The bolo tie was made the official neckwear of Arizona in 1971, and continues to be associated with the American southwest more than any other area of the world. However, the popularity of bolo ties has also crossed the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. Like other types of turquoise jewelry, the bolo tie has found a popular following in The United Kingdom as well!! In the U.K. they are called bootlace ties, obviously a reference to the leather cord looking like the laces of a pair of boots. This must be similar to the folks from the U.K. calling cookies “biscuits.” It’s funny how the same language can be so different; but that’s a topic for another blog.