Journal Entry 003: King Of The Knots

Someone compliments something you’re wearing and part of your ‘thank you’ is the story behind the garment, right? “Thank you! I got this at a concert in 2007”, “Thank you! It was my grandfather’s”, “Thank you! Funny story actually….”. Doesn’t everyone do this?

We’ve given a lot of thought to what makes us different from any other dry goods company and as we move forward in growing this brand, there are a couple of things we want you to know. First and foremost, we will deliver well made, often handcrafted, detail oriented products. We will serve the greater good and be a unifying agent. Since our company is named after the bowline knot, which is often referred to as “king of the knots”, we thought it would be perfectly appropriate to employ an intentional concept to tie people and eras together through stories.

The bowline knot is described as a simple and elegant configuration; it never slips or comes loose under any strain or load. This serves as a model for our standard of excellence. There is also symbolism of the notion that if we meet one another in the middle, accept our differences and learn from each other, we strengthen the knot of humanity.

We know that you can shop anywhere and so we want to deliver more than just a product, but also, an experience. With all of this in mind we want to explain the details of our latest release, the Bowline Co. x Ebbets Field Flannels (EFF) vintage ballcap collaboration. Kel and I designed the ballcaps, from the vector files for the obvious front felt components and wool broadcloth panel color, down to the nitty gritty details like contrast stitching, eyelet colors, seam tape style, etc. Then we worked with EFF to produce the first small batch of BCo. x EFF ballcaps. We’d love for you to read more about the collaboration. There are two designs and two colors for a total of four options. Some are fitted and some have a leather strapback. The ballcaps are for anyone with a dome; the ballcaps are for everyone. Inclusion will always remain one of our core pillars.

While we’ve been waiting for the final product to arrive, we started collecting stories from anyone who was willing to write one. We believe everyone has something important and meaningful to say, and we want to read it and help share it. What happens next is beautiful. When someone orders one of our vintage ballcaps, they will receive one of the stories you all have submitted. Since most stories are accompanied by the author’s Instagram handle, you’ll be able to connect with them if something in their story grabs your attention. Our story-collecting effort is, and will remain, ongoing. Share a story with us, hell, share 33! We want to hear from you. And we want to hear from the people you know, so pass this along. As our archive becomes more substantial, we will begin accompanying more and more products with your stories. For now, it’s just the ballcaps. The navy designs are in-hand and the gray designs are a couple weeks away from delivery. All are available to order now.

Thank you for being a part of our story.

Meg & Kel

Journal Entry 002: 11.21.18

Dr. Seuss said “You can’t dribble on bow ties.”  Definitely not the reason we got into the bow tie business, but … excellent point. 

It’s been almost five months since we took over Bowline Co. and jeepers creepers, we’ve been “right out straight”! For those of you not familiar with Maine sayings let me give you the Urban Dictionary’s take on it.

right out straight: Very busy. This term is used frequently and vigorously by residents of Maine, as observed by comedian Bob Marley, "I've been right out straight tryin' to get the driveway cleahed since the blizzahd hit" (no, those aren’t typos).

So, let’s fill you in on all the excitement! We’ll keep it brief because we know you’re probably right out straight too!

First, we want to let you know that we have been making, making, making! Our inventory is up over 300 ties! We have introduced many new ties and recently added an array of flannels to the website. In addition, we have created a handful of premium bow ties utilizing two complimentary fabrics in each tie. We want everyone to feel included in this Bowline Co. family and we have worked hard to have something for everyone and every day. Wait, weird, that’s our company philosophy!

Second, we are thrilled to tell you we are transitioning to a dry goods brand in order to offer a wider variety of wicked nice products to you. This month, we gave you a peek at the direction we are going with some initial concepts for our hat line and you all loved ‘em! Which of course means we are making, making, making more!

We think you’re going to love this third item- we are currently working on a subscription bow tie option! That’s right, that’s what we said! Just keep an eye out, we are hoping to announce all the details after the first of the year. But, in the meantime, think about how great it would be to receive a fabulous bow tie 4 times a year at a reduced price! 

The final news we’d like to share is where you can find us in the next few weeks. You can of course always purchase directly from the website, however, if you’d like to do some Bowline Co. brick and mortar shopping, catch us at the following locations:

December 9, 11am-6pm, Picnic Holiday Sale at Thompson’s Point, Portland, ME

December 13, 11:30a-1:30p, Timberland’s Winter Market (for Timberland employees only), Stratham, New Hampshire

December 15 & 16, 11am -6pm, American Field at Union Market, Washington, DC

December 23, 10am-3pm, Makers Market, Brick South, Portland, ME 

We truly appreciate all your support and hope to hear from you and/or see you at one of the above venues!

Happy holidays to each of you! And, if you choose to sport a bow tie during the holidays, rest assured you won’t be dribbling on it! When you wear Bowline Co. you’re part of the family. Let us know where your holiday adventures take you, tag us on Instagram @bowline_co!

Stay you.

Kel & Meg

Journal Entry 001: Allow Us To Introduce Ourselves.

From Meg: 

Hi Friends!

My name is Meg and I'm one of the new owners of Bowline Co.. After several months working on a smooth transition, my mom, Kellie, and I finally officially grabbed the baton from the original founders, LK & Laura Weiss. Those two, simply put, are incredible. I've been friends with them for about five years, which means I was around for Bowline's inception four years ago. I got to watch from afar as LK and Laura took their idea and turned it into arguably one of the highest quality tie companies in the country. During this time I filled my closet with as many Bowline Co. ties as I could. What's even more amazing is that these two both had (have) full time jobs in addition to this venture. Well, since you all are so great and supportive, Bowline has grown and needs a little bit more attention than they're available to give it. Great news, right?! Their revelation came at the perfect time for me; I had resigned from my corporate job and was ready to start putting my heart and effort into something that was truly a reflection of "me". I was so honored when they asked if I'd be interested in taking over. Actually, at first, I thought they were kidding. I'm pretty sure my exact response was, "DON'T TEASE ME." Needless to say, they were not kidding. I immediately thought of my mom as a perfect business partner. She's thoughtful, savvy and helps make my pie-in-the-sky ideas a little more realistic. So during the last six months or so, we've been mapping out exactly how to make it happen, learning the ins and outs and establishing a path forward. So here we are! We've been keeping products front and center on social media since we took over but wanted to formally introduce ourselves! Prior to this, I spent ten years in retail sales and leadership development for a top 20 Fortune 500 company. Ever since I was a little kid I have dreamed of being a business owner where I could apply my creativity and my passion for doing life a little against the grain. I love to laugh (especially at my own jokes; it drives my wife, Anna, crazy). I have always found inspiration in making the people around me feel good about themselves and in challenging them to be the best versions of themselves through genuine connections and deep rooted relationships. I’ve got two dogs, Fritz and Kenzi, who, aside from wearing bow ties, also enjoy long naps, sticking their heads out of moving vehicles and protecting me from squirrels. I love being of use to those around me and being a part of purposeful work. I am utterly thrilled to now be an owner at Bowline Co. and to keep the incredible vision of the company alive. Can't wait to help you keep your neckwear fresh!       - Meg


From Kel: 

Hi Everyone!

My name is Kellie and in case there is any confusion, I am Meg’s Mom! And, now her business partner! Owning a business is exciting but also quite scary and knowing that Meg is right there beside me makes it even more exciting and sooooo much less scary. I began my career in the retail arena, spending several years managing a specialty shop. In a sense, becoming a Bowline Company owner brings my career full circle. The years in between were spent raising Meg and her equally amazing brother Nicholas and working in the non-profit sector where I managed large volunteer corps in the healthcare and hospice realm. In my volunteer management roles, I had the good fortune to work with remarkable individuals who gave their time, heart and service to others. I learned so much from each of them.  Working in hospice has probably been the most meaningful work I have been a part of. Working with individuals and families at end- of- life has been an honor and a privilege.  When I’m not working, you can find me hiking, kayaking and skiing with my husband Kurt, our family and friends.  I love to be outdoors and to be adventurous. When I need to take a minute and re-group, walking on the beach at low tide is where you will find me. It is one of my favorite things to do- it’s good for my soul! I also have a creative side that is being nurtured through working with Meg on all things Bowline! My years in Management have provided me with business and process improvement experience which I find serve me well as a company owner.  Combining the two is awesome! The underlying motivation for me is pretty simple, I want to do meaningful work and make others feel good! If wearing one of our ties makes you feel good, I’m pretty happy about that!         -Kel


Kellie (left) and Meg (right), the mother/daughter duo now at the helm of Bowline Co.

Kellie (left) and Meg (right), the mother/daughter duo now at the helm of Bowline Co.