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Posted on Sep 25, 2012 in 366 Bow Ties, Andy blogs, Bowties, Personal Style |

366 Bow Ties for Haiti: Feeling the Fall

Usually we can’t get them to be happy and be in bow ties. Owen’s favorite line is “Lame. I don’t want to dress like Papa.” He’s a pre-teen at age 4. But this time around, they both decided they wanted to be magicians, so they needed a bow tie and a cape to go with their wands. Okey Dokey.

Today was the first day for tweed. Great to get my favorite Donegal out, with the elbow patches and all.

And Day 270 called for a straight batwing silk repp stripe X gray velvet reversible.  It’s really one of my favorites of the year. Yours for $29, all of which goes to Haiti. Grab here.

The other great thing about Autumn is that it’s now sock season.

Yesterday’s bow was actually also one of autumnal Donegal, but this time in the bow tie. Half of it, anyway. Check out this gorgeous tweed with a reversible cotton plaid in diamond point. Grab it here.

More autumnal awesomeness: boots. Wolverine 1000 Mile boots, to be more precise.

And scruff, too.

Saturday night I got to see and hear The Secret Sisters from Muscle Shoals, AL. Good tunes in the Old Town Amphitheater. And a good occasion to wear — you guessed it!— a bow tie.

This vintage necktie silk crossed with rust velvet in butterfly shape — Day 267.  Can’t ever get this one again after this one’s gone. Grab it here.

Was pretty wiped after the show, I guess.

Cordially,

Andy

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Posted on Sep 17, 2012 in 366 Bow Ties, Andy blogs, Bowties |

366 Bow Ties for Haiti: The Fat and Skinny

A weekend ago we at The Cordial Churchman enjoyed our second appearance at the esteemed Indie Craft Parade in Greenville, South Carolina. This was a delightful experience, as it was two years ago, and one that we look forward to sharing with artisans and crafters in the coming years.

Somehow in all the hustle and bustle of selling bow ties, showing guys and gents how to tie one of these suckers, and making very, very strategic trades with Sweeteeth Chocolate (!), I forgot to snap a photo of my bow tie of the day in action. But here it is in its boring, static form.

Sheesh, you can’t even quite tell that this is dark navy blue. Ah well, you’ll have to take my word for it. Half vintage necktie silk; half red linen. Sharp as nails. Get it here.

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We also had the pleasure of meeting a couple fine young television journalists with SCETV at The Cordial Churchman studios this past week. Ellie and I clumsily told the story of TCC’s origins and prognosticated about its future. Let’s hope these journalists are also stellar editors so that they can come up with something coherent that doesn’t make us look like the goobers that we kind of are! Ultimately, it will be available for us to see here.

I chose a distinctly fall and winter bow tie: a gray tweed wool diamond point. Simple, but smart, you’ll agree.

Grab it here.

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Ahhh, Sundays. Love them Sundays. That’s a pretty table there, but pretty quickly after the photo was taken, it was covered with hot dogs, pickles and chips and crowded with kiddos and grown ups for a delightful Sunday supper.

And here was the setting for said meal: a beautiful home in Historic East Town Rock Hill, SC. Our friends recently moved here partly in order to be really close to where our church meets and ministers. I’m glad they did, because that means frequent hot dog suppers!

 

Picked a super duper skinny reversible silk bow tie—navy with polka dots and gray, made, I’m assuming, by Dominique, our most abstract visual artist and haberdasher—for my Sunday swag. Snappy smart, I think. Kind of hipster, too, whatever that means.

There may be more super duper narrow bow ties coming your way, but this is one of a kind. Grab it here.

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Friday I found myself attending the inauguration of Reformed Theological Seminary’s new Chancellor, Mike Milton. I enjoy all the pomp and circumstance of these occasions. It’s also stimulating to hear from and interact with folks who have been working in my field for longer than I’ve been in existence. It helped remind me that, D.V., I’ll have another of my own lifetimes to do some neat, meaningful things.

 

I chose a great, subtle, versatile, classic shaped, season-stratling bow tie for the not-exactly-summer/not-exactly-fall occasion.

See these subtle hints of blue and red in with the neutral foundation? See the fantastic texture? Go and get it.

And don’t forget that all these proceeds go to Haiti, to help children get a good education in a stimulating, life-changing environment.

Cordially,

Andy

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on Sep 12, 2012 in 366 Bow Ties, Andy blogs, Bowties, Guy Style Favorites, Personal Style |

366 Bow Ties: Luxury and Versatility

Day 245.

At first it appears to be your average colorful diamond-point plaid bow tie from The Cordial Churchman. But don’t be fooled.

Side one.

Side two.

The thing about having a couple seamstresses who are art school graduates is that, when faced with the need to come up with 366 unique bow ties over the course of AD 2012, they don’t fret.

On side one, you can display the punchy, bold primaries of the plaid and the quirky yellow linen. On side two, you can tone it down and Autumn it up with the subdued reds and hunter greens of a a classic plaid paired with a green  chambray with yellow undertones.

Twist and turn to create several other possible configurations. A remarkably versatile and personality-rich bow tie if there ever was one. Get it here.

You may have noticed that I’m pretty obsessed with my Wolverine 1000 Mile boots. Pretty much wearing them every other day lately. Boy do I love these boots.

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Day 254.

Liberty of London fabric. It’s a big deal. And you can’t deny that it’s beautiful. It’s also luxurious and very much top shelf. This is your chance to grab it before it goes public. You won’t find anything comparable for so low as we’re offering it: $49. Plus, all the cash goes to Haiti.

Grab it here.

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Day 256.

Speaking of luxurious bow ties, how about this throwback from The Cordial Churchman archives: The Johnny Cashmere. Simple gray with all the cashmere fluffy awesomeness you’d expect from that supreme fabric. Classic Cut, and sure to be a classic of your Fall/Winter 2012 wardrobe—-if you jump on it now.

When I saw this in the studio, I couldn’t wait for cooler weather to rock it. Thankfully we had one of the most pleasant pre-Autumn days yet, and the university stripe button down and Bill’s Khakis fit the bill with this killing-me-softly bow tie.

And—surprise, surprise!—I threw on the Wolverine 1000 Mile boots again.

Cordially,

Andy

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Posted on Sep 10, 2012 in 366 Bow Ties, Andy blogs, Bowties |

366 Bow Ties: Day 233 – Transitional Season Reversible

Day 233

First, note the Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots. Okay. Good.

A striking reversible: vintage blue striped necktie silk on one side; yellow medium-scale gingham on the other. Cut in our very popular straight batwing shape, which yields a thinner bow and a fatter knot, and instantly increases your IQ by 15%.

The great thing about reversibles such as this is that they’re multi-seasonal. During the autumn, keep the blue silk facing forward and you have a subtle yellow peeking out from behind the batwing bow. Come spring, usher in the sunshine with the bold yellow gingham front and center. In transitional seasons (ahem—like right now), twist as you tie the bow and get a combo look. (See above.)

Run and grab it here.

You’ll never believe it, but I was the only one wearing a bow tie to watch their kids take a tae kwon do lesson. I think that Master Pak was pretty intimidated.

Cordially,

Andy


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Posted on Sep 3, 2012 in 366 Bow Ties, Andy blogs |

366 Bow Ties: Almost 1000 Mile Boot Season

Day 236.

Every now and then I go on these 3 or 4 day stints where the only thing I snack on is fruit and vegetables. I get filled with self-righteousness and look down on people eating coffee cake and Doritos.

But usually I’m the one eating the scones and chocolate-covered pomegranate bits. And the bow tie feels tight. And the collar feels tight. Etc.

Caption: “Papa, is this one of your self-righteous, fruit-only days?”

I really love this bow tie. Like, really love. Don’t you? 100% linen, from a vintage necktie. A handsome, bright-but-not-obnoxious green. Yellow and blue foulard. Dang. Go and get it. 

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But even better (if you can imagine such a thing): 1000 Mile Boots from Wolverine. We had a week or so of cooler weather in August, and I think I wore these beauties like 4 days in a row. (You’re not really supposed to do that; you’re supposed to let the leather have a breather. Oh well.)

I’m delighted that Wolverine sent Ellie and me each a pair of their coveted 1000 Mile boots for our 366 Bow Ties for Haiti project. And I couldn’t think of a better boot investment to make. Go get yourself a pair.

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Day 237.

Me and my lady. She went away for a weekend. And I missed her sorely. She came home. And there was great rejoicing.

Run and grab this patch madras bow tie in classic cut. Can’t go wrong.

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Day 238.

(See those 1000 Mile Boots again?)

Simple blue gingham. Classic cut. Classic style. Can’t go wrong. Get it here.

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Day 239.

Taken in our home in Columbia, SC, while I was in a melancholy mood thinking about the fact that we were losing our bees tenant ever. And missing that lovely house. Looks like we may have gotten it rented, though.

A beautiful silk paisley in narrow cut. Wow. From a necktie. Only one available, ever. Get it. 

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Ok, that’s it for now. Don’t forget that all of these bow ties go to help with a school in Haiti. Hopefully we’ll get to visit that school before long.

Cordially,

Andy

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Posted on Aug 28, 2012 in 366 Bow Ties, Andy blogs, Personal Style |

366 Bow Ties: Days 234-235. Silk and Linen

Day 235.

 

Taken in the beautiful marble (I think?) stairway of the Gettys Art Center, Old Town Rock Hill, SC,where The Cordial Churchman’s global headquarters reside.

 

This is a really handsome bow tie, I think you’ll agree. A butterfly cut. Plaid. Works for both the summer and winter in medium-weight cotton. A fatter cut yields a more buxom bow.

100% Linen. Available now, until the moment when someone else snatches it from your clutches. $29, a bargain at twice the price. Grab it here.

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Day 234.

Silk. Diamond point. Awesome.

Do I have your attention now?

This is a gorgeous silk bow tie converted from a vintage necktie. Note the purple and teal foulard pattern. The silk is either midnight blue or black. Who cares. The thing is gorgeous. If you don’t buy it, I’ll wear it until there’s nothing but a few silk threads and a slider left of it. Your call.

Grab it here.

 

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