A Letter from the Editor

On March 14, 2016, in Events, by Ryan & Ben
Image: Flickr

Image: Flickr

Hi Friends,

It’s been far too long since I’ve put up any new content, and, for that, I apologize.  As many of you know Bowties & Boatshoes started right about the time Ben and I were first becoming dads for the first time.  Since then, we’ve both added a second kiddo, picked up more responsibilities at our “real jobs” and generally adulted harder than we’ve ever had to adult in our lives.

Why am I telling you this?  Because that’s the reason that there hasn’t been any new content here at Bowties & Boatshoes since Christmas.  We know that you’re still visiting, and truly appreciate all of the notes we’ve received over the last couple of months checking in and asking when we’re going to be back.  The answer to your question is that I simply don’t know.  Family comes first for both of us, and while y’all are a very close second, the small sliver of spare time either of us have at the time being is going to our families and making sure we have at least a couple of minutes a day for ourselves.  Is this just another “I’m so busy…blah blah blah…” letter?  Maybe.  But, that’s what’s going on right now, and y’all have a right to know.

Bowties & Boatshoes has opened more doors for us than we could have ever imagined, and we’ve made some really great friends along the way.  Will we ever be back to 6 posts a week?  Probably not.  Should you expect to see some new reviews from us in the coming weeks?  Hopefully.  Would we love to hear what you’d like to see from Bowties & Boatshoes?  Abso-freaking-lutely!

Best,

Ryan

PS: This is probably the first, and last, time I’ll refer to myself as “Editor”, but it was the best title I could think of with a 3 year old in the next room who refuses to go to sleep!

 

Merry Christmas

On December 21, 2015, in Events, by Ryan & Ben
Image: City of Annapolis

Image: City of Annapolis

It was our intent to bring y’all some awesome Christmas content this week.  Really, it was.  But then life caught up with us.  See, since we started Bows & Boats we’ve both had a couple of kids, and gained even more nieces and nephews.  That means the last few weeks have been jam packed with shopping for the kiddos, putting together bikes, and generally spreading as much Christmas cheer as possible to friends and family.  So, with that said, we’re officially checking out this week.

Merry Christmas!

Ryan & Ben

 

Fitzgerald Tartan Trousers by Brooks Brothers

On December 16, 2015, in Pants, by Ryan & Ben
Image: Brooks Brothers

Image: Brooks Brothers

For the most part, our ‘go to hell’ pants are only worn in the Spring and Summer.  That said, this time of year, we may break out the bright red from time to time, and, of course, all bets are off when it comes to plaid.  If you’re looking for a way to liven up your wardrobe for a holiday party, or just a cold day in the office, the Fitzgerald Tartan Trousers from Brooks Brothers are the perfect choice.

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Gifts for the guy who has it all via Huckberry

On December 14, 2015, in Accessories, Home, Shirts, Shorts, by Ryan & Ben
Images: Huckberry

Images: Huckberry

We were on the fence about running a gift guide or two this year, but after countless friends and family members coming to us asking what to get “someone who already has everything” we figured there’d probably be some interest.  If you’re still on the hunt for that perfect gift, here are a few picks that can be found over at Huckberry.  Full disclosure here, we are part of their affiliate network.  That said, their collection is fantastic.  Even if we had no affiliation, this is where we’d point you if you asked us for a ‘one stop shop’ for a whole bunch of awesome.

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Bow Tie Rocks Glasses by Country Club Prep

On December 11, 2015, in Home, by Ryan & Ben
Image: Country Club Prep

Image: Country Club Prep

In our opinion, the best gifts are those that can be used regularly.  In fact, one of our favorite gifts of all time is a set of monogrammed rocks glasses that a buddy gave us as a thanks for being in his wedding.  If you’re on the hunt for something to give your favorite bowtie afficianado this holiday season, your search has officially ended.  Our Bowtie Friday pick this week is a set of Bow Tie Rocks Glasses from our friends at Country Club Prep.

 

Limited Edition Ace by Martenero

On December 9, 2015, in Accessories, by Ryan & Ben
Image: Martenero

Image: Martenero

As much as we love watches, we are far from “watch guys”.  Sure, we have a cursory knowledge of what makes “nice” watches nice, but, beyond that, we pretty much just stick with what catches our eye.  Today’s pick certainly did that.  It’s the Limited Edition Ace from Martenero.

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Image: Vineyard Vines

Image: Vineyard Vines

It’s been a few months since we’ve done an “Offered for Discussion” post, but a conversation yesterday led us to today’s pick.  It’s the Party Tartan Blazer from Vineyard Vines.  Let’s hear it guys, would you sport this?  If so, where are you wearing it?

 

Holiday Sweater Bow by Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont

On December 4, 2015, in Bowties, by Ryan & Ben
Image: Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont

Image: Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont

We’ve finally found proof that not everything that is “Holiday Sweater” themed has to be ugly.  In fact, we might even sport a sweater that looks like today’s bowtie Friday pick.  If you’re looking for something to get you in the mood of the season, Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont has you covered with their Holiday Sweater Bow.  With a print that features snowflakes, reindeer, evergreens, and poinsettias, this tie will have you whistling Christmas songs before you’re even done tying it.

 

Placid Weekender by Hudson Sutler for Streaker Sports

On December 2, 2015, in Bags, by Ryan & Ben
Image: Hudson Sutler

Image: Hudson Sutler

A couple of years ago, our buddies over at Streaker Sports found themselves at an auction.  At said auction was a piece of memorabilia that they fell head over heels for.  It was an original team issued equipment bag from the 1980 US Hockey team made by a company in Minnesota called Christian.  Unfortunately, someone had deeper pockets that day, and Christian is no longer in existence.  As the years went by, they couldn’t stop thinking about the bag, so they finally reached out to Hudson Sutler to see if they could cook something up to pay homage.  The end result is the Placid Weekender.  We have a feeling Mike Eruzione would be proud to carry this one.

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Needlepoint Belts by Parlour

On November 30, 2015, in Accessories, Belts, by Ryan & Ben
Image: Parlour

Image: Parlour

We’re pretty big fans of needlepoint belts in these parts, but lately we’ve found ourselves looking for a new take on the old classics.  Luckily for us, Smathers & Branson just took the wraps off of a new project of theirs that we absolutely love.  It’s called Parlour, and their first lineup of belts is simply fantastic.

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