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Brier & Moss The Carlyle Bow Tie

Brier & Moss Carlyle Bow Tie

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.

Atlanta Magazine December 09 2014

Atlanta Magazine, December 2014

Brier and Moss and The Golightly bow tie is featured in Jess Graves' (the voice behind thelovelist.netThe Love List: Holiday musings on page 50 and online

"Brier and Moss’s “Golightly” bow tie, the local company’s Tiffany-blue wink at one very famous ingenue." - Jess Graves


Samford University August 12 2014

We are honored to be included in this year's viewbook sent to prospective Samford students before fall enrollment. As co-founders we met at Samford while in fraternity and are proud to be alums. 

"We can't thank you enough for appearing in our viewbook! You two are excellent examples of the success a Samford degree can bring..." - Lauren and Laine, Client Relations


NFocus Magazine December 10 2013

NFocus Nashville, December 2013

"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

Sweet Relish August 09 2013

Sweet Relish, "College Cool: Everything You Need To Know" August 2013

"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

Cobb Life April 15 2013

Cobb Life, April 2013

 Brier & Moss and Co-Founder Jonathan Snyder are featured in the April edition of Cobb Life on pages 22-26 in a feature titled "One of the South's Hottest Bow Tie Companies."

"Gentleman take heed: normalcy and predictability in a Southern man's closet are out. Standing out by embracing the old-fashioned is in." -Katy Ruth Camp



Men's Book Atlanta November 14 2012

Men's Book Atlanta Winter 2012, page 52

"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."

Vogue Italia November 08 2012

Vogue Italia, November 2012

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

eidé magazine November 08 2012

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

Southern Living October 19 2012

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." 

Check us out on page 62.

Nashville Lifestyles: Weddings October 17 2012

Thanks to Creative Director Katie Jacobs, of Nashville Lifestyles: Weddings for including us in the Fall/Winter Edition of Nashville's premiere wedding resource. 

The Rushford bow tie is featured on page 10. 

Birmingham Magazine September 12 2012

Birmingham Magazine's Style Editor, Megan LaRussa, interviews Brier & Moss about the business of making bow ties.

Urbane Menswear July 26 2012


"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."

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Urban Daddy - Atlanta July 03 2012


"....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."

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The Tennessean June 20 2012


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 year’s Iroquois Steeplechase on May 12, at Percy Warner Park.

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Crusading Commoners May 10 2012


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!

VIE People + Places: May/June May 07 2012

"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

The Samford Crimson May 06 2012

Alumni’s Booming Bowtie Business

May 3rd, 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."

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Nashville Lifestyles May 03 2012

 We were recently featured by Anika Dartsch on Real Talk With Anika's  Nashville 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.

"Positively Tennessee" - WKRN News 2 May 02 2012

Fraternity brothers find success in creating men's bow ties
Posted: May 01, 2012 3:15 PM CDT
Reported By Julie Kroenig, Anchor WKRN


Just in time for Steeplechase and the Kentucky Derby, two Nashville men have launched their unique business selling men's bow ties. 

Brier and Moss was founded by college fraternity brothers Nick Barnes and Jonathan Snyder. 

The duo writes on their Web site they aim to make quality men's products that they themselves would be proud to wear. 

The two men said they came up with the idea of opening the business after they attended a wedding in Georgia where all of the males were wearing bow ties. 

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Back Down South May 02 2012

Raised in:
Marietta, Georgia

Lives in:
Atlanta, Georgia

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!”
  • All silk woven Brier & Moss custom bow tie for the Atlanta Steeplechase (here).
  • Cole Haan Pinch Penny Loafers (when not covered in dust, they’re burgundy).
  • J.Crew socks.

Great Lakes Prep May 02 2012


"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."

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Leona Collection March 08 2012


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 dress in 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.

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About Leona Collection

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.