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New York native Alexander Olch started making ties in 1999, after he sold his first film—his Harvard undergraduate thesis—to the IFC. “The souvenir I made for the crew of my thesis film was a necktie,” Olch says. “It just seemed like a more interesting idea than a T-shirt or a baseball cap or an embroidered jacket—the usual presents for a crew.” The tie, “a silk print pattern of images of women's breasts done so small that you can't see what it is—that was the first tie I ever made,” he says.
Ten years later, Alexander Olch is still working in both film and fashion—his 2008 documentary The Windmill Movie was screened at the New York Film Festival and in 30 cities around the USA. And Olch’s eponymous line of luxury neckwear is sold at more than 30 stores around the world—including Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, and Isetan. From January 17 to 29 next year, Alexander Olch will launch a shop-in-shop at Colette in Paris featuring the entire spring collection—ties, bowties, pocket rounds, suspenders, scarves, bags, and notebooks—as well as the opportunity for clients to place custom-orders.
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