Our Story

Blue Ridge Bow Ties started as an adventure to create custom bow ties that were truly unique and one of a kind.  When founder Craig Kompelien started wearing bow ties to work, he had no idea how much he would grow to love these quirky and stylish accessories.  Bow ties were a way to dress up but still have fun.  As his bow tie collection began to grow, Craig discovered that it was getting harder and harder to simply go into town and find ties that were set apart from the rest.  Patterns and styles all started to look like ties he already had in his wardrobe.  That is when he decided to start making his own bow ties.  He set off to find fun fabrics and combine multiple colors and cuts to make bow ties that would force people to stop him and ask, "Where did you get that?"

It didn't simply end there, however.  When Craig had his first son in August of 2013, he knew that he wanted his boy to have his own collection of fun bow ties.  Creating matching father-son bow tie sets became a passion that started to draw attention from those around him.  When more and more friends and colleagues started to ask for their own custom bow ties, either for themselves or for their little ones, he knew he could offer his community something original and unique.

Blue Ridge Bow Ties has always been dedicated to creating a product that is both fun and of high quality.  We aim to offer choices that you cannot find anywhere else.  We also encourage you to have a say in what you wear, giving you the chance to request something special just for you.  If you have an idea in mind for a tie, but you do not see it in our inventory, let us know, and we will try to make it happen!  We want you to have the perfect bow tie for your personality and unique sense of style.  We want you to be happy with how you look and how you feel.  We want you to have fun with dressing up and to fall in love with the whimsy of a bow tie, just as our founder did years ago.  So contact us today, and let us handcraft a bow tie just for you!

We are proud to have been carried by The Young Men's Shop on the downtown mall of Charlottesville, VA.  This fabulous shop has since closed its doors, but we will always be thankful for the great support they have shown us.

We are currently carried by R. Coffee Ltd in Lynchburg, VA.  This fabulous store has the best of everything.  Stop in and let Rick and James give you one of the best shopping experiences around.