Well, I started making bow ties about a year ago, just for fun since I had some ugly old ties laying around and I though I'd experiment. At the time I was doing everything by hand (a total pain in the ass). For months I dissected old bow ties to see their construction, and developed my own templates/design. The part that took the longest to develop was the adjustment system in which I uniquely use a button and button holes along the neckband. For Christmas my parents gave me a sewing machine because I enjoyed making the bows and I wanted to further improve my skills. At the time I had only been cranking out creations for my brother and I, but as popularity grew I decided to finally open a little online shop.
In the shop I carry all of my handmade bow ties (mostly gingham as of the moment), hand-rolled pocket squares (also gingham), and later I hope to branch out to selling vintage ties and also small antiques. For this first run, I decided I would keep everything simple (fabrics, prices, etc.) just to see the response I get back. In the future I also hope to open a custom section in the shop where people can send me fabric/shirts/ties to make into a bow for them. Hopefully in this first run people will like my product and I will be able to keep up production with new collections for Fall and Winter.
In the initial run everything will be gingham (red, navy, green, orange). For each color I have 4 bows (2 regular, 2 diamond point), and I'll have 3 or 4 pocket squares each for the colors. The bows will be $25 and the pocket squares will be $15, however for the grand opening I am offering a 20% off coupon code that will be posted along with the link to my store that day. I'm starting small, so I will have around 16 bows, and a couple pocket squares. The pocket squares are 13"x13". I can accommodate neck sizes 13 3/4" - 18", however the customer must give me their neck size at the time of their order. My custom adjustment system is different from anyone else's - I use a button and buttonhole. This adjustment not only insures a person's perfect fit, but allows for a 1/2" increase and decrease in size as needed.
Bow ties are fun - they're different. You see a guy walking down the street in a tie and it's whatever, but if he has a bow tie on, you'll notice him. An outfit is never complete without a pocket square. The pocket is there for a reason! It helps to connect everything your wearing. Even if it's just a simple white pocket square, it just adds a certain wholeness.
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