From accessory that can elevate an outfit to formal, to an accessory that transforms the work of a family into glass these bow ties are anything but typical.
In March 2014, third generation glassmaker Umberto Tofoni came up with the idea of creating something unusual inspired by the work his grandfather had conceived in a glass factory in Porto Sant’Elpidio, Italy. He made a bow tie.
“I was totally influenced by the work of my grandfather and my father,” says Tofoni through a translator.
Tofoni graduated in art but did not want to take on the role of a family when working with glass and mirrors. She says she doesn’t follow any trends when creating her pieces and doesn’t come up with pencil-on-paper ideas. His inspiration comes from the ideas he receives from his surroundings. “Tradition with innovation is the most important key of [my] brand, “he said. After taking a scrap piece of glass from the factory, carving and shaping it himself, he created a sandblasted glass bow tie.
“It all started seven years ago. I was in our workshop with my father, who was cutting out a mirror, giving it the shape of a person. At that precise moment I got the inspiration: I took a piece of scrap glass from a previous process and I carved the shape of a bow tie. The first result was a bit rough, but I decided to wear it myself at a party with friends and the success was simply sensational! That experience made me realize that I had created an object with great potential “.
The bow ties are made with the Ghibli sandblaster from the Italian machinery manufacturer Fratelli Pezza.
“I have been using the Ghibli sandblasting cabin produced by Fratelli Pezza for years now, and I must say that I am really satisfied with it, I need cleanliness and precision when we sandblast my Poculum and this sandblaster fits perfectly” Tofoni says. The sandblasting of each piece allows Tofoni to create each one of a kind bow tie with the possibility for customers to personalize it. According to a press release, his glass bow ties were featured in Vogue, Men’s Fashion Week in Toronto and used by Amato Couture in 2017 to complete different outfits.