So I review True Style, by G. Bruce Boyer, which is for my money the only book you can start a wardrobe library with. The link one more time to buy it is here.
And I wind up finding Mountain & Sackett, two guys running a third generation family business making fantastic ties right here in NY. Which is in America.
Everybody loves the book, it’s Boyer, what’s not to love? In the comments, people start asking about the tie on the cover. This one:
And lo and behold, Mr. Boyer writes in the comments that he gets asked about that tie all the time, and gives us the details.
I had been emailing with a reader of the site, Jim Borkowski (great guy). He was kind enough to sketch some logo ideas, and we start talking, come to find out we live about ten minutes from each other. So we set up a coffee and come to find out we have this incredible story I will tell another time in common, kind of. Jim also mentions in passing that he loved the tie on the cover of True Style so much that he had it made, during the pandemic, by this incredible company in NY. Made in the USA, I might add. He said their customer service was flawless, the tie was flawless, and that in the supply-chain-is-down-era they actually got it to him quickly. He emails me a link to the company.
A company that makes ties in the USA that are Ivy? I’m in, right? So I call, and on the second ring Mr. William Mountain of Mountain & Sackett picks up. We spend about 40 minutes on the phone. One of the things I learn is that he and his partner Nick Sackett are third generation owners of the company, that started with Nick’s grandfather and Bill’s father. Here they are:
You can tell the real deal when you are talking to it, and Bill is the real deal. The company has been manufacturing ties, bowties, and pocket squares since 1957. They made it through the pandemic, which cannot have been easy, and are hard at it. Bill sends me some pictures. If this doesn’t make you want to buy a tie from these guys (stay with me here, don’t buy just yet, wait until I tell you how they are made):
It was a great 40 minutes on the phone, and I hate the phone. Bill talks me through how they make these ties, which are silk on both sides. And you can feel it. I am going to review them on Wednesday, but what the deal is is that most ties are made with front-facing silk and then a lining on the inside. Not these. The result is not only higher quality at still reasonable prices, but the ties… tie better. You’ll see. We talk the industry for a little, these guys have a great reputation. Not every tie they make is Ivy, for sure. But Bill does drop this line.
ha all the true tie lovers wear regimentals.
He wrote hah cause I am a funny guy.
We also cover the tie on the… cover. Okay, that is the last ellipsis, I promise. I say that people would love to buy that tie but you can’t find it, wait times are horrible, etc. A few days later, Bill emails me, they will make the tie again and you can preorder it here.
Close ups and more about their ties on Wednesday, but if you want this tie, you can preorder it and get a discount.