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bow ties with a twist

February 29, 2016

Wood tie

 
Virginia-based SwitchWood makes interchangeable wooden bow ties that are both innovative and elegantly edgy.

The company: SwitchWood was founded in 2013 in Fort Belvior in northern Virginia by Drew Storm Graham, who is helped by his longtime friend and colleague Sergio Viallrroel.

Designer and background: Born in Virginia, Graham grew up in a military family and moved frequently. He studied fine art at Stetson University in Florida. His primary focus was on design and the basics of woodworking to create sculptural wall reliefs.
Inspiration: Scrap pieces of wood lying around the workshop. The pieces were too small for artwork but too precious to pitch. One piece of wood resembled a bow tie. An idea and business was born.

Best sellers: In silk, popular choices are the Apollo, Monroe and Rook. In the cotton fabrics, the Clark and Bordeaux are top picks. Single bow ties are $65. Box sets, which come with one knot and two pairs of wooden wings, are $85.

Other favorites: Monogrammed cufflinks ($45).

Fun requests: Outfitting several wedding parties.

Where to buy: www.switchwood.com

In Atlanta, buy SwitchWood products at the American Craft Council Show (Booth 512) in Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria Centre March 11-13. For details about the annual show, visit http://www.craftcouncil.org/atlanta.

The Monroe

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