Le Colonel Moutarde create the most fabulous bow ties. And take it from us, we’re not talking about standard off the shelf sombre looking bow ties. Oh no, Le Colonel Moutarde’s bow ties are super stylish and available in a wonderfully unique array of colours and patterns.
We’re definitely talking about bow ties that are edgy, cool and effortlessly chic. It’s not surprising that Le Colonel Moutarde is a French run company with several boutiques in France and one in the fashionable Shoreditch area of London.
All Le Colonel Moutarde’s bow ties are handmade in Lille with a real sense of style. This is what elevates them to something you really want to be seen in, and they’re such a fantastic addition to any on trend outfit, whether you’re getting married or not.
For those that are planning a wedding, you can choose an existing design, or take advantage of the tailor made service and have a bow tie made that reflects your unique style.
Le Colnoel Moutarde’s boutiques and online store also offer a stylish range of menswear accessories and more, all have that trademark touch of panache.
We’ll pass you over to Clemence now to tell you much more about her dynamic and expanding business.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
At the end of 2011, Rémi and I decide to take the plunge and embark on the bow tie venture.
The Colonel Moutarde’s mission statement is to bring bow ties back to the fashion front scene, by turning an old-fashioned classic into a trendy wardrobe must-have accessory.
The choice of the name “Moutarde”- meaning mustard in French- refers to a colour which was totally obsolete, but is definitely back in trend today.
The idea was also to add a bit of mystery by using the name of the enigmatic character, everyone could identify with.
What motivated you to start your business?
It all stems from a frustration. My boyfriend, Remi, was looking for an original bow tie to wear at a wedding but he had a tough time finding one to his taste.
Since he is a bit stubborn, the idea remained at the back of his mind. He created his own first bow tie and Remi loved wearing it so he decided to make more.
I suggested we sell them, and he was immediately thrilled at the idea !
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
Taking care of the customers is the most important in my day! I answer by mail or directly on the phone.
Grooms want to be sure of their choices. I’m also spend a lot of time to find the best & the most original fabric.
Remi, my partner takes care of the sewing machines and the workshop, the team organise everything to have the best service.
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
Our french workshop offers over 300 fabric references to choose from. Always in search of inspiration, it’s very often our findings that guide our creation.
All our bow ties are handmade and sewn in Lille, North of France as unique pieces or in small series.
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
I strongly advise to have a crush on each supplier you choose for your D Day !
If you like our story and vision, please go ahead. Just have a look at our Instagram
We do offer a gentle steer in the right direction for their big day can pop up in one of our boutiques for an image consultation.
We offer needs analysis and personalised styling advice, or suggestions about a colour or a scheme you’d like to follow.
We do have a lovely shop in East London, 10 Cheshire St, Shoreditch !
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
I have one !!! When the groom tries on the RIGHT bow tie or tie for him.
I can see the how happy he is. that’s the best reward.
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
Of course, we are a men’s accessories company ! So you can find a lot of products for everyday life such as braces
or plain ties, perfect for to work, here is an example
What have you got planned for the next 12 months?
We just launch our 4th boutique in Lyon, France, and we want to create a real international website !
And obviously create the best design for our enthusiastic clients
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
We do love pattern & colour. The possibilities are endless!
All images courtesy of Le Colonel Moutarde