With college football season kicking off, I find myself turning back to the brands that built themselves on unofficial gameday wear. Brier & Moss applies that approach to bow ties, crafting striped bow ties in color schemes inspired by college colors. The beauty of these bow ties is that since they are not logoed or identified with a specific college in any way besides the colors, they can easily be worn by anyone, regardless of college affiliation. If you find a color combination you like, feel free to wear it on days that aren’t gameday.
My team colors aren’t orange, blue and white, but The Carlyle still caught my eye. I doubt I’ll wear a bow tie to a high school game, but it does work out that the orange, blue and white color scheme is the same as my local high school. Even though this silk bow tie is inspired by Florida, it can easily be worked into non-gameday uniforms. Or worn by Boise State fans. It’s versatile, just like a quarterback that can run and throw.
"Their collegiate-inspired Southern Stripes collections remains their most popular, likely because of the ties' versatility. You won't find any bulldogs or commodores on these ties; the designs are classic and wearable for any occasion. Get yourself the black and gold striped Heathermore for the Vandy game, and then wear it on New Year's. Sport the orange and white Ellington to a UT tailgate before heading to dinner in style..." - Wesley H Gallagher
"If college freshmen have one thing in common it’s enthusiasm—the excitement of new friends and unfamiliar places, the liberty of unsupervised life, and the thrill of having your very own space. With so much to look forward to, it’s hard not to let pesky details (like what to pack for that dorm room) fall by the wayside. So before they fly the coop, be sure they’re equipped with the following “must haves” that are perfect for a life of fun and newfound freedom.
The start of the academic year is chock full of meet and greets with professors, advisors, and fellow students. He’ll put his best foot forward with a classic silk bow tie from Brier & Moss. Founded by two college fraternity brothers, Brier & Moss boasts quintessential college style with bowties made from the finest materials. Visit their website for a helpful guide to tying that new bow tie." - Mary Evelyn
"It takes a man to harness the classic, unapologetically stylish statement of a fine bow tie: a man of nerve and verve; a man who can tell a joke as well as he can take one; a man who does things the right way-or not at all. You are that man. Stick your neck out in style with the genuine article: a handsome, handmade, hand-tied bow tie from some of Atlanta's own."
We are honored to have California photographer Coby Mendoza reach out to use our bow ties in his photoshoot that was featured online on Vogue Italia. Check out the photos below which feature our Ellington and Constantine bow ties.
Lead Photographer & Director: Coby Mendoza | Coby Mendoza Photography Assistant & Location Director: Peter Nichols | Peter Nichols Photography Lead Hair & Make-up Stylist: Samira Perry | Samira at Shear Heaven Assistant Hair & Make-up Stylist: Donaeshia Terena Clewis Lead Stylist: Maia Molina-Schaefer Model: Jason Shatto | CM Model Management
Brier & Moss and The Golightly bow tie are featured in eidé magazine's "You Know You Want It" gift guide on pages 14-15 of the November/December issue.
"The newest addition to the Black Tie Collection from Brier & Moss is none other than the aptly named 'The Golightly' bow tie (after the beloved Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly Golightly, of course). The attraction to this robin's egg blue silk tie are the charming white skull and crossbones, which take a typical knot into a show-stopping neckpiece."www.eidemagazine.com
Brier & Moss and Co-Founder Nick Barnes are featured in November's issue of Southern Living in "50 Reasons We're Thankful To Be Southern," under reason number 12: "Because we're still perfecting the gentleman."
"Urbane is made up of Nerie & Gracie, two girls who share a love for personal style.
We find menswear to be creative and inspiring. Our blog is meant to ignite originality in our followers’ day to day lives through fashion. We want to inspire confidence in our readers so they will feel comfortable wearing what they want to wear regardless of size, shape or age."
"....So, these guys. They’re from the area. All they do: eat, sleep and drink bow ties. The kind of bow ties someone like you would look real sharp in. Silk things. Striped things. Things that say you’re a gentleman... who may or may not also be in a barbershop quartet."
Based in Nashville and Atlanta, Brier & Moss uses only the finest materials, quality workmanship and perfected colors. With a refined and modern feel, a Brier & Moss bow tie is the perfect accessory for this years Iroquois Steeplechase on May 12, at Percy Warner Park.
There are some new kids on the bow tie block. Nick Barnes & Jonathan Snyder are the founders of men’s apparel company Brier & Moss.Crusading Commoners recently caught up with one half of the company, Jonathan Snyder, for an in depth chat over fine cigars and Bulleit bourbon. Tucked away in a corner of The Leaf Cigar Lounge, filled with the aroma of heavy smoke, we discussed virtually everything. From the origin of the bow tie line, to the future of the company, not a stone was left unturned. Nevermind the rambunctious bunch sitting adjacent to us---gentlemen were speaking. And the conversation flowed from the moment we rested in those plush, chocolate leather seats. Get to know them better below, trust us, you’ll be hearing [read: seeing] Brier & Moss a lot more in the future.
Crusading Commoners: How did your journey as a designer begin?
Jonathan Snyder: Well, my partner [Nick Barnes] and I were attending the Keeneland Horse Race in Kentucky and didn’t realize how big of a staple the bow tie was. A bow tie was to a gentleman what a sundress was to a lady. Needless to say, we were not prepared. (laughs) Then I started to look for ties with university colors, specifically my alma mater [Samford University], but could not find any. We quickly realized that there was a market for SEC-colored bow ties and decided to go for it. Our first collection, Southern Stripes, was based around this discovery.
CC: How did you and your partner meet?
JS: We met during fraternity rush week at Samford and have remained good friends since then. Upon graduation, Nick in 2006, and I in 2007, we both went separate ways to jumpstart our careers, but remained very close friends, practically brothers!
CC:I thought the company’s name was a combination of your names, but that is clearly not the case, where did the name for the company originate?
JS: We were on a trip to Savannah a few years back with a good friend of ours and were discussing possible names for the company. We wanted to somehow pay tribute to the elegance and lifestyle of our favorite southern city. If you’ve ever been to Savannah, you’ll notice the Spanish moss covering trees everywhere, so that’s where the Moss half stems from. We thought that Moss was a bit soft, so we wanted to contrast with something a little more harsh, but still keeping with the theme. After some botany research of our own, we discovered that the British spell Briar with an “e”. Then it was settled, the name of the company would be Brier & Moss. There is a story behind the name, but no specific meaning. I think that’s cool because so many fashion lines are based off of the names of their designers.
CC: Who is your favorite designer?
JS: Without a doubt, Ralph Lauren. I think his ability to cover virtually ever aspect of the fashion industry so well is absolutely amazing. From formal wear to jeans and t-shirts. He’s even managed to crossover into home décor. That’s talent!
CC: Would collaborating with other designers be something we may expect from Brier & Moss in the future?
JS: Definitely. We are still growing and developing our brand, but are definitely open to collaborating with other designers. We actually have a project in the works now where we are collaborating with different photographers for a marketing project.
CC: What inspires you as a designer?
JS: Myself and my partner. The everyday gentlemen. Nick and I want to consistently create quality product that we would wear. That’s how this whole thing started. So whenever we create something or are brainstorming ideas, we ask ourselves “Would I wear this?” I think as long as we can always answer yes, then our brand is synonymous with what we want it to be.
CC: You guys create custom bow ties, yes? Is that something that will continue in the future?
JS: We do. We actually just created an all black set for a friend’s wedding and named it after him. We’re always open to custom ideas, so long as we can have a creative hand and there are mutual benefits for both parties, it is absolutely something that we will continue in the future.
CC: If you could create one bow tie for any one client, who would it be and what would it look like??
JS: Richard Branson. It would be all silk, a red field with scattered V’s everywhere in the shape of the Virgin logo. Branson is a business idol of mine and I would love for him to wear one of our ties---and he may have the opportunity to wear it in space! That would be too cool!!
CC: What advice would you give designers who are trying to break into the industry?
JS: I would say that you need to think one year out. Plan where you want to be in a year and work backwards from there. There are lots of things that happen at start-up which you don’t anticipate, so thinking a year ahead really helps move things along. You’ll be planning for product that will actually be in season once you get ready to launch.
CC: That advice can be applied to any concept really. So in saying that, where do you see Brier & Moss in one year?
JS: In one year, we will be a complete details company. Bow ties, neckties, socks, pocket squares. Basically a one-stop-shop for all men’s accessories. Perhaps later, we will branch out into a full men’s line, but for now, we are focused on the small things, because those are what make a difference. That’s what sets you apart.
Indeed it is the details that separate the men from the boys and the good fellows at Brier & Moss have got us covered. View the official brand images below and shop the entire Southern Stripes collection at BrierAndMoss.com and stay tuned to Crusading Commoners for updates on new collections and giveaways!
"We’re all about easy, breezy classic style this season (Check out “Bringing Preppy Back” on page 120.) What better way to work a little quintessential summer into your wardrobe than with outfits that take you right from brunch to beach or day to date." - Page 129, VIE People + Places, May/June 2012
"Spend any amount of time at Samford University, and it quickly becomes obvious that a good number of the students behind the gates of Lakeshore Drive lean towards the preppy side of the sartorial spectrum.
Boys, make room in your closet amongst the whales and polo players for Brier & Moss, the newest member of the men’s clothing and accessories market.
What is it that makes Brier & Moss unique? Believe it or not, Samford can claim the company’s founders, Nick Barnes and Jonathan Snyder, as two of its own alumni.
Barnes graduated in 2006 and Snyder followed in 2007. They met during fraternity rush week. Both were members of Sigma Chi, where Barnes was Snyder’s big brother.
Upon graduation, Barnes worked in several tech positions before landing a job as a web designer at a record label in Nashville. Snyder headed east to Atlanta, where he worked in the media industry, selling television advertising."
We were recently featured by Anika Dartsch on Real Talk With Anika'sNashville Hotlist feature. Anika also writes for Nashville Lifestyles magazine and published an article on Brier & Moss in May's issue. Read it below and visit Anika's blog here.
Favorite part of the Atlanta Steeplechase: I would have to say the pageantry and tailgating fun associated with the event. This year was unbeatable! We had beautiful weather, cold drinks, and good friends to experience it with!
Now would ya look at that: A while back, I posted a photo of Nick, half of Brier & Moss. Today, it’s time to meet Jonathan, the other half.
Custom made suit by Trio Tailoring of Atlanta. “I opted for a three piece suit in a summer weight fabric and chose the more modern European cut. My favorite detail on the suit are the working cuffs, which will allow me to roll up my sleeves in the heat of these infamous Georgia summers!”
"There are bow tie brands whose hallmark is creating bow ties from unique fabrics. There are bow tie brands known for their creative, whimsical printed designs. There are bow tie brands who specialize in one medium, like cotton. Now there is a bow tie brand specializing in bow ties crafted from the finest materials in simple stripes inspired by the colors of storied universities. Started by two fraternity brothers from Samford University (the inspiration behind the Beeson), Brier and Moss recently debuted its initial set of bow ties. The aptly named Southern Stripes Collection ($45) is now available to grace your neck."
Many thanks to our friends at Leona Collection and for their spotlight on Brier & Moss in this week's Leona blog post. Lauren and Michele of Leona are gracious friends in Nashville and their line is featured in the Southern Stripes photo shoot on our model Mary Jane Carney.
Mary Jane is featured wearing the Leona Steadman dressin Black from Fall 2011. Also, From the current Spring 2012 collection: the Brenna Dress in White and the Reese Skirt in silk Azul Chain Print.
Since Leona's debut in the spring of 2008, it has quickly gained a faithful following and is sold at more than a hundred of the most discerning and renowned retailers internationally. With celebrity fans like Taylor Swift and Giuliana Rancic, sightings in Lucky, Elle and People magazines, and hit television shows Gossip Girl and 90210, Leona is becoming one of the fastest growing contemporary labels in fashion today! Lauren was recognized as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the University of Alabama in 2008, and as one of Apex Society's Atlanta's top 30 under 30 for accomplishment in business in 2009. The Leona love continues to spread across the world, as Lauren creates from her studio in Nashville TN.
Naughty or Nice? Add a little spice to any occasion. (Melody Kitchens, online editor for The Auburn Plainsman, features some of her new favorite Valentine's day gifts including "The Deighton" from B&M).