It's not every day that a bow tie is born a legend, but I'm confident that my Sir Daniel Bow Tie is destined to become a classic, if only for the legendary namesake who inspired it. Named in honor of acclaimed British-Irish actor Daniel Day-Lewis, whose now fabled story of apprenticing under the late Italian master shoemaker, Stefano Bemer, in Florence during the summer of 2000, was one of the major influences behind my decision to start up Usatinsky Bow Ties. The Sir Daniel Bow Tie has been created from a rich blend of British-milled silk (60%), wool (25%) and linen (15%). Notably robust and luxuriously textured, its goldenrod field is accentuated by thin navy-blue lines bordering navy-blue diamonds with smaller goldenrod diamonds within. One of the most versatile bow ties in my Collection, The Sir Daniel can be dressed up or down and worn season after season. I suggest buying a second one for the glovebox for those unexpected moments when that special someone rings up for drinks. Available exclusively as a 6cm thistle bow tie, the Sir Daniel is handmade in England.
The Sir Daniel | 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.