News From Inside the Tie Lab

Help Bring Bob Moog's Story to Life: Exclusive MiniMoog Custom Tie & Scarf April 25, 2016 00:00

Help bring the Bob Moog story to life! ELECTRONIC VOYAGER follows Michelle Moog-Koussa as she retraces the footsteps of her late father, iconic synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog.

As crazy fans of electronic music and Moog, we here at Cyberoptix couldn't possibly be more proud and excited to partner with Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm, the Director/Producer team behind the acclaimed modular synthesizer documentary, "I Dream Of Wires," with a new documentary feature, "Electronic Voyager."

In association with The Bob Moog Foundation, Robert and Jason aim to create a definitive and personal documentary about the life of iconic synthesizer pioneer, Bob Moog (1934 - 2005). Through the eyes of Moog's own daughter, Michelle Moog-Koussa - also a dedicated Moog archivist and historian - they'll be giving viewers an insight into the man behind the iconic Moog brand.

We’ve lined up an incredible selection of unique rewards for your contribution to Electronic Voyager’s Kickstarter campaign, including two KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE designs: A necktie and scarf that will only ever be released to help fund this documentary project. They'll never be for sale in stores or on our website, ever!

exclusive moog necktie kickstarter reward by cyberoptix


Pledge $65 or more

(The original classic 3-VCO monosynth, c.1970-1971)


Moog's ultimate classic synthesizer, the original Minimoog Model D, silkscreened on a tie (dove grey ink on black tie) by Detroit's awesome silkscreen apparel specialists, Cyberoptix Tie Lab. With this being a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE, that means we'll print up the exact number of ties that we sell, and that will be the last of them! PLUS receive THE SATELLITE (thank you in film credits + website).

minimoog necktie, cyberoptix Moog kickstarter reward

"Cyberoptix Tie Lab's designs have been sourced from a range of unique, often techy, and sometimes even geeky, subjects. It was their amazing Roland TR-808 and Oscillator Waveform designs that caught our eye, and so we were thrilled when they agreed to create a special Model D tie for our Kickstarter. We couldn't be more happy with how stunning Cyberoptix's generous perk contributions have turned out, and hope you'll take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to show some Minimoog love at your next boardroom meeting, wedding, or night on the town!"

(Please note: As the film is being produced in Toronto, the prices listed here are in Canadian Dollars (CAD), not USD, so you're really getting much more bang for your pledge buck if you're located in the US or Euro-land!)

cyberoptix exclusive minimoog scarf, kickstarter reward

Pledge $95 or more


(The original classic 3-VCO monosynth, c.1972-1976)


Moog's ultimate classic synthesizer, the original Minimoog Model D, silkscreened on a scarf (silver ink on black scarf). With this being a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE, that means we'll print up the exact number of scarves that we sell, and that will be the last of them! PLUS receive THE SATELLITE (thank you in film credits + website).

minimoog scarf, cyberoptix Moog kickstarter reward
buy minimoog necktie, cyberoptix Moog kickstarter reward

Both the necktie and scarf have an estimated delivery of nywhere in the world.

Once again: As the film is being produced in Toronto, our Reward prices are in Canadian dollars (CAD). The Canadian Dollar is significantly LOWER than the US Dollar and the Euro. $100 CAD is equal to $75 USD and €68 EUR, based upon the average exchange rate for 03/16.

The name MOOG evokes a revolutionary new sound and pinpoints an iconic era in the evolution of music. A true American innovator, Dr. Robert Moog is arguably the most important figure in the history of electronic music, with his invention of the now legendary Moog synthesizer. 

Electronic Voyager takes us on a sonic journey into the often unpredictable life and stunning brilliance of Bob Moog, a man who ‘fell backwards on a banana peel’ into the music instrument business, as well as the psychedelic world of the 1960s music scene. Bob unwittingly revolutionized the face of music, and birthed an enduring industry.

We're devoted fans of synthesizers and electronic music, with utmost enthusiasm for documenting electronic music's rich history. Together with Bob Moog's daughter Michelle, and in association with The Bob Moog Foundation, we have a core team that is absolutely committed to bringing Electronic Voyager - the fascinating and complex story of Bob Moog - to life. With your help to reach our Kickstarter fundraising goals, we will get to work ASAP to bring Bob Moog's crucial chapter in electronic music history to the screen. We are thrilled and excited to get to work on Electronic Voyager!

Electronic Voyager
 is being produced in association with The Bob Moog Foundation, with a portion of the film's proceeds going to the foundation. "The Bob Moog Foundation, a small 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, carries Bob's pioneering legacy forward to future generations with a mission, to ignite creativity at the intersection of music, science, history and innovation. We provide hands-on opportunities for children and adults to explore the science of sound through Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool and we are dedicated to the preservation of a vast array of historic materials in the Bob Moog Foundation Archives. These two endeavours will eventually converge in a future interactive museum, or Moogseum, online and in Asheville, NC."

Love our Kickstarter exclusive Moog Necktie? Check out our whole line of ties and scarves for the audiophile.  We have electronic instruments, waveforms and more!

6 Gifts Your Accountant Will Love: Tax Day is Coming Up Fast! April 4, 2016 18:03

cyberoptix accounting themed neckties, bow ties scarves & pocket squares

There are two certainties in life: Death and Taxes, at least you can look good for both? We don't recommend shopping for your own funeral yet, but why not at least look sharp on tax day? Yeah yeah, rolling out of bed in sweats is easier, but when you can rock one of these, how can you resist suiting up? We've been hard at work here at the Tie Lab, so we can present to you, our new balance sheet paper accessories, because you've got the Write Stuff. We dare you not to math-doodle! 

With tax day approaching, accountants have it pretty rough right now. Here's an easy way to say thank you for those countless hours of number crunching, how about Ledger Paper Necktie, Bow Tie, Pocket Square or Scarf?
Accountant self tie bow ties, by cyberoptix

Our self-tie bow ties are created in a series of greens that echo the color combinations found in old-school ledger paper, we invite you to nerd out and add one of these to your wardrobe, we heard it will really balance your look. Just give us credit for the idea!

Accountant neckties, ledger paper print, vegan safe microfiber

Shown above, we have microfiber (non-silk) neckties ($36) for those who prefer a more easy-care option, who has time for dry cleaning?!

Ledger Paper silk necktie, by Cyberoptix

For the silk purists, we've got you covered too. Our ledger paper ties also come in 100% silk ($45) and in two widths to suit any human's frame, standard and narrow width.

Cyberoptix accounting theme pocket squares 
If your necktie or bow tie needs a friend (or for those folks who refuse to wear ties) this print also works impeccably on pocket squares ($24). Ties need friends.  They do.  Trust us.

Not a tie wearer at all?  No matter what??? We'll stop crying....BUT, you still have a neck, and that's what scarves are for. 

Accountant Pashmina, bookkeeper ledger paper print scarf

Our pashmina scarves are great for both men and women, and come in two weights: Traditional weight and linen-weave. What the heck is “linen-weave”? Our linen-weave pashmina scarf (shown above in golden olive, $44) has a slightly waffley texture to it just like linen, but it's super soft and not scratchy at all. Linen-weave is also a little lighter-weight than our warmer, traditional weight pashmina. It is perfect for all seasons, our customers love it!  Both fabrics take the printing ink very well, it's just up to your preference and what the climate its like where you live.

Looking for a little warmer and fuzzier but still not too thick? Try our traditional weight pashmina scarf ($44), shown below in celery green.

CPA theme scarf, ledger paper print pashmina

Mom always taught us to say thank you. Delight your weary accountant, bookkeeper, CPA and tax preparer during tax season, we know they could really use a present about now. They've worked so hard to get those mountains of boxes and bags of ketchup-covered receipts together for you, and hey, they see what you really spend your money on...and how much you go out to eat instead of going grocery shopping...of course your secrets are safe with them, buy why not make sure they're even a little safer?

Atomic Prints for the Whole Nuclear Family! November 25, 2015 10:19 2 Comments

Cyberoptix atom print neckties

Good morning, science tie lovers! We've had so many requests for an atoms design from our loyal customers, we just had to make sure to sneak one more in before the holiday season for you.

Have a Nuclear Family? It's a perfect gift if you know someone studying nuclear medicine, atomic energy or maybe maintains a nuclear power plant in his or her spare time. Just love the retro scientific diagram shape? That's cool too! 

Repeating patterns work well on all tie shapes. This print is available in our regular standard width, narrow, skinny and extra long microfiber. Want to match Dad? It will even work on all our three kid-sized ties

We'll be releasing this on a bow tie too in just a few more days.  Interested in us up-sizing it to a scarf, we can do that too if you ask nicely!

Atom print silk tie

For you silk purists, we also offer this in both standard and narrow width silk. We've shown some favorites here in dove grey on black; light violet on eggplant and ice on french blue - but it will work well in just about any color way you can imagine. We're especially fond of tone-on-tone prints, but you can get cuckoo crazy with wild color combinations too.

Have a thing for mid-century, cold war era design?  We do to!  Here are some friends of the Atom Tie.
mid century sausages necktie

Atomic-era hot dog & fork starburst tie. A delicious tangle of intersecting atomic-era cocktail weenies and fondue fork-stars! This design echos the boomerang and kidney-shaped patterns made popular by Formica and Herman Miller in the '50's & '60's...except these aren't just shapes, they're WEENIES! Be the envy of every snappy dresser at your next cocktail party. 

Fallout Shelter neckties

Fallout Shelter print necktiesDuck and cover...your shirt! Winter feeling a little...nuclear this year? Prepare now. As you can see, the capacity of this shelter is zero -'re toast! Perfect gift for your beloved doomsday prepper, survivalist, military historian, cold war/atomic era enthusiast, mid-century buff, nuclear physicist, civil defense coordinator, vintage and industrial ephemera lover...the list goes on!
civil defense CD neckties

Civil Defense Survival Supplies Neckties. This kit held basic fallout shelter health supplies such as cotton balls, forceps, syringes, safety pins, soap...but sorry kids, nope..."no narcotics." For an authentic fallout shelter color combo, choose black on pale copper. Ammo-box and water container military colors like yellow on golden olive also look great. You can get creative with other colors too!

Honey Bee scarves. New from the 'Lab! October 18, 2015 16:39

Honey Bee pashmina scarves

Bee-loving friends: This new design is the bee's knees!  Got a Queen Bee in your life? They certainly deserve a Bee Hive Pashmina scarf. You can be the hero who gives the most perfect gift for backyard and pro beekeepers, mead makers, and all lovers of sweet, delicious honey.

Shown on both traditional weight pashmina scarves and all-season "linen-weave" scarves, honey lovers in chilly and temperate climates will all be abuzz about this new design.

Don't worry! Of course we still make this print sized especially for neckties, pocket squares and bow ties too!

Honey Bee silk necktie

Honey Bee silk necktie

Honey Bee necktie

Honey Bee microfiber necktie (non-silk, Vegan safe.)

Honey Bee bow tie

Honey Bee bow tie - perfect for even the most dapper beekeeper! 

Honey Bee pocket squares

Honey Bee pocket squares. Honey in your pocket can get a little sticky, and bees?  A little stingy!  This is a perfect solution....

Boy's honey bee clip on tie

Don't forget about the tiniest future bee keepers! Pique his or her interest early, it's never too soon to start learning about how colonies cooperate.  We have wee clip-on Honey Bee ties sized for babies, toddlers and bigger kids too.

Dinosaur Bones print - now on a scarf too. Hooray! October 12, 2015 16:02

Our Dinosaur Skeleton necktie and bow tie print is one of our all-time customer favorites. Since you so nicely asked, we've enlarged it to fit on a scarf! Be the most chic science museum visitor ever. Three different dinosaur skeletons climb and tumble: scelidosaurus, iguanodon bernissartensis and compsognathus longipes. Original illustration based on late 19th century archeological sketches.

Golden Olive dinosaur pashmina, by CyberoptixDinosaur Bones Scarf: warm cream print on golden olive linen-weave pashmina. Our linen-weave pashmina scarves are a perfect weight for all-season wear, whether you're digging in the field and need to shade yourself from the blistering sun or as an over-shoulder wrap for chilly nights.

Dinosaur pashmina: black on sandLooking for something a little warmer? We also have our Dinosaur Bones Scarf printed on regular weight pashminas too.  Shown here in black on sand, with many more colors available in the cart.

Now you can impress necks of the hautest science fashionistas and natural history buffs. Perfect gift for the paleontologist, science teacher, geology major or anyone who loves and appreciates natural history.

Dinosaur neckties

Looking for our Dinosaur Neckties?  Of course we still have those! Choose easy to care for vegan-friendly microfiber or 100% silk.

Dinosaur Bones bow ties

Have a dapper paleontologist in your life? Bow ties are cool! (And even cooler with dinosaurs fossils on them.) Find them right here in our freestyle and adjustable "real" bow tie style - the kind you tie yourself.

father and son dinosaur ties

And finally - we know there are budding, wee tiny fossil hounds out there - why not be the coolest kid in school with a Dinosaur Bones clip-on tie? Match an adult to truly level up the adorbs!

Dewey Decimal Classification for Literature scarf! October 11, 2015 14:33

We've got a fancy new scarf for all you lovers of libraries and literature!

Dewey Decimal Scarf, classification for Literature. By Cyberoptix

Shown here first in black print on silver linen-weave pashmina, our book scarf printed is with the 800 series of Dewey Classification. The 800 number series classifies American Literature, English Literature, American Poetry, Philosophy, Rhetoric, Essays, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and so much more!

Dewey Decimal Literatur scarf, by Cyberoptix

Literature Scarf, shown in black print on sand regular weight pashmina.

Adapted from an 1876 text by American librarian and educator Melvil Dewey, this early system for library classification would later become the "Dewey Decimal System" we all know and love! 

Black Dewey Decimal for Literature ScarfShown in pale grey on black linen weave pashmina.

Mr. Dewey was also pushing for new ways of simpler, shorthand phonetic spelling to be used in the library sciences, even going so far as to legally change the spelling of his own surname. Though never adopted - you can see examples of his rather creative and quirky spelling ideas here on this scarf.


Dewey Decimal pashmina, bundled around the neck

Delight your favorite librarian, library science student, book lover, author, writer or poet with this perfect literary gift! We also have an accompanying necktie and pocket square coming very soon, so stay tuned Lit Lovers!

Hand Crafted Beer Scarves and Ties for Craft Beer Lovers August 31, 2015 10:52

beer pashmina by cyberoptix

Attention ladies, gents, beer lovers, scarf lovers and especially you necktie haters! Our much-loved Beer Tie finally has a proper matching pashmina scarf friend. Made with so much more hoppy and wheaty graphic for you, our new and very, very improved Beer design is now sized especially for our scarves. With the print measuring 16"x 25" at one end, it is sure to elegantly catch the attention of all hops fanatics as far as the eye can see. Shown above, sage on golden olive linen-weave pashmina.

While Oktoberfest is about to get into full swing, we know that repping your love for beer still must happen year round, and in all climates, so we offer this scarf in two weights: our all-season linen-weave pashmina shown here in sage on espresso brown (and of course tons more colors too because that's what we do! ) and our traditional weight, a bit fuzzier and warmer, pashmina below.  Like Beer itself, our scarves are enjoyed by both women and men. Our print and scarf colors echo the natural colorway of the hops plant itself, the sudsy elixir it provides, and the bottles that give it it's glassy home.


Traditional weight Beer Pashmina in a brand new scarf color: espresso on citrine ($44).

Traditional weight Beer Pashmina in sage on moss ($44).

Still after our Beer tie?  Of course we have those too!  Our beer ties are available in microfiber (non-silk), 100% silk, and while we don't recommend putting beer in sippy cups, they're perfect for junior groomsmen in beer-themed weddings, so we also have this design in kid size clip-on ties too!

For the ultra dapper set, you can get your Hops and Wheat fix in our self-tie (the "real" tying kind) bow ties, chic coordinating pocket squares, self-tie ascots and silk scarves too.

Need a custom color to match your wedding party or brewpub's theme?  Of course we can do that too!  head on over to our customizations page where you can get our Hops and Wheat print in 74 fabric colors, over 100 printing ink colors. Anything is possible for just $5 more. How cool is that?

Geek Chic Alert! Irresistible Resistor Inspired Ties and Scarves. August 24, 2015 15:05

There's no place like ohm, there's no place like ohm.... Resistance is futile! Who said engineers can't dress? We have lots of love for engineers and all things science, we place no value on that silly statement. The Electronic Color Code is used to indicate the values or ratings of electronic components, for resistors, capacitors, inductors, and more. The electronic color code was developed in the early 1920s by the Radio Manufacturers Association.

We're offering this design in both vegan-safe microfiber and 100% silk neckties. Value shown: 3.1k ohms, 5% tolerance. Orange, brown, red, gold stripes with pale copper tie fabric.

To those who don't know, when seeing these ties and scarves in action, it's a nifty stripe pattern. To those who do, it is perfect minimalist geekiness. How can you resist...these are irresistible!

Not a tie fan?  Fear not, we have plenty of scarves too!
3.1k ohm code on our camel color linen-weave pashmina - What is "linen-weave" anyway?  Linen-weave is very similar to a traditional pashmina scarf, but with more of a linen-like, woven texture, probably more suited to all-season wear.  We personally like the feel of these newer scarves a little better, but as always, we offer the linen-weave and regular weight in nearly all of our designs.

Looking for something a little warmer?  We offer the Resistor print in our traditional weight pashmina too! Shown here in sky blue.

A Ballsy New Design From Cyberoptix. August 5, 2015 12:44

Finally we're making some designs with balls. What?? Where is your mind?!! We're not being crass! We're talking about BASEBALL here! Our national past-time. Hot summer days! Cold beer! Hot dogs! All things right with the world!

Our Baseball Stitching printed design works well on just about any tie shape, so we're pleased to be able to offer neckties for Major League dads as well as his Little League counterparts.

Microfiber baseball neckties for adults and easy-care clip-on ties for kids, $36. 100% silk ties for adults in standard and narrow width, $45.

More of a dapper, dandy type?  We've got you!

Baseball stitching bow tie, $40. Shown here in cream, we also have bright white, platinum, ivory and champagne available too.

Real baseballs go in your glove pocket, but these can go in any pocket!

Of course we have coordinating baseball pocket squares! ($21). Not feeling a necktie, this is a perfect way to show your sporting love in style. Perhaps you're a fan of other sports?  Check out our new section devoted wholly to all things sports-themed, from cycling to marksmanship to American football, we've got quite a selection going and have many more on the way! Please do let us know if there's any others you'd like us to consider.

Bandana Print Neckties & Bow Ties. New from Cyberoptix! July 29, 2015 14:54

We've got another new design for you! Our classic paisley Bandana Print is now available on neckties, bow ties and since response has been so great, soon to also be released on scarves and pocket squares. Such a simple piece of decorative cloth has quite a storied history through both fashion, counter-cultural symbol and it's use as a utilitarian item. We've reworked the square bandana shape so it can be donned for both fun and the most formal events.

Original illustration based on old-timey bandana patterns. Hand-screen printed as always in our Detroit studio.

As seen in our self-tie Bandana Print bow ties, for an authentic bandana look, choose one of the classics: crimson, black, navy blue or red.

Feeling more fashion forward as seen on our silk Bandana Print tie examples? We have lots of great new purples - shown here is a white print on spiced wine and eggplant.

You can get creative with other colors too, as this design looks great in any color combo! Prefer a different tie fabric color or printing ink color than what is listed in our menu choices? YES we can do that!!!  We'll be posting a lot more examples for you to see as soon as they're ready. This design looks great in just about any colorway under the sun, from bold and contrasty to subtle tone-on-tone -- they're perfect for groomsmen and wedding parties. You can have the colorway of your dreams for just $5 more!

NEW: d20 dice neckties, bow ties and scarves. Geek Week continues! July 23, 2015 10:04

Just when you think you can't make a design any nerdier...or a pun any more bad? We're here for you with our new d20 dice neckties, d20 bow ties and for the non-tie lovers, we also have d20 pashmina scarves! You can choose each in classic red or just about any color you can imagine. We'll be debuting them in person this Saturday at Maker Faire Detroit at The Henry Ford Museum.

Not attending Maker Faire or not in Detroit? They're all up on our web shop at the links above and below, instant gratification right to your doorstep!

Show your love for gaming wherever a ties is required with our new d20 dice neckties in microfiber: $30, or on 100% silk ties, $45.

d20 bow ties, $40, will be a critical hit at even the most fancy, formal events!

Need to keep that neck warm or have no love (boooo) for the tie shape?  We have d20 linen-weave pashmina scarves! $44

New Design Alert! Op Art Lines & Triangles. June 10, 2015 14:40

Introducing our brand new Op Art neckties - converging triangles geometric silkscreen print tie, available in both microfiber and silk.

Hi. The future called, your ties are ready! We've photographed a few of our favorite color combos, but this pattern works well in just about any colorway you can possibly imagine, from bright tone-on-tone schemes, classic neutrals to even seemingly jarring colors.

Here are just a few color examples, L to R: dark salmon on eggplant, radiant orchid on pink, butter on saffron, red on aqua, sage on dark teal, cornflower on peacock, pale grey on gunmetal, taupe on driftwood, dove grey on black.

This print extends very, very high up on the tie, approx. 24" from the bottom point; perfect to be seen from under a vest or jacket.

Dirtybird x Cyberoptix Collaboration April 16, 2015 13:36

We're so, SO excited to have worked on a collaborative project with one of the best labels on planet earth: Dirtybird!

Dirtybird has long standing ties with Detroit; both the founder and label manager are from the area.  We can't wait to meet up with them during the Movement festival in Detroit, as we loving call it "Techno Christmas!"

You can see the black Dirtybird x Cyberoptix linen weave scarf on their product page right here.