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What Is Dye Sublimation?

Dye Sublimation Ties

TieMart custom ties and original designs are created via dye sublimation. We start with a pre-manufactured, solid white, 100% polyester necktie, bow tie or pocket square. The process begins by printing the design onto a special transfer paper. Using a heat press, the design is then permanently dyed onto the front and back of the necktie or bow tie. (Pocket squares are one sided, so the design is printed on the front only.)

Because we start with a blank (white) product, there are a couple things to expect with your custom ties and accessories.

Figure 1

Dye Sublimation Tie Example 1

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Dye Sublimation Tie Example 2

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Dye Sublimation Tie Example 3

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Dye Sublimation Tie Example 4

Figure 5

Dye sublimation bow tie example

Figure 6

Dye sublimation bow tie collar example

1) Each tie and pocket square is created individually. As such, the placement of the pattern may vary slightly from one product to another. We try to keep the pattern as close as possible to the digital sample or website photo, but slight shifting can occur during the heat transfer. We’ll admit, we can be perfectionists and if the design shifts too much we’ll recreate the item. However, a difference of a few millimeters from one product to another should be expected.

2) Dye sublimation is printed, not embroidered or woven. The design is permanent and will not peel, crack or fade. The design becomes part of the fabric. It does not build on top of the fabric and you cannot feel the design.

3) Because we dye the design directly onto a necktie bow tie or pocket square, the design will transfer anywhere the printed design comes in contact with the fabric. This includes the tie tipping at both ends of the tie. (Figure 1.) If you lift the fabric away from the tipping, the design will not have transferred to the lining of the tie. (Figure 2.) Luckily, this is not visible when the tie is worn.

4) Relating to number 3 above, the trickiest part of dye sublimation is the edge of the tie. During the heat transfer process, we are transferring a design that is wider than the tie itself for the design to bleed onto the edges of the tie. On lighter color designs, this works perfectly. (Figure 3.) Unfortunately, on dark colored designs, especially black and navy blue backgrounds, the edge of the tie can appear lighter than the rest of the design. (Figure 4.) When looking at the tie straight on, you won’t even notice this. At an angle, you might.

5) Dye sublimation bow ties are a self-tie style. When we print the design on the bow tie, the design does not cover the entire collar, leaving a small portion solid white. (Figures 5 and 6.) When worn under a shirt collar, this white portion is not seen.

Please note that due to the custom nature of the items, our custom ties and accessories are final sale and may not be returned, exchanged or refunded.

FAQ

Here's some more info on our custom ties and accessories.

Necktie features

Standard Ties

• 3.25" width, at the widest point
• 57" length, tip to tip
• Made from 100% Polyester
• Final sale, may not be returned or exchanged
• Imported

Extra Long Ties

• 3.5" width, at the widest point
• 63" length, tip to tip
• Made from 100% Polyester
• Final sale, may not be returned or exchanged
• Imported

Slim Ties

• 2.5" width, at the widest point
• 57" length, tip to tip
• Made from 100% Polyester
• Final sale, may not be returned or exchanged
• Imported

Boys' Ties

• 2.5" width, at the widest point
• 48" length, tip to tip
• Recommended size for boys 8- to 13-years old
• Made from 100% Polyester
• Final sale, may not be returned or exchanged
• Imported

Bow tie features

• Self-tie style
• Bow measures approximately 4.5" across and 2.75" high on the ends
• Adjustable for neck sizes approximately 13.75" to 18"
• Made from 100% Polyester
• Final sale, may not be returned or exchanged
• Imported

Pocket square features

• Measures approximately 12" by 12"
• Design is printed on one side only
• Made from 100% Polyester
• Final sale, may not be returned or exchanged
• Imported

Return and exchange policy

Sorry, all custom orders are final sale and may not be returned, exchanged or refunded.

Additional questions

Give Kari a call at (847) 393-7291, ext. 310. She can answer all your custom tie questions.

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