By now you should have noticed a new company in our sponsor tower. Dapper Woodworks was founded by Justin Trewitt and is surely set to corner the market on tie and pocket square racks made-t0-order. Thanks to Mr. Trewitt for coming aboard, and kudos for tapping a select niche, not to mention the skills to work with his hands.
Dapper Woodworks has kindly donated a great prize to one lucky reader: choose from a custom tie rack in finish and size of your choice (value up to $200), plus a coat hook and collar-stay organizer, again both in the finish of your choice. To enter, simply leave a comment below answering the following question:
What is your favorite tie, which you would put at the front of the rack?
Winner will be chosen by random-number generator. We’ll keep the contest open for a week, so it closes at midnight Eastern time on 10/9. In the meantime, you can shop his wares and enter the code IVYSTYLE (all caps) for 10% off. — CC
To get to know Dallas-based Trewitt a little better, here’s an excerpt from an interview he did with Another White Oxford:
AWO: Did you grow up woodworking or did you develop that interest as you became older?
JT: Growing up I did not have any woodworking experience or even much experience making anything with my hands. It wasn’t until 2015 when my wife and I purchased our first house and we needed some furniture. We didn’t want to go out and buy a lot of furniture, so I went online and found plans for furniture that we liked. Then I bought a few tools and started building pieces for our house, and that’s how it all began!
AWO: Your company brings your interest in menswear together with your passion for woodworking. What gave you the idea to combine the two?
JT: In August of 2017 we decided for my wife quit teaching to stay at home with our son, and I started thinking about starting a side hustle. Two things that I am passionate about are menswear and woodworking, so I wanted to find a way to combine these two passions. At the time I had made myself a pocket square organizer for my closet because I couldn’t find a good solution to display and store pocket squares. I decided to start an Etsy store and put the pocket square organizer up for sale because surely, I wasn’t the only one with that problem. I began thinking of similar items that I could make so I made a few tie racks with some scrap wood in my garage.
AWO: Quality materials are important to you. Could you tell us a bit about where your wood and hardware come from?
JT: From the start I knew I wanted to make all my products from hardwood lumber because of its strength and natural color. I offer a wide selection of domestic and exotic hardwoods so customers can choose what fits their style. All my lumber is purchased from a local lumber supplier, and I enjoy trying unique woods. My hardware is currently purchased from a cabinet hardware manufacturer, and I offer the hardware in a variety of finishes. I hope to someday design my own hardware that can be manufactured here in the USA. All my products have a natural oil finish applied to them to bring out the natural color of the wood.
AWO: Customization is important to a lot of people today and there’s obviously a custom aspect to each piece you make, insofar as the sizes and materials they choose. What other ways can people can have their pieces customized?
JT: All my products are made to order which is nice for me because I don’t stock inventory, but it is great for the customer because each item is custom made for them. I offer a few standard products options in my best-selling sizes, woods, and hardware finishes. However, I really specialize in custom orders so a client can have the perfect product to match their style or the aesthetic of their home. I just recently launched a custom listing for my products so now clients can choose their size from 12” to 48” long, 10 wood choices, and 7 hardware finishes.
AWO: How have you seen your business change since you began? Have you noticed it evolve pretty quickly?
JT: Honestly when I started this I couldn’t have imagined where the brand is today. I thought I would be selling like one or two products a month. Things really started to take off when I began working with Kirby from The Hanger Project to sell my products on their site. From there I began focusing on working with more retailers, and I even got the chance this past January to exhibit my products at the Liberty Fairs menswear tradeshow in New York. I am already looking into doing at least one tradeshow next year to build my wholesale business, and I plan to continue growing my sales through my site too.