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Tying One On

Tying One On

We normally take pity as although we'd rather the poor soul in question had purchased a bowtie from us it wouldn't be right to let him suffer the pain of looking like an ignoramous in front of his friends, other half or anyone else for that matter.

Words by: Duncan Quinn
Photos by: Kevin Buitrago

It is a constant source of amazement for us that we seem to have a pretty regular flow of guys come into our stores looking sheepish and asking if we know how to tie a bowtie. Only to then produce one they bought at Tom Ford, Bergdorf or another of our competitors but where the guy selling them the bowtie didn’t know how to tie it for them or show them how. Amazing. Its like a guy who sells cars not knowing where the ignition is, or a wine broker who doesn’t know one end of a corkscrew from the other.

We normally take pity as although we’d rather the poor soul in question had purchased a bowtie from us it wouldn’t be right to let him suffer the pain of looking like an ignoramous in front of his friends, other half or anyone else for that matter.

In the interests of helping those who can’t make it into one of our stores for a lesson, we put together a step-by-step process for you so that next time you need to put on your full James Bond outfit, you can do it with style and aplomb. After all, there is nothing quite like tugging off the bowtie at the end of the night, either yourself, or with the assistance of a beautiful friend. And you can guarantee if they try to tug your tail and find out its clipped on, they’ll run faster than a gazelle from a pack of lions, so this is one you need to get right.

Step One:

Make the bowtie the right size for your neck. If it is
marked with preset sizes, we suggest you set it to half
a size larger than your shirt. So if you’re a 15 1/2 neck
set it for 16. Then, place it around your neck and tie
one side under the other, just the same way as you
would if you were tying your shoelaces.

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Step Two:

Take one side and fold it inwards to
create a half a bowtie, albeit without
the loop in the middle and with the other
side still hanging out to the side.


Step Three:

Take the unused side of the bowtie while you hold the
half you’ve already made in place and loop the
unused side over (or under) the front of the half
made bowtie so as to start making the knot/loop.


Step Four:

Now here’s the trick: as you loop the unused part
over (or under) the half made bowtie, be sure to
deliberately make a hole in the back of the half made
bowtie that you can slot your finger through. You are
going to use this to create the knot that holds the
whole show together.


Step Five:

As you loop the unused half over (or under) the half
made bowtie, as you make the hole you are going to
use remember that you have to fold the unused
portion and push it through the hole you’ve created
to make a rough version of a bowtie.


Step Six:

Once you have the rough makings of a bowtie work
the wings back and forth and play with the knot
until you have cleaned out the kinks, balanced it out
and made it look the way it should. And remember,
half the charm is that you tied it and that it is
supposed to be unique. Not one tied by a machine.


It will take some practice and no doubt cause some amusing moments in front of the mirror, but once you get the hang of it, it is a life skill you can use forever after and pass on as well.

So in part, you’ll be responsible for improving the world.

And that can only be a good thing.

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