Considering that the necktie is supposed to be dying a slow death, there sure are an awful lot of start-up neckwear companies lately. Most push their made-in-USA credentials, and I think all of us — from nouveau-prep twentysomething to the oldest of old-school traditionalists — who are interested in tailored clothing can laud any new guy whose outlet for his entrepreneurial spirit is the neckwear industry.
One of the latest to deserve applause for helping to make neckties hip and relevant — and yes, they could use that — is Hugh Simms, a graduate of both Cornell and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Simms was raised on the eastern shore of Maryland where, according to his bio, he’s a distant grandson of Lord Baltimore, the founder of the state.
Simms’ neckties, which feature many preppy-with-a-twist motifs, are handmade in Los Angeles. — CC