Hand made custom bow ties & accessories for gentlemen.

Charlotte, North Carolina
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Announcement    Handmade bow ties, cummerbunds, pocket squares & suspenders for gentlemen of all ages. Wedding party orders welcome. Extensive selection of cotton fabrics.


Last updated on Jan 16, 2021

Handmade bow ties, cummerbunds, pocket squares & suspenders for gentlemen of all ages. Wedding party orders welcome. Extensive selection of cotton fabrics.


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Caroline Driggs

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Sales 12,729
On Etsy since 2010
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Hand made bow ties and accessories for the confident, well-dressed gentleman.

Born in rural Nigeria, there were no shops anywhere so if you couldn't grow it, make it or bring it with you, you did without it. The potential clothes problem was solved as my mother was a talented seamstress who taught me how to sew at an early age.
I maintained my sewing skills through college, my first career in international banking and my second career as a portrait photographer. After moving from England to Connecticut in 1990 I sharpened those skills up at the Parsons School in New York and reignited my love of fabrics and design.
When my family moved to Charlotte NC in 2002 I spent 3 years working in a couture design studio making wedding dresses, ball gowns, cocktail suits and tailored day wear. After my wonderful boss moved to Florida I was left without a professional sewing avenue until inspiration came from the unlikeliest of places: my then college-age son. About to spend too much money - that he didn't have - on a designer bow tie for a formal, I made him one instead. It was an instant success among his friends, and before I knew it I had orders for more - it was time to go public so I came to Etsy with a great hand made product and a lot of optimism!
Approximately 14,000 bow ties later, CCADesign is going strong. I choose fabrics that reflect every personality and concentrate on making affordable gentlemen's accessories of impeccable quality. In addition to individual sales, I am a trusted resource for wedding parties and I love working with brides and grooms to add important style flourishes to their special day.
With an impressive selection of fabrics, I have become a go-to source of bow ties, pocket squares, cummerbunds and suspenders. I am not affiliated in any way with Lilly Pulitzer® and do not represent that I am selling Lilly Pulitzer® items.
I use cotton and cotton blend fabrics and avoid making accessories in designs which can be found everywhere else. My products start conversations and make the wearer both feel and look special - and a little piece of me goes into every order. Everyone deserves some luxury in their lives and my colorful hand made accessories provide it in an affordable way.
Please enjoy browsing in my shop and thank you very much for your time and your business.

You can follow me on Facebook at or on Instagram at @ccadesignbowties

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  • Caroline

    Owner, Maker, Photography

    As a one-person small business owner, every day finds me sourcing fabrics, sewing, cutting, designing, taking photographs and communicating with the customers who make it all possible. Thank you!

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Last updated on Jul 1, 2022
Frequently asked questions

ALL CUSTOM ORDERS (including ALL cummerbunds and suspenders) ARE FINAL SALE ONLY as stated in the relevant item listings.

WEDDING PARTY ORDERS: I am delighted to make custom orders for wedding parties. I am happy to provide up to 5 complimentary swatches and encourage you to request same before placing a custom order.

COMMUNICATIONS: In order for both parties to have a complete and accurate record of what we discuss, all communication is conducted in writing through the Etsy messages. and I do not use the phone. I always respond promptly and fully to all inquiries in writing.


ALL items are handmade.
There may be small size discrepancies since I am human and not a machine :)

BOW TIES measure 2.25" - 2.5" vertically at their widest point, 4.5” from side to side when tied and fit collar sizes 14.5" - 19.5".
Non standard sizes are available on a custom basis - send me a message.

POCKET SQUARES are UNLINED (i.e. with a right side and a wrong side) and hemmed. They measure approx. 11" x 11".

SUSPENDERS are 1.25" wide, have elastic inserts at the back to ensure a good fit and CLIPS attach the suspenders to the wearer's pants.

CUMMERBUNDS are pleated, approx. 6" wide at their widest point and have adjustable elastic at the back (either black or white).

Boys' bow ties are pre-made faux bows on adjustable straps.


I am not affiliated with Lilly Pulitzer ®, nor do I represent in any way that I am selling branded Lilly Pulitzer ® merchandise.


I price all the items I make very competitively and offer exceptional quality and value. I do not give volume discounts as I make every order by hand and don’t save anything when filling an order for more than one item. Thank you for your understanding on this point.

I do not offer wholesale pricing.


SHIPPING: I am NOT RESPONSIBLE for your package once it is marked as "DELIVERED" by the USPS as I have zero control over what happens to your package after it is placed in your mailbox. Tracking info is provided by Etsy and by so you can track your order's progress.

You are responsible for the accuracy of your shipping address - please check your mailing details at the time you place your order.

INSURANCE: If you wish to purchase shipping insurance please contact me BEFORE completing your purchase and I will be happy to arrange it at a nominal extra cost.

RETURNS: please check your packing slip for details on how to return a NON-CUSTOM bow tie.


Cummerbunds have a standard 7 business day processing time. I can, however, provide a 2 business day expedited service for a $35 rush fee using the link to the Rush Processing item available in the Cummerbunds section of my shop. Per the notice above under CUSTOM ORDERS, all cummerbunds and cummerbund sets are custom orders and are therefore non-returnable.


All my products are attractively packaged for you and bow ties are in clear bags tied with a grosgrain ribbon. Gift cards are available upon request and if you want the gift to be a surprise I am happy to wrap your order in tissue paper before tying it with the grosgrain ribbon.


Product images are for illustration purposes only so the item you actually buy in any given fabric design may differ in terms of color and/or motif placement from the product photo due to the scale and placement of said elements on the fabric I use.
Due to differences in computer monitors, colors of products may appear different from those shown in my shop.
The images in my shop are copyright protected and unauthorized use of those images is strictly prohibited.


I no longer ship directly to any international countries except Canada. This is due to unacceptably high shipping costs, tracking and delivery difficulties in destination countries, and burdensome EU requirements and red tape.

If you live overseas and wish to place an order, I am happy to ship to a US address so that you can arrange for trans-shipment (either through a trans-shipment company or through the good offices of family/friends).

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