Five Things to Know About... Alexander Olch
Alexander Olch may be one of the premier names in luxury neckwear, but
the designer’s story is far from conventional. A native of New York
City, Olch didn’t study fashion or apprentice in his craft, but
actually got his start in the men’s accessories game after completing
his thesis film at Harvard. Since formally establishing his business
in 2008, Olch has expanded his offerings to include a full line of
neckties, bow ties, and accessories. All of his products are made in
New York from the finest materials available, from soft cashmere to
Alexander Olch’s signature combination of Old World craftsmanship and
distinctly modern style has won over the likes of Jon Hamm, Daniel
Radcliffe, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, not to mention many a
high-powered banker and lawyer. Check out these five other noteworthy
facts about Alexander Olch.
1. More on Olch’s unusual start in the fashion business: After
finishing his thesis film, Olch wanted to give his crew members a
gift. Rather than designing a T-shirt or baseball hat, he decided to
make them silk neckties featuring his own original fabric design. By
the time he finished making the first tie, however, he had lost touch
with the crew. Fast-forward to the early 2000s, when Olch dug out his
tie and showed it off to some old friends at dinner. All of his
companions asked if they could buy his creation, and that night a
business was born.
2. Olch believes that having a sense of humor is key to becoming a
successful fashion designer.
3. One of Olch’s film creations is The Windmill Movie (2008), a
documentary about the late filmmaker Richard P. Rogers.
4. The four-in-hand is one of Olch’s favorite necktie knots.
5. One of Olch’s main sources of style inspiration is the filmography
of Fritz Lang--the groundbreaking Austrian-American director whose
works include Metropolis and M.