One of the characteristics of traditional clothiers across the years is how many of them were family businesses passed down through the generations. That’s how Brooks Brothers began nearly 200 hundred years ago. And J. Press went through three generations.
There aren’t many businesses like that left, but one of them is R. Hanauer (aka BowTies.com), which was founded by father Randy in 1985, and is co-run with his son Randall, out of their headquarters in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The company’s new fall collection features the medallion, paisley, striped and novelty bow ties it’s known for, as well as standard four-in-hand neckties and pocket squares.
I see them twice a year during menswear market week here in New York, and they certainly seem to make a great team that enjoys working together. If there are any father-son rivalries — like quibbling over design details — it must all occur behind the scenes because I can’t catch a whiff of it.
Below are some shots from the new collection, and, at the bottom, a fine shot of the company’s gentle patriarch. — CC