1700 38th Street
Boulder, CO 80301
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About Us

Carrot & Gibbs was founded in Boulder, Colorado, in 1987. Neil Borin, one of the original owners, knows his bows. There are quite a few rules about bow tie wearing that simply go without saying; a bit like a secret handshake between aficionados. The same can be said of bow tie making.

You will never see a Carrot & Gibbs tie that has been fashioned out of stacked fabric and cut en masse. Carrot & Gibbs bow ties are created from specially selected imported 100% silk fabrics, predominately woven and printed. Each tie is individually cut, sewn and pressed by hand here in the United States. And rather than a metal clasp at the back, you will find mother-of-pearl buttons, which can be used for both adjustment and attachment if required. Of course.

The same attention to detail can be found in Carrot & Gibbs hand-rolled pocket squares, cummerbund sets, and waistcoats. Even the Carrot & Gibbs pre-tied bow, a style shunned by bow tie purists, is a fine bow tie, tied to perfection, then tacked with but a single thread. The company likes to call it a bow tie with training wheels waiting for the wearer to one day cut the thread and set himself free.

Carrot & Gibbs has annual orders from more than 450 fine men’s specialty stores, haberdasheries, and such respected department stores as Nordstrom, Nieman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Carrot & Gibbs is proud to be associated with this small piece of cloth with its 400-year heritage. The bow tie inspires a staunch loyalty that can only be understood by those independent thinkers who look into the mirror, tie their bows, and go forth as proud members of this civilized minority.     

Distinguished Company Of Bow Tie Wearers

Abraham Lincoln
Truman Capote
Albert Einstein
Thomas Edison
Frank Sinatra

Steve Jobs

Stan Laurel

William Churchill

Mark Twain

Daffy Duck

Ode to the Bow

You're a cool splash of color.
You're a 100% cotton flirt.
You're cognac and Sarah Vaughan
And Jazz riffs riding on a sassy summer night.
A skateboard commando dancing with gravity,
A champagne toast as you set your next sail.
You're brains and whimsy, brash independence.
Always unexpected, always in a knot,
You're retro Bogart , charming his post-modern Bacall.
You're chances taken, risks accepted,
The rebel, the loner, a man of the cloth.
Spoken softly or right out loud,
You're the smashing of the rule,
The ultimate bow, pure style, woven in cool.

Anything but average

A respected image consultant once said that the average person who wears a bow tie is distrusted by all. What all bow tie wearers know is that an average person would never be wearing a bow tie in the first place.

—Owen Edwards for Town and Country


Your Carrot & Gibbs bow tie is as distinctive as you make it. Our beautiful fabrics are only the beginning: you can customize your bow completely by specifying width, length, style, and whether you prefer a pre-tied bow or one you tie yourself.

A word about styles. The butterfly shape gives a crisp "classic" outline, while the batwing is fuller and results in a more artsy, flamboyant look with an extra dimple or two to boot. Either style is available with standard straight or pointed ends. Revel in the possibilities, make it your own! 

top to bottom: standard butterfly, standard batwing, butterfly with pointed ends, batwing with pointed ends


top to bottom: standard butterfly, standard batwing,butterfly with pointed ends, batwing with pointed ends

Slide the unformed tie under your collar. Extend the end on the right 1" further than the
end on the left..
Cross the long end over the short end. Then pass it back and up through the loop at
your neck, making a loose, overhand knot. Gently tighten the kn
ot so it fits snugly
around your neck.
Fold the lower hanging end up and to the left, as shown. Make sure the unfolded end is
hanging down over the front of the bow.
Pull the bow ends forward and gently squeeze them together, forming an opening
behind them. Now, turn to the right and notice the opening you've created.
With your left thumb or forefinger push the wide, middle part of
the tie and your finger
up through the opening from left to right, taking care not to let the end of the tie pass
all the way through the opening. Use your right hand to help pull the back loop through.
Your bow tie will be uneven at this point. Although a few bow tie enthusiasts purport a
preference for this look, we suggest that some tightening is on order. This is where you
fashion your own unique style. With a large knot or a small one.
Gently maneuvering, pull the loops and watch the knot grow smaller. Then, pull both
flat ends and loops, lightly tugging up and down to straighten.
This tightens the knot...
smoothes out the bow...and voila! Your bow is tied.