Having a Dutch Auction brings about mixed feelings for me and in some ways it's a kind of catharsis as I watch that which I built up be taken away. Over the months we receive new silks and experiment with shapes and re-work combinations whilst in the meantime designing new silks to be worked on at the mills in Italy and slowly but surely we build up more and more stock. As you can imagine, our wholesale business focuses mainly on black and white bow ties in satin silk, silk grosgrain and cotton marcella. The reason that we seem to hold onto everything else is that in the main there is not a great demand for coloured and motif designed bow ties in Australia from the retailers. Stocking what they term 'fancy' self-tying bow ties is very risky because, as anyone who knows bow tie customers would know, they are very picky about what they will tie around their neck. And it's not just the colour and texture of the silk, it's the cut too.
Which brings me to the twelve bow ties below. They were ordered by one customer in Texas in the United States and no doubt he carefully weighed up his options and patiently waited for the sale and bought very well indeed. These beauties will soon be dispatched as we slowly wade through the orders but I am left with mixed feelings - it's hard to say goodbye but I know they have to go to make way for the new arrivals. Perhaps that's how grandfathers feel? Time will tell.
|A collection of bow ties ordered by one customer who shopped particularly well during the sale at Le Noeud Papillon|