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Announcement    handmade bow ties repurposed from vintage neckties and button down shirts!


Last updated on Feb 25, 2016

handmade bow ties repurposed from vintage neckties and button down shirts!


Laura Plouzek

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Laura Plouzek


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About xoelle

Sales 3,389
On Etsy since 2008

bow ties rule.

In high school I began collecting vintage neckties to one day gift to my future husband. When I met the piano-playing-motorcycle-riding man that I would marry I first noticed his bow tie- it was on the short list of things that I wanted in a spouse (seriously- this was my list: wears a bow tie, plays an instrument, is passionate about something). A few months after we wed I uncovered the squirreled-away vintage neckties and became dedicated to schooling myself in the art of bow tie making so that I could convert them for Mr. Right.
13 years and thousands of bow ties later, xoelle is run out of my studio in Southern California.

I make rad bow ties out of second hand materials because I love the idea of turning something that's unloved and has a history into something awesome and new. I use neckties, all manner of clothing, linens, quilts, Scottish kilts, billiard felt, and myriad other materials to make my happy ties. The materials are often small-in-quantity and hard to re-source, so it limits the number of bow ties made from each pattern to usually less than 10.

Shop members

  • laura

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am a maker, an artist, a historian, a color lover, an eater of ice cream, and a family woman. I currently live in Southern California with my three kiddos and geeky husband.

Production partners

  • Enamel pin manufacturer

    Jiangsu, China

    Manufactures enamel pins.

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