Are bowties making a comeback? Perhaps bow ties never left. Recently while doing a field study at a few of Southern California’s hottest local nightclubs I put my bowtie resurgence theory to the test. Accompanied by my fellow researcher in crime, lets say the Watson to my Sherlock Holmes, him wearing a bowtie, and myself wearing a good old-fashioned, yet trendy tie, decided to mix it up at some popular nightspots to see what trends or lack there of we could uncover. While some of the details of our research may have been lost in some of the liquid we were consuming to ‘blend in’, the results were still very conclusive; the bowtie proved to be an attention grabbing magnet, while the traditional neck tie that was supposed to be my conversation starting accessory wound up in this Sherlock’s pocket while Watson wound up receiving a few extra merits for his research methods; elementary indeed.
Local Designer Charles Threatt III is ahead of a budding trend that is once again placing the always interesting bowtie back in fashion’s dare to be cool light leading to a resurgence in wearing this once very popular accessory. CT3 is welcoming back an old friend in the bowtie and has managed to generate a successful niche for this once very popular accessory by creating a fashionable and trendy bowtie line that features a wide range of exclusive bowtie creations equipped with a plethora of design options consisting of a multitude of colors, patterns, and shapes that make this customizable line one to look out for. The bowtie has been hiding in plain sight, CT3 is here to help usher this clever and stylish accessory back to the forefront of most formal/informal gatherings.
One on One with Bowtie designer Charles Threat III
What is your company name?
Company Name is CT3. It’s basically my initials. I am Charles James Threatt III. When I was thinking about a name for my bowtie line, a few of my friends threw out the idea of CT3. They said they thought it sounded like a fresh and unique clothing line name. My good friend Jerry said, ”Hey, have you checked out the new line by CT3.” I liked it and it sort of caught fire.
How long have you been designing bowties?
I have been designing bow ties since September 2011.
How did you get your start designing bowties?
I started designing bowties because I have always loved dressing up on Friday. I called it “Fresh or Fancy Fridays.” A few people from Point Loma Nazarene University enjoyed the idea and decided they were going to join me in dressing fancy. Once the guys started dressing up, I felt that the simplicity of a normal tie did not quite suit the fancy-ness I was going for and thought perhaps bowties. I went to Nordstrom’s and thought, their prices were way over board. I decided that I could make my own bowtie, how hard could it be? I found some left over fabric from an old curtain in my house, and it was a hit.
Do you have an inspiration that got you into the world of fashion and design?
I have always loved fashion and design, however, when I was young, my father told me that fashion is a hobby and that I would need to get a real job that would provide for my family. I gave up for a few years and found that a big part of what makes me happy is creating things with my hands and dressing up. Fashion is in me.
I have seen your work and love your bowties, as a matter of fact, I think that bow ties are not worn often enough…how do you come up with the designs that you use for your bowties?
As much as I would like to take credit for all the design, I can not at all. I have a dear family friend, Polly Wright, who has three children and wanted to make some clothes and fun household things. I went to her house and she showed me some of her fabric that she created on spoonflower (a fabric printing website) and asked if I would like her leftovers. Not wanting them to go to waste I took all that scraps that she had and made bowties. I started wearing them at PLNU (Point Loma Nazarene University and people became immediately fascinated with them and wanted to know if I could design them. Basically I have an amazing friend who designs my fabric and I make bowties. You can see some of her work on spoonflower under the name of Luluhoo.
Who all is involved in the bowtie creation process? Do you have a team?
My team is Polly Wright the fabric designer and myself, the seller and maker. I ask Polly if she can make a design brought to me from someone, and if she cannot, I do my best to design it myself. I do not have the same “creative juices” that Polly has, but mine do work out and customers have always been satisfied
What advice do you have for a designer or someone new to fashion that is interested in starting their own business?
I would encourage anyone who wants to start their own business or is new to fashion to not be afraid to do what they are passionate about. Also, remember that bringing things back from the past with a fresh and new style to them is not something to shy away from. You have to be willing to wear and represent your product day in and day out if you expect or want someone to do the same
Where can people go to check out your bowties? Website, Etc. ?
Currently I am on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CT3Bowties, Etsy: www.etsy.com/CT3bowties or they can email me at CT3Bowties@gmail.com
Is a bow tie for everyone?
A bow tie is for everyone who understands there are times for regular ties but there are also times to step up your game and bring out something that most people are afraid to do.
Are you located in San Diego?
I am located in the wonderful Golden Hill near Downtown San Diego.
Do you offer anything other than bowties?
I have just begun a line of hair bows for women. Basically it is the same material and fabric choice but with a hair clip instead of a neck strap. I also make children bowties.
What is next for Charles Threatt?
Next thing I am doing is working on meeting with a few stores to see if they would be interested in selling CT3 bowties and bows. Attempting to spread the world across the US and then possibly Western Europe.
Quick answer, bowtie or skinny tie?
I would say a bowtie would always be a conversation starter over a skinny tie. You’re more likely to turn heads with a fresh customized bowtie than a skinny tie.
Juuussst checking. Thanks for bringing bow ties back Charles, any last words before I let you get back to your creative endeavors, shout outs…?
I just want to make sure people know what I exactly do. I allow people to send me things that they like ex: bikes; red; white, and then Polly or myself, creates a design with those specs. Then they can choose the fabric whether it is silk, cotton, ext., and I have it sent to myself where I then make the bowtie/bow. The only other thing I need from the customer is neck size if it is a bow tie and payment. Simple customized bowtie/bow to fit their personality. A customized bowtie/bow to fit your everyday style.
I would like to thank Polly Wright for all that she has done and helped me with thus far. I really would not be here without her and her creativeness. Thank you Polly. I would like to thank Janelle Carmichael for coming up with my logo design and tag design. I feel like as if CT3 were to become a full-blown Clothing line I could use her design, SO THANK YOU JANELLE. I would also like to thank my Uncle Michael who taught me how to dress at a young age. The last person I would like to thank is my incredibly wonderful wife who has helped me get this started and supports me every single day. Besos.