As if being on one of the NBA’s top basketball teams wasn’t enough, Miami’s Chris Bosh has also emerged as one of its best-dressed athletes. And now? The 6′ 11″ power forward has taken his impeccable style and turned it into his next business venture. Enter Mr. Nice Ties, a collection of ties and bow ties he designed as part of a collaboration with Canadian accessories brand Armstrong & Wilson. The Daily Beast reports on the inspiration behind the line.

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“As a child, he remembers watching his father, ‘a very sharp dresser,’ add the final touches to his suits—a tie,” says Justin Jones of The Daily Beast. “The moment [Chris] was finally able to loop a knot by himself was a milestone, his first step to becoming a man. His ability to translate that fleeting moment into a tangible design that others can wear has been a meaningful experience.”

Chris explains he’s never been much of a risk-taker and that simplicity is key, so the colors and patterns in his collection are muted, but the fabrics are high-end. “I was really trying to make something as an expression of myself,” he says. “I love ties and this is really something I wanted to get into.”

What’s next, Chris? World domination?

Read more on The Daily Beast.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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August 13, 2014

Mixing prints can be intimidating. But when it comes to putting together a winning shirt and tie combination, don’t be daunted. I promise – it’s easier than you think. Here are a couple of tips to live by.



Pair geometric prints with something more fluid. Linear, geometric prints (think stripes, checks, ginghams, and plaids) are surprisingly easy to coordinate. Play up the juxtaposition of a shirt’s hard lines and angles with a tie featuring a softer, swirlier pattern. Paisley, with its combination of lines and curves, makes for a nice contrast. When it comes to color, you can stick with the same hue or choose something complementary that will pop against your shirt and show that you’re not afraid to have some fun with your look.

Layer a larger pattern over a smaller one. Starting off with a small print on your shirt is a no-brainer when it comes to pattern mixing. A subtle houndstooth acts almost like a solid (a tight gingham print has the same effect) while giving your shirt some dimension and making it super easy to layer with almost anything. A tie with a circular geometric print is one of those safe bets that can work with most shirts, but as long as your tie’s design is bigger than your shirt’s pattern, you should be set for a sharp look.

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By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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May 29, 2013


Sure, they’re small details – but from the knot to the dimple, these little nuggets of neckwear knowledge will have you tying together your suit like a polished pro.

Continue reading for a little tie know-how >>

December 6, 2012