The summer holidays are with us and as ever, summer months bring plenty of social opportunities where you can choose a style to suit the event, but also make a personal fashion statement. The bow tie is the ideal outfit accompaniment to achieve a unique look, whether you are going for an informal look complementing smart jeans and a crisp shirt, or going for the more formal look in a sharp suit.

black bow tiesBow ties are great for summer styles, as they have a natural funkiness that can lift an otherwise straight forward outfit and can go with a jacketless look easily, so you can pull off a really cool look in short shirt sleeves and stay cool, literally.

So what kind of events can really rock with a bow tie? We have regular customers who pretty much wear our ties for all occasions, from everyday to going out. Most however, are buying a bow tie for a certain special event, such as a prom, a wedding or to wear to a more formal event. We even have customers regularly wearing for festivals and rock concerts!

What we do know at BTBD, is that the trend for wearing bow ties is increasing, and that’s globally. But the difference these days is that wearers are demanding higher quality and real luxury, that’s exactly what we are striving to provide.

Purchasers of our range of hand made bow ties have given us feedback that they would never go back to a cheap mass produced tie again after experiencing our ties, sure, cheap bow ties do the job on a basic level, but what’s the point in paying for a quality shirt, shoes and possibly a suit or jacket and then skimping on the bow tie?

With a BTBD bow tie, you can tell the difference as soon as you receive and open our luxurious packaging, you can see the quality of our bow ties a mile away, and the best bit, everyone else around you will aswell. So we believe if you are thinking of buying a bow tie, it’s worth going for the best.

With proper care, your BTBD bow tie will last you a lifetime. Worth the investment and who knows, it might be the start of a collection for you!

The habits of a designer are those that not many people experience in their lifetime. Through working with the designer Zarazz on his Bow Tie By Design line I was able to engulf myself into a mere glimpse into the crazy and upside down world of these secretive people. When I first walked into Zarazzs’ studio I witnessed rooms filled to the brim with an indecipherable pile of papers and material. On close inspection many of his scribbles still remained unrecognisable, a mix between English phrases, scribbles and the faint outline of a bow tie masked with digits and smoothly drawn curved lines. I took to not touching any of the papers or silks and I think my decision was a welcomed one, as although this studio had seemed to have experienced a theft in search of some secretive safe, which had led to the landscape of mess. To Zarazz this wasn’t an oxymoronic experience which made little sense to any unsuspecting passer by this was an organised library.

Knowing that I could never design a bow tie as outstanding as his, I kept my opinions to myself, but the crazed mountains of work had blown me away. Locking himself away for weeks on end to invent the next prototype of his bow tie, it was no wonder his studio appeared as it did, and as much as I had criticised it one thing remained true. The bow tie that came out of the end of all this mess was one so perfectly designed, so precisely tailored, that it all made sense. Redesigning the classic bow tie shape, historically rooted in centuries of tailoring, but with an elegant modern twist, this controlled chaos was all in the name of art. To redesign the simplest of bow tie shapes into an outstanding piece of expert craftsmanship must take a man who is a little bit crazy.

The Bow Tie By Design collection is the fruition of three artisan designers; Zarazz, Matilda Flynn and Pascal Dino. Sourcing the highest quality English silk and having British seamstresses with 7 generations of experience craft each bow tie. Bow Tie By Design have created some of the highest quality bow ties on the market. Through years of developing the project after being dissatisfied with the current luxury bow tie market. Bow Tie By Design have created what we consider the perfect bow ties. Knowing that in every man’s bow tie collection there is one that must stand out, that is prized more than others.

The bow tie is the tie to end all ties, the knot par excellence.” – Bow Tie By Design

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Up until recently I had kept my bow ties in box waiting for an event that would be fit for my bow tie. Although I used my bow ties whenever I got the chance I would never wear them in a casual setting. This all changed on a Saturday in mid October when planning on what I would wear a small spark inside of me opted for wearing the bow tie out in a casual setting. I picked out a casual shirt, and blazer and wore one of my finest bow ties, and although I would have not usually done such a thing, the decision was bliss.

Immediately upon wearing the bowtie I felt my confidence escalate, I knew I was standing out, but I had no insecurities. I felt so fulfilled with my bow tie and my look that sense of self doubt cascaded over me. I ventured out into the world a more confident man, and upon arriving the bar that I had intended to visit my confidence was uplifted even more so. From getting out of the car and walking into the bar I had received a culmination of 3 compliments on my look, a stark contrast to my normal experience. I rejoiced in another compliment by the barmaid upon ordering my drinks and throughout the night the bow tie not only became apart of my look making me more confident. It also provided a night filled with surprising conversation from strangers. Both men and women approaching me talking to me about my bow tie and asking about my choice to wear it.

I had never expected to have such a alternate experience due to wearing such a small piece of clothing. However in a bar filled with only undone collars and neck ties, I guess to most it was a fresh of breath air, an exploration into something new, and a way to bring a schism into the already rigid dress code. To those intending to wear a bow tie on a casual occasion, I would recommend nothing more. Nothing matches numerous compliments and a night of intellectual conversations with strangers.