Some people love ties, and some people hate them. They can be a way to express yourself, or they can be an annoyance that one has to deal with at any business, formal or semi-formal event. Most fathers have probably received at least one for birthdays or Father’s Day, and have bravely even worn them at least once, no matter how loud the colors or how obnoxious the cartoon characters. Like them or not, ties are a part of most men’s lives, so it’s not surprising that there’s a large industry dedicated to ties of every variety, for every occasion.
Like other pieces of apparel, ties are a great opportunity for redesign and customization through 3D printing. Albanian company 3B ARMY has already made its mark on the fashion industry, with its 3D printed dresses appearing in last year’s Miss Globe competition, and now it is turning its attention to another area of fashion: ties. The company is launching a new brand called VIP TIE 3D, a collection of bespoke ties and bow ties that are made through a combination of 3D printing and hand crafting.
“VIP TIE 3D combines first class luxury with an innovative high tech design,” Fiordi Pernaska of 3B ARMY tells 3DPrint.com. “A complex combination of two complementary processes, 3D Printing & Hand Crafting joined together in a single unique product. VIP TIE 3D redefines what a fashion accessory should look like through maniacal details and unlimited personalisation.”
VIP TIE 3D will be officially launched next week, and will include three categories: the Matt Series, the Gloss Series and the 3DLUX Series. Custom orders will also be available; customers can order ties and bow ties that fit perfectly and have unique designs.
The collection already has several attractive and artistic designs available, which you can peruse on the company’s website. The ties look well-designed; they’re attention-getting but not overly flashy, bright but not obnoxious. You wouldn’t necessarily know that they’d been 3D printed without having been told, which is a good thing – there’s a certain 3D printed look that comes with a lot of 3D printed fashion, and sometimes that look can be distracting from the piece itself.
With prices ranging as high as €240, these ties are not cheap, but a lot of work goes into handcrafting and 3D printing each individual piece. This isn’t mass-produced, throwaway apparel. Each ties is carefully, painstakingly crafted, with care being taken to make them as individual as their wearers. I don’t think men tend to get too ruffled by discovering other men wearing the same tie as them at a party, but these 3D printed bespoke ties pretty much guarantee that no one else will be wearing the same tie as you.
“‘One by one’, every tie is 3D Printed and Hand Crafted delivering a truly unique experience for each and every one of our customers, giving everybody around them something not to forget about,” Pernaska tells us.
VIP TIE 3D will begin shipping worldwide soon, they tell us. There’s a lot going on for 3B ARMY right now; the Miss Globe Competition will be coming up again already next month and once again, 3B ARMY will be presenting a new 3D printed collection in collaboration with ONUS, the same brand it worked with last year. Are you attending? If so, you might want to go shopping first for a new tie to wear.
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