A brief history of the camo tie
What do chameleons, the military and men's fashion have in common?
We often start our mornings out of the shower semi-wet with half of our pant leg on, dress shirt unbuttoned and reach for a tie without often thinking about the historical relevance of what we wear. What we wear, how we feel and how we carry ourselves often means the difference between a yes and a no, a deal being signed or falling apart.
Camo ties are quickly gaining popularity in the world of fashion. The camo pattern's history goes way back (yes even before) our camo tie pattern was featured in GQ. As you may have guessed, the camouflage pattern is a result of Darwinian theory - animals naturally camouflaging themselves to avoid their prey.
Camo in nature
The most cited example of camo in nature comes from the reptilian family - the chameleon.
Chameleons generally change their color depending on the prey. For example, if they are threatened by a bird versus an insect the camo changes colors much more abruptly. Chameleons are able to change to the following colors - pink, blue, red, orange, green, black, brown, light blue, yellow, turquoise, and purple. What you may not know is that chameleons also turn their camo on and off depending on their social surroundings and as mating calls (another great reason to wear camo).
Camo in military
One of the first examples of camo being used is in the Gallic Wars around 50 BC. The sailors and marines would wear blue and green outfits to match the ships they would sail on. By the 18th century, the British and French forces (especially the riflemen) would use camo in an attempt to conceal themselves on the field and in the forest.
Eventually, tanks, plans and even the boats would use camo in order to better conceal themselves from enemy radar or vision. The use of camo in certain scenarios was so effective that they would be visible within 2 miles with camo versus 12 miles without camo.
Camo in fashion
People have used camo for close to a hundred years. One of the first examples of camo being used in fashion was in 1919 during the "Dazzle Ball" on dresses. The print was used and gave the illusion that the dancers were moving much faster against the tile floors than if they were not sporting the camo print. The camo print was also a tribute to all the military servicemen and woman:
Eventually, the patterns became more refined and continues to be used in fashion, military and (of course) nature. At Bull+Moose we are very proud of our camo print and its symbolism through nature and history. Look good, while doing good when buying the Bull+Moose camo tie: