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Black Silk Bow Tie


Elevate your formal look with our black bow tie. Woven with elegance, this accessory can be pre-tied or self-tied. No matter your preference, a bow tie—along with the white linen pocket square—provides the finishing touch for timeless formal style.

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Black Silk Bow Tie

The bow tie has a fairly long history and serves as a reminder of how fashion evolved throughout the years. For our efforts in creating a luxurious and timeless brand, the history of the bow tie is something we’ve leaned on when curating our collection of neckwear, including our black silk bow tie.

17th Century: Croatian mercenaries wore scarves around their necks to help keep their shirts closed. These scarves caught the eye of the French who called them cravats—similar to an ascot—transforming the bow tie into a more elaborate accessory, often made of lace or fine linen.

18th to 19th Centuries: Styles of cravats became more intricate offering elaborate folds and knots. The ascot came around in the mid-1800s and offered a wider, looser alternative. But by the late 19th century, the bow tie we recognize today was born and became a staple in formal attire.

20th Century to Today: The bow tie was something donned by men of prestige and Hollywood icons, moving into formal fashion of society. Today, while a black bow-tie is still a go-to for formal events, a new style of bow ties with colors, patterns, and materials offer a personalized touch for everyday flair moving beyond strict formality.

Here are some tips for caring for your black silk bow tie:

Storage: Store it properly in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. You can hang it up or keep it flat in a drawer. 

Avoid wrinkles: For a fine press, use a low-heat iron or handheld steamer. Be sure to use a pressing cloth between the iron or steamer to prevent damage.

Clean professionally: If your bow tie gets stained, take it to a professional dry cleaner. Do not attempt to wash it yourself, as silk is a delicate fabric that can be easily damaged.

If your bow tie is permanently stained, you’ll need to get a new one.

Let’s break down the most popular method of tying a bow tie:

Step 1: If you’re using a self-tie bow tie, adjust one side of your bow tie to be longer than the other by an inch or two. The longer side should be on your right.

Step 2: Cross the longer end of your bow tie over the shorter end. Bring the longer end underneath the shorter end, then up through the center of the loop you’ve created around your neck.

Step 3: Fold the shorter end of the bow tie horizontally across your chest. Bring the longer end down over the center of the bow tie and create a loop around the folded short end.

Step 4: Using your thumb and forefinger, pinch the center of the longer end to create a neat fold. Slide the entire loop you just created behind the bow tie and position it snugly against the folded short end.

Step 5: Hold the center of the bow tie where you created the dimple. Gently pull on the ends of the bow tie to tighten it up and create a symmetrical shape. Adjust the two sides of the bow for balance and evenness.

It’s important to note that tying a bow tie is an art. A self-tied bow tie is not supposed to look perfectly symmetrical, and in fact, the imperfections from tying your own bow tie are what makes it perfectly tied. It should be a little uneven. One side can be just higher or lower than the other. This shows you know how to stylishly tie a bow tie. A perfectly symmetrical bow tie is a dead giveaway that it’s pre-tied.