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Origins of the Bow Tie

FashionAnthony VerissimoComment

For the history buff in you…..

The tradition of adorning the neck with a knotted piece of fabric dates back to the 17th century. Interestingly enough Croatian soldiers of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) were one of the first documented peoples to don a necktie, which they used to keep together the collars of their shirts. French soldiers brought this specific look home and named it “cravat” (derived from French word for “Croat”)

In October of 1886, Pierre Lorillard designed a new style of formal wear, and wore it to a formal ball held at the Tuxedo club. Named after his family’s estate in Tuxedo Park (an area just outside of New York City), Lorillard’s tuxedo became an instant hit among other wealthy fashion enthusiasts. The tuxedo look was born.


Over the past few decades, high-profile bow tie connoisseurs have pioneered a movement that has led to a redefining of the bow tie. By articulating it in ways in which it was not originally intended to be worn, the bow tie has been moved outside of its rigid categorization of only being appropriate for formal wear.

Most bow ties that are available in the marketplace are mass produced with low quality fabrics and are cheaply made, void of any real “soul” or character. Squire Lad recognizes the longevity of the bow tie as a magnificent statement piece that has stood the test of time. We offer a tradition style self-tie arrangement, allowing the gentleman to create his own unique shape and style. Although the bow tie will come to you tied ready to go, our ties are unlike those mass produced and pre-tied. The original designs are all self-tied. Because surely a man should be able to tie his own bow.