MAKE opens today in Leominster, Massachusetts

I’m excited to have bow ties for sale at a new shop featuring local artisans from the greater Leominster, Massachusetts area.  It’s called MAKE and is located at 45 Main Street.  The grand opening is this evening and the store will be open several days a week. Be sure to follow MAKE on Facebook, and… [Read More]

Tune of the Week April 1, 2016 - Jordan is a Hard Road

Jordan is a Hard Road

Earlier this week I traveled north to play some music with my friend Marek Bennett, with whom I share a mutual interest in 19th century banjo.  Springtime is good for renewing connections and rediscovering passions; I spent most of this last winter isolated and sitting at the sewing machine, but there is nothing like making… [Read More]

The Springtime Rag - Tune of the Week

The Spring-time Rag

Today was a particularly nice day, so this seemed seasonally appropriate. The Spring-time Rag was composed by Paul Pratt in 1916, and was performed here by Tom Brier on piano with percussion by Steve Drivon. Further Reading/Listening Edwards, Bill. “Paul Charles Pratt.” RagPiano.com. Accessed March 26, 2016. http://ragpiano.com/comps/ppratt.shtml. “Tom Brier @cdbaby.” Tom Brier. Accessed March… [Read More]

Photo of Tricorn Hat with Venetian Mask and Hood

The Tricorn Hat and Bauta Project

When you mention tricorn hats in the United States, most people immediately think back to the colonial/revolutionary period of the 18th century; Minutemen, powdered wigs, broadfall breeches, et cetera.  I’ve always liked the dress of that period but have never really pursued it in any costume or living history contexts  because facial hair was very… [Read More]

Masonic Textile Swatch

Sneak Preview: Masonic Fabric

I just took delivery of some exciting swatches: custom-printed satin with the square and compasses printed on the bias, perfect for the new line of Masonic bow ties we’ll be rolling out next month at the 2016 Massachusetts and Rhode Island Masonic Con in Attleboro, Massachusetts.  This is just one design of several planned. I’ve… [Read More]

Illustration for Arrow Collar by J.C. Leyendecker, 1907

The Stunning Fashion Illustrations of J.C. Leyendecker

Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born 142 years ago today in Montbaur, Germany. After studying at the Chicago Art Institute and the Académie Julian in Paris, he launched a tremendously successful career in illustration, producing 322 covers for the Saturday Evening Post and numerous illustrations for Arrow Collars, Kuppenheimer Suits and Interwoven Socks. The 1930s, a… [Read More]

Tune of the Week - Whislting Rufus

Whistling Rufus

This enormously popular song was composed by Kerry Mills in 1899 and is performed here as a banjo duet by Hank Sapoznik and Greg Adams. Classic style banjo was also quite popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but has largely fallen out of public consciousness.  Five-string banjo was not a folk instrument… [Read More]

Dayling Saving Postcard

Spring Forward Sale 2016

We get a whole extra hour of daylight today, and Spring officially begins next week – what better excuse for a sale on spring bow ties? All spring bow ties are 15% off from now through Sunday, March 20 – search ‘spring’ or just go to gripandword.com/tag/spring.

Photo for the tune of the week (Hut Sut Song)

The Hut Sut Song

“The Hut-Sut Song (a Swedish Serenade)” is a novelty song with nonsense lyrics. The song was written in 1941 by Leo V. Killion, Ted McMichael and Jack Owens. This highly infectious recording and film short features The King’s Men. (One interesting detail is that both the older gentleman at the boarding house and the doctor at the… [Read More]

Sneak Preview

We’ve had a few ties in this pattern at shows, but they keep selling out before they make it into the online shop!