About Us

Our Story:

Ann and Andrew at their Bedford, NY home and studio

Welcome to General Knot & Co., where creativity meets craftsmanship. Founded in 2010 by Ann and Andrew Payne, General Knot is the culmination of a shared passion for design and a love for unique textiles. Our journey began in art school, where we met and discovered our mutual dream of creating something truly special. With years of experience as design directors for fashion icons like Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and The Original Penguin, we decided to forge our own path and bring our vision to life.

Ann and Andrew Payne
During our Art School Days

Our Mission:

Our mission at General Knot & Co. is to create handcrafted accessories here in the U.S. that are as individual as you are. We believe in the power of storytelling through design, and every piece we make carries a history, a purpose, and a touch of nostalgia. Each collection is a limited edition, meticulously crafted to ensure that when you choose General Knot, you’re choosing something truly special.


Our Craftsmanship:

We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and dedication to quality. Every General Knot accessory is designed and manufactured in the USA, utilizing rare and vintage textiles we source from around the world. Our extensive experience in overseas factories and mills has shaped our approach to design and production, ensuring that every item we create meets the highest standards of craftsmanship. From our standout totes and travel bags to our distinctive neckties and makeup bags, each piece is made with care and precision.

Sustainability and Responsibility:

Sustainability is at the heart of what we do. By utilizing deadstock and vintage fabrics, we minimize waste and give new life to materials with a story to tell. Our commitment to ethical production practices and our small batch approach means that every General Knot item is not only unique but also environmentally conscious.

Our Collections:

  • Totes & Travel Bags: Crafted for life’s adventures, our bags are the perfect blend of function and style.

  • Neckties & Bow Ties: Elevate your wardrobe with our uniquely designed, handcrafted ties.

  • Makeup Bags: Stylish and practical, our makeup bags keep your essentials beautifully organized.

  • Small Leather Goods: Handcrafted Dog Collars, Keychains and Card Holders made with thoughtful details to last a lifetime.

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We invite you to become part of the General Knot family. Follow us on social media, sign up for our newsletter, and get the inside scoop on new collections, exclusive offers, and the fascinating stories behind our designs.

Visit Us:

Discover your next favorite accessory at www.generalknot.com. Thank you for supporting General Knot & Co. – where every piece is a celebration of individuality, American design & manufacturing.