In an era of designer sunglasses, Tie Dyes is a brand that brings traditional design to the contemporary.
The company is best known for its sunglasses made from recycled materials and a custom-made, lightweight, woven fabric.
This tie dye is the only tie dye that can be dyed with a single dyeing tool, allowing for a wider variety of shades, textures, and finishes than traditional ties.
“We want to create a beautiful product for everyone,” said T.J. Pizzorno, vice president of design at Tie Dishes.
The brand uses only recycled materials to make its products.
Its founder, Toni Taggart, said her inspiration for Tie DYE came from her experience with the company’s first product, which was a tie dye.
“It was very important for me to understand what we were doing, and I had the feeling that I wanted to do something that I was passionate about,” Taggar said.
The inspiration for the company came from Toni’s own experience in the garment industry, she said.
“I had a very rough time in the textile industry, so it was very personal for me.”
The company was founded in 2014, and the first product was launched in 2017.
“For the first few years, we didn’t have any money, so we were basically just using our savings,” Pizzorno said.
But as the company grew, the more it sold, the less it needed to invest.
The business started out selling clothing, then transitioned to making tie dye for other brands and jewelry.
“There was a lot of demand for it,” T.P. said.
Pulsating growth for the business was good for the brand, but also bad for the worker.
“When you’re going through a rough time, it’s hard to do the things that are needed to grow,” Tancredi said.
When Tancredo took a job in the office, she saw the need for a more sustainable company.
“The company is a way to help us be self-sufficient,” she said, adding that she hoped the company could use the same model in other industries as well.
“If I was working in an office environment, I would be in my office for the rest of my life,” Tincredi added.
“But I think it would be great to have a company that is in the same situation, but that has sustainability.”