We recently picked up a few yards of this amazing Japanese cotton. It somehow manages to make a bow tie that is both chic and playful. It can be very casual, but may also make a nice replacement for that boring old formal black tie.
There is only enough material to make a few of these, 5 tops, so get your order in ASAP, this is one of those things that you don't want to regret the rest of your life, seriously, think about that.
On a beautiful March afternoon, a small crew from across Japan gathered in San Francisco for one of my best friend's wedding. It was small, beautiful, intimate and nearly overrun with bow ties. I love the timeless generational and cultural gaps being spanned by this little accessory.
One of my very very few rules about bow ties, is that you must tie them yourself. Yes, it can be bit tricky, but to me, here lays half of the beauty. So imagine the frown on my face when I came across this new bow tie from Diesel that is one step beyond pre-tied.
I get it, they are playing the clever angle, not my thing, but a tie that does not even bother to go around your neck really goes against everything a tie stands for.
The history of neckwear is relatively short, and very well understood.
"The bow tie originated among Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian wars of the 17th century: the Croat mercenaries used a scarf around the neck to hold together the opening of their shirts. This was soon adopted under the name cravat, derived from the French word for "Croat" by the upper classes in France, then a leader in fashion, and flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries."
This slowly evolved into the bow tie and eventually the necktie was born.
Surely you can see the issue that I am having here; ties, be them neckties, cravats, bolos or bow ties have a history of closing ones shirt collar due to our lack of button technology. So hanging a bow tie on the closing button of the shirt really seems to go against everything a tie stands for.
In closing, please don't do that, thank you.
ps. In the bigger picture I quite like Diesel. If you want to give them your money right now, this shirt is a much better option than a button on bow tie.