Valentine's Day traditions around the world

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, a day dedicated to LOVE. We celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing chocolates, candy hearts, flowers and cards with that special someone to show them how much they mean to us. Did you ever ask yourself, how did Valentine’s Day come about? How is Valentine’s Day celebrated in other parts of the world?

The story of Valentine originates in Rome during and under the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius II. A Roman priest named Valentine (or St. Valentine) performed Christian weddings for the Roman soldiers forbidden to marry. Under Emperor Claudius II, in an effort to grow his army, he forbade his Roman soldiers to marry. The Emperor believed that married men did not make good soldiers. In secret, the Roman priest, Valentine, married the soldiers and as a way for the soldiers to remember their wedding vows, St. Valentine cut out hearts made of parchment paper to serve as a reminder of their vows.  It is also said, that St. Valentine wore a purple amethyst ring with the image of Cupid engraved in it, a recognized symbol associated with love. The Roman soldiers would recognize the ring and ask St. Valentine to perform a wedding. This priest became a Saint as he was martyred for performing these Christian marriages in pagan society.

Today Valentine’s Day is celebrated all around the world. Each country celebrates Valentine’s Day differently. For instance, in South Africa Valentine’s Day is celebrated with festivals, flowers and other tokens of love. It’s also customary for women in South Africa to wear their hearts on their sleeves on February 14th; women pin the names of their love interest on their shirtsleeves, an ancient Roman tradition known as Lupercalia. In some cases, this is how South African men learn of their secret admirers. (Valentine's Day traditions from around the world)

It is believed that the first Valentine’s Day card originated in Paris, France. Charles, the Duke of Orleans, sent love letters to his wife while imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415. And signed the letters off “Your Valentine,” Today, Valentine’s Day cards remain a popular tradition in France and around the world.

Check out 10 ways other countries celebrate Valentine’s Day here:

Valentine's Day traditions around the world

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10 Valentine's Day traditions all around the world

Did you know that buying your significant other a tie on Valentine’s Day is also a very sweet gesture? The simple act of helping your loved one tie a tie is a very tender moment.  And P.S. it looks great on both genders! Get yours today

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

As always, it’s great to hear from you and I look forward to connecting with you soon.

January 11, 2017


January 2017 Resolutions: Turning Over a New Leaf

Turning Over a New Leaf Can Be Easy

There’s a whole new year ahead of us.

At this time of year, we all feel an incredible sense of inspiration.  This can come from a variety of places – family, friends, even our mentors. But, regardless of what it takes to achieve our own personal idea of success this year, for many people, it will require turning over a new leaf.

Changing our lives to achieve something greater, or get something that we want can take a lot of effort, and require us to step outside of our comfort zones. While ultimately worth it, this can seem like a daunting task that may take our all - if we want to achieve success.

Turning over a new leaf is something many may not want to do – but it’s something they should do, or have to do, in order to achieve their goal. While some of us may want to infuse our work lives with a renewed sense of effort in order to make more money and afford greater things for our families and friends, there are those who have to change themselves for reasons related to health and wellness if they want to lend prosperity to their loved ones at all.

No matter what your reason for turning over a new leaf, there are ways you can fast-track your new lease on life, or at the very least, give yourself a framework by which to lead yourself to greatness.

With all the things going on in our lives, from our personal and work obligations, to our habits and recreations activities, turning over a new leaf can seem like it would take a universe of changes. But this is only a matter of perspective. You can triumph over anything you want so long as you look at change and turning over a new leaf in the right way. The secret: view everything as one goal

Above everything else, you have one ultimate change you want to see, whether it’s working towards a new position, a physical fitness goal, or even spending more time with family. All you have to do is look at the choices you have, and the opportunities you have in your life and decide if each one is either going to help or hurt your goal.

Even if you just want to take your appearance and the way you dress more seriously, the idea of having one overall goal is inherent in almost any motivational or life-changing material available. Here are some great resources for you if you want to get a head start on achieving your goals and turn over a new leaf:

4 Life Changing Tips For Personal Success

10 Essential Tips to Change Your Life

11 Books To Help You Turn Over A New Leaf

Thank you so much for reading. I love talking to family, friends and customers about what they want to achieve in life and how they want to do it. Life is filled with so many opportunities and pleasures. If we all have the right mindset, we can achieve anything. Feel free to reach out and let me know what you’re planning to do this year. As always, it’s great to hear from you and I look forward to connecting with you soon.


October 10, 2016


It’s Almost Necktie Day – Our Superbowl

‘It's that time of year again’ we say with cheerful glee at Why, you ask? Well, you could say that October 18th is one of the most formal days of the year – and one of the most important for us. For those who don't know, October 18th is Necktie Day, and at, few things can make us happier than a widespread celebration of one of the coolest fashion icons in all of human history.

The necktie is a staple of men's fashion, and while millions of hard-working men wear neckties every single day, we like to think of Necktie Day as a chance where you can take your tie game to the next level.

In our minds, we think Necktie Day should be like a gladiatorial match for everyone who fancies wearing a tie. It's a known fact that those who celebrate Necktie Day wake up extra early to peruse through their tie collection – in order to pick the perfect tie that will impress and slay the moment they walk into the office. Compliments will be flying left and right as people are dazzled by the daring fashion choices.

Needless to say, there will always be an awesome bunch of people who will take Necktie Day seriously. For the rest of us, sometimes myself included – you can argue that every day is Necktie Day for me – there are many new ties, knot styles and brands that will be flooding the market, as well as many different ways that you can celebrate.

Up until Necktie Day, we will be working overtime to make sure we get everything in line before the rush hits. We really look forward to seeing you, and inviting you to be part of the action – especially if you're going to put your best gladiatorial foot forward and challenge your colleagues in the office to a game of, ‘Who Has The Best Tie’.

If you're wearing a tie at all, you're probably a winner anyway – but that may be my bias talking. Feel free to let me know if you have a special type picked out for the big day. I love hearing about all the new designs people are getting into. Thank you so much for taking the time to read as always. It is a pleasure to connect with everyone who has been a part of our adventure, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

September 05, 2016


Harry Potter - A Franchise Built on Magical Style

I don’t know about you, but this time of year I get that fun feeling of anticipation for fall. I’m looking forward to the air cooling a bit, the local pumpkin farm festival, and something my wife and I love: Halloween.

What are you dressing up like this year? With the new Harry Potter play out, I’m thinking this year may be a wizard theme. :)

The world of Harry Potter has definitely taken our us by storm for many years. Birthday parties, Halloween costumes, toys, games – the works – it has all made its way through our house time after time.

For me, however, the movies originally came out when I was younger, and I don't think I paid attention to all the outstanding detail. Besides being the highest grossing film franchise of all time up until 2015 when they were dethroned by Marvel, Harry Potter has brought in over $7.7 billion at the box office. The franchise, over the course of eight films, saw 12 Academy award nominations. The one I was most excited about came out of, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” – Best Costume Design.

I almost couldn't believe the level of detail. Every single stitch seemed to be intentionally placed, and the film was then reviewed by the costume designer members of the art directors branch of the Academy. Intrigued, perhaps a little biased in my profession, I went online and looked into the history of the award. Long story short – for about 15 years there were two categories: black-and-white and color. Fantasy films typically dominated the color category until the two awards were merged into one later down the line when black-and-white became virtually nonexistent.

As for the case of Harry Potter, the more we watched, the more I wasn't surprised by the award. Every single student at Hogwarts wears an impeccable school uniform, and when you're training to become a witch or wizard, who wouldn't want to display the best in style? From the white shirt and the sweater v-collar to the epic robe with all the Hogwarts ‘House’ insignias, and (most importantly) the two-color banded tie!

Part of the allure of Harry Potter has to be the classy costumes and classy striped neckties. :)

You really can’t go wrong with stripes. If you don’t have a striped tie and want to show your Harry Potter pride, check out this one:

Anyways, thanks for reading! I’ll try not to miss my September in anticipation of October. You do the same. :)
July 05, 2016


Step Into the World With a New Sense of Fashion

Today's fashion and style ideas can permeate through our culture at lightning speed. Social media has empowered us to share everything we love with everyone we know, and style is no exception.

Even a cursory look online will find that there are nearly infinite ways to customize the modern tie. In fact, everything from corporate brands to content creators and creative individuals are either making money or making a living off of marketing and promoting different ideas.

We're all familiar with things like the Windsor Knot and the Bow Tie – but what about all the other styles that are possible? How about the Trinity or the Eldridge knot? What if you want to know how to tie a tie in 10 seconds? A quick search of “how to tie a tie” on YouTube is bound to pull up many new and interesting possibilities.

After all, in a world where people are wearing avant-garde leather jeans with frayed seams, and hats made out of organic material you can find in your lawn, you may want to take it one step at a time and whip up a fresh tie look.

Thanks for reading – We always appreciate good feedback and look forward to hearing from you. Have a great summer.

P.S. Here is an interesting read about the history of neckties.

June 06, 2016


Father's Day – Giving Thanks to the Big Guy

As summer starts to reach warmer highs, backyard barbecues begin to fill the air, baseball build a fever pitch, and all those other dad-like things, I’m reminded why Father's Day is so important.

For many of us, our fathers brought a genuine sense of self into our lives. When you think about a father or a great dad, what do you picture? I thought about that a lot this year as I continue to grow, expand my business, develop relationships with friends, and find a greater sense of connection to my family.

I would be lying if I said that my father didn't have a major part in all of these things, even if he's not by my side every single day. What I remember from growing up was my father's service and love for those around him. He was the first to lend a helping hand and to inspire a laugh in a stranger.

One vivid memory I have is how he’d gently unfold his suit and make sure it was clean and free of any lint. He’d take his little cloth and wipe down his shoes before he put each of them on and tied them with delicate precision. He had a few ties, and to me they seemed like the most important thing he was wearing. It was the one chance to show some color and personality. Eventually he'd settle on one, and I would get to watch him walk through the motions of tying it around his neck. Over, around, under, up, and through the loop – finally pulling it tight.

This Father's Day, I encourage everyone to think of something special about our Fathers or Father figures. They bring so many positive sentiments into our lives, even if they were/are off and hard at work much of the time.

Thanks for reading.

Until next time,

Ben Buie
Director of Good News

p.s. use code CLASSYFATHER for 20% all ties till June 20th. 



May 02, 2016


Weddings—Fashion Games

Weddings at MyNiceTie

With summer around the corner, I’m starting to hear everyone’s plans; and without fail, I hear a ton about weddings.

I’ve been to a LOT of weddings. Why? I think it’s because of these three reasons—let me know if any of them resonate with you.

One, I come from a big family. That one’s obvious.

Two, all my friends got to that age where we all started ‘adulting’ and buying nice clothes, thinking about our futures, etc.

Three, people seem to stay connected longer these days because of social media, and that means more invitations.

Speaking of social media, this season is sure to be filled with an obscene amount of photos plastered everywhere on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and others! It’s fair to say that if you’re between 25-40 your social media is one continuous stream of people in fancy clothes getting their picture taken and frozen in infamy for all eternity.

From the bridal party to the casual last arrival in the back row—everyone is dressed up and looking good. The least you can do is present yourself well. If you’re going to pose for photos fifty times in a row—whether with friends, family, or the bride and groom, what’s your look going to be? If you’re looking to spice up your wedding look, try a different tie knot

Have you ever met someone who threw on a last minute look for a wedding? Why risk it? If you want to stand out and have your own flair, there are many ways to spruce up your wedding attire, from colorful pants, to a flashy belt and an unforgettable tie. Just make sure your tie and belt don’t match the bridal party. You might be remembered forever as that guy who crashed the photos.

Anyways, enjoy wedding season! Even if you’re not prepared for that long service, at least look your best. You might just show up in a couple hundred pictures the next day.

Until next time,