What do you get when you mix slick, big city urbanity with an appealing midwestern sensibility? In the realm of fashion, that would be Pierrepont Hicks, the brainchild of Katherine McMillan (née MacDonald), who came of age at the intersection of Pierrepont Street and Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. Her signature series ties meld the refined elegance of that neighborhood with the ruggedness of Minnesota, her adopted (and current) home.
What drew us to Hicks, beyond the heavy wool-and-silk weave, was its mascot: The Highland Cow, a fresh take on the venerable critter tie that distances itself from the stodgy pheasants and crests employed by competitors.
A few words on wear: If you're a south-of-the-Mason/Dixon man packing for the Chick-fil-A Bowl – well, y'all don't need an explanation. For the rest of us, get acclimated by knotting one up for a more casual day at the office. Then try it with hiking boots, stain-proof chinos, and a waxed-cotton jacket for tree cutting, wreath hanging, or any other activity that could stand a little extra panache come holiday season. Either way, you'll look your best in a variety of situations, which is great news. Even better? McMillan and Co. is launching a complete collection of suits, jackets, and pants for Spring 2013. Consider our wish list for next year complete. [$120; pierreponthicks.com]