Written By Jahmal Landers
In the mid 17th century, Croatian mercenaries, hired by Louis XIII, wore scarfs around their necks. These scarves were unlike others in that they were used to keep shirts clean, as well as closed. The French King and his men enjoyed the functionality and the look, so they adopted it into their wardrobes. They called it Cravat, which is derived from a French word meaning Croat.
Many western European tailors began to design new types of neckwear. The cravat evolved into the ascot, necktie and bow tie.
Some centuries later, great men of distinguished character, like Winston Churchill and Paul Robeson, popularized bow ties. Bow ties became a fixture at formal dinner parties, and in James Bond films.
By the year 2000, neckties made up virtually all of the men's neck wear sold world wide. However, things have changed over the past couple of years. Now, bow ties are back. People who aren't afraid to set themselves apart from the huddled masses have gravitated towards the bow tie.
Many find it challenging to tie a bow tie, but once you learn, it's a great experience that you will never forget, like learning to ride a bicycle. Stepping out while donning a piece that expresses your personality is an amazing feeling. It can be a great source of strength and give you the sense of confidence to rub elbows with anyone.
It is often said that a man with confidence, a man with his own ideas about the world wears a bow tie proudly.
Photography by Joel Fischer of Ocious Productions