Tough Tie

tough tieKevin Shoemaker and Skylar Bennett hope to tie up a deal for Tough Tie, their machine washable, stain resistant ties, in Shark Tank episode 1123. The two men are former commercial real estate brokers who met at work. Their profession required them to dress sharply, but they discovered a hard truth when they both became fathers: babies can mess up ties. Whether it’s a little dribble of full on vomiting, the guys had a hard time keeping their ties clean.

That prompted them to seek out a solution. They searched for machine washable ties and couldn’t find them. What they did find was an Arizona designer that helped make their dream of machine washable ties a reality. Tough Tie began selling product in 2017 and they’ve added to their line under the business moniker Tough Apparel.

In addition to ties, they sell belts, socks and, in a sign of the times, face masks. The ties repel liquid, so stains are few and far between. When a stain does occur, just pop them in the washing machine. They even have a little micro fiber tip so you can clean your glasses. A standard tie costs $30 and a custom tie (for a wedding or other event) costs $50 with a $20 set up fee.

The guys expanded quickly from ties to other products and they want to expand even more. They’re hoping a Shark will like their clothing and their business model. Will a Shark make a tough decision and invest in Tough Tie?

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Tough Tie Shark Tank Recap

Kevin and Skylar will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. They’ll need to convince Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec and Daymond John that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but they’ll need to show them THEY are capable of running the company to “Shark standards.” A full pitch re-cap on Tough Tie will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

Tough Tie Shark Tank Update

The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on Tough Tie & Kevin Shoemaker and Skylar Bennett as more details become available.

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