• The Windmill Club


    Harvard students believe you don’t look for a job, you create one. Armed with an Ivy League liberal arts degree in folklore mythology, Kevin Burrows did just that. He started selling ties. After spending a summer interning with Apolis in 2009, Burrows, influenced by his Ivy League environs and grandfather’s impeccable style, introduced The Windmill Club.

    And that liberal arts degree in folklore mythology? It’s not a complete wash. Burrows spends his postgraduate days at DreamWorks in Los Angeles. He loves story. So it’s no surprise he identifies with story lines of function and form within menswear.

    Crown Club tie, $88

    The ties and bows are handcrafted in New York from English spun dead-stock silk. The runs are limited, typically 20 or fewer ties in a particular style. I picked up one of fourteen Crown Clubs* before they sold out. There is a quality to the construction while the silk feels good running in between your fingers. Though the Crown Club is no longer available, The Windmill Club still has repp stripes and club patterns that will make you feel right at home on, well, even Harvard’s campus.

    *courtesy of The Windmill Club

    Nov 5, 2010 | Permalink (13) Total Comments

    CoolHand Luke left a comment on 11/30/2010 at 3:32 AM:

    I am very impressed with the entire Windmill Club collection. The ties appear to be of very high quality and are not terribly expensive. I posted the Windmill Club ad video on my blog absolut-ism.com. Keep up the great work.

    Vern Trotter left a comment on 11/8/2010 at 2:18 PM:

    Good luck to this group. Nothing like Ben Silver, the most overpriced outfit in business today!

    Maggie left a comment on 11/6/2010 at 11:51 PM:

    @Laguna Beach Fogey, You might be right about most Harvard entreprenuers, but I’m pretty sure the Windmill Club started up sans family backing. Kevin got this moving by himself.

    Andy left a comment on 11/5/2010 at 10:26 PM:


    $88 is “not terribly expensive”?

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 11/5/2010 at 9:52 PM:

    Well done. I respect entrepreneurs, even if they did waste 4 or 5 years at a liberal effete institution like Harvard and then use family money to seed-fund their business. Whatever it takes.


    bkc left a comment on 11/5/2010 at 1:42 PM:

    check the bkc

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/5/2010 at 12:20 PM:

    @EDC & AEV—Ben Silver is definitely a classic. I am actually working on writing about them soon.

    Samuel left a comment on 11/5/2010 at 11:44 AM:

    I really like these ties and the fact that they aren’t terribly expensive. I’d much rather have a tie from these guys than a larger label.


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 11/5/2010 at 10:49 AM:

    That’s one nice tie!

    john lexington left a comment on 11/5/2010 at 10:20 AM:

    ben silver does a great job huge selection. windmill club seems just to make small runs, no one will show up with the same tie, i like the idea of 10 tie run.

    AEV left a comment on 11/5/2010 at 10:04 AM:

    These appear nice - are there really only 5 or 6 styles? - though I agree with edc that Ben Silver runs this segment of the tie market….with numerous other brands copying them with un-authentic copies of actual school and regimental crests.

    edc left a comment on 11/5/2010 at 9:41 AM:

    Check out “Ben Silver” in Charleston, SC for other great club and rep ties.

    john lexington left a comment on 11/5/2010 at 7:59 AM:

    very nice! ill have to look into the windmill club. thanks!