Whenever we post a picture of Rob, a teacher from Brooklyn, we get a flood of emails from guys who wish they were as sharp as he and gals who want his number. He’s spoken for, but if you’re interested in the former goal, Rob’s starting a necktie company. It’s called Yellow Hook Necktie Co., and for now you can find it primarily on Facebook. Like our Put This On Gentlemen’s Association pocket squares, Rob’s ties are made by hand by a single artisan. A genuine cottage industry, in Brooklyn, New York. We’re excited to see where this leads.
Hella Bitter: THE RETURN
Our editor Benjamin Harrison has a second career as a slinger of artisinal cocktail bitters. His great product is called Hella Bitter, named in honor of a favorite colloquialism in his (and my) homeland, the Yay.
When we last wrote about Ben’s project, he was working on his first funding round - making and selling three flavors of bitters. It was a resounding success, and he’s now working on a new project: building a bitters & soda cart to push around Brooklyn.
Their funding goal is modest, and every level comes with free bitters, so get on that, men!
Our camera man and editor Ben Harrison has been cooking up cocktail bitters for years, refining an amazing recipe. Now he’s kicking things up a notch with a Kickstarter project to make a Giant Vat’s worth. A twenty dollar pledge gets you a bottle of Hella Bitter Citrus Cocktail Bitters, featuring Ben offering his best thizz face on the label. Well worth a couple of sawbucks, says I.
It looks like our friend Andrew (above, left) from the Corduroy Club was awarded the “Most Distinguished Chap” honor at the Brooklyn Tweed Ride. Tweed Rides have been going on around the world for a few years now. Judging by New York Magazine’s coverage, the outfits in BK ranged from ironic to silly to quite charming.
This photo, in our series of pictures of real men who dress well, is of Rob, from Brooklyn (and his adorable daughter).
Rob’s dressed for the serious weather they’ve been having in New York lately. The coat is the boldest statement here - that pattern is called a gun club check. It’s traditionally a country pattern (yes, there are traditional city and country clothes), but I think given the weather and the Brooklyn milieu, that’s entirely excusable.
Greg’s wearing this heavy coat with a pair of dark jeans. I think jeans are best paired with more casual fabrics like the tweed Rob’s wearing - they both have a more utilitarian feel. Rob’s shoes, a pair of heavy brogues which toe the line between city and country and form and casual, tie the jeans to the coat.
Rob’s also committed to growing that beard until he and his fellow teachers have a contract, which we’re on board for 1000%. The good news for Rob is that it looks great on him.