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Posted on Oct 8, 2011 in Andy blogs, Collaborations, Personal Style | 2 comments

New in the Store: Cordies by Young Man / Old Man

We’re proud to unveil a new collaboration.  Are you ready?

Why should your survival precautions render you unstylish?  We know this is the perennial question of mankind.  So we’re offering an answer.

Behold: Cordies.

You’ve never seen a happier marriage of form and function.  You’ll also be the only person you see in your town wearing such a killer pair of sunglass retainers–that is, until Conor of Young Man/Old Man becomes rich and famous for his one-of-a-kind sartorial innovation.

I’m not at all an outdoorsman, and I rarely feel the obligation to be the hero-in-waiting, prepared with whatever Macgyveresque supplies would be necessary to save a small village.  What I care about is looking cool–or at least looking like I know I’m cool, even if, in fact, I look like a goob.  This is why I wear bow ties in a world where Madonna has convinced everyone that it’s ok to wear your underwear on the outside in public.  And this is why I’ll be rocking Young Man/Old Man’s collaboration with The Cordial Churchman on my Ray Ban Clubmasters whenever theres the slightest bit of photosynthesis happening in the plant kingdom around me.

I’ve always felt that the popular version of sunglass retainers (I hear they’re called ‘Croakies’?) just looks a little too–what shall we say?–collegiate for yours truly.  With undergraduate days almost a decade in my rear view mirror, I was looking for something a little like an upgrade from flip flops to bucks, from a Jansport to a leather satchel.  Cordies are just the ticket, I think you’ll agree.  And, of course, one is not excluded from taking a more grown-up sartorial stance in one’s undergraduate years.  It’s just that I wasn’t cool enough to have struck such a pose in my days at Kent State.

Before I undercut sales by sounding like a pretentious jerk-head (oh…it’s too late? I already have?), let me just lay these out on the table for you to admire.  Handmade.  Available in royal blue, olive, black, orange, and camouflage.  Hand-knotted in Carolina.  Lasts you till you lose it.  Might just save your life.  $18.


  1. Ohhh boy, I’m excited to get my paws on a pair of these. These are great. Just great.
    Also great: that orange houndstooth(?) bowtie in the fourth down. Is that an upcoming design or one of those “concept bows” that exist only to make everybody jealous?

    • Hi! I’m so glad you like it. I just listed this bow tie on the store. I found a very limited amount of this fabric and fell in love with it. WIsh I could get more, but this is probably all I’ll have. Here’s the link if you’re interested: