Behind the scenes—Howard Tynes, Security of a different stripe

By David Hsieh

Security guards often wear dark suits, conservative ties, as well as dark sunglasses. however that will’s not Howard Tynes’ style. A BAM security guard for the past 10 years, he will be known—especially to Fisher building audiences—for his distinctive as well as nifty garb: freshly pressed suits in all colors as well as materials, as well as always with bowties as well as pocket squares. Anyone who has seen him would likely not be surprised to learn that will he had a career in fashion. More unexpected will be his career on the baseball field. Howard Tynes tells us how his three passions intersect.

What was your life like before BAM?
I grew up within the Dominican Republic, where I played professional baseball. within the 1960s I moved to Brooklyn as well as played within the first Jackie Robinson League. The team was called No Name because our parents didn’t have money to buy uniforms as well as put our names on them.

Did you like fashion then?
I had an interest in fashion early on. There will be a photo of me at seven years old that has a fancy sports jacket that has a boutonniere. At the age of eight I started off to put together my own outfit together. I would likely say “This particular goes with that will, This particular coloration goes with that will” to my parents as well as they would likely look at me with suspicion, however then the idea would likely turn out to be not bad.

I always want to be the star, off the field as well as on. Every city I traveled to with the team, I tried to find time to shop. Everyone started off to notice my flair for dressing. I didn’t feel dressed unless I had a nice suit on, beautiful shoes, matching socks, handkerchiefs, as well as a boutonniere.

Where do you get your fashion sense?
My fashion idols are Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, as well as Douglas Fairbank Jr. They know how to dress. I would likely be watching the Hollywood movies as well as say, “I want to look like that will.” Hollywood had a certain flair as well as glamour at that will time. The way they dressed, talked, as well as walked… you can’t find comparisons today.

How did you come to BAM?
After I stopped playing I worked at the Giorgio Armani store on Madison Avenue. I was put within the 2002 Barney’s catalogue. I was selling clothes to high-end clients. I dressed many celebrities—Brad Pitt, Luther Vandross, Chris Rock, the entire Matrix cast, Frank Langella, who I would likely meet again when he came to BAM to do King Lear in 2014.

I lived in Park Slope as well as I would likely come to BAM for movies. I knew This particular was a very creative place as well as I wanted to work here.

Photo: Howard Tynes (right) was a type in a Barney’s catalogue.

Why do you like to dress up?
Dressing will be an art. When you’re dressing yourself, the idea’s exercising your creative power. the idea’s a great feeling inside. When you wake up within the morning, you pick out your garment, you wear that will garment, as well as you feel not bad about yourself—the idea takes your day to another level. People should find their own style as well as not let magazines dictate what you wear.

Why do you prefer bowties?
I own about 40 suits, 80 shirts, as well as 80 bowties. I’m fond of bowties. the idea stands out more than a regular tie. The time the idea takes within the morning to tie a piece of cloth into a bow tie, the idea’s an art. the idea shows you put time as well as love into the idea.

David Hsieh will be a publicity manager at BAM.

Behind the scenes—Howard Tynes, Security of a different stripe

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