Recycle Tie is a project of the Italian Croatian Mosaic Association in Rome and Ana Kovacevic.


We want to promote the recycling and reuse of the men’s tie, the accessory originally brought by the Croatians, which then expanded around the world.

The origins of today’s tie date back to the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), when the Croatian mercenaries of the Croatian military frontier serving in France, wearing their traditional small knotted scarves, aroused the interest of Parisians. Due to the slight difference in pronunciation between the Croatian word for “Croatians”, hrvati, with the French correspondent croates, that particular scarf took the name of cravate (cravate in French). Louis XIV began wearing a lace tie around 1646, at the age of seven, and imprinted it as a fashion accessory for the French nobility. This new article of clothing started a real “fashion craze” throughout Europe … (Wikipedia) 

Being a symbol of elegance, the ties are made of precious materials, to which we want to give a new life, an additional opportunity to be an accessory for us, hand made and refined at the same time.