Tie designing is a horribly grueling business. Every once in a while we need to kick back, have a drink and enjoy some tasty morsels of sustenance. Besides, all work and no play makes Andrew a rigidly sober and hungry person. That will just not do...
At General Knot & Co., we are known to enjoy an occasional bourbon, but it's good to see that its close cousin rye is having a bit of a renaissance of its own. Give it a taste or two and let us know of any of your other favorite potions.
A recent favorite libation (borrowed from our local bartender at Esquire Magazine): The Cliquet
When it comes to food, I have yet to find a point on this globe were delicious choices cannot be found. As someone born and raised in Connecticut by a Yankee father and a Southern mother, I am used to a wide range of cooking, but my heart (or stomach) is most at home in the South. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to be exact. Whenever visiting the motherland it is understood that a few visits will be paid to A Southern Season.
Beyond the aromatic coffees, wines, freshly prepared foods of all kinds, jars of pickled okra, rosemary almonds (yes, rosemary almonds), endless kitchen gadgets and tools, candies, etc... is the Restaurant. I've been told that everything on the menu is "to die for". Not that it matters to me, because I only have eyes for the Fried Green Tomato BLT on Sour Dough Bread. Try as I may, it's futile to fight its call to be ordered. Who am I to argue.
A Southern Season's Fried Green Tomato BLT on Sour Dough Bread
As the chefs at A Southern Season do not so easily share their recipe, I'm offering up Nick Melvin's as a good base from which to start. Fancy it up or keep it simple. Personally, I recommend ditching the remoulade for a bit of seasoned mayo and going with sour dough bread. All in all, it's hard to go wrong.
Enjoy, my friends.
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With roots in Chapel Hill, North Carolina we were thrilled when the fine people at the North Carolina Museum of Art came knocking about creating a special offering of our neckwear in their museum in Raleigh. We really liked their fresh approach to design and figured a little Q&A was in order. Check out our short interview below:
Can you give us a little background/history on the North Carolina Museum of Art?
The Museum’s history begins in 1924, when the North Carolina State Art Society was formed.
In 2000 the Museum’s director, Larry Wheeler, began to lay plans for the Museum’s future, shifting from renovation of the Stone building to construction of a new building specifically for the purpose of housing the permanent collection. Over the course of the next two years, the Museum began working with architects Thomas Phifer and Partners on the design of a new gallery building. A unique glass-walled architectural structure with striking roof lines, a dramatic exterior, and state-of-the-art environmental elements, West Building has arisen adjacent to the original building on the Museum site.
Tell us about some of the upcoming events or shows this spring at the museum.
We have two major exhibitions this spring:
- Objects of Devotion – Medieval English Alabaster Sculptures from the Victoria and Albert Museum
- 0 to 60 – The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art
You can find out more about our events and shows by going to our website at our web site.
How did you come to find out about General Knot and why do you think your customer will respond to it?
Andrew, our store team’s inventory specialist/marketing guru came upon your website and suggested I look at your product because he thought it was really innovative and would be a good fit in our Museum Store.
What other products do you carry in the store that cater to your male customer?
We carry wallets, tie tacks and cuff links, pens, flash drives, watches and pocket knives.
Any upcoming special events that the Museum Store has planned?
The Museum Store sends out monthly emails to inform our customers and our Museum members about new merchandise. It also links to our online store as well as our Pinterest Boards (pinterest.com/ncartmuseum)
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We're always busy creating new designs from great vintage fabrics that we find during our travels. This Spring is no exception with its abundance of fresh colors and textures. A few highlights below:
Blues You Can Use- The Indigo Gardens Collection
Shades of the Sea: Vintage Florals, Checks, and Irish Linen
Hand-Washed Irish Linen: Soft and Subtle Palmetto Plaid Collection
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Scott Procops (A heck of a talented guy and part of the creative team at The New Traditionalists) recently stopped by the studio for a visit.
I recently seized the opportunity to get out of the city and head upstate to Bedford-my hometown, and the headquarters of tie-maker General Knot & Co. I had initially met founder Andrew Payne at the Pop Up Flea in December, yet this the first time I got a chance to see the designer and fabric collector at his home/textile library to learn more about what makes him tick, and why General Knot is so special... Please read on http://mrte.ch/pee
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Yeah, that's right, GQ was checking us out.
When we launched our line of children's bow ties, Little Knot, we immediately thought of our friends at Clementine in Middlebury, Vermont. Specializing in vintage finds and all things created with an eye for great design, Clementine is our kind of store. If you ever find yourself in Middlebury we highly recommend you check out this champion of "Vermontism" overlooking the Otter Creek Falls. Little Knot was designed for the little man in your life, so be sure to make it a family outing!
It’s always fun to see the wedding of high school sweethearts, isn’t it? Well, Christine + Fred aren’t that couple. In fact, they’ve got those couples beat. They met in kindergarten (awe)! So yeah, their wedding was kind of a big deal for all their friends and family (and pup, Miles), that have been dying to see them tie the knot. As Creative Director of the new social marketplace, Luvocracy + one of the most followed pinners on Pinterest, you can just imagine how much fun she had planning her wedding. It included elements of everything they love. From their family dogs to their Latin culture. It was the perfect love story captured beautifully by Feather & Stone Photography.
Check out the entire article at 100 Layer Cake...
Spring might not be in the air for all of us just yet but you can at least start rallying the troops with your accessories. No place better to start than with ties and for that, the General Knot gents have your back. Today they released their Spring ’13 collection made from deadstock materials thus depending on the fabric 8 to 12 are created of each pattern. You’ll need to act fast if you see something you need for your warm weather wear.
From GK, “Going forward with the new narrow width, we found our strongest inspiration coming from the very core of our brand’s concept- The fabric. We worked very closely with fellow collectors and sources to find some of our most amazing fabrics ever. From finding great vintage American prints and wovens to beautiful Southeast Asian patterns, good luck was on our side.”
Make the jump over to General Knot to see the full collection.
BRAVO Channel's Andy Cohen seen sporting one of our new Fall 2012 designs!
Andy is known for always looking sharp and keeping his cool while dealing with those "Housewives of..." It's mystery how he manages to do it, but hey- more power to you, Mr. Cohen! Check out Andy's Closet for an updated list and photos of what Andy is wearing on Watch What Happens Live.