Staten Island Ferry
If you’re in the city visiting, make sure to take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry to get a phenomenal view of the Statue of Liberty. The ride is free, and, as spring finally pops its head out, it’s a fantastic way to spend some time outside!
Note the great details aboard the “John F. Kennedy” ferry boat above!
Big Tie, Little Tie
We love to make pairs of reversible bow ties for the big and little guys — it’s the perfect way to subtly match and coordinate looks. These ties here are for a groom and ring bearer. The sun-washed chambray is going to make for a beautiful spring wedding!
Glass Display Dome
We’re kind of crazy about display cases (we find it’s the perfect way to merge our love of tie-making and wood-working), and we’d like to introduce you to our newest creation - a vintage style glass display dome.
Making the base turned out to involve a couple more steps than we initially anticipated. To get perfectly round circles was especially tricky - we ended up fashioning a simple shop-made jig to hold our router steady while we cut the inside groove and the outside edge:
Next, we used a table-set router to cut around the inside groove and give the outer edge a smooth round over (note the before and after sanding below):
Finally, after a splash of classic oak stain and a hand rubbed bee’s wax finish, the dome was ready for display!
Eco-Friendly Spring Ties
Two new (old) spring ties we’re really excited about - an upcycled Nantucket Red & a deadstock red, white, and blue gingham. We saw the gingham at Paula Reubenstein’s soho store and were instantly drawn to the fabric’s character and history. Both will be up in our shop in the coming weeks so check back soon!
One of our goals for the New Year is to post about some of the projects we work on when we’re not producing bow ties. We thought a great way to begin the series would be to share a tip for how to add high-end details to your outlet shopping purchases.
We’re fortunate to be able to make several trips each year to the fantastic outlet shops in Freeport, Maine. On one recent trip, we were able to pick up a charcoal chambray shirt from Brooks Brothers on deep discount. Like all outlet purchases, however, we felt the little details on the shirt just didn’t live up to its retail store counterpart. The buttons in particular just looked cheap.
To solve the problem, we sourced some great buttons. We found a shop in NYC’s garment district that cuts buttons straight from mother-of-pearl shells and sells them for about 60 cents each (you can get similar buttons here: http://tinyurl.com/aq6whuz). The buttons pop off the dark chambray and give the shirt a unique, boutique look.
Excited about Skyfall? So are we! To celebrate, we completely overhauled our line of formal, raw silk ties. We designed a new slim diamond tipped tie, and also added an ivory white color. Whichever tie you pick, you’ll look dapper while drinking your martini — shaken, not stirred.
Re-Purposed WWII Military Bow Tie
We’re very excited to announce our newest tie. Re-purposed from circa 1945 military khakis, this tie is an historic piece of US history! Find it in our shop here.