About Ties That Matter

Ties That Matter creates one of a kind fashion and home accessories from donated, recycled neckties. This functional art includes bags, hats, belts, pins, ornaments, pillows, quilts, and ragdolls. We even design custom products specifically for individual customers. Products can be viewed and purchased in the Our Products section or on our Custom Orders page.

Ties That Matter is an Atlanta based company with a triple mission (1) to help create paying jobs for low income women, (2) to help support services for the homeless in our community, and (3) to make use of recycled materials. We strive to be zero waste, purchasing as few materials as possible (the only purchased materials in some of our products is thread!), and using our imaginations and creativity to make use of what other people toss out. We try to use every bit of our materials. We even use the tie interfacing as stuffing in pillows and Christmas ornaments.

Our involvement in the community is essential to our purpose. We have worked closely with schools, businesses, sororities, YMCAs, law firms and particularly churches in collecting ties. To sponsor a tie collection campaign, please see our Donate Ties page.

The company started in 2008 when three friends decided to manifest their passion for helping others. We collected 1500 ties, involved more than 100 volunteers and sold 1000 reusable grocery bags made, in part, from ties. We contributed all of the proceeds from the sale to Central’s Outreach and Advocacy Center (OAC) in downtown Atlanta. (The OAC provides services for the homeless.) Widespread interest in the unique tie items led us--Laura Martin, Cameron McCord and Elizabeth Chrane--to co-found Ties That Matter in 2009.

To date, Ties That Matter has paid employees over $10,000 and has donated over $8,000 to the OAC.

As the company has matured and progressed from that time, the decision was made to place the greater emphasis on empowering women in need by teaching them how to make products from ties and how to create small crafts businesses of their own. We hope to offer workshops to women in need, to provide interested individuals with a starter kit of ties, directions for making the products and some information about how and where to sell products. For more information on hosting a workshop in your area, please contact Laura@tiesthatmatter.com.