[Found]: Architecture-Inspired Bowties by Weixu Wang
Weixu Wang's take on this traditional menswear staple sees the designer fashioning bows out of everything from paper to plastic — the former's made of an imported, washable paper textile from Germany, and the latter comes in a variety of metallic, neon, and translucent shades in an almost infinite number of geometric patterns.
Wang has been in Shanghai for about five years now, and has been producing handmade, architecture-inspired bowties out of his studio on Yan'an Zhong Lu since 2011. We went down for a visit and talked to Wang, who introduced us to his latest collection of ceramic and wood designs, alongside traditional leather and cloth ties.
Some of his more distinctive designs include bows made of rattan, glazed cork, and full-on ceramic bows copied from a handmade clay mold.
Anyone looking to treat their significant other (or themselves) to one of these can find Wang's Taobao page here.
Each bowtie will set you back 150-500rmb each, depending on the material you prefer. High rollers might be interested in his made-to-order solid silver bow, though — this ones goes for 3000-4000rmb a pop.
Wang has stockists in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, and he also tells us that he recently found a distributor from Los Angeles who came across his stuff at Shanghai Fashion Week, which means his wares will be showing up Stateside soon.
Photos by Rhiannon Florence