Today, Gilt City has a deal for Shrine Haberdashers for custom-made bowties and neckties for $48 and $65 respectively.
The deal page doesn’t give much detail on the bowties and neckties themselves, so I e-mailed Shrine and received some more information.
There are 36 different colors and patterns to choose from, all silk, and you can choose from various widths, too. Their bowties have a unique feature where the neck-adjustment is secured with a mother-of-pearl button rather than a piece of metal.
Their neckwear is handmade in the United States by a company out west, which individually cuts, sews and presses each tie. This same company is a supplier to several hundred men’s stores nationwide and also makes ties for well-known national retailers like Saks, Barney’s and Nieman Marcus.
Overall, this seems like a pretty good deal. Shrine has been offering this custom-made service for quite some time — typically for wedding parties — at the price of $75 for a bowtie and $100 for a necktie, so the Gilt City deal knocks off about 35% of the price.
While it’d certainly be easiest for those of you in Chicago to redeem this offer in-store at their shop, the folks at Shrine assured me that they would work with any customer who bought this offer via e-mail, phone and even Skype if you’re from outside the Windy City. And, for what it’s worth, the times I’ve stopped in to check their stuff out, they’ve been friendly and helpful.
Wow! My evolving style has led me to the exact same wardrobe. I posted about it on SF on a thread called "Sid Masburn Look", but it actually evolved straight into what you're doing when I got a perfect fitting vintage blazer. What are your thoughts on bow ties with this look? I think is harder to make work, but the right one works (I use a BB Social Primer bow tie, others look off)? Also, APC denim with this look? I'm only wearing BB shirts too, but I'm doing the Ainsley collar. Excellent post.
Teaching myself to tie a bowtie for the first time today. Damn, this is aggravating. The last step (putting the long end through the loop) is killing me each time. I feel as though I have zero room to work with.