During filming (more on that later), I was asked if my dad ever wore ties. That question sparked a whole stream of memories. My dad wore a tie every single day – even if he didn’t have a meeting to dress up for. I used to love helping him pick out ties at Hermès the one time a year he’d grudgingly agree to go shopping (after being bribed with lunch). But each morning, I loved helping him pick out the “perfect” tie. Truth be told, I was utterly unaware if the tie clashed or complimented his outfit. Regardless, he’d put the tie on and head to the office. Looking back, I’d like to think I got it right most of the time, but who knows! It’s an interesting memory to think back on now that I’m designing luxury ties.
In honor of the first official day of the US Open, this week's blog post is dedicated to tennis. Alex and I went to the practice day yesterday at the tennis center to catch some players warming up for their upcoming matches. It's such a great time to go since the area isn't yet swarmed with thousands of guests and you don't have to wait in a huge line to score one of Grey Goose's Honey Deuce cocktails... (recipe to follow).
Bonus: You get to keep the souvenir cup!
I personally love tennis and grew up playing it so it was no surprise that my first tie that had anything to do with sports would be a tennis tie. It's aptly named "At Your Service" – and whether in a tie, bow tie or the brand new pocket square, it's sure to be a hit for the tennis enthusiast in your life!
As a bonus, I'm including the recipe for the Honey Deuce cocktail. It's super easy and whether you're making cocktails for one or a group of people, this recipe is easily multiplied and isn't too labor intensive!
What you need: Makes one drink.
In a highball glass with ice, add:
3 shots of vodka
Fill the rest with lemonade
A dash of Chambord
Add honeydew melon balls as a garnish – it’s an excellent compliment to the flavors in the drink (I also love adding green grapes to the bottom of the drink)
It's no secret that Anguilla is probably my favorite place to visit on this planet. When you consider the breathtaking views, the freshest seafood, the rum punches (!!!), and without exception, the kindest people – it's no wonder I'm trying to finagle my next trip there as soon as possible.
On our first visit to Anguilla in April of this year, Alex and I were excited to visit the Savannah Art Gallery after reading so many great things about it. We were't disappointed.
We met Frank Costin, the enthusiastic Canada transplant who just oozed passion for his gallery and every single piece in it. We left without buying anything and instantly regretted it upon touching down in NYC. So when we went back over the 4th of July holiday, we knew we couldn't make the same mistake twice.
We left with these two gorgeous pieces:
The next day, Frank called us and told us our favorite artist had another piece and that he'd bring it by our hotel to see if we liked it. Clearly, we loved it and it was great seeing Frank again.
Here are the paintings framed in our apartment in NYC. We literally admire them every single day - so many different times per day! They bring back such great memories!
Besides hearing about the paintings in the gallery and Frank's pets, Frank and I talked a bit about Lazyjack Press. To my surprise a few weeks ago, I was ecstatic to receive my first order from Anguilla...and it was from Frank! He ordered a bunch of our socks...
And now, I'm featured on the same blog we discovered before our first visit. This is what Frank said in his blog:
I meet the most interesting people at the gallery! Earlier in the summer, I had the pleasure of meeting a couple from New York, and the lady owns Lazyjack Press, an on-line purveyor of luxury men’s accessories. Bought some socks on line, and delighted when I received these very beautiful and comfortable Pima cotton socks from Peru! Check out www.lazyjackpress.com Lots of lovely things to consider, especially with the holidays around the corner…..
Thanks for everything, Frank! It feels so good to have a piece of LJP in one of my favorite places. Until our next visit!
Taking new photos for the website is always one of my favorite LJP activities. It's so exciting to see the product as part of a complete look and see the ties come to life. I also love seeing people's reactions as they walk by!
I had the privilege of having Nick Peciaro (nickpeciaro.com) agree to model for us again. I love his look and think he kills it in every shot! The very talented Jeni Rogers agreed to take the photos. I emailed her after she sent me the completed shots with the subject line, "Problem" whining that there were too many amazing pictures to choose from. Good problem to have! In short, she's fabulous. You guys should definitely check out her website and contact her if you need any photos done. Here's her website: http://www.jenirogersphotography.com
I think all three of us were really excited about this batch of photos. We started at the Plaza Hotel and then made our way into Central Park. It was a very fun day and hope you enjoy some of the behind the scenes shots taken with my iPhone. For the real deal, check out the slide show on the front of our website!
Nick and Jeni at the Plaza. Nick is wearing the Kegs & Eggs bow tie. Shop the look here.
Love this one because you can see our All Tied Up socks in the shot! Shop the look here.
Nick sporting the Spread Eagle bow tie! Shop the look here.
Jeni directing Nick w/ Nick wearing the Anchorman tie before putting the Seeing Spots pocket square in his pocket! Shop the look here.
Nick is wearing the Mullet bow tie (business in the front, party in the back) reversible bow tie. Shop the look here.
Jeni and Nick – Nick is wearing the Lazyjack The Knife tie! Shop the look here.
Even Princess Isabelle got in on the fun!
I had the privilege of being interviewed by Hubba's, Saul Colt. For anyone who doesn't know Hubba, definitely check them out. They're a social media mecca, basically, that brings together retailers and designers into one spot. I'm obviously not doing them justice so check them out: Hubba.com.
Anyway, back to the interview. Check it out below. Saul interviews me about all things Lazyjack Press. There might even be a 50 Shades of Gray mention in there!