Having grown up in the south, I seem to have developed an affinity for classic men’s fashion. A man in a well tailored suit or nice fedora always has a way of turning my head. To my surprise and delight there is a movement to reintroduce the bow tie into daily wear. I caught up with one such gentleman who just so happens to has also been born and bred in the great state of Kentucky. Let me introduce you to Sebastian, a Comedy Coordinator for NBC Entertainment.
TWW: How did the Bow Tie become a part of your daily work wear?
SEBASTIAN: One, they’re fun. I’m from the south so I would always see them, but I never got into them. Now, I’ve got a platform (being from the south) where I can get away with them at work. Plus, it’s just one of those things that brightens up the day or at least my mood. So it’s a lot of fun to wear one and to see people’s reactions. There’s that saying that it takes (a certain) someone to pull off a bow tie and I don’t know if I’m one of those people or not. I just like to pretend I am for the moment.
TWW: Where do you find your bow ties?
SEBASTIAN: It depends, believe it or not it’s harder to find hand-tied bow ties then you would think. A lot of them now are those clip-ons or loop around with hooks. Anywhere from Urban Outfitters to Brooks Brothers always has a good selection. High end department stores have some. It’s just tricky to find the more casual ones. Like, you know clips-ons verses a more formal tux style or wedding style bow ties… There are specialty bow ties stores in the online world. I prefer seeing them in person. I don’t do a lot of online shopping just because I’m very particular, per say, at least what I’m looking for… It’s a bit difficult sometimes to find them… I always just see them in the store and am like, “Oh, I need another one.” (And) no, I don’t have any booked marked links, but there are some bow tie specific stores out there.
TWW: Do you have a favorite?
SEBASTIAN: I don’t – the thing about Bow ties [is] there are different lengths and sizes of the actual bow. I prefer the smaller ones, ’cause the big fluffy ones make me feel like a show dog… I bought each one at a different place and time and my parents got me some so each one kind of had a little – you know – personal flare to it. I do have one that stands out over the others, but I won’t tell what it is.
Nicely done sir. You may have won this time Mr. Sebastian, but I will discover your secret. (If I had a vote, it would be the one from the University of Kentucky Go Big Blue!)
Here is a little ‘How To’ video that we put together with the help of my friend Omar Najan, who shot and edited the piece. Enjoy.
For those of you who don’t have the time to scour the stores for Bow Ties here are a few links.
UPDATED: Right after this article was posted Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family has designed a line of Bow Ties called Tie The Knot. The profits will be donated to charities that support marriage equality. Check out the website here.