Testimonial Archive

“Otis, the tie couldn’t be more perfect. I appreciate the note also. Thank you for working with such little notice. I am glad to see that there are people out there with passion for handcrafted goods like your bow ties. The whole packaging design and name on the bow tie are special.”

Cole B; Columbia, SC

“I was one of the lucky Justin Townes Earle fans who got one of your bowties offered by his record company. I love Justin’s music and just felt a connection to the tie they were offering. I thought it was uber-cool. I received it and immediately began to practice tying it and I think I have it pretty much figured out. Well, due to your attention to detail and the craftsmanship that went into the tie, I have fallen in love with bowties. I am a woodworker with an attention to detail and appreciate your items as true artwork. I am HONORED to own #9 of 15 ties in the JTE pattern. It is without a doubt one of my most treasured possessions. I just wanted to let you know that what you are doing is right and good and appreciated by those who treasure quality, inspiration, and craftsmanship. Thank you so much for creating my tie. It brings me great joy. Be well.”

– Kevin G

“I have well received the bow ties, and they are fantastic. I love the materials, you really feel the quality, and the craftsmanship is obvious. I now regret not to have ordered ties so that this could have completed my collection…”

Selvane M; Paris, France

“My dad LOVED your beautiful ties! I know I’ll be ordering again! Thank you for making such amazing wearable art.”

Kate H; Salt Lake City, UT

“Thanks so much for creating Don’s bow-tie so fast. He loved it. I’m sure it will be his new favorite. Maybe I’ll add to his collection annually.”

Carrie G; Nashville, TN

“I received my hat today and it is fantastic. I can’t wait to see the patina it takes on with the years of wear it is going to receive. Keep up the great work.”

Doug M; Edwardsville, IN

“I just wanted to let you know I received the latest tie I ordered. It’s perfect. The quality is awesome and it looks amazing. Thanks again.”

Matthew D; Houston, TX

“Wow! Just got the hat now. Otis, this cap is fricken awesome. I’ll likely be ordering that other one you have on the site tomorrow. By far the best newsboy cap I’ve seen. Nice work!”

C.R.R.; Zephyr Cove, NV


Allow me to gush for a minute. My cap arrived today and I must say there is not one single thing I would change about it. I absolutely love it! The fit is perfect and the craftsmanship is spot-on. The denim looks even better in person and I love the materials you used on inside of the cap. Also, leather is the perfect material to use for the bill. Again… damn.

I am so happy with the way this cap turned out. Thank you so much! “

Tommy B.; Greensboro, NC

“Great looking ties, amigo!!! Thanks again!”

Roman Z.; Ukraine

“Listen up Nashville. Otis James is a bad motherfucker. My easy rider cap might be the best thing I own. No joke!”

Justin T.E.; Nashville, TN

“I love the tie! Can’t say enough good things about it. Thanks so much!”

Rachael D.; Nashville, TN

“Hello Otis,.. I was one of the few to get an Easy Rider cap from I&W. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate and enjoy the hat. I live in Houston TX so Ive only gotten to wear it 2 days since most of the year we are 90 F or more. My first child will be born any day now and I am looking forward to pass the cap on to him/her and any other generations to come.”

Ramiro R.; Houston, TX

“I just got your Easy Rider hat this past week and it is awesome. I would definitely be interested in order similar newsboy hats in the future.”

C.R.R.; Zephyr Cove, NV

“There really are no words for how gorgeous these ties are. I’m thinkin’ of changing things up a bit and starting to wear suits myself just to be able to wear one.

Even the presentation of the ties is beautiful!

Thank you again Otis…..”

Lisa C.; Stamford, CT

“hey otis-

I have been meaning to write all week and tell you how great frank’s hat looks. thanks so much for working on it and making it just right for him. he is loving it too.”

Jamina C.; Nashville, TN

“…I got the ties and am thrilled. I really appreciate your hard work. You do one heck of a job, buddy!”

Jon A.; Wheaton, IL

“Those bow ties are gorgeous! I am going to take many many photographs of them and use them in my story about our wedding. Mike loves it too, looks great with his tux. Thank you so much!”

Brit L.; New York, NY

“I just wanted to send a huge thank you – the tie came out even better than I pictured – & Kevin loves it! It was a great birthday surprise.”

Annie C.; Washington, DC

“dear otis, i just got got one of your ties. it is beautiful. i’m not kidding. it is one of the most considered, incredibly things i own. it’s evident that you put a lot of care into your work and i’m officially a huge fan. looking forward to getting more in the future and spreading the word. hope life is good in otisville and best of luck.”

“Otis! I just got your package… IT IS AMAZING. And one of the most special things I’ve ever gotten, and it made my day. Thank you again. You rule.”

Zach V.; Cambridge, MA

“We picked up the tie today from the post office box. The color is perfect with the vest and you got the length just right.”

Carl H.; Boston, MA

“Otis, Tomorrow morning your stylish cap will be making its debut in my work wardrobe, paired with a slim black dress, fawn and grey silk and wool wrapped jacket and opera length gloves. I trust the look will be the first of many this fall, to be followed by many seasons to come.”

Janae M.; Nashville, TN

“I finally got to give my brother-in-law, Arthur, the bow tie you made for him. He loves it and so does the whole gang up here in Des Moines, Iowa. I think I’ve got a few more orders for you!”

Boo G.; Nashville, TN

“…I received and love them… appreciate the attention to detail.”

Zach M.; Washington, DC

“I received it Thursday and wore it today. It looks fabulous, and it was a joy to wear it. Thanks again”

Andrew M.; Knoxville, TN

“I got the ties…they look great! Thank you.”

Sara P.; Boulder, CO

“I love your ties! I am a tie fan but have had the most difficult time finding ones I love. I am so glad to have found you! I am also an artist here in Nashville and I am a big fan of detail and craftsmanship – especially when it is combined with simplicity. Well done! I have two and I plan to have many, many more.”

David A.; Nashville, TN

“fucking love it man! thank you!!!!! now to learn to tie this bad boy!”

Ben Y.J.; Los Angeles, CA

“…Got the tie and I love it! Thanks for your responsiveness. Will be checking back to see the summer ties.”

Steve J.; Flowood, MS

“Got it!  Tie looks great, thank Otis, happy new year to you!”

Matt G.; Los Angeles, CA

“The tie is gorgeous, and I can’t wait to wear it. Thanks for the hard work, and Happy New Year!”

Duncan F.; Flushing, NY

My girlfriend, Latiffa, had you make me a grey wool tie with orange silk lining for my birthday. I’ve been meaning to send along a thank you because it is the most amazing tie I own. The knot this thing ties is insanely perfect. I really appreciate the craftsmanship that went into making my tie and I have to stop myself from wearing it every single day.”

Justin M.; Arlington, VA

“Oh my goodness! It was perfect. Just perfect!

The orange was a beautiful choice. Much richer and deeper than I was expecting and he was very impressed. Now he wants to base an entire suit off it. It’s safe to say you have a customer for life!

Thanks so much for making this birthday gift so special! You can plan on hearing from me again around Valentines Day! In the meantime have a wonderful holiday and New Year! Cheers!”

Latiffa K.; Arlington, VA

“I tried on the bow tie last night and it rocks!  It looks killer with my suit – it’s great.  And the pocket square is a subtle touch to the suit. Thanks again man.  Fantastic work!”

David W.; Nashville, TN

“By the way, a great tie! I wore it to work yesterday and loved it. You have a customer in me!   Thanks for everything…”

Mike G.; Atlanta, GA

“Just wanted to let you know that Doug got the tie on Monday.  It looks great, and he loved it! Thanks so much!!!”

Stacy C.; Edwardsville, IL

“I wanted to let you know I got the tie in the mail today and it looks great.”

Matthew D.; Houston, TX

“Thanks Otis.  I just got the tie – looks beautiful.”

Andrew L.; Washington, DC

“I gave William his tie today and he LOVES it.  Thank you so much!  It looks great on him- you did a spectacular job!  I will be sure to spread the word.  Thanks, again!”

Katie F.; Bloomington, IN

“The tie arrived today and it is fantastic.  Thanks again!”

Chris R.; Silver Spring, MD

“Joe and I wanted to write to say thank you for creating the ties for our wedding day! Everything went so smoothly and all the men looked wonderful in their blue ties.”

Anna T.; Nashville, TN

“The tie got here today with days to spare and it is AMAZING!!!  So pretty and hip.  The colors are perfect. I cannot WAIT to give it to Doug!”

Micki G.; Los Angeles, CA

“The headband you made is absolutely perfect. I have just bragged on you and the headband like you wouldn’t believe.  I wore it for the bridal portraits and it could not have been more perfect! You did a phenomenal job! Thank you so much for that!”

Amanda P.; Franklin, TN