“If you truly want to feel a sense of achievement, then forget Mount Everest, you need a self-tie bow tie. Sometimes considered the myth of legends, tying your own self-tie bow tie is an art that few have achieved, but once you have mastered this stupendous skill, your sense of superiority and worthiness will sky rocket.”
To be honest, the first time I heard about self-tie bow ties was only in the beginning of 2011. At that time, I browsed around tumblr a lot and found myself admiring the way self-tie bow ties looked. They were so beautiful in a way they looked a bit twisted and vivid. They were something completely different from the “rosettes” or "the lazy man's bow tie,” which is a pre-tied version of a bow tie and usually fastens with a ribbon or rubber band around the neck. Walking around the shops in Tallinn I could find only one self-tie bow tie at GANT’s (about which the seller also said that it had been standing there for years, sadly) and some from Kaubamaja. That was it. So I decided - if there aren’t any, I have to make some!
Making bow ties became my hobby and a company that is constantly evolving. Over the years I have gotten a lot more knowledge of materials, cuts and other variations of bow ties. Though they seem quite the same, they’re actually steadily growing in quality.
Beyond just sewing bow ties, it is important for me to promote self-tying. I’ve refused huge amounts of orders just because the person wants a pre-tied bow. I always recommend to reconsider or seek someone else's advice.
Tying a bow tie is really very simple, and it is natural that the result is slightly different every day. So you can give my bow tie a final touch - exactly in its sole discretion. And it is perfectly acceptable to like a symmetrical bow tie - it’s up to you to tie it mathematically perfect then. However, it is considered good practice to add just a little untidiness in order to provide an understanding of the tie’s authenticity.
By the way, first ready-tied neckwear came to market already in the middle of the 19th century. „It used to take 8 days to go from Paris to Dijon. Now it takes eight hours“ wrote Auguste Luchet in 1867. And as the world changed so rapidly and time became more valuable to people of that time, they found studying the art of tying a tie too time-consuming, not to mention practising it every day. But still it has always been considered a cheap option.
I can not imagine an adult man, who would buy a long tie which is already ready tied and fastened around the neck with a rubber band. Why should it be different with a bow tie?
PS. I’ve lost the author of the quote at the beginning of the post. If anyone knows the author, feel free to let me know. :)