GENIUSBOWTIE is a hand crafted unique bowtie made with assorted natural bird feathers, designed to change the traditional way we look at bowties.

Feather bow ties are the ultimate fashion statement. They are the more fashionable and unique variant of the ever classy bow tie. They turn heads and steal looks when one enters the room. They are the accessory for men who want to stand out from the crowd.

1. They Are One Of A Kind

Feathers have been used in fashion for years with many different clothes and accessories. Their radiant colors and authentic patterns have been the main attractions of them and they truly deserve the attention. The feathers’ colors are one of the most colorful palettes of mother nature. As if the incredible colors weren’t enough, the patterns of the feathers are as beautiful and distinctive as a butterfly’s wings. On top of all that with our designs, they become even more special and delicate.

2. If You Want Attention, You Got It

In every event or location where bow ties aren’t specifically in the dress code, bow ties shine. It can be a wedding, ball, conference or anything such as these. How about taking it up a notch and wearing a bow tie that everybody will look at with envy? If it is a semi-formal event, your bow tie will pull the spotlights on you as you look dashing and one of a kind with your styleful feather bow tie. And if it is a casual setting, then you will most likely be one of the people -if not the most- with the boldest fashion statement. Go ahead and shine on.

3. Stylish And Old School

Bow tie is the epitome of style and class. Now with the fashion world swaying towards bow ties even more in the last few years, distinctive designs like feather bow ties are reaching for the crown. Feather bow ties carry the conventional bow tie’s class while improving on the style with the elegant and ever-stylish feather. When you need a fashionable alternative to the conventional, go with bow tie à la mode, feather bow ties.

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A bow tie is usually fitting for any of your tie related occasions. You wear it in formal, semi-formal, and even in some casual settings. But remember that this fashion trick is not easily carried out. Wearing a bow tie shows one’s confidence, by making a statement that you’re not afraid to be the center of attention in a crowd. Wearing a bow tie means that you’re going the extra mile to look as stylish as possible in your outfit.


Black tie events are the second most common setting after weddings where you can see bow ties in their magnificent form yet such events are usually scarce. The black tie dress code is consists of a dinner jacket (tuxedo) and a black bow tie. A white tie event, also known as “full dress,” is yet another step up in formality–it’s the highest point capable of formal dress. As the name suggests, a white bow tie is necessary.

Semi Formal

While the phrase “semi-formal” can be irritating, any affair called one is a marvelous occasion for experimentation with bow ties. It isn’t recommended to take too many risks here either, though. It’s better to lean towards formal dressing than lean towards semi formal. By all means, enjoy your variety of options when it comes to bow tie styles, materials, and textures, but aim to remain within the limits of the dress code.



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Where to wear a bowtie: The general rule about when to wear a bow tie is this: If the event or setting is suitable for neckties, then it is suitable for bow ties. Venues for recitals, ballets, and performances of this sort do not usually have dress codes. Since many people seem to associate bow ties with connoisseurs and scholars, it seems fitting to wear a bow tie when enjoying the delicacies of viniculture. Now and then one should do brunch, and one should dress for brunch. Wearing a bow tie to a high-end brunch in a nice venue elevates everyone and everything lucky enough to be around you.

When Not to Wear a Bow Tie: There are better and worse events for a bow tie, but there is no general rule about when or where not to wear a bow tie. The question ”When should I not wear a bow tie?” does come up, however, and so here is our advice:

  • If the occasion is fitting for neckties, then it is fitting for bow ties..
  • If a necktie is too formal for an occasion, then a bow tie might also be too formal. It is possible to downplay a necktie more easily than it is a bow tie. If the event is casual and the key phrase in the dress code is “don’t dress-up,” then a necktie with a slack knot can be part of a fashionably-assembled but still carefree and relaxed look. Even the most casual bow tie requires you to have the top button of your shirt buttoned, and while that isn’t necessarily overdressing, it is not a relaxed one.
  • If the point of a specific dress code is to ensure uniformity or homogeneity – like a group photo – and the dress code requires ties to be worn, then you can assume the dress code is asking for neckties. If a bow tie would not be in keeping with the general guidelines of the code, then it would be inappropriate.


You don’t have to know how to tie a bow tie until you do, and by then it’s too late. If you are a beginner and have no clue how to handle a self tie bow tie, below you can see how to go about it. It does take some time to do it right, so be patient. If the steps below aren’t enough, go online and find an instructional video, whichever suits you best.

Step 1: Start by positioning the bow tie around your neck so that one end is a few inches longer than the other.
Step 2: Cross the long end over the shorter end.
Step 3: Pull the longer end back up and under the shorter end and tighten to your neck.
*It’s important to note that you won’t be able to adjust the tightness of the knot of your bow tie like you do with a necktie after this knot is secured, so be sure this knot is properly adjusted.
Step 4: Leaving the long end out of the way, form the bow shape with the shorter end of the tie.
Step 5: Let the longer end fall over top of the center of the bow you just formed.
Step 6: Fold the remaining part from the long end of the tie into a bow shape that roughly matches the bow you’ve formed.
Step 7: Slip the long end bow through the space between the short end bow and the knot against your neck.
Step 8: Tighten the bow by pulling both ends of the tie at the same time with equal force.
Step 9: Even out the tie and adjust the ends by carefully pulling the ends of the bow horizontally.
Step 10: Admire your work.

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The bow tie is a type of necktie. A modern bow tie is tied using a common shoelace knot, which is also called the bow knot for that reason. It consists of a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar of a shirt in a symmetrical manner so that the two opposite ends form loops.

There are generally three types of bow ties: the pre-tied, the clip on, and the self tie. Pre-tied bow ties are ties in which the distinctive bow is sewn onto a band that goes around the neck and clips to secure. Some “clip-ons” dispense with the band altogether, instead clipping straight to the collar. The traditional bow tie, consisting of a strip of cloth which the wearer has to tie by hand, is also known as a “self-tie,” “tie-it-yourself,” or “freestyle” bow tie.

The bow tie originated among Croatian mercenaries during the Thirty Years’ War of the 17th century: the Croat mercenaries used a scarf around the neck to hold together the opening of their shirts. This particular look was then brought to France by French soldiers at the end of the war, and by the 1700s the upper classes had embraced neckties, marking the time when neckties became a primary feature in men’s fashion. This was soon adopted (under the name cravat, derived from the French for “Croat”) by the upper classes in France, then a leader in fashion, and flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is uncertain whether the cravat then evolved into the bow tie and four-in-hand necktie, or whether the cravat gave rise to the bow tie, which in turn led to the four-in-hand necktie.

In October of 1886, Pierre Lorillard designed a new style of formal wear, and wore it to a formal ball held at the Tuxedo club. Named after his family’s estate in Tuxedo Park (an area just outside of New York City), Lorillard’s tuxedo became an instant hit among other wealthy fashion enthusiasts. The tuxedo and black bow tie look, which became known as “black tie” attire, quickly outmoded the antiquated tailcoat and white bow tie as the primary formal outfit for men, a fashion change that has yet to be overturned to this day.

Over the past few decades, high-profile bow tie connoisseurs have pioneered a movement that has led to a redefining of the bow tie. By articulating it in ways in which it was not originally intended to be worn, the bow tie has been moved outside of its rigid categorization of only being appropriate for formal wear. From the foppish looks of style mavens Karl Lagerfeld and Manolo Blahnik, to the quirky guise of comedians Charlie Chaplin and Pee-wee Herman, to the iconic stud looks of Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra, to the nerdy looks of Bill Nye the Science Guy and Sir Winston Churchill, the bow tie has found itself as a compliment to a great many varying ensembles.

Embedded in a long history of being thought of as a strictly male accessory, bow ties officially crossed gender lines into women’s wear in the 1920s and 30s when the look was picked up by silver screen stars Marlene Dietrich, Sylvia Scarlett and Audrey Hepburn. Paving the way for the acceptance of women wearing “masculine” garb, both famous actors became known for dressing in what was considered to be male attire including: tailored suits, top hats, button down shirts, and of course, the bow tie.

Marlene Dietrich, most known for her quintessential bow tie and top hat look from the film, Morocco, in the 1930s, says it all with her statement about her own style, “I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.”


The early cravats of the 17th century have little resemblance to today’s necktie, yet it was a style that stayed popular throughout Europe for over 200 years. The tie as we know it today did not emerge until the 1920s but since then has undergone many (often subtle) changes.

Because lots of change has happened to the design of the tie in the past century I decided to break this down by each decade:

221 BCE


Around 8,000 warriors make up the terracotta army that protects the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Neckcloths adorn many of the sculptures, showing that neckwear has been worn for both protective and symbolic reasons for millennia. Ancient neckcloths are also depicted on Trajan’s Column, which was finished in 113CE, around the necks of Roman soldiers.


Cartwheel ruff

The item that defines the Tudor wardrobe more than any other is the cartwheel ruff. A symbol of wealth and status, the ruff was incredibly labour intensive as the expensive lace had to be re-starched and reset with heating irons on each wearing. As a symbol of excess, the Puritan pamphleteer Philip Stubbes decried ‘great and monstrous ruffs’ in 1583.


The birth of the cravat

The cravat in style and etymology is thought to originate from the Thirty Years’ War when Croatian cavalry units were engaged by the Imperial Army of the Holy Roman Empire. Coming into contact with French soldiers, their distinctive style of neckwear caught on.


As the ruff fell out of favour, a wide, flat collar known as a falling band became popular. This evolved into bands, oblong pieces of cloth that survive today in ecclesiastic, legal and academic dress. The diarist Samuel Pepys wrote in October 1662, ‘Got me ready in the morning and put on my first new laceband; and so neat it is, that I am resolved my great expense shall be lacebands’.


Steinkirk cravat

The late 17th century saw lace cravats reach such outrageous proportions that one playwright labelled them ‘slabbering bibs’. One notable style was the Steinkirk cravat, which was left untied and drawn through a buttonhole on the coat. Named after the 1692 Battle of Steenkerque, it was said to have been improvised by soldiers on the battlefield who had no time to tie it.


Louis XIV’s jabot

The Sun King Louis XIV was a force to be contended with in the history of fashion, power and style. His championing of the fashion industry ensured that France became the arbiter of style and taste that it remains today. Louis’s lace jabot, along with other Sun King trademarks such as red high heels, can be seen in a majestic portrait of him by Hyacinthe Rigaud.



The 1818 satirical publication Neckclothitania was published in the wake of Beau Brummell’s obsession with the cravat. Brummell led a new breed of sartorially conscious young men known as the Dandies. Crowds of men would arrive at his London residence each morning to watch him dress, and Brummell could easily go through a number of cravats before achieving the desired effect.


The club tie

Ties have long been used to signify social status through membership to a particular group, whether it’s a school, university, a military regiment or a club. As legend has it, the first club tie came about via the rowing team of Exeter College, Oxford, when the competitors took off the striped bands from their hats and fastened them around their necks.


Ascot tie

‘A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life,’ was one of the memorable lines from Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance that premiered in 1893. In the second half of the 19th century the Ascot tie began to take prominence, named for its association with the races at Ascot. The wide tie, often fastened with a pin, is still worn for formal weddings.


The tie was a must-have clothing accessories for men in the first decade of the 20th century. Most common were Cravats which evolved from the early 17th century ties that were brought to France by the Croatians. What was different however, was how they were tied. Two decades earlier, the Four in Hand knot had been invented which was the only knot used for cravats. While other tie knots have been invented since, the Four in Hand is still one of the most popular tie knots today. The two other common neckwear styles popular at the time were bow ties (used for evening white tie attire), as well as ascots (required for formal day time dress in England).

The second decade of the 20th century saw a decline in formal cravats and ascots as men’s fashion became more casual with haberdashers putting a stronger emphasis on comfort, functionality, and fit. Towards the end of this decade neckties closely resemble the ties as we know them today.

The 1920s were an important decade for men’s ties. A NY tie maker by the name of Jessie Langsdorf invented a new way of cutting the fabric when constructing a tie, which allowed the tie to spring back into its original shape after each wearing. This invention triggered the creation of many new tie knots.
Neckties became the predominant choice for men as bow ties were reserved for formal evening and black tie functions. Furthermore, for the first time, repp-stripe and British regimental ties emerged.

During the Art Deco movement of the 1930s, neckties became wider and often displayed bold Art Deco patterns and designs. Men also wore their ties a bit shorter and commonly tied them with a Windsor knot – a tie knot that the Duke of Windsor invented during this time.

The early part of the 1940s didn’t offer any exciting change in the world of men’s ties – possibly an effect of WWII which had people worry about more important things than clothing and fashion. When WWII ended in 1945 however, a feeling of liberation became evident in design and fashion. Colors on ties became bold, patterns stood out, and one retailer by the name of Grover Chain Shirt Shop even created a necktie collection displaying sparsely dressed women.

When talking about ties, the 50s are most famous for the emergence of the skinny tie – a style designed to compliment the more form fitting and tailored clothes of the time. Additionally tie makers started experimenting with different materials.

Just as ties were put on a diet in the 50s, the 1960s went to the other extreme – creating some of the widest neckties ever. Ties as wide as 6 inches were not uncommon – a style that got the name “Kipper Tie”

The disco movement of the 1970s truly embraced the ultra wide “Kipper Tie”. But also worth noting is the creation of the Bolo Tie (aka Western Tie) which became Arizona’s official state neckwear in 1971.

The 1980s are certainly not known for great fashion. Instead of embracing a certain style, tie makers created any kind of neck-wear style during this period. Ultra-wide “Kipper Ties” were still present to some degree as was the re-emergence of the skinny tie which was often made from leather.

By 1990 the style Faux Pas of the 80s slowly faded away. Neckties became a bit more uniform in width (3.75-4 inches). Most popular were bold floral and paisley patterns – a style that has recently resurfaced as a popular print on modern ties today.

Compared the the decade before ties became a bit thinner at about 3.5-3.75 inches. European designers further shrunk the width and eventually the skinny tie re-emerged as a popular stylish accessory.

2010 – 2020
Today, ties are available in many widths, cuts, fabrics, and patterns. It is all about choice and allowing the modern man to express his own personal style. The standard width for ties is still in the 3.25-3.5 inch range, but to fill the gap to the skinny tie (1.5-2.5″), many designers now offer narrow ties that are about 2.75-3 inches wide. Besides the width, unique fabrics, weaves, and patterns emerged.

As fashion develops everyday and takes a new form with new designers innovating and creating new ideas there are no limits how far the necktie can go. We shall wait and see…


The Self-Tie Also known as the freestyle bow tie, the self tie bow is one that needs to be manually tied yourself. Once tied the look will be slightly askew than the pre-tied. The self-tie has a natural uniqueness and a bit of asymmetry that gives it a natural charm. It might not have the precision of pre-tied bow tie but this is what makes you able to be different and not like the rest of the crowd.

The Pre-Tied The Pre-tied type usually comes with an adjustable neck strap on which it is attached to. It is so easy to size it down or up till you get that perfect fit. It can also be worn in just a few seconds.

The Clip-On A clip on bow tie is basically a type of a pre-tied with a metal clip on it that hooks it onto a shirt’s collar. Young children and infants are the only ones who should wear these.


Everything old is new again and that couldn’t be more true for women’s neckties (aka pussybows). It has been a relevant garment accessory for centuries, been a symbol of demureness, femininity, and power and it has been called a host of different names including neck bow, floppy bow, bowtie, neck scarf, necktie, and pussy bow to name a few.

The necktie popularity is often attributed to Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent and rightfully so as you will see below, but there is more history to this garment transformer.

Women and men from the 18th and 19th century were sporting a necktie accessory. The men’s ascot and cravat from the period is a very similar look to the modern day women’s necktie.

Neckclothitania was a pamphlet published in 1818 and illustrated some of the popular ways of tying men’s neckwear. Women’s fashion consisted of a variety of neck bow looks.

 In the 1830’s, Louis Antoine Godey created the publication, Godey’s Lady’s Book, which he designed to include a host of information around ladies fashion. It was an outlet for introducing Parisian fashion to American women. The images below are from the 1863 editions. You can already see the variety in design of the necktie from short to long.

 The Gibson Girls from the illustrations of Charles Dana Gibson, grew the “Gibson Girl,” which was the epitome of an ideal American woman. She was slender, but curvy, athletic, yet feminine, educated, talented, and had an abundance of hair coiffed on her head.

Neck bows were often a fashion element for the Gibson Girl and brands followed suit by naming their neckties after the popular identity.

 Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel who got the nickname of “Coco” from her days as a singer in nightclubs was best known as a milliner who later moved into fashion design, creating new silhouettes for women in the 1920’s and beyond. She was one of the designers that popularized neckties and through the decades, you can always see her donning a necktie herself or incorporating them in her designs. Coco Chanel was making her mark in the fashion world and neckties were along for the ride.

Late 1930’s and 40’s fashion took a step back due to the war but the 50’s saw a new era of design for the neckties. Much of the trend until this time showcased neckties as a separate accessory tied around the neck of a collared shirt. However, collarless blouses with built-in pussybows have become a popular fashion piece from here on forward.

Late 50’s and 60’s Yves Saint Laurent and Coco Chanel gave new meaning to neckties. Pussybows take on a bit of a new meaning as designers like Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) introduce le smoking suit. This was a radical design for the time, fitting women to pantsuits, similar to a man’s tuxedo. Until now, the necktie was a softening accessory and a popular garment piece for women in secretarial jobs. However, they started giving a more powerful message when paired with the pant suit.

The 70’s and 80’s became a symbol of women empowerment from the way women dress on a casual daily basis to women in the workplace. It was more a male look adopted for the feminate style. Pussybows continue to be paired with women’s power suits in the eighties as they emulate a man’s tie. As women started to take on more prominent positions in the workforce, their attire was meant to help them blend in with their male counterparts.

Though in the early 2000’s fashion had taken a different turn to bigger clothes, brighter colors influenced by music, art and the growing X generation the classics were somewhat forgotten, but here’s the thing.. classics never die. In 2015, designers brought pussybows back to the runway.

Yves Saint Laurent, who has been designing ensembles with pussybows for decades, again brings attention to their staple le smoking suit with an accompanying pussybow.

In the 2015 ready-to-wear runway collection for Chloe and Gucci collections included a modern styling of the pussybow.

The pussybow blouse, dress or the bow on its own have now been a fashion trend for several consecutive years.. Pussybows, bow blouses, neckties – whatever you want to call them, are now a statement fashion piece.

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