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.
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.