General Knot & Company is a tie making company using vintage fabrics with distinct patterns and refurbishing the material into ties and handkerchiefs. General Knot takes textiles from as far back as World War II and re-fashions them. Sometimes General Knot will combine different materials to complete their pieces. The light blue tie (pictured below) looks like it was from an old Hawaiian shirt. Because the retro fashion pieces are no longer made and are very unique, quantities are limited. This is the exact antithesis of “Fast Fashion” – where there is a massive overproduction of clothing which eventually ends up in the landfills.
General Knot and Company products are all made in the USA, in the city of Bedford, New York. This company was brought to my attention when I saw it in the December 2013 Edition of GQ magazine.
About (as described by their website)
We create limited edition neckwear and accessories in the U.S.A., using rare and vintage fabrics collected from around the world. Our goal is to offer uniquely designed and enduring products that stand the test of time.
After years of directing creative teams for brands such as Ralph Lauren, Original Penguin, Tommy Hilfiger and Levi’s, co-founders Ann and Andrew Payne began General Knot & Co. in the Fall of 2010 with the desire to combine a passion for design with an unyielding commitment to bringing conscientious quality manufacturing back to the United States.
It is an honor and a privilege to create all GK&Co. products here in the United States, with the world’s greatest craftsmen. Those whose talents and skills have been honed through generations of shared adoration of their craft.
GK&Co. fabrics are curated through a global network of collectors who search high and low for the most amazing vintage fabric, giving it another lease on life.
Each collection of General Knot & Co. designs are made in very limited quantities, uniquely finite and never to be repeated. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we have enjoyed creating and bringing them to you.
“Doing what one loves to do is never considered work.”