About this project
Inspired by african tribes, positive vibes and 90's street culture.
Zulu Zion presents you socks that are designed to bring a combination of vivid colors and unexpected patterns - stepping away from the traditional stripes and polka dots,away from the classic navy blue and the 'always safe' black. Zulu Zion is stepping into the world where people are not afraid of colors and patterns are their means of communication. Zulu Zion is stepping into Africa, where we find inspiration to create and design - for you, for us.
1. BOLD, VIBRANT COLORS
When designing the socks, vibrant colors were the only option we would consider for production. The whole Zulu Zion positive vibe can only be expressed with the use of such vivid colors – dullness and darkness just didn't fit the equation.
2. GRAPHIC PATTERN
This is what sets our socks apart from the rest. We sourced our inspiration in african tribes, 90's hip hop cultural and fashion movement and reinterpreted these into our own designs. We wanted to step away from the stripes, squares and polka dots and create something different, unexpected but still fashion forward.
3. PREMIUM QUALITY - 100% MADE IN EUROPE
All of our socks are made from quality materials – we use Italian thread which is a synonym for quality at its best.
Because they are made from quality and as-natural-as-possible materials, our socks will last you a long time and will not rip after just few wears.
5. FASHION FORWARD
Zulu Zion sock wear is created for people that feel confident in their style and give attention to details when choosing their outfit. For those that appreciate a quality design and don't mind setting themselves apart from the crowd. We want you to show off our socks - roll up your jeans and let the world see that style start's from the feet up.
Are you ready to see the awesomeness you will be getting in your mail, just weeks after your pledge? Here goes…
The radest of them all, you will get to choose your favorite pair from the collection.
In collaboration with an illustrator Meta Wraber we created an exclusive Kickstarter design T-shirt. The design is silk screen printed on 100% cotton T-shirts.
In collaboration with the multi-talented Ada Hamza, we created custom leather backpacks in Zulu Zion color scheme and used the patterns as the lining.
In collaboration with MURKSLI Customboards, we created a long board that not only cruzes smoothly, but looks damn good too. Made of high quality local wood it features a custom Zulu Zion design.
Looks great and can't wait to hit the PLEDGE button, but what can I get for my money, right? Let's sum it up for you.
As two creative people with a lot of ideas on their minds, we knew we would one day start something that will move us one step away from being just an idea we had in our head. After working for several years on commercial graphic design and various projects, Miha finally decided it was time to stop doing what he was doing at that moment, and start working on fulfilling his creative needs. We talked about making socks several times before, but it always stayed at the idea stage, never really moving any further than that.
See, we are both fans of colors and graphic prints – but when it comes to socks, we were both buying something that was either colorful or had an interesting pattern – but rarely was the case that we found a sock that offered both. And quite frankly, we were sick of choosing between stripes or polka dots. So we decided to create socks that we wanted to wear. Socks that we envisioned and wanted to make reality. Having moved to the country side, we immediately jumped in action.
We were lucky to have found a family-owned factory that produced socks for over two generations, just minutes away from our new flat. How destined was that, right?
We quickly started sketching and searching for inspiration. We found out we listened to a whole lot of african music, and so we searched for african tribes and immediately got immersed in their culture of clothing and paternity.
We are both also huge fans of the early 90's street culture and listen to a lot of old school hip hop, jazz and african music - all of this served as an inspiration when designing the Zulu Zion sock wear line and forming the brand identity you see in our campaign.
We love the community Kickstarter has built and have a great respect for all backers. We feel every much psyched about your pledges as you do and we can't wait to deliver some awesome socks to your feet. Because the world of apparel works on bulk quantities, the money raised with this campaign will be mainly used for two reasons:
1. to cover the costs of production of the 9 designs presented in the campaign and if the funding exceeds the initial goal,
2. we will be able to offer these designs in other color combinations, as currently we are limited in that matter. But just imagine what we could do if we would have threads in colors we really, really wanted? A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
But of course, we are not looking at this as a one-hit wonder. We have great plans for Zulu Zion in the near future. And with your help, we will be able to expand the sock wear line and offer a wide range of accessories along with it.
Yup! You would be sweet as candy corn if you would share our campaign with your friends and family – and don't forget to follow us on our great adventure via our social media.
A whole lot is needed for a campaign as we envisioned. And we couldn't have done it without these:
Video footage: Bright Visuals / Video montage: Miha Rolc
T shirt: Meta Wraber
Backpack: Ada Hamza
Longboard: Murksli Custom Boards
PR help: Katja Nared
Campaign advisor: Jurij Lozić
Business advisor: Peter Ružič
Web / Technical support: Studio 404
And all our family and friends for tremendous support!
Risks and challenges
Zulu Zion is in a way our first baby - we have been working on it for almost a year, perfecting every detail and making sure it fully represents us and all that Zulu Zion stands for. But in case you are wondering just how smooth the process will be once the campaign is finished, please see the timeline bellow:
CAMPAIGN SUCCESSFULLY FINISHED – YEEY!
Wait up to 20 days for funds to clear
Week 1: Backer survey (choose sizes/designs, provide mailing address, etc)
Weeks 2-9: Production
Weeks 10-12: Freight
Week 13: Final packaging and fulfillment of the pledges
Estimated shipping deadline is July 30th.
Please note that these dates are estimated deadlines – of course problems may occur, but we are in no worry. Actually, to be quite frank, we believe you will receive the socks much sooner. But just in case, let's make it July 30th.
We are working with a factory that is situated just minutes away from us,so the communication process for this campaign will run smoothly. The timing for production is very suitable for the factory also, as that is the season when they focus more on outside projects than on their own. They also have threads in the colors we need in stock, some more than others – but in case any of the thread seems to be low in stock, we will re-order it so that it arrives on time.
Of course we may meet with minor difficulties or obstacles on the road to producing and delivering socks to your doorstep, but we only see these as stepping stones for the future of Zulu Zion.
If you are not happy with the sock size you selected because it simply does not fit you, you will be able to exchange it for a different size.
If at any point, BEFORE your pledge has been shipped, you would like to change the sock size or your choice of sock design, you are able to do that – just contact us. No biggie.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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