We've been manufacturing our own bow ties here since 1992. So I'd like to say we know a thing or two about bow ties.
If you're a bow tie guy, then you've inevitably own a bow tie that frays. And we know...your first instinct is frustration. "I just bought this damn bow tie and it's already fraying?
Fraying can, at times, be an inevitable event when wearing bow ties. No, more than likely, the silk isn't flawed. And it isn't poor quality either. In fact, some of the finest silk and highest density of silk bow ties we've seen can still fray.
So then why is it happening?
Because, more than likely, your fraying bow tie is made of woven silk.
Silk bow ties are made by one of two methods - printed silk and woven silk. And here's the easiest way to distinguish the difference between the two: Printed Silk Bow Ties are two-dimensional designs. The design is printed onto a solid piece of silk fabric.
Woven Silk Bow Ties are three-dimensional designs, which have more body and texture because they are a collection of background threads (warp) woven into foreground threads (weft).
However, in exchange for the body and texture of a woven silk bow tie comes the risk that your beard, your five o'clock shadow - or really anything - has the possibility of pulling on one of those woven threads and begin to cause fraying or become fuzzy.
So now what?
Well the best way to control the fraying (or fuzz) is to use a simple butane lighter. Then run the flame *over* (not under!) the bow tie and you'll quickly start to see the strands melt back into the tie. And voila! Your bow tie will seem new again.
But if you never get fully comfortable with this concept of seemingly light your bow tie on fire, then we recommend wearing only printed silk bow ties. Or, you may want to even consider cotton bow ties which are either yarn-dyed or printed, both of which will eliminate any fraying issues.