Recently, I almost jumped a buddy I saw wearing a Knot Theory tie, and that led to our article on the Canadian company. Turns out that the neckwear isn’t the only sexy thing the design house is known for- meet Tanya Huang, the creator of the Knot Theory line.
Unfinished Man: You were originally in software engineering- lucrative and challenging, but maybe not so glamorous. What made you break out of that industry?
TH: Thanks! The product photos emphasize business-sexy, pairing the ties with slim shirts, pin stripes, and pencil skirts. This is just one of many ways to wear Knot Theory, however. Recently fashion stylist Christie Lohr styled four completely different looks for Knot Theory, from hipster to avant-garde to business-chic to resort-casual. These ties really are versatile.
If there’s anything I wish to bring to the mainstream it would be confidence – the confidence to sincerely express and rock your own style!
UM: Have you done any modelling yourself?
UM: It seems like all of your designs are a study in contrast- blacks and whites, sharp edges and negative space. Where did you draw your inspiration from?
TH: For Collection Duello I was inspired by architectural silhouettes, light, and shadows. The tie colours are muted because I wanted to emphasize the shapes – something that was less explored in ties before.
UM: It took seven steps of refinement to get to the line that we know and love now- did you have any spectacular failures along the way?
TH: The knot was the hardest part to develop, and with each iteration it got one step closer to its current elegant form. It was analogous to watching the evolution of amphibians. Somewhere in between the knot went through an awkward stage and looked more like a calamari. Thankfully it outgrew that.