The Vitruvian Man

The Art of the Patch Tail Necktie

by James Brooks | July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before we even get into how to wear one, let’s define what one is. A patch tail necktie is different from a standard necktie in one way and one way only: the tail of the tie is a different and contrasting color than the front of the tie. There you have it. Same shape, same way to tie it, but so many more options when it comes to styling and how to wear it. Let’s break it down and get you on the road to Dapperville.

The Sullivan Necktie, the thoroughbred of patch tails.

The Hideaway

Not feeling very daring today? That's fine. Take the tail of the patch tail necktie and tuck it into the loop. This will keep the contrasting tail hidden and will keep the focus on the subtle details of the tie. A great styling tip here: notice how the cut-away collar shows just a sliver of the red and white striped tail next to the knot. Observant passersby will do a double-take and shower you with compliments.

The Sneak Peek

You want to show off that contrasting tail a bit and stand out from the crowd. Leave the tail outside of the loop and let it swing freely. Another tip for pulling off this look: use a tie clip to keep the tail poking out. The tie clip will keep your tie in place and keep the tail out for the world to see. Now put your shoulders back and walk with confidence because you look like a million bucks.

Nothin' But Tail

How about some free-tailin'? Watch out because you'll literally stop traffic with this one. Bring that tail out from its hiding spot and let it grab attention all around. Don't use a tie clip to keep your tie in place, rather let it move around and keep that tail in plain sight. Now go bust down some walls with your daring and dashing good looks.


Keep the education going and learn all about the Art of the Diamond Point Bow Tie.

Tagged: Bedford and Broome, Dapper, Men's Fashion, mens fashion advice, patch tail neckties, Renaissance Man, style guide

Wear It Like You Stole It: Metropolitan Necktie and Charlton Pocket Square

by James Brooks | July 07, 2014 | 0 Comments

It's not rocket science. Take this week's edition of "Wear It Like You Stole It" for example. The elements of the outfit are all pretty basic, but they work together well with nothing being too flashy or overbearing. Most of what you're looking at here are solid colors, a solid shirt, a solid necktie. Notice a subtle windowpane pattern on the jacket? Keep it subtle to show that you have an eye for detail without the need to be flashy. Now that the basic outfit is together, throw in a couple pops of color. In this case we have the pocket square, lapel pin, and socks. You know how to have some fun, now make sure to let everyone else know that you're a modern renaissance man who knows when to buckle down to business and when to have some fun. Throw in a fun pocket square or some bright socks and don't take yourself too seriously. After all, what's the point in doing something if you can't have a little fun?

Look like a boss 101: Leg up, arm out, Ray Bans, smirk. Repeat.

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Window Pane Jacket - Black Lapel

Shirt - Marcella

Pants - Bonobos

Necktie - Bedford & Broome

Pocket Square - Bedford & Broome

Lapel Pin - Harrison Blake

Socks - Richer Poorer

Shoes - Zara


Photography courtesy of the dapper gents over at SprezzaBox

Tagged: Bedford and Broome, Renaissance Man, wear it like you stole it

How to Eat a Hot Dog Like a Boss

by James Brooks | July 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

July 4th is this Friday, and we want to make sure your hot dog eating technique is on-point. We already taught you how to grill like a boss, now it's time to learn the art of proper hot dog eating. It really boils down to your stance and confidence. Let's face it. It's difficult to look like a classy gent while eating a hot dog, but with the proper attire and stance, you'll be the hot dog king of Independence Day.

The Double Fist

 Why settle for one hot dog at a time when you can have two?

Key things to note here are his posture, his show of patriotism, and general badassery. While holding two hot dogs, always be ready to pass one off to a friend or the pretty girl standing next to you.

The Lady and the Tramp

Because doing it with spaghetti has been done before.

What you need: one hot dog, one pretty girl, and a whole bunch of confidence. How can she turn you down while you're wearing that awesome American bow tie? You get to eat some delicious hot dog treats and then kiss a girl at the end. Why? Because America. 

The Old Fashioned

One hot dog, one hand, one man.


Think you can pull these off this July 4th? Share it with the world on instagram and tag @bedfordbroome 


Tagged: Bedford and Broome, How to, Renaissance Man

Wear It Like You Stole It: Hawthorne Bow Tie

by James Brooks | July 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this week's edition of "Wear It Like You Stole It," we show you how to look like a confident and dapper son of a gun at work. It's already common knowledge that wearing a bow tie exudes a high level of confidence, but a reversible diamond point bow tie? Now that's just ridiculously confident. Fear not gentlemen, a reversible diamond point bow tie is just like a regular bow tie but with extra options. Options are a good thing. Options in your Scotch selection, options for your plan later this evening, or options in the way you want to tie your bow tie. 

In the words of our good friend Ryan (pictured below), "The Hawthorne bow tie paired with my glorious beard makes random strangers give me compliments." There you have it gents. This is a lethal combination so make sure you wear your bow tie responsibly.

To learn the different ways to tie a Bedford & Broome reversible diamond point bow tie, read our post The Art of the Diamond Point Bow Tie.

"The Hawthorne bow tie paired with my glorious beard make random strangers give me compliments."


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Hawthorne Bow Tie by Bedford & Broome

Custom shirt by Marcella

Tagged: Bedford and Broome, bow tie, Dapper, diamond point bow tie, fashion, Men's Fashion, modern renaissance man, NYC, Renaissance Man, wear it like you stole it