For those of you that have been reading Unabashedly Prep, I can only hope that up until now you have been aware of SocialPrimer.com, an etiquette blog authored by K. Cooper Ray. If not, please do yourself (and your lady) a favor by getting familiar. When he’s not answering reader’s questions, he’s dishing on manners, handling your liquor and where exactly to stitch that monogram. He’s one of the most well-spoken gentlemen in the prep blogoshpere, with a passion to instill civility into an uncivilized world.
Ray recently collaborated with Brooks Brothers to launch a bow tie collection just in time for summer. “Bow ties have become increasingly popular and Cooper’s sense of style and his interpretation of an iconic, classic item have brought new dimension to the Brooks Brothers bow tie assortment,” says Jeff Blee, Brooks Brothers Divisional Merchandise Manager for Men’s Furnishings. Offered in 16 reversible styles that alternate from nautical flags to Repp stripes to polka dots and the summer-must have madras plaid reversing to seersucker. There aren’t too many opportunities for a man to wear anything remotely considered whimsical when dressing up. And with that said, these ties are the perfect touch to any gentleman’s wardrobe.
They are available for purchase ($59.50) online at brooksbrothers.com and select Brooks Brothers retail stores nationwide accompanied by a second collection for fall 2010. The ties are shown here contrasting sides to illustrate the reversibility, but you can wear them as conservatively (straight on with only a hint of the reverse) or eccentrically as you like.