Cyberoptix Tie Lab was started in 2006 by Bethany Shorb after noticing a void in creative yet sophisticated neckwear.
Located on the second floor of an old furniture factory in downtown Detroit, Michigan, the TieLab is a 100% solvent-free shop. In the garment industry, screen printing is notoriously environmentally unfriendly. Committed to being as environmentally responsible as possible in all processes and holding responsible design practices are among their highest priorities.
Everything is made in house; including all of the artwork and designs, sourcing fabrics, laser cutting, making silkscreens, custom-mixing every printing ink color, and more. Each and every tie is hand sewn. They carefully choose threads and agonize over weave textures and measurements, resulting in beautiful bespoke ties for discerning tastes.
The ties feature themes that are created from historic military documents, medical ephemera, Victorian animal drawings and architectural renderings. Their sources of inspiration come from dusty museum cabinets of curiosities, junk shops and estate sales which are then re-drawn in tie shape.
Pattern-based necktie designs are a particular specialty of Cyberoptix. Ornamentation that looks like a traditional necktie motif but has a little something extra hidden within the pattern ever delights designers and is also fun for you, the tie wearer!
Artisan Boutique carries both Silk and Microfiber ties. Microfiber is an extraordinarily fine-weave, washable synthetic silk. It is very similar to the soft cloth optometrists provide for you to clean your glasses with . “Micro” describes the size of the fiber in the fabric. Many people who choose not to consume animal products for ethical and religious reasons wear nothing derived from living things – and that includes silk and wool.