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

If you’d like to view our collection visit www.bowtiebydesign.com


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.


The history of the bow tie goes back many centuries as it was once used by warriors and is now worn as a statement of luxury and beauty. Upon the arrival of the bow tie into the world of fashion it was a novelty to wear. It was once seen as something modern, elegant and above all smart. As time has passed the bow tie no longer embodies the empowerment it used to hold. The rigid looks of modern prettied bows lack the novelty they once held. The melody they once sang to their audience.

Seeing this change we wanted to take back what was once a statement, something that was once novel. We crafted, we sketched, we analysed. Looking in the deepest corners of history to understand everything there was to know about the bow tie. We wanted to see what had made it once such a stand out piece of fashion. After years of research we stumbled across what what we understood to be the key to standing out.

To simply say we’ve gone back to what bow ties used to look like would be false. We took inspiration from what we knew the bow tie was intended for, and as the designers once had done, we too. Created a modern twist on the rich heritage of the bow tie. A bow tie is not simply a piece of a neckwear that you throw on and off at every party, and we understand that. That is why we created a piece of fashion, rich with it’s anecdotally entangled history and the elegance of modernism. It is not simply a bow tie, it is a bow tie with the knot par excellence