The Ultimate Father's Day Gift Guide

The search is over: We have the perfect gift for every dad.

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Are you struggling to find the perfect present for Father’s Day? These Columbia Business School alumni-founded companies offer options for every type of dad—from the laid-back guy to the buttoned-up businessman. We’ve pulled together some of the best products—from pocket T-shirts to Alabama whiskey—created by our alumni that are sure to please dad.

For the Cool Guy


Have a dad who claims to be the “cool dad?” Humor him this Father’s Day with a hip pocket T-shirt from street-style brand Côte à Coast. Founded by David Wu ’07, New York-based Côte à Coast offers clothing, accessories, and home goods for the fashionable, modern man – sure to help your dad up his cool factor (or at least feel like he did). ( or 350 Bowery, New York City)

For the Social Sipper

Clyde May’s Whiskey

Whether the dad in your life orders his drink neat or on the rocks, Clyde May’s has a whiskey he’ll love. James Ammeen ’62 (’61CC) is chairman of the Conecuh Ridge Distillery, which produces Clyde May’s spirits, the official state spirit of Alabama and first-ever official state spirit in the country. Choose from the Alabama Style, Special Reserve, Cask Strength, or Straight Bourbon for rich flavors and a bottle that brings sophistication to any bar cart. (

For the Clothing Connoisseur

Knot Standard

Does your dad always look polished head to toe? Give him the gift he deserves with Knot Standard, a company founded by John Ballay ’13 that uses technology to customize and refine menswear. The suit-shopping process will be a breeze with easily bookable in-person appointments and even a high-tech customization tool for buying a suit online. (

For the Jack of All Trades

Zachary Prell

If your dad’s a busy guy, he’ll need a wardrobe with a lot of variety. Enter Zachary Prell. This eponymous menswear brand founded by Zachary Prell ’05 carries everything from sports coats to bathing suits, and has a range of colors for any personality or style. Grab a shirt, shorts, and a bathing suit for dad so he’ll be styling all summer long. (

For the Wine Enthusiast

Share a Splash Wine

Make sure dad always sees the glass half full – of wine! Share a Splash Wine, founded by Yoav Gilat ’06, offers rosé, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and sauvignon blanc. The company has introduced two special options for Father’s Day this year: A magnum of 2013 Angels & Cowboys Red and a High Dice Napa Valley Red, both shipped in custom wood boxes. An added bonus: CBS alumni can enjoy 20 percent off by using code CBS20 at checkout. (

For the Avid Reader

Economics for the Common Good by Jean Tirole

Each year, the Chazen Institute for Global Business grants a prize in the name of George Eccles ’22 for the year’s best economic writing. This year, the George S. Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing went to Economics for the Common Good (Princeton University Press, 2017) by Jean Tirole, which explores the ways economics can help bring about widespread positive change. And what’s better for spreading the common good than gifting someone you love with a new book? (

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