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Feature: The Fall Line from Bows-N-Ties, San Francisco California


Bows N' Ties from San Francisco California

Bows N’ Ties

 

 

Dapper Detail. 

By: Sarah J. Montoro

Berkeley, California

 

Tucked away the middle of a city that The New York Times dubbed “the city that style forgot,” and whose fashion sense NY Mag described as “the clothing equivalent of water: The taste is so neutral you can’t be sure it’s there,” Bows N’ Ties is a ray a hope for every city ever ranked “Worst Dressed.

In just seven years, Hendrik Pohl has transformed his online neckwear shop from a small bedroom operation to a leading e-commerce store. Last year, Bows N’ Ties was ranked by INC. 500 as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in American.

In a city where department store neckties can start at around $80, Pohl’s success is garnered by offering quality menswear accessories that people can actually afford. Today, Bows N’ Tie’s reach extends across the globe, offering affordable prices and access to a vast quantity of styles not available in much of the world.

Pohl is adamant in a tie’s ability to tell a story. While flip-flops and hoodies popular among the tech elite have replaced traditional business wear in Bay Area offices, Pohl’s designs are a reminder of the expressive quality that formal wear offers.

Here, warm colors in classic hounds-tooth, herringbone, and glen checked patterns are constructed in modern narrow-widths, exemplifying how time-honored styles can be transformed by current trends.

 

Bows N' Ties from San Francisco California

Bows N’ Ties from San Francisco California

Narrow-width houndstooth neckties, made from a blend of silk and polyester for a grainy texture, perfect for warm winter days.

Bows N' Ties from San Francisco California

Bows N’ Ties from San Francisco California

A lightweight herringbone patterned tie, woven with a blend of wool and silk. 

Menswear commerce store Bows N' Ties from San Francisco California  reveals their Fall 2014 collection

Bows N’ Ties from San Francisco California

Glen checked neckties in a skinny width, made from 100% Italian silk. 

 

Pohl’s new collection is very much a modern twist on the classics. Take, for example, Bows N’ Ties’ new selection of mod tie bars, coming soon in an assortment of 18 colors.

While the tie bar reached the height of its popularity in the 1920s, the wide tie of the 1960s made them obsolete and virtually extinct from the menswear scene. Today, the tie bar is back! Bows N’ Ties will offer an updated version more suitable for skinny ties at 1.5”.

 

Menswear Bows N' Ties from San Francisco California reveals their Fall 2014 collection

Bows N’ Ties from San Francisco California

 

In the spring of 2014, Pohl spent three weeks visiting textile designers around Europe in search of the perfect designs to add to his inventory of more than 4,000 neck pieces.  In Como, Italy, today’s textile capital of Europe, he found what he was looking for: patterns and textures that act as visual and tactile stimuli, making the wearer’s urge to rub them between his fingers irresistible.

One tie in the collection that I certainly couldn’t keep my hands off of was the Pheasant Italian Silk Tie, woven from pure silk for a smooth “repp” texture. In Europe, mid-20th century textile designers took much of their inspiration from nature, using colorful winged creatures and plants to decorate their fabrics. Here, the pheasant motif is available in apple green and burgundy in a standard 3.5″ width.

 

Menswear ecommerce site, Bows N' Ties reveals their Fall 2014 collection

Menswear ecommerce site, Bows N’ Ties reveals their Fall 2014 collection

 

These are just a few samples of the Italian collection Bows N’ Ties will have in store this fall. Stay tuned to see where Polh’s neckties will take him and follow along for the sartorial adventure!

 

Photography courtesy of Bows N’ Ties 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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