This is the first installment in the 'Beau-ties' (bow-ties) column which will publish weekly men's fashion and trends. And what could be more fitting for the first than vintage bow-ties?
Personally I've always thought bow-ties were cool (ahem, Matt Smith), but now they seem to be appearing everywhere! Not those black and other dull bow-ties your grandfather wore though. Bow-ties are the new skinny tie ca. 2010. They add personality to any outfit with fun patterns and colours.
One day, while searching for "vintage bow-ties", I came across this classically preppy New England store, General Knot & Co. Unfortunately, the story of the brand didn't start with "two guys walk into a bar carrying an alligator and penguin". The real story; however, of two stylish guys with a shared love of vintage meeting at a New York train station fits the brand and its image perfectly.
This brand with it's tagline- "Made in New England" is an All-American brand that uses vintage fabrics (even as early as World War II). Because of their use of vintage fabric, different styles are available in very limited quantities- order your favourites fast. To prove how cool and exclusive your tie is, each bow-tie or necktie comes with a card with the ties' order in the collection. Along with bow-ties and neckties, they also make pocket squares and- in collaboration with Alyson Brown of Unruly Things- Little Knot Kids (some even match a Dad version).
|1970's Classic Newport Bow-tie (just 17 produced)|
US $68 (click photo to see details)
|Mini Jacquared Navy Floral & Crimson Plaid Bow-tie|
US $68 (click photo for details)
Not skilled at tying your bow-ties or neckties? No problem, General Knot & Co does and their illustrated step-by-step instructions for bow-ties, a half-windsor knot, and four-in-hand knot are super simple. I actually used their bow-tie instructions in my room too. Take a piece of ribbon, fabric, or even a bow-tie and add a cute bow-tie style bow to your curtains.
|General Knot & Co's "How to Tie a Bow-tie"|
What do you think of General Knot & Co and their vintage ties? Let me know in the comments below.