Wool Challis neckties are quite rare and you only find it at good haberdashers but wool challis bow ties in navy are even rarer although they are beautiful, wrinkle resistant and make you stand out from the crowd in a sophisticated way. The name Challis originates from the Anglo-Indian word shalee, which means soft. It was first introduced at Norwich, England in 1932 as a soft worsted wool or silk cloth and quickly became a favorite fabric of the upper class gentry.
It's the perfect addition to a fall or summer sportcoat or tweed ensemble, and are a good alternative to madder silk or jacquard bow ties for your casual outfits and in more conservative colors and patterns even for the business wardrobe.
1. Hand printed. in England on a screen providing an old world charm.
2. Polka Dots. are a classic pattern but they are rarely seen on wool challis. Only availlable by Fort Belvedere.
3. Workmanship. These bow ties are sewn by skilled bow tie makers, using just the right interlining that is soft but stays in shape, so you look stunning at all times.
4. The knot. The wool is thicker than a thin silk foulard and makes for a bigger bow tie knot.
5. The ends are pointed and the shape is classic, providing you with a unique combination that is perfect for social gatherings or business.
6. It's easily adjusted to any size and if preferred, the knot can be left tied and the back hook can be opened instead. However, untying the bow tie is recommended to avoid wrinkles and premature aging.
7. All Fort Belvedere bow ties with pointed ends feature the middle center hook allowing you to mix and match different bow ties halves to create unique looks.
8. The tied bow tie will have dimensions of approx. 4" by 2" or 10 cm by 5 cm.
Ideally, a bow tie should never be tied to look perfectly symmetrical. because it would look too much like a pre-tied cheap version, and who wants to look cheap? Instead, you should tie your bow tie with a bit of nonchalance or sprezzatura, meaning intentionally off kilter with one end a little longer than the other, one side higher than the other, or a tight or a loose knot to achieve bow tie perfection. One of the great bow tie wearers was Winston Churchill and he always wore a very debonair, slightly askew bow tie. Most modern bow ties suffer from poor interlining and boring shapes - not so with this Fort Belvedere bow tie. Inspired by the 1930's, this bow tie shape is much smaller than the versions from the 1970s or even the 1990s, resulting in a more subtle, sophisticated appearance. If you combine this bow tie with any other pointed Fort belvedere bow tie, you can mix patterns and textures for example a madder paisley with wool challis polka dot or polka dots of different colors.
Simply untie your bow just like you would untie your shoes. Your bow tie will last longer and look better!. Store it hanging or laying flat, it is up to you.
This wool challis bow tie comes in heavy Fort Belvedere box, perfect unadorned for a gift box, storage or travel.
If you have questions, or need style advice in choosing a bow tie for yourself or someone else, let us know, we are happy to help.