Provost’s office staffer Jesus Nater has a different bow tie and mask set for each day
When Jesus Nater knew that he was going back to in-person work at the provost’s office in September 2020, he jokingly asked his seamstress mother to come up with matching bow ties to go with the masks she was sewing for him. To his surprise, she did—and then some. She quickly whipped up about 20 matching bow tie and mask sets, then made 25 more. When he joked that he couldn’t repeat a mask and tie combo, his sister stepped in: she started making sets for him, shipping them up from her home in Florida. Eventually, Nater began taking selfies every morning to show his friends and family his daily look. “To this day, I still send that morning text!” he says.
The sartorial sets have been a hit. So far, Nater has worn almost 200 unique bow tie and mask combos, and he has yet to debut about 150 more sets. The provost’s office administrative coordinator says people in the building always smile when they see him wearing his accessories. And when he gets his COVID-19 tests, “the folks at the testing center are particularly intrigued to see what I’m wearing each time I go in.”