Monthly Archives: October 2015
Our bows are unique. Whimsical…sophisticated… and truly one of kind pieces of art! I am sure a lot of people say that, but we feel ours truly are. Hand drawn, hand made, and hand crafted and inspected… They are 100 % silk pieces of art and joy meant to be tied and enjoyed by all. Ski Jump is a fun new bow design this Fall available in both Navy (pictured) and royal blue… You don’t need to barrel down a mountain at 60+ miles per hour or throw yourself 800+ feet to pull off this skiing bow tie. For a first place combination, match it with one of our tightly patterned dress shirts.
We also have another new fall favorite, pictured above… in When Pigs Fly… Surely, pigs won’t have to fly and hell won’t have to freeze over for you to look great in this bow tie–much like our pink friend here, the only place you’ll go when you put this on is up when you tie this one on!
All of our bow ties are adjustable from 15″ to 19.5” and have a width of 2.5”. All bows are to-tie, not pre-tied. If you’d like us to pre-tie before shipping, please let us know… We will take care of it for ya! Order one today, and get the conversation started!
We are excited to introduce our latest collection of men’s hosiery! Part of our new Pedigree collection, these six styles are available in mid-calf and new over-the-calf varieties. Using the finest Peruvian pima cotton, our Pedigree socks present a refined look for the wearer. Mid-Calf options available in brown, blue, and green; Over-The-Calf available in black, brown, and navy. These puppies are sure to give you that extra sox appeal you have been looking for.
Belt Business is a Cinch!
Available today are new Italian woven leather belts, all handcrafted in New Orleans. With nine colors available from navy to pink to orange, we have the ideal choice no matter the outfit. All our belts feature Italian calf tab ends and a polished brass buckle. Each belt has a 35mm width; for an ideal fit, order a size larger than your waist (i.e. a 34″ waist wears a 36″ belt).
Deer have always been a seasonal motif in Bird Dog Bay collections. From Steve’s old “Rudy and The Gang” tie featuring reindeer to our “Big Bucks” tie, more often than not will a fall collection feature something deer related!
Two of the most recent designs to be featured are “Deer Season” and “The Buck Stops Here.” “Deer Season” is a standard of ours, featuring a mounted buck head with two crossed rifles. Given the sheer number of silk designs related to bird hunting, whether upland or duck, we thought it wise to give a nod to the deer hunters who wear our ties.
The second design, “The Buck Stops Here” is an entirely new silk for this fall! With a majestic looking buck parading through a swampy marsh, “The Buck Stops Here” is a more open design which accommodates one of our tightly checked dress shirts with ease. Geared toward the deer enthusiast, you can show your love in two great colors this season, red and orange
Our New Collection of Silk Pocket Squares Have Arrived!
Bird Dog Bay’s brand new pocket squares are a surefire way to make any outfit look top dog! Featuring both linen and silk pocket squares, we have the choice for anyone, no matter personal style or interest. Our silk pocket squares are handprinted on 12 momme, 100% silk, and are constructed by hand while featuring a hand-rolled edge. All squares measure 16″ by 16″.
“Gun Dog Glory” is one of Steve’s brand new designs for our latest fall/holiday collection. With a retriever, a mallard, and a break action shotgun, Steve drew this for our hunters and waterfowl enthusiasts. While not a hunter himself, the South is one of our best markets, and so Steve illustrated this number with duck season on the horizon. When paired with your favorite tweed jacket, “Gun Dog Glory” is the ideal silk to knot up after a day in the blind.
“Quail Hunt,” also featured above, is an old classic of ours reworked for the fall. Years ago, one of our best accounts, Kevin’s of Thomasville, asked Steve to draw a tie with quail on it. While we had neckwear featuring labs, retrievers, bulldogs, terriers, and more, Steve completed the design with two German Shorthaired Pointers in pursuit. To this day, the design holds up well, being one of the perfect ties to wear with our Italian dress shirts.
Good Afternoon, Steve here. I hope you’ve had an enjoyable summer and are as excited for fall as I am. Our new collection went online recently, and it is our biggest and “hopefully” best yet. With new dress shirts, neckwear, socks, boxers, leather goods and other accessories, I feel we have truly outdone ourselves.
As I write this, I am sitting at the kitchen table at my folks’ townhouse in Colorado. A few weeks ago, Gus the Dog and I packed up my trusty Tahoe and headed west from Chicago to Vail for our yearly work vacation. In August every year, I like to temporarily relocate and take my design work elsewhere. Being able to combine work with pleasure is a welcome relief, and I’ve found time to enjoy the outdoors with Gus while also illustrating and coloring the following year’s fall collection.
Since 1972, my family has had a place here in The Landmark resort. My grandfather, Ronald Macfarlane Clarkson, took up the sport of skiing in 1960 at the ripe old age of 44. After mastering all the Midwest had to offer, he looked elsewhere, eventually traveling to both Europe and Canada to hone his craft. Upon his return home, he heard a small buzz surrounding the Vail Valley and soon made his way west to see it for himself. After seasons worth of skiing and having fallen in love with everything the close-knit town embodied, he and my grandmother purchased a modest townhouse a stones throw from the gondola.
Though we rarely used it during peak season, my family always took advantage of it when summer arrived. When classes broke for summer break, we packed up whatever family wagon we had and headed to Vail for everything it offered. Not many kids from the Chicago suburbs could say they grew up horseback riding, backwoods hiking, whitewater rafting, real mountain biking, and, of course, fly-fishing for trout and steelhead in Gore Creek. While I always enjoyed the outdoors, my love for nature really took shape in Vail and is reflected in a number of the illustrations in each collection.
One of those illustrations is “Bear Necessities,” drawn right here at the kitchen table twelve months ago. Having been inspired by a life size bronze sculpture in front of my favorite restaurants, I returned home and sketched out this number. While some designs come to me right off the bat, “Bear Necessities” took a little more work, evidenced in my original sketch featured above. Ultimately, I decided to “open up” the design more to include a greater amount of detail, like the rocks, puddles, and jumping salmon. Additionally, this allows the necktie to be paired with one of our tightly checked Italian-milled dress shirts–in all, a win-win!
Anyway, there’s a little peek to the method behind all the madness and what inspires me with each new collection. As with everything in the Mayer family, there’s always a story…
Though the leaves are beginning to change color and the temperatures are starting to drop, things are heating up with our latest Fall/Holiday collection. Whether one of our new Italian dress shirts or our 100% silk, handprinted whimsical neckwear, there is sure to be something for everyone in our latest assembly of men’s clothing and accessories. Visit birddogbay.com today to see our latest and greatest!