Many people across the nation will be wearing a bow tie on August 28th in honor of the annually celebrated National Bow Tie Day.
The Croation mercenaries during the Prussian wars of the 17th century were the originators of the bow tie. This bow tie consisted of a scarf around the neck to hold together the opening of their shirts. Using the name cravat (which derived from the French for “Croat”), the upper classes in France soon adopted this idea.
Styles range to suit attire and occasion. They cross eras and generations.
- Some recognizable names from history and fiction have worn bow ties and have worn them well. Winston Churchill, James Bond, Groucho Marx, Orville Redenbacher, Jerry Lewis, Bill Nye, Indiana Jones, Donald Duck and Les Nessman are just a few. The bow tie continues to carry fashion power, today.
- Retired US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wears them since he cannot tie four-in-hand knots.
- They are used in many corporate identities. The beer company Budweiser introduced a bow tie shaped can in 2013 as a tribute to its logo dating back to 1956. Chevrolet cofounder William C. Durant introduced the company’s bow tie logo; however, there are many theories of its origin. Playboy Enterprises, Pringles, and Kentucky Fried Chicken are other major companies that incorporate them into their logos.
- Over the last few years sales have increased dramatically — increasing from 4% of the 2012 US neck wear market to 7% in 2013.
- Perfect alignment is not expected — nor preferred. This neckwear is suppose to look somewhat floppy or off-kilter.
- They normally have two different shapes when opened and extended, the cricket bat and the butterfly wing.
- The biggest bow tie in the world is 15 ft long and 7 ft tall. It was created in 2014 by a San Diego resident as a publicity stunt for his bow tie shop. He required help from several assistants to tie the knot.
- One of the youngest entrepreneurs in the world is making a fortune with his bow tie shop. Mo Bridges started making bow ties when he was nine. His grandma taught him how to sew, then he opened a shop in Etsy and now he owns an online store where he sells his creations globally.
- A good quality silk tie will require approximately 110 silkworm cocoons.
- In the 1980’s bow ties made the gender leap. Professional woman, especially in law and the corporate world started donning the neck apparel as a tongue-in-cheek poke at yuppies and their Wall-street overlords. Their love for the statement translated in a spike of 6 million new units sold.
- A person who collects ties is called a Grabatologist.
- The days that bring the most visitors to the video “how to tie a bow tie” in YouTube are in this order: New Years Eve, Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and “National Bow Tie Day”.