Lots of spring anticipation going around here. Hence the shades and the (formerly Brooks Brothers) berry bow tie. And, I suppose, the pink sweater.
It’s funny how, since we deal mostly in non-traditional (read, non-silk) fabrics, wearing a silk bow tie feels odd. I’m going to be doing a bunch of it this year, though—and just yesterday I went through a box of about 200 neckties. I sorted them into 3 categories:
Category 1. “What was I thinking? This is a great necktie–perfect width (not too wide, not super modern-skinny), vintage, etc. Why would I ever demolish this and sell it so some dude on the internet?”
Category 2. “No one should ever, ever wear this tie, ever. But since I don’t believe in legislating sartorial morality, these will go to Deacon’s Kindergarten clothing drive.”
Category 3. “Okay, this is a nice necktie. But we’re in the bow tie business, and the cash is going to Haiti. It’s maybe a little too wide, a little funky in this way or that, not perfect. Much better possibilities as a bow tie. Besides, these guys on the internet aren’t that bad.
By the way, isn’t this kid of mine cute? Doesn’t he make you want to buy this bow tie? It’ll be posted on the store as soon as I can wrest the computer from the Church Belles, who are frantically packing and printing shipping labels, trying to get lots of orders in the post before it closes in 10 minutes.
When you get a new pair of blue jeans, you kind of have to wear them every day for a good while. Even if it’s Sunday. With a new pair of 501s, blue jeans were my Sunday’s best.
Throw on a bow tie, some longwings, a sport jacket with a crisp, linen, TV-fold pocket square (hand-rolled by Ellie some 2 years ago), and you have a respectable Sunday swag going, regardless of what my former Presbyterian self would have told you.
Sunday’s bow tie, known as The Jackson, is available in our store. This is the very last one left, unless we happen to stumble upon a stash of lost Jackson fabric in some recess of the studio (which, if it should occur, would probably be approximately a decade from now). In other words, if you like this (which you should), get it like right stinking now or you’ll regret it for the rest of your life. Do you really want to live with that sort of regret? Think of the money you’ll save from avoiding the therapy….
Saturday was (again) unseasonably warm, so I threw on a never-before-seen bow tie from our upcoming Spring/Summer line. It’s luxurious. An organic cotton & hemp blend. It’s got the texture of linen, and the look of seersucker, but without the pucker. As part of our premium selection of bow ties made with rare fabrics, this will be priced at $38 when it becomes available in late February. But for one privileged bow tie aficionado, this (and only this very one) will be had for $35.
I am straight-up loving my Oak Street Bootmakers penny loafers. In fact, I decided it was time to put the penny in penny loafers, literally. One shiny one, one weathered one.
I’m quite happy with how these look when paired with denim. Loafers are an essentially casual shoe, so it makes perfect sense that they’d complement a dark pair of 501s quite nicely.
And the great thing about the weather is, of course, that it was a sockless day. I love socks. But I love not needing them, either. I usually don’t wear socks at all from April through September.
It turned out that this was the perfect chilled out bow tie for the occasion: Beneath the Surface | A Forum on Beauty. I pretended to be artsy for the day, and in fact did have a semi-sophisticated discussion with a professor from Appalachian State University about the evolving social and religious significance of tattoos.
With all my many talents, I was reduced to just one: Pastor…
…which of course is a great honor. It’s just that, as usual, my wife is way cooler than me.
I leave you with some images from the event. A grand time.
I tried my darndest (sp?) to save this–my favorite spring/summer bow tie right now–for when spring or summer actually arrived. But since this January Carolina day has been about as springlike as a May Ohio day, I figured I’d go right ahead. After all, we’ve got lots and lots and lots of new linen coming up in our new spring lineup. (Sneak peak below!)
But back to this tie, which happens to have an exquisite name. A name that means “manly”. Andrew. Fitting. It’s a dollar off the regular price, just for this one, just until it’s gone. Then you’ll have to pay full price, which a’int so bad anyhow.
Had the opportunity to share lunch at Lell’s Cafe with The Cordial Churchman’s illustrator, the masterful Stephen Crotts, and one of our most talented customers, singer-songwriter and producer Jeremy Casella. Stephen and his studiomates are putting on “Beneath the Surface: A Forum on Beauty” this weekend in Rock Hill, and Mr Casella is headlining the concert that opens this exploration of beauty. I’m running sound. Mr Kirk Irwin, theologian and arts advocate (not to mention dear friend and eventual bow tie wearer) is the keynote speaker, and the provider of beauty in the form of legal, tightly rolled Dominican smokable leaves for our friends while he’s in town.
I usually walk to meet Deacon at school and walk him home. Today I was a bit early, so I enjoyed some reading underneath a barren (and, due to the unseasonably warm weather, very confused) tree.
It’s Bow Tie Friday if you’re not joining me in wearing a bow tie every day of 2012. Why not celebrate with this beauty?
The pressure of this project–to throw on a different TCC bow tie every day–has had the interesting effect of causing me to scour the archives. On Day 26, I came up with this: one of my favorite of Ellie’s early neck-to-bow tie conversions. Medium-blue (darker than royal, lighter than navy) with red/white polka dots.
This is vintage silk. And by vintage, I mean really old. It also represents one of Ellie’s first tries at making a bow tie. It’s got quite a skeleton inside: it really stands up to be counted. It’s a little misshaped here and there. The silk is a little uneven in wear. But this bow tie looks s-h-a-r-p.
We don’t want to hype this bow tie as if it were the a Michael Jordan rookie card or Stan Lee’s first issue of illustrating Spiderman. But it is pretty special. And that’s one of the neat things about bow ties. Of course we pay close attention to the details–even the details that most no one will ever see. But it’s how things look when you show up in the bow tie that counts. They hide their idiosyncrasies much better than neckties. They’re all knotted and folded up and smushed together to begin with.
So, if you hold sentimental stock in The Cordial Churchman, and want to have one of our archival pieces, this bow tie is for you. If you’re going to wear the thing, this bow tie is for you. If you’re going to put this in a mirror-filled display case (not sure why you’d do that) with black velvet backcloth, you should balk. Available only until it’s no longer available: get this archival piece for the TCC throwback price of just $23.
Blue bow ties, by the way, are really important. Blue, khaki or tan, and a little bit of red make up 90% of my outfits.
Speaking of khaki, my Bill’s Khakis went head-to-head with my 4-year-old’s muddy shoes as I pushed him on the swing today. Since these things were originally made for the military, I’m expecting that they’ll hold up under these, and much more sartorially traumatic, conditions.