Founder's Bio


Hello, I'm Chuck Blackburn. I grew up and graduated from college in Texas. My wife and I live in beautiful Brentwood, Tennessee (just outside Nashville) I have been a fan of bow ties all my life. Bow ties are not a passing fancy with me but a statement of individuality. I've worn them exclusively for the past several years and I've wondered why more men didn't wear them.

Decades ago
I 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. I 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 we (bow tie wearers) allowed them to exploit our strong preference and unfortunate lack of organization. Don't misunderstand me-I believe strongly in free market system and it's for this reason as well as many other important considerations I founded the INTERNATIONAL BOW TIE SOCIETY. I hope you readily see value in becoming a member yourself and encouraging like minded individuals to join as well. If you are a "bow tie guy"...you belong, and you will benefit greatly.