A New View Of The Sharp-Dressed Man
To look forward in the fashion world, the makers of J’Sphë bowties are looking back to classic neckwear standards.
“We want something different,” said Stephen Palacios, who launched the Huntington Station-based company with his fiancée, Jessica Stoker. “We want to take a different avenue – the road less traveled.”
Stoker and Palacios both graduated law school at Touro College and are anxiously awaiting word if they passed the New York State Bar exam.
In the meantime, the couple, who met at Finley’s during their first year of law school and are engaged to be married next year, launched J’Sphë Bowties in 2012 after a sartorial dilemma – what to wear to the Barrister’s Ball – prompted an ambitious response.
“We have a lot of friends that were like, ‘We don’t know what to wear. Everybody’s wearing bowties, but there’s really no selection,’” Palacios explained. “A few of my buddies, about three or four of us were like, ‘If you make something, we’ll wear it.’”
The couple reached out to friends in New York City that work in the garment district and in fashion, picked up some fabric and embarked on the initial leg of their journey.
“They actually came out pretty nice – everybody wore them and it was a hit at the gala that year,” Palacios said.
With encouragement from that Barrister’s Ball, the two were on their way. All of the J’Sphë line is handmade and hand-sewn. Stoker selects most of the fabrics, including silk, denim, cotton twills, velour, cashmere and blended wool.
The ties come in four cuts – the classic cut Palacio, a nod to the co-founder’s family name; a slim diamond-cut style; the bolder, larger Panache size; and the rounded Papillion “butterfly” tie.
The ties range from $45-$100, depending on the fabric. Custom orders start around $75, and allow a customer to select the fabric, embroidery and a paired pocket square.
For many men, a bowtie is a conversation piece.
“When you do see that, it’s a conversation piece – a memorable piece,” Stoker said. “It’s a unique thing to wear.”
As the company establishes its roots, they’re looking at expanding not to neckties, but to another classic men’s staple – the ascot. Palacios said he’s looking to be on the cusp of a bowtie revolution, a gentleman’s presence in fashion – one they hope to be starting with their classmates.
“If we can get a majority of our class to wear bowties, then I think we can get the population to wear bowties again,” he explained.
Find J’Sphë Bowties at www.jsphebowties.com.