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Stephen Loidolt and Shauna Alterio Reveal Their (Bow Tie-Wearing) Icons

These design celebrities make a solid case for taking the accessory seriously.

Stephen Loidolt and Shauna Alterio have built their line, Forage, around the bow tie—which gets treated like a second-class citizen in the menswear world. Stephen has always had a personal affection for what he calls the safest form of neckwear—the type least likely to get you into trouble in a woodshop, or to attract your lunch. But when the duo set off to research their chosen accoutrement, they uncovered a group of well-respected, stylistically significant architects and designers who also had a penchant for the bow tie—powerhouses whose work Shauna and Stephen had worshipped for years. “When we were undergrads, we had two instructors who were mid-century design fanatics, and so we both started to love that era independently, before we even knew each other,” Shauna explains. Here, Shauna shares inspiration photos of the guys who really knew how to make the look work.

Charles Eames, 1907-1978

Eero Saarinen, 1910-1961

Le Corbusier, 1887-1965

Richard Schultz, 1926-present

Arne Jacobsen, 1902-1971

Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867-1959

Louis Kahn, 1901-1974

Come back Wednesday to score the edition—a bow tie, if you hadn’t guessed—that Shauna and Stephen made just for us.