LoweBowOriginals

Handcrafted Bow Ties Est. 1946

Southington, Connecticut | 116 Sales

LoweBowOriginals

Handcrafted Bow Ties Est. 1946

Southington, Connecticut 116 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Announcement   Exciting new additions to Lowe Bow Originals! Finally Tween Bow Ties for ages 9 yrs-14 yrs that can actually be self tied by these young bow tie enthusiasts. They can also be Pre-tied as well. Excited to introduce our specialty silk bows originally designed with mix n' match themes along with beautiful colorful silks! Announcing Baby Bow Ties, Boys Bow Ties, Dog Bow Ties, New Clip on Bow Ties, Pre-tied Clip on Bow Ties, Monogrammed Human & Dog Bow Ties, Wedding Bow Ties & Pocket Squares! We have been busy! We have some additional patterns in the works as well! We will be adding all these new bows, patterns and prints all summer so continue to check in! See all you locals at our summer & fall shows! Thank you for all your support! We love making bow ties for you! Handcrafted with legacy & love! All the Best, Kellie & Rob

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Last updated on Jul 20, 2018

Exciting new additions to Lowe Bow Originals! Finally Tween Bow Ties for ages 9 yrs-14 yrs that can actually be self tied by these young bow tie enthusiasts. They can also be Pre-tied as well. Excited to introduce our specialty silk bows originally designed with mix n' match themes along with beautiful colorful silks! Announcing Baby Bow Ties, Boys Bow Ties, Dog Bow Ties, New Clip on Bow Ties, Pre-tied Clip on Bow Ties, Monogrammed Human & Dog Bow Ties, Wedding Bow Ties & Pocket Squares! We have been busy! We have some additional patterns in the works as well! We will be adding all these new bows, patterns and prints all summer so continue to check in! See all you locals at our summer & fall shows! Thank you for all your support! We love making bow ties for you! Handcrafted with legacy & love! All the Best, Kellie & Rob

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The Story of Lowe Bow Originals

The Story of Lowe Bow Originals

Believe it or not, bow ties weren’t easy to find in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s. A bow tie man since his college days, Lowe Bow founder Don Lowe asked his creative wife Ann if she could make bow ties for him. Already a gifted seamstress, she went to work creating a pattern and building a collection of handcrafted ties. Shortly thereafter, doctors, lawyers and judges began inquiring about the ties and where to purchase them. The seed of an idea was planted and before long, Lowe Bow Originals was birthed.

In the beginning, Ann and Don traveled throughout New England selling their original handcrafted ties at craft fairs. Lugging their wares around in a small mobile home, the couple established a reputation for one of a kind bow ties. While others used mostly silk and silk blends, Lowe Bow relied on cotton as its mainstay. “Cotton holds it shape and is easier to care for” said Ann in one of her many interviews.

The couple traveled far and wide to find unique material for their bow ties. One of the many things that separated them from the competition was the fact that they only made a small number of ties for each type of fabric that they purchased. That left the purchaser with the assurance that they would indeed have a unique bow tie.

Lowe Bow’s initial popularity is attributable to the endorsement of former surgeon general C. Everett Coop. He was one of the first to purchase a Lowe Bow Original. Thereafter, senators, federal judges and entertainers added Lowe Bow’s to their collections. Perhaps the greatest boost to its business was an article on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. The very next day, the couple fielded three hundred and fifty calls. As a small cottage industry, it took months to fulfill the backorders.

Working well in to their eighties, Ann and Don decided to lay their beloved business down. Though they had two adult children showing an interest, it simply laid dormant. That was until granddaughter Kellie married her husband Rob. From the start, Rob was fascinated with Lowe Bow’s origins.

After receiving a self-tie bow tie at his brother’s wedding, Rob asked Kellie to buy him a variety for Christmas. Rob began wearing bow ties to work and decided to stop wearing long ties altogether. One day in the summer of 2013, he approached Kellie about resurrecting Lowe Bow. Kellie was especially excited about the proposition as this legacy has always been very near and dear to her heart. She has always had a special affection for Lowe Bow Originals as well as very fond, sweet memories while growing up working along side her grandparents to make ties. The idea soon became a reality. Fourteen months and several sewing classes later, Lowe Bow was excitedly and happily reborn.

Kellie and Rob are thrilled to be carry on this amazing legacy and excited to introduce a growing community of bow tie wearers to Lowe Bow Originals and its distinctive handcrafted bow ties. In the tradition of its founders, they hope to provide a limited number ties for each fabric so that their loyal customers will have an original and unique bow tie.

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