Today we’re talking with local Sprout Collective member Marcus Hawley, founder of the men’s accessory brand Natty Neckware based here in Durham, North Carolina. Natty Neckware took off with the dapper yet simple staple in menswear: the bow tie. A desire to have a classic piece with a bold edge, Marcus says he introduced “funky prints and textures; things that were missing within the apparel accessories market, especially for men”. Marcus has two bow tie patterns available on Sprout Patterns, the Jaxon and for your little one; the Kaden Bow Tie. Read on for a fun look at one of Sprout’s patternmakers.
What was the first pattern you ever created?
“It was a bow tie. I bought the pattern, tweaked it a bit from the original and started making a prototype. I continued to tweak the prototypes until I got one I really liked and just went with it.”