“Bold and powerful” could be adjectives to describe ties from Art Franklin’s debut men’s clothing line, the Art Franklin Collection. Those words also could be used to describe the man himself.
Franklin, an anchor with Birmingham’s WIAT-TV CBS 42 since 2016, launched his collection in November 2021 through Treś’ Fine Clothing, owned by Treś Washington in the Cottons Building at 400 19th St. Ensley.
Given his love of music and sense of style, Franklin had guitarist Eric Essix and saxophonist Marion Meadows perform during his Purple Carpet launch event. Franklin has long had a reputation in Birmingham for his fashion-forward ties, dating back to his days as an anchor at WBRC-TV Fox 6 in the 1990s.
“People would always compliment me for my ties, and I even have given them away sometimes,” Franklin said. “When people say, ‘I really like that,’ that means I’ve got to take it