Inflatable Business Attire

In trying to improve cat-napping for male professionals, two entrepreneurs offer this:


As fashion goes, neckties may be the least-utilitarian clothing item ever invented, save for perhaps the codpiece.


However, two guys in Utah have managed to do the impossible: make the necktie actually functional.


To do that, they had to make it inflatable, and now sales are blowing up for their Pillow Ties.


A Utah company has created the "Pillow Tie," an inflatable tie designed for comfort while sleeping through boring business meetings.


The Pillow Tie is an invention of Tom Bowen, a former business student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. According to the Daily Mail, it looks just like a normal tie, but has a larger knot. can be blown up with one breath and deflated in seconds. 



Bowen's friend and business partner, Shawn Baxter, said Bowen came up with the idea after his sister told him about a bad habit her son had of sleeping in church. 


Inspired by his sermon-snoozing nephew, Bowen came up with the idea of sticking a pillow inside a normal tie and told his professor about the concept...


"The professor didn't think Tom could do it," Baxter said. "In fact, he laughed. However, Tom went to China and had it designed within four months." 


Sixty-two varieties of Pillow Ties are available at the "inflated" price of $19.95, but the blow-up bit can be removed in case the wearer wants a normal tie.

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I'd give an A+ for creativity to Bowen and Baxter and I wish only the best for his company, but I have a hard time buying into this product.

Based on nothing more than anecdotal evidence, I think most guys can sleep anywhere at anytime--dudes don't need a pillow. 

Our eyes close and then our heads droop forward or fall carelessly backward with face to the sky--we goofy guys can grab 20 minutes of shut-eye with little concern for anyone who might be watching. 

Maybe a water-proof tie that could be used for wiping slumber slobber would be a better sell; I mean this is not based on me personally, but strictly from seeing other men napping.

Umm... Yeah...  

44 comments:

joanny said...

Yikes " wiping slumber slobber " just the thought of it, but hey why not? better then the 'pet rock' at least it has a purpose. I bet this novel crazy idea of the "Pillow Tie" of Tom Bowen, sells. Maybe not as well as the invention of the paper clip, but Americans do have an appetite for the humorous.

Cheers,
Joanny

Brian Miller said...

nice. this is another why did i not think of thats....there are those days when you just can not get comfortable that this would come in handy...but its got to be a pretty wide tie to handle my head....lol

Selma said...

I think it is hilarious and I know several guys who would wear it. But what about something for the ladies?
Ha ha.

Herding Cats said...

That's pretty funny! Totally not practical, but hilarious in its own right.

Matthew Rush said...

You've got to be kidding me.

Normal ties have uses. Especially nice, high quality silk ones. I'll let your imagination run with that ...

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Why didn't I think of that!? Very creative!

WomanHonorThyself said...

lol too funny..zzzzzzzzzzz..wake up Slam!

obladi oblada said...

Wow...its incredible that he actually went to China to see this thing happen. If I had that idea I would have just laughed it off....maybe thats why Im not rich.

LadyFi said...

Brilliant idea! What fun.

Kristin said...

The things people come up with. Hilarious!

vanilla north said...

I wonder about a "bra pillow". My naps on the toilet are getting a bit uncomfortable...

James (SeattleDad) said...

That is hilarious. But we try to be more subtle about it.

SoccerMom said...

Too funny. thanks for the laugh. I know that the guys at my work have to wear ties everyday and they freakin hate it. maybe i should share this info with them. lol

izziedarling said...

Codpiece - hahahaha!I think there are men out there still wearing them - under their man panties!

Diane said...

Makes me almost wish I was a guy..... almost. :O)

Adiya said...

Haha! Yeah, i bet your idea will sell a lot better than theirs lol. Maybe someone can wear the inflatable tie for Halloween.

Wendy said...

This will make Father's Day presents much more interesting.

Dan said...

Given that I seldom wear a tie anymore, I have my doubts. But the real questions is if the tie is long enough to actually function as a pillow?

That's what having a 20 inch neck will do for your gullibility.

Theresa Milstein said...

An inflatable necktie. How can they be wide enough? Looks like a James Bond way of choking a victim.

I've never heard of this. It would be interesting to see one in real life.

Lt said...

On a recent trip I fell asleep on the plane on the runway, and slept through take-off. I woke up to find we were half way there. And I wasn't wearing a tie.

J. J. in Phila said...

The codpiece was useful on a suit of armor, since most things were hereditary. :)

I'd rather wear a school tie other than an inflatable one.

Amy Sullivan said...

I have several people in my life who are in need of these!

terri said...

And what is the equivalent product for women? We need naps too!

He & Me + 3 said...

OMGosh that is too funny, yet I know a few men that would love to have those. LOL Hilarious.

Shannon said...

LOL, I love this concept.

Whether or not it takes off is another thing, but the creativity behind it is awesome.

Entre Nous said...

I'm SURE you're not truly sleeping,,, just 'resting your eyes'.... Espcially during those really boring re-cert classes! :}}

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

There's a whole book on useless inventions. It is hysterical.

malone8 said...

I wish them the best on the "Pillow Tie" … wonder if it will be given more as a gag than a gift.

Abbie said...

Seems like a great Christmas present for the men in my life to me! I mean so practical, so functional and probably looks good too!! (can you sense the sarcasm?)
Too funny.

Bob G. said...

SLamdunk:
If no one else has tried it...go for it.
There will ALWAYS be someone out there that just HAS to have one...

:)

kcinnova said...

ROTFL
Where in the world do you find these things?

Carol Ann Hoel said...

Cute idea and great post. I love to laugh. My father once dropped food on his tie at dinner. His wife remarked how awful it looked. He grabbed his tie and licked off the food. This she liked even less! Ha! Just can't please some people.

Kristen @ Motherese said...

Hilarious! But, hey, if people can get rich off of inventing the Snuggie, why not this?!

carma said...

I'm dying to know what their sales revenue is -- quirky idea but I can see the appeal assuming it doesn't get you fired :D

P.S. my blog feed is broken and not updating

blackwatertown said...

Very good. I'm going to chase up those guys and get my hands on one.
Really.
Though you're probably right about blokes sleeping anywhere,pillow or no pillow.

blackwatertown said...

There are some other inventions here http://wp.me/pDjed-vQ including a tie-related one. More detail on an alternative role for your tie here too http://wp.me/prJ9a-kX (It's Dominic Wilcox's excellent and inventive Variations on Normal blog.)

Sonal said...

wow! seriously! I could imagine a blow-up scarf or something that women could wear.. this is really funny!

Vodka and Ground Beef said...

The pillow tie is genius.

aconnectiontomyheart said...

Ok seriously, I can understand the part about "...while sleeping through boring business meetings." Sure, definitely calls for some comfort while going through that kinda pain..
But, I want to interview those people who would want to buy this product and that too at 20 bucks a piece.. After silly bands, we just needed to talk about something, right?! Thank God my boys won't need these anytime soon ;)

angelcel said...

LOL...Christmas is coming, so... :D

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