Comedian Rhys Darby from 'Flight of The Concords and 'Our Flag Means Death' was doing a live stand up special in Toronto for Just for Laughs and being HUGE fans, my husband and I went. I knew he loved rockets and space, so my husband drew a rocket for me to have turned into an embroidery file, and so I created a necktie to hand him at the show, which I did!
Two weeks later New Zealand's version of GQ ( Called M2) came out and he was wearing the tie I made him. What a fabulous and crazy thing that was!
One day I'm checking emails and I see an email from someone named "Noah Reid" with the subject line "Need some pieces for the Emmy's' .
YES PLEASE, NOAH REID OF SCHITT'S CREEK!
He requested to view a few options so I met him down the street from me and he picked out this velvet bowtie along with a pair of black velvet suspenders with white leather buttonhole attachments. He originally picked out my burgundy and gold floral lace bowtie but felt it would have been too loud, and it would have been since everyone else sticks to classic colours for these types of award ceremonies.
So yeah, that's him there, wearing my velvet bowtie to the Emmy's getting interviewed by People Magazine on the red carpet : O
Each piece is genuinely made by hand in Toronto from cutting my own custom tie patterns, ironing and hand stitching them like back in the day (You can check out a bit of my process here).
*All materials and supplies are locally sourced from small businesses in Toronto.
This brand is ethical, sustainable and down right creative, catching the eye of tv personalities and stylists for film. Celebrities like Rhys Darby, Adrienne Brody, Catherine O'Hara, Benedict Cumberbatch and even the cool dude himself Billy Baldwin owns Handsome&Lace. Even the Duke of Edinburgh had his own Handsome&Lace Pocket Square.
I also recently gave my Solar System Bowtie to Bill Nye the Science Guy so let me know if you catch him wearing it!
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