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Lehigh Students Design New Football Themed Tie

A new football themed tie, designed by Lehigh student entrepreneurs, is now available at the Bookstore.

When Lehigh juniors Pat DePalma and Chris Curry teamed up with a friend from Franklin and Marshall last year to start a men’s tie business, they never knew it would grow into such a success; but now, about a year after the initial development of the company, they’ve created 8 ties in 12 colors for beach towns along the Jersey Shore, high school sports teams, and college fraternities.

This year, Pat reached out to President Gast and then Mark Ironside, executive director of university business services at Lehigh, with the idea of developing a football themed tie for the Lehigh University Bookstore. “The popularity of Lehigh football and the Lehigh-Lafayette rivalry really inspired us to develop this new tie,” Pat says.

Pat and his friends went through numerous designs and licensing procedures until everyone was happy with the end result. “They were very driven,” Mark Ironside says. “They came to me with this idea and took off with it. The final look of the tie is very pleasing.”

The Lehigh Tie is made from high quality golden silk with the word “Lehigh” in the standard text. A football helmet follows the text that extends in a diagonal design, covering up the surface of the tie. It is currently for sale at the Bookstore for faculty, staff, students, and alums for $55.00. Alums can order the tie by calling the store at 610-758-3375.

Pat DePalma is a ’09 Finance major. Chris Curry, ’09, chemical engineering, and Chuck Anttonen, ’09, economics at Franklin and Marshall, plan to design more ties in the future.