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Knot Theory self-tie bow ties are handmade in Vancouver, Canada

About Us

I look like O-ren Ishii from Kill Bill. My necktie army.

The Knot Theory Story

Hi, my name is Tanya Huang, designer for Knot Theory.

I was a software engineer who woke up one day and decided to become a fashion designer. Why bow ties and neckties? Because it was a neglected area in fashion with so much potential for creativity! It got me really excited.

I was a geek who wore no makeup and knew nothing about starting a fashion label, so the transition into a designer for formal neckwear as you can imagine was smooth like melted butter.

...Not exactly.

There were lots of oh-shit moments, lots of ooohh-shiiit moments, and eventually, there were some a-ha moments.

From unexpectedly going topless in Knot Theory's first photoshoot, to strutting into Dragon's Den and slaying five dragons, to winning a design award, to completing 3 successful Kickstarter projects, to getting contacted by GQ UK magazine.... It's been a wild ride.

I'm really proud of Knot Theory, and I hope you enjoy looking too handsome wearing Knot Theory. (You're welcome ;))

Can you be too good-looking for your own good? Yes. (If you do get into trouble this way, I'd like to hear from you, for your safety.)

And for all the sexy ladies trying on Knot Theory - good for you! If you need styling tips, just give me a shout. You know, I happen to wear bow ties and neckties all the time!

p.s. You can reach us via our contact form, or email me directly at t[dot]huang at

Press, Interviews, Media Requests

Knot Theory currently has loyal fans from 24 countries worldwide. In 2013, Knot Theory completed its third successful project on Kickstarter. In 2012, designer Tanya Huang pitched Knot Theory to the dragons on Dragons' Den, enticing all five dragons to make her offers. However the segment didn't air on TV possibly due to a technical error (though you can find the webisode online), so Tanya flew to Shanghai and explored for 6 months instead.

For interviews, press coverage, and media requests, please contact us via our contact form.

Knot Theory Press Coverage:

- GQ UK magazine
- Kickstarter
- Dragons' Den
- Oops! Japanese Magazine (cover)
- CBC News
- Vancouver Sun (cover page)
- Global TV
- CityTV (Breakfast TV)
- Vancouver Television
- CBC radio
- VIFF 2012 Red Carpet Closing Gala
- Leo Awards 2012
- Vancouver Men's Fashion Week
- Kenton Magazine New York
- Fame'd Magazine
- The WE


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