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Knot your average tie!

You know how a really beautiful woman can be distracting? Like if you are walking around with a gorgeous woman on your arm, it doesn’t really matter what you’re wearing. You could have on the world’s ugliest suit and everyone one think you look good, because they’re distracted by the beauty on your arm. Imagine if you were walking around with, I dunno…Bea Arthur. No one’s gonna care what you’re wearing. Why?! Because you have a super hottie on your arm making you look good…Yes she is! Bea Arthur is gorgeous! Sure, she may not fit into your “conventional” beauty types, but she has a unique handsomeness to her…FINE! Then how about… let’s see here…who do the kids like these days?…Sally Fields, you know she played Gidget. No love for old Sally, huh? Okay, how ‘bout Charlize…I think we can all agree on Charlize.

What was I even getting at…OH YEAH! Just like a beautiful woman can make any guy look good, a drop dead gorgeous necktie can do the same for your suits.  Just like this beauty from my friends over at General Knot & Co. – this handcrafted beauty makes every suit I own a big fat winner!



Blue Brown Gray

I’m Chanism…well not me. But Brian is.

Once upon a time, a young man left New Jersey and moved to California. And he hit it big. He took the world by storm with a crane kick to Johnny’s face. Well another certain someone also left New Jersey for the West Coast and while he may not have had Mr. Miyagi, he was able to crane kick fashion in the face. Who is that man? None other than Brian Chan. Want to know more about him? Take a look at the interview below.

You grew up in New Jersey, moved to California and now you’re a huge success…How else does your life parallel Daniel Larusso’s?

Haha, for a moment there I had to look up who Daniel Larusso was (sorry, I actually haven’t seen The Karate Kid in it’s entirety). I would say that besides moving from east coast to west coast, my life unfortunately doesn’t parallel his. Wish I had sweet karate moves like him though.


You have a very popular Instagram account and you were recently featured in GQ’s fall guide as an Agent of Style and you’re only…I don’t know how old you are…but my question is this: Moving forward how do you plan to top yourself, or has Brian Chan peaked?

I would say that moving forward I want to continue to provide content of interest for both my current followers as well as any future followers that I may gain. There is actually also a possibility of starting a blog in the near future to expand my content/knowledge for a larger audience. Keep your heads up for that!

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You met Nick Wooster…NICK WOOSTER!! Does he smell as amazing as I think he does? How awesome was that? Were you nervous? And did you high five everybody you know afterward?

First off, he smells of leather bound books and rich mahogany (get my reference? haha). It was actually really surreal! He is basically everything you think he is and by that I mean awesome! I was beyond nervous to meet him and even attempt to ask to take a picture with. If you could’ve seen me then I was shaking like no other. And yes, many high fives were given!

You have a lot of really awesome blazers, but your pants might be king! You have an amazing assortment of some of the coolest pants ever! (I can’t think of a fancier word for pants…maybe slacks, or does that sound like an old man?) How proud are you of that collection and do you have a favorite pair?

Thanks! I do have to say that my bottoms collection is definitely trumping anything else I own. I am very proud of my collection and only want it to continue to grow. Ack! My favorite pair? That might be too difficult to answer, I love them all!

You’ve had a few contests through your IG account, #dapperchallenge. How much do you enjoy being able to reward your loyal followers and how cool is it to see them mimic your signature pose?

I love being able to see the influence that I have through Instagram and having that connection with my followers instead of just seeing them as account names. I also love keeping my followers guessing and trying to figure out how I take my dapper lap shots. However, my true secrets will never be revealed!

Just so we don’t have to keep dancing around the issue, since you know people at GQ, how long before you tell them about me? The sooner the better, as far as I’m concerned.

Haha! I actually don’t know that many people at GQ and I’m still figuring out how they even want to work with me. But maybe in due time, they’ll be hittin’ you up dude!


Many a time in your signature pose, there is a beverage in the shot. What is your go to hot beverage? What is your go to cold beverage? 

My go-to hot beverage is an almond milk latte. And my go-to cold beverage is either an Arizona Sweet Tea or just a plain old iced coffee.

If you had to get rid of one forever, which would it be, watches or sunglasses?

I would go sunglasses. Hats can do the job that sunglasses do. I need my watches to tell the time. =P


And now Five Signature Questions with Christian:

Who is your Favorite Superhero or Villain?

Batman. Most definitely Batman.

Who wins in a fight Batman or Superman?

Oh dang, the age old question. Guess we’ll see when Batman vs. Superman comes out!

Which Star Wars Character would you be?

Han Solo. Cause he got Princess Leia.

What’s your Favorite cereal of all time?

Honey Bunches of Oats

Are your dirty clothes on the floor or in the hamper, right now?


We Want You!

Have you ever been part of something? Not just anything, something cool. You know how sweet it would be if you could walk around be like: What’s up, I’m a Power Ranger. Or meet a girl and be like: Hey, there sweet thing (cuz. I’m super cool in this scenario) me and Danny Ocean are headed to vegas…Seriously, how cool would it be to be an Ocean’s 11?! One of Ocean’s 11? I don’t know how to say that correctly. Even if you were just the guy who was good at like riggin the slot machine to do something as a distraction…it would still be awesome!


Well the fine fellows at Me, My Suit and Tie have invited me to be part of their wonderful kickstarter (sort of). They’re like Danny Ocean, Rusty, Linus, Basher and Saul. You know the cool ones. And I’m like the nervous guy who can rig machines to do…to do…who knows! But I’m just happy to be a part of it!



These amazing Gents have put together some fantastic style boxes that you can get your hands on through their Kickstarter. In fact, in these duds you’ll feel like Danny Ocean himself! Check it out!



Awesome ties…Czech

I’m gonna blow your mind right now.

The Czech Republic drinks more beer than any other country in the world.

When it comes to drinking beer, they’re the number one seed! More beer per capita than anywhere else in the world is consumed there! On average 43 gallons (160 liters) per person, per year. The original Budweiser can be found in the Czech Republic. The Czech city of Pilsen is the home of pilsner. Beer is known to have been brewed here since 993 AD.

But there’s more!! They’re not just awesome at beer, they are amazing at men’s fashion accessories, especially ties!! And it’s all thanks to Anna and Peter, the owners of Bubibubi Ties. Together they have hand crafted some of the most beautiful, unique and diverse men’s accessories on the market.

Whether it’s one of their signature twin ties or a whimsical pocket square, you’re sure to find something that you’ll fall in love with. And I had the privilege of interviewing them!


Where did the name bubibubi come from?

Peter: I think it was originally some silly nickname that we used to call each other.

Why did you decide to make twin ties?

Peter: Sometimes it wasn’t easy to recommend to our customers a pocket square that goes well with the tie. Most of them were so used to seeing the “polyester satin same tie same pocket square” crap. So we decided to give them a little hint by putting the fabric of matching pocket square on the narrow end of the tie that could be hidden or you can show it off. It also makes a nice combo that people like a lot.

Anna: But it was all a process, we haven’t decided on this out of the blue. First we made a small collection of Twin ties (I thought we should name them somehow) and brought them to a designers market in Prague. We wanted to see how customers would react. Luckily most people really liked them and so it began… 🙂

You sell your products in-person at local market events in your area. Can you tell us what it’s like being at these events?

Peter: Local fashion markets are great opportunity for us to get in touch with our fans and customers. It’s always a great experience to see them enjoy our products, something that you can’t experience when selling online. Also some of our customers prefer to buy there because they can see products live, get a feel of the fabrics, try out the ties with their shirts or blazers. And we have a lot of fun with teaching our customers how to tie a bowtie or fold a pocket square.

Anna: Yeah that’s always fun. I am usually the one to teach how to tie a bowtie. Every time I show it to a customer, there’s immediately a bunch of people around, curious to see what’s happening J Also, we made some good friends there. We get to meet people that do the same thing as we do so we have a lot to talk about.


How much fun is it coming up with custom designs for weddings?

Peter: In Czech Republic, as opposed to the US, it’s not common to go for custom ties or bowties for a wedding. But we created a quite a few designs based on customers’ requests. They usually want to match the ties to a specific color range. It is a lot of fun to come up with the custom designs and new combinations.

Anna: I really liked this one wedding. The bride to be wanted six different floral ties. They had this rustic laid back barn wedding with a barbecue. Dress code was jeans and a white shirt. I really enjoyed that.

Why did you decide to do a monthly contest?

Peter: We like to run giveaways for our fans. It is one of the things that keeps them engaged. We wanted to have something running on regular basis and that’s when the idea of monthly giveaway was born. It also helps us build an email list so we can keep our customers and fans informed about all the important news.

What tie has sold out the fastest?

Peter: That was one of our first Twin neckties, navy/orange/brown plaid in combination with tobacco brown on the narrow end of the tie.

womensOne of the things you make are lady ties, which I think are super cool. Are they very popular in the Czech Republic?

Anna: Idea came from our lady customers. They were asking us to make something for them too. Of course women can wear a classic bowtie, but we wanted to do something special. We played with the design for a while and there’s a few ways to go about this. Finally we decided to go with the “you can tie this many ways” design I’m very happy we did that. I wouldn’t say they are VERY popular, but our customers love them.

Where do you sell more ties, in the Czech Republic or in the United States?

Peter: The proportion of sales in the US is increasing more than we expected.

You have some very unique pocket square designs, the bicycle, the feathers, etc. Is it important to you to have that diversity?  

Anna: We try to have a range of designs so that everybody can find his favorite color and pattern. We try to add something unusual here and there J The bicycle ties were a big hit, but the fabric is sold out anyway and we do want to keep our designs in small collections. We have a few new fabrics coming I’m really excited about.


And now Five Signature Questions with Christian:


Who is your Favorite Superhero or Villain?

Peter: Batman

Anna: Moriarty from BBC’s Sherlock

Who wins in a fight Batman or Superman?

Peter: Batman because he has Robin. They would trick him somehow for sure 😀

Anna: He doesn’t like superheroes that have unrealistic powers. J Batman for me too.

Which Star Wars Character would you be?

Peter: Boba Fett

Anna: Princess Leia – we took a quiz 😀

What’s your Favorite cereal of all time?

Peter: We don’t buy cereal but we bake one at home. It is made of oat flakes, almonds, raisins, honey, butter and we add a fresh fruit to serve.

Anna: Yeah, but I always really liked Nesquik. Like a late night snack to eat out of the box watching a movie 🙂

Are your dirty clothes on the floor or in the hamper, right now?

Peter: In the hamper. I’m known for that. You can ask my friends and family. 🙂

Anna: Yeah, I’m the messy one I guess. But it’s still in the hamper.