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.
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.”
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.