By Bailey Pennick; photos by Eleanor Stills on September 5, 2013
It's hard to put a label on Mayer Hawthorne. With the release of his third full-length album, Where Does This Door Go, the 34-year-old Los Angeles-based musician has begun to blur the lines between his hip-hop roots and the neo-soul vibe of his first two LPs (2009's A Strange Arrangement, 2010's How Do You Do). But while his sound may be shifting, Hawthorne maintains that he has consistently stayed true to his core style roots.
"My motto is always 'flashy but classy,'" Hawthorne says. "You've got to be original and stand out from the crowd and be your own person, but you've always got to keep it classy...I actually dressed in a very similar style in high school. I look back, and even when I was a hip-hop DJ, I always kept it 'flashy but classy.'"
Learning the importance of style at a very young age from his grandmother and great-aunt's examples, Hawthorne has continued the family tradition of his #flashybutclassy style on and off the stage through his pressed suits, sharp shirts and properly tied bow ties.
I think a bow tie can apply to any situation," Hawthorne explains. "Sometimes I wear one just hanging out and making breakfast. You wear a bow tie, especially one you tie yourself, and you just feel good. It makes for a better life. You're more confident and it's infectious."
We caught up with Hawthorne in front of a mirror in Los Angeles to discuss the lost art of the bow tie, why it should be an essential part of every man's personal style arsenal (hint: it's the chicks) and, most importantly, to have Hawthorne teach us how to tie one ourselves. No clip-ons allowed.
Head over to our Tumblr to see Hawthorne's instructions step-by-step.
This is the FILTER How-To from FILTER 53, on stands September 13.
This article is from FILTER Issue 53