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MILWAUKEE --  Imagine this, it's your senior year of high school, you've got college to plan for, classes to pass, activities to be a part of and then -- lightning bolt. An idea for a one-of-a-kind business that hits you. Do you act on it?

As photojournalist Chris Hyke shows you, one local student had that exact choice to make.

About Upties (website)

It all started with a simple glance at an old-button down shirt. In that split-second moment, I knew I was onto something: upcycle my old favorite shirt into a necktie.

Upties is exactly that. We take your favorite old button-down shirts and handcraft them into brand new, one-of-a-kind neckties and bow ties.

One of our strengths and main goals with Upties is preserving memories, specifically the memories associated with the old button-down shirts sent in from our clients. Some of our custom orders have included:

  • 9 neckties crafted from cherished shirts of a beloved grandfather, which were gifted to the sons and grandsons in the family.
  • A necktie created from the shirt worn during a wedding proposal, ultimately given as a Father's Day gift.
  • A bow tie crafted from the dress shirt of a retired United States Marine, given as a Christmas gift to add to the Marine's bow tie collection.

Let us capture the value and memory of your shirt through your very own unique tie or bow tie. Regardless of the shirt's story, we know that your new tie will be a great conversation starter and timeless accessory.

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