June 06, 2013

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Win a Father's Day Gift Box- A Collaboration with Ursa Major

Father’s day is a day to tell your dad or the father of your children how much you appreciate and love him. We collaborated with Ursa Major to create a limited-run gift set for Father's Day 2013.

To win the below gift set for the Dad in your life,  just submit a comment below explaining why your Dad rocks!
 
Winner will be announced Saturday morning June 8 by email. Just in time to ship out to you the same day.

  

We wrapped Ursa Major's Stellar shave cream and our exclusive Harbour Stripe pocket square into a hand-painted gift box, ready to give to dear ol' Dad (or whomever you feel deserves such a gift!).

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June 05, 2013

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Wittmore LA Pop Up Concept Store

It seems that everyone is buzzing about the new Wittmore foray into brick-n-mortar. Their LA Pop Up concept store at 8366 1/2 Third Street in Los Angeles is grabbing press attention from the likes of GQEsquireValet MagUrban DaddyComplex and more. We are super stoked to be a part of it and took the opportunity to design some special pieces, exclusive to Wittmore!

 

Window-dressing and custom wallpaper designed especially for Wittmore by Pantone 

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April 24, 2013

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Sutherland... The Wedding.

By far, one of the best parts of being in the neckwear design business is working with a couple to create special designs for their wedding day. For us, there is no greater honor. We recently had just such an honor working with a fantastic couple. 

Through the back and forth of the custom design process, we get to know our bride and groom and wanted to share a casual interview we had with the now Mr. and Mrs. Sutherland.

 

Where and when did you meet?
We had mutual friends together in high school, but never fully met until a few years after we had graduated. We both lived in the same town about 6 years ago and the rest is history.
At what moment did you know she was "the one"?
I always joke about this, but honestly we had a great 2nd or 3rd date at a bar in the town we both lived in. The date was at a sports bar and it involved buffalo wings, sweatpants and draft beer, what more could you ask for? 

 

How original (or not!) was your proposal, and did you have more than one scenario for back up?
Ha, well, kind of original I like to think. We woke up on a Sunday morning, exhausted from a late night out in NYC and I went to get breakfast at our usual spot in town. After we finished eating, I gave her a thank you card with some mushy love stuff written inside and got down on one knee. She had no idea it was happening then and there. Afterwards, I setup a surprise brunch at her parents house with some of our close friends and family.

 

Describe your wedding in 5 words...
Personal, warming, high spirited, laid back and musical

 

Aside from your custom ties, what other elements of your wedding were really unique and memorable to you?
We wanted to add as many personal touches to the wedding as possible. Being a designer by trade and my wife being hands on and creative as well, we had a great time making things and planning out unique touches. We made or pieced together almost everything. My buddy Scott letterpress printed the invitations and program cover, we made envelope liners, printed programs, seat cards and menus, hand burnt wooden wedding favors and screen printed tote bags. I think that's it? Ha. Mind you, we also had a ton of help from our family and friends with all of these little 'projects'. Another memorable factor in our wedding was having my wife's brother sing our first dance, it truly was one of our favorite parts of the wedding!

Many thanks to our friends for allowing us to share in their special day - and for being such good sports with our interview. All the best wishes for a fantastic life together!

All photographs courtesy of http://tomharmonphotography.com

 

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April 24, 2013

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The General Nosh

Tie designing is a horribly grueling business. Every once in a while we need to kick back, have a drink and enjoy some tasty morsels of sustenance. Besides, all work and no play makes Andrew a rigidly sober and hungry person. That will just not do...

At General Knot & Co., we are known to enjoy an occasional bourbon, but it's good to see that its close cousin rye is having a bit of a renaissance of its own. Give it a taste or two and let us know of any of your other favorite potions. 

A recent favorite libation (borrowed from our local bartender at Esquire Magazine): The Cliquet

 

When it comes to food, I have yet to find a point on this globe were delicious choices cannot be found. As someone born and raised in Connecticut by a Yankee father and a Southern mother, I am used to a wide range of cooking, but my heart (or stomach) is most at home in the South. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to be exact. Whenever visiting the motherland it is understood that a few visits will be paid to A Southern Season.  

Beyond the aromatic coffees, wines, freshly prepared foods of all kinds, jars of pickled okra, rosemary almonds (yes, rosemary almonds), endless kitchen gadgets and tools, candies, etc... is the Restaurant. I've been told that everything on the menu is "to die for". Not that it matters to me, because I only have eyes for the Fried Green Tomato BLT on Sour Dough Bread. Try as I may, it's futile to fight its call to be ordered. Who am I to argue.

A Southern Season's Fried Green Tomato BLT on Sour Dough Bread

As the chefs at A Southern Season do not so easily share their recipe, I'm offering up Nick Melvin's as a good base from which to start. Fancy it up or keep it simple. Personally, I recommend ditching the remoulade for a bit of seasoned mayo and going with sour dough bread. All in all, it's hard to go wrong. 

Enjoy, my friends.

 

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April 24, 2013

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The North Carolina Museum of Art

With roots in Chapel Hill, North Carolina we were thrilled when the fine people at the North Carolina Museum of Art came knocking about creating a special offering of our neckwear in their museum in Raleigh. We really liked their fresh approach to design and figured a little Q&A was in order. Check out our short interview below:

 

Can you give us a little background/history on the North Carolina Museum of Art?

The Museum’s history begins in 1924, when the North Carolina State Art Society was formed.

In 2000 the Museum’s director, Larry Wheeler, began to lay plans for the Museum’s future, shifting from renovation of the Stone building to construction of a new building specifically for the purpose of housing the permanent collection. Over the course of the next two years, the Museum began working with architects Thomas Phifer and Partners on the design of a new gallery building. A unique glass-walled architectural structure with striking roof lines, a dramatic exterior, and state-of-the-art environmental elements, West Building has arisen adjacent to the original building on the Museum site.


 

Tell us about some of the upcoming events or shows this spring at the museum.

We have two major exhibitions this spring:

- Objects of Devotion – Medieval English Alabaster Sculptures from the Victoria and Albert Museum

- 0 to 60 – The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art

You can find out more about our events and shows by going to our website at our web site.

How did you come to find out about General Knot and why do you think your customer will respond to it?

Andrew, our store team’s inventory specialist/marketing guru came upon your website and suggested I look at your product because he thought it was really innovative and would be a good fit in our Museum Store.

What other products do you carry in the store that cater to your male customer?

We carry wallets, tie tacks and cuff links, pens, flash drives, watches and pocket knives.

Any upcoming special events that the Museum Store has planned?

The Museum Store sends out monthly emails to inform our customers and our Museum members about new merchandise. It also links to our online store as well as our Pinterest Boards (pinterest.com/ncartmuseum)

 

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April 24, 2013

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New Spring 2013 Styles

We're always busy creating new designs from great vintage fabrics that we find during our travels. This Spring is no exception with its abundance of fresh colors and textures. A few highlights below:

Blues You Can Use- The Indigo Gardens Collection

Shades of the Sea: Vintage Florals, Checks, and Irish Linen

Hand-Washed Irish Linen: Soft and Subtle Palmetto Plaid Collection

 

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April 04, 2013

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The New Traditionalists | Studio Visit

Scott Procops (A heck of a talented guy and part of the creative team at The New Traditionalists) recently stopped by the studio for a visit.

 

I recently seized the opportunity to get out of the city and head upstate to Bedford-my hometown, and the headquarters of tie-maker General Knot & Co. I had initially met founder Andrew Payne at the Pop Up Flea in December, yet this the first time I got a chance to see the designer and fabric collector at his home/textile library to learn more about what makes him tick, and why General Knot is so special... Please read on http://mrte.ch/pee

February 24, 2013

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Instagram Contest- How do you wear your General Knot?

 

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February 21, 2013

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GQ: 10 labels that caught their eye at Jacket Required

 

                         Yeah, that's right, GQ was checking us out. 

February 21, 2013

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Little Knot at home at Clementine

 

 

    When we launched our line of children's bow ties, Little Knot, we immediately thought of our friends at Clementine in Middlebury, Vermont. Specializing in vintage finds and all things created with an eye for great design, Clementine is our kind of store.  If you ever find yourself in Middlebury we highly recommend you check out this champion of "Vermontism" overlooking the Otter Creek Falls.  Little Knot was designed for the little man in your life, so be sure to make it a family outing!