Bows-N-Ties began back in 2009 when founder and CEO Hendrik Pohl, inspired by his own dapper father’s German necktie business, set his mind to become the largest online retailer of men’s neckwear in the world.
After selling all of his furniture to make room for the nearly 10,000 ties that were consuming Hendrik’s small studio apartment, word spread about Bow-N-Ties’ unique designs, quality construction, and value pricing. His hard work paid off, and Bows-N-Ties moved on to more spacious pastures in San Francisco’s vibrant SOMA district. Hendrik was happy to have his apartment back, and our customers were happy with the 100,000+ necktie options the large warehouse space now affords.
In 2013, the success of Bows-N-Ties was marked by its inclusion as #459 on the list of INC500’s Fastest Growing and Most Innovative Companies in America. Today our collection encompasses thousands of designs in any imaginable fabric, cut, print, and pattern. Our goal is to continue this rapid growth by always improving our quality, innovating new designs, and providing friendly customer service with a flexible return policy.
With the help of our customers and wags of encouragement from our office dog Lance, we’re confident we will become the world’s largest online tie retailer by the end of the decade.
Curious what creative minds sit behind our brand? Let’s meet the team:
Hendrik likes ties. In fact, he likes ties a lot. Needless to say, when he started Bows-N-Ties back in 2009 he turned his passion into his job. Hendrik overseas production and design, sources new fabrics in Italy and China, and handles the business development of our company. When he is not thinking about ties, then he is probably thinking about ties or avocados.
This handsome dude has been with us since the very beginning. In fact, Colin was our first official employee at Bows-N-Ties. Without a doubt Colin has been a big contributing factor to our success. Colin is now our company's operations manager, making sure your ties arrive in the most efficient way possible, exceeding all your expectations. When Colin is not improving our operations, he is lead singer and drummer in a popular bay area metal band. He also puts his own pants on two legs at a time.
Ashley is Bows-N-Ties’ creative director. If you see something great on our website, then chances are Ashley had something to do with it. Ashley likes rodeos and red wine spiked with Cola.
Mr. Turner, aka Tango, is our warehouse supervisor. Turner takes care of quality control, oversees order fulfillment, and manages our inventory. In addition, Turner helps with video productions for our YouTube channel. In fact Turner has a Master's Degree in film and is currently working on a script for his first official movie. He is cursed with rhythm but hates to dance.
Sarah is the friendly voice of our customer service department. She oversees customer service and sales and will make sure that your shopping experience exceeds your expectations. When she’s not at Bows-N-Ties, she can be found working on her Master’s thesis or watching re-runs of Roseanne on DVD.
Sir Lancelot is our director of quality control. His superb sniffing senses immediately catch any fabric or color imperfection. When Lancelot, aka Lanceroonie, is not patrolling the warehouse or busy modeling for our Dogs-N-Ties fundraiser, he often hangs with our customer service team.