Rather than seeing something you like and paying a ridiculous price for what it's actually worth, have you ever tried doing it yourself? Actually the way I see it, this is barely a 'do it yourself' project. When hearing the word 'tailoring', majority of people's first impressions are usually just clothing alterations. Nowadays there are many skillful tailors that can just about put anything together using a simple image to replicate. So instead of paying 3000 pesos ($60+) for a designer bow-tie, why not try and getting it done yourself. All you need is the materials and a general description for the tailor of what you're endeavoring.
The bow-tie found in image below is a Lanvin velvet bow-tie which I'm unsure of the retail price, but going by the brand, I can only assume it's worth beyond what you could imagine. I casually came across this image via the web, which then lead me pursue looking for something similar in different department stores.
Having no luck, I made my way to the local thrift-store to source for a similar material of that specific color and opt for a custom bow-tie. I came across a used Ralph Lauren button up, made out of a very similar material to the velvet I was looking for. The shirt had cost me 100pesos ($2.50) and tailoring 300pesos ($7.50), so if the experiment didn't go as planned, it wouldn't be much of a loss.
It was within 4 days it took the tailor to form the bow-tie, which is actually a while - as it can be done in merely 2 hours. But due to a busy schedule for the tailor and myself, I happily waited to come the end result. I was very pleased with the outcome aside from seeing the two bow tie pleats as seen in the picture below. Not to worry though, I wasn't expecting the tailor to get everything right the first time, and their was enough left-over material from the shirt to make five more.
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