But here is the thing. All bowties I’ve ever seen in stores are of the butterfly form. The ends are squared off and blocky. It looks fine, if not particularly eventful, but last year I was browsing a vintage store and came across and huge stash of an old form of bowtie, probably from the 1950s or so. The ends come to a point in a triangle shape. When you tie it, an interesting complexity appears. On one side, the point edge is in front. On the other side, it is in back. The overall effect is quite beautiful and elegant, nearly polyphonic and 3-D in its appearance. I’ve come to feel more comfortable with this style but I was at a loss to find new versions of this style, even though it doesn’t look dated at all. It looks, in fact, very stylish!
So we when ran out of our old version, we looked into having a custom tie designed, not just in the color and pattern but also the cut of the tie itself. The result is fantastic. I’ve never seen one of these for sale in a retail location in this pattern. Now, the Mises tie is unique in every way. I’ve posted a picture of the results to the right. In my own view, this style is more easily dressed up or down. It can be worn to dinner or to play, either way. And there is enough intriguing about the pattern to attract real interest. No one will know why in particular this tie looks different. It just signals that the wearer knows what’s what – and has the confidence to show it.