NOLA BEAUX TIES OWNER DAVE HOLT found his calling when he saw a friend's dog decked out in a canine bow tie. Holt thought, "I can do that."
He pulled out his grandmother's Singer sewing machine and got to work. Now, Holt runs NOLA Beaux Ties (www.nolabeauxties.com) from his home, where fabrics, patterns and ties in various stages of construction occupy any open space. Now in its third year, NOLA Beaux Ties encroaches on a traditionally expensive market by offering ties that cost $30 each.
"I only use 100 percent cotton," Holt says. "It's a renewable resource and there are plenty of spots around town for me to source fabric."
The line includes patterns fit for LSU or New Orleans Saints games and Mardi Gras festivities.
"When searching for fabric, I look for New Orleans inspiration, but I also pick up some that are just off the wall," Holt says. "If I like the fabric and it ends up working once I take it home, I keep it. Sometimes not, but that's OK. It is all part of the process of creating."