The bolo tie was made the official neckwear of Arizona in 1971. New Mexico passed a non-binding measure to designate the bolo as the state’s official neckwear in 1987. On March 13, 2007, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson signed into law that the bolo tie is now the state’s official tie. Also in 2007, the Bola tie was named the official tie of Texas by the Texas Legislature. Politicians and officials from western states will often wear them, such as Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.
They really are just necklaces with a fancy fastener in the front, after all. So it’s somewhat surprising, but not unbelievable, that bolos are having a hipster style moment. All for the Mountain, Shotwell in San Francisco, Free People’s Vintage Loves, and some other retailers linked in the images below have some interesting versions. And you can find countless models on eBay festooned with a husky dog, guns, a “native maiden,” a lighthouse, you name it. If you’re down with bolo style, consider joining the Facebook Group Bolo Ties Are Super Duper! Note that their offices are located “wherever you can find a cow and a donkey.”