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FIT TO BE TIED
Exhibit B takes your grandpa’s old neckwear and turns it into smart and sexy bowties.
It’s been almost five years since bowties started their climb out of fashion obscurity, adorning the necks of Brooklyn hipsters and, of course, Manhattan’s thin-suited A-gays. Around these parts, they’ve never been more popular — if a wholly unscientific poll conducted by PINQ at a handful of this season’s swankiest events is to be believed. So we got tied in knots when we discovered Exhibit B, a local label that recycles tacky neck ties from the past and gives them a new life that’s decidedly on trend.
Designers Alison Hartford and Krista and Kara Elde rummage through vintage shops and yard sales to find forgotten four-in-hands, Windsors and small knots and re-cut them on the bias for a fashion-forward freshen-up (pictured). Available in full and slim widths and with fully adjustable necks, each tie comes in a glass sample jar with tying instructions. (Although, chances are most PINQ readers won’t need instructions. If you do, this is the best video we’ve found to teach you how.)
Exhibit B ties are available in recycled silk and one-of-kind cotton or seersucker versions and range in price from $55 to $65. Available at Much & Little, Jeweliette, Two of a Few, Gravity Pope Tailored Goods, Hills of Kerrisdale and Ray Rickburn.
We’re willing to stick our neck out on this one.