BowShoeshoe

The Mountain Kingdom Tie Company

New Orleans, Louisiana | 963 Sales

BowShoeshoe

The Mountain Kingdom Tie Company

New Orleans, Louisiana 963 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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There's only one of these bad boys left. Get this beautiful necktie before it goes out of stock, again!

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First look at the Vinyl Graffiti Bow Tie. The third in our collection of reversible bows! This is an extremely small batch, only 8 produced.

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    Mountain Kingdom Bowties

    We are more than a tie company. There is an important mission behind each of our bowties and neckties. Bow Shoeshoe exists to help mitigate the impact of the HIV epidemic in Lesotho by addressing the issue of poverty.

    We've trained over 150 Basotho to sew ties with their traditional fabric, a cotton textile called Shoeshoe. Also known as seshoeshoe, shweshwe or isishweshwe, this fabric with a funky name has been an important part of Basotho culture since it was first presented to King Moshoeshoe 1 in the 1840s.

    The company was founded by two brother, Edward and Katleho. Edward served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho from 2014 - 2015. His job was falling apart and had accomplished nothing during his first year. While visiting Katleho for his college graduation ceremony in Lesotho's capitol city, the two cooked up an idea to learn how to sew bowties and teach their community to do the same. Now Edward spends his time between Lesotho and New Orleans.

    It is possible to fight HIV with entrepreneurship. We believe it may be the missing link for the Kingdom of Lesotho to make greater strides in reducing the rate, which officially stands at 23.4% of the population. We try to provide a craft, employment and community building through our work. We don't just make ties. We try to tie together communities and make sure Lesotho is defined by its beauty and the capability of its people, not by statistics.

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    Last updated on Aug 1, 2017
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    Sizing details

    All our bow ties will fit a 15.5 - 17 inch collar beautifully. Message me to inquire about custom sizes. We will have adjustable sizes by October 2016. The necessary pieces are not available in Lesotho so a crew is training to make them in house.

    Wholesale availability

    We do offer wholesale options. We wouldn't be able to thrive without our amazing stockists. Please reach out to us and we'll get back to you with our wholesale offerings.

    Shoeshoe or Shweshwe

    These are two spellings for the same material, the South African cotton print textile we use. In South Africa and most other countries the word is spelled Shweshwe, more in line with its pronunciation. In Lesotho we spell it Shoeshoe because the textile was named after Moshoeshoe, the first king of Lesotho. This is the local, Sesotho spelling. So we respect the culture of the nation where we do our work, despite that the rest of the world outside the Mountain Kingdom spells it differently.