Some believe in the staying power of the long tie, Chuck Blackburn believes there’s really no other tie than the bow tie.
Longtime Brentwood resident, Chuck Blackburn is rarely seen without a bow tie. Often he is sought out to assist those new to the ways of bow ties from tying to selecting the proper pattern. And since Blackburn can’t possibly be everywhere to guide those curious new bow tie wearers, he created the International Bow Tie Society along with his new book, The Bow Tie Bible – A Seriously Funny Guide to How to Bow Tie.
Here’s your opportunity to meet Chuck Blackburn in person and purchase your own copy of the book. On Saturday, May 26 from 1 p – 3 p, Blackburn will host a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Cool Springs, located at 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood.
Learn more about The Bow Tie Bible which is everything anyone ever wanted or needed to know about wearing bow ties in a “long-tie” world in an entertaining and informative parody.
Chuck Blackburn grew up and graduated college in Texas. He and his wife, Congressman Marsha Blackburn live in Brentwood. Chuck has been a fan of bow ties all his life. Decades ago he owned a manufacturers’ representative firm providing fine tailored clothing, accessories, and high-quality neckwear (including bow ties) to the best men’s specialty shops in a 12 state area surrounding Chicago. Chuck became aware then, that more often than not, manufacturers and specialty shop owners treated bow ties as an afterthought (a by-product to the long silk “bibs” most men wore). Manufacturers and retailers did this because of bow tie wearers’ strong preference and lack of credible information and variety of choice. That is, until now, with the International Bow Tie Society.
You’ll have to buy The Bow Tie Bible to get all of Chuck’s bow tie expertise, but here are a few of his bow tie commandments, shared via the International Bow Tie Society:
1.Thou shalt not wear pre-tied or ‘clip-on’ bow ties.
2.Thou shalt NOT wear bow ties horizontally wider or vertically taller than your eye sockets.
3.Thou shalt NOT wear bow ties so neat and symmetrical as to appear pre-tied.
4.Thou shalt NOT wait past age 12 to learn how to properly tie a bow tie.