Local Loving: Dapper + Dash

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Dapper + Dash is a local company that re-purposes vintage clothing and materials into beautifully crafted bow ties. They’re all about local and look to change more than just your style with their bow-ties. We caught up with owner/founder Aaron Kimberlin to learn more about this new company!

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Where can we find your goods?

Frances Vintage, Mercantile, Here on the Corner, Cleo and Celmentine,

and online at Dapper + Dash’s home page!

How did you get into the world of bow-ties?

I was always into design and architecture and saw what companies like Upward were doing with reusing old buildings and wanted to do something similar.  My grandfather passed away and left me a bunch of neckties from the 60s and 70s that were way out of style but still had these incredible patterns.  Rather than getting rid of them, I decided I could save them and use them and give them a new life.  A lot of people are re-purposing neckties from this era by slimming them down but that seemed too easy so I decided to rework them into bow-ties.  I found a seamstress and we created three different patterns and from that Dapper + Dash was born.

Who are the top 3 people you like to see in your bow ties? (alive or dead)

  1. Charles Eames
  2. Greg Stanton, The Mayor of Phoenix
  3. Tina Fey

What’s been the coolest part of selling these re-purposed bow-ties?

I’d say the coolest part is being able to give new life to old things.  It’s so inspirational to be a part of that cycle.  Another cool thing that’s happened is we’ve sent bowties around the world.  We’ve had orders all across the U.S. but also internationally in London, Milan, New Zealand, and Australia.  We’ve also had some well-known faces wear our bowties which has been awesome.

I noticed on your site that you had some ladies rockin’ bow ties.  How do you feel about this cross-over in style?

It’s definitely something we’d like to delve a bit deeper into in the future. We really believe you can break down borders with a bowtie.  It’s an empowerment tool—it doesn’t just have to be for men.  We’ve actually had more women approach us than men who want to wear bowties.  Whether it’s men or women it’s all about the story behind the bowtie.  People love that it has a history.

What’s next for Dapper + Dash?

We’re coming up on our one year anniversary and we’re going to host a big party on March 22nd to celebrate.  At the event we’re going to roll out some new lines, debut a kick-starter for a really great collaboration with us and Safwat Saleem, and just enjoy some drinks and style.


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images c/o Jason + Anna Photography

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