From Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin to the many faces of James Bond, the bow tie has long been a staple for the well-dressed man. And thanks to companies like Ella Bing, the classic gets a new twist.
A Florida-born and bred bow tie company, Ella Bing adds wit and charm to the world of bow tie wearing. A trip to Ella Bing’s website shows this handmade bow tie company is as quirky as the tie itself, calling its products “rad,” giving advice on how to wear a bow tie, how to tie a bow tie and where to wear it, even offering diehard bow tie wearers a club to join.
As the story, which you will also find on the site, goes: Ella Bing is located in Tampa Bay, which “has just over 4 million residents. Now that's a lot of necks to get bow ties on!” Though it’s historically known as a city of swashbuckling pirates, Ella Bing would like to rewrite history and make it known as the bow tie capital of the state.
The family business started as a reminder of a lost son and brother who had a fondness for bow ties. To keep his memory alive, they’ve constructed bow ties made of the most unexpected materials—all made in the U.S.A. For instance, there’s a selection of wooden bow ties, chambray offerings, even flamingo-covered offerings. Pair them with the brand’s additional offerings of pocket squares, lapel pins, cotton croakies (sunglass straps) and, most recently, belts for a completed dapper gentleman look.
For each purchase made at Ella Bing, 10 percent of proceeds benefit the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, making Ella Bing a company that gives back to its local community.
It looks like Florida just upped its fancy ante.