Knotz + Idia’Dega + OMWA

 

About one year ago Tereneh purchased her first Knotzland tie, It was white, red, & black and fit her style to a “T
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About one year ago Tereneh purchased her first Knotzland tie, It was white, red, & black and fit her style to a “T, I also love the way she styled it so much that we featured it as our first Women’s OOTD on our page” Nisha remembers.  “It may have been at that moment that the idea came for us to collaborate.”  Tereneh continues, “Like Nisha I love menswear and I love it when women wear mens clothing, some of the chicest women in the world had that amazing style – Josephine Baker, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman.”  Nisha continues, “So we kept emailing back and forth.  Finally it was like okay Tereneh is going to Kenya soon [to work with OMWA] so let’s get some fabric and beads together.”

 Nisha and Tereneh met at each other’s studios and mixing/matching  fabric –until they had a mapped out the designs for about two dozen bow ties.  Tereneh took those fabric pieces and specially selected glass beads for the ebony, grey, ivory and white tie collection.  When she pulled out the fabric pieces to show to OMWA, Tereneh had a flashback to the first design session with OMWA in 2013, when all the women started cracking up laughing.  “The ladies of OMWA, live in a very rural community in the South Rift Valley,  if they had ever seen a bow tie they surely had never helped to make one.”  Tereneh showed them images of Knotzland bow ties, that plus the basic bow shape everyone is familiar with and the help of OMWA’s manager Elizabeth Kilakoi the ladies were on their way.

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The Ladies of OMWA [Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya

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OMWA is a collective of Maasai artisan women based in the rural South Rift Valley of Kenya.  Thirty-six women formed this group in 2012, to create a stronger cultural and economic foundation for themselves, their children, families and community.  They work to improve the lives of 500 Maasai in Olorgesailie. *

..& After 7 months, 7 design sessions and 72 hours, HyeNotes was born.
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HyeNotes – Hye meaning  a natural high and peace within oneself– feeding the complete self with love.  The materials and making of these ties fits this name perfectly.  The HyeNotes collection is made from recycled and reused materials from the Knotzland Collection and sustainable materials such as hemp organic cotton silk and organic cotton twill from Idia’Dega.  The glass beads were added by hand by the ladies of OMWA, each bowtie will feature a booklet showing the Maasai artisans.  The collection will range in price from $75-89.  OMWA will receive an additional 15% of the sales proceeds of every tie sold.  

Nisha describes seeing the beadwork, “When Tereneh brought the  pieces back and we unrolled them for the first time I almost cried. “It was a feeling of such joy and appreciation that we were able to actually accomplish a collaboration with our sisters in Kenya, thanks to Tereneh!- this is what Global Impact looks like”

Tereneh says, “It was really a matter of trust, Nisha had no idea what she was getting.  The OMWA ladies decide what to do I just gave them basic design parameters. It shows their amazing skills of craftspeople they were able to really create such beautiful landscapes that became bow ties.”

*15% of all sales will directly benefit the ladies of OMWA

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Knotz: Ladies Who Sew

Meet our Seamstress

The dedicated women who show up to get their pieces and go above and beyond to get you the best, highest quality bowties  

Shayla, a dedicated stitcher since January 2017 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 Becky & Karla ( Known in Knotzland as B & K). A sewing duo who came to Knotzland together in August and work from together home on their pieces. 

Knotz + Bonobo's

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An in-store experience

A few week back we got an email from Bonobo's introducing us to one of their customers who, loved her tie but wished that it had come in the form of a bowtie- Knotzland to the rescue! We remade the tie for her to sit front row at her sisters wedding! After the crew got a look at the tie, they invited us to do a Trunk Show in their store! What a wonderful team and a super wonderful experience- just the beginning! 

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Google + Knotz

When receiving an interview request from Google Teamsters at the end of August, leads to an extremely awesome and inspirational video about our Founder and recognition from the CEO of Google...

 
Journey to Knotzland
 

The Big Pour + Knotz

What do you do when invited to the Big Pour? - Have a brew, of course. Well in this case we had beer with a side of #beerties...

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Around late July/Early August, we were asked by Monmade to set up alongside fellow producers; Workerbird, Klo Rebel and Kerfcase to bring some Pittsburghy/ Beer Inspired merch to the Pour.  Our offering came in the form of #Beerties

 

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This also happened to be Mckenzie & Ariel's very first Knotzland pop-up and they were a dynamic-duo for sure!!

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Charming the craft beer connoisseurs and nearly selling out of #beerties! 

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Alex also came through to lend a hand, throw on a bow tie, take no shortage of rad photos! 

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(Below:crowd of nearly 3,500 Pour-Goers) 

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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 bowtie that had been in our collection for quite some time. While packing up our bowties to present to him 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 then wore the bowtie 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!"

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Thank you Josiah!

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. 

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!