always sartorially splendid, perhaps dear gents, it’s time to take the plunge and invest in some fantastic bow ties. Remember a well attired and accessorised man shouts of confidence and will always be admired and remembered.