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Friday, April 24, 2015


Few years back I began the migration from long ties to bow ties.  It was at first an intimidating move that now seems old hat to me.  While I still wear long ties now and then, I must confess that bow ties are part of most of my outfits.  In fact, if you were to ask my friends, many of them would say that bow ties have inadvertently become my trademark.  Although that was never my goal initially, I must admit that I really do love wearing bow ties.  

I also love the "Bow Tie Fridays" craze, established online in response to "Casual Fridays" which seem to have gotten out of hand at times - are sweatpants really considered appropriate Casual Friday work attire?.  The second weekly social media event I want to mention is Flash Back Friday, or #fbf, an opportunity to "flash back" and remember an earlier point in time.

With these to items in mind, I would like to welcome you to the second installment of a series I like to call, "Flash Back Bow Tie Friday," which is designed to feature bow ties and looks from my past.  While this "flash back" version won't be a weekly component, it will pop up now and then.

Today I want to "flash back" to the very first bow tie I purchased from The Bow Tie Shoppe.  I've mentioned before, that Renee Larson is one of my favorite local bow tie artisans, and her creations are nothing short of spectacular.  This beautiful floral denim diamond point tie is one of my favorites.  I love it because it can be dressed up nicely, but also is perfect when you want to add a bit of casual comfort to a great outfit for a night on the town.  This tie can easily go from work to Happy Hour to beyond.

I first met Renee a year ago, after several of my friends kept telling me that we had to meet, and I have been very impressed with her and her bow ties ever since.  I love supporting local small business, but there are only a couple of local bow tie manufactures that I support and promote.  Renee is definitely one of them.  She has also been chosen as a commissioned artist by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, to create a line of bow ties inspired by the MIA's collection to celebrate their 100th anniversary.  I hope to have more on that later.

When it comes to amazing, locally hand made, one-of-a-kind bow ties, I can't say enough about The Bow Tie Shoppe.  Renee's creations are top notch, and a true pleasure to own.  If you haven't already checked out The Bow Tie Shoppe's products, I urge to do so, but remember, many of them are one-of-a-kind and sell out quickly, so be sure to buy now!

***Have you made any purchases from The Bow Tie Shoppe?

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