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the visible tie: bringing freedom through style & innovation

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A variety of unique fair trade ties with hidden pockets, made from fabrics handwoven by women free from trafficking, and packaged in gift boxes made by Tibetan refugees.

We believe in a world where fashion moves beyond outdated business practices, where people can buy in line with their values, and where people can look great by treating people right.

We also found it a shame that ties often serve no other function than to cover the buttons on your dress shirt.

So we set out to create a tie that is not only smart, but useful, fun, and outspoken.

What do we mean?

Visible ties create social impact, not only for the wearer but the wider world.

Meet our collection of ties. With a personality to meet every individual, take a look and find your match.

The ties are made by our team of incredibly talented tailors in Dharamshala India. Produced in our fair trade facility, everyone has access to free onsite childcare, maternity and paternity leave, subsidised school fees, and paid annual leave. Salaries are regularly reviewed to ensure they are based on living wage principles, and everyone receives an annual bonus equivalent to one month’s salary. As a small production center, products are made to order and the tailors work closely with the design process.

Partnering with FreeSet all of the tie outer fabrics are handwoven by women in West Bengal who are at risk of being forced into oppressive and exploitive work. With each tie made we are able to offer more jobs and help give more women the choice to support themselves with greater autonomy, financial security, and dignity.

For our boxes we teamed up with a small organization in nearby Mcleod Ganj called the Green Paper Shop. Run by and employing Tibetan refugees the group makes handmade paper out of fabric and paper waste that would otherwise end up being burned or on the street. The green paper shop has found a way to combat the absence of recycling and waste management in India by teaming up with local businesses and guest house to collect their paper waste and provide a purified water station.

At the tailoring center in Dharamshala cotton pattern cutting remnants and old patterns are collected and brought to the workshop for upcycling. The handmade paper is then made into products like boxes and books.

We wanted to create a set of ties that work as hard as you do, so our designers set out to find what possibly could fit in a tie and how that would become a functional reality.

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