Unique & Handmade Bow Ties
The talented group of artists and creators in our Fort Mill workshop hand makes each bow tie to order. Once an order is placed, we begin on the cutting table where the bow tie fabric is cut on a bias to give it 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 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.
Although many other outfits opt to manufacture their bow ties overseas, we believe in making our bow ties at home. Most of the tags on popular neck wear 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.
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. We are dedicated to creating American-made bow ties, preserving quality, and craftsmanship over making a profit.
Our Bow Tie Styles
To accommodate the seasoned and serious bow tie wearer, R. Hanauer bow ties come in various styles - ranging from the classic Philip and Henry styles, to the more unique Diamond End bow ties like the Stanley and Louie. Learn all you ever wanted to know about bow tie styles!
When Should I Wear a Bow Tie?
Bow ties are suitable for numerous occasions. Our formal bow ties are a great selection 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 tie.
Groomsmen 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, wrangling a bow tie is not always 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.
Here are step-by-step instructions on How to Tie a Bow Tie: