Alexander Olch | How to Tie a Bow Tie

This could be the definitive source for how to tie a bow tie. Complex tapped men’s accessories designer, film maker and Paul + Williams’ client Alexander Olch to preach the bow tie instructional gospel.

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Comments on “Alexander Olch | How to Tie a Bow Tie

    matthew on January 13, 2009 3:51 PM:

    I purchased my first Alexander Olch tie on sale at Bergdorf a few weeks back — I’m kicking myself for not getting two. It is a lovely thing.

    Eamon JL Wood on January 13, 2009 4:53 PM:

    That is a great video, but my favorite “how to tie a bow tie” has to go to David Hart’s. The old movie vibe and the non sterile feel make me smile every time.

    Michael Williams on January 13, 2009 4:56 PM:

    When J. Press was a client we did this one:

    It doesn’t help teach you anything though…


    Ryan on January 13, 2009 6:19 PM:

    How appropriate, haha. Today was the first day I wore a bow tie to grad school and got some funny looks. But the girls who went to school in the South loved it :) I learned with a video on YouTube by some men’s clothier in South Carolina.

    Florian on January 13, 2009 7:12 PM:

    I recently found out that he and I attended the same highschool, great character…not to mention, of course, that the ties are of maximal quality

    Natsumi on January 13, 2009 7:45 PM:

    I’m wearing his alpaca bow tie today. You have no idea how excited I am about this video. Thanks for this post!

    Michael Williams on January 13, 2009 7:56 PM:


    We want photos of you in the coveted Alpaca knit…


    Marcellus on January 13, 2009 11:22 PM:

    Great video, particularly showing the adjustments at the end. However, the hardest part for me was getting the bow through the back of the loop. To learn I watched this video from Brittons of Columbia ( Not trying to lesson the Alexander Olch video, which is obviously much cooler, but just thought it was a great instructional video.

    dtailoriented on January 14, 2009 2:02 AM:

    I learned to tie a bow tie like you tie a shoe just around you neck. Its the easiest way to teach it as well. Hope thats in the video.

    Love the blog

    Memphis88 on January 14, 2009 11:07 AM:

    The Brittons video Marcellus is talking about is the South Carolina video mentioned by Ryan. I got my first bow tie last week and I am still trying to learn how to tie it. I envy those who can pick it up quickly.

    Ian on January 14, 2009 9:34 PM:

    Love it! I wore a bow tie for the 1st time just this past weekend. I was really surprised by the attention it garnered. I was told the Poindexter look really works for me, LOL. It took a few attempts to get the knack of tying it. My advice is try not to get frustrated, be patient and practice.

    ROJAS on January 15, 2009 2:34 PM:

    loves bow ties. Thanks MW.

    ROJAS on January 15, 2009 2:37 PM:

    LOVES bow ties. Thanks MW

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