100% American Made Formal Black Bow Tie - Part I
We’ve spent the past couple months trying to locate materials in order to make a formal black bow tie from 100% American-made products. We want every detail on the tie – from the fabric all the way to the thread – to be made in the USA.
The metal tri-glides that connect the two halves of the bow tie together have proven to be the most difficult part to track down. These pieces are extremely difficult to find in general, let alone locating an American manufacturer that produces them.
As a workaround, we decided to fabricate the pieces ourselves. We worked hand in hand with a Manhattan-based jeweler to create a mold and cast the pieces out of copper and bronze. As you can see from the picture directly above, the pieces needed some touching up as they came out of the mold in order to match the center metal piece we currently use. With a Dremel and the correct attachments, we were able to buff each piece to make the metal pop.
We’re excited about the end result! Not only are we now able to use two high-quality metals, but we got to collaborate with and support a local business along the way.