When Katherine and Mac McMillan dove into wedding planning, they did more than choose flower arrangements and have cake-tastings: They came up with an idea for a whole stinking business. While picking out groomsmen gear in a kilt shop in Oban, Scotland, the twosome fell hard for the thinner, wool ties popular there and set out to give the look their own spin.
So, after the pair moved from NYC to Minneapolis and Katherine got pregnant, they went official, launching Pierrepont Hicks in 2009 on a Blogspot with a PayPal button and one tie: a two-tone wool-and-silk stunner with a herringbone pattern.
A year later, the duo—Katherine heads up design while Mac takes care of business—did a deeper dive into the world of American-made, creating the roving pop-up market Northern Grade and giving their own domestically produced line some real range. These days, there’s a full collection of ties in a slew of amazing fabrics—we’re talking Japanese cottons, wools from the U.K., and English silks—along with parkas and trail-ready shoes for men and women.
Though the two headed back to NYC in 2013, they most definitely brought a piece of the Midwest back with them via Pierrepont Hicks. “These are the pieces you throw in your bag and still look stylish. You wear the same pair of shoes to your office and on the stream when you go fly-fishing,” Katherine explains. “That’s what the brand harkens to.” —alisha prakash
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They might be New Yorkers now, but they have some big-time Minnie pride.