How To: Tie a Bowtie


If there’s one skill that every gentleman should have, it’s knowing how to tie a bowtie. For those of you just learning, or if you simply need a refresher, check out our step-by-step guide below.

  1. Start with the end in your left hand extending 1 1/2” below the end in your right hand.
  2. Cross the longer end over the shorter end and pass it up through the loop. Form the front loop of the bow by doubling up the shorter end and placing it across the collar points.
  3. Hold the front loop with the thumb and forefinger of your left hand and drop the long end over the front.
  4. With your left thumb and forefinger, fold the front bow ends together around the hanging end.
  5. By pulling the folded bow forward, you will make a small passage behind, which you can push the looped end of the back bow using your right forefinger.
  6. Poke resulting loop through the knot behind the front loop. Even the ends and tighten. If all else fails, tie as if tying your shoe string.

Watch our CEO Gary Flynn demonstrate tying a bowtie:

Especially during the holiday season, there’s nothing better than a well styled bowtie. Check out a few of our favorites from High Cotton and Southern Tide ($45-65), or stop by the corner of King and Society Streets to find the perfect tie for your style.

Holiday bowties from Southern Tide and High Cotton
Holiday bowties from Southern Tide and High Cotton

Shop M. Dumas & Sons Online!


We’ve got big news from the corner of King and Society Streets. You can now shop the carefully curated styles you love from M. Dumas & Sons online! We’ve joined House Account, an app that connects shoppers with their favorite stores from their phone. Browse our extensive inventory to place orders with our personal shopper team and we’ll ship to your doorstep! You’ll receive the same personalized attention online as you would in-store.

You can also access the M. Dumas & Sons store with House Account from your browser at Now getting the perfect, tailored look for any occasion is easier than ever. As a leader of Charleston style, we are thrilled to offer another option for our customers to shop M. Dumas products.

Holiday Gift Guide


It happens to the best of us — the holidays sneak up and before you know it, there are only a few days left before Christmas yet still a whole list of loved ones to shop for. To help you tackle those final purchases, we’ve put together a last minute gift guide with ideas for everyone on your list. Take a look at our recommendations below!

  • Royal Highnies Sleep Shorts (2pk) — $82
  • Barbour flask — $59
  • Smathers and Branson Ravenel Bridge belt — $165
  • Smathers and Branson wallet — $115
  • Smathers and Branson key fob — $28.50
  • Daniel Wellington watch — $229
  • Thymes Frasier fir candle — $45
  • Montana Artisan Collection wine opener — $110
  • Filson shave bag — $125