OKLAHOMA CITY – Getting ready for church on Sunday mornings always means wearing a dark suit.
The real choice for Ronald Jordan lies in what bow tie to wear.
“You want your bow tie to actually dominate the pattern of your shirt,” Jordan said.
He owns somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 of them, and they’re always changing.
“Is this a day’s work sitting on the table?” asks a visitor.
“This is a couple of days work,” says Jordan, standing over a spread of two dozen brightly colored bow ties.
When the bow tie started to make a comeback, Ronald was right there.
“I’ve just been able to jump on board and help the movement,” he says.
The problem for him and a lot of other big men is the selection.
He couldn’t find enough to suit his fashion sense, which is why he started making bow ties himself.
“It was just an idea, and I’m pretty crafty,” he says. “I have a good eye for fashion, so I think, and I was able to put some things together.”
Jordan’s first efforts on a sewing machine were tied up in the learning process.
The first ties he actually wore to work gave him courage.
“My wife finally told me, ‘You need to wear one. You’re making these bow ties. You need to wear one.’ So I took a bow tie out, wore it to work, got a number of compliments on it, and it grew from there,” Jordan recalls.
Knotted Bow Ties launched less than two years ago, wrapped up in Jordan’s philosophy of challenging the status quo, and of making a statement that others might not be brave enough to make.
“The bolder the print, the louder the texture, the better it is for the actual bow tie itself,” he insists.
Ronald Jordan’s bow ties prove a notion that all kinds of different colors can be comfortable in one place, that different is good, and bold is beautiful enough to tie everything together.