There is no gift more cliche than the Father's Day necktie. But the tie has been so maligned in recent years that Dad is actually in need of refresh. It's perfect timing, too, with several local companies putting their own spin on one of Man's few and best opportunities to accessories. I like the motto of one new local necktie maker, Anda: "Dressing up is the new rebellion." It's so true—when you don't have to wear a tie everyday, it's a whole lot more fun.
Post Pierrepont Hicks, which led the small batch hipster tie trend in the Twin Cities, a new class of indie tie makers is cropping up locally. They tend to favor vintage fabrics, retro styles, and offer custom options for those who really want to make a singular statement in neckwear.
>> The Bow Tie Shoppe. Designed by Renee Larson, who has an affinity for all things '50s and '60s. She incorporates many vintage fabrics and limits quantities on all of her ties. Want to create the cutest Daddy-daughter moment ever? Check out her bow tie bracelets—a.k.a. Bowlets—at the Store at MIA. Her ties are sold at several menswear boutiques including MartinPatrick 3 and Atmosfere in Minneapolis; Heimie’s Haberdashery in St. Paul
>> ANDA. Just spotted this line at Uptown Minnesota's Mall of America store. The cotton ties are designed to look great with jeans or a suit. https://www.etsy.com/shop/andampls. Sold at Uptown Minnesota at Mall of America and the airport
>> Mill City Fineries. This Minneapolis-based brand is popping up all over town, at events and stores including Brightwater Clothing & Gear. It's more of that retro style - skinny ties, bow ties, and many vintage fabrics. Custom orders are becoming popular with wedding parties.
>> Hammer Made. You can't talk about Minnesota tie brands without mentioned the big kahuna, Hammer Made. The wider width appeals to businessmen, TV anchors, and sports figures alike in patterns and colors that range from classic to contemporary. Made of Italian silk, they look more expensive than the $60 price tag. Hammer Made has stores at Galleria, Mall of America and the Mpls.-St.Paul Insternational Airport.
I showed off some Minnesota-made ties on Fox 9 Morning Buzz: