The Forage Duo Shapeshifts
There is nothing cut-and-dry about a bow tie, at least in Shauna Alterio and Stephen Loidolt’s world. The two, who’ve masterminded a line of fresh, high-functioning neckwear out of an industrial Philadelphia studio, are constantly adjusting and reworking their Forage tie shapes, fattening up one style for a thicker knot and tweaking the ends of another to impart some asymmetry. Oh, and: This summer, they introduced a style for the ladies and are considering a miniaturized version for the little ones. Shauna gives us a look at their process.
“It’s a lot of trial and error. This is Stephen’s area—perfecting the pattern and coming up with the equation for how it will be sewn every single time. He loves that. We’ll talk about the kind of shape we want, and he’ll cut out different versions and sew them really quickly so we can look at them and compare them. People are always asking us for kids’ bow ties, but Stephen is very much a stickler that it has to be the kind that you tie yourself. I keep saying that a four-year-old is just going to rip that off. We’re always joking that, when we’re with friends who have a kid, we’re going to put a bow tie on him, and if he’ll keep it on for the day, maybe then we’ll go for it.”