The Charleston Oyster Tie Company
The Casual Alternative to a Traditional Bow Tie
Burlap is a woven fabric made from the fibers of the Jute or Sisal plant. For generations, burlap sacks have been the traditional packaging method for oyster harvesters in the Lowcountry. Their ability to withstand the weight, moisture and sharp edges of the oyster shells made them essential to both transportation and storage.
In addition to these uses, the oyster sack is also commonly used to roast oysters. The oysters are placed on top of a thick steel plate that is secured over a hot fire. The burlap oyster sacks are drenched in water and laid over the oysters, creating a steam barrier that helps to roast the perfect juicy oyster!
Oysters are synonymous with the Lowcountry, so what better material to represent the culture, environment and style of Charleston than with a burlap bow tie!
Each one is unique!
Our ties are hand sewn from high quality all-natural burlap. Each one is wrapped in Vintage, New Old-Stock ribbon, most commonly called Petersham or Grosgrain. Then, like a dash of hot sauce on an oyster, we finish each tie with a button embellishment. Many of our buttons are one of a kind. They add the personality, texture and a pop of the unexpected to each Original Charleston Oyster Tie.
The handcrafted quality is evident in the construction of our ties. Quirks, slight abnormalities in the vintage materials and natural weave of the burlap, only add to the observed individuality of the tie, and its owner.
Made In Charleston, South Carolina, USA
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