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Featured Shop: Fox & Brie

May 17, 2013

by Jess Decelle

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hello! I’m Jess Decelle, the hands and heart behind Fox & Brie. I create limited-edition bow ties, neckties, and pocket squares from vintage and deadstock fabrics that I’ve collected from all over the world. I live in Austin, Texas, with my husband Morgan and our two rescue dogs, Rila and Basil.

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As a child, when asked by well-meaning adults what I wanted to be when I grew up, I answered politely, “I just want to make neat things and go on lots of adventures.” It’s taken 27 years and two college degrees to realize that I just need to create useful, beautiful things for people to enjoy.

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I learned how to sew from my grandmother at a young age, and my grandfather taught me self-reliance and the importance of being a gentleman. I learned from them the value of hard work and the pride that comes from a job well done.

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When I am putting together a collection, I try to offer a variety of different patterns that work well together but are still interesting enough to stand out individually. I’m always on the hunt for unique prints and eye-catching color combinations that lend a modern twist to the idea of the Southern gentleman. From the first cut to the final stitch, each bow tie, necktie, and pocket square is made with my own two hands, allowing me complete control over quality and construction.

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I was raised in the “waste not, want not” spirit of earlier generations, so I learned the importance of repairing and re-purposing everyday objects into something useful. My love for vintage fabrics plays on the “secret society” feeling you get when you know you’ve found something special. Each fabric is only available in a limited quantity, so I know I’m creating a product that’s truly unique and my customers know they’re buying something that they can’t find anywhere else.

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When I first opened my shop, Etsy seemed like a simple and effective choice. I never expected that it would become such an asset, both in promoting my brand and connecting me with other makers. I’ve met so many talented people and am constantly inspired and amazed by their creativity.

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Owning a creative business is the most rewarding and frustrating life I could ask for, and I love every second of it! Even when it isn’t fun – when I haven’t gotten enough sleep or I begin to second-guess a decision – those are the times that keep me going. Though sometimes I forget, every day I’m making a little bit of progress, growing stronger and more confident in my abilities and myself. When it comes down to it, I get to wake up every morning and make things that I love. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

All photographs by Fox & Brie.

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$28.00 USD
Indigo Dot Bow Tie
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$35.00 USD
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Mustard Linen Bandana
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Eggplant Linen Bandana
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Add a Custom Monogram
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Engineer Stripe Pocket Square
Engineer Stripe Pocket Square
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$28.00 USD
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Charcoal Chambray Pocket Square
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$28.00 USD
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Teal Linen Bow Tie
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$48.00 USD
Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Knife in Red, White, Green or Black
Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Knife in Red, White, Green or Black
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$18.00 USD
Mustard Linen Pocket Square
Mustard Linen Pocket Square
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$28.00 USD
Happy Camper Gingham Kids Bow Tie
Happy Camper Gingham Kids Bow Tie
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$32.00 USD
Ocean Plaid Necktie
Ocean Plaid Necktie
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$68.00 USD
Berry Plaid Pocket Square
Berry Plaid Pocket Square
FoxandBrie
$28.00 USD
Spring Floral Pocket Square
Spring Floral Pocket Square
FoxandBrie
$28.00 USD
Spring Floral Necktie
Spring Floral Necktie
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$68.00 USD
Jewel Plaid Pocket Square
Jewel Plaid Pocket Square
FoxandBrie
$28.00 USD
Eggplant Linen Kids Bow Tie
Eggplant Linen Kids Bow Tie
FoxandBrie
$32.00 USD
Blush Floral Pocket Square
Blush Floral Pocket Square
FoxandBrie
$28.00 USD
Magenta Kids Bow Tie
Magenta Kids Bow Tie
FoxandBrie
$32.00 USD
Analog Plaid Kids Bow Tie
Analog Plaid Kids Bow Tie
FoxandBrie
$32.00 USD
Mustard Linen Kids Bow Tie
Mustard Linen Kids Bow Tie
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$32.00 USD
Blush Floral Bow Tie
Blush Floral Bow Tie
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$48.00 USD
Emerald Kids Bow Tie
Emerald Kids Bow Tie
FoxandBrie
$32.00 USD
Emerald Bow Tie
Emerald Bow Tie
FoxandBrie
$48.00 USD
Blush Floral Necktie
Blush Floral Necktie
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$68.00 USD
Indigo Dot Pocket Square
Indigo Dot Pocket Square
FoxandBrie
$28.00 USD
Charcoal Chambray Kids Bow Tie
Charcoal Chambray Kids Bow Tie
FoxandBrie
$32.00 USD
Berry Plaid Bow Tie
Berry Plaid Bow Tie
FoxandBrie
$48.00 USD
Berry Plaid Kids Bow Tie
Berry Plaid Kids Bow Tie
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$32.00 USD
Purple Dot Pocket Square
Purple Dot Pocket Square
FoxandBrie
$28.00 USD
Purple Dot Necktie
Purple Dot Necktie
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$68.00 USD
Black Linen Lady Ascot Bow Tie
Black Linen Lady Ascot Bow Tie
FoxandBrie
$48.00 USD
Happy Camper Gingham Necktie
Happy Camper Gingham Necktie
FoxandBrie
$68.00 USD
Happy Camper Gingham Bow Tie
Happy Camper Gingham Bow Tie
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$48.00 USD
Father's Day Embroidered Pocket Square
Father's Day Embroidered Pocket Square
FoxandBrie
$38.00 USD
Spring Floral Bow Tie
Spring Floral Bow Tie
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$48.00 USD
Red Chambray Bow Tie
Red Chambray Bow Tie
FoxandBrie
$48.00 USD
Red Chambray Kids Bow Tie
Red Chambray Kids Bow Tie
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$32.00 USD
Black Linen Kids Bow Tie
Black Linen Kids Bow Tie
FoxandBrie
$32.00 USD
Engineer Stripe Kids Bow Tie
Engineer Stripe Kids Bow Tie
FoxandBrie
$32.00 USD
Engineer Stripe Bow Tie
Engineer Stripe Bow Tie
FoxandBrie
$48.00 USD
Magenta Bow Tie
Magenta Bow Tie
FoxandBrie
$52.00 USD
Woodland Gingham Kids Bow Tie
Woodland Gingham Kids Bow Tie
FoxandBrie
$32.00 USD
Opalescent Stone Tie Tack Pin
Opalescent Stone Tie Tack Pin
FoxandBrie
$20.00 USD
Jasper & Gold Square Tie Tack Pin
Jasper & Gold Square Tie Tack Pin
FoxandBrie
$22.00 USD
Onyx Square Tie Tack Pin
Onyx Square Tie Tack Pin
FoxandBrie
$18.00 USD
Gold Horse Tie Tack Pin
Gold Horse Tie Tack Pin
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$22.00 USD
Gold Star Art Deco Tie Bar Clip
Gold Star Art Deco Tie Bar Clip
FoxandBrie
$18.00 USD
Silver Deco Tie Bar Clip
Silver Deco Tie Bar Clip
FoxandBrie
$18.00 USD
Gold & Silver Scissors Tie Bar Clip
Gold & Silver Scissors Tie Bar Clip
FoxandBrie
$22.00 USD
Olive Dot Kids Bow Tie
Olive Dot Kids Bow Tie
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$32.00 USD
Rust Linen Necktie
Rust Linen Necktie
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