A purist would shun this micro polka dot below. In a black tie purist's eyes only a satin or grosgrain silk will do. Stretching it out a bit you may find some will accept a moire which is a wavy watery finishing technique called calendering that is applied to a fabric. Traditionalists also accept barathea in wool as well. However, the fall back position is invariably silk satin and grosgrain. To my mind, however, I am partial to a black on black weave. This might be a subtle nuance in the silk by way of a geometric repeat. It might be a change in the weave, for example, a basket weave, a twill or perhaps a honeycomb weave. And then, there is the one I've been very fond of recently, the black on black polka dot. In the case below the bow tie has been created with a contrast side in our satin silk. Our reversos have always been popular because they give our customers two bow ties in one. These days they are fairly ubiquitous. I stopped into the Sydney Hermes store the other day to pick up a pocket square I saw that even they have succumbed to dual sided reverso tie. In their case it was a navy silk twill contrasted with one of their more vibrant printed silks.
I am not here to talk about the competition though. I am writing to let you know that the bow tie below, Ray, is now on the website at www.lenoeudpapillon.com . It has been finished with red enamel hardware.