The Anti Bow Tie

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.

How to Wear a Bow Tie Vol: 4

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A really great blend of formal and casual with new and used. I came across this image on, see more shots of this look and details HERE.

Nerd Alert - Lockstitch Sewing Machine

I could stare at this illustration all day long.


If you ever wondered how a lockstitch sewing machine works, this is about as clear as it's going to get.

Basically, the needle pushes the top thread through the material, the lower thread is looped through the top thread, they are pulled tight and the whole process starts over again. Top quality machines can produce an astonishing 1600 stitches per minute!

Does anybody know of other images like this that I can stare at?

That Bow Tie Guy: Yusuke Himei

  • handmade bow tieAge: 30
  • Location: Kumamoto, Japan
  • Profession: Social Worker
  • Style Icon: None
  • Mode of transportation: Scooter
  • Dream Girl: Too many to name
  • Favorite Band: Nick Lowe
  • Dream Job: Keep doing what I do; making seniors smile
  • Hobbies/Passions: Girls
  • Follow Yusuke on Twitter @vin_lowe

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10 Lessons I Learned in 2011

2011 was a tough year. Tough for the world, tough for the American people, tough on many of my friends and family. And tough for me, personally.

I see a lot of top 10 lists this time of year. Top ten albums, top 10 movies, top 10...anything really. So I wanted to do a little top 10 of my own. I wanted to do something honest, and real looking back at a difficult year.

Some of these are from my personal life. Some are cultural events or happenings. All offer a glimmer of hope that shone through from a arduous year, and taught me something.

#10 - Reflection is Important

The first time I heard this song I truly thought my heart was going to stop working. It didn't. Which I'm glad for.

#9 - Sometimes Nuance Can be Triumphant


I don't watch sports. I have never seen a women's soccer game in my life. I am American, Yuko is Japanese. We decided to watch the Women's World Cup finals between the USA and Japan one Sunday morning.

It was stunning. 11 five foot Japanese women played chess against a stick of dynamite for 2 hours. Clear through the penalty kicks that decided the victor, neither team was willing to abandon their lifetime of cultural training.

Read more: 10 Lessons I Learned in 2011

Smith Brand Field Trip: Christmas Tree Cutting

One Smith family holiday tradition I look forward to all year long is going out into the Northern California woods and cutting down a Christmas tree.

Every trip out into the forest offers something different. Some years are warm and sunny, others muddy and cold, we have had waist deep snow that makes every tree look 4 feet tall.

This year was prefect, a little snow, not too cold, sun breaking through the pines just enough to warm things up. We got an awesome tree that I'm sure led to an awesome Christmas. (plus my nieces found a spine, and bear poop)

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Smith Brand Holiday Bow Ties

The rumor is true, Smith Brand Bow Ties has decided to celebrate Christmas 2011 with a pair of holiday bow ties. One red, one blue, both totally awesome.

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We are only making 12 of each tie (you know, those 12 days of Christmas). When they are gone, they are gone. Think about that would you, only 11 other people in the entire universe (theoretically) will own the same tie as you.

I'm pretty confident in saying that by purchasing this tie, you will never run into another person at a Christmas party wearing the same tie and think, "This is really awkward, we are wearing the exact same bow tie."

To make matters even sweeter, we are offering this tie at $40! Plus free shipping worldwide! Can you believe it? I can already feel the mob of bow tie shoppers about to bust down our door Wal Mart style. But you know what? This is the kind of thing we would like to do for our awesome community this time of year.

  • So let's recap:
  • 1- Two awesome super short run bow ties
  • 2- 50% off
  • 3- Free shipping any where in the world
  • 4- 100% chance of looking handsome

What more could you ask for? Get over there before they are all gone. Also, these ties will look dynamite all year-round, so don't think you are limiting yourself to a bow tie that can only be worn once a year.

If you have missed the previous subtle hints, CLICK HERE to go to the bow tie shop.

-Merry Christmas

*if you are hoping to receive this tie before Christmas, consider ordering it before December 16th. I would.