Handmade Ties by Lonesome Traveler in St. Louis
For a tie with a special story, designer and artisan Jenny Hill of Lonesome Traveler ought to be a must-stop on your shopping list. Hill, originally from Chicago, came to St. Louis by way of her lust for adventure and passion for menswear. Here, she handcrafts hundreds of specialty neckties, bow ties, pocket squares and more, which are often a favorite for groomsmen and bridal parties.
Peek into her studio, and you’ll see a young woman with a sleek brunette bob, glasses and tattoos, busily thrusting fabric through a sewing machine to perfectly craft each piece. A look through her inventory shows Hill is particularly taken with Art Deco, Baroque and vintage-style fabrics, as well as statement patterns and florals.
While Hill’s creations would jazz up a timeworn suit or button-down with slacks, she also makes solid colored pieces that add chic polish to an outfit without a bold pattern, like the avocado dream necktie. She has also made custom monochromatic peach- and berry-colored ties, as well as patterned ensembles for weddings, for a perfectly casual, unique look.
All images courtesy of Lonesome Traveler.