The 95 percent

95 percent of people who wear bow-ties wear them because 95 percent of people don’t.

The Big Dots Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties, fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.

Bow-tie Briefing

“It’s only human nature to resent being told what to wear, when to wear it, what to eat–”

”Or whether you can wear a bow tie?” chimed in Justice Stevens, who rarely, if ever, wears any other neckwear on the bench.

—from an argument before the Supreme Court about whether Orthodox Jews should be exempt from the military dress code’s ban on indoor hat-wearing, New York Times, January 17, 1986.

Red White & Blue Stripes - The Patriotic Collection: 7 DIY Bow-Ties on 1 Yard of Fabric

 

Clip-on = Cop-out

People who cannot tie bow ties have no business wearing them. A clip-on bow tie is really a cop-out.

—Jack Freedman, of the mens clothier Paul Stewart

Woodgrain self-tie bow tie by J. Thomson

Get your bow-tying skills here.

The bow-tie advantage

The biggest advantage to wearing a bow tie is when you spill your coffee, it just gets on your shirt and not your $90 tie.

—Jack Freedman, of the mens clothier Paul Stewart

The Striped Sophisticate: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties Bursting With Stripey Goodness! Fabric Design by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.

Spoonflower features my ‘Word Game’ design

 

Word Game fabric featured on Spoonflower welcome page

My Word Game fabric featured on the Spoonflower welcome page (on the right) as one of the top-selling “Alphabet” designs.

For several weeks now, one of my best-selling designs on Spoonflower has been featured prominently on that site’s homepage (see screenshot above). Although Spoonflower is featuring it as a wallpaper design, sales of my fabric have been off the charts since it happened. (There’s a link on the product page to switch from wallpaper to fabric design.)

Word Game Border fabric © 2011 J. Thomson Word Game fabric, © 2011 J. Thomson

 

Other people’s perceptions

When you wear a bow tie, you have to turn off the part of the brain that cares about other people’s perceptions.

—Jack Freedman, of the mens clothier Paul Stewart

The Big Dots Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties, fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.

A bow-tie is a provocation

…no single male fashion accessory provokes as much emotion as the bow tie.

New York Times, June 26, 2005

No single male fashion accessory provokes as much emotion as the bow tie.

 

What other people think

Wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an aggressive lack of concern for what other people think.

New York Times, June 26, 2005

The Baroque Collection: Dandy

Aggressively Argyle: 14 Days of Compliments

Aggressively Argyle: 7 Double-Sided Cut & Sew Bow-Ties for 14 Days of Compliments. Fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.Seven double-sided bow-ties for two weeks’ worth of compliments… all on one yard of fabric for less than what you’d expect to pay for just one bow-tie in the department store. Continue reading

The Flamingo Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties Fabric

The Flamingo Collection: 7 kitschy cut & sew bow-ties. Fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.Just in time for the Spring Formal at the trailer park, here are seven bow-ties with pink plastic flamingos on them!  Continue reading