I am incredibly appreciative to Jill Radskin and the Boston Globe for their write-up on Logan Richard in their Fashion section.
Read the full article here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/style/2015/08/01/preppy-pairs-belts-and-dog-collars/bvoiY1DshZCNsswbRXTyyL/story.html
By Jill Radsken GLOBE CORRESPONDENT AUGUST 01, 2015
Mowing the Hyannisport Club golf greens can be mindless, but Logan Szidik found inspiration for his line of fashion accessories called Logan Richard.
“I thought it’d be cool to design a golf belt,” said the 24-year-old, recalling the uninspired traditional styles he saw on golfers while working the course in 2011. “I had all these ties from boarding school in Vermont, and turned them into belts.”
After sewing a label inside the silk and leather belts, he shared them with friends who praised the preppy style. Within months, he had his first order from Island Outfitters in Osterville, and later added matching dog collars and leashes to the line.
“I don’t see any other companies out there offering what we are,” he said, of the coordinated collections appealing to man and man’s best friend.
Having run out of his own stash of ties, Szidik started sourcing the silk from a mill in England and the leather from Pennsylvania. Each Logan Richard piece is handsewn near his home in Burlington, Vt., and retails from $56 to $80.
“I initially launched this while I was in school, and ramped it up slowly,” said the University of Vermont graduate. “There was significant interest, and I thought it could become something more.”
Today, Szidik sells largely on his website (www.loganrichard.com), but has found a dual demographic in pet shops (The Dog and Cat in Stowe and Essex Junction, Vt.) and apparel boutiques (Pink Pineapple in Portsmouth, R.I.).
“There are those gentlemen between 20 and 40 and they purchase the belts because they enjoy them, and there’s not a lot of people selling silk belts in the men’s accessories market,” he said. “As far as pets, it’s a cultural shift in the way animals, especially dogs, are perceived. They are more than just pets, they are treated as part of the family.”