San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 27, 2014
San Francisco-based tie designer and online retailer Bows-N-Ties.com raises $10,000 for Stop Soldier Suicide with their limited military necktie collection. The retailer collaborated with US Marine and menswear blogger Antonio Centeno to design a special necktie for each of the four Military Branches. For each tie sold, Bows-N-Ties is donating $50 to Stop Soldier Suicide, a veterans run non-profit dedicated to bring an end to the growing suicide epidemic by connection our military men and women suffering from PTSD with free mental healthcare.
Soldier suicide is a topic that is very close to both Centeno and Pohl. Centeno has served 5 years in the US Marines, has been deployed, and has lost a close friend he met in the service due to suicide. Pohl’s sister is a psychologist and is married to a Army Ranger who has been deployed numerous times including Iraq and Afghanistan. “I never knew how serious of a problem military suicide is until my sister told me about her volunteer work a crisis counselor, helping soldiers cope with PTSD after returning home from a conflict zone. Apparently one active duty soldier and 22 Veterans commit suicide every day," says Pohl. “I wanted to do something to create awareness of this growing problem, and after I spoke with Antonio the idea of creating a limited Veterans tie collection was born.”
“It was our goal to create a clothing accessory that not only honors the men and women that are serving our country, but one that is also elegant, classy, and wearable”, says Pohl. The necktie for the US Marines for instance features the corps’ designated colors of gold and scarlet, paired with a repp-textured striped design. An embroidered USMC crest and a loop reading ‘Semper Fi’ is added on the tie’s back. “The USMC tie was actually the most popular of them all, outselling the Air Force, for instance, 3 to 1," says Pohl. While most of the ties have been sold there are still a few remaining. “We are hoping to sell out of this collection, and raise an additional 10,000 by Memorial Day 2014,” says Pohl.
For more information about this cause and idea visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyxHMDAbEOk.