Owing its origins to the narrow scarf worn by Croatian calvary mercenaries during the 30 Year’s War (1618-1648), the bow tie in its present manifestation has, despite fluctuating popularity, been an accessory that has remained the equivalent of a stylistic chameleon.
What men’s accessory has been able to be viewed as both fussy and conservative, as well as individualistic and off-beat at the same time? This is just one more reason why you should give the bow tie a try.
The Bow Tie Book, illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock, is just plain fun, providing the bow tie novice with some history, various entertaining quotes, and a guide that shows you how to tie one yourself. After all, who are we to argue with former “Doctor” Matt Smith when he self-assuredly states that “bow ties are cool.”
Price: $16.95 (USA and Canada) Available April 2015