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    The Hill-Side

    Ties have become much more casual than the wide, silk ones your grandfather wore back in the day. If you choose your neck piece wisely you can wear the same one with shorts as you do with your suit. Founded by Emil and Sandy Corsillo, the brothers behind Hickoree’s Hard Goods, The Hill-Side specializes in ties, scarves and pocket squares made from rugged cotton fabrics like duck cloth, chambray, denim and waxed canvas. More Williamsburgh than Wall Street.

     

    The Tie Bar

    A wide variety of ties is essential for any well-rounded wardrobe. But at 80 bucks a pop…they’re probably not high on your list. Check out The Tie Bar which has a vast selection of standard, skinny, wool, knit and silk ties…all priced at $15. I especially like the wool skinny options.

     

    Dispatch | Curated Content

    Dispatch: Curated content to read, watch, use and amuse.

    -Gilt Manual: How to Stock Your Bar for Fall: Read

    -Life: Unpublished James Bond Auditions: Look

    -GQ: The Windmill Club F/W 2010: Watch

    -Men’s Journal: The 25 Best Beers in the World: Read

    -Daily Front Row: The Amazing Mr. Monocle: Read

     

    Pierrepont Hicks

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mac, one half of tie company Pierrepont Hicks, at a trunk show at the Ace Hotel in New York recently. Cool dude. The other half of Pierrepont Hicks is Mac’s wife, Kat. Kat spent time at Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Gourmet and Elle Magazines, while Mac worked in real estate development and construction.

    In 2007, the couple moved from Kat’s native Brooklyn to Mac’s native Minneapolis and started their new venture out of their home. The idea came about as most good ideas do, Mac couldn’t find the kind of ties he was looking for, so they anted up and started making some themselves. “Mac does the numbers, Kat handles the design.” All Pierrepont Hicks ties are produced in New York by master craftsmen who practice traditional workmanship patterns. “A single tie can take sixteen steps to create.” When you look at one of these badboys first hand…you can tell.

    Supreme craftsmanship at it’s finest. The fact that they’re doing it from Minneapolis only makes them cooler.

     

    The Windmill Club

    For those who want to break into the world of men’s fashion, ties seem like the way to go (Hey, it worked for Ralph Lauren). Current Harvard University senior, Kevin Burrows, recently started his collection, The Windmill Club.

    Here are some images from his slim, but not skinny, offering which I believe is two collections deep.

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