Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bow ties galore—Laurent Desgrange

The bow tie, once regulated to strict preppies and conservative college professors, has exploded into a men’s fashion staple over the past few years…and it shows no sign of waning. This simple rectangle of fabric, tied into a bowknot, can add a jolt of personality to any gentlemen’s wardrobe.

Above: A playful display of Laurent Desgrange’s exuberant bow ties in a smorgasbord of colors, shapes and sizes.

French designer, Laurent Desgrange, has been pushing the boundaries of the traditional bow tie (albeit the clip on bow tie) with some wit and panache for the past few years...and he doesn’t disappoint with his look book for Spring/Summer 2011.

Mr. Desgrange playfully experiments with the scale of the bow tie.

And he even elevates a sneaker with playful bows.

Of course Mr. Peacock adores the toile shirt (which will be available in blue and red).

You don’t have to wait until next spring to wear one of Mr. Desgrange's hand made bow ties.

This dark blue satin tie, with tiny bead detailing, would be chic for summer weddings.

And I love this black & white houndstooth “origami” tie.

Each tie comes with satin ribbon and a clip—so you can wear it however you prefer. They’re not just for the gents either; the ladies can wear them as a belt, headband, or hair clip.

Admittedly, Mr. Desgranges daring use of bow ties might not suit every gentleman peacock, however, his exquisite shapes and fabrics will seduce even the most conservative of old-school bow tie aficionados.


TJB said...

I'll refrain from commenting on the clip-on bow tie, having not seen Desgranges' work first hand; and use this space as a bow tie aficionado (to the point of not wearing a traditional tie any longer) to endorse Seigo neckwear to Mr. Peacock's New York readers.

Seigo Katsuragawa's self-named shop doesn't have a website, but you really need to visit yourself to see the breathtaking and overwhelming variety of bow ties (and traditional ties, pocket squares, ascots, scarves), all handmade from luscious kimono silk. And the price points? Insanely reasonable: around $50 for a bow tie, $80 for a traditional tie, $45 for pocket squares - the same as, say, Brooks Brothers, but light years ahead in terms of beauty, craftsmanship and uniqueness. Speaking of the latter, Seigo only cuts 12 of each design.

TJB loves Seigo and has amassed a collection of about 50 bow ties and coordinating pocket squares from them in less than a year - I recommend them without reservation!

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What fun!

(And of course TJB would be the first to comment!)

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Very fun pics! I've only worn a bowtie when I wear a tux.

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Mr Peacock, sir. There's a typo in your post. I'm sure you intended "relegated" not "regulated".


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I love the idea of using bowties on casual shoes! Brilliant!

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Love the blue satin tie! I also am digging right now for that bow-adorned sneakers! So chic! :)

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