All to Common Questions

How do I know what size bow tie I wear?

Bow ties are sized the same as your shirt collar size (15/15.5/16/16.5), which is generally the size of your neck plus one inch. If you receive a Smith Brand product that does not fit perfectly, send it back for the best size possible. We will pay the shipping both ways, as long as you promise to look great when your new tie arrives!

Are Smith Brand Bow Ties pre-tied or self-tie?

All Smith Brand Bow Ties are Self Tie/Tie Your Own/Freestyle.  Tying your own bow tie is what makes it yours!  It may seem difficult at first, but with a little practice and some patience, getting the perfect knot will make it all worth it.

Is it safe to operate heavy machinery while wearing a bow tie?

Absolutely!  Not only is it safe, but highly encouraged.  Just think back a hundred years when all work was done while dressed in a jacket and proper neck-wear, now get out there.

Why are Smith Brand Bow Ties non adjustable?

A bow tie is one of those things you buy, adjust the size, and never mess with it again.  We decided to remove one of those steps.  Just order your size and you are ready to go.  Another driving factor for us was the wasted material used in the adjusting mechanism.

My knot doesn't look quite right, what am I doing wrong?

Most likely nothing at all.  A dishevelled bow tie is perfectly acceptable.  However, you may have made a little mistake in the tying process.  If you are unhappy with the look, take it off, get some ice cream, try again in a few minutes with a little change in perspective. 

Where does Smith Brand source materials from?

We do our best to get the highest quality materials available.  Because every top grade textile comes from various geographical location, our material does not come from a single location.  One may be from England and the next Japan.  Feel free to get in touch for details on a particular tie.

I am a girl, can I wear a bow tie?

Of course!  Although the neck-wear industry generally designs around men's needs, the right girl and a good tie can go a long ways.  Keep in mind that women's necks are usually a bit smaller, so make sure you order appropriately.  Get in touch if you have any questions regarding the right size for you.

What is the difference in "Spring/Summer" and "Fall/Winter" bow ties?

Traditionally Fall/Winter fabrics are heavier and warmer materials, think wool, fur and leather.  Spring/Summer are reserved for light and airy fabrics such as cotton, linen and silk.  Although Smith Brand Bow Ties can be worn by anyone at any time, we suggest paying some attention to material as well as generally acknowledging seasonal color palettes.

How do I care for my Smith Brand Bow Tie?

Caring for your bow tie relies heavily on the material the tie is made from.  Our current selection of wool or wool/cashmere blends should be approached no differently than a wool suit.

We advise dry cleaning as a last resort.  The chemicals used in the modern dry cleaning process can be very hard on the natural fibers that wool textiles are comprised of.  The best approach with a Smith Brand Bow Tie is to avoid stains and spillage in the first place.

For fresh spills, blot the material with a dry cloth to soak the liquid off the wool.  Rubbing is not advised, it may work the stain in further.

In the event of a dry stain or spot, using a suit brush on the problematic area may be all it takes.  Rubbing a dry stain with another piece of cloth, such as muslin or another cotton fabric may break up the dried source as well.

Our cotton bow ties are a bit less fragile, but the same level of care is advised.  In a worse case senerio our cotton ties can (theoretticaly) be hand washed in warm water.

But to be honest with you, just shoot over an email and we will work on replacing your tie.

I am looking for a silk bow tie, why can't I find one here?

Many very skillful and passionate silk bow tie makers already populate the neck-wear market.  For folks who are seeking a silk bow tie, we would suggest looking into Drakes of London, Gieves and Hawkes, or Duchamp.

What is the deal with bow ties anyway?

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.