FINICKEY Trunk-Show at the Union League of Philadelphia. This was a Holiday Shopping Event for Union League members. FINICKEY founder Anthony T. was showcasing his portable haberdashery collection of neckwear, bowties and pocket squares.
“Neckwear is art,” says Anthony T. Kirby or at least his Instagram persona @Finickey does. I’m skeptical. Traditionally, a tie was a thick strip of fabric knotted at the neck, a leash and collar all-in-one, metaphorically binding a man to his job, his house of worship, his place in society. It served—forgive the pun—as a knot-so-subtle reminder of a gentleman’s obligations in life.
Anthony T. Kirby, owner of Finickey, has perfected the art of re-inventing himself. In junior high school, he wanted to be a long-haul truck driver. By the time he got to high school, however, he had done a 180-degree turn and decided he loved fashion. He longed to be one of the “cool, sharp-dressed kids,” but his mom didn’t want to support his clothing habit. So he took part-time jobs to fund his dress. “That’s how I eventually got into the menswear industry,” Kirby said.
I began my journey into menswear about 25 years ago. My influence has been the style of the “Elegant American Gentleman” - the man who is well-dressed and invests time and money into his wardrobe. He doesn’t subscribe to a script on dressing well, he’s “Finicky”. This has been my influence when I started developing the our menswear collection. I have been fortunate to have worked for some of the iconic men’s retailers and designers, it’s from those experiences that influenced my entrepreneurial passion of having my the collection showcased here at http://finickey.us . I started my first collection with a handmade neckwear collection under the label Anthony T. New York. It was a wholesale line selling to men’s specialty shops...