13
Feb

Deal: Custom-made bowties & neckties at Shrine Haberdashers

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. 

16
Jan

I don't know if you're much of the bowtie kind of guy, but where are some good places to get a bowtie in Chicago, within a reasonable price? I'm not particularly interested in the pre-tied/clip ons.

- Asked by ifitseasy

I’m not really a bowtie guy myself (basically, I end up really angry for half an hour trying to get it tied right), but I do have a few recommendations:

Cheap: The Tie Bar — Tons of options, all for $15. I would stay away from their satin silk ones, which tends to fray easily if you have rough/dry fingers. But the twill silk, wool and cotton ones should be just fine. And, each of their styles comes in self-tie. 

Mid-range: The Cordial Churchman — If you’re the type of person who wants something hand-crafted in the U.S.A. and likes the idea of helping a husband and wife team grow their independent business, then this is a great choice. They’re home of the official Put This On bowtie and prices average around $30. Best of all, since each of them are handmade, you get to pick what kind of style you want (darted, classic, butterfly, etc.), which is a great touch. 

If you’re into the more trad-ish, preppy look, then give J.Press a try. Their entire collection is on sale right now. Mountain & Sackett also has bowties in a similar price range. 

Pricey: If you’re into the more dandy-ish appeal of a bowtie, then I’d suggest checking out Fine & Dandy Shop and Shrine Haberdashers. The patterns at these places are a bit more unique and bolder, in my opinion. 

If you’re into more casual fabrics and vintage appeal, General Knot Co. is worth taking a look at, where they use deadstock fabrics from decades ago to create more casual neckwear. Definitely rare patterns that are unlikely to be seen worn by many others.

09
Jan

Tumblr to follow: The Everyday Bowtie — Jery McKinney is making a bowtie everyday this year, and he’s selling each of them for $40. Each bowtie is individually labeled with their date of creation and one of a kind. I think that’s a pretty cool concept. You can reserve a date ahead of time by contacting him. Give him a follow and check out what he’s making, maybe even buy one — that is, if someone else doesn’t beat you to the punch. 

(Via onesandtwos)

06
Jan

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.

- Asked by Anonymous

I remember that thread! I would love to buy things from his shop, especially some neckwear, however, he seems to only sell slimmer ties online at the moment. That new navy blazer though is lustworthy. I may have to start saving my scratch up.

As far as bowties go, I’m personally not a fan of wearing a bowtie. I just get frustrated tying one (seriously spent 15 minutes in front of a mirror on NYE trying to get mine tied) and would rather have the elongating effect of a necktie.

That said, more power to you if you want to go with a bowtie and make it your thing. I think using almost any sort of repp-stripe pattern would look great, although like all neckwear, it’s fun to have season fabrics, too. For me though, I’ll just keep my black bowtie around for formalwear.

In regards to which denim (or just specifically APC denim), I’m not stressing out too much over what jeans I wear. I have a pair of Levi’s 501s and Edwins. I might get a pair of 3sixteens in the somewhat near future. Really, I say just get what fits you the best. If that happens to be APC and you think it’s worth the price, buy it. I’m not a denimhead, and my only real rule would be to avoid bootleg, pre-faded, embelished denim, like True Religion, even if GQ is endorsing them now. Seriously, what the hell is that? “Editor’s pick”? How much money did they get paid to say that?

30
Dec
shrinestyle:

“Everything Evening” — The BowTie
With all the buzz about New Years Eve outfits, our Everything Evening Friday worked out perfectly. This year there have been multiple requests for a formal, but stylish bowtie to accent that perfect New Years Even ensemble. 
Check out our selection here…
http://shrinestyle.com/neckwear/bow-ties/
Another great way to set your New Years Eve outfit apart from the crowd is to accessorize with one of Shrine’s beautiful silk scarves such as this Penrose…
                                   
http://shrinestyle.com/neckwear/scarves/penrose-silk-scarf-exmoor-a-handmade-in-uk-1/
Happy New Years Everyone!
- Shrine 

Class it up on New Year’s Eve, folks. 

shrinestyle:

“Everything Evening” — The BowTie

With all the buzz about New Years Eve outfits, our Everything Evening Friday worked out perfectly. This year there have been multiple requests for a formal, but stylish bowtie to accent that perfect New Years Even ensemble. 

Check out our selection here…

http://shrinestyle.com/neckwear/bow-ties/

Another great way to set your New Years Eve outfit apart from the crowd is to accessorize with one of Shrine’s beautiful silk scarves such as this Penrose…

                                   

http://shrinestyle.com/neckwear/scarves/penrose-silk-scarf-exmoor-a-handmade-in-uk-1/

Happy New Years Everyone!

- Shrine 

Class it up on New Year’s Eve, folks. 

(via shrinestyle-deactivated20130302)

25
Oct

Please tell me how a girl can pull off a bow tie look!!

- Asked by trixmix

I’d say get something a bit more slimmer, like a darted tip and wear it casually with a casual button-down collared shirt. Jacket not necessary.

26
Aug
The Tie Bar is trying to break the record for the most people wearing a bowtie all at once in one location. If you’re in Chicago this Sunday afternoon and want to be a part of a potential record-breaking even, then bring a bowtie to Millennium Park at 2 p.m.
Thanks to anon for messaging me this tip.

The Tie Bar is trying to break the record for the most people wearing a bowtie all at once in one location. If you’re in Chicago this Sunday afternoon and want to be a part of a potential record-breaking even, then bring a bowtie to Millennium Park at 2 p.m.

Thanks to anon for messaging me this tip.

21
Jul

Most Bow Ties Tied by a Group

theodinspire:

Naperville’s The Tie Bar is trying to get a world record in the Guinness Book on the most bow ties tied simultaneously in one place. They’re giving away bow ties to the first 500 people there, and if you RSVP on Facebook, you are entered into a contest for a free bow tie every month for a year. As an added incentive, they will donate $15 to Goodwill of Chicago for every person who attends.

It’s Sunday, August 28th at 2 PM in Wrigley Square in the Northwest side of Chicago’s Millennium Park.

I will not be attending, for I will be on a vacation in Minnesota.

Chicago menswear meetup anyone?

04
Jul
whitewhine:

A contender for Whitest Man in the World

Bowtie problems.

whitewhine:

A contender for Whitest Man in the World

Bowtie problems.

20
May

The Cordial Churchman story — If you ever wanted to know more about the couple behind The Cordial Churchman, who makes some much-praised bowties, then give this video a watch.

(Via An Affordable Wardrobe)

05
Jan
theodinspire:

thecolony:

Bowties we can believe in

The return of the presidential bow tie! So much yes.

Is 2011 the year Obama gets his style back?

theodinspire:

thecolony:

Bowties we can believe in

The return of the presidential bow tie! So much yes.

Is 2011 the year Obama gets his style back?

16
Dec

The video at the bottom of this wikihow is really good- especially for the part where you need to find the hole to tuck the last end through.

- Asked by Anonymous

Yeah, I’ve seen a few videos and found the hole (feels kinda nasty to type that), but I think I’m working with a lot more fabric as I got a wider bowtie that isn’t made of the most “crushable” silk. I just figure that it’s going to take a lot more practice, which isn’t all bad.

15
Dec

Failures

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.

23
Nov

It's Amazing: A passion for anything starts a young age

Definitely click through and read this story from itsamazing about who might just be the freshest kid in the Windy City:

The first words out of this 7 year old’s mouth was..

I want a bow tie..

Wait.. hold up..a 7 year old boy wants a bow tie. I proceeded to talk to his dad and he responded..

“We were downstairs in the men’s department and he was really upset. All the bow ties were too big for him and he wanted one.. but then we came up here everything you have for boys was pre tied..he really wants to learn how to tie one.. he was looking forward to it..”

My response? Well I was for one, at a loss for words. Two, I couldn’t believe that this 7 year old actually wanted a bow tie, let alone wanting to know how to tie one. What 7 year old do you know enjoys wearing a suit and tie AND wants a bow tie?

Steezus Christ, son!

23
Nov
RE: Bowtie picks:
Yes, that’s black-on-black paisley. And I’m a huge fan of that glen-plaid/houndstooth print with the purple, because I’ve got a pretty swank pocket square to go with that bowtie already.
But I think I’m 90 percent sure the paisley is the way to go. It’s subtle, but stands out just enough to be different while nodding toward the classic.
Thanks for your input guys!

RE: Bowtie picks:

Yes, that’s black-on-black paisley. And I’m a huge fan of that glen-plaid/houndstooth print with the purple, because I’ve got a pretty swank pocket square to go with that bowtie already.

But I think I’m 90 percent sure the paisley is the way to go. It’s subtle, but stands out just enough to be different while nodding toward the classic.

Thanks for your input guys!

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