Learn How to Tie a Bow Tie

I didn’t go to the party specifically because of Nathan Ledesma, although I was pleasantly surprised to see him there. I could have been excited to see him for any number of reasons including his charismatic demeanor or fascinating career path, but I was especially excited because I knew Nathan was a sort of bow tie maverick.

Nathan Ledesma teaching Ryan Ricketts how to tie a bow tie.

It was New Year’s Eve, and my good friend Mary Gwen hosted her second annual Chicago-based party with a myriad of friends. Armed with a red and white striped bow tie from my uncle’s awesome Christmas gift—he wore it a couple times growing up—I asked Nathan to teach me how to tie it myself. Graciously, he obliged.

Every man should own a real bow tie.

group of friends at new year's eve party

If you didn’t know, this is number sixteen on my 30 Before 30 list. Special thanks to Mary Gwen, Nathan, and uncle Scott for helping me to accomplish this one! And if you’re interested in learning how to tie a bow tie yourself, check out this video.

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