There really are two styles of bow ties out there. There is your standard bow tie with time-honored patterns of stripes, dots and plaids that works in any setting. Then there is the less-formal printed bow tie with its endless assortment of golf clubs, labradors, mint juleps or whatever else your heart desires. Bridging the gap by putting a slight nautical spin on the standard Repp stripe bow tie is the Kortright Ebb Tide Bow Tie by Kiel James Patrick ($65).
Kiel James Patrick got his start in the fashion industry during his prep school years by designing simple accessories based on classic, timeless designs and materials that harkened back to simpler times. Patrick’s friends began to take notice and started buying his creations. Thus, a hobby turned into a business and the Kiel James Patrick brand was born. Although originally specializing in bracelets, belts and headbands, Kiel James Patrick branced out into the world of neckwear earlier this year with a line of nautically-inspired neck and bow ties.
While each tie starts with 100% English Repp stripe silk, these ties are all-American. Each tie is designed and made in the USA and, according to a recent tweet by Patrick, will stay that way along as he has a say. American-made and damn proud of it? That’s just one of the reasons I love this brand. The Kortright Ebb Tide Bow Tie is one of 10 colorways in the Maritime Repp Stripe Bow Tie line. The tie combines the elegance and timelessness of the English Repp stripe with nautical rope detailing that will set you apart from the masses as more and more people adopt the Bow Tie Friday movement. While you may not be hitting the open ocean on a yacht or sailboat any time soon, you can at least look the part with the Kortright Ebb Tide Bow Tie.