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A New/Old Form of Bowtie

February 26, 2010 by

We’ve offered the Mises bowtie for a few years now, but on the new release, we’ve made a substantial change. I confess that this was my doing, so if you don’t like it, blame me.

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.


Bruce Koerber February 26, 2010 at 7:57 am

I might have to buy one since the last one I bought is not holding up to all of the practice runs from trying to learn how to tie it! The fine silk is stressed from all of the repetitions!

Fephisto February 26, 2010 at 8:03 am


You are VERY good at advertising.

Jeffrey Tucker February 26, 2010 at 8:26 am

Advertising? I’m just talking.

Al February 26, 2010 at 10:15 am

It just signals that the wearer knows what’s what -…….

Indeed, the Austrian economists do know exactly what’s what. It has been interesting hearing the words “Austrian economics” and names like Mises, Hayek, and Rothbard being tossed around on mainstream news.

Those who know what’s what need to educate the masses who know something is terribly wrong economically, yet are painfully ignorant of the pertinent details.

The snazzy Mises bowtie is an excellent means to broach the subject of sound economic thinking.

Shawn Ritenour February 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm

JT: “. . .the butterfly form. The ends are squared off and blocky. It looks fine, if not particularly eventful . . .”

Wearing ANY bow tie is necessarily eventful, because of so little civilized fashion these days. Is there room in the apparel inn for more than one style of bow tie, both butterfly and pointy old-form? Is there any chance of also offering the anarcho-capitalist tie in a bow tie option?

JosephBright February 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm


You are VERY good at talking.

I’ll pick one of these up in the coming months. Thanks for making it available.

Larry N. Martin February 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

You’ve GOT to have confidence if you’re going to wear a bowtie! ;-)

Daniel May 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

has anyone checked out the bow ties from Carlos Campos? Seriously some of my favorites this season!! Vintage Italian silk and super cool patterns.. Pretty exclusive and most likely limited though. check ‘em out!


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