After touching & ogling these handmade ties below upon multiple visits to Boutique Fabulous, I thought it was time to turn my attention to them in the blog. As you all know, I am a huge fan of men who dress well, and many times dressing well means donning a tie. Sadly in this day and age, uber casual dressing has permeated most special events, items like old t-shirts creep in. Now, while I find it perfectly acceptable for a man to don a t-shirt at a special event, say for a soiree described as “creative black tie,” they had best be pairing it with one hell of a suit and pair of dress shoes for a high/low look. More likely a guy can wear a simple dress shirt and then add a fun pop of color or texture in the form of a fun tie, pocket square (or even a vintage hankie), or a fabulous silk– and in this case unusual and original– silk tie. Jes Switaj crafts all kinds of ties from scratch and hand silk-screens really cool designs on them from beetles to skeletons to bicycles and beyond. When you purchase one of these pieces you are both supporting a small business as well as an independent designer– how great it that? I’m partial to the skeleton, I love the bright color of the silk peeking out from between his ribs! I would probably even wear one of these ties myself over a dress shirt paired with some skinny jeans and oxford shoes. I think just about everyone should own a tie– you just never know when you will need one or simply be inspired to rock one.

Until next time,


*photos courtesy of Jes Switaj on Etsy