HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Cooler temperatures are just around the corner and autumn is definitely the friend of fashion. It’s a perfect time to start layering up and adding a little texture and character to you sartorial selections — and that includes men.
Turns out, if you’re looking to punch it up this fall when it comes to fashion, we found a Huntsville native who can help you do just that.
You might not expect to find a manufacturing engineer behind a sewing machine but 33-year-old husband and father Derrick Ramey, Jr. says he never intended to become a designer, either.
"I actually was looking for bow ties and I couldn't find, I guess, the styles within the price range that I wanted so I kind of just found a couple that I liked, kinda took them apart and went backwards."
Enter Dapper Dude. Ramey's living room-based startup company is now taking orders from all over the world.
"My latest order was to Australia which is kinda weird - you know, I'm in Alabama - it's actually been picking up a lot over the past two or three months," explains Ramey who has only been hand-crafting men's accessories since last November.
His handmade, affordable bow ties and lapel pins add a pop color and fun to any old shirt-and-blazer combo and are all available online.
Dapper Dude's Personal Style
Q: "How would you describe your style?"
A: "I'm kind of an old soul. I've always shopped a thrift stores, mostly. You know you can get a unique piece that you're not going to see everywhere. A vintage, chill kind of a style."
Q: "What is your advice for guys who want to 'dapper it up' a little this fall?"
A: "I would say if If you like it and it looks nice - wear it. Simple, clean & classic. If you can stick to that motto you're always going to look good."
Q: "Would you also say to men, 'don't be afraid to try something new'?"
A: "Oh yeah, definitely. I mean, you have to push the boundaries - you have to. I mean, that's how we got to where we are in style in the first place, because someone tried something. Look at Pharrell and his hat. That hat was pretty crazy. I wouldn't necessarily wear it but he did and it was a big deal."
You can also follow Dapper Dude's Instagram account by searching @_dapperdude_