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Our Story

VERSE 9® is a Black-founded, owned and operated business that was founded in 1999 by Maurizio Wade, a Baltimore born and bread man who has a deep passion for men's fashion. VERSE 9 prides itself in innovative and frequent collections in neckwear, dress shirts, dress socks, casual wear and more that push the boundaries in men's clothing + accessories.

Our brand is named after 1 Corinthians 2:9 "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." This is truly the testimony of our company as Maurizio started his company with $200 selling neckties from the trunk of his car after not being able to pay rent--he started a business and the rest was history.

VERSE 9 is dedicated to promoting self-image and individual style. Our neckties are the crossroad of rich colors, intricate prints, quality fabrics and stylish innovations. 

We've been doing this fashion thing for a while...

It all started with Maurizio's first bridal store in Baltimore which operated throughout the 90's to provide tuxedo and wedding gown services. After running the bridal shop, Maurizio decided he wanted to design his own men's clothing and that's when VERSE 9 was born.

Now, we operate out of Florida and have our products in over 300 stores nationwide.

Our Products

Unique Designs

Every quarter we release new collections of 200+ new products, designs and colors unique to our brand label. VERSE 9 ties are one-of-a-kind and will catch the eyes of those around you due to their bright color pigmentation and intricate print designs. Our artistic approach to neckwear puts a twist on traditional formal wear conventions.

Quality Materials

Our 20+ year relationships with manufacturers in Europe and Asia allow us to use the highest quality of custom fabrics without having a high price for our customers. We pride ourself in our 100% silk woven ties, bow ties and ascots. Our ties are 7-Fold, meaning the fabric is both on the inside and outside, adding weight and dimension to our products.

Fast Shipping

We fulfill our orders in 1-2 business days and most orders in the US are received within 1-3 business days after fulfillment.

International shipping options are available in select countries.

Our Family

Say hi
to our (family) team

We are a family owned and operated business which means we are involved in every step from design + manufacturing, shipping, customer service and everything in-between.

Team member

Maurizio Wade

Founder, Owner, CEO & Designer

Team member

Ryan Smith

Team member

Joi Wade

Marketing and PR

Popups + Tradeshows

Annually we hit the road and travel nationwide to conventions for professional, faith-based and NPHC affiliated organizations.

National Baptist Convention
Hampton Ministers Conference
COGIC AIM Convention and Holy Convocation Convention
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. National and Regional Conventions
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. National and Regional Conventions
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. National and Regional Conventions
National Alliance of Black School Educators
National Black Caucus Convention
MAGIC Vegas Convention
COBB Convention


Impactful Collaborations

Over the years we have partnered with Black thought-leaders and entertainers on unique fashion lines to fit their personal brand and audience. A few past partnerships include Tommy by VERSE 9, with former MARTIN actor, Tommy Ford (RIP) + our most recent activation: Ben Crump by VERSE 9, with civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump.

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Contact Us

Call: (813)-494-1895

Customer Service Hours M-F 9AM-5PM

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