Bow Ties for Good
Syndey-based Wayward Son called my attention to the Lion’s Thread, an Atlanta-based socially responsible business that makes bow ties. It employs seamstresses in Uganda. Lion’s Thread co-founder Sydney Hulebak tells Wayward Son that the women get paid a competitive fair trade wage, and the plan is to implement savings accounts and healthcare plans soon. You can buy a tie from one of their five styles (Kampala, Iganga, Tembo, Musada, and Sabo) for $45 USD.
It’s always heartwarming to see menswear used to promote good, and the Lion’s Thread isn’t the only organization to conduct such an admirable initiative. Here are some more that are bow tie themed:
- The Campagna Center in Arlington, VA throws an annual Kentucky Derby bash, Bow Ties & Belles , to raise money for education.
- The Good South Scholarship Fund, is used to assist university-bound youth obtain an education.
- Bow Tie March & 5K Run in Rockford, IL is an annual fundraiser for male cancer survivors.
- The Bow Tie Flow is an on-line store that donates 20% of its proceeds to a charity; the recipient changes from year to year.
- Bow Tie Cause is an organization co-founded by former NFL football player Dhani Jones that partners with a variety of organizations to produce bow ties tailored to the specific organization for fundraising.
- Bow Tie Foundation is part of the Bow Tie Cause, and it supports character building and opening opportunities for urban youth.
- The Gentlemen Movement is a Singapore-based campaign that uses bow ties to help promote sane driving in the country.
- The Clad Stache is selling Cancer Sucks bow tie. Owner Taylor Hanna is selling it for $59 with $50 of that going to his friend who is suffering from Breast Cancer.
These are just some of many different ways that neckwear is improving the world. If you’re aware of any other, please bring them to my attention in the comments of this post.