Dhani Jones and Bow Ties
This renaissance man also is a bow tie devotee, and he takes them seriously. He’s been quoted as saying:
When you wear a bow tie, doors open for you. Your posture is a little more erect; your shoulders are a little further back; your style is a little more dynamic. It’s about the reestablishment of the gentleman.
You know that cafe of his? It is in Cincinnati, OH and is named the Bow Tie Cafe.
So, what pulled him into this neckwear fellowship? He started to embrace bow ties when a childhood friend battled lymphoma; Jones told Melissa Magsaysay of the Los Angeles Times:
He had always told me, ‘If you want to be anybody in this world, you’ve got to rock a bow tie.’ I was like, ‘What? Are you crazy?’ But I started wearing one as a way to support him. He’s now fully recovered, but the bow tie has never left.
Not only did he continue to sport them, he started the Bow Tie Cause, which enables people to support people and organizations — through raising awareness and fundraising — by purchasing and rocking ties themed specifically with the selected cause. Fox Sports‘ Ken Rosenthal reports that Jones and his partners design the bow ties themselves incorporating the logo and/or color scheme of the organization that the ties represent. Proceeds from the sales go to dozens of organizations (ranging from those associated with museums, research for cancer, Autism, and Alzheimer’s, public radio, military, and many other similar foundations), and this has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars so far. Check out other bow tie-themed charities.
Needless to say, Jones is one top bloke. Check out this Pinterest board showing him rocking bow ties.
Bonus: Watch this video of Jones teaching how to tie a bow tie.