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In January of 2010, founder Judy Hill's eldest son Cameron, who attended UVa medical school, informed her that a recent study was released discouraging doctors from wearing silk neckties to the hospital due to the tie’s tendency to harbor harmful bacteria. Judy, knew that doctors did not want to do away with their neckties, as to them a tie is a way to represent their own personality. Judy decided to sew Cameron a cotton bow tie since it was not only handsome, but also machine washable, so it would not spread harmful bacteria.
In that moment, an idea was born. What started off as a loving gift for her son in medical school, quickly evolved into a product that has widespread appeal among Southern gentlemen given the connection that cotton has with the South. The rest is history, as High Cotton quickly established a niche in the market as the first bow tie company made primarily out of cotton fabrics.
High Cotton offers classic accents for the Southern gentleman, inspired by a higher purpose committed to the South’s values and people. Our locally hand-cut and hand-sewn products support the revival of the North Carolina textile industry and the Southern tradition of the mannerly, warm, and approachable well-dressed gentleman.
High Cotton has succeeded in bringing back “a true Southern accent” with the help of one of North Carolina’s most renowned and historic products – cotton. Because our collection is made of 100% cotton and is produced by Southern hands, it has a real and deep connection to the South. When we say “made in the South,” we really mean it.
We are firm believers that bow ties should be a regular part of a gentleman's wardrobe, not simply reserved for formal events. By embracing classic patterns, we create our bow ties with the expectation that they will be worn often and be admired just as frequently. Our southern mainstays in classic textiles of the south are now loved everywhere and gentlemen in High Cotton can be found across the nation, from Maine to California.
We understand that when you choose a bow tie to wear, it will end up saying a lot about your character. It is our hope that High Cotton will be able to extend itself to our customers as a helping hand to properly reflect their individuality, in good conscience and in good style. Knowing that all of our products represent the revival of Southern heritage we are more than happy to welcome you as a part of our mission.