In the fall of 2013, Dominic Bonvissuto was on a hike with his wife Danny when she asked him the question he’d been asking himself for a long time.
“Blank slate,” she said. “What do you want to do with your life?”
It took him a few beats to choose his response. There was the one Dom thought he should say—the one that wouldn’t freak her out. And there was the truth.
Dom wanted to quit his job as a senior editor at a professional sports league website. He was tired of spending 12 hours a day doing work he wasn’t proud of, not being challenged professionally and not having the time to challenge himself personally.
He didn’t want to completely get out of sports, where he spent the first 13 years of his career, but he badly wanted to create his own brand and write about things that mattered to him. This included launching Jeans & Ties, a website—named for his daily ensemble—that covered a lifestyle that felt attainable, affordable and most of all real.
Dreams don’t have price tags, but reality does—and the money kept him stuck. Quitting his job meant leaving benefits, bonuses and a steadily increasing salary on the table. Not quitting meant he’d pay a different price, which had already begun to chip away at him emotionally and physically.
Back to the hike. While walking through orange groves in Ojai, Calif., that day, Dom said what he wanted his life to be, then let it go. Three days later, his phone rang—it was Peter King, legendary NFL writer at Sports Illustrated, Dom’s former employer.
“Hey Peter,” Dom said. “What’s up?”
“Not much,” Peter said. “I’m just calling to offer you a job.”
Today, Dominic Bonvissuto is a part-time freelance editor for Peter King’s The MMQB and the founder of Jeans & Ties, an American men’s lifestyle website for guys interested in challenging the boundaries of what’s expected.
Dominic Bonvissuto was raised in the South, educated in the Midwest, honed in the Northeast and currently resides on the West Coast, where he lives with his wife Danny, son Jude and dogs
Monkey and Shug.
Photos of Dom that appear on the site were taken by Ben Liebenberg.
The Jeans & Ties main logo and alternate logo were created by Paul Schlacter.
The Jeans & Ties website was created and is maintained by The O’Hearn Group.
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