Chuck Blackburn grew up and graduated from college in Texas. He and his wife live in beautiful Brentwood, Tennessee (just outside Nashville) Chuck has been a fan of bow ties all his life. Bow ties are not a passing fancy but a statement of individuality.
Decades ago he owned a manufacturers' representative firm selling fine tailored clothing, accessories, and high quality neckwear (including bow ties) to the men's specialty shops in a 12 state area surrounding Chicago. Chuck became aware then, that more often than not, manufacturers and specialty shop owners treated bow ties as an afterthought (a by-product to the long silk"bibs" most men wore). Bow ties were most often made from scrap silk from the cutting room floor. Both wholesale and retail markups were many times greater than traditional "long" ties. Manufacturers and retailers did this because bow tie wearers' strong preference and lack credible information and variety of choice...until now with the Internatiomal Bow Tie Society.