“If you have to wear a tie, why not have some fun doing it? My goal was to always make ties that you actually WANTED to wear. ”
— RACHEL PARK
Rachel Park is a tie designer, breast cancer survivor/awareness advocate and founder of Rachel Park Designs.
Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in the Midwest, she grew up making clothes for family and friends and loved to sew. Seeing her friends wearing her designs, she would get that exciting feeling of, “Hey, I made that!” which encouraged her to become a fashion designer.
After graduating with a fashion design degree, she was inspired by the need for men’s neckwear and humdrum selection available to launch Rachel Park Designs. Starting in her kitchen with just a sewing machine and a card table, she created her first ten ties.
WHAT'S SO AWESOME ABOUT HER TIES?
Style & Quality
Limited in quantity and handmade of the highest quality in New York City, her unique collection of handmade ties blend exciting colors, striking textures and bold prints with contrast tipping. Her ties have received international press and represent her cultural duality by fusing her Asian heritage with her distinct Brooklyn style. (The beauty is in the details.)
As a tie-loving (and vertically challenged) woman designing menswear, regular ties hung way too long on her and never fit quite right. Contrary to popular belief, she knew ties were NOT one-size-fits-all. Therefore, her exquisite, distinct made-to-order ties are all bespoke — handmade to fit the individual wearer's proportions — for a truly personalized shopping experience.
"Nice tie!" is always the first thing people will say when they see you wearing one. Naturally, you want your tie to express your unique, individual style. She gets it. In addition to her colorful tie collection, she is also happy to help you create custom ties that feel more YOU.
Weddings & Special Events
After a close friend requested wedding ties for her groom and groomsmen, she started working closely with couples to also create custom ties and bow ties for weddings and special events. (Her tie was also recently worn on the red carpet of the Emmy® Awards).
She feels honored to co-create custom ties for her clients and to be a unique part of making their big day special.
SURVIVING IN STYLE
Take That, Cancer
After many years in Brooklyn, Rachel relocated to Los Angeles and in 2014, she was diagnosed with stage IIB triple-negative breast cancer. After over a year of 15 rounds of chemotherapy, three surgeries and 32 radiation treatments, she was officially declared cancer-free. This experience led to the development of Survivor Moda and The ParkPuff™ , a stylish chest-comforting, go-anywhere seatbelt pillow for breast cancer survivors worldwide.
Excited about her second chance at life, she relaunched her collection of luxury ties with a renewed dedication to exquisite quality, beautiful details and exceptional service.
When she is not designing ties for those special times, she is an advocate for breast cancer awareness. Often told she's "too young for cancer," she is especially passionate about helping other young breast cancer survivors feel less alone. Rachel is a techie/foodie who enjoys coffee, Korean BBQ (not together), going to the beach and playing with her pug.
DESIGNER BY DAY. SURVIVOR BY NIGHT.
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“Often, the bride and bridesmaids get most of the attention on the wedding day, so I always knew I wanted something very special for my husband at our wedding. Immediately, I thought of Rachel Park Designs, designer of beautiful handmade ties.￼
As a Korean adoptee couple, it was important to us to symbolize our cultural duality throughout the ceremony. From the beginning, Rachel and I worked closely together on color and fabric selection, which was symbolically from both the United States and South Korea. She was very professional and very communicative throughout the whole process.￼
Her designs were such an incredibly special addition to our day. I was so excited to see our custom wedding ties on all our guys! They also make great groomsmen gifts. I would highly recommend working with Rachel Park Designs for unique, custom ties for your wedding day!”
“When we started to plan our ‘surprise wedding,’ I wanted to thank my husband with a gift for being my number one supporter and going through my breast cancer journey with me. I instantly thought of my ‘pink sister,’ Rachel, and Rachel Park Designs.
Rachel helped me find the perfect tie I was going to surprise him with to wear at our wedding. She made the process very easy, despite being in different cities. She sent me swatches and pictures until we found the perfect one. My husband loved the tie and especially loved the custom pink ribbon we incorporated on the back to symbolize our journey. It was beautifully made and finished his look for our special day!”
“BIG thank you to Rachel Park Designs for an amazing custom-made tie for our 10-year anniversary celebration! Loved working directly with the designer to get just the right look. Incredible quality and service! I highly recommend!”
“Rachel Park made my tie for my wedding day. I loved the tie so much, I also ordered a custom bow tie in the same fabric! Her ties are beautifully handmade and are my favorites. I highly recommend her!”
“Rachel Park is a talented designer. She made the tie I got married in (aka my favorite necktie). The quality is amazing, and I love the texture of the tie. I highly recommend her!”
“My band, The Slants, is always looking to partner with other artists who are doing cutting-edge work. Of course, it’s even better when they also happen to be Asian-American and understand our perspective. Over the years, we discovered Rachel Park Designs. Her ‘unclassic’ style, quality, and taste was a perfect fit for our approach to music and fashion. Recently, we worked with her to create an exclusive tie to rock onstage. It was the perfect balance of color, contrast and flair that complemented our logo and music. It even had a colorful Korean touch in the lining!
Rachel’s designs are incredible. I always get great comments every time I wear one — I even sported one when I was in Washington, D.C. for our band’s historic trademark case. Needless to say, we won!”
“Nominated for an Emmy [Award], I wasn’t sure what I was going to wear on the red carpet. I then received the nicest tie I’ve ever owned from Rachel Park Designs! You really have to see her work in person! Not only was I blown away by the craftsmanship (I loved the colorful tie lining), but her customer service was amazing, as we worked closely together on fit and fabric before the event. I wore it to the Emmys® with pride!”
“As a former women’s magazine editor and beauty writer, I’ve reviewed my share of fashion and beauty products. Some years ago, my husband was looking for a bow tie to wear to an event and received a gorgeous one from Rachel Park Designs. I could sense the handmade quality by the texture and feel of the bow tie, and Rachel was great in offering recommendations and answering all our questions. To this day, my husband gets tons of compliments every time he wears his Rachel Park Designs bow tie.”
“Rachel Park is an incredible designer of fashionable, handmade ties. As a musician, I recently did a ‘Remember My Red Tie’ contest and received almost 200 entries. The winner received an incredible, handmade tie designed by Rachel Park Designs. The quality is amazing and working with her is such a joy. Thank you to Rachel Park for being a friend and for sharing her talents with the world!”
“I was so happy to get my Rachel Park Designs tie in time for the Korean American Story gala! It means so much to me that I got to wear a custom-made tie by a fellow adoptee to an event that celebrates our shared Korean ethnicity.”
“Recently, I received a handmade tie from Rachel Park Designs. We worked closely together on fabric selection (she wanted to ensure that I loved it!) and fit. Immediately, I was amazed by the incredible quality and loved the colorful touch in the lining! I highly recommend her for unique and beautiful ties!”