I’m very excited about my Father’s Day tie collaboration that launched today on Park & Bond. I was asked to create a limited edition tie to celebrate Father’s Day, with all proceeds going to the Boys Club of New York. My Fahlgren tie is the middle badminton stripe. I wanted to create something that captured the spirit of summer, that was easily wearable in a fun summer prep way, but not stuffy. David Hart, Ovadia & Sons, Alexander Olch and Pierrepoint Hicks also participated. There are a limited amount of ties available for purchase at Park & Bond, so please visit the site if you’d like to support the Boys Club of New York. Here’s the full Q&A I did with Park & Bond on the project:

P&B: When approaching this project, what did you have in mind for it? Can you talk a bit about the creative process: what you were trying to convey, what inspired you, and how you feel about the final product? I wanted to create something that captured the spirit of summer that was easily wearable in a fun summer prep way but not stuffy. It’s important for my ties to convey history, despite their newness. This tie could easily hark back to vintage English tennis club days, but the badminton makes it irreverent. The color composition is All-American all the way, but instead of navy, I went with royal blue which makes it look sun faded and worn. Badminton is a family tradition so it has meaning for me. The width is also important, 3″ – thinner than traditional ties but certainly not too skinny.

P&B: Can you walk us through the finer points of the construction, pointing out any and all details we should be aware of? I’m very proud of the mill I work with in England for the fabrics and the small factory here in the U.S.A. that cuts, sews and trims each tie. I design the pattern and choose colors, then the mill, which is based in Sudbury, England and is 250 years old, weaves the fabric – in this case 100% silk. The hand and quality is unmatched. The factory is just outside of New York where each tie is 100% hand crafted, from start to finish: cutting the fabric, the trimming process, adding slip stitching, pressing by hand and closely inspected. This is an important distinction, as other brands may simply finish a tie in America and call it “Made in the U.S.A” Each tie is well constructed and made to last.

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