Pierrepont Hicks

The butterfly or the batwing?

For bow tie enthusiasts, its a perennial debate.

The butterfly, with its hourglass shape provides the body that some men prefer, while the batwing  offers the cleaner lines favored by others.

I’m partial to the butterfly and have been since my middle teen years, with only occasional dalliances with the batwing.

However, when I was at last week’s Northern Grade pop-up market in Houston, I stopped by the Pierrepont Hicks table. And there I saw a bevy of batwing bow ties. I was enticed, and so I bought one.

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The Pierrepoint Hicks table at the Houston Northern Grade pop-up marketplace

Let me say first that it’s a very well constructed tie. The cotton is both sumptuous and sturdy, important for giving a bow tie the¬† structure it need to avoid flopping like a pile of melting ice cream.

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But I’m not sure I’ve been convinced to betray my allegiance to the butterfly. The batwing’s a pretty narrow look, and I’m just not sure it suits me. But if you like a narrower bow tie–and plenty of men do, especially with today’s tapered aesthetic–then I strongly recommend you give Pierrepont Hicks a try.

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Pierrepont Hicks was started in 2009 by Katherine and Mac McMillan. They’re also the architects behind Northern Grade, the roving marketplace featuring American-made goodies.

Pierrepont Hicks sells a number of items (shoes, ties, outerwear and hats) for both men and women. All of those are happily made on these shores.

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