1. The National Society of the Colonial Dames in Georgia have developed a tie for their members' husbands and sons. It is so good looking, in the traditional Dames blue and gold....and they gave one to Robert Redford not too long ago, to honor his visit to their historic headquarters, where he was filming his new movie. I guess he is an honorary Dames husband now! My husband is getting one of these for Father's Day......But he never reads this blog, so the secret is safe!
Photo from the NSCDA-GA website
2. In the world of retail, Richmond is getting quite a national reputation for the ties from Peter-Blair.
Photo from Peter-Blair.com
“We’re not just selling a product . We’re offering a lifestyle.”
Those words are an everyday credo for Dick Fowlkes, Ed Cleavenger and the staff at Peter-Blair.
Peter-Blair ties are by an amazing local designer, and are sold not only at Peter-Blair in Richmond, but in other stores around the country. Visit their website or the Peter-Blair Accessories Facebook group to learn more! (I will be writing an article about the Peter-Blair store in the weeks to come....so check back for more...)
3. Finally, a dear reader (and friend) told me about the most amazing company called Lumina Clothing in North Carolina....founded and run by college students! These guys are literally on the cutting edge of fashion for the young....the preppy young, especially!
Lumina Clothing has an awesome website and a Facebook group, too.
Loved this brief blurb about the history of the skinny tie!
"The skinny tie dates back to the 1960’s when it was the original prep tie. By the 1980’s the style was absorbed by the rock variety, which could be attributed to its resurgence as of late. At Lumina, we look back to the original origins most, and try to blend this classic style with more modern lines for timeless neckwear."
The name Lumina came from an old dance pavilion once located on Wrightsville Beach, NC. Opening in 1905, at the time it was the premier social venue in the South, hosting many of thee biggest names in entertainment. On top of the building was a massive sign, lit with the newest incandescent technology. It was illuminating. You could see it from miles around! We thought this was perfect inspiration for a company that we hope will bring enlightened fashion to a new generation of men."