The bottom line (tl;dr)
Back this project to get a high-quality, hand-made necktie that celebrates the ethos of The Dude and his abiding wisdom.
If you're not into the whole brevity thing
Dressed like that in the middle of a weekday
Since I work in public education in a moderately visible job, wearing my iconic “The Dude” cardigan sweater at work isn’t really an option (I can’t get away with carrying around a White Russian, either). I only mention it because sometimes there’s a man who figures out a way to take her easy for all us sinners. This project is about how you can, too.
Necktie — The word itself makes some men uncomfortable
Now, the necktie may not have three thousand years of beautiful tradition from Moses to Sandy Koufax, but it has an important role in the professional life of many a modern man, including me, and I have a nice collection of artsy, clever, and thoughtful neckties that allow me to express myself and still retain an air of professionalism at work.
Way to go, Dude. If you will it, it is no dream.
A good tie is hard to find. There is no shortage of Disney- or Looney Tunes- or Tabasco-branded neckties, but I wanted something special, and as I was doodling one day (I’m no Jackie Treehorn, but I do draw), I laid out this little piece.
I realized if I could put The Dude’s sweater on a fallen log in the forest, I could put it on a necktie. So I re-designed The Dude’s sweater pattern so it would fit the narrow layout of a necktie.
I had one printed at an online place, and it turned out pretty okay:
People complimented my tie (and my taste in movies) with questions and movie quotes:
- “I want a tie like that, Dude.”
- “That is a sharp-looking tie!”
- “This aggression will not stand; where did you get the tie?”
- “That tie really abides, Dude.”
- “Obviously, you’re not a golfer.”
- “That really ties the room together.” (wink)
- “I like your style, Dude.”
- “Nice marmot” (easily the best, most clever compliment)
Yet the tie had the sheen of a cheap, inkjet-printed, one-off craft-fair project, because it really was a cheap, inkjet-printed, one-off. Plus, it cost nearly 40 bones, or clams, or whatever you call them. For that kind of money, I wanted something more durable, more professional, more classy—and a little skinnier. You can imagine where it goes from here.
The Preferred Nomenclature
Now making a quality necktie is complicated—a lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of what-have-you’s—so I did some looking and got in touch with Martin at Siming Neckwear Company in Shengzhou, China, and asked about getting my new design in a woven, not printed, necktie. Unfortunately, there wasn’t time for a photo opportunity. I sent him my initial sketches:
We talked back and forth and he told me my design would be a “panel tie” and he gave me a price for a minimum quantity and offered to make a sample and ship it to me. I sent my full design and a deposit to him, and his team made this beauty.
This is the final product; a beautiful, well-made, classy, professional tie that is a subtle wink to those in the know that you can look good, be professional, and take it easy. For those uninitiated in the legend, it is still a sharp-looking tie that matches a wide range of colors.
Back this project today and we—I, the royal we—will create your tie, pack it, and ship it to you for arrival in April of 2018.
Make your pledge, then let’s go bowling.
Risks and challenges
Isn’t The Dude’s sweater copyrighted? — Not really actually, but I’m also not making his sweater. I have redesigned the classic Cowichan pattern of his Pendleton sweater onto a necktie; and while it reminds us who know of His Dudeness, it is merely an homage to him—a high-quality, professional, work-worthy homage in the form of a necktie.
Shipping delays — We won’t face nihilists, faked kidnappings, or the desecration of our favorite rug, but there is always the possibility of shipping delays from overseas (should the shipping ports go on strike as happened at west coast ports in 2015). As a result of his possibility (and also because I am generally impatient), I have budgeted to ship the ties from China via DHL air to ensure they get here on time.
Biting off more than we can chew — I don’t think we’ll get a ridiculous amount of orders, but if this project went viral and every Lebowski-fest attendee and Dudeist priest went online and ordered a tie, the issue would not be the tie factory’s ability to produce. Siming Neckwear Company in Shengzhou, China, has been around and producing ties and other textile products for some time. They can produce 50,000 neckties a month. My concern about going viral is that I might have to bring on some staff. I gotta check this with my accountant of course, but my concern is that, you know, it could bump me into a higher tax bracket.
When orders came pouring in after the Original PaceWheel (PaceWheel.com) was featured in Running Times magazine, my wife and I got our friends together for a “sweatshop day” and cranked them out, and we would do the same thing for this. Fortunately, ties are pretty small, and I wouldn’t have to rent warehouse space or anything. Of course—ultimately—a viral KickStarter project would be a good problem to have, so tell your friends!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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