10 Interesting Facts about Bow Ties

10 Interesting Facts about Bow Ties

Like the men who wear them, bow ties are very interesting.

  1. Many believe that their first use was during the Prussian wars when Croatian mercenaries used them to tie their shirt collars shut. Source: Wall Street Journal
  2. Less fabric is used to make them (37 inches) in comparison to traditional ties (57 inches). Source: Bloomberg
  3. Retired US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wears them since he cannot tie four-in-hand knots. Source: Washington Post
  4. Perfect alignment is not expected — nor preferred. This neckwear is suppose to look somewhat floppy or off-kilter. Source: GQ
  5. It has been since the 1870s since the last major change in shape. Source: Wall Street Jornal
  6. They are used in many corporate identities. The beer company Budweiser introduced a bow tie shaped can in 2013 as a tribute to its logo dating back to 1956. Chevrolet cofounder William C. Durant introduced the company’s bow tie logo; however, there are many theories of its origin. Playboy Enterprises, Pringles, and Kentucky Fried Chicken are other major companies that incorporate them into their logos. Sources: Budweiser, Chevrolet, and Wikipedia
  7. In 2007, Iran banned wearing them (along with traditional ties) in the province of Gilan. Source: NCRI – National Council of Resistance of Iran
  8. Popcorn businessman Orville Redenbacher was a devotee. Source: Biography Channel
  9. Over the last few years sales have increased dramatically — increasing from 4% of the 2012 US neck wear market to 7% in 2013. Source: Bloomberg
  10. The origin of the French term “cravat” goes back to when aristocracy started wearing the Croatians’ neckwear (see fact #1). Source: Wall Street Journal