Heritage and “A Tie That Means Something”
A close-up of Skyler’s gift.
I found that same desire to remember in the mission of Statesman Ties. I love their tag line: “A Tie That Means Something.” When I was choosing a tie for Skyler -guys, so many terrific options- I started thinking about our home here in Idaho, then I thought of the profound effect his mission experiences had on him while serving in France. I started to ponder what each tie would mean to him, and ultimately we ended up choosing the South Korea tie together.
Skyler proudly wore his Statesman Tie to church on Sunday.
Many people do not know that Skyler is half Korean – 1/4 North, and 1/4 South. His grandmother actually escaped to South Korea from North Korea as a teenager seeking political and religious asylum. Her family had converted to Christianity, and her father, a doctor and prominent member of the community, was jailed several times for refusing to promote communism.
When I saw on their website that Statesman Ties can add a customized message, I knew I wanted to add something to pay homage to all of our ancestors. The owner’s amazing wife hand sewed the customized embroidery and tag on the back of the tie with “We all bear within us those who came before,” adapted from this Liam Callanan quote: “We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.”
The hand embroidered message tag.
I really believe that we are capable of the great strength, faith, and courage our ancestors possessed. We too can be, because they were! If you are looking to celebrate your heritage, represent your roots, or honor a missionary -whether coming or going- look no further than Statesman Ties for a unique gift that means something!