Rosseland Collection was named after the Rossland Mean which measures opacity in astro-physics. Like most things Your Dapper, the concept started conceptually and functionally rather than visually. According to Your Dapper’s designer Katherine Chinn, “I wanted to make bow ties that go with slouchy unstructured summer-weight shirts that are typically made of lawn and voile. Ultimately, I thought, that this see-through-ness is what tied everything together.”
The line’s “see-through-ness” is conveyed through bow tie nomenclature and through materials choices. That is, each bow tie is named after something you can see through either physically (such as a wet t-shirt) or metaphorically (such as a gambit). From a design standpoint, only a single ply of fabric is used, and the edges are bound with highlighting fabric to keep from fraying and to provide a contrast of color.
Highlights of the line include: “Wet T-shirt” named because: “It’s white, it’s see-through, need we say more?” Then there’s the “Gambit,” named after the iconic Queen’s Gambit. “We believe in taking risks to set ourselves up for future success. So do a lot of our colleagues, thus making this totally fitting” said Chinn. “Similarly, there is the ‘Cheesy Pick-Up Line’ which is a little “too” bright and a little “too” obnoxious”. Take the word “too” lightly as the bow tie was named in self-deprecating form because it does work.
The line ends up being informal and light, but work-appropriate in today’s laid-back work place. To help the consumer out, Your Dapper has expressly written out pairings for each of its bow ties with basic shirt colors. Though don’t let this ease of pairing fool you. The seam allowance on these bow ties are special. They are so micro-thin that very few producers are willing to tackle the job.