Before your guy opts for a classic black tie, encourage him to consider neckwear with a point of view. These local artisans are supplying stylish options so that the next time your guy suits up, he can suit up with style.
Pierrepont Hicks: The brand from locals Katherine and Mark McMillan. Their classic American style has ut they have been featured everywhere from GQ to The Wall Street Journal. Expect artful creations that are sure to make your guests stop for a closer look. pierreponthicks.com
Mill City Fineries: College friends Matt Brunnette and Brad Wellman have focucsed their attention on seeking out the finest fabrics from across the world, resulting in a unique assortment of quality menswear accessories. See their stellar craftsmanship for yourself at MartinPatrick3 or Atmosfere. millcityfineries.com
Freedom from Doubt: Jared Zachary's eye for architecture is evident in his design stategy with these eye-catching creations. The Minneapolis designer has been selling his assortment of menswear accessories since 2009, so he's got the art of making a tie your guy will love down to a science. Bonus: Ready-tied bowties are available. freedomfromdoubt.com
The Bow Tie Shoppe: Artist Renee Larson creates limited edition and one-of-a-kind designs from vintage fabrics, so your guy will truly have a look unlike anyone else. Plus, if you happpen to have an old necktime you love (or maybe your father wore at his wedding), Larson can convert it to a bowtie for the big day. thebowtieshoppe.com
Hammer Made: Jason Hammerberg has been mastering the custom suit and tie business since he first opened Hammer Made in 2009. If you're looking for a sleek option that all your guys can wear again, he's your guy. hammermade.com