Carrot & Gibbs was founded in Boulder, Colorado, in 1987. Neil Borin, one of the original owners, knows his bows. There are quite a few rules about bow tie wearing that simply go without saying; a bit like a secret handshake between aficionados. The same can be said of bow tie making.

You will never see a Carrot & Gibbs tie that has been fashioned out of stacked fabric and cut en masse. Carrot & Gibbs bow ties are created from specially selected imported 100% silk fabrics, predominately woven and printed. Each tie is individually cut, sewn and pressed by hand here in the United States. And rather than a metal clasp at the back, you will find mother-of-pearl buttons, which can be used for both adjustment and attachment if required.

The same attention to detail can be found in Carrot & Gibbs hand-rolled pocket squares, cummerbund sets, and waistcoats. Even the Carrot & Gibbs pre-tied bow, a style shunned by bow tie purists, is a fine bow tie, tied to perfection, then tacked with but a single thread. The company likes to call it a bow tie with training wheels waiting for the wearer to one day cut the thread and set himself free.

Carrot & Gibbs has annual orders from more than 450 fine men’s specialty stores, haberdasheries, and such respected department stores as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Carrot & Gibbs is proud to be associated with this small piece of cloth with its 400-year heritage. The bow tie inspires a staunch loyalty that can only be understood by those independent thinkers who look into the mirror, tie their bows, and go forth as proud members of this civilized minority.