Traditionally, the waistband of trousers was always covered, which is especially true for a tuxedo. Basically, you have two options: a vest or a cummerbund. Note, it's not an option to go without either of them, it's one or the other, unless you wear a double breasted tuxedo, then you can go without. However all single breasted tuxedos and dinner jacket need a cummerbund or vest.
This Fort Belvedere Black Barathea Cummerbund was designed to match the silk of the bow tie. It features elastics on the side, it always feels comfortable no matter if you are sitting or standing. To keep it in place, we added a little elastic look in the front, which can be buttoned inside your pants. That way you will always look proper. Many other cummerbunds lack this loop and so it moves up and down, which can be very annoying. Not so with this Fort Belvedere version.
You will not find a better black bow tie in silk Barathea anywhere else!
1. Fort Belvedere sources the luxurious silk Barathea from a renowned Italian silk mill. Technically, Barathea was a trade name for a fabric in Armure weave, which was very popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Although originally dyed in indigo blue, Barathea is now popular in black and favored by gentlemen who prefer a duller, less shiny silk than satin.
2. Handmade - This cummerbund is entirely made by hand with a special cotton interlining that enhances the look of the cummerbund. After many prototypes, Sven Raphael Schneider decided on this design because it is classic, with a comfortable closure, yet flexible. We added a little loop in the front that allows you to button the cummerbund to your trousers so it will always stay in place, no matter how often you stand up and sit down. As such it is also perfectly suited for musicians, conductors or just stylish men who enjoy proper black tie accessories..
3. One Size fits it all - due to elastics
4. Unique Lustre - this Barathea has a watered silk surface with a special lustre andand a dull background Repp surface.
A cummerbund should always be worn with pleats facing upwards, not downwards. Also, ensure to button the cummerbund loop the the inside button or your pants so it doesn't move when you do. Make sure to wear amatching bow tie and a unique boutonniere with your lack bow tie and tuxedo. Traditionally men wear roses and carnations with evening ensembles.
Simply store it flat in a drawer where it is not exposed to sunlight, because that would be bad for the material.
This 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.