As the name of my blog implies, I have quite the penchant for bow ties...
It's no Ross and Rachel love affair, my thing for bow ties has been a constant part of my life for years! When I initially began experimenting with my own style in my early adolescence, bow ties became my fascination. In a world full of corporate wide ties and rigid formality, bow ties provided a playful yet elegant alternative. It's a bow tie or a bolo tie, and I doubt London will turn into a Texan white woman's dream anytime soon.
So when I was approached by the Italian bow tie company Lucky Lusyanao, it's a bit of an understatement to say I was excited at this collaboration.
Lucky Lusyano is a brand of impeccable craftsmanship, able to shift the boundaries of conventions through its dynamic and broad range of artistic visions, from denim to contrast, the little Italian brand has envisioned every bow tie you could imagine. The designs of each bespoke, hand-made bow tie are tidy, dapper and fun. Their bow ties could add an absorbing point of interest to an outfit, the myriad of fabrics, prints and aesthetics available mean that there's a bow tie to suit every outfit and every occasion; from electric leopard prints to dusky New York tweeds,
Exchanging emails with one the their team members, Mark I managed to conduct a short interview with the Italian brand:
J: What is the story of your company? (Such as the history, the background)
LL: Our family manufacture Bow Ties since 1995, this is all we do. We are specialize in the category and we try to do our best in order to please our clients. We have been distributing Bow Tie thought-out Italian high end boutique and just recently we expanded into online business too.
J: What makes your bow ties unique?
LL: Well, every single piece is unique. This is our company policy. You can find plenty of different styles and variations out there but all our LuckyLusyano® Bow Ties are single pieces. We have different collections according to different type of clients. All our products are handmade and beautifully packaged in our Lucky-Pack, we take a great care of every single detail.
J: How do you make your bow ties? (Like what fabrics?)
LL: We love to use Italian Silk, if you look at the HAWAIIAN-TAI collection for example, made of linen, cotton and silk organza. Each piece is hand-drawn on paper template to define the shape and only after the Head Designer approval begins the choice of materials, embroidery and details. After defining the model on paper, our highly expert tailoring team starts the process of "basting stitch". The care for design, choice of materials and the richness of details are essential but not the last step of the process to obtain an original Lucky Lusyano.
Lucky Lusyano has been a pioneer by introducing the strap Velcro® closure which is design to simplify the application of the bow tie.
J: What is your most popular bow tie?
LL: Good question, The most popular bow tie is that one that suits you! BE LUCKY, WEAR LUSYANO - Visit our site for more details www.luckylusyano.com!
Each bow tie is specially made for the buyer, made of the finest Italian silks prepared in their atelier, enclosed in a beautifully crafted box. It reminded me of a little treasure box! Carefullly opening up the delicate packaging revealed a dainty bow tie, laying on top of yellow confetti, and the brands' card, inscribed onto the company philosophy. You can tell that so much thought and effort went into this little thing!
My bow tie, specially hand-picked and designed for me, was a fusion of two loud, yet majestic prints. Monochromatic dog-tooth and quirky, cartoony hearts. It was quite the shock to see these two prints which I myself would never have imagined paring, but Lucky Lusyanao have pushed the boundaries of traditional aesthetics. The way the two patterns firmly contrast each-other, yet the hues compliment, shows how much time and thought goes into the design, to enable the wearer to stand out from the pin-on Topman bow ties that are clogging up the fashion world.
To many young men, fashion has become a much more important and significant part of their lifestyles. One aspect of this is the need for more striking, and individual looks. For those who aren't exactly ready to don a floral suit, accessories are the way to go, and little gems like the bow ties from Lucky Lusyano are a great way to create a vantage point for style. Instead of following the crowd and shopping from big fashion corporations, reaching out to little companies who offer unique, obscure products can be a way to form your own style, your own interpretation of trends. The increasing impact that little companies are having on the fashion world is making it easier and comfortable for men to try new things out.
I decided to pair the bow tie with a youthful and more urban pieces, a black denim shirt and skinny chinos, showing how versatile the bow ties on offer are. This is a brand I got excited about as they offer such an amazing selection of bow ties, and I'd like to warmly thank Mark and the team for choosing to collaborate with me!