Derek Leak is the creator of DLeak leather bow ties. He launched his brand of bow ties in early 2013. With hard work and dedication, his brand provides each client with the opportunity to express their own individual style. His bow ties are carefully handmade and never duplicated. We recently sat down with Derek to discuss everything DLeak.
Mr.Refined™: When did you develop the desire to create bow ties?
Derek Leak: I never planned on making bow ties, it all started from a leather pocket square I made out of an old shirt back in February of 2013. A friend saw the pocket square and asked would I be able to make a bow tie for his wedding. After dissecting a bow tie I had at home I came up with my own version and then I just fell in love with bow ties.
MR: Why leather?
DL: When I decided to focus on making bow ties out of leather I thought to myself “why not?” When you look at most accessories that we use on a day to day, they all consist of leather. Leather just ages well with time.
MR: Who is your target market?
DL: DLeak leather bow ties are made for a distinctive gentleman. Someone who is not afraid to step out the box and break all the rules. Most of our clientele really just want something unique. When wearing a Dleak bow tie you will definitely stand out when you walk in a room.
How many times have you gone somewhere and saw someone wearing the same hat, jacket or shirt as you?
MR: Do you see yourself making any other garments other than bow ties?
DL: In the future, I do have plans on taking the brand to the next level making more than just bow ties. I envision tailored suits, shirts, cuff links and much more. So everything that goes hand and hand with a bow tie will be a part of the future expansion. After all, as dapper gentleman we really only have our accessories to separate us from being just an Average Joe.
MR: What advice would you give someone who is starting from the bottom looking to make bow ties?
DL: I would tell anyone who is trying to start a bow tie line to just think outside the box. What don’t men have already on the market? What would you want to see someone wear that you haven’t already seen? Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Most important, be consistent in your work. People are not always going to like your designs, but they will respect you for your consistency.
MR: If you had to pick one celebrity to represent your brand, who would it be and why?
DL: If I had to pick a celebrity to represent the DLeak brand it would be Pharell Williams. His style is unique and he’s not afraid to wear different things. He has a great influence in the fashion world because he makes his own rules and is not afraid to take chances.
MR: What is the single more important thing to you when it comes to your brand?
DL: The most important thing to me about DLeak bow ties is providing quality products. When I make a bow tie I want the passion I put in it to show through the person who’s wearing it. I prefer to have a small collection of quality products any day!
Bow ties available at: Dleakleatherbowties.com
Photos by: JNHFotos