About this project
DJM by De Hoedenmaker!
This year De Hoedenmaker (The Hatter) celebrates its 25th anniversary by introducing the very first fashion collection for men that completely fits our range of hats and caps. A collection that has been inspired by the 17th century whaler hats that were dug up by archaeologists on the Island of AmsterdamØya (near Spitsbergen, Norway) in 1980.
We would like to establish our clothing collection with your help! In return you will experience at first hand the design- and production process, leading all the way up to our first fashionshow in January 2018 at the Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam.
What are we going to do?
The hat, which has been our specialty for the past 25 years, is not the final touch in this collection but the actual starting point. KnitwearLAB, Studio RYN and shoe designer René van den Berg are our partners. Together with them, but also with you, we are going to design and produce a men's fashion collection under the brand name DJM (Dirk-Jan & Marcel).
With DJM we bring a basis to every man's wardrobe. The collection will consist of 15 basic pieces of clothing, ranging from coats to shirts and from sweaters to trousers. They will be manufactured in 2 fabrics and 2 colours, which makes a total of 60 unique pieces. The collection will be season independent. All pieces can be easily combined, creating a timeless and ready-to-wear look.
Where does this great idea come from?
Over the years we served numerous customers in providing them with our beautiful handmade hats and caps. During that time we were frequently asked if we could provide a complete look matching their new hat or cap. With this collection we want to complete our range of hats and caps with matching fashion.
Our collection will be inspired by the cultural history of Amsterdam, whereby the time period of 1600 to 1800 A.D. has been of particular influence. We want to translate the beautiful fabrics of that period to modern day clothing. For our first collection 17th century whaler hats also inspired us. In 1980 archaeologists were investigating the graves of 185 Dutch men who had died on or near the Island of Spitsbergen. These men were whalers and workers at the tryworks. When opening the graves, the skeletons were still wearing their hats.
These hats were personal; by looking at the striped pattern people were able to recognize each other. Although the hats matched in shape and material, the pattern gave them a unique and individual design.
Inspired by these historical elements we want to combine our craftmanship and experience in hat design and fashion with the talents of our partners into our first ever DJM-collection to meet our customer's needs in providing a complete look. A timeless look with a hint of individualism captured in an easy to wear wardrobe for the every day modern man.
How can I join?
We want you to be part of the unique experience in creating a fashion collection! Your input will make our collection even more unique. Determine with us which pieces of clothing will become the basis of the collection and which fabrics and designs should definitely be included. Or be the first to view pieces of the collection during an exclusive sneak preview!
In order to make our anniversary even bigger we want to celebrate this design process with our investors. These are some special moments that you can join in:
Session 1: Experience the first brainstorm session with the artistic team of De Hoedenmaker
At the end of September we want to brainstorm about the collection together with you. A unique moment, because we will tell you how we will translate our inspiration into a collection and you get to think about and decide with us what the collection will look like. Just imagine that you can be present during this process!
Session 2: View the first mock-ups of the DJM collection
During the middle of October we will present to you the first mock-ups and, during a lovely lunch, we will tell you our success story; 'From Klarendal to Keizersgracht'. We would, for example, like to tell you about our top pieces that we designed for Viktor&Rolf, Tess van Zalinge and Danial Aitouganov among others.
Session 3: The very first sneak preview of the DJM collection
During the middle of November you can be the first person to see the very first pieces of clothing of the DJM collection in real life. Meet the people of KnitwearLAB, Studio RYN and shoe designer René van den Berg, and together we will toast our 25th anniversary in advance, as well as our first successful collection that will be presented at the Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam.
About De Hoedenmaker
We are Dirk-Jan Kortschot and Marcel de Leeuw of De Hoedenmaker. In 1992 Dirk-Jan started making hats after graduating and in 2010 we joined forces and started our company. With all of our experience, passion for the trade, as well as our drive we always deliver a high-quality product. In additition, we also feel very strongly about providing personal service to each of our customers. We literally want to improve the world. You will have more fun in your life when you meet people who suit you. It is therefore important to show people who we are and we do that by the way we present ourselves. Special milestones of De Hoedenmaker are: first place Creativity Award International Hat Design competition in Beijing, China, second place Hat Designer of the Year in London, England and the prize awarded by the public within the Dutch Hat Prize competition.
Where do we spend your money?
- purchase of fabrics
- make sewing patterns
- confectioning clothing
- developing knitted fabrics (scarves, hats, pullovers and cardigans)
- producing 3 kinds of shoes (sandal, low-boot and high-boot)
- organizing fashionshow
€1 or more: "Nothing in return!" I would like to support this project but do not need anything in return.
€10 or more: "I'm putting on my top hat!" You will receive a Thank You card from us.
€35 or more: "Chapeaux!" As a thank you for your contribution you will receive a beautiful DJM shopper bag from us (see photo).
€60 or more: "A feather in your hat!" As a thank you for your contribution you will receive a DJM knitted hat (see photo).
€85 or more: "Keep this under your hat!" As a thank you for your contribution you will get to meet De Hoedenmaker and spend the afternoon with us, brainstorming on the new collection (session 1).
€100 or more: At the drop of a hat we conjure up 2 VIP tickets for you to our show at the Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam in January 2018 and as an extra thank you for your contribution you also receive a goodie bag.
€250 or more: "If the cap fits, wear it!" Meet De Hoedenmaker and hear our story 'From Klarendal to Keizersgracht'. In addition, you get to see the first mock-ups of the collection and you also receive a DJM cap (see photo) as a thank you for your contribution (session 2).
€350 or more: "You can leave your hat on!" As one of the very first people you get to see the sneak preview of our DJM collection and you also receive 2 VIP tickets to our show in January 2018 (session 3)
€500 or more: "Home is where you hang your hat!" As a thank you for your contribution you not only get to meet De Hoedenmaker, but you also get to stay over at our Bed&Breakfast, as well have a look in the studio!
€750 or more: "Hats off to you!" You will receive 1 of our handmade triangle shaped felt hat with the Amsterdam Made quality mark (in green, brown or yellow).
€1000 or more: "Hold on to your hat!" Put together your own outfit and check the DJM collection online after the fashionshow (includes 3 pieces of clothing)
€1500 or more: "The tailor makes the man!" Put together your own outfit and check the DJM collection online after the fashionshow (includes 5 pieces of clothing)
Risks and challenges
Experience - After 25 years of experience for the both of us, Marcel as a visual merchandiser and salesperson and Dirk-Jan as a hat designer, bankemployee and teacher in hat making, we know how things work and what challenges we could face. We foresee the possible problems that could occur and we know how to deal with them. Next to that, we have a strong relationship with our partners. They support us in our mission.
Quality - We always want to deliver the best quality and that's why we have choosen our partners KnitwearLAB, StudioRYN and shoe designer René van den Berg. For example: recently we've got the Amsterdam Made quality mark for our handmade triangle felt hat!
Style/size/colour - After the project has been finished we will send you a form to fill in your required style, size and colour. We kindly ask you to fill in this form as soon as possible, so we can prepare your order immediately. As we don't want any delay in production.
Communication - We will keep you informed on the Kickstarter page of all developments and expected delivery dates.
Returns - As this is a crowdfunding campaign we are sorry to inform you that we unfortenately cannot take any returns. But we are sure you will be happy with the products you'll receive. Of course, if something went really bad, you can contact us and we'll find a solution together. Don't worry.
Video credits: Niels de Groot Promotionfilm
Top model: Martijn Berensen
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