woman smiling next to mannequin with colorful bow ties

SHOUTOUT LA Local Stories

We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole R. Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nicole, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Last year brought about rapid changes for many of us. Personally, I’m glad that being at home made me revisit and commit to regular mediation practice. It’s been the greatest and most fulfilling change in my work-life balance that I could imagine. Regular meditation helps me to be more grounded and make better decisions. It makes me a better friend and a better business owner

Nicole tying bow tie on a customer

Rolling Out: Nicole shares her joy with urban peacocks

Nicole R. Brown is a designer with big dreams all wrapped up in a pretty bow. Brown is the chief creator of Ruth Nathan’s Bow Ties for the Urban Peacock. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Brown’s goal is to help customers stand out and express themselves with unique neck wear. Brown spoke with rolling out regarding how she got into the bow tie business. 

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“Menswear” is for Everyone

Today’s guest writer is Nicole R. Brown, founder of men’s neckwear company Ruth Nathan’s; she is going to school us on women rocking menswear. 

It’s 11:52pm on a Friday night in Harlem. The crowd is throbbing. The piano is getting the best massage it’s ever had in its entire life. Music is buzzing through the full and boisterous hall. A raspy voice bellows out “raunchy” tunes from underneath a top hat. But wait! Look at that. It’s a woman singing!?! Meet Gladys Bentley, Queer trail blazer and entertainer, of the Harlem Renaissance period. She was one of the first “masculine dressers” who defied cultural norms and wore top hat, tails, and my personal preference, bow ties

Couple wearing multi color bias stripe face masks


While the pandemic has delayed the opening of market Artists & Fleas at 3276 M St. NW, several of the vendors set to move into the landmark building have pivoted to focus on giving back.

[…] Ruth Nathan’s, a maker of fine bow ties, pocket squares, and lapel flowers, is also making masks. When you purchase one of Ruth Nathan’s sleek and fashionable masks, the shop will donate one to a local health care worker, post office staffer, or delivery person.

Spoonflower Intl women’s day Blog post

With over 75% of our workforce identifying as female, you could say that everyday is “International Women’s Day” here at Spoonflower. Last year, we started a tradition of taking time to ask a few women in our community to share their greatest accomplishment in honor of International Women’s Day. 

SUVtv 2019 Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic

Just a few short months ago, whilst running through the Hartsfield-Jackson International airport with my poor bow tie laden luggage hanging on by a thread, I realized I must do this all for the love of the game. What game, you ask? The game of making sure I’m taking care of all my Urban Peacocks near and far. Ruth Nathan’s was a proud sponsor of the Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic tournament in Norcross GA Dec 13-14, 2019. It was the beginning of a spirited partnership with SUVtv and their loyal viewers. Unfortunately I had to hurry and fly back to New York that Saturday night so I missed seeing Jodie Meeks and being able to present a bow tie to him in person… 

Dandy in the Bronx: Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

I‘m usually in front of the camera. However, I also love to help create with my friends. In CREATING CONTENT, I’m sharing my experience as I get behind the lens and try my hand in photography!

Kevin Heartʼs Laugh out Loud Network

Neck rolls, daps and nods, can tell you all the things you need to know.

Harlemʼs Fashion Row Pop-Up

Shop Brunch and Be Social Event highlighting multicultural designers during New York Fashion Week (including Ruth Nathan’s)

Rolling Out: Entertainment and Media

When Nicole R. Brown launched Ruth Nathan’s, a brand named after her maternal grandparents, her plan was to create accessories for urban sophisticates with discerning tastes, or as she calls them, “urban peacocks.”