Almost three years ago, I set up my vendor booth at the Lovesick Expo at one of my favorite Denver wedding venues, Mile High Station. I was still teaching French over at Northglenn High School, so photography was still just a side-gig that hadn’t evolved into the shape it has taken now. I remember being thankful that the expo was taking place on a Sunday so I didn’t have to call in a substitute to cover my classes during the week.
At the bridal show, a group of four guys in dapper ties and button-downs set up their booth behind mine: Knotty Tie Co. I had never heard of their company before (or many of the other Denver wedding vendors at the show, for that matter, as I was still so super new to the wedding scene here), but I quickly learned that they were a brand-new start-up that crafted handmade, custom ties for all occasions, in the Santa Fe Art District here in Denver.
At the beginning, it was just the four guys — Jeremy and Mark, the co-founders, and Austin and Zach. Their tagline was simple: Makers on a mission. They used organic cotton and outsourced nothing. Everything was handmade in the Mile High City.
Fast-forward to the present day, and their calling has expanded to helping resettled refugees attain quality employment opportunities. A peek at the social mission tab on their website reveals featurettes on many of their employees who moved here from outside the United States, and who now work for Team Knotty.
I couldn’t be prouder of these gents for creating such an impactful and compassionate company. It has been nothing short of incredible to watch them grow from four staff members to where they are now, with over 20 staff members. I’ve photographed everything from their product shots for their website, headshots, team photos, and even Hillary Clinton’s visit to their current location at 10th and Santa Fe, their third and biggest site yet.
It goes without saying that it’s been so neat to see all their designs over the years as well. Many of my rad clients have opted to work with Knotty Tie to make custom designs for the weddings and I always hear how everyone is always so impressed with the customer service and quality of their goods. Obviously, it’s no surprise that they’re a recommended vendor on my exclusive trusted vendors list.
While wedding season is slowing down a bit here in the winter months, I am excited to be working with Knotty Tie here on January 23rd, 2017, for a new workshop that I’m co-hosting with the inimitable Chris Loring Photography. The Posing Workshop focuses on tips and techniques for engagement photos and weddings, and Knotty Tie has been gracious enough to outfit the two male models we’ll be working with in swanky new ties for the workshop.
Chris and I are stoked to offer this educational opportunity to the Denver photography community. I will jump at any chance to better the photographic community in Denver, thanks largely in part to my roots as a former high school teacher.
We have so much planned for this killer day: giveaways from awesome companies like CG Pro Prints, Shootproof, Pixifi, Animoto and more, hands-on practice with two couples in wedding attire, chance to win a mentorship session with both Chris and myself, and access to exclusive, attendees-only events happening after the workshop.
Thank you for stopping by the blog to learn a little bit more about Knotty Tie and their spectacular business model. Enjoy a few favorite images of mine from our past collaborations below!