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Casual Bow Ties

Xiengkok Neckcessories Not Just for Special Occasions

— December 30, 2008 — Fashion
Perhaps this is a trend that is about to go mainstream, or maybe it is just another “geekovation” that we are not all privy to.  Designer Jonathan Roquemore’s life-changing experience resulted in these innovative sartorial wonders.

“Life got flipped-turned upside down,” he describes his experience. “I found a unique textile for bow-ties in a town called Xiengkok.” Roquemore, a Texan anthropologist living Switzerland, traveled to Xiengkok, Laos.

A tribe in Xiengkok known as the Laantan created a special cloth woven from “locally grown cotton, woven in narrow lengths and twice hand dyed in indigo, found in the Indigofera plants of Asia,” according to YankoDesign. The maker of these fabric strips didn’t understand why Roquemore wanted them, but after bartering, they made a deal and the Srulirecht people began to craft his bowties.

So here they are, bow-ties from Xiengkok!
Trend Themes
1. Mainstream Casual Bow Ties - The growing popularity of casual bow ties suggests opportunities for designers to create trendy, everyday accessories.
2. Geekovation Fashion Trend - The emergence of geek-inspired fashion items like Xiengkok neckcessories presents opportunities for brands to cater to the growing demand among tech-savvy consumers.
3. Sustainable Artisanal Textiles - The use of locally sourced and handcrafted fabrics in products like Xiengkok bow ties taps into the rising consumer preference for sustainable and unique fashion pieces.
Industry Implications
1. Fashion - The fashion industry can capitalize on the rising demand for casual bow ties by incorporating them into their product offerings and marketing campaigns.
2. Textiles - The textile industry can explore collaborations with artisans and local communities to produce unique fabrics, like the ones used in Xiengkok bow ties, that appeal to conscious consumers.
3. E-commerce - E-commerce platforms and online retailers can leverage the popularity of geekovation fashion trends to expand their product diversity and cater to niche markets.
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