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Jeremy Priest

Leader, Designer, & Maker, Knotty Tie

Denver

Jeremy Priest didn’t have a background in clothing design when he and co-founder Mark Johnson decided to start Knotty Tie. They just had the desire to help refugees who had been resettled to Colorado. About 1,500 refugees arrive in Colorado every year and many don’t have employment opportunities due to limited English skills, but many do have exceptional sewing skills. Jeremy and Mark launched Knotty Tie in order to create a business that provided refugees with dignified employment, a supportive environment and fair wages, while at the same time, offering customers the ability to create unique custom-designed neckties with the help of a Knotty Ties designer. Since opening in 2013, Knotty Tie has expanded to offer even more products, including scarves and pocket squares, and employ even more refugees and asylees.

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