If Sesame Street taught us anything as children, it’s that it’s hip to be a square. Maybe it was just the bright colors and catchy beats doing their job, but we never forgot that whimsical advice. Maybe that’s why we’re having such a love affair with this square-bottomed tie from The Knottery. Or maybe it’s because of the deliciously slubby texture of the Japanese cotton, or the gorgeous indigo dye. Whatever the reason, we can imagine all sorts of outfits that would be made better by the addition of this guy— with a sweater on the weekends, or a blazer for date night, it’s an instant classic. Not unlike those Sesame Street hits of yore. Get it here.
From where we sit, nestled at the intersection of “Is it Halloween yet?” and “What do you mean the grocery stores are all out of bread?”, it’s safe to say that we have a few other things on our minds besides menswear. Yet, we’re not so far gone into our candy corn-stocked bunkers that we can’t still appreciate a beautiful bowtie. This one in particular caught our eye, partially because it seems to be situated at exactly the same crossroads as we are: the fabric is whimsically reminiscent of our favorite Halloween treats, and the company, New Orleans Bow Ties, comes from a city that knows a thing or two about storms. So, while we encourage you to direct your attention to the more pressing issues at hand—stock up on water, put some batteries in that clock-radio—you might want to bookmark this guy for after you survive the Frankenstorm. Get it here.
We’re not going to lie to you— it took us about twenty minutes to decide which of Fox & Brie’s picture-perfect bow ties we were going to feature today. A smart, brown and peach plaid? A classic sage-y green in a pointed bow style? An understated, mustard-hued club tie? We finally settled on this cheeky print, but believe us when we say that we were moments away from posting a screenshot of the entire shop and letting you make your own decisions. That’s how good the collection is. Even those of you who have avoided bow ties like the plague will find yourselves falling in love with the Fox & Brie’s offerings, which seem as befitting of a Wes Anderson movie as of a Fitzgerald novel. Go ahead. Take a look. We can barely contain ourselves. Get them here.
Ah, the double-take: few cinematic tropes can boast such a complex bundle of emotions. There’s the wah-wah, slapstick double-take. There’s the open-mouthed, stunned and awed double-take. And then there’s the special, more refined variety of double-take that’s reserved for truly unique items like this leather tie by Grove Lane. Wear it as you would a wool tie in a similar shade— just be sure to go understated on the rest of your outfit. Then, simply sit back and wait, and let the double-takes roll in. The only thing you’ll get more of than double-takes? Nods of approval. Get it here.
We all know what it’s like to find something so awesome that you just want to revel privately in your supreme joy and never, ever tell another living soul about its origins. Maybe it’s a new favorite indie-rock outfit or a stretch of beach or even just a backroad that shaves ten minutes off your commute. Or, maybe it’s the Chicago/New York tie brand Stalward Ltd. Between their fresh ties made of rare- and deadstock- fabrics, their jaunty branding, and the absolutely wonderful packaging (dear lord, the packaging!), there’s a lot to love about Stalward. So much to love, in fact, that we’d understand if you decided to keep their products, like this gorgeous gray chambray tie, to yourself. To tell you the truth, we were tempted to do the same. Get it here.
It’s no secret that everyone and his brother is in love with neckwear wunderfolks The Hill-Side. It’s even less of a secret that their new fall/winter line is at once what you would expect from this top-notch brand, and something a little bit… more. Everything in the collection is a bit elevated, from the expanded range of pattern and color to the stunning lookbook, shot by Michael Kennedy. But even though you’ve probably heard all of this before, what’s remarkable is that there’s some innate quality to all things Hill-Side that still feels like a secret. Like these stunning items were unearthed in your grandfather’s closet, or the corner of an out-of-the-way vintage store, or an old trunk hidden in the barn. There’s some sort of indescribable warmth to these items— we can only call it “care”. And as brand identities go, that bears repeating. Get it here.
You inherited a lot from your Scottish ancestors— your appreciation for Scotch, your fondness for tartans, your predilection for not wearing underwear (just kidding). You also inherited a strong sense of pride. And while that pride has led to perhaps more than your fair share of bar fights, it has also led you to where you stand today, and more importantly determined how you stand there— back straight, head held high, shoulders squared against the world. Proud of your work, your history, your lineage. Proud of your life and your appearance. Proud enough to dress yourself well and maybe even give a stylish nod in the direction of that aforementioned lineage with this sharp tartan tie by Paul Stuart. Sure, it may not be the tartan of your clan, but it’ll certainly make you look good. Just don’t get too prideful, now— you’ve been in enough bar fights already. Get it here.
You’re not a flower-type guy. Animal? Alright. Vegetable? Sure. Mineral? Why not. But when it comes to flowers, you tend to shrug your shoulders. So it stands to reason that florals were never your thing. Until, that is, you came upon this tie by The Hill-Side. Suddenly, flowers seem more Beatles, less bridal party. More rock star, less starry-eyed. Before you know it, you’re pairing this supersaturated print with suspenders and work boots, bringing its almost-haughtiness down to size with hard-working attire and an attitude to match. Then you’re wearing it with a suit, using it as a cheeky little wink at the stuffy professional world. And then, all at once— you’re a florals guy. And you ain’t changing for nobody. Get it here.
Some people would even look good wearing a potato sack… but kitchen pantry couture isn’t really your bag. And yet, no one could blame you for donning these limited-edition Otis James bowtie and handkerchief sets, made from vintage feed sacks sourced in Georgia. Tell all your friends about their rich history or keep the secret to yourself— the choice is yours. Each color only has a three-set run, so snap them up fast or mourn the loss forever. Trouble making up your mind? Here’s a little incentive: Oakleaf & Acorn is currently running a 20% of promotion with checkout code “TWOYEARS”. Decision, made. Get them here.
If you were an alien who suddenly came to earth and somehow fell into the heritage-Americana scene, followed a handful of blogs, started reading Gilt Manual and supplemented your interests by perusing Blackbird, Hickoree’s, and the like with some frequency, you might get the impression that The Hill-Side was the only producer of men’s neckwear worth its salt. And don’t get us wrong— we love The Hill-Side, and by this logic, you wold still be a pretty well-informed (and well-dressed) extraterrestrial. However, you (or rather, alien-you) wouldn’t be exactly correct. In fact, alien-you would be missing out on the stunning array of neckwear that is Hitsman USA. And this would be a serious shame. Why? Because Hitsman’s traditional neck- and bow-ties come in a variety of seersuckers, ginghams, chambrays and linens that are as timeless as they are stunning. Selection, quality, and superior fabrics? Yeah, that’s something to phone home about. Get it here.