Bolo Ties: A Thing of Fashion for Men

It is amazing to witness the often-centralized bolo tie making way from its southwest roots to an everyday men’s fashion accessory. It consists of a strap and an ornamental clasp that usually recalls southwest culture. Although bolo ties originated the style in the mid-20th century, they have now become a thing of fashion. With many celebrities like Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars, Macklemore and Philip Rivers wearing them for numerous occasions; it’s about time you too start looking for mens western bolo ties. Read More

Significance of Turquoise in Navajo Culture

Natives and aboriginals around the world have always held turquoise in high regard mostly for spiritual reasons. The ancient Egyptians buried their pharaohs with turquoise encrusted jewelry, while the Persians considered the stone to be symbolic of victory and holiness. Traditionally, the Native Americans, including the Aztecs and Mayans, have associated turquoise with spiritual communication as well as good fortune and healing. Read More

Add a Slice of the Midwest to Your Wardrobe with Bolo Ties

Wearing bolo ties is not a very recent phenomenon. The idea of using a toggle to securely tie a neck scarf has been in existence since the early 1900s. Even Native American tribes like the Hopi and the Navajo made their own bolo ties in the 1930s and 40s. However, even though the exact origin is not clear, according to some sources, this quintessential American accessory can be traced back to the 1940s when a silversmith in Arizona accidentally came up with it. Victor E. Cedarstaff had wrapped his hatband with a silver clasp around his neck, which lead to his friends complimenting his “new tie”. Inspired by this rather fascinating event, Cedarstaff later created a whole range of bolo ties that were decorated with silver tips and turquoise stones. He named his new creation bola tie, which was a name he adapted from the boleadoras cords that were used by cowboys in Argentina. Read More