Bow Tie is an elegant and sophisticated choice to accessorise your style and reflect your personality. Moreover, bow ties are now more about breaking conventions than ever before…
A bow tie is a type of traditional necktie and it’s originated among Croatian mercenaries, who used a scarf around the neck to hold together the opening of their shirts. This was soon adopted by the upper classes in France, where the cravat gave rise to the bow tie.
Bow ties were adopted by the upper classes in France. Nevertheless, invented in Croatia.
In 1848, in California a Gold Rush began. Among dynamites and other things, miners (gold diggers) needed strong clothes, that could withstand hard work! A number of years later, this piece of fabric became a fashion craving, that lasts for 146 years!
In 1851 Levi Strauss came from Germany to NY, to his brother who held dry goods business. As he heard about the Gold Rush, he went to San Francisco (1853) to establish Western Branch of the family business.
One of Levi’s customers was Jacob W. Davis – a tailor from Nevada, who tried to make pants that could resist rough working conditions. Davis was making functional items, such as tents, wagon covers or horse blankets. One of the forty-niners (gold diggers) ordered a pair of pants that could resist hard work. And he made it…
Trousers were made of denim, that Davis bought from Levi Strauss & Co. He made them stronger, by placing copper rivets in the spots where pants rip the most.
Davis convinced Levi Strauss to apply for a patent for producing the most durable clothes at that time ! Since then Levi Strauss and Jacob W. Davis became partners.
When it comes to the subject of fashion, it’s worth to mention its problem – a waste! We think we’re all aware, that fashion industry is known as one of the most pollutive ones. Tons and tons of clothes are being bought and very quickly binned and easily forgotten.
The media are full of information about pesticides used in cotton farms and sewage piping into water, or chemicals used to dye fabrics. But the truth is, what can we do if we only can afford fast fashion clothes, when sometimes that’s our only option? This is when the conflict begins.
Usually, we can’t afford to buy Gucci, but we also don’t want to be a part of conscience attack on Mother Earth. Where is the compromise, or the happy medium? To find the answer for that question we need to look back at the history and find out if this problem occurred in the past…
Well, it didn’t. In the past, people appreciated the quality of fabric and its durability. Many successful dressmakers and tailors satisfied people around the World. Thomas Burberry supplied the entire British Royal Navy, Christian Dior and Coco Chanel opened women’s eyes for modishness of their world. Giovanni Versace distinguished chic and style from kitsch.
All mentioned fashionistas (entrepreneurs) started as Crafters to get attention around potential clients. They didn’t become famous in the blink of an eye, though. They worked really hard to earn their recognition. Nowadays many dressmakers, tailors, shoemakers or sewing machinists use high quality fabrics and make handmade products. And thanks to the power of the Internet, they can get appreciation, equal to those on the top, even if it’s only the beginning of their careers.
So, maybe it’s a good idea to start using Etsy, instead of Ebay or ASOS. We believe, we are going to experience a big change soon. Perhaps finally handcraft will become more valuable as it used to be in the past, rather than sale in bulk.
There was a time, fifteen years ago (I was 14), when my living space (shared with my brother at that time) was clean and totally dust-free. My garments were organised according to (firstly) the type of textile and (secondly) to the colour. It’s not like I’ve always liked fashion, but rather to look neat in tidy surroundings.
So, fifteen years ago, during ordinary X-mas shopping with my father, something called my name. A winter jacket. It wasn’t cheap, but I had to have it, so I proposed a deal to my Dad, that I would wear it until I graduate from Uni. And then my curse started. All those 15 years later, I am still wearing this jacket, therefore, you can imagine that my education still lasts. Nevertheless, after such a long time with my oldest piece of garment, to let it go and buy another one – seems incomprehensible to me. So, am I really cursed, or am I just sentimental ?