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Think of black tie, or more specifically black bow ties, and you might instantly conjure up images of an elegantly tailored tuxedo. Black bow ties are a statement in themselves speaking to the stature and style of the wearer. Browse R. Hanauer’s selection of handmade black bow ties below:

A History of Style

Bow ties were originally popularized by the French in the 18th and 19th centuries as a style statement among the upper classes. Though once the domain of high society, bow ties today have taken on a versatility for any occasion that extends beyond the ballrooms and operas of Europe. Many men even enjoy wearing a bow tie on a daily basis, as a compliment to a blazer, dress shirt or even a sweater. Yet the black bow tie still holds its panache as the go-to choice for formal wear.

A Commitment to Quality

We R. Hanauer has been passionate about men's accessories and bow ties in particular for more than 30 years. The business began when its owner Randy Hanauer decided that men needed a more stylish alternative to the boring white pocket squares and handkerchiefs of the time. Hanauer focused his knowledge of fabric, design, and color and experience in the manufacturing industry to create this distinctly American brand.

Today R. Hanauer remains an American made company rooted in local craftsmanship and pride. Each bow tie, necktie, pocket square, cummerbund or other accessory is made in the company's workshop in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The brand incorporates luxurious imported fabrics and contemporary designs into its product. Randy still selects the fabric for each bow tie collection before each piece is hand-cut and hand-sew in the Fort Mill workshop. As such, quality products and honest working relationships are a cornerstone of R. Hanauer's ethos.

A Versatile Style

Each of R. Hanauer's bow ties are cut on the bias to give them extra stretch so that they hold their shape in a classic knot. To meet the needs of a seasoned bow tie wearer, the brand offers six different styles ranging from the traditional Philip or Henry styles to the more adventurous Diamond End selection like the Stanley and Louie styles.

A Bold Statement

A black bow tie should always be worn to grand events such as balls, cocktail parties, the opera, fundraisers or upscale dinners, but be sure to always pay attention to invitations. Anytime “Black Tie” appears on an invitation, tuxedoes are expected to be worn. The gentlemen’s standard when it comes to black tie consists of a white dress shirt, a black bow tie, a cummerbund, a dinner jacket and black dress shoes. To make your tuxedo stand out, browse our selection of black bow ties.

R. Hanauer offers a vibrant collection of classic and contemporary black bow ties in a range of styles to stand out at any formal event. From gingham, to windowpane print, plaid, paisley, and polka dot you'll find something to express your style at any black tie event.

A Customizable Option

As all R. Hanauer bow ties are handmaid they are also fully customizable. If you are looking for a particular color or design just let us know. We can send over a free swatch to see if it suits you. If you need a particular size we can also work on creating it especially for you.

Contact R. Hanauer at 800-514-9707 or support@bowties.com if you have something in mind or just want to browse our selection.

A black necktie by R. Hanauer can help elevate your black tie with classic and custom touch.  With a variety of striped, polka dot and more unique designs, R. Hanauer is sure to have the black necktie to complete your look. Shop our handmade black ties today:

A blue bow tie can take any classic grey or navy suit to the next level by expressing a gentleman’s confidence and character. In this collection of bow ties, we proudly present various shades ranging from light blue to royal blue and an assortment of patterns like plaid, stripes, and beyond. R. Hanauer guarantees you’ll be making a lasting impression while standing out from the crowd. Shop our selection of handmade blue bow ties below:

The R. Hanauer Process

R. Hanauer’s bow ties are all made in the workshop by hand and to order from our hardworking team. Our father and son team Randy and Randall Hanauer always carefully select the types of fabrics and materials for our products. We specialize in featuring Italian and English silk in our ties. After the order process has begun, ties are cut on the table by hand. While some companies cut on the straight of grain to make their ties, we choose to cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. This means that the pattern will be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric and ease of tying. An interior lining also ensures that the structure and shape of each bow tie will stay in its best condition. We’re proud to create handmade blue bow ties, neckties and cummerbund sets in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.

The History of the Color Blue

Historically, the color blue was very unique because it wasn’t seen in nature as much as greens or yellows. Blue is now considered a very standard color base, yet the word “blue” didn’t even exist in Greek times. Close to 6,000 years ago is when humans began to develop blue colorants from lapis, a precious stone. Lapis is a big contributor to the history of the color. It originated in Afghanistan and was traded in Egypt. The bright blue color of the mineral is what attracted the Egyptians. Lapis was combined with other ingredients, such as calcium and limestone and eventually produced various blue pigments. This is when the Egyptian word for "blue” was created.

The Meaning of Blue

There are deeper and more psychological meanings behind everything, even colors. Through its many shades, blue is known to have an impact on mood and emotion as well as aesthetic. If you took businesses in consideration, blue is utilized in logos and designs because they are proven to be serene and visually appealing. Many people associate feelings of calmness and peacefulness with the color blue. This is likely because we can easily imagine an open and endless clear blue sky or the pure waters of the ocean.

It is safe to say that colors have a tremendous impact on our clothing decisions. Color scheme personalities exist to help describe people and even the choices that they make in fashion. If your favorite color were blue, it could suggest that you are conservative and trusting of others. Blue is one of the most popular of colors, especially being a number one pick when it comes to men. Perhaps a contribution to this trend is because blue is seen as the most masculine color, aside from black. In addition to bringing on feelings of strength and serenity, blue can be a symbol of creativity. We hope a gentleman feels he is both himself and one-of-a-kind when wearing a blue R. Hanauer bow tie.

When to Wear a Blue Bow Tie

When it comes to applying these color personalities in a wardrobe, wearing a blue bow tie can help a gentleman seem more calm and approachable. It illustrates a traditional value but can contain a unique twist. A simple color choice of blue can make others more comfortable and communicative at an event. If one were to be at a social outing, it is important to be open visually while conversing with others. This color is a sign of trustworthiness, loyalty, and stability which is a good thing to keep in mind when picking an outfit for a certain occasion.

Blue bow ties typically encompass a classic and professional feel and can be worn in a casual or professional business environment, especially at client meetings or during a public speaking event. A sky or baby blue can be softer yet inviting, while a cobalt or royal blue can help call for more attention and flair. Many men like to experiment with their fashion pairings, so nothing is completely off the table when choosing the right bow tie for an outfit.

We offer over one-hundred creative options in our collection of blue bow ties, each special in their own way. Gentlemen have the freedom to choose charming and exclusive designs of polka dots, floral, plaid, or even solid blue bow ties. Whether the hue dominates at its forefront of the tie or simply makes a subtle appearance, R. Hanauer is proud to showcase these custom-made blue bow ties.

With the ability to be both casual and formal, a blue R. Hanauer necktie is guaranteed to complement almost any shirt or suit.  We offer a variety of shades ranging from sky blue to dark blue and an assortment of patterns to guarantee you’ll look your best in your unique style. Shop R. Hanauer’s selection of handmade blue neckties today:

R. Hanauer Bow Ties have been part of a gentleman's wardrobe for over thirty years. Cut on a bias for ideal stretch, our unique bow ties easily make a relaxed, classic knot and are built for long-lasting shape and enjoyment. We are dedicated to hand-cutting, hand-sewing and shipping our bow ties out of our hometown workshop in Fort Mill, South Carolina and our founder, Randy Hanauer, has hand selected each fabric you see in the collection below.

To accommodate the seasoned and serious bow tie wearer, R. Hanauer bow ties come in 6 styles ranging from the classic Philip and Henry styles to the more unique Diamond End bow ties like the Stanley and Louie.
R. Hanauer bow ties are handmade to order in our Fort Mill, SC workshop.  As a family owned and family run business, we put customer service at the top of our priority list. If you are unsure about a color or design, just ask. We would be happy to send a free swatch. Bow tie orders placed before 1:00 PM EST Monday-Friday are made and shipped the same day.  Plus, free shipping with orders of $100 or more!

Our Process

Our handmade bow ties are cut, sewn, packaged and shipped out of our workshop in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The Hanauer family is closely involved in every step of the process and father and son team Randy and Randall Hanauer hand-select the silk, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for each collection of bow ties. English wool and Italian silk from renowned international mills can be found in many of our bow tie collections.

Handmade Bow Ties

We have a talented group of artists and creators in our Fort Mill workshop who hand make-to-order each bow tie. Once an order is placed, we begin on the cutting table where the bow tie fabric is cut on a bias to give the famous R. Hanauer stretch. Although the bias cut yields less product from each yard of fabric, it makes our bow ties much more flexible and durable for many years of tying and wear. Once the fabric is cut, it is passed to one of our talented seamstresses to be artfully sewn (including a bias-cut lining to preserve shape over time). After our seamstress individually sews each bow tie they are ready to be placed in our signature black box. Next step? The handmade bow tie is shipped out to you for years of gentlemanly enjoyment.

Our Dedication to American Made Bow Ties

Although many opt to manufacture their bow ties overseas, we believe in making our bow ties at home. Most of the tags on popular neckwear brands will not say "made in  America." American made products are becoming more of a rarity and there is a growing difference between mass-manufactured products and our handmade, high quality bow ties. We are dedicated to creating American made bow ties and are dedicated to preserving quality over making a profit.

When Should You Wear a Bow Tie?

Bow ties are suitable for numerous occasions. Our formal bow ties have been selected for formal evening and black tie events. If an invitation states black tie optional, we always opt-in to wearing a tuxedo and cummerbund set. If an event is declared "white tie," it is best to wear the traditional white cotton bow tieGroomsmen will often sport bow ties for weddings, whether it's before or after six o'clock. We enjoy working with grooms and brides on their wedding bow ties and offer exclusive discounts for wedding orders. Doctors and professors often get the stereotype of being bow tie wearing professionals (a stereotype we fully support) and may opt for more traditional styles like plaid bow ties or striped bow ties. For a social event, conversational, southern bow ties make a great ice breaker and statement piece all at once. 

How to Tie a Bow Tie?

We realize, even with the best tying bow tie on the market, tying a bow tie is not an easy feat. Many debate between self-tie and pre-tied bow ties but we find self-tied bow ties consistently result in a better looking bow tie. We partnered with our friend Lucky Levinson to create a video to help you know how to tie a bow tie. Find the video and step-by-step instructions here.

The History of Bow Ties

The first appearance of bow ties was in the 17th century during the Thirty Year War. King Louis XIII hired Croatian mercenaries to create a high-fashion allusion to the piece of fabric they wore around their neck as part of their uniform. The French king then made it a mandatory part of gentlemen's formal wear and named it "La Cravat" to honor the Croats who inspired the style.

Not only does R. Hanauer create handmade bow ties for gentlemen, but also for boys. R. Hanauer’s boy’s bow ties come in a variety of colors and designs to showcase their unique style. Shop our collection of kids’ bow ties today: 

The holidays are said to be the most wonderful time of the year, full of exciting, winter festivities that bring good tidings and cheer. Holiday bow ties are always a spirited and decorative choice when looking for the perfect addition to any outfit for the yuletide season. At R. Hanauer, our various styles of Christmas bow ties offer a jovial and unique way to display one’s holiday spirit, while still maintaining a sharp, classic look. Shop R. Hanauer’s collection of Christmas bow ties, and make a striking statement this winter season.

The R. Hanauer Process

Each and every R. Hanauer tie is made by a talented and skilled team member in our shop. Our bow ties are made by hand, as well as made to order. Randy and Randall Hanauer, our father-and-son team, carefully select specific types of silk, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for each of our products. We feature English and Italian silk from distinguished international mills in our various collections. Once the order process has begun, our bow ties are cut by hand to begin the creation of the product. As opposed to the straight of grain, our bow tie fabric is cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. Cutting on the bias allows for the pattern to be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric for the ease of tying. A bias-cut lining is in every one of our bow ties in order to ensure that the structure and shape will always remain in its very best condition. At R. Hanauer, we are dedicated and proud to be making American made bow ties in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.

The Statement of a Holiday Bow Tie

Why sport red and green accessories during the holidays? It seems as if these two dashing colors have always been associated with the Christmas season. From the vibrant reds and greens in Christmas poinsettias to the wintry colors of the holly bushes, red and green are the most appropriate and traditional color choices for any holiday themed event.

With the holiday season comes a multitude of joyous celebrations for a gentleman to attend. A Christmas bow tie is the perfect accessory for a gentleman who is confident, appreciates a classic style, and is seeking a lively look to wear to a holiday party, whether the event is held at the office, or amongst one’s friends and family. Holiday bow ties are also a most excellent choice when deciding what to wear for the obligatory Christmas card, or possibly a holiday outing, such as Christmas caroling or ice skating, because they are extremely festive and lighthearted, making for a picture perfect memory to be captured and shared with loved ones. A gentleman who is clad in a Christmas bow tie is ready to celebrate the merriest of the holiday seasons in a timeless style that exudes festiveness and fun.

Festivity through Fashion

Looking your best is quite important to us at R. Hanauer, because we believe that self expression is a key component to one’s style. While red and green are staple holiday colors, our

Christmas bow ties are quite accommodating to different types of styles. From red and green polka dots, to bold stripes, and festive plaids, our Christmas bow ties can be the ultimate finishing touch to a holiday outfit that is embellished and bold, or these beautiful bow ties can be dressed down during the days leading up to Christmas for a merry look to wear while holiday shopping, spending time with friends and family, or even in the workplace.

Christmas bow ties are an enjoyable addition to an outfit for a handsome holiday look, while still staying true to a high quality and perennial sense of style. When dressing for a holiday event, one can pair a Christmas bow tie with complementary whites, navy, and dark greens, and can incorporate some staple pieces, such as a pocket square and dinner coat. For a look that is more casual, one can wear a sport coat and solid button up shirt with their festive accessories; however, it is important to stray from wearing multiple patterns, because that can make an outfit appear too busy, as well as take away from the eye-catching Christmas bow tie itself. The rich reds and greens of the Christmas season are quite classic, and make for wondrous, holiday attire. At R. Hanauer, we pride ourselves on making handmade, holiday bow ties that are perfect for any type of Christmas festivity.

The holiday season calls for family and group events, so feel your best with R. Hanauer’s holiday neckties. Shop our collection of holiday and Christmas ties that are perfect for any holiday party below:

Aside from serving as dress code for the traditional black tie event, bow ties can be used to make a statement or start a conversation. Whether at a garden party, a speaking engagement, a sporting event, a birthday, or just in the office, wearing a bow tie is a unique expression of style and personality. R. Hanauer is skilled at helping the customer select the right kind of bow tie to get the conversation started. Shop our collection below:

Handmade Craftsmanship In The USA

For more than 30 years, R. Hanauer has been in the business of helping men express themselves through their neckwear and accessories. The company was founded and is still owned by, Randy Hanauer to bring interesting, European inspired accessories to American men. What began as a dream to differentiate men's style options from the traditional white pocket square and handkerchief, has today grown to a family-owned business. R. Hanauer produces stylish, high-quality products for men of all ages which are made by hand in the brand's company workshop in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

By utilizing luxurious fabrics sourced from around the world, R. Hanauer combines its local heritage with impeccable taste and craftsmanship. Each pocket square, bow tie, necktie, and cummerbund set is hand cut and handmade in the USA. The whole process is designed to give customers a more bespoke experience that enhances their tastes and style. R. Hanauer's attention to detail is further focused on the fact that Randy himself still selects the fabrics that are used in each hand cut and hand sewn product that comes out of the Fort Mill workshop.

A Functional Design

R. Hanauer cuts each bow tie on the bias to give it a unique stretch while still allowing it to hold its shape better than a classic knot. To suit a range of different occasions and personal needs, R. Hanauer offers six different bow tie styles. While those with more traditional tastes might prefer the classic cut of the Philip or Henry, those who like making a bolder statement might appreciate the more unique styles of the Diamond End series' Stanley or Louis cuts. Each bow tie is also available in a pre-tied option for easy wear.

Make A Statement With A Conversational Bow Tie

No matter what your lifestyle is like or what events you have coming up on your calendar, a bow tie is a great accessory to have in your wardrobe for any occasion. While it's a good idea to always have a formal bow tie on hand for any formal or traditional events like a wedding or awards banquet that calls for it in their dress code, it's also a good idea to include a conversational bow tie in your everyday or celebratory outfits.

Events like birthday parties, garden parties, days at the races, conferences, business meetings, interviews, or religious gatherings are all great opportunities to work a conversational bow tie into. The different patterns, shapes, and colors of an R. Hanauer bow tie are easy to combine with different shirt, jacket, and trouser combinations. Each bold piece offers a chance to fully express your personal style and make your mark on the event.

R. Hanauer's range of conversational bow ties are all available in 100 percent silk fabrics that add to their overall feeling of luxury.

A More Personal Look

At R. Hanauer you can pick a piece that best reflects your personal style. If you've previously seen a particular color or design that you like, let us know and we can send you a free swatch sample for you to try. If you're looking for a special or non-traditional size our more bespoke service can also cater to that.

To browse our selection or to speak about a particular product contact R. Hanauer today at 800-514-9707 or support@bowties.com.

Nothing sparks a conversation more like one of R. Hanauer’s conversational neckties. Our conversational ties are handmade with bright colors and unique patterns that are sure to kick off any conversation. Shop our unique collection today:

An R. Hanauer cummerbund set is handmade for the gentleman who appreciates fine, handmade-to-order accessories for formal events. Each set includes a handmade bow tie and hand-pleated and pressed cummerbund. Unlike rental cummerbunds, ours is made of silk from the front pleats to the back tails where the cummerbund is fastened. The fit is relaxed but classic and the cummerbund set created to be enjoyed for years.


The handmade bow ties included with the set come in 6 different styles to accommodate the seasoned bow tie wearer. Our bow tie styles range from the classic Philip and Henry styles to the more unique Diamond End bow ties like the Stanley and Louie. 

R. Hanauer cummerbund sets are made to order in our Fort Mill, South Carolina workshop. As a family owned and operated business, customer service is our top priority. If you are unsure about a color or design, just ask. We would be happy to send a free swatch. Do you see a bow tie fabric not pictured as a cummerbund set?  As long as we have the fabric, we are happy to create custom cummerbund sets. Orders placed before 1:00 PM EST Monday-Friday are made and shipped the same day. Plus, free shipping with orders of $100 or more!

Our Process

R. Hanauer cummerbund sets are all handmade in our family owned and operated Fort Mill, South Carolina workshop. Our cummerbunds are hand-cut, hand-sewn, hand-pleated and hand-pressed by our talented seamstresses and carefully packed and shipped out to our customers. The matching bow tie in the set is also handmade to order in our workshop with careful attention to detail. Like the single bow ties, all fabrics for our cummerbund sets have been hand-selected by father-and-son team Randy and Randall Hanauer. All of our fabrics are sourced from world-renowned textile mills.

Handmade Cummerbund Sets

Our talented group of artists and creators make each cummerbund set to order. Once a cummerbund set is ordered, the product begins on the cutting table where each piece of fabric for the bow ties and cummerbunds are cut by hand. Fabric for our bow ties are cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market which results in a classic knot and bow. A bias-cut lining is in each bow tie to preserve structure and shape over time.

The cummerbund's hand-cutting will be dictated by the pattern of the fabric. Unlike most cummerbunds, the R. Hanauer cummerbund set is 100% silk from the waist to the tails where the cummerbund is fastened. Next, the cummerbund is hand-sewn and hand-pleated to ensure the pattern matches on each pleat, from top to bottom. Finally, the cummerbund is hand-pressed to place the finishing touches on the accessory. The bow tie and cummerbund are placed together in our signature black box and shipped out with care.

Our Dedication to American Made Products

Although many of the men's accessories on the market are mass-manufactured overseas, we believe in the importance of American made products. Since they are becoming somewhat of a rarity in the high-end menswear market, we advise our customers to always check the tags on products. Even though overseas production can lower costs, we are dedicated to creating an American made bow tie and cummerbund and place more importance on quality than profit.

When Should You Wear a Cummerbund Set?

A cummerbund is always appropriate when dressing in black tie dress code. The alternative would be a waistcoat but we prefer both the look and benefits of a cummerbund set. One common misconception about cummerbunds is that they should be worn with the pleats facing downward. Cummerbunds are meant to be worn with the pleats facing upwards - a trait derived from the golden age when men would wear the accessory to theatre and opera and keep ticket stubs and receipts under the pleats.

What is the Purpose of a Cummerbund Set?

Around 1850, British military personnel stationed in India took note of the native's sashes worn around the waist. In India, they were called "kamarbands," "kamar" meaning "waist." The traditional formal dress for the British was a waistcoat but the Indian heat made this attire particularly uncomfortable. The British were more than eager to replace their heavy waistcoat with the more appropriate sash. As the tuxedo came into fashion, the cummerbund eventually became an alternative option to the waistcoat.

 

Some of the most unique engagements on any social calendar in the South are horse races, such as the Kentucky Derby. The Derby is not just a sports party, but also a chance to showcase the best in spring fashion. It offers an opportunity for male attendees to pull out all the stops in a dapper expression of their style. Derby day for the well-dressed modern gentleman revolves around a refined color palette, polished and classic looks, and hints of bold patterns and fabrics.

Be Race Ready in Style with The Derby Collection

A bow tie is at the heart of any man's Kentucky Derby outfit. As one of the leading local men's fashion accessory manufacturers, we pride ourselves in standing at the forefront of southern style. Whether you are headed off to the races or are celebrating at a local garden party, R. Hanauer's handcrafted Derby collection includes a stylish assortment of bow ties, neckties, and pocket squares to suit the more formal dress requirements of the season. The collection of accessories is designed to pair especially well with the classic navy or seersucker blazers that are quintessential to Derby style.

A History Of Derby Fashion

The Kentucky Derby has long been a cornerstone for style and fashion. The tradition began with Colonel M. Lewis Clark Jr. who founded the Kentucky Derby to be a luxurious and opulent racing event in the style of European horse races. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, a day at Churchill Downs was the epitome of fashionable culture and the social event of the season. Guests arrived for races in the early days decked out in a vibrant color palette of greens, pinks, yellows, blues, and reds taking full opportunity of the spring weather to express themselves in their dress.

By the 1920s, right up through to the 1940s, society was changing and female guests at the Derby had the choice of wearing dresses or modern suits. Hats, gloves, and parasols were also fixtures on the scene.

The 1950s brought a new vision to postwar America and with it changing fashions. Well-dressed guests showed up to the Derby in chic suits or in billowing skirts and dresses for the women. As the 1960s gave way to the 1970s, dressing became both more progressive and bold. Millionaire's Row opened up and the South's most well-heeled women picked bolder and bigger hats to attend the races. Fabrics and patterns also became more adventurous, while hemlines rose.

The decades that followed through to the 1990s saw a resurgence of longer skirts and dresses for women. While gloves have fallen mostly out of style, hats remain a focal point of Derby day for women. Men today have just as many options to make fashion statements in their choice of suit, shoes, and accessories. As such the Kentucky Derby remains a dynamic spectacle not just of sport but of the best in southern style.

A Gentleman's Derby Attire

The Kentucky Derby is a grand opportunity for men of all ages to showcase their personal sense of fashion and style. Selecting the right outfit for the races is not only key to enjoying the event, but also firmly cements your reputation as a proper gentleman, thus dressing appropriately is essential.

Kentucky Derby attire for today's modern gentlemen includes a number of different components:

Pants: The foundation of men's Derby dressing begins with a sharp pair of pants. Trousers should catch the eye from a distance but still be classic enough to match the race's esteemed history. Gentlemen should choose pants in subdued colors such as pink, citrus, key lime, or ocean blue.

Shirt: A shirt should then be chosen in a complementary color or a coordinating gingham or stripe. While the Derby is an important style event it is also the one time you can get away with being a bit playful in color and pattern. A smart monogram on the shirt only enhances the taste and style of the wearer.

Jacket: The jacket brings the whole look together. It is hard to beat a classic navy blazer on race day. Although, for the more adventurous, a seersucker or chalk stripe blazer is a great chance to make your mark while still having a dandy charm. Keep in mind, your derby look would never be complete without the extra pop offered by a pocket square.

Neck Wear: Many men choose to wear a necktie to the Derby in a vibrant paisley, floral, or stripe pattern. Bow ties are also a focal point of the quintessential Kentucky Derby wardrobe. If you're not a regular bow tie wearer the Derby is a great place to start with a dapper choice in a bold pattern.

Shoes: While horse bit loafers seem an obvious choice to match the equestrian theme, a pair of smart loafers is the way to go in terms of footwear. The most important style element to remember is that loafers should be worn sockless.
Hat: Finally, no Kentucky Derby look is complete without a bowler or fedora hat. Hats are often made to measure in a variety of style to match your outfit.

    American Made Derby Style

    For more than 30 years R. Hanauer has been leading the way in accessories for the stylish man. Owner Randy Hanauer started the brand after noticing a gap in the market for elegant and design focused pocket squares and handkerchiefs. Today, R. Hanauer is still family owned and run, expanding their impeccable standards of craftsmanship and manufacturing into bow ties, neckwear, and other men's accessories. Each R. Hanauer piece is still handmade in the USA, as it has been from day one.

    The R. Hanauer brand mixes an appreciation for local heritage with international style. Randy himself still sources the fabrics used to design each piece from a variety of textile producers around the world. Pieces are made to an exacting authenticity to compete with any of the major fashion brands. A more bespoke fashion experience is at the heart of R. Hanauer as each piece is hand cut and hand sewed according to pristine standards in our workshop.

    Blustery days and the changing of the leaves signal the beginning of the fall season. Thus comes the transition from our summer wardrobes to fall attire. At R. Hanauer, we strive to create custom accessories that speak to every gentleman’s own unique style. Our Fall 2018 Collection is composed of finely textured accessories that are inspired by the traditional style of the timeless gentleman. Fall style staples feature intricately detailed fabrics, rich colors, and prominent patterns that emulate the warmth and brilliance of the autumn season. Shop our fall bow ties below:

    The R. Hanauer Process

    Each and every R. Hanauer tie is made by a talented team member in our shop. Our bow ties are made by hand and are also made to order. The specific types of silk, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for our products are always carefully selected by Randy and Randall Hanauer, our father-and-son team. We feature English and Italian silk from renowned international mills in our collections. When the order process has officially begun, our bow ties are cut by hand to begin the artistic creation of the product. As opposed to the straight of grain, our bow tie fabric is cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. Cutting on the bias allows the pattern to be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric for the ease of tying. A bias-cut lining is in each and every one of our bow ties to ultimately ensure that the structure and shape will always remain in its best condition. We are proud and dedicated to making American-made bow ties in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    Fall Style

    When envisioning fall, warm golden tones, deep purples, emerald green, and brilliant shades of red often come to mind. A well-crafted fall ensemble consists of quality pieces that feature lavish fabrics, are complementary of one another, and encompass the beauty of the season, whether that is through colors, textures, or patterns. Due to the changing weather, lighter articles of clothing such as linen and cotton should be packed away. Instead, layered clothing is a must for the season, and an easy way to sport fall look that is both comfortable and conventional. Conversational prints, structural designs, and daring stripes are all exemplary choices to adorn any fall accessory, and they make for an exquisite and eye-catching addition to any form of autumn attire. A few exceptional prints and patterns for the autumn months include houndstooth and paisley, while geometric and medallion designs are also essential elements to achieve the ultimate fall styled look. When creating a styled outfit, keep in mind that the chosen accessories do not have to match one another. Instead, look for specific elements, like colors, patterns, and fabrics that nod to the staple pieces presented in the ensemble.

    When dressing for the workplace during the autumn months, solid colored dress shirts paired with either a blazer or sport coat are classic choices. Any gentleman who appreciates a traditional fall look cannot go wrong with a crisp, white shirt that is accompanied by a navy blazer, or perhaps a brown or tweed sport coat. Both illustrate a professional and classic sense of style that is most appropriate for a work setting. Finish the look with a sharp, striped necktie or bow tie, and add a corresponding pocket square to emphasize the colors in the ensemble for a look that is distinct, yet suitable for the office.

    With the fall months come important seasonal events, such as wedding ceremonies, as well as social gatherings, which can include cocktail parties, oyster roasts, and after work drinks with colleagues. A dark suit paired with a complementary colored shirt is most appropriate for an autumn wedding. When selecting neckwear, keep in mind that the bow tie or necktie should convey the same quality and sophistication as the selected suit. For social events, a sport coat, button-down, and patterned accessories make an expressive and bold statement that will be greatly remembered.

    Fall is also the season for formal events. Dressing for a special occasion, such as a black-tie cocktail party or gala, means sporting your very best clothing. An elegant dinner jacket styled with tuxedo pants is a must; however, a gentleman can tailor the look with a colorful or patterned cummerbund and bow tie set in order to convey his own innovative style.

    At R. Hanauer, our handmade bow ties, neckties, and custom accessories that are featured in our Fall 2018 Collection are the perfect fit for any gentleman that values the unfading and enticing beauty of the autumn season. Warm, fall colors and exceptionally textured neckwear and accessories take a gentleman’s look to a higher tier, while also showcasing the distinctive details of one’s own personal style, for impeccably styled fall apparel.

    Our 2018 Fall Collection is composed of finely textured accessories inspired by the traditional style of the timeless gentleman. Fabrics selected from renowned European mills combined with American handmade craftsmanship deliver a collection of stately accessories. Shop our fall neckties collection below:

    As the air grows crisper and the colors of the leaves begin to transform before our eyes, our fall wardrobes should also reflect the changing of the seasons. Autumn weather calls for dynamic colors and eye-catching patterns, and our Fall 2018 Collection embodies the richness and beauty of fall through finely textured accessories that are inspired by the traditional style of the timeless gentleman. We have styled several well-crafted looks that are certain to deliver a dignified and sharp look for any fall occasion. Shop products from our 2018 Fall Style Guide below:

    Handmade Bow Ties. All R. Hanauer bow ties are handmade in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    Floral bow ties bring a bright and unique design to any outfit, especially in the spring and summer. Not only do floral bow ties look stylish and artistic, but also sophisticated. Our beautiful fabrics from Liberty London add the perfect floral bow tie to your collection. Browse R. Hanauer’s selection below:

    Wearing a bow tie is an expression of your sense of style and personality. It is the ultimate fashion accessory at any formal event from a wedding, to a ball, charity fundraiser, black tie evening, awards ceremony, and many more. When the occasion calls for formal dress, semi-formal, or black tie you'll want to be sporting a formal bow tie to match the environment. Shop our collection of formal bow ties below:

    Luxury Style Made In The USA

    R. Hanauer began designing and manufacturing bow ties and men's accessories more than 30 years ago. Randy Hanauer, who still owns the company, wanted to bring American men fashionable and interesting accessories that extended beyond the traditional white pocket square and handkerchief. The brand soon found a popular place in the market by producing stylish, high-quality products for men of all ages. This family owned business is dedicated to impeccable standards of manufacturing and crafts each piece by hand in the US. Each and every R. Hanauer bow tie, necktie, cummerbund set or pocket square is handmade in the USA.

    The brand blends this local heritage with an international appeal. The luxurious fabrics used in each contemporary designed piece have been sourced from around the world. While R. Hanauer celebrates the pride of local manufacturing and craftsmanship, its pieces are made to rival major international fashion brands. With a bespoke experience at the heart of the company, Randy still selects the fabrics that are used in each hand cut and hand sewn bow tie collection that is made in the Fort Mill workshop.

    An Innovative Design

    Each R. Hanauer bow tie is unique in the way that it is cut on the bias. This innovative technique gives each product extra strength while also allowing it to hold its shape better in a classic knot. As today's different occasions and tastes call for many different types of bow ties, R. Hanauer offers six different bow tie styles to accommodate. Traditionalists will appreciate the classic cut of the Philip or Henry, while those looking for something a bit bolder or cutting edge will go for the Diamond End series and the Stanley and Louie styles. Each bow tie is also available in a pre-tied option to make life easier.

    A Perfect Formal Bow Tie

    If you have a formal event coming up on your calendar you need the right kind of bow tie to fit the occasion. It's also a good idea to have a formal bow tie in your wardrobe should the opportunity or event ever come up. Events like weddings, balls, charity fundraisers, dances, formal dinners or garden parties, cotillions, awards ceremonies, and other events often require formal or black tie dress.

    To add to the sophisticated vibes of these events men are usually required to wear a white dress shirt, waistcoat or cummerbund, tuxedo jacket, and dress shoes. Traditional rules often still dictate the wearing of a bow tie to these types of events. While a classic black bow tie is still a popular look for a formal event, today's modern world offers more chance for differentiation through different patterns, shapes, and even colors of bow ties.

    To elevate your formal look, R. Hanauer offers a wide range of formal bow ties to suit any personality and occasion. In addition to white cotton pique for full dress, we offer 100 percent silk formal bow ties in a variety of designs from plaids to polka dots, stripes, houndstooths, paisleys and basketweaves. Each design is offered in our six different bow tie cuts for added choice.

    A Quality, Handmade Fit

    At R. Hanauer you have added flexibility in your formal wear choice. As all our bow ties are handmade, they are fully customizable according to your needs. If you've seen a particular color or design that you like, just let us know and we can send a free swatch sample for you to try. If you need a particular size we also offer a more bespoke service that caters to you.

    To browse our selection or to speak about a particular design contact R. Hanauer today at 800-514-9707 or support@bowties.com.

    Finding a stately necktie for a formal event can be a challenge, but R. Hanauer offers a variety of designs to match your style for any upcoming event. Shop our collection of handmade formal neckties below:

    Up your game day style with R. Hanauer’s collection of game day bow ties. Find your team’s colors in a variety of designs like striped, polka dot, plaid and more. With one of our bow ties, you’ll be able to show your team pride with style. Shop our collection today.

    Our game day collection includes the best handmade silk bow ties, neckties and cummerbund sets on the market (we root for our team, too!). Sport your team colors at an upcoming wedding or festive university event. Find your colors below in The Game Day Collection to begin creating team-inspired, dapper attire for game day and beyond:

    Step up your style on game day with R. Hanauer’s collection of game day neckties. Find your favorite sports team’s colors in a variety of striped combinations. With one of our game day ties, you’ll be able to show your team pride and classic style. Shop our collection today.

    A gold bow tie is one way to make a shining statement when dressing for an event, whether it is for a formal affair or a casual gathering. A richly colored, golden bow draws attention to any gentleman that wears it, showcasing a rather confident and remarkable look. A gold bow tie is a most excellent addition to any outfit, and it will elevate your style and make a grand impression. Shop R. Hanauer’s variety of gold bow ties below:


    The R. Hanauer Process

    At R. Hanauer, each and every one of our bow ties are handmade and made to order by our wonderfully skilled team in our shop in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Our father and son pair, otherwise known as Randy and Randall Hanauer, are heavily involved in the creation process, making it their priority to hand pick the types of cotton, linen, silk, and wool fabrics that are used to create our products. We are honored to feature both imported Italian and English silk from prominent, international mills in our various collections of neckwear and gentlemen’s accessories. Our mission at R. Hanauer is to create accessories for men that are lively and unique, while still being timeless pieces that speak to the distinctive character and style of each gentleman that wears them. At R. Hanauer, we strive to make the best-tying, handmade bow tie on the market, and that is why we believe that the most beneficial way to cut our bow tie fabric is on the bias. This allows for the fabric to be cut out at a forty-five degree angle, resulting in a finished product that has a gentle stretch for the ease of tying. We also include a bias-cut lining within every bow tie to ensure that each and every product will maintain its original shape and structure, as well as remain in prime condition. At R. Hanauer, we are passionate about creating ties and accessories for gentlemen who appreciate classic, distinct style, and we are proud to create our handmade, gold bow ties, neckties, pocket squares and cummerbunds in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.


    History Behind the Color Gold

    The color gold is most often associated with that of the precious metal. For very many years gold has been considered a highly valuable and beautiful treasure to many all around the world.

    Many people believe that the value of gold as a form of embellishment stemmed from the ancient Egyptians, who were known for adorning themselves in golden accessories and decorating their artifacts with the glittering substance. In fact, it wasn’t until the fourteenth century that the first recorded use of the word “gold” in the English language was acknowledged in reference to the chemical element; however, at  the beginning of the Renaissance era, the word “gold” itself began to be more commonly used as a description of color. From currency to the color of one’s hair, the color gold was often used to describe things of beauty, value, and even desire.

    Due to its value, royal garbs and regalia were often adorned in gold, making it the color of utmost sovereignty and magnificence. The eye-catching qualities of gold also made the color the ultimate embellishment for the arts. Many medieval texts, which were often religious works, were inscribed on a special parchment paper, known as vellum, and adorned with golden flecks in the lettering and in the artwork. This specific method was used in order to capture and illustrate the overall vision of the text, as well as to entice the reader with its reflective beauty.

    While the color gold is still commonly associated with opulence and good fortune, it can also represent a much deeper, and less materialistic meaning. Those who favor the color gold, and are drawn to it, are said to be inviting and kind to others, confident, and charismatic. The color gold also symbolizes determination and success, and while it holds monetary value to many, it is often used to celebrate and recognize an individual’s personal achievements, which is why most awards, trophies, and medals are often named after the color gold.


    A Golden Bow Tie Statement

    A gold bow tie is quite a versatile accessory because it can be worn with both formal or casual attire. A gold bow can command attention with its elegance and shine, but also bring a delightful element of warmth and richness to an ensemble.

    Many renowned universities and beloved sports teams proudly wear the color gold on their uniforms and on campus as a way to establish spirit and pride. For a more casual look, a gentleman could showcase his gold bow tie at a homecoming event for his alma mater, or perhaps at a tailgate for his favorite sports team. A gold bow tie would also be a dashing choice for a more formal event such as a cocktail party, a holiday ball, or even an evening wedding.  

    A gentleman that sports a gold bow tie establishes that he has an endearing personality, as well as a strong sense of style. R. Hanauer offers a glittering collection of handmade, gold bow ties in various styles and designs.

    A green bow tie can be a great addition to any outfit. Its soothing color creates an effortlessly natural look that can be worn for formal or casual occasions. Shop R. Hanauer’s variety of green bow ties below:

    A brand synonymous with British history and undeniable quirk, Liberty London was founded in 1875 by Arthur Liberty. Liberty began selling all Oriental imports - specifically decorative objects, rugs and fabrics. Liberty recognized the popularity of his fabrics and around 1920, decided to handprint the eclectic patterns in England. All R. Hanauer bow ties, neckties, cummerbund sets and pocket squares in this collection are handmade in the United States using fine cotton fabrics by Liberty London.

    A navy bow tie adds a great level of sophistication and class to any outfit. R. Hanauer carries a variety of navy blue bow ties in numerous designs to compliment every style. In this collection of bow ties, we proudly present an assortment of patterns like plaid, stripes, and beyond. R. Hanauer guarantees that gentlemen will make strong impressions while standing out from the crowd. Shop our selection of handmade navy bow ties below:

    The R. Hanauer Process

    R. Hanauer’s bow ties are all handmade in the workshop to-order from our hardworking and talented team. Our father and son owners Randy and Randall Hanauer always carefully select the types of fabrics and materials for our products. We specialize in featuring English and Italian silk in our ties. When the order process has begun, ties are cut on the table by hand. Instead of cutting on the straight of grain to make ties, we choose to cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. This essentially means that the pattern will be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce a gentle stretch of the fabric and help the ease of tying. Our ties also include an interior lining which ensures that the structure and shape of every bow tie will remain in top quality. We’re proud to create handmade navy bow ties in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    The History of the Color Navy

    Navy is a deep, almost black, shade of blue. The color blue has evolved a lot over the years, spawning various shades until finally arriving at navy. A precious stone called lapis was used to develop blue colorants. Eventually, it was combined with other minerals and ingredients like limestone, calcium and indigo which allowed for various blue pigments and darker shades like navy. Around 431 A.D., the Catholic Church wanted to have the saints in a specific color scheme, and Mary was given a deep blue robe, the shade that we now consider “navy.”

    Because Mary stood as a symbol for being trustworthy and innocent, that specific color of blue was seen in a positive way. This same hue was later adopted by the police and military so that they could establish a statement of trust. Soon, it also had a direct correlation with a symbol of authority because of its popularity within the police force. The color then took on the name of “marine blue” until it was officially made the color for uniforms of the British Royal Navy. The shade of blue for Navy uniforms has darkened over the years in order to avoid the color from fading.

    The Meaning of the Color Navy

    Every color has a specific psychological meaning or represents a symbol of an emotion and personality. In generic and lighter shades, blue is associated with healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness. Navy blue, however, represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness. Because of its history in heraldry and in the armed forces, it has also become a symbol of trust, loyalty, confidence, intelligence, and authority.

    Blue is considered beneficial to the body and mind. Factually, being exposed to the color blue slows the human metabolism and in return produces a calming effect. Blue is already considered a masculine color, but with its deep and dark hues, navy is assured to give gentlemen confidence and pride. When it comes to clothing and fashion decisions, colors play an important role. The personalities of color schemes assist not only in choosing the right outfit but also for describing and expressing oneself.

    When to Wear a Navy Bow Tie

    Personalities of color are even more helpful when applying them to fashion and wardrobe. Wearing a navy bow tie can help a gentleman to be a projection of strength and confidence. Some consider navy to be an essential fashion staple, as it has a dark tone and can easily be paired with any other color. Like black, navy is a darker shade and is regarded as a fashion-neutral color.

    Navy bow ties are an appropriate choice on any given casual occasion. However, since the deep color encompasses a professional image, they can also be great to wear in a business environment. Whether it be for a formal work-related event or just another day in the office, the navy bow tie can issue a sense of class and sophistication with ease.

    R. Hanauer offers specialized navy Lovingston Micro as well as chic Blue Ottoman bow ties and cummerbunds, which are great options for navy or midnight blue tuxedos. Some other suggestions on pairings with a navy bow tie can include the classic white or light blue button-up and a deep blue blazer with grey dress pants.

    In addition, we present numerous styles of navy bow ties that allow for unlimited creative freedom when pairing with an outfit. This is especially important since many men like to experiment with their fashion. A gentleman can have the ultimate variety when selecting one of our ties that range from paisley, polka dotted, solid, or patchwork-style. R. Hanauer is proud to showcase these unique and custom-made navy bow ties.

    An R. Hanauer navy necktie adds a certain level of prep and sophistication to any daytime or evening look. We carry a variety of navy ties in a wide selection of patterns and designs. Find your perfect navy necktie in our collection below:

    R. Hanauer neckties are designed and handmade with the classic gentleman in mind. Every single necktie has been sewn by hand and crafted for long lasting style and quality. Our neckties are a high-quality option for work or formal occasions and are available in fine colors, patterns and materials, most common being fine silk, wool, cotton and linen. Like our bow ties, our high-quality neckties are all handmade in America. 

    R. Hanauer Neckties are handmade in a fine North Carolina workshop. As a family owned and family run business, we put customer service at the top of our priority list. If you are unsure about a color or design, just ask. We would be happy to send a free swatch. Necktie orders placed before 1:00 PM EST Monday-Friday are made and shipped the same day.  Plus, free shipping with orders of $100 or more!

    Our Process

    Our neckties are handmade in North Carolina. Our founder, Randy, and son, Randall Hanauer thoughtfully select the seasonal fine fabrics out of which our neckties are created. Italian silk is found in many of our neckties as well as wools, linens and cottons. Our neckties are made to be enjoyed for years and by generations of gentlemen.

    Handmade Neckties

    Truly handmade neckties, no sewing machines are used in the process to create our neckties. Unlike most necktie makers today, all neckties are sewn by hand in a family run North Carolina workshop using slip-stitching. Once they arrive hand-sewn from our North Carolina partners, our high-quality neckties are housed in our Fort Mill, South Carolina workshop. Once a necktie order is placed, it is shipped out from the workshop and on its way to its future home.

    Our Dedication to American Made Neckties

    Although many opt to manufacture their neckties in other countries, we believe in making our neckties in the United States. If you check the neckties in your closet, most of tags on most big neckwear brands will show they are not made in America. There is a distinct difference between mass-manufactured products and our handmade, high quality neckties and we are dedicated to preserving this quality. Although competitors may make larger profit margins off of neckties made overseas, you can count on R. Hanauer to continue to hand-make and hand-sew neckties in America for years to come.

    Custom Neckties

    If you see a fabric on the website that is not included in the necktie category, we may be able to create a custom, handmade necktie for you. For all original custom orders, fabrics not shown on our website, we ask for a minimum order of 50 neckties. Please e-mail support@bowties.com with custom inquiries. 

    When Should You Wear a Necktie?

    Weddings, corporate events, cocktail parties and dates, there are so many places to sport one of our high quality ties. If you are the groom in the wedding and it is not traditional black tie, a necktie can be a sharp looking accessory for the groom and groomsmen. Our wedding neckties have been selected with wedding parties in mind. A black necktie can also be worn with a tuxedo for a formal event. Our two most popular formal neckties will suit any suit. Cocktail events and professional settings can call for a number of bow ties. Two of our favorite collections for social or professional outings are our striped neckties and printed neckties.

    The History of Neckties

    Like bow ties, neckties were also inspired by Croatian mercenaries during the 17th century Thirty Year War when King Louis XIII was fascinated with the mercenaries' neckwear.  Although necktie styles have drastically changed in size, length and shape over the years, our neckties are 3 and 1/4th inches wide and handmade to last for years. For the first part of the 20th century, neckties were an extremely popular part of men's fashion alongside bow ties and ascots.

    The 1920s marked an important part of necktie history with the invention of both the bias-cut necktie, which allowed neckwear to spring back into place after tying, and the ever classic preppy staple, the repp-stripe necktie which inspired modern striped neckties. With the arrival of the 1930s, neckties became wider and the popular Windsor knot emerged. There was not much change in neckties during the 1940s but the 1950s brought the new skinny necktie which complimented the strict tailoring of the decade. The next decade swung back in the opposite direction of the skinny ties and the widest neckties in modern history took their place in the 1960s and through the late 1980s. Closely resembling today's tie styles, the floral and paisley neckties of the 1990s were a more classic size of 3 3/4 - 4 inches. Today neckties are slightly smaller, R. Hanauer neckties measuring at 3 1/4 inches, and come in all types of patterns and prints.

    More than just bow ties, R. Hanauer has a selection of other fine menswear and accessories.

    Orders placed before 1:00 PM EST Monday-Friday are made and shipped the same day.  Plus, free shipping with orders of $100 or more!

    Paisley bow ties are an exceptional choice when looking to make a sophisticated, yet eye-catching presentation with an ensemble. The distinctive pattern adds both dimension and intricacy to an outfit, featuring vivacious colors in the design that are bright, dynamic, and sure to make a statement. Both colors and fabrics play an important role when styling paisley accessories, meaning that a gentleman can sport paisley bow ties in the summer and the winter months. Paisley bows can also be worn with a vast range of casual or formal attire, depending on the featured colors and the fabrics that are used to create the bow tie itself. A paisley bow tie has the ability to look professional and sharp, while also exuding a striking sense of confidence and style. Shop R. Hanauer’s collection of paisley patterned bow ties and find the ideal look that completes your wardrobe.

    The R. Hanauer Process

    At R. Hanauer, each and every tie and accessory are created by an extremely talented and skilled team member in our local shop in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Our bow ties are handmade, as well as made to order. Randy and Randall Hanauer are our father-and-son team, and they both carefully select specific types of silk, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for each of our products. Our various collections feature English and Italian silk from renowned international mills. When the order process has officially begun, our bow ties are first cut by hand to begin the creation of the product. As opposed to the straight of grain, our bow tie fabrics are cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. This process allows for the pattern to be cut out at a 45-degree angle in order to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric for the ease and efficiency of tying the bow. A bias-cut lining is in every one of our bow ties in order to ensure that the structure and shape will continue to remain in prime condition. At R. Hanauer, we are dedicated and proud to be making American made bow ties, neckties, cummerbund sets and more in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    History of the Paisley Pattern

    The origin of the iconic paisley design can be traced back to the Persian design known as the buta. The buta, often recognized as the curved teardrop shaped emblem on the print,  is the central element that is featured on the paisley pattern. The design holds several different kinds of symbolism, some claiming it is a floral pattern that represents new life, while others believe it embodies the elements of everlasting life.

    In Persia, the pattern was often used to decorate and adorn the majority of royal insignia. The design became extremely popular during the 18th and 19th centuries, and the original Persian style was often emulated by local vendors in order to achieve a similar style to that of the upper class and royalty. Eventually, the design became more commonly seen on items such as cashmere shawls, carpets, and other decorative pieces for the home. Paisley quickly evolved into a textile of high demand, and trading companies, such as the East India Company, made the design so desired that many textile mills began to dedicate the majority of their labor towards creating only the paisley print. The beloved design got its name from a town in Scotland, where a vast portion of paisley accessories were produced and distributed. While the design originally was created through an intricate weaving process, it soon became much easier and more efficient to print the paisley pattern onto garments and accessories.

    Even though paisley began as a design that was worn by Persian royalty and the upper class, an extensive amount of individuals have sported the prominent design. Paisley has been viewed as a sophisticated design worn by nobility, a famous psychedelic print, and an animated fashion staple for celebrities, such as music legends, writers, and artists.

    How to Style Paisley Bow Ties

    Paisley bow ties are an excellent choice when wishing to add some embellishment to an outfit. While the paisley design is quite lively and eye-catching, it is important to stray from styling a paisley bow tie alongside other busy patterns. Instead, select fundamental, contributing pieces and subdued accessories in order to allow the bow tie to make a statement and to enhance the vibrancy of the paisley print. A gentleman that sports a paisley bow tie exudes confidence and displays an animated personality, as well as a strong sense of style by allowing the print to stand alone as a conversational piece. Personality plays a key role in one’s own style, and the paisley design is both light-hearted and energetic, while also being poised and tasteful. A paisley bow tie illustrates sophistication, and can be worn in a formal setting; however, it has the flexibility to also be styled in a more casual manner as well. The pattern has been accepted, loved, and worn by a wide majority of individuals, proving that it will always be an iconic aspect of style. R. Hanauer is proud to showcase such a versatile design on our custom, handmade bow ties.

    Take your support and patriotism to the next level with handmade American bow ties. R. Hanauer bow ties are 100% handmade in the United States of America. Our various styles offer a unique take on showing off one’s patriotic side. We’re proud to continue making our bow ties in the United States and proud to wear red, white and blue. Browse our collection of bow ties inspired by the American flag below:

    The R. Hanauer Process

    Each individual R. Hanauer tie is made by a talented team in our shop. Our bow ties are made by hand and made to order. The specific types of silk, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for our products are always carefully selected by our father-and-son team, Randy and Randall Hanauer. We feature English and Italian silk from renowned international mills in our collections and hand-make the bow ties, neckties and cummerbund sets with American craft and attention to detail. When the order process has begun, our ties are cut by hand on the table. As opposed to the straight of grain, our bow tie fabric is cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. Cutting on the bias allows the pattern to be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric for the ease of tying. A bias-cut lining is in each and every one of our bow ties to ensure that the structure and shape will always remain in its best condition. We are proud and dedicated to making American made bow ties in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    The History of the American Flag

    Why red, white, and blue? The history and significance of the American flag goes above and beyond what many people would consider. The colors themselves were chosen because they derived from the Union Jack flag of England, our “mother” country. Since the heritage of America came from England, it was the most obvious choice to have the same colors to pay homage while also adding a new and personal take on it.

    In Philadelphia on June 14, 1777 the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress put forth a new resolution in accordance to the flag that read: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.” Later in 1949, President Harry S. Truman declared that June 14th would officially be known as Flag Day.

    The symbolic meaning of the colors did not come about until June of 1782 when an official seal was in development for America. The Secretary of the Continental Congress, Charles Thomson, said in reference to the seal that “the colors are those used in the flag of the United States of America. White signifies purity and innocence. Red, hardiness & valor, and Blue… signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”

    The historical and personal significance of the American flag went on to inspire the creation of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 1814 and The Pledge of Allegiance in 1892. While the original flag contained only 13 stars in a circular pattern to represent the states, it changed drastically over the years as America grew and evolved. Today, the 50 stars stand for America’s 50 states, while the 13 red and white stripes represent the 13 colonies. To add another interpretation to the pattern, The House of Representatives released a book in 1977 about the flag and claimed, “The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun.”

    Patriotism through Fashion

    A patriotic bowtie is a great fit for a gentleman going for a casual look to wear to an event such as a summer concert, downtown festival or backyard holiday barbeque. These bow ties also make a classic formal statement when paired with a suit or tuxedo. For instance, if one were going to a formal wedding during the summer, a patriotic bow tie would be a great addition. Red, white, and blue are classic colors for the summer celebration season as well as any given day in America. Wearing a patriotic bow tie becomes a wonderful part of a gentleman’s signature style and a sharp way to support our country. More than anything, expressing yourself is very important to us at R. Hanauer.

    The American flag is an iconic symbol of pride and freedom known around the world. Because of this, the flag and red, white and blue pattern has been integrated heavily into fashion. The American “stars and stripes” patriotic patterns began making their mark in the everyday fashion world around the 1970s and have only grown in popularity since.  

    Sporting a patriotic bow tie stands out as a conversational piece of clothing that immediately illustrates a strong sense of personality. R. Hanauer is proud to showcase these custom and American made patriotic collection of bow ties.

    Show your American Pride and patriotism with handmade neckties from R. Hanauer. R. Hanauer ties are 100% handmade in the United States of America. Browse our collection of American neckties and place your order today.

    A gentleman should always have the creative freedom to express his sense of style, and nothing else says “creative” like sporting a pink bow tie. A pink bow tie brings a fresh new approach to any outfit. With its soft color, it’s a great way to brighten your look without being too striking and the color is often associated with both confidence and optimism. Many variations of the color can be utilized in an R. Hanauer bow tie including: polka-dot, striped, printed, light or dark. Shop our collection of pink bow ties below:

    The R. Hanauer Process

    Each individual R. Hanauer tie is made by a talented team in our shop. Our bow ties are made by hand and made to order. The specific types of silk, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for our products are always carefully selected by our father-and-son team, Randy and Randall Hanauer. We feature English and Italian silk from renowned international mills in our collections and hand-make the bow ties with American craft and attention to detail. When the order process has begun, our ties are cut by hand on the table. As opposed to the straight of grain, our bow tie fabric is cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. Cutting on the bias allows the pattern to be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric for the ease of tying. A bias-cut lining is in each and every one of our bow ties to ensure that the structure and shape will always remain in its best condition. We are proud and dedicated to making American made bow ties, neckties, and cummerbund sets in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    The History of the Color Pink

    The color pink has quite a few different shades and hues, and history even references bright pink to be the world’s oldest color. Molecular fossils found that date back 1.1 billion years ago contained a bright pink hue when they were diluted from their original concentrated form. Through literature, the color pink has been described and has served significant since times like 800 BCE. Through the 13th and 14th centuries, the color had a big role in symbolism to religion and the body of Christ. The color pink didn’t seem to make its widespread debut in fashion until around the 18th century and continuing on through the 19th century. Starting in the courts of Europe, people of power or royalty often dressed in pink attire and began to make a statement of having their children, especially young boys, wear the light color.

    The 20th century brought on the appearance of more bold and assertive shades of pink which would continue to be showcased in fashion and art around the world. In art form, pink started taking off with the light-hued pastel. This was often used for paintings of things that conveyed innocence and sensitivity, such as a maternal figure, a family, or a child. Through the 1960’s, the Pop Art movement revived the bright and neon versions of the color. History is the best way to assure that the color pink is very versatile not only in appearance, but also in meaning.

    The Meaning of the Color Pink

    Many of the psychological significances related to the color pink is dependent on the history or culture that it could refer to. Some examples are that in Japanese culture, pink is immediately associated with masculine influence through confidence and energy. In other cultures, it would symbolize tenderness and sensitivity. Direct connections to the color include things such as love, calmness, and optimism. For obvious reasons, pink is related to love because of its intimate and gentle approach. Some physiological effects on the body from the color pink include increased internal tranquility, warmth, and an optimistic attitude.

    Real Men Wear Pink

    In recent years, there have been shifts in popularity when it comes to the color pink. While once considered an immediate association to women, the color has since been transformed to be more accepted among men widespread. In the early 2000’s, a common phrase, “real men wear pink”, was used by gentlemen who were more open-minded with their fashion and style.

    In 1991, the color pink was deemed the official color to represent the ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness. Ever since, there has been an increased amount of representation of the color pink by women and men alike. In the past 5 years, a movement called “Real Men Wear Pink” was initiated by the American Cancer Society. The campaign “gives men a leadership role in the fight against breast cancer. Community leaders around the nation use the power of pink to raise awareness...”A gentleman should be strong and bold moving forward with his fashion in any given occasion. Along with numerous unique styles and patterns featuring the pink hue, R. Hanauer offers two different variations of the pink breast cancer ribbon. We are proud to showcase these custom and handmade pink bow ties.

    A pink necktie is an exquisite choice for those warm, spring and summer events. With its soft color, a pink necktie can be the classic pair to any gray suit and a variety of shirts. Shop R. Hanauer’s collection of pink neckties below:

    1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. In honor of all of those who have battled and will battle this disease, we donate 10% of all proceeds from this collection to the Roper St. Francis Foundation.* Thank you for your support.

    *October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To promote this important cause, we're increasing our donations to 20% through Sunday, October 15th.

    Plaid and tartan bow ties are always a great choice when looking for a new addition to any outfit. Nothing says “classic” quite like the timeless plaid design sported by gentlemen for centuries. . The plaid pattern comes in an array of specific differences in design, from tartan to gingham. A plaid bow tie has the ability to look traditional while making a noticeable statement. Shop R. Hanauer’s collection of plaid bow ties and find the best combination for your outfit:

    The R. Hanauer Process

    Each and every R. Hanauer tie is made by a talented team in our shop. Our bow ties are made by hand and made to order. The specific types of silk, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for our products are always carefully selected by Randy and Randall Hanauer, our father-and-son team. We feature English and Italian silk from renowned international mills in our collections. When the order process has begun, our ties are cut by hand on the table. As opposed to the straight of grain, our bow tie fabric is cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. Cutting on the bias allows the pattern to be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric for the ease of tying. A bias-cut lining is in each and every one of our bow ties to ensure that the structure and shape will always remain in its best condition. We are proud and dedicated to making American made bow ties, neckties and cummerbund sets in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    History of Plaid

    While the term “plaid” is now a widespread word understood among the population of the world, its origins were a bit different. “Tartan” was the first proper term for the pattern used back in the 1500s by the Scottish to distinguish clans from one another. The first use of the word “plaid” as we consider it now was later adopted when British and American manufacturers began to popularize the pattern for means of fashion. The oldest recorded use of the fabric dates all the way back to 3,000 years ago. The fabric was found buried in the Chinese desert on a mummy referred to as “the Cherchen Man.”

    Tartan is made with pre-dyed threads woven through one another. Originally, the threads were dyed with pigments from vegetables or plants. The specific pattern of over-and-under gives a unique style and appears that new colors are created by the blending of the other shades. The distinct pattern of squares and lines together are called a “sett.”

    Tartan went from being a Scottish family symbol to a military uniform. The Scottish Rebellion between Scotland and England brought major tension during 1745, eventually bringing on a dramatic effect on clothing in that time. The tartan pattern was banned in the country under the Dress Act for almost half a century. In 1782, it was legalized to wear the tartan pattern as we know it today. It soon became a widely known fashion staple for formal balls and occasions in reference to the Scottish Highland kilt and dress attire for men.

    Jumping into the 19th century, America began to adopt the style in its everyday menswear. Plaid clothing soon found its popular niche in lumberjacks, cowboys, and hunters because of the durability and masculine image. Later after it made its appearance across the world, especially in America, it became synonymous with a more daring and eccentric style. . It had many ties to rock bands and an overall message of being expressive of one’s individuality, a trait which the pattern can still claim today.

    The Statement of a Plaid Bow Tie

    Given its historical significance, choosing to add a plaid bow tie to your wardrobe can say something about a gentleman. Sporting the traditional plaid bow ties can help to establish a sense of pride and respect. In regards to its Scottish origin and significance, the plaid pattern stands for honor and family. This would suggest that you are a loyal and strong gentleman, but still possess modesty. An R. Hanauer tartan-style bow tie would show off that a gentleman has a traditional soul with a modern flair. It is always important to look confident, yet approachable.

    A plaid bow tie illustrates a gentleman’s masculinity since the pattern has always been a prime component of men’s clothing. A lighter-colored gingham design in a bow tie is a great way to show an easy-going attitude while keeping all sense of sophistication. Because of its traditional roots, this style can still work in a formal setting. However, a plaid bow tie still has the flexibility to be more casual. An example of a more casual approach would be to pair the bow tie with a solid button-up and khaki pants. Plaid and tartan, no matter the specific pattern, have stood the test of time and have shown that it will never go out of style. R. Hanauer is proud to showcase these custom and handmade plaid bow ties.

    R. Hanauer's story began when founder Randy noticed there were very few men's pocket squares designed for fashionable purposes alone. After all, a jacket's breast pocket was designed to display a pocket square. Soon, Randy had created his own pocket square business (from his dining room table) and today, they remain a staple of the R. Hanauer accessory collection. We believe, without a pocket square, an outfit is incomplete. Enjoy browsing our diverse and fine collection of handmade pocket squares.

     

    Pocket square orders placed before 1:00 PM EST Monday-Friday are made and shipped the same day.  Plus, free shipping with orders of $100 or more!

    Our Process

    Each season our founder, Randy, and son, Randall Hanauer thoughtfully select the fine fabrics out of which our pocket squares are created. Many pocket squares are created from crisp linen to accessorize a bold necktie or bow tie. Most of our silk pocket squares have hand-rolled edges showing their delicate handmade charm. 

    When to Wear a Pocket Square

    If an event is more casual but a gentleman likes to show his individual style, he may wear a coat, dress shirt and accessorize with a bold pocket square in lieu of a necktie or bow tie. If an event is formal and a gentleman appreciates a traditional, festive look, he should wear a suit, bow tie or necktie and a fine pocket square. To replace neckwear for a formal event, silk pocket squares are always a fine way to dress-up a suit. 

    How to Wear a Pocket Square

    Pocket squares can be worn to many different functions but one rule we like to follow is to never match a pocket square with a bow tie too closely. Of course we like each accessory to complement one another but we like to avoid wearing the exact same pattern or fabric. If you are looking for the most casual way to wear a pocket square, we recommend a puff fold or a pointed fold. If you are looking for a more formal appearance, we recommend the classic square fold pocket square.

    The History of the Pocket Square

    Pocket squares have always been a sign of wealth since their origin around 500 B.C. Wealthy Greeks used to carry perfumed handkerchiefs in their breast pocket for covering their noses as they walked the city streets. (Things were not a sanitary back then as they are today!) It is said, in the fourteenth century, King Richard II of England regularly carried a handkerchief for more utilitarian purposes. Like many things, a member of royalty being frequently spotted with an accessory caused said accessory to become popular amongst the people. The modern pocket square was also rooted in utilitarianism as gentlemen would place the handkerchief in their breast pocket before using and then place in their back pocket after. However, the attractiveness of a pocket square placed within the breast pocket soon caught on within the fashion world and men began to carry separate squares, one in the breast pocket and one in their pant pocket.

    In the modern world, pocket squares rose to popularity around the 1920s when many men could be found sporting a pocket square with a suit, a vest and a fedora. In the 1940s and 1950s, many found using the pocket square to be unattractive, especially with the emergence of the disposable handkerchief, the Kleenex. Thus, the pocket square became widely used as a fashion accessory only. 

    Pocket Square Styles 

    At R. Hanauer, we like to give our customer the option of going delicate and classic with the traditional linen bordered pocket square or the whipstitch bordered cotton pocket square. We also carry 100% silk pocket squares in both a traditional silk and a soft, washed silk. When trying to imagine the texture of a washed silk, think of an extremely delicate and fine suede. Whether its a silk, linen, cotton or wool pocket square, we find the most unique fabrics for our customers to sport. 

    As one of the most popular designs, polka dot bow ties add a unique touch of style to every outfit. Winston Churchill has been known as the most famous bow tie wearer in the past century and often chose to sport polka dot bow ties. With its simplistic design and countless color combinations, a polka dot bow tie is guaranteed to give off a great impression to each person a gentleman will encounter. Shop R. Hanauer’s collection below:

    The R. Hanauer Process

    Each individual R. Hanauer bow tie, necktie and cummerbund set is made by a talented team member in our shop in Fort Mill, SC. Our bow ties are made by hand and made to order. The specific types of silk, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for our products are always carefully selected by our father-and-son team, Randy and Randall Hanauer. We feature English and Italian silk from renowned international mills in our collections and hand-make the bow ties with American craft and attention to detail. When the order process has begun, our ties are cut by hand on the table. As opposed to the straight of grain, our bow tie fabric is cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. Cutting on the bias allows the pattern to be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric for the ease of tying. A bias-cut lining is in each and every one of our bow ties to ensure that the structure and shape will always remain in its best condition. We are proud and dedicated to making American made bow ties in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    History of the Polka Dot Pattern

    The appearance of the unique pattern that we now consider “polka dot” dates back hundreds of years ago, before it was even significant enough to have been given the official name as we know it now. Across the world and depending on the region, the design was first referred to by different names such as “dotted-swiss”, the French “quinconce”, and the German “Thalertupfen.” It is speculated that the name was properly given to the pattern because of its association with the “polka dance.” Like the dance, the printed pattern encompassed the same pattern of short bursts of energy. On an interesting note, polka dots as a fabric pattern didn’t exist until the mid-19th century, because the dots could not be evenly-spaced on the fabric without machines.

    The polka dot pattern was primarily being represented by women, giving off a sense of innocence and fragility. This is likely because the term “polka” derives from Poland in a word that essentially means “Polish woman” and “little woman or girl” in other translations. In pop culture, the polka dot began to make its mark in the art world around the years of 1865-1870. Some of the more infamous paintings include Frédéric Bazille’s “Family Reunion” which released in 1867. In the image, both young girls in the family portrait wear white frocks with blue dots and ribbons. Later in 1869, Berthe Morisot premiered her painting entitled “The Sisters” where the subjects are dressed in identical white polka dot outfits. White and blue polka dots during this decade was the typical choice, as variation in the colors in the pattern did not come until later.

    A variation of the pattern worn by men was noticed throughout Europe in the early 1900s when people such as Winston Churchill would sport the iconic polka dot bow tie. Churchill was known to have an eccentric and recognizable sense of fashion. He stated that he originally began wearing bow ties and eventually his signature neckwear because he was paying tribute to his father who had a similar taste in fashion.

    Polka-Dotted Craze in America

    The polka dot pattern has been made quite versatile in the fashion world over the last century. Nearly one hundred years after its original debut, polka dots were becoming more universally accepted, specifically in America, by men in an overall casual fashion sense such as shirts and scarves. This could be thanks to many things, but most importantly the illustration of the pattern through more powerful leaders. In 1962, DC comics birthed a new hero, “The Polka-Dot Man.” He would actually utilize the print to take down his enemies. Having a strong male figure in power wearing light colors in a polka dotted suit allowed for a shift in social norms in that time period.

    Once the craze started up surrounding the polka dot design, many gentlemen in the public eye began to show off the unique pattern, which eventually caused a wave to a more open-minded society through fashion. From the 1940s stretching to the 1970s, musical icons such as Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan made a universal statement of the polka dot pattern by their art as well as their own wardrobes. As declared by the modern fashion icon Marc Jacobs, “There is never a wrong time for a polka dot.”

    Jazz up an average outfit or suit by adding a handmade polka-dot bow tie. Each gentleman should pride himself in knowing that he has a unique, and above all, powerful sense of style. Choosing the polka-dot bow tie can add a fun, yet fresh approach on the formal dress code. At R. Hanauer, we strive to make every gentleman stand out by showcasing custom made ties and accessories to ensure that they make a lasting impression and are unforgettable at any given occasion.

    A bow tie is no longer just for formal occasions like balls or weddings. These accessories now come in almost any style and color imaginable. So whether you're celebrating a holiday or big event, heading out for a night on the town, or simply going into the office a printed bow tie can tie your look together and make a unique statement. Shop our collection of printed bow ties below:

    Style Handmade In the USA

    R. Hanauer has been in the business of bow ties and men's accessories for more than 30 years. What began with owner Randy Hanauer's original vision to create more interesting men's accessories than the standard white pocket square and handkerchief, has now grown to a flourishing family business. Though through the decades, and fashion trends, R. Hanauer has retained high standards of manufacturing, crafting each piece by hand in the US. This distinct American-made concept is rooted in local craftsmanship and pride. Every R. Hanauer bow tie, necktie, cummerbund set or pocket square is made right in the USA.

    While the brand is a celebration of local heritage, it uses luxurious imported fabrics and sophisticated designs that would be at home in any of the major cosmopolitan cities of the world. This attention to detail is at the heart of everything R. Hanauer produces. Randy himself still picks out the fabric for each hand cut and hand sewn bow tie collection that passes through the Fort Mill workshop. The brand fuses high-quality products with a down-home work ethic to produce cherished and playful pieces.

    Unique Approach To Design

    Each R. Hanauer bow tie is cut on the bias to give it extra stretch. This allows the tie to hold its shape better in a classic knot. To accommodate for different tastes and occasions R. Hanauer offers six different bow tie styles, whether it’s the more traditional Henry or Philip or the more playful Diamond End series with the Louie and Stanley styles.

    A Bow Tie As Bold As You Are

    When it comes to describing neckwear, the word “print” is sometimes confused to be a synonym for “design” or “pattern,” but it actually refers to a method of transferring ink onto cloth. Our bow ties are printed by one of two methods: screen and digital. Screen printing is a very old technique—first seen in China during the Song Dynasty—and is still used today. This method requires the use of a screen, used like a stencil, to transfer ink onto the cloth in a specific pattern or design. Digital printing is a much newer technology, and its application in the silk printing industry has only been a competitive option since around the early 2000’s. The process of digital printing silk is similar to that which is used in your inkjet printer at home, just on a much larger scale.

    The brand's printed bow ties offer a unique way to stand out from the crowd or make a statement. These aren't your run of the mill black bow ties that were once the only acceptable attire at a formal function such as a ball or a wedding. Today's printed bow ties can be worn almost anywhere, from a party, to a holiday event, a day at the races, a religious service, on date night, to meet up with friends, to a summer barbeque, or even into work.

    A bow tie can be worn for any and every occasion if it's properly selected and matched with the right attire. Printed bow ties offer a bit more creativity and flexibility in your look. It can elevate an outfit into something extra special and also speak volumes about your style and personality. As more and more men begin to wear bow ties for many different occasions, today's trends are becoming more bold and playful with added texture, patterns, and colors.

    R. Hanauer offers all silk, all linen, all cotton, and wool and silk blend printed bow ties in a variety of fun patterns and colors. Whether you are looking for gingham, polka dots, paisley, stripes, or a completely unique print such as our palmetto, leaves, or flowers prints, R. Hanauer has something special to suit your needs.

    Unique Bow Ties for Your Personal Style

    If you are looking for something more bespoke such as a particular design or color palette, just let us know. Since all R. Hanauer bow ties are handmade they are also fully customizable according to your personal style. If you'd like to see some swatches we can send a sample to you or if you need a particular size we'll work with you to design something that fits you especially.

    Contact R. Hanauer at 800-514-9707 or support@bowties.com to speak about a custom designed piece.

    Printed neckties bring a unique addition to any outfit and help showcase your individual style. Not only do printed neckties look stylish and artistic, but also help you stand out. Browse R. Hanauer’s selection below:

    Prom is the highlight of the school calendar. The big dance is a night to remember and a chance to dress your best to impress your date. No matter what your prom theme is, a classic or contemporary bow tie sets the tone for the evening and allows you to look your very best. Shop R. Hanauer’s collection of prom bow ties below:

    R. Hanauer offers more discerning clients a selection of bow ties and formal accessories that far exceed the traditional packaged offerings at formal wear outlets. Whether you pair our handmade, high-quality bow ties with a tuxedo or suit, our linen or silk accessories are the perfect way to finish off your outfit. As R. Hanauer also offers a refined and fashionable color palette, you can select the right piece to match the theme of the night or to coordinate with your date.

    As one of the leading men's accessory manufacturers, R. Hanauer outfits the South's most stylish gentlemen for formal events. R. Hanauer's handcrafted prom collection includes a stylish assortment of bow ties to suit the occasion.

    A History of Prom Fashion

    Prom originates from the word promenade, for the tradition of parading guests at a party. Prom, as it is known today, can trace its roots back to co-ed banquets held for graduating classes at American universities in the 19th century. Yet as a growing youth culture took hold proms became events for younger crowds and by the 1940s they were well established as the formal dance for high schoolers that we know today.

    By the 1950s, in booming post-war America, schools began to host their proms outside of the gym moving them to fancy hotels and country clubs. To match the changing times, fashions of the 50's included tea-length dresses and full skirts that allowed wearers to dance the night away with their suitably attired dates.

    The 1960s and 1970s saw the modernization of prom, with women choosing contemporary dress silhouettes in floral and pastel prints and men going for more colorful or bold tuxedos and suits. By the time the 1980s and 1990s rolled around prom fashion got bigger and sometimes even brighter.

    Today's modern proms offer guests a plethora of choices and a chance to truly express themselves whether in classic and traditional looks or more avant-garde style.

    A Gentleman's Prom Attire

    Prom marks a special time in a young man's life and is often one of the first instances you have to dress for a formal situation. As such, it's important to consider each element of the prom outfit in order to get it right:

    Jacket: To look like a truly well-dressed guest, avoid the synthetic offering of rental tuxedos and choose a well-structured tuxedo or suit jacket in a classic black. A tuxedo jacket should have either peaked lapels or a shawl collar in black satin or the same material as the rest of the jacket. It should also have a working buttonhole for a boutonniere.

    Trousers: Your trousers should elegantly match your jacket with either a satin tuxedo stripe that matches the lapels or a completely monochrome set. The trousers should be held up with braces that button inside the waistband instead of a belt

    Shirt: To compliment the overall elegant tone choose a crisp, well-made white shirt for the classic black and white look. The shirt should have a stiff vertical band called a placket in the center. Buttonholes should be fastened with studs rather than sewn on buttons. Cuffs should also be French-style.

    Neckwear: For the more formal traditionalists, a well-made black satin or faille bow tie is the standard. A bow tie is not necessarily required, and a well-made necktie may be considered.

    Shoes: Like your suit, your shoes should be polished and black. It's best not to try to break in a new pair of shoes on the night of your prom so make sure that you're well prepared.

    Waist: Either a vest or cummerbund should be paired with your tuxedo. Choosing a vest or cummerbund in black satin or faille is always a good choice, but if you're going to choose a colored piece make sure it ties into your whole look, as well as your date’s.

    Accents: You have a few options in picking out your shirt studs and cufflinks. They should match or at least compliment your entire look. Remember not to mix different metals such as silver or gold in your outfit. Adding a boutonniere is an elegant way to add a pop of color, just be sure to stick to a single flower to avoid looking like you're wearing a bouquet.

    American Made Quality for Prom

    R. Hanauer has led the way in stylish accessories for men for more than three decades. Owner Randy Hanauer started the brand after he noticed a gap in the market for better designed pocket squares. Today, R. Hanauer is still family owned and focused on pushing the boundaries of what extraordinary craftsmanship and manufacturing can be in their collection of bow ties, neckwear, and other men's accessories. Each R. Hanauer piece is still handmade in the brand's Fort Mill, South Carolina workshop to impeccable standards.

    R. Hanauer blends local heritage with internationally acclaimed style. Randy himself sources the fabrics used to design each piece from premium textile producers all over the world. Pieces are authentic and handcrafted with a bespoke experience at the heart of each R. Hanauer product made in the United States.

    Finding the perfect tie for your prom tuxedo can be a challenging decision, but R. Hanauer carries a variety of unique neckties to coordinate with any outfit. Make sure you have a tie for prom that really stands out. Shop R. Hanauer’s collection below:

    Adding a purple bow tie to your wardrobe can bring the proper respect and recognition your fashion sense deserves. Show off a bit of your bold side with one of our classic purple bow ties. After all, a gentleman’s fashion is all about being bold and confident. From numerous styles featuring bright lilac and lavender hues to deep violet bow ties, R. Hanauer brings the ultimate variety. Shop our selection of our handmade purple bow ties below.

    The R. Hanauer Process

    Here at R. Hanauer, our ties are all made by a talented and hard-working team in our shop. Our bow ties are made by hand and to order. The specific types of silk, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for our products are always carefully selected by Randy and Randall Hanauer, our father-and-son team. We feature English and Italian silk from renowned international mills in our collections. When the order process has begun, our ties are cut by hand on the table. As opposed to the straight of grain, our bow tie fabric is cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. Cutting on the bias allows the pattern to be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric for the ease of tying. A bias-cut lining is in each and every one of our bow ties to ensure that the structure and shape will always remain in its best condition. We are proud and dedicated to making American made bow ties, neckties and cummerbund sets in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.


    The History of the Color Purple

    For many centuries, the color purple has been correlated with royalty, wealth and power. In fact, Queen Elizabeth I banned anyone from wearing it, apart from close members of the royal family. The color likely achieved its renowned status because of how rare it was. Because of its rarity, only rulers could afford the original dye because it was so expensive. The dye that was used came from a trading city called Tyre, now known as Lebanon. Within the Mediterranean Sea in this region, small mollusks from sea snails were located and contained the purple-colored dye. More than 9,000 mollusks were necessary to create only a gram of what was called “Tyrian purple”. The color quickly became an associate of imperial classes of Rome, Egypt and Persia because of its limit on who was allowed to wear it, like wealthy leaders.

    In 1856, an 18-year-old English chemist named William Henry Perkin ended up creating a synthetic purple compound on accident while he was trying to create an anti-malaria drug. He soon noticed that it could be used to dye fabrics, so he patented the dye and manufactured it. However, the name of the color was later changed from “Tyrian purple” to "mauve" in 1859, based on the French name for the purple mallow flower. After this experiment and journey, the elite hue of purple became affordable and eventually would be available worldwide as we know it today.

    The Meaning of the Color Purple

    On a more symbolic and psychological level, purple at one point represented spirituality and holiness because the ancient emperors and others in a high-power position wore the color and were often thought of as gods. Because of its history, wearing a bright purple bow tie can suggest royalty and honor. Other hues may suggest romantic, nostalgic, peace, independence, and most of all creativity. Purple is comprised of a mixture of the colors red and blue. While blue brings a sense of tranquility and calmness, red symbolizes fierceness. With both of these qualities combined, purple projects the perfect balance of flashy, yet modest.

    Why Wear a Purple Bow Tie?

    Why not wear a purple bow tie? There are many reasons to express yourself through fashion and wearing a statement like a purple bow tie is a great way to be unique. Purple comes in an array of shades and hues, and while it isn’t a neutral or typical color, it isn’t something considered completely “out of the box” either. In fact, in recent studies, experiments, and surveys, research shows that a gentleman wearing purple is even more likely to attract a significant other. This is because the color naturally stands out and illustrates a sense of confidence and structure.

    When to Wear a Purple Bow Tie

    Purple is typically underrated by the masses, but yet it showcases one of the most important traits in a gentleman: confidence. A purple bow tie can draw attention in all the right ways. Since it is sometimes considered an “unusual” color, it gives a gentleman the ability to take advantage and make his mark. If seeking a sense of authority and boldness at an occasion, this color would be the best match.

    Some suggestions on situations where one may wear a purple bowtie could be a wedding or birthday party. Also, since the color is bold in a way that is not distracting, you could pair your purple bow tie with your favorite suit combination during a regular office day or even on a special presentation day at the office. R. Hanauer is proud to showcase these custom and handmade purple bow ties.

    A purple necktie is a dapper addition to any spring or summer event. Its color coordinates well with a grey suit and can match the versatility of a navy with the unique personality of a purple hue. Shop R. Hanauer’s collection of purple ties below:

    Red bow ties are not only striking, but they command attention in formal or casual attire. If you’re looking to be bold and showcase your confidence, a red bow tie can be the perfect addition. Shop R. Hanauer’s collection of red bow ties below:

    Red neckties are known to stand out and portray a confident and striking individual. Our red neckties are a bold and classic option for men who look to exude confidence. Consider pairing your red tie with a black or grey suit for the classic formal look. Please enjoy browsing our collection of red neckties below:

    The right tie can make all of the difference when adding just the right final touches on a gentleman’s outfit. Our sale styles are ready to find their way home. Browse some of the recent collections of our unique bow ties, classic neckties, and don't miss our pima cotton t-shirts, which are the softest around. These items are discounted only in price, not in style. Orders placed before 1:00 PM EST Monday-Friday are made and shipped the same day.

    All sales of discounted items are final.

    Buy 2 sale bow ties and get the 3rd free with code BUY3BOWS
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    The Unique R. Hanauer Process

    Each individual R. Hanauer bow tie is made by a talented team member in our shop. Our bow ties are made by hand and made to order. The specific types of silk, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for our products are always carefully selected by our father-and-son team, Randy and Randall Hanauer. We feature English and Italian silk from renowned international mills in our collections and hand-make the bow ties with American craft and attention to detail. When the order process has begun, our ties are cut by hand on the table. As opposed to the straight of grain, our bow tie fabric is cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. Cutting on the bias allows the pattern to be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric for the ease of tying. A bias-cut lining is in each and every one of our bow ties to ensure that the structure and shape will always remain in its best condition. We are proud and dedicated to making American made bow ties in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    Our Story

    In 1985, Randy Hanauer created the concept and early foundation for R. Hanauer Bow Ties on his dining room table. The lack of representation through white pocket squares inspired him to fill the gap in men’s fashion. Now, Randy and his son Randall collectively complete the artistic and creative vision of the family-owned company. Currently, over 330 high-end stores across the United States carry R. Hanauer products. We take immense pride in the fact all of our bow ties and cummerbund sets are still handmade out of our workshop in Fort Mill, South Carolina. We strongly believe in hand-making all of our menswear with high attention to detail and continuing to uphold our legacy of creating fine American-made bow ties, cummerbund sets and neckties.

    The History of the Bow Tie

    Although it has since gone through many variations, the bow tie began to make its debut in the 17th century, likely between 1635–1648 during the Thirty-Year War. Croatian mercenaries were ordered by King Louis XIII to create a high-fashion allusion to the piece of fabric they wore around their neck as part of their uniform. The French king then made it a mandatory part of gentlemen's formal wear and named it "La Cravat" to honor the Croats who inspired the style.

    In that time, the fabric and material used to make up these ties were closer to what would be considered a scarf. The purpose for the fabric was to hold the collars of the shirt together, more for convenience than for a fashion statement. However, after the significance of the war, high-class citizens of the French society began to pick up the staple piece to be fashion-forward and exude a sense of royalty and power.

    Through its history, the bow tie flourished even more during the 18th and 19th centuries. It evolved in many ways throughout the years and lead to many movements in society when it comes to men’s fashion. Originally standing for distinguished royalty or a construct of social class, the bow tie later familiarized itself with gentlemen of all types. Having the bow tie popularized by strong leaders such as Winston Churchill helped gentlemen explore their sense of style. In recent history, the bow tie has been able to broaden the horizons further than being strictly for formal occasions.

    Styles and Sales

    Every gentleman is worthy of stepping up his attire by not only adding a formal bow tie but also a patterned or themed bow tie to his wardrobe. We at R. Hanauer offer six different styles of bow ties. If you prefer the Diamond End look, we have the Stanley and Louie style. If a gentleman were going for a more traditional approach, there is the Phillip Butterfly, Jackson Straight, Henry Classic, and the Banded pre-tied style as well. We offer an incredibly diverse collection of the most creative and trendy bow ties and neckties on sale. We are proud to serve our customers with the best quality handmade bow ties at the best prices possible.

    An R. Hanauer satin necktie adds a touch of style and sophistication to every outfit. With its simple design and classic texture, our satin necktie will complete a classic suit subtly, but elegantly. Shop our collection below:

    A silver bow tie contributes an element of elegance and class to a gentleman’s look. The sleek color exudes tastefulness, while adding a decorative flare to an ensemble. At R. Hanauer, we pride ourselves on making bow ties that accentuate a cultivated and classic sense of style. In this collection of bow ties, we proudly feature an array of silvers, in different shades and patterns, such as paisley, stripes, polka dots, and more. A silver bow tie will enhance your look and make a lasting impression, while looking rather sharp and refined. Shop R. Hanauer’s collection of handmade, silver bow ties below:


    The R. Hanauer Process

    At R. Hanauer, our bow ties are made locally in our workshop located in Fort Mill, South Carolina. They are handmade, as well as made to order, from our hardworking and dedicated team. Our father and son duo, otherwise known as Randy and Randall Hanauer, are always involved in the creation process, as they carefully select the types of fabrics and materials that are used for our products. We specialize in featuring both Italian and English silk from esteemed, international mills in our various collections of ties and accessories. Once the order process has officially begun, our bow ties are then cut by hand on the table to begin the creation of the product. Oftentimes, bow ties are cut on the straight of grain; however, we choose to cut on a bias in order to create the best-tying bow tie on the market. This process will make certain that the pattern will be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric, while also ensuring the ease of tying. Due to the intricate steps that are taken in the creation process, we can guarantee that the structure and shape of each bow tie will ultimately stay in its best condition. We are proud to create handmade, silver bow ties, neckties, cummerbund sets and pocket squares in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.


    The History Behind the Color Silver

    The color silver is known for representing components of modern decadence, simply because the metal, known as silver, is often associated with that of richness and luxury. The initial use of the word silver, as a representation and characterization of a specific color, was recorded in the English language in the year 1481, and for most, the color’s appeal often stems from its eye-catching shine and glittering features. From silver screens to silver jewlery, the color often personifies a sense of glamour, value, and substance to many individuals.


    While most societal depictions of the color silver involve the association of affluence and appeal, there are also deeper, psychological meanings behind the color itself. In fact, it is said that silver has a gentle nature, and that it gives off a calming and relaxing type of energy when people encounter the color. It  is also known for its cooler features and reflective abilities, and because of those very characteristics it is often associated with distinguished and modernized technology, fashion, and art.


    Colors often dictate and impact our decisions when it comes to how we dress. Confidence and personality often play an important role in one’s own style; therefore, the colors that we are most drawn to are also the ones that we feel the most self-assured in when sporting them in our very own wardrobes. Silver is certainly a popular choice when it comes to selecting an ensemble that is both sophisticated and debonair. A gentleman that prefers the color silver is well mannered, perceptive, and polished, and appreciates solidity and determination in both the workplace and in life. The illuminating color is said to symbolize both masculinity and strength, as well as represent the creative and inspirational qualities of an individual. At R. Hanauer, it is our main intention that every gentleman feels confident and stylish, and most importantly, true to himself, when sporting one of our silver bow ties.


    When to Sport a Silver Bow Tie

    When it comes to styling a silver bow tie with an ensemble it is important to remember the given characteristics of the color. Typically, silver is associated with more formal wear, and a silver bow tie would most appropriately be worn with a tuxedo for a dressier occasion. A social event such as a New Year’s Eve party, or even a charity gala, would allow for the perfect opportunity to incorporate silver accessories into one’s attire.


    The shimmering quality of the color silver calls attention to the gentleman and also adds some panache to a formal ensemble that is already quite traditional. While some interpret the color silver as being somewhat one dimensional in comparison to other colors and shades, the incorporation of different patterns like stripes, polka dots, and various paisleys make each of our silver bow ties quite unique and stunning on their own. At R. Hanauer, we are proud to offer silver bow ties that display the utmost taste and sophistication.

    Nothing adds the final touch to a gentlemen’s outfit like a classic, solid colored bow tie. A solid color bow tie never goes out of style and should be a staple in every man’s wardrobe. No matter if it’s for a wedding, prom or formal event, a solid bow tie is always a safe bet. Shop R. Hanauer’s selection of solid bow ties below:

    A classic, solid R. Hanauer necktie is a universal option for a traditional suit always in style, our solid handmade neckties make for a timeless staple in a man’s closet and can meet the dress code of a wide array of events. Shop our selection of solid neckties below:

    Our Spring 2018 Pocket Square Collection includes fine, textured fabrics from washed silks to fine cottons. Each pocket square is designed to perfectly complement a man's breast pocket and is handmade with careful attention to detail.

    Spring time calls for warmer weather and brighter colors. Shop R. Hanauer’s spring bow ties comprised of bright colors and patterns that make any outfit perfect for spring. Browse our spring bow tie collection below:

    Spring weather means warmer weather, longer days and brighter colors. Our spring collection is made of bright colors and patterns that complete any spring look. Browse our spring tie collection below:

    One of the best ways to incorporate some diversity and pattern into your wardrobe is to become acquainted with stripes. Striped bow ties are always an excellent choice when looking for a way to make a statement with an outfit. Stripes are certainly considered a timeless look; however, there are also ways to achieve a bold take on this classic pattern. Various colors, textures, weight, and sizes of the striped patterns create the difference and uniqueness of each design. A striped bow tie is an exemplary choice for any gentleman who is seeking a quintessential look while making a striking statement. Shop R. Hanauer’s collection of striped bow ties and find the best look that suits your style:  

    The R. Hanauer Process

    Each and every R. Hanauer tie is made by a talented team in our shop. Our bow ties are made by hand and made to order. The specific types of silk, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for our products are always carefully selected by Randy and Randall Hanauer, our father-and-son team. We feature English and Italian silk from renowned international mills in our collections. When the order process has begun, our ties are cut by hand to begin the artistic creation of the product. As opposed to the straight of grain, our bow tie fabric is cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. Cutting on the bias allows the pattern to be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric for the ease of tying. A bias-cut lining is in each and every one of our bow ties to ensure that the structure and shape will always remain in its best condition. We are proud and dedicated to making American made bow ties, ties and cummerbunds in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    History of Stripes

    Believe it or not, striped clothing and accessories were not always accepted with open arms as a classic staple for an individual’s wardrobe. In fact, in Medieval times, stripes were considered to be the “devil’s cloth,” and the black and white striped patterns were viewed as a form of punishment that distinguished prisoners, prostitutes, and criminals from the rest of the community.

    It wasn’t until Queen Victoria rebelled by dressing her son in a striped suit for a royal boating excursion that the striped pattern became not only accepted, but also associated with marine expeditions and the sea. This established a new, more accepting view of the striped pattern during the turn of the nineteenth century.

    The classic navy blue and white striped pattern became heavily associated with nautical representations, whether it was displayed on swimwear or even sailors’ uniforms. In fact, the men of the French navy sported striped shirts because each stripe carried symbolism for the victories under Napoleon Bonaparte against the British. Stripes also became most commonly associated with sailors because the intensely bold pattern was easy to spot while at sea.

    From criminal to couture, stripes evolved from a pattern that only prisoners wore, to a practical garment for sailors and marina workers, to finally becoming a trend-setting statement. Coco Chanel’s nautically themed looks were indeed inspired by the striped outfits of marina workers in the French Riviera. From there, Hollywood celebrities, such as movie stars, models, musicians, and even notable artists began to embrace the striped fashion trend. The pattern still represented a sort of rebellious nature, simply because it evoked an edgier sense of style at that time. Today, stripes come in different colors and sizes, and the pattern is worn on a multitude of clothing items and accessories. There are classic and minimalistic striped patterns, as well as bright, colorful, and thick striped designs, and while there are various styles of stripes, people certainly still dress in the rebellious black and white striped patterns and the nautical navy and white prints.

    How to Wear Striped Bow Ties

    The evolution of the striped pattern has a lot of rich history and symbolism that inspired such a classic look. Stripes are quite a versatile pattern, and they can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the occasion. Striped bow ties can take an everyday outfit to an even greater level with its bold design, or they can be dressed up for a debonair and sharp look that exudes confidence and style.

    Many striped bow ties and striped neckties are classic examples of traditional menswear. The Argyle & Southerland bow tie is a staple of trad attire and every classic menswear collector has at least one bar stripe in his closet.

    With stripes, it is important to remember that a little bit goes a long way. While it is acceptable to be daring, and to experiment with the colors and the weight of the stripes, overdoing the pattern within an outfit isn’t necessary. A striped bow tie makes a grand statement without looking overdone. It also suggests that a gentleman has an appreciation for traditional style while indulging in a modern twist.  Due to the versatility and the variety of color and stripe options, you’re sure to find the perfect striped design for your outfit.

    A striped necktie can take any daytime or evening outfit to the next level with its colors and bold design. With a variety of combinations, you’re sure to find the perfect addition to your outfit. Shop R. Hanauer’s selection of striped neckties below:

    We recognize there are bow ties for every day, every occasion and certainly, every season. R. Hanauer summer bow ties were made with the warm weather in mind. Many fabrics in the collection are as crisp as a summer breeze. The colors are exemplary of the vibrant energy in the summer air and the electricity found at the season's events. Please enjoy browsing our brand new summer bow ties.

    Summertime brings the opportunity to showcase an entirely new sense of style. Since there are many creative choices to consider, we have hand-picked some of our best bow ties for our summer collection. Warm weather coincides with these warm-colored ties, bright pastels and classic shades of summer blue. Patriotic gentlemen will be pleased to find stars and stripes bow ties for the fourth of July and summer months beyond. Shop our summer bow ties below:

    The R. Hanauer Process

    Here at R. Hanauer, our ties are all made by a talented and hard-working team in our shop. Our bow ties are made by hand and to order. The specific types of silk, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for our products are always carefully selected by our father and son team Randy and Randall Hanauer. Through many of our collections, English wool and Italian silk from renowned international mills can be found. When the order process has begun, our ties are cut by hand on the table. As opposed to the straight of grain, fabric for our bow ties is cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. Cutting on the bias means that the pattern will be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric that allows for the ease of tying. A bias-cut lining is in each of our bow ties to ensure that the structure and shape will always stay superior.

    Best Summer Colors

    Several colors stand out particularly well in the summer months. With warm weather in mind, brighter colors complement the cooler fabrics and lighter colors that are found in many summer ensembles. Summer colors are typically soft and more refined. Blue-based cool colors accent grays and roses well. Warmer reds and oranges work nicely with neutral shades including tan linens and khaki seersuckers.

    A new trend for the summer season is white suits. With a suit such as this, gentlemen are allowed all the creative freedom to showcase your personality through a bow tie alone. A classic blue suit for men during the summertime has never gone out of style and with one of our unique ties, you can stand out more than ever.

    Summers are best in soft neutral colors and pastels. Pastels for men are now in style and in season, making a comeback from when they lost their momentum many years ago. Though the colors featured have a softer approach, they still offer a crisp and classy feel without losing its masculine image. Our pastel palette ranges from a light pink tie with stripes to a deeper navy tie. A bright color, such as a pink or green bow tie, works best to be paired with a white or sky-blue shirt and a gray or blue seersucker suit. The deeper colored bow ties such as the navy or purple are easily paired with a soft pink or white shirt.

    Dress Code for Summer Events

    When the summer season rolls around, a lot of people typically imagine warm weather, vacations, and many different social events and activities. While gentlemen certainly won’t envision themselves walking down the beach wearing a bow tie with their swimming trunks, there are still plenty of other events throughout the summer in which a bow tie would be appropriate. A few things on the summer agenda perfectly suited for a bow tie are formal events like weddings, galas, and balls or could even be as casual as a summer concert, downtown festival or backyard holiday barbeque. Wearing a bow tie becomes a wonderful part of a gentleman’s signature style and personality, and expressing yourself is very important to us at R. Hanauer.

    Having a backyard barbeque gathering for Independence Day is always an event to look forward to. Even in the most casual party setting, a bow tie is still suitable. Bow ties are often considered conversation starters when it comes to a man’s appearance, especially at events where conversing with others is essential. Finding the right summer bow tie can help make a great first impression. A cooler blue or red tie would be a relevant choice, or one can even select one of our patriotic-themed ties. Red, white, and blue are classic colors for the summer celebration season in America. Our featured stars-and-stripes bow ties were made with these types of events in mind.

    When it comes to a summer wedding, the choice between a formal tie versus a casual tie all depends on the situation. In most cases, if one is a guest at a wedding, they have more versatile options regarding the color and pattern of the tie. A gentleman shouldn’t shy away from showcasing their character through color just because it can be considered a formal event.  Summer provides an excellent opportunity to showcase your most bold and beautiful handmade bow ties.

    Summer calls for airy, breathable fabrics like cottons and linens. To celebrate the season, we have put together a collection of our finest cotton and linen bow ties, neckties and pocket squares, perfect for warm, summer weather.
    We're celebrating the end of a wonderful summer season with some of our favorite bow ties, pocket squares and cummerbund sets. Use code SUMEND17 and receive 20% off any product in this collection. Sale ends Tuesday, Sept. 5 at midnight.
    Our conversational bow ties and neckties are created for the man who likes to make a statement. He'll be found charming his way across the cocktail party in his R. Hanauer neckwear.
    Fall bow ties, neckties and pocket squares from R. Hanauer.
    Our 2018 Fall Collection is composed of finely textured accessories inspired by the traditional style of the timeless gentleman. Fabrics selected from renowned European mills combined with American handmade craftsmanship deliver a collection of stately fall bow ties, neckties and pocket squares.

    The R. Hanauer Formal Collection includes a hand picked collection of our handmade bow ties, neckties, cummerbund sets and pocket squares to elevate your evening attire. Each unique piece is handmade to complement a variety of formal ensembles. The collection adheres to a black tie dress code and our signature white pique bow tie is the top choice for a white tie event.

    The holidays are said to be the most wonderful time of the year, full of exciting, winter festivities that bring good tidings and cheer. At R. Hanauer, our various styles of Christmas neckwear and accessories offer a handsome way to display one’s holiday spirit, while still maintaining a sharp, classic look. Shop R. Hanauer’s 2018 collection of festive, handmade bow ties, neckties, pocket squares and cummerbund sets below:

    The R. Hanauer Process

    Each and every R. Hanauer tie is made by a talented and skilled team member in our workshop (all good Christmas things come from workshops!). Our Christmas bow ties are made by hand, as well as handmade to order. Randy and Randall Hanauer, our father-and-son team, hand select specific types of silk, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for each of our products. We feature English and Italian silk from distinguished international mills in our various collections. Once the order process has begun, our bow ties are cut by hand to begin the creation of the product. Our bow tie fabric is cut on a bias, as opposed to straight on the grain, to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. Cutting on the bias allows for the pattern to be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric for the ease of tying. A bias-cut lining is in every one of our bow ties in order to ensure that the structure and shape will always remain in its very best condition. At R. Hanauer, we are dedicated and proud to be making American made bow ties in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    The Statement of a Holiday Bow Tie

    Why sport red and green accessories during the holidays? It seems as if these two dashing colors have always been associated with the Christmas season. From the vibrant red and green bow ties to Christmas tree bow ties and traditional tartans, our holiday collection features various unique ways to dress for festive occasions.

    Christmas bow ties are the ideal accessories for a gentleman seeking a lively look to wear to a holiday party, whether the event is held at the office, or amongst one’s friends and family. Holiday bow ties are also a most excellent choice when deciding what to wear for the obligatory Christmas card, or possibly a holiday outing, such as Christmas caroling or ice skating, because they are extremely festive and lighthearted, making for a picture perfect memory to be captured and shared with loved ones. A gentleman who is clad in a Christmas bow tie is ready to celebrate the merriest of the holiday seasons in a timeless style that exudes festiveness and fun.

    Festivity through Fashion

    Here at R. Hanauer, we believe self expression is a key component to one’s style. While red and green are staple holiday colors, our Christmas bow ties are quite accommodating to different types of styles. From red and green polka dots, to bold stripes, and festive plaid bow ties, our Christmas bow ties can be the ultimate finishing touch to a gentleman's holiday attire.

    When dressing for a Christmas party, one can pair a Christmas bow tie with complementary whites, navy, and dark greens, and can incorporate some classic attire, such as a pocket square and dinner coat. For a look that is more casual, one can wear a sport coat and solid button up shirt with their festive accessories; however, when dressing for a Christmas party, it is important to stray from wearing multiple patterns and taking away from your bold, festive bow ties. The rich reds and greens of the Christmas season are quite classic, and make for wondrous, holiday attire. At R. Hanauer, we pride ourselves on making handmade, holiday bow ties that are perfect for any type of Christmas festivity.

    The gentlemen of New Orleans know that standing out is an important part of Mardi Gras. These handmade bow ties and cummerbunds are inspired by the vibrant tradition and are custom made for those participating in the spirited celebrations. Let the good times roll...

    Colorful bow ties, neckties, cummerbund sets and pocket squares for the gentlemen with a busy social schedule and an interest in the unique. All R. Hanauer bow ties are made with materials from world-renowned textile mills and handmade in our Fort Mill, South Carolina workshop.
    As an American-made product, we are proud to carry items that give a nod to the United States of America. Our American flag-inspired bow ties, neckties and pocket squares are a tribute to this wonderful country.
    Seersucker is a classic menswear fabric that gained popularity in the late 20th century United States. Ideal for a lightweight summer suit, the classic textured stripes acquired their name from the Persian word šir o šakar, literally meaning 'milk and sugar.' We recommend gentlemen sport seersucker during the summer months and we recommend they sport it often.
    If this gentleman isn't hunting, he's out on the water fishing. These outdoorsy bow ties and neckties were created with the classic sportsman in mind.
    Our Spring 2018 Collection includes fine, textured fabrics from washed and woven silks to delicate cotton and linen bow ties. Many of our spring bow ties and neckties are made from intricately woven fabrics to create multi-dimensional textures. Our spring pocket squares are as vibrant as they are soft and are sized to perfectly complement the breast pocket. We hope you enjoy browsing our Spring 2018 Collection.

    We carry a variety of tartan bow ties, neckties and cummerbund sets. The historical tartan pattern, originated in the Scottish Highlands, is created with a unique design of colored stripes running in both the warp and weft of the cloth. 

    Today, over half of the states in the US have tartans, many of which have been officially adopted by their state's government, including our home state's Carolina tartan. Enjoy browsing The Tartan Collection below:

    The R. Hanauer Process

    Each and every R. Hanauer tie is made by a talented team in our Fort Mill, SC workshop. Our bow ties are made to order and made by hand. The specific types of silk, cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for our products are always carefully selected by Randy and Randall Hanauer, our father-and-son team. We feature exquisite fabrics, like Italian silk, from renowned international mills in our collections. When the order process has begun, our ties are cut by hand on the table. As opposed to the straight of grain, our bow tie fabric is cut on a bias to produce the best-tying bow tie on the market. Cutting on the bias allows the pattern to be cut out at a 45-degree angle to produce the gentle stretch of the fabric for the ease of tying. A bias-cut lining is in each and every one of our bow ties to ensure that the structure and shape will always remain in its best condition. We are proud and dedicated to making American made bow tiesneckties and cummerbund sets in our hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    History of Plaid and Tartan

    While the term “plaid” is now a widespread word understood among the population of the world, its origins were a bit different. “Tartan” was the first proper term for the pattern used back in the 1500s by the Scottish to distinguish clans from one another. The first use of the word “plaid” as we consider it now was later adopted when British and American manufacturers began to popularize the pattern for means of fashion. The oldest recorded use of the fabric goes back 3,000 years. The fabric was found buried in the Chinese desert on a mummy referred to as “the Cherchen Man.” Specifically, the Tartan fabric is made with pre-dyed threads woven through one another. Originally, the threads were dyed with pigments from vegetables or plants. The specific pattern of over-and-under gives a unique style and appears that new colors are created by the blending of the other shades. The distinct pattern of squares and lines together are called a “sett.” Over time, tartan went from being a Scottish family symbol to a military uniform. The Scottish Rebellion between Scotland and England brought major tension during 1745, eventually bringing on a dramatic effect on clothing in that time. The tartan pattern was banned in the country under the Dress Act for almost half a century. In 1782, it was legalized to wear the tartan pattern as we know it today. It soon became a widely known fashion staple for formal balls and occasions in reference to the Scottish Highland kilt and dress attire for men.
    Jumping into the 19th century, America began to adopt the style in its everyday menswear. Plaid clothing soon found its popular niche in lumberjacks, cowboys, and hunters because of the durability and masculine image. Later after it made its appearance across the world, especially in America, it became synonymous with a more daring and eccentric style. . It had many ties to rock bands and an overall message of being expressive of one’s individuality, a trait which the pattern can still claim today.

    The Statement of a Tartan Bow Tie

    Given its historical significance, choosing to add a tartan bow tie to your wardrobe can say something about a gentleman. Sporting traditional tartan bow ties can help to establish a sense of pride and respect. In regards to its Scottish origin and significance, the plaid pattern stands for honor and family. This would suggest that you are a loyal and strong gentleman, but still possess modesty. An R. Hanauer tartan bow tie would show off that a gentleman has a traditional soul with a modern flair.
    A tartan bow tie illustrates a gentleman’s masculinity since the pattern has always been a prime component of menswear. Because of its traditional roots, tartan bow ties a very appropriate for a formal setting but a tartan bow tie could also be paired with a sweater for something a bit more casual. Tartan bow ties, no matter the specific pattern, have stood the test of time and have shown that it will never go out of style. R. Hanauer is proud to showcase these custom and handmade tartan bow ties.
    This collection is curated for the gentleman who appreciates traditional style. The traditional bow ties and neckties in this collection include our iconic bar stripes and selected plaids as well as timeless Ivy Style icons like the fox mask.

    A wedding is a wonderful occasion for anyone involved. Whether you're the one walking down the aisle or attending the soiree, a bow tie is an essential part of a wedding wardrobe. R. Hanauer is an expert wedding bow tie provider with different styles and cuts to suit any one's personal tastes. Shop our wedding collection below:

    Customize Your Wedding Look

    R. Hanauer wants each customer to feel confident in the pieces they purchase. As each bow tie is handmade, you can customize it to fit you perfectly. Also, if you've noticed a certain color or design that you like, let us know and we can send you a free swatch to sample for yourself.

    Handmade Formal Wear in the USA

    R. Hanauer has been in the business of supplying stylish accessories to men for more than 30 years. Randy Hanauer founded the company to bring bespoke style, European inspired neckwear and accessories to discerning American men. That original vision tapped into a gap in the market to differentiate men's accessories from traditional white pocket squares and handkerchiefs. Today that vision has grown, and while R. Hanauer remains a family-owned and operated company, its product offering and sophistication has strengthened.

    R. Hanauer uses luxury fabrics that Randy still sources himself from around the world to create hand cut, hand sewn, and handmade pieces in its Fort Mill, South Carolina workshop. The brand combines its local pride and heritage with impeccable taste and craftsmanship. Each R. Hanauer bow tie, pocket square, necktie, cummerbund set and accessory is fully handmade in the USA. With a strong attention to detail, the process is designed to give each customer a bespoke like experience that incorporates their own personal taste and style.

    The Details in the Design

    To enhance the beauty and preserve the shape of each bow tie, R. Hanauer cuts each piece on the bias. This unique approach allows the ties a greater stretch while also helping them to hold their shape better than a classic knot. Because each man is unique with his own tastes, R. Hanauer offers six different bow tie styles to accommodate. Those who are looking for a more traditional wedding bow tie might like the classic cut of the Philip of Henry, while those looking to make a splash with a bolder silhouette might go for the Diamond End series which features the Stanley or Louis cuts. Each bow tie is also available in a pre-tied option so you don't have to worry about tying it in last minute jitters.

    Celebrate In Style with a Wedding Bow Tie

    A wedding is truly a cause for celebration and for looking and feeling your best. Bow ties come in all different varieties and looks to enhance the big day. Many people are moving away from the traditional black bow tie to include different colors and patterns.

    While a black bow tie is an unbeatable classic, especially with a black tuxedo, many people prefer creating a more relaxed or stylish vibe with a monochrome tie in a different color or incorporating a pattern into their look. Brighter colors and bolder patterns still look dressed up, but they have the advantage of highlighting the wearer's personality even more. They can also be used to reflect the theme of the wedding.

    R. Hanauer produces its line of wedding bow ties in a variety of fabrics like silk and linens in countless colors and prints, from Windsor dots, to paisley, stripes, windowpane, and basket weave patterns. Each piece pairs beautifully with a wedding suit or tuxedo to enhance the look of the wearer and add a touch of luxury.

    To browse our selection or to speak about a product contact R. Hanauer today at 800-514-9707 or support@bowties.com.

    R. Hanauer handmade accessories make timeless gifts for grooms, groomsmen, ring bearers and parents and are custom made for wedding parties. While the following accessories are a few of our recommendations, we are happy to create a custom order of any wedding bow tie or necktie on the website. Looking for the perfect match? Call or e-mail us to request a fabric swatch.

    When it comes to your wedding day, feeling and looking your best is a basic requirement. R. Hanauer offers handmade wedding neckties in a variety of elegant prints and designs to show off your unique style. Shop R. Hanauer’s wedding collection today: