Why the Bow Tie?
Several years ago I was having lunch with Mark Chinn (legal mentor, former boss, and still great friend). We were discussing branding. Mark wears a fedora as his trademark. He does so as a part of his style and branding, as well as for practical reasons like sun protection. He is well-known and identifiable by his hat. As we discussed branding, I knew I wanted something simple, memorable, and not a hat.
What about a bow tie? They were seemingly simple and memorable at least to the extent that you didn’t see many young persons sporting bow ties. We had a firm event coming up, our annual divorce firm Valentine’s party. I thought that would be a fine time to unveil the bow tie. I went to Mozingo Clothiers and left with a bow tie that Charlie helped tie.
As I mulled over wearing the bow tie, I thought, “Everyone is going to ask if I tied it…I want to say YES.” I untied it, having never tied a bow tie before and on my second attempt did a pretty fine job, with the help of Charlie’s lesson and a You Tube video.
That night I had lots of compliments and of course, I tied it myself.
One morning while in Court I appeared before a Judge that I had not been before regularly. She commented on my bow tie, approvingly. Court went fine. Some weeks later I was back in her Court. I was speaking with the Judge’s Court Administrator and had my back to the Judge’s Chambers. The Judge approached me and asked me to turn around so she could see what color bow tie I was wearing that day. I knew I was on to something.