"Youthful energy combined with passion and a sense of style add up to a successful business for Mackenzie King and Matthew White of High Tide Bow Ties...."

Read the full store and watch the video here!

"So there I am shopping in Fabrications, a must-visit fabric shop on Wellington Street West, when I overhear a conversation. A fellow who I’d noticed scouring the shelves and pulling out fabric bolts is now talking with the owner. Apparently he has a business here in Ottawa with his buddy selling bow ties through their online store. They call themselves High Tide Bow Ties.

“You should reach out to Apartment613” suggests the owner of Fabrications.

At which point I say hello, and, “Cloth bow ties? I’d love to write a story on that...."

Read the full story on their website!

We were featured on a segment for CTV Morning Live this morning! 

Check out the video clip for yourself by clicking here!

We have 2 types of bow tie at High Tide Bow Ties. This post will explain the difference between the two so you'll know what you like when the time comes. 


1. Slim line "The Standard" 

The Slim Line is about 2 - 2 1/4 Inches high and creates an elongated butterfly shape. When worn, it spans the full length of the jaw. This is the considered the most classic bow tie shape and design. 

2. Small Slim "Mini butterfly"

The Small Slim is 1 3/4 - 2 inches high and forms a tight butterfly shape. This bow tie typically doesn't span the full length of the jaw and is more commonly worn by those with slender facial structure. 

We were featured in the Ottawa Citizen on August 11, 2014! 

Check out the full article here if you missed it. We're bringing back the bow tie, baby. 

1. It's different  

First and foremost, it's different. You won't look just like your neighbour or your father. A bow tie allows you to be an individual and continue to subscribe to the church of you. Because you're worth it. L'Oreal Paris.  

2. You're in good company   

Some notable bow tie enthusiasts... 

3. It's a conversation starter 

People will be encouraged to approach you and start conversion. If you regularly stumble over small talk and are inadequate at feigning interest in your friend's children, consider joining the bow tie community. That'll give you something to talk about 'til the cows come home.

4. You seem... friendlier  

Kind of a dick? Fear no more. A bow tie immediately breaks down your harsh exterior, at least until you ask your friend's girlfriend if she's pregnant (she is not). 

5. You can get away with things you can't while wearing a neck tie

"Oh that bow tie guy, look at him - running around with his pants off again! He's so funny!"


"That dude just slapped me in the face for no reason"
"Well, what did you do?"
"Nothing.... He - he was wearing a bow tie."

6. The patterns are radder

Sure you can get funky patterns for neck ties, but would you ever wear one? Wearing a rad pattern on a neck tie is tacky. On a bow tie, it's cool. And that's science.

7. Bow ties are cool

8. It's safe to assume you know things

Don't lie. You've looked admirably at a guy wearing a bow tie to a wedding and just thought, "yup, this guy's got it figured out." Caution, when you wear a bow tie people will assume you have at least an intermediate knowledge of the following:

  • Scotch
  • Cricket
  • The earth's gravitational pull on the moon
  • Baccarat

9. You can use the act of 'adjusting your bow tie' as punctuation after a sentence

Tell a good joke? Adjust your bow tie. Make an awkward comment? Adjust your bow tie. Compliment a lady? Adjust your bow tie. See what I'm saying...

10. Because you'll need to figure out how how to tie one

We thinking knowing how to tie a bow tie is just as important as knowing how to tie a neck tie.Still want to to know how to tie your bow tie? Check out our video here:

Who and Why?

June 23, 2014

At age 24, the friend-wedding years have just started to roll in. And after I donned a freshly-bought bow tie to a wedding at the beginning of summer I thought.. "Damn, this looks good."

People were stoked about my bow tie. I was stoked about my bow tie. And my friend and I had been wanting to start a business for a while. That was the beginning of the man birth that has produced High Tide Bow Ties. 

I'm Mac, my partner and co-founder is Matt, and we're excited to launch our store. 

Give either of us a shout directly if you have any questions or just want to say hi...