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Large Christmas gift? Company specializes in very, very big bows

December 23, 2011 |  8:38 am

Giant bows are made in O.C.
Just in case you're one of those generous people giving somebody a "December to remember" this Christmas, a Costa Mesa company can help with the gift-wrapping.

The company, King Size Bows, outfits all those ribbon-topped new cars in the Lexus holiday commercials.

The Daily Pilot reports that the company's president and founder Lynda King launched the business 12 years ago. She first had the idea when looking for a bow to complete her daughter's Christmas gift: a brand-new, white Volkswagen Beetle. She said she looked everywhere and couldn't find a bow to top it off.

With some maneuvering and "yards and yards and yards of ribbon," she managed to top off the vehicle with a brilliant red bow and present it to her daughter on Christmas Day.

In the meantime, King realized two things: that there was an open niche in oversized bows, and that there had to be a better way to create them.

After experimenting with some early prototypes made with chicken wire, King's most popular line of bows are now made with heavy, reinforced paper that can be assembled in minutes.

The brightly colored bows, ranging in diameter from 18 to 30 inches with tails from 24 to 40 inches, and costing $28 to $49, are available through the company's website or at the warehouse at 3303 Harbor Blvd.

The grander bows, which can go past 20 feet in diameter and have tails that wrap an entire building, can cost as much as $10,000, King said.

King employs as many as 30 people during the holiday season to help fill orders and sew the custom bows that go to restaurants, shopping centers, weddings and overseas destinations.

"It's a very fun business," King said. "Everyone is happy when they're buying bows. They already completed the negotiations, they have the gift — they just want a bow."

Clients have included American Express, Nike, Toyota, Pixar, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

King ships about 5,000 more bows each year that customers use to top tables, mattresses, big-screen TVs and countless vehicles.

"I think that it's that extra step for presentation — that's the sweetness of life," King said.

-- Sarah Peters, Times Community News

Photo: Lynda King, president and founder of King Size Bows, shows a variety of the extra-size bows her company makes in its workshop in Costa Mesa. Credit: Steven Georges / Times Community News