the tie story


About Fly at risk

Hi! I'm Cheralyn. When I was four years old, my grandmother taught me how to sew. I started out by threading needles and making pretty ugly dolls out of scrap fabric, but the interest stuck.

Throughout my elementary and high school days, I found solace in creating, particularly using different types of textiles. When my accountant parents gently pushed me towards getting my degree in commerce at UBC, I knew I needed an outlet to pursue my interest in design. Towards the end of my first year of university, Fly at Risk was born. 

One day, I had the sudden itch to make a necktie - truly out of nowhere. I made 15 ties for my first market in April of 2014, and, to my surprise, was retailing in two stores in Gastown by June. Some of my highlights over the past few years include creating custom wedding ties for groomsmen, selling a necktie to Miley Cyrus (!) in 2015, and participating in my first out-of-city market at the Trinity Bellwoods Flea in Toronto, Ontario. 

In spite of my initial aversion to studying business, I have realized that I can use my education as a tool for positive social and environmental change. In January 2017, I committed to zero-waste production, utilizing all scrap material in secondary projects like pincushions and cards. Proceeds from these products have benefited the Clean Clothes Campaign, an organization that advocates for garment workers around the globe.

If you'd like to know more about Fly at Risk, please feel free to contact me at Want to follow along my tie-making expeditions? Check out my links below!