BowShoeshoe

The Mountain Kingdom Tie Company

New Orleans, Louisiana 2156 Sales On Etsy since 2015

1 out of 5 stars (11)

BowShoeshoe

The Mountain Kingdom Tie Company

New Orleans, Louisiana | 2156 Sales

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Edward Wycliff

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Edward Wycliff

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1 out of 5 stars
(11)
  • Michael Keeler on Aug 22, 2019

    1 out of 5 stars

    As for the previous comment, I never received a dispatch notice and after multiple attempts, could not get in touch with the seller. It is a shame, because they look amazing and he is the only person online selling real (non clip/pre-tied) bow ties made from shwe shwe. I was intending to use them for my groomsmen at my wedding.

    I ended up having to make a case with Etsy and getting a refund. Not sure why they haven't shut him down yet. DO NOT buy from this store unless he can confirm in the comments he is back up and running.

  • Alicia Templeton on May 27, 2019

    1 out of 5 stars

    Never received my item nor had any contact from seller despite numerous attempts.

  • margrock on Sep 26, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    These ties are not just beautifully made clothing items, they are symbols of the community building and employment they create. Read up on the work they're doing and then treat yourself. And then tell everyone about where the tie came from when the compliments roll in.

  • gregory walters on Dec 30, 2017

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is beautiful fabric and great style. So glad I ordered one.

  • gregory walters on Dec 30, 2017

    5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely fabulous fabric and great construction. I couldn’t be happier.

About BowShoeshoe

Sales 2,156
On Etsy since 2015

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.