Otis had never made a tie in his life when a co-worker asked him to make neckties so she can gift them to her father and brother. After receiving more commissions to make custom neckties for weddings, Otis launched his eponymous brand in 2010. The line includes neckties, bow ties, ascots, lady ties, pocket squares, scarves, and caps.
Everything is handmade from his studio in Marathon Village, Nashville, Tennessee. Even the labels are carefully written by hand. If I lived anywhere near, I would love to drop by and watch how each one is made, take snapshots, buy some goodies, and gift them to all the dear gentlemen and ladies in my life.
Connect with Otis James on Facebook or Twitter; or visit the website. Take a virtual peek at his studio and see him create through this video. It takes only two minutes and the song is cool. I love that he handprints the labels. Seriously, it made my day.