Thursday, November 28, 2013

Feather Bow Ties....Turkey Day

When I was a lad, my music teacher would reward my practice and playing not with a gold star, but with a turkey feather. He used to promise me that if I'd work hard every week, I'd soon have enough turkey feathers to make something remarkable.  Perhaps the young man behind Brackish Bow Ties also had such a music teacher, for he has made the lovely tie you see above from, yes, turkey feathers. (I hope the chap won't mind me using his photo in order to show you the outcome.)

I was introduced to South Carolinian Ben Ross and his work through a comment on my recent blog post about bow ties, so I give thanks to you, dear Becca, for leading me to this fine find.  I rather fancy myself looking dapper in a Phunky Pheasant, but take a look and see which feather bow tie suits you.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Street Style....Under the Weather

Documenting street style can be rather difficult when the weather is so awful that people refuse to set foot on said street.  I was thrilled to see these folk out on Saluda Avenue....only to draw closer and discover that they were literal empty suits.  By George,  I'll take it!
This red hat and plaid jacket made me feel warmer right away....
...as did these furry cuffs and brilliant scarf.
Here, I was put in mind (for some reason) of the Headless Horseman.  Perhaps I've been watching a bit too much of that television series (which, by the way, stars a gentleman of my acquaintance with a connection to Columbia).  The horseman can only wish to sport such a stylish hat upon his head(less)....or he could perhaps drop by 2G's Clothing in Five Points, which is where I found all of these weatherproof ensembles.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Frightful....Weather Outside

I just stepped out of doors, and my eyes went all googly--not unlike those of the chap on the left.  If only someone would give me $79.99 for my trouble.  Ah well, I'm looking forward to seeing what my fellow Columbians will don on this cold day.  Will you be wearing a wildly furry hat, extra-tall boots or high tech mittens? If so, would you be so kind as to send me a photo?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Autumn Light....Riverfront Park

It's the norm to see neon-clad runners along Columbia's canal, so these two caught my eye with a more jewel-toned colour palate. I had to scurry to catch up to them--and even this romantic, golden light could not make me appear to comport myself with dignity!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

4 Questions For....Titanic Alley


While contemplating Columbia’s contribution to the national bow tie trend, I engaged in a pleasant discussion with Russell Sox (pictured below, with a glass of bubbly), who has recently launched his own line of bow ties under the Titanic Alley label.

He takes the name of his company from a mysterious street that is depicted on Columbia maps of yore but has sunk into oblivion today.  How appropriate of the street, no?

Mr. Sox’s tie endeavor, however, is sailing along, with an online shop, inclusion in the juried show Crafty Feast, and demand that keeps him busy.  (He makes every Titanic Alley tie himself.) 

Fortunately, he stopped cutting and sewing long enough to indulge me by answering four questions.  I liked the outcome so entirely that I intend to question more local style influencers in just the same way.

4 Questions for Russell Sox of Titanic Alley:

1. In free association exercises, when I say "bow tie" the responses range from "naughty English professor" to "Orville Redenbacher".  What do you make of this?

It makes me wonder with whom do you engage in these free associations?

2. Columbia is home to a bow tie 5k, a bow tie festival, a bow tie workout video, and several bow tie designers. What should this tell us?

It tells us that Columbia is fully engulfed in the bow tie renaissance and should be considered a new center of contemporary bow tie design! We're seeing the bow tie embraced by a new generation. 
 
3. Your company name makes me think of both the ship and that diagonal alley in Harry Potter. If Titanic Alley were to mysteriously sink after hitting an iceberg conjured up by a wizard, what sort of bow tie would you like to be wearing?

I hope to never be involved in such a calamity but if I am, I will be wearing a diamond-point argyle wool bow that also inflates into a life preserver.

4. What do you wish I had asked?  And would you mind terribly answering it?

Not at all. Here's a good question: Bow ties can have a reputation of being stuffy and old fashioned. What are some new trends that make bow ties appealing for today's man?
  
Reversible bow ties have been very popular among Titanic Alley customers. One side is a complimentary fabric or color for the other - so when it's tied, you see a peek of contrast from the fabric on the back. It gives the wearer options for which side to tie as the "dominant" side - and it's like buying two neckties for the price of one.

I also encourage gentlemen to look beyond the traditional "butterfly" shape. I particularly like the diamond-point. The ends taper to a point and create an asymmetrical bow that has a young and modern look.

Thank you, Mr. Sox!

As I post these notes, I see that I've failed to ask the most obvious question:  
Has the gentleman ever considered designing hosiery?

And did I mention? On occasion, you'll also find me rambling on about things for Fig Columbia.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Adorable....In Layers

Record cold this week. A forecast of 80 degrees for Monday. What's a chap to wear? Perhaps I'll take my cue from this darling lass and dress in layers.  Don't you like the stripes.....and those shoes?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Warm Wrap....Chilly Days

Leaving the warmth of my heavenly bed is no small challenge when the weather is chilly. Perhaps a shawl or poncho of some sort would ease that transition! This woman looks warm and pretty in her wrap, paired with boots. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

On the Fringe....Main Street

Look at this marvelous fringe jacket!  Fringe, for me, is one of the most rewarding elements in fashion, because it moves, slaps others with its awesomeness, chases away flies, and makes noise. (Show me an Armani jacket that can do that!)  Plus, I love the look. I found myself wondering how fringe evolved and still have much research to do--but I came across this interesting blog and entry, which I think you'll enjoy.

As I typed the words "the Fringe" it also occurred to me that I prefer it to the Twitter and wonder if there is not a social media opportunity lurking in there somewhere.  Or perhaps such a thing already exists for (despite my use of "awesomeness" in this post) I am surely too much of an old dog to have come up with a new trick.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Birthday Suit....Drip on Main

I was sipping a cortado at a birthday soiree for dear Peg (yes, that Peg o' my heart), when this striking person arrived.  At first, I thought she might be the entertainment. Then, I supposed this to be her regular look.  Finally, I was set straight: The darling woman had been painting faces at the Trinity Bazaar and donned this costume for the occasion.  She looks wonderful, no? I especially liked the tiny hat perched atop that mountain of curls. And the colours, in this combination, practically vibrate--making the caffeine in my coffee seem rather weak by comparison.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Runners & Fans....Governor's Cup Race

Though there was more neon than I've seen since 1986, these runners--with their surprising Cowboys-from-Hawaii theme--stole the show.  Well done, gentlemen.
They and all the other runners in the Governor's Cup road race were the beneficiaries of cheers from this group, possibly the cutest family in America.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The German....Novemberfest

This fellow was introduced to me as "The German"....and who dares argue with these lederhosen and this jaunty hat?  Seek out The Wurst Wagen to find him, along with some delicious food.