Lidt historik

The bow tie dates back to the 17th century. During the 30 Years War, Croatian mercenaries went to France to show their support to King Louis. In order to keep their shirts closed, (apparently they didn't have many buttons), they wrapped a loosely fit tie around their necks.

The early form of today's men's tie served two purposes: (1) To keep the top of their uniforms closed, and (2) to protect the soldiers' necks from the cold wind and rain. Some historians still argue that besides having a solely practical purpose, it was also inspired by fashion.