Whether you're looking for a way to stand out at your next formal event or simply too lazy to learn how to properly dress yourself, these Wooden Bow Ties ($45-$65) should be just what you were looking for. Available in a wide variety of styles, these ties are handcrafted from exotic woods, specialty leathers, and high-quality fabrics.
You might think, given the rugged reputation of their bags, that the Goruck Man Tie ($65) is virtually indestructible. And you'd be right. Touted as the "first military-grade tie in history", it's handmade in the USA from the same 1000D Cordura as the company's other goods, and features hand-pressed seams, a reinforced black-on-black stay on the back of the tie, and your choice of narrow or classic widths and short or long lengths. Available in black, sand, and multicam.
Give your formalwear a swift kick in the collar with one of these Brackish Bow Ties ($80-$95). Made by hand for each individual order, they're crafted from real turkey or pheasant feathers, are fully adjustable, and arrive in a closed top wooden storage box. Guaranteed to draw more (positive) attention than that Looney Tunes tie you were thinking about wearing.
If — and it's a fairly big if — you're a person who often skips the traditional tie for the bowed variety, you'll likely enjoy these Cotton Treats Reversible Bow Ties ($32). Made from a cotton/polyester blend, these self-tied bow ties are available in a wide variety of styles and colors, each featuring a complimentary design on the opposite side, which you can let show through in the knot, or keep hidden for reusability purposes — like those times when you're heading to work straight from somewhere other than home and don't want to look like you're wearing the exact same thing.
Skip the menswear store and add a proper splash of style to your business wardrobe with Stalward Ties ($64). Handmade and hand stitched in a family-owned Chicago factory using the finest fabrics available, these handsome ties are available in a range of colors, styles, and fabrics, and each one features a loop constructed from surplus army gas lamp wick for an added bit of vintage charm.
Make sure you and your progeny look as spiffy as possible this June 17 with these Alexander Olch Father's Day Matching Sets ($185). Although you have to order them separately — why, we really don't know — they include a handmade cotton necktie for dad and a matching pre-tied, clip-on handmade cotton bowtie for the youngster. Available in red and white seersucker or blue pinefeather.
Believe it or not, sometimes wearing a tie simply isn't formal enough. For those times, there are Title of Work Ties ($125-$1,075). Available in a variety of shades and made using high-end fabrics, the majority of these not too skinny, not too wide ties feature an added bit of flair — a bar, chain, toggle, or some other ornament — displayed proudly along their length, making them just a step above your average neck wringer from Brooks Brothers.
As you might have guessed, ties weren't always churned out by huge manufacturing equipment — they were made on a single needle sewing machine, by a single operator. Return to this time with J.A. Christensen Maker Ties ($90). Created with these classics in mind, these ties are cut across the fabric's width to give them a unique look, and feature square backs, vintage denim construction, a length of 55 inches, and width of three inches — not too short, not too skinny, but just right for pairing with a modern suit and shirt.
With a range of fabrics that ranges from the traditional to the subtly weird, Blackbird Neckwear ($70) is the latest self-labeled lineup from the purveyors of fine goods. Made using high-quality fabrics, this new collection offers three fold construction, full lining, and Blackbird brand tags, and is available in herringbone, plaid, madras, striped, and "zombie whale" patterns, just to name a few.
Most of the time when you see a product made from recycled whatever, the "whatever" part loses its original functionality — you can't exactly use a bench made from recycled milk jugs to hold milk. Which is only one of the many reasons Sonic Fabric Ties ($90) are so neat. Made from 50% colored thread and 50% recycled audio cassette tape, these unusual accessories can actually be played by running a tape head over them, playing sound collages from designer Alyce Santoro's CD Between Stations.
Add some edge to your work wardrobe with The Hill-Side Ties ($80-$87). Made in New York City, these slim, stylish ties are available in selvedge cotton and hemp indigo denim, selvedge khaki chino, and dark tan waxed canvas, each designed for everyday use, gaining character as they break in.
Look your best from the boardroom to the bar with these Band of Outsiders Ties ($130). Available in a variety of sizes and designs, from standard to skinny and from stripes to plaid, you're sure to find one to suit your needs. Pun intended.