We came on back to Indie Craft Experience in Atlanta again this November. ICE-Atlanta, as the locals call it, is a fine show with an enthusiastic audience and some incredibly talented and creative artists and artisans. Held in the off-the-beaten-path Ambient Plus Studio, the event featured over 100 crafters from tee-shirt screen-printers to almond butterers to stuffed animal makers. And there was enough hand-made jewelry on offer to keep the ladies in your life gifted for the next millennium.
We logically ended up on what came to be known as Food Sample Row. Always some tasty treat to run and try during the infrequent occasions when the traffic was thinner. My only regret is that I didn’t have a spiked eggnog.
Our occasional pop-up shops at events like this give us the chance to break out our handy bow tie display rack, lovingly designed by our neighbors across E. Main Street in Old Town Rock Hill, Flutterby Interiors. It’s an old pallet with rake heads affixed to it, as you can tell.
A big thanks to those of you who came by, and especially those of you who bought our wares. It still blows our minds that we’re able to create things that people appreciate and wear with joy. It was especially fun to see how fast folks gobbled up our scarves. We nearly sold out on Saturday, so Ellie made another batch Saturday night, which almost sold out again Sunday.
While we’re in the neighborhood, let me tell you about a great new menswear shop in Midtown Atlanta: TWEEDS.
I picked up this leather watch band by Form Function Form. Looking forward to seeing how it weathers.
If you’re in town, they’re having a little soiree on Friday evening from 5-7p, with cocktails and a special guest designer Ernest Alexander of NYC in the house. I’m hoping to make it. And they’re right next to Octane Coffee and just up the street from YEAH Burger.
Tomorrow I’m meeting up with one of the keepers of You’ve Been Noted, a photo blog celebrating Atlanta style. They are going to take my photograph. That’s a little intimidating. Oh well.
Atlanta is a swell city. I certainly wouldn’t want to commute on the freeway, but it would be fun to live in town. Now that Ellie’s parents live in the area, we’ll become regular visitors. I’m glad about that.
So long for now. Happy Thanksgiving.
Two long-time members of The Cordial Churchman team are up to something big.
collaborative recital from Reuben Bloom on Vimeo.
Charms of the Night Sky: A Collaborative Recital
Sunday, December 1. 8p
General Admission $8 // Students $5
Dominique Verechia is a painter by training. Her studio and living quarters are right across from The Cordial Churchman workshop. To keep the paint and the thread flowing, she’s been rising long before daybreak for some time. We are eagerly anticipating the exhibition of her work on December 1.
Photo: Reuben Bloom
Casey Mink has a master’s degree in violin performance. He humbles himself greatly to play in our church ensemble and in our out-about-town band The Perfect Melancholies. But we have been exalting him as well by having him frequently model for The Cordial Churchman. He’s even been known to hit the road and set up a Cordial Churchman pop-up shop at various craft fairs and wedding expos.
Photo: Virginia McAllister
On Sunday evening, December 1, at Eight o’Clock in the evening, Casey will perform an exciting selection of violin pieces accompanied by Benjamin Bertin on piano. Dominique’s work will also debut there in the Gettys Art Center Courtroom. You’re not going to want to miss this.
So pop on a Cordial Churchman bow tie and join us, will you?
After 2012′s ’366 Bow Ties for Haiti’ project, in which I wore, and we sold, a different bow tie every day for a year, it’s understandable that I frequently get the question, “where’s your bow tie?”
I’ve never been a bow tie exclusivist. For one thing, the Belles make great neck ties, and I wouldn’t want to forego the pleasures of having custom-made long ties within reach, lovingly made by friends.
How does a year-long bow-tie-every-day guy ease back into wearing bow ties 3/4 of the way through his year of sartorial recovery?
Enter BOW TIE TUESDAY.
I now have at least one day per week when I plan to rock the bow. Doesn’t matter what I’m up to. Taking the boys to the park. Doing interviews for my podcast. Studying for a sermon. Having friends over for Italian. Bow. Tie. Tuesday.
And I have local friends that have also taken to rocking the bow on Tuesdays.
My colleague Daniel Wells, for one.
Here’s Daniel rocking a nice Autumnal plaid during one of our weekly Tuesday podcast recording sessions. Somehow rocking the bow tie helps convince us that we’re not complete dorks, frauds, or both.
(Note: Many will say that the bow merely confirms at least the former. Ignore such people. Rock with gusto!)
And then we have my man Nathan. His family will be moving onto our street by the end of the month.
Nathan and several of his middle school and high school students have started Bow Tie Tuesday at their school. It’s good to know that students are not only being formed in character, but also in sartorial sensibilities, by my good friend.
What about you and your cronies? Do you do BOW TIE TUESDAY? What are your feelings on bow tie exclusivity vs. inclusivity? Those of you who teach: do you think the resurgence of interest in gentlemen’s style more broadly, and bow ties specifically, is sticking among the younger crowd?
Most importantly, are you up for starting a BOW TIE TUESDAY at your workplace, school, or in your community?
And, lest I fail to mention the obvious: Tomorrow is, in fact, Tuesday. That’s your cue. Rock that bow.
The only thing better than an evening in a bow tie? An evening in a bow tie with a Bourbon in one hand.
The only thing better than an evening in a bow tie with a Bourbon? Why, an evening in a bow tie, with a Bourbon, enjoying blues, in a museum.
The only thing better than all of the above?
If you come wearing a necktie, and while you’re sipping your Bourbon and enjoying your blues, said necktie is being deconstructed and converted into a bow tie right before your eyes.
That’s what Ellie and Dominique did for our friends at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia a fortnight back. And it was gobs of fun.
There were, in fact, four other Carolina bow tie makers set up for the event as well. The fellow next to us lives in our old neighborhood and named his bow tie company Titanic Alley after the long-gone section of our neighborhood that capitulated to a sprawling Cadillac dealership. It turns out that he got his inspiration from The Cordial Churchman after buying his first of many bow ties from us at a Columbia craft faire 2 years back.
I think that he and I were both a little intimidated by the velocity and grace with which Dominique and Ellie reconfigured neckties into bow ties, even while sipping Bourbon. They’re good, those Belles.
The event coincided and overlapped with an exhibit that first debuted in Winthrop University Galleries, Between the Springmaid Sheets. The Cordial Churchman was privileged to be asked to produce dozens of bow ties from archival Springmaid fabrics for both exhibitions.
It was only a little bit awkward watching my illustrator friend and Cordial Churchman branding designer Stephen Crotts gaze in awe at the framed Springmaids in their impeccably illustrated, high-flying skirts. Technique, he said. I believe him.
I’ll leave you with the top 2 most gratifying experiences of the evening for most attendees:
1. Experiencing the bow tie that was a necktie just a few minutes before.
2. Experiencing the largest bow tie made of turkey feathers ever worn by a woman. (Note: this was not a former necktie.)
A big thanks to Ken May, Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Commission, and Paul Matheny, South Carolina State Museum Curator of Art, for being the kind of gentlemen that bring Bourbon and bow ties together and call it art. And especially to Paul who had the Belles do some performance art in his space among such fine people.
Thinking about having a Great Gatsby inspired wedding or party? We’ve got you covered – atleast your neck. When I saw the movie, all I could do was start at the neckwear. Such a wonderfully styled movie. The bow tie in the first scene where we meet gatsby is beautiful. So beautiful that we decided to make them. The Gatsby is a Black silk satin bow tie tipped at the edge and on the knot with white satin. And don’t forget the white pique pocket square to go with.
So now that you have your bow tie picked out for the wedding, you can scour Pinterest for other ideas on Great Gatsby Wedding inspiration.
Introducing the Four Tone Donegal Tweed Bow Tie from The Cordial Churchman!
This is one of our favorite new bow ties of the Fall/Winter Season. Our four tone Donegal tweed bow tie can be tied so many different ways showing off 4 amazing donegal tweeds. This is a fun and versatile bow tie. A must for the fall wardrobe.
OR – if you’re not a four tone type, we have the bow ties available in each
Which one will you be wearing this fall? What do you plan to wear it with?