Milk and sugar… what does it have to do with men’s ties? Well, it all goes back to the Persian words “shir o sheaker” which translates to “milk and sugar” describing the smooth but lumpy texture of the all cotton fabric we in the South have grown to love, seersucker.
For those of us living in humidity, the value of seersucker is without equal as the texture helps to hold the fabric away from the skin aiding in air circulation. An added bonus, you don’t have to iron seersucker, really, as it’s expected to be a bit wrinkled by nature. There are so many ways this seersucker bow tie can be tied and twisted, it would take a PhD in quantum calculus (!?) to come up with the total number of possible appearances.
Wedding? These would make excellent gifts for groomsmen or fun way to give your summer wedding a pop of Southern charm. Father’s Day? A twist on the traditional tie for dad…serve him a julep as he’s opening gifts and he’ll be in tall cotton. Let your friends borrow it for their dates on 5 consecutive Fridays, and it’s pretty much paid for itself.
100% cotton seersucker. Gorgeous. Daring.
Available in the Classic Butterfly 2 3/8″ cut and several colors.
Who: The Cordial Churchman
Where: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Why: You’re not a true Southern gentleman if your wardrobe doesn’t include at least one bow tie.
Did You Know: In June of 2009, Ellie bought a few yards of seersucker to make her son a little coverall outfit. When Andy saw all of the leftover fabric, he asked her to make him a bow tie. That’s how The Cordial Churchman began!
Small Stuff: Ships within 5 days via USPS; $3. Allow up to 1 week for delivery. The bow ties are in a Classic Butterfly pattern measuring 2 3/8″. They are adjustable and fit neck sizes from 14 to 18