Due to the flurry of countless national/international Fashion Weeks and an epic awards season, I've reviewed a ton of men's formal wear. And when I think back on all that I've seen, I'm searching to identify what defines fresh for THIS MOMENT. But with the exception of interesting lapel pins, I'm at a loss. (Red D&G tux with vest, you are NOT my answer. And further, you may be the secret second reason for Elton John's D&G boycott.) Then I stumbled upon the quirky and ingenious company called Brackish Bow Ties and instantly wished that someone would have shown up with one of these on. They feel very au courant to me and could have been that defining factor. This may be because Brooklyn, the land of the urban outdoorsman, remains the epicenter of all that is cool or it may just be because these handmade beauties are different: a monumental feat in menswear which moves by millimeters. In any case, I endorse them, particularly with spring wedding season approaching. Incidentally, they're killing it with the lapel pins too. Pick one or the other and gift your groomsmen and yourself. They will provide instant conversation, and maybe even forgiveness, for when your drunk best man is on minute 23 of his toast.