About the time that Ronald Reagan was Governor, the celebrity roasts with Dean Martin were being broadcast and I love the oversized bow ties from that period, though Reagan's was probably the most moderate in size compared with those worn by Don Rickles and Dean Martin. Their oversized butterflies are now legendary and very few men these days can pull off bow ties with that much presence.
If there was one endearing characteristic that I admired about Reagan it was that he didn't take himself too seriously and in these roasts and in the subsequent roasts that Rickles gave the President on both his inaugurations, Reagan's ability to laugh at himself makes them incredibly infectious and entertaining.
If only the current Republican nominee could enjoy and endure people laughing at him in the same manner.... he might have become President himself... But then, I don't recall Reagan being a pussy grabber.
They don't make politicans like they used to, do they?
The bow tie pictured is our oversized Christian bow tie, fashioned off a 1970's vintage Christian Dior tie which a greying nomad customer brought in to the Studio to replicate for his son's wedding.