Who doesn’t simply adore 18th century British maritime history? Well, I know for sure that Frederick Marryat (10 July 1792 – 9 August 1848) certainly did. A royal Naval officer, novelist and chum of English writer Charles Dickens, Captain Marryat also developed a widely used system of maritime flag signaling known as Marryat’s Code, which has been thoughtfully reproduced as my Captain Marryat bow tie. Featuring a rich ensign red field with true navy blue and chartreuse insignias, the Captain Marryat is available in 5cm bat wing bow tie and 6cm thistle bow tie. Handmade in England from 100% British-milled silk. 

Captain Marryat (Thistle) | Usatinsky Bow Ties

  • Follow these guidelines for keeping your Usatinsky Bow Ties looking fresh for years to come.

    Your heirloom-quality Usatinsky Bow Tie is an investment into your wardrobe, so attention to care is important. 

    Untie your bow tie just as carefully as you tied it on, then hang it on your tie rack or drape it around the collar of a jacket so gravity can help smooth out the wrinkles.

    For stubborn wrinkles, cover your bow tie with a tea towel and use a warm steam iron, making certain the iron never comes into direct contact with your bow tie. If you don’t have a steam iron, hang it in the bathroom while you take a hot shower. 

    To avoid wrinkles or creases when traveling, gently roll your  bow ties prior to packing and unroll and hang them promptly upon arrival.

    If you get a stain on your bow tie, try not to rub or scrub the fabric. Use a clean cloth and seltzer water to blot water-soluble stains; try talcum powder to extract any stains that are oil-based. Fine silk threads are fragile and should be handled gently. 

    A commercial spot remover may remove stubborn stains, but be sure to test the back of the bow tie first to see how the silk responds. If all else fails, you can take your bow ties to a dry cleaner, but only as a last resort as the chemicals and cleaning process may damage or destroy the silk.