Ashley Cecil + Thread + Modesto & Knotz

Earth Day is [Everyday]

People Working Together to make the Planet Better for All

Collaboration story told by Nisha B.

  • January 2017- Met with Ashley Cecil at her studio in TheShop to discuss the concept, fabric, and colors for the Earth Day Bowties. Her suggestion was that we create two different patterns for the bowties that would include - a botanical pattern of plants found in Pennsylvania, and a pattern of African Penguins, the beloved residents of the National Aviary which are also an endangered species.


  • February 2017- Ashley then created the illustration and delivered the files to Modesto Studios, while I stopped by Thread International to pick up our foundation fabrics. Their VP Bill Besselman welcomed us  with open arms!! He literally gave us the unique opportunity to pick whatever, and however much we wanted to use for the collab- even tossing in some of Thread's black canvas and newly received raw indigo denim (we got the first cut of it!)
  • March 2017 (early) -  I then stopped by to have a design chat with Brad, who had already been scaling and working on Ashley's Illustrations for the ties. By this time we were still in testing but had all agreed on color and concept of the Plant Botanicals that appear on the Soda Green fabric and did further testing of colors that would pop- off the Heather Gray piece that would hold the African Penguins
  • March 2017 (middle) - tweaked the African Penguin's bowtie colors one last time. Ashley was drawn to brighter and bolder while I was leaning a tad deeper and darker. Brad at Modesto did a fantastic job mixing something together that we both agreed was perfect
  • March 2017 (also mid)- Brad stopped by Everyday Cafe, our new coffee shop in Homewood to deliver the final fabric and it was better, far better than one could've imagined. We immediately took it back to the studio where one of our seamstresses, Shayla spent a few Saturday hours with me starting the collection. This was particularly nice because Shayla was training and it gave her a chance to work with such cool fabric. We both mentioned how awesome and easily workable Thread's Ground to Good textiles were and were pleased with the overall outcome. Monday our in-shop seamstress Nicole added the final touches to the bowties.
  • March (late) - Our Photographer Alex Corrie took the photos and got them prepared for the launch. 

Josiah + Knotz [Customer Stories]

Meet Josiah,

Josiah purchased a tie for a headshot as a part of YNGBLKPGH. When we met him he was immediately drawn to this tie that had been in our collection for quite some time. While packing our ties to present we had a feeling that this one would resonate with him due to his work at a local non-profit. Never ever would we have imagined that there was a much bigger back story. Josiah wore the tie home one weekend, while at his mom house she immediately recognized the print and went to pull out this pillow. A pillow that Josiah says had been in their family for years, but he hasn't seen it in awhile. "I remember growing up and my mom saying this was how we wanted our family to be; diverse and all together hand and hand. So this is why I was so drawn to this tie in particular!"


Thank you Josiah!

Cue Perry + Knotz [Contributing Artist]

Introducing our newest Collab Collection with Pittsburgh Based Artist, Cue Perry.  He takes an unconventional view of social, political and cultural topics Perry deconstructs pop culture, visually represents the randomness present in daily life. and promotes thinking outside of the box through layering images and concepts in his work.

We had a wonderful time with him joining us in the studio to do a live installation of his work while being photographed by our very own Alex Corrie!

Celebrate + The Wins

This week got super lucky! Nicole and Benjamin, a Couple that we met a while.. almost a year ago at the Ace Hotel Vintage Market boomeranged back and donated a TON of exclusive fabric to us from her stash that would've otherwise been of no use to her new space. Sweet Nicole delivered 3 huge bags to our studio doorstep.

..That same week we got a random phone call from a friend that Nisha has known over 15 years telling us that she had found sewing machines in her old office building!! Thank you Teona, a week full of kindness! 

Monmade + Knotz

We are excited to have been invited as a business to the Monmade site; a platform that provides craft businesses like Knotzland opportunities that otherwise may not exist in their little hard-working worlds.

Website launch and Pop-Up Event 9.23 (during the Downtown Gallery Crawl)

Kinsel Collection

Are you ready for the second round of magic?  Knotzland is rolling out it's second installment of the Kinsel Collection and is set to release the collection the first week of September... in usual Knotzland fashion, we are taking Wearable Art to the next level, this collab only comes around once a year and sold out the first week last time ....stay posted.


(D.S Photographed by Alex Corrie)

(D.S Photographed by Alex Corrie)

(D.S Photographed by Alex Corrie)

(D.S Photographed by Alex Corrie)





Tui + Knotz

Well, it's that time again!! The time we get to celebrate the wonderful spirits of both Dads & Grads! This idea emerged during a living room convo with our friend and fellow Yinzer Ang, it was evident that we should do something special for all of the ladies that support US! As a thank you, Ang of Tui Pasifika has graced us with some of her hand-stamped pieces from her jewelry line inspired by her Polynesian roots..Read more below:


Aloha! Welcome to Tui, a line of wares that are made from deep roots in Polynesian culture. Including, but not limited to pieces inspired by ancient Hawai'i, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, and Tahiti. Embrace all of Pasifika when you wear a Tui piece. Handmade in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by a Samoan/Hawaiian native, Tui is a line that connects with the old world traditions, but with modern design that is meant to be versatile and extremely unique. Enjoy & Mahalo!
Keep up to date with work in progress, sales, vendors, and shows by following me on Instagram- @tui_pasifika #tui