Fashion always has this funny way of revisiting past styles and rebooting them into a contemporary context. So it was only a matter of time that ties would reappear in the fashion scene. Plus the recent craze over U.S. TV series Mad Men probably gave it the added push – lead actor Jon Hamm really knows how to rock those tuxedos and bowties.
But whether you’re a fan of Mad Men or not, bowties are back! And this time, they aren’t restricted to just formal wear; designers have reinvented the accessory with designs suitable for casual occasions as well – as long as you’re wearing a collared shirt, of course.
Any fashionable men’s boutique should have a decent collection of bowties, but here is a list of those who stock some real outstanding ones.
Blackmarket. As one of Singapore’s most popular multi-label boutiques, it would be shocking if they didn’t have a few local bowtie designs up their sleeves. And true enough: Blackmarket stocks some quirky yet sophisticated designs by Old Man that feature bright, bold patterns such as floral and checkered motifs that will stand out against any outfit. 181 Orchard Road, #02-01 Orchard Central.
Fiftyfive. The latest to join men’s fashion boutiques in Singapore is multi-label store Fiftyfive. Dedicated to dapper menswear for the new generation of males who truly care about their looks and fashion, the store sells nearly everything a gentleman could need, including shirts, watches, wallets, bags, name card holders and, of course, bowties. 55B Boat Quay. Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11am – 7pm.
Little Man. Don’t be fooled by its humble name; Little Man offers an incredibly wide selection of quirky items, from stationery to accessories, and even to furniture. The store isn’t as much as multi-label store as it is a curator of all things thoughtfully designer – and, yes, they’ve got bowties. And you can bet they’re unique ones at that.7C Binjai Park. Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 11.30am – 9.30pm.
Swagger. It’s one thing to follow fashion trends religiously, but it’s a whole other to truly understand and appreciate style, design and timelessness. Swagger is all about the latter. Here you’ll find a selection of apparel, leather goods, vintage items and quality grooming products, all of which will stand the test of time and always find a way back to the fashion world – just like bowties. 15 Ann Siang Road.
Le Noeud Papillon. This Australian-based online store may offer apparel, pocket squares, belts, scarves and ties, but its core business remains in Australian-made bowties. They are mostly very classic designs of great quality, and they even have a how-to page on how to tie a bowtie. The good news? They ship worldwide. Plus they have a great guide on how to tie a bowtie.
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