We’ve loved The Cordial Churchman since Mark ordered his first one last year (and by first one, I do mean first bow tie ever. Shocking, I know!) We were hooked. Not only were the prices unbeatable, but the fact that they’re handmade in South Carolina made us love this small business all the more. Since that first purchase, we now own six Cordial Churchman bows, two of those being custom fit and designed for my girl neck. In addition, we also have two bows that they converted from neckties to bow ties for us. We love this company, we support this company, and we think you need a Cordial Churchman bow tie. Read a bit more about Andy and Ellie below and then enter for your chance to win one!
Our collection of TCC bows
Andy: A suburb of Akron, Ohio, home of rubber, the Soap Box Derby, LeBron James, and arguably the birthplace of the hamburger.
Ellie: We moved around quite a bit. Born in Arizona, lived in South Carolina, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio during my formative years. As soon as I graduated college, we packed up and traveled down I-77 to South Carolina and have been here ever since.
Favorite thing about South Carolina:
Andy: We first visited Columbia in early April of 2004 when we needed to decide if I should enter the MA program in History at USC. There was still snow on the ground in Akron, so having my morning coffee outside under a Palmetto tree with azaleas in bloom initially did the trick. Had they recruited me in August, we might still be Ohioans. Believe it or not, there’s a similar underdog, hard-nosed, defiant, delightfully backward mentality in South Carolina as there is in Ohio. It’s just that Northeast Ohio lost its prosperous economic way of life a century after South Carolina did. I’m oddly at home here despite the cultural differences. The real difference is that it’s not quite as odd to wear a bow tie in South Carolina as in Ohio.
Ellie: Front Porches.
The Cordial Churchman family
Image via Project:Life Photography
What sets you apart from the other bow tie companies in the south:
Andy: We don’t do much traditional silk. It’s hard to imagine a bow tie collection without classic silk repp stripes, but there’s also a growing interest in using fabrics traditionally used for shirting and suiting (worsted wool, tweed, seersucker, madras) in accessories like bow ties. We didn’t know this when we started offering them, we just thought it might be interesting, and these fabrics were less difficult for us to source than necktie silks. We also make all our bow ties customized to the specifications of our customers, instead of having them pre-made and stocked. We find that people are happy to wait a week or two to get a handmade, custom bow tie with a personal note from us. And, of course, our price point is much lower than the average. We’ve sold scores of people their very first bow tie. People love that they can get a custom handmade bow tie even if they’re not sure they are really “a bow tie person.” This is important to us, and it’s proved to be a key part of our success.
Ellie: I like to give a very personal touch to every transaction as much as is possible. We know that we could be charging more but choose not to because we feel like we charge what is fair.
In one word, describe your bows:
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