Christine Ryan & Myles Ryan
Tell us about your business.After having our first son we realized how imbalanced the children's fashion world is: girls really have a great selection to choose from whereas boys have minimal. The few bowties we found in the market were of poor quality, made abroad, with plain old boring fabric. We thought we would just "make one" for him but found we couldn't stop from producing a couple dozen once we found amazing fabrics. Stinky McGee believes every little boy deserves and wants hip and comfy accessories. We create all our accessories in good old Brooklyn, USA. We scour the Garment District of NYC and all 50 States looking for the coolest fabrics and combine that with an adjustable slider and a soft plastic clasp. Stinky McGee has evolved from bowties to include neckties & suspenders, snap on/off bowties with onesies (called Mini McGees), pocketsquares and more! We hope to employ stay-at-home moms who love to sew.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.Stinky McGee is produced in Brooklyn, NY. After having two kids, the space has gotten smaller but somehow we put out even more in quantity. And now our older son gets to be a part of the process of making a tie: from helping to choose the fabric, to putting his foot on the sewing machine pedal while we stitch.
What inspires you?Our two sons inspire us daily with their constant exploration of play, color and personal style. And living in Brooklyn is always inspiring- folks from all over the world, the architecture- there's no shortage of visuals.
What makes your business stand out?Our fabric choices are our first priority. We shop for cottons in brick and mortars in NYC where we can see it and touch it. Our attention to detail is crazy! While 75% of each tie is machine stitched, all hardware and labels are handsewn. This means we inspect every centimeter of the tie before it goes out to some lucky lil man.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Give yourself daily goals that are attainable with your eyes on the big prize ahead. Don't let things overwhelm you :)
What does American Made mean to you?American Made means great quality, dreaming big, doing what you love and contributing to the happiness and well being of others (all sales of our Love Hearts Bowtie goes directly to a Brooklyn charity for homeless children).
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