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Posted on Jul 3, 2014 in Accessories, Braces, Personal Style, the Mothering of Art |

Brace Yourself: It’s Been Five Years!


We have been making things that we’re proud of for 5 years now. For the most part, we try to be humble about it. It’s a great privilege, after all, to work with our hands and make things faithfully.

We’re taking this proudly, humbly made thing to a whole new level with this, our newest offering in a line of menswear made faithfully. In celebration of 5 years, we’re pleased to present this humble brag.

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Introducing our handmade American braces. Suspenders with hand-dyed leather, logo-stamped back pieces, and other gorgeous, sturdy components. We are fairly confident that no one in America is making quality button-fastened braces by hand like this. Just us.


Your braces come with sturdy buttons. We’ll be glad to sew a set of buttons in your trousers if you send us your pants. How about that? Or we’ll walk you through the process and you can have the satisfaction of doing it yourself.

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The result is that you get to celebrate with us, and do so with a level of sophistication and distinction that–dare we say it?–eclipses that of even the wearer of bow ties. For the price of just a couple bow ties, you can take this cordial menswear thing to a whole new level.

And thank you, thank you, thank you for five incredible years of your loyalty and enthusiasm. Here’s to five more.

Head on over to the store and brace yourself.

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Posted on Aug 21, 2012 in 366 Bow Ties, Andy blogs, Bowties, the Mothering of Art | 2 comments

366 Bow Ties: Day 231, A Good Day


All said and done, today was  good day.

Reason 1:

After having a pear, a banana, and a very green juice for breakfast, I broke fast for real by having this for lunch. A BKT–bacon, kale, tomato sandwich. I almost forgot to grill the whole thing in the bacon grease. Almost. Yum.

Reason 2:


That there is my boy Deacon. As he told some pedestrians: “today was my first time riding my bike in action!” Which means, of course, that he started, went, and stopped on his own steam. He just looked his fears square in the eye and slapped them upside the head. And this after he burst into tears earlier in the day when Ellie removed his training wheels. We celebrated with FroYo. Which is another great reason that this day was good.

Reason 3:

As Deacon was taking his last spin, the sun set over Winthrop Lake. Glorious. Applause, I think, from those dwelling in glory for my son’s accomplishment.

So celebrate with us and grab today’s bow tie: a dark teal-ish club diamond with stripes, silk from a vintage necktie. A sharp tie. $29. All of it goes to bless children in Haiti.





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Posted on Jul 25, 2012 in 366 Bow Ties, Andy blogs, Bowties, Personal Style, the Mothering of Art |

366 Bow Ties: More Catching Up!

Day 190.


I’m pointing at the bow tie, but everyone assumed I was showing off my freshly shaven baby face. People! Let’s not get distracted from the nicely coordinated ensemble here. Red chambray Levi’s shorts, blue oxford button down. Red, white, and blue seersucker check bow tie in classic cut.

It’s a sharp tie; there’s no denying it. Yours unless you tarry.


Day 191

It’s an honest, and an important, question. But let’s put the on hold for the moment. The real question is, do you own a hot air balloon bow tie? It’s 492% more likely that you’ve hugged a Presbyterian.

This unique number was once a neck tie. You can kind of tell if you look close at the knot, which just so happened to show the seam where the emblematic fabric was brought together to form this bow tie. (Usually it is discretely hidden.)

This is really gone forever and ever and ever, amen, once it’s gone. Buy now or regret later. (How’s that for a pushy, decidedly non-Presbyterian altar call sort of approach to sales?)


Day 193

It’s my firm belief that pink is a very legitimate color for any men’s garment, save briefs. Pink chambray in a punchy diamond-point cut. Can’t go wrong. You get an extra credential on your Man Card. And buying it sends $29 to children in Haiti.


Day 194

I’m sorry, but you’ve just got to love this. Yes, that’s two shades of gingham patched together on one ‘wing’ of this classic butterfly cut bow tie. The scale variation in the navy gingham is also a subtly awesome touch.

You’re probably going to want to grab this now while it’s still summer. Then wear it every day until Labor Day.


Well, that’s four new ones for you to goo and gah over. Enjoy.




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Posted on Jul 20, 2012 in 366 Bow Ties, Andy blogs, Bowties, Personal Style, the Mothering of Art, We Get Press |

366 Bow Ties: Day 200!

Well, for Day 200, The Perfect Melancholies had a gig at The Old Town Market, but alas, the rain prevailed and we (probably wisely) opted for non-electrocution and threw on the towel. Too bad. But on the bright side, we got coverage by our local daily without actually having to perform.

Erica entertained us on the banjo while the rain did its rainy thing.

The great thing—a true providence, I would reckon—was that we got to dine at Erin’s Restaurant on its opening night in its new Old Town Rock Hill location. It was a fantastic, and historic, experience.


The bow tie was a  straight batwing shape (an obvious choice for the eve of the debut of The Dark Night Rises) reversible with a complex plaid on one side and a simple, wonderfully textured pale teal linen on the other side. I twisted the bow to show off the teal linen in the knot—one of the many possibilities when you’re rocking a TCC reversible. Grab it here.

Eat local. Listen to local music. Wear bow ties. Especially ones that put your money toward a local, homegrown business which employs local artisans, and which also puts a small dent into the hope-thirst of a few dozen Haitian children.

And smile.

And eat dessert.



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