Sruli Recht Xiengkok Bow-Ties

Now this is a story, all about how Jonathan Roquemore’s life got flipped-turned upside down. And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how he found a unique textile for bow-ties in a town called Xiengkok.


Several years ago, (or so the legend goes,) “Swiss-based Texan Light- Anthropologist” Jonathan Roquemore traveled by plane, bus, pickup truck, and foot to a place called Xiengkok (between Laos and Burma).
In Xiengkok he spoke with local “Laantan” tribe which spun a special cloth. This cloth, knew he, was potentially the “ODB” of bow- tie material.

It was his knowledge of a certain cloth that led this man there, for the Lantaan produce a distinct weave for their traditional dress from locally grown cotton, woven in narrow lengths and twice hand dyed in indigo found in the Indigofera plants of Asia.

The man who made these scrolls of cloth thought Roquemore, the first “man of white pigments” he’d seen in “8 solar months,” was totally whack for wanting them. But Roquemore was a good dealer, and they made a trade.

Skip a few days ahead, and BAM.

The clothing people Srulirecht put their hands on this material and it turns right into bow-ties. Bow-ties from Xiengkok.

Designer: Sruli Recht


  • Chung Dha says:

    Don’t see what is special at all, just a ugly bowtie. Way too Geeky clothing too, it not fashionable to wear those for normal occasions. Also one side is off shape. Also rather wear an normal tie.

  • Anonymous says:

    i think its well tailored and has a simple elegance to it… great for fashionistos…

  • MadCow says:

    love the zombie like photos, not too sure about the bow tie, but i guess its a fashion thing, never learned how to tie a bow tie anyway…

  • Brian says:

    Bow ties? Really, is there a huge need for another version of it? I can’t imagine that there are tons of 50-something Repulican pundits or members of the Nation of Islam out there that are looking for something like this. The models also do not sell this product, they look like they are reenacting a period piece from the 1890s including the middle guy being the drunken barroom brawler.

  • zippyflounder says:

    sell the sizzle not the steak…a perfect example of the story being far stronger than the product.

  • Eric says:

    Looks cute but whatever, I could see this in an H&M.

  • more says:

    what makes it such a good material for a bowtie
    please explain more…

  • Mowgli says:

    the guy in the second photo reminds me of a shot of the Joker in The Dark Knight

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