Owning Knotzland has unlocked a level of drive and determination that I have never imagined existed within me. From building a team, collaborating with other artist on collections, to the day to day problem solving that comes with the use of reclaimed fabrics, its all hard and many many learning experienced but I wouldn't trade it for the world. So many people think that business ownership is unreachable but with the right passion, the right product, the right gumption and planning it can also change your life.
In 2014, I taught myself how to sew in order to create a gift for my good friends’s one year old. I did so using and formerly purchased sewing machine that I then sat atop of an ironing board in the living room of my grandfathers old house. I took the gift that I had made with my new skills to her birthday party and to my surprise the handmade hair-bows were well received. I left the party with 6-7 customers and from there supported myself over an entire summer. As the months went on, I began getting requests for items in the boys and menswear space which is when I began the research and development of Knotzland. Knotzland then incorporated in 2015. Since 2015, we have been redefining the bowtie in a fun and environmentally friendly way and have shipped to customers all over the world. To this day, all of our bowties are made in Pittsburgh using reclaimed fabrics and materials while working alongside other sewing enthusiast around the city to aid in production. This unique ecosystem of sewist is a vital part of our business as they have grown into a community of 18 women who earn income sewing from home to create the beautiful bowties that we share with our customers.