August 28th marks National Bow Tie Day. Thousands of men, women, and house pets all across the country will be sporting the timeless bow tie neck accessory in its honor. Although this holiday only happens once a year, at Fontainebleau the bow tie reigns supreme every day.
When Fontainebleau opened in 1954, it was the largest and most luxurious hotel in South Florida. Architect Morris Lapidus, created the design of the original Fontainebleau, offering new and unexpected ways to experience glamour, which included many interesting design elements like the curving facade and the “Staircase to Nowhere.” But he also left his personal signature throughout the property: bow ties. The bow ties are a nod to the ones Lapidus wore personally throughout his entire adult life.
“The white marble floor is decorated with black marble bows. This was the only signature that I placed in the hotel. I have worn only bow ties all my adult life.”– Morris Lapidus
Today we continue to pay homage to Lapidus by offering a bow tie collection of accessories and gifts available for purchase at our Bleau Signature store and online, including cufflinks, neck tie, necklaces, and more. A chocolate brownie in the shape of a bow tie is also available at our resort’s bakery, Chez Bon Bon. Our Chez Bon Bon staff members can also be seen wearing bow ties on their everyday uniform.
Bow tie coffee cups and restaurant take-out bags can be found on property. The bow tie continues to carry power throughout the resort. Under the design direction of Jeffrey Beers and Lifescapes International, Fontainebleau’s poolscape boasts a bow tie inspired free-form pool.
Grab your favorite type of bowtie (self-tie, pre-tied, or a clip-on) and wear it loudly to celebrate.