Bolos by Raife & Singer

So, what happens when bow-ties and neckties aren’t your thing? What other options exist when you want to give your collar a bit of dapper flare? That’s the predicament my girl is currently in.

I’m originally from New Mexico, and from what I’ve seen, bolos can get real over-the-top-Santa-Fe-touristy real quick. Hence, it never occurred to me to recommend them as a dapper neckwear option. That is until I fell in love with Raife & Singer’s handcrafted bolo-ties.

Raife and Singer Bolo 1

Raife and Singer Bolo 2

Here’s what designer Annie Raife had to say about the inspiration behind the Raife & Singer bolos:

“I started Raife & Singer out of a desire to make accessories for myself that I couldn’t really find elsewhere.  I always buy vintage bolos when I find them in thrift stores, but they tend to be a bit gaudy and over-the-top for everyday wear.  I wanted to create something more wearable; something that you can throw on with a collared shirt or wear like a necklace.  I like to create accessories that are eye-catching and different, but still recognizable and relevant.  I also try to create pieces that appeal to folks across the gender spectrum, and style them in ways that show their versatility.”

Raife and Singer Bolo 4

Raife and Singer Bolo 3

These unique ties are a standout from the bow-tie pack. Not to mention that, although they can be dressed up, they are also perfect for a dapper night out to an event where a traditional necktie or bow-tie might read as too “stuffy.” And, let’s not forget that they can be styled feminine, masculine, and anywhere in between.

Raife and Singer Bolo 5

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