When I started this blog, I hoped a few people might find it interesting. But truly it was just a way for me to catalog my ties and give me a space to chat a bit. So the following story illustrates the power of social media, and its ability to create connections and friendships.
About a month ago, I got a twitter message from “Earl of Bedlam” (@NewsFromBedlam), a bespoke tailoring company out of London. Turns out, they saw one of my #bowTieFriday posts through Twitter, liked it, and contacted me. Not only did they like my project, they knew some people in Baton Rouge, and had a childhood friend whose last name was also Beck. They felt duty bound to make the connection and follow me.
So I did what any good Twitter citizen would do. I contacted them back, and followed them back. Cool enough. They’re interesting people, make interesting clothes, a win-win.
What I didn’t know was that Earl of Bedlam was also running a giveaway for a bow tie. And it turns out, I was the winner. After several messages back and forth we discovered a few other interesting things:
- their shop is not far from where my brother lives in London
- the father of the family they know in Baton Rouge was on the faculty at LSU, where I currently teach
- my father’s family were tailors from the old country, a tradition that passed down from my great-grandfather through several generations and now to my daughter who is studying costume design and technology
About two weeks later, I received this very cool, slightly funky butterfly-style bow tie with a matching pocket square.
A few thank yous, follow up conversations about elections and life in general, and this otherwise random connection has become a friendship across the pond. So thanks to Mark and Caroline for their generosity. If you’re in London, go see them. If not, see their webpage at http://earlofbedlam.co.uk.
In honor of Veterans Day, Armistice Day, and Remembrance Day in the UK, I’m wearing this wonderful British bow tie. Happy #bowTieFriday. Cheers and chin chin.