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COLORFUL, VIBRANT, DETAILED. T-Shirts, Dresses, Tank Tops & Socks that feature the natural splendor of the Universe itself. Read more

Robbinsdale, MN Apparel
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COLORFUL, VIBRANT, DETAILED. T-Shirts, Dresses, Tank Tops & Socks that feature the natural splendor of the Universe itself.

Robbinsdale, MN Apparel
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About this project

We can now be found on our website, http://www.starstuffclothing.com

You'll be able to buy these shirts, dresses, tanks and socks from us directly as soon as August 2014. Come check us out!

We are Starstuff Clothing, and our mission is to be awe-inspiring. We design all-over printed clothing that feature incredibly vibrant colors and astonishing levels of detail. 

Our shirts are designed using REAL images of REAL celestial objects, and the unique printing process means that you can't feel the ink on the shirt -- the threads are literally dyed in the process, leaving a highly detailed print without any stiffness... and the colors never fade with washing.

Operating since mid-2013, we have had a limited initial run of shirts available through our website... and the response has been phenomenal!

So this raises the question...

We want to move production of our clothing in-house. We currently have to purchase our shirts in bulk from a printer, and it is hamstringing our business. In order to grow and reach our potential, we NEED to create our clothing ourselves. This is for several reasons. 

First, we want to offer a wider variety of designs. We currently are limited to what we can afford to stock through our supplier -- and even though we're selling shirts, we have to immediately turn around and put that money into new inventory of our existing designs. We can't make minimum orders of new designs and still have stock of all men's and women's sizes. 

Second, we want to offer our shirts in a variety of fits. Our supplier only prints shirts on a Basic Short-Sleeve cut for Men, and a Basic Slimfit cut for women. BORING! We want to offer our designs on Fashion Fit shirts and V-Necks, which is impossible through the existing supplier network out there. 

Third, we want to create DRESSES. Just as we can't get our designs printed in a Fashion Fit, we can't get our dress designs produced anywhere. In fact, we literally could not find anyone to produce PROTOTYPES on dresses -- it's just not something anybody is doing. We want to be innovative and take the All-Over print BEYOND shirts.

(shirt on left is real, dress on right is a mock-up)
(shirt on left is real, dress on right is a mock-up)

Finally, and most importantly, we want to make our clothing accessible. Because of the rarity of print shops offering sublimation services, and the relative high price of the process, we cannot offer our shirts at accessible prices. We currently sell our limited line of shirts for $49 -- and we hate that pricepoint. That's too much for a shirt, for a lot of people out there. We want to bring our prices down, and eliminating the middle man is the way to do it. 

So, without further ado, the designs! 

After pledging, you will have your choice of any of these designs. If you are getting a shirt, you will be able to pick your fit -- Fashion Fit V-Neck, Fashion Fit Crew Neck, or Basic Short Sleeve (comparison of fits shown at bottom of page). 

And don't forget -- these designs are all inspired by the REAL majesty of our Universe. Each shirt and dress comes with a small card describing the celestial object on your clothing, including the original source of the imagery and other neat bits of information. 

Click on any image to see a bigger version!

                             
                                                                            
             

**ADDED 5/19**

TANK TOPS are now available! This is the #1 request we've been getting since Day 1. We’ve looked into the costs and logistics, we've adapted the designs, and we’re good to go. They’re printed on 100% polyester 4.5oz American Apparel. They come in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL (Unisex).  

Tank Tops are available now at $29/each.

**ADDED 5/19**

Can you believe our second most common request was for socks? We checked out the options out there, and it looks like we can make this happen too. 

And if socks themselves weren't exciting enough already, we’re going to do something really crazy with it. Every sock printed is going to be unique. Not just from the sock it’s partnered with – from every other sock we’re ever going to make. We’re going to do this by essentially printing them at random, placing the blank socks randomly across the heat press before printing. Through random placements of the socks and random selection, placement and rotation of the image, we can generate an INFINITE NUMBER OF UNIQUE SOCKS. Quite fitting, given the seemingly infinite nature of our Universe.

The best part: Even though your socks are random, we are going to pair up socks from the same print runs. This means that while unique, your pair will definitely go together and have similar colors throughout. Here are some EXAMPLES of what you can expect these randomly unique pairs to look like:

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They are available in Training (11”), Crew (7”), and Short (3.5”) in Size A (Mens 9-13, Ladies 9-12), Size B (Mens 6-8, Ladies 6-9) or Size C (Mens 5-6, Ladies 4-6). As with the other rewards, we will get your size and length preferences after funding is complete. They have black heels and toes, which allows for a good sublimation print without white creases.

Socks are available now at $12/pair or $29/three pairs.

The shirts, tanks, dresses and socks are 100% polyester, as required by the sublimation printing process. They feel just as soft as cotton, particularly the lighter Fashion Fits. The colors will never fade, even after repeated washings. 

Men's and Unisex T-Shirts: S, M, L, XL, 2XL

Women's T-Shirt sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL

Women's Dresses sizes: S, M, L

Tank Top Unisex Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL

Sock Sizes: Training (11"), Crew (7"), Short (3.5") in Size A (Mens 9-13, Ladies 9-12), Size B (Mens 6-8, Ladies 6-9) or Size C (Mens 5-6, Ladies 4-6)

Once the Kickstarter is finished, you will be able to pick your design and desired fit. Here is a representation of the different T-Shirt fits and how they compare to one another:

The biggest differences are that the Fashion Fit tees are lighter (4.1oz fabric weight, versus 5.9oz for the Unisex Short Sleeve and 6.9oz for the Ladies Slimfit) and have a tighter, more tailored fit. If you're not sure which fit is right for you, consult the sizing chart at the bottom of the page for exact measurements.

One last thing -- sublimation printing leaves small white marks in some areas, particularly in the armpit area and along the seams. An example: 

We also believe that we can improve this even beyond where we're at now. These marks are representative of what is produced when both sides are printed at once. We intend to print one side at a time, increasing our ability to spot creasemarks and imperfections before the press is lowered. It will take us twice as long, but we expect a higher-quality end product. 

We have worked out precisely how much it will cost to move our production in-house. Here's the breakdown:

  • Large-Format Heat Press: $9,600
  • Large-Format Sublimation Printer: $4,500
  • Misc. Materials (printer cleaning kit, sublimation color profile / driver software license, etc.): $2,100
  • Projected costs of materials to fulfill pledges: $13,233
  • 10% Margin of Error (Wasted product, re-shipments, etc.): $2,943
  • Combined Kickstarter and Amazon fees (roughly 8.2% on average): $2,655
  • Total funds needed: $35,031

Luckily, we already have existing property where the equipment can be placed and operated, so there are no additional recurring costs (i.e. rent) associated with moving to in-house production.

If successful, this Kickstarter will complete on June 13th. Funds will take up to 2 weeks to be deposited to our account, per the Kickstarter FAQ. It will be an additional 2 weeks of delivery time for the large-format heat press, and everything else besides. We expect a full week of training on the equipment in order to produce a quality print on the shirts and dresses, with minimal white marks. 

All that time added up puts us at July 18th for actual fulfillment to begin. From that point, based on average print times, we are allotting a full month until the last reward has been fulfilled. We intend to ship as we produce, so that we can get your rewards to you as soon as possible. Based on these time tables, the first rewards will arrive in the third week of July and the last rewards by the middle of August.

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Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is the learning curve on the printing equipment. We have a fulfillment chain set up already from our existing website operation, so managing the large number of orders, packing and shipping will be a piece of cake. The printing itself, however, will be new to us. We are thoroughly familiar with the process itself, but we have never personally done sublimation printing.

In order to help address this challenge, we are purchasing our equipment from the most reputable, USA-based vendors. We picked the manufacturer of our budgeted heat press in part because they are well-known for having excellent, personal customer service on their equipment. The same can be said for the vendor who we are going to use for our printer -- getting good support on color profiles and other nuances of the trade is more important to us than the bottom dollar. We have also built a full week of training into our projected timeline so that we can perfect our process before producing the rewards.

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FAQ

  • YES, absolutely! When you click "Back This Project" it will ask you for how much you want to pledge. Simply add together the amount for the two reward levels you want, and enter that number. Then, when it asks you to select your reward, click the circle next to the higher priced of the two. We'll get the rest of the details from you in the post-funding survey.

    For International customers, you only need to add the International shipping ONCE. So even if you are combining for a shirt and dress package, only add $12 TOTAL for International shipping.

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  • If the Kickstarter is successfully funded, you will receive a survey in the days following its completion, tailored to your reward level.

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  • YES! Several of the designs wrap from the front to the back, around one side of the shirt / dress. The other designs have a mirrored front and back, so they connect perfectly at the seams.

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  • The images we use in our designs are sourced from a variety of space agencies, the most common being NASA (specifically the Hubble telescope). The source images are all used under attribution-required license. The specific source of your garment's image is included in the cool little card you'll get with each order, which describes the celestial object featured.

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  • The Fashion Fit shirts are lighter and tighter. They are made of 4.1oz spun polyester, as opposed to the heavier 5.9oz Basic Short Sleeve. Their measurements are also tighter across the board, from the chest to the sleeve openings to the waist.

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  • No problem! All you have to do is add the cost of your new pledge to your old one. You can adjust this under “Manage my Pledge” on the project home screen. We’ll get the full details of your multiple rewards in our post-funding survey.

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  • In this case, you only have to pay the International Shipping ONCE. If you are getting multiple rewards with different international shipping costs, use the higher one.

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  • The chest measurements listed for all garments are measured across the chest from armpit to armpit. You can simply double this number to get the full "circumference" measurement.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $1 or more

    35 backers

    FOLLOW & SHOUT OUT on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM! We'll also send you a high resolution DESKTOP BACKGROUND pack with 25+ HIGH RES backgrounds that are out of this world!

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    Pledge $12 or more

    54 backers

    ONE PAIR GALAXY SOCKS. Every sock printed is unique. Not just from the sock it’s partnered with – from every other sock we’re ever going to make. (Even though your socks are random, we are going to pair up socks from the same print runs. This means that while unique, your pair will definitely go together and have similar colors throughout.) FREE SHIPPING to USA. Add $9 for International.

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    Pledge $19 or more

    35 backers All gone!

    ONE SHIRT - TRENDSETTER. We want to give a special thank-you to our earliest backers with this below-cost price! Pick any one design and choose your shirt's fit. FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $29 or more

    250 backers All gone!

    ONE SHIRT - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL at a discounted price for early backers! Pick any one design and choose your shirt's fit. FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $29 or more

    45 backers

    THREE PAIRS GALAXY SOCKS. Every sock printed is unique. Not just from the sock it’s partnered with – from every other sock we’re ever going to make. (Even though your socks are random, we are going to pair up socks from the same print runs. This means that while unique, your pair will definitely go together and have similar colors throughout.) FREE SHIPPING to USA. Add $9 for International.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $29 or more

    93 backers

    ONE TANK TOP. Pick any design. FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $35 or more

    35 backers All gone!

    ONE DRESS - TRENDSETTER. We want to give a special thank-you to our earliest backers with this below-cost price! Pick any one dress design. FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $39 or more

    104 backers

    ONE SHIRT. Pick any one design and choose your shirt's fit.
    FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $49 or more

    80 backers Limited (170 left of 250)

    ONE DRESS - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL at a discounted price for early backers! Pick any one dress design. FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $55 or more

    50 backers All gone!

    TWO SHIRTS - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. Pick any two designs and choose your shirts' fits. FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $59 or more

    6 backers

    ONE DRESS. Pick any one dress design. FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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    Pledge $75 or more

    56 backers

    TWO SHIRTS. Pick any two designs and choose your shirts' fits. FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $89 or more

    12 backers Limited (38 left of 50)

    TWO DRESSES - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. Pick any two dress designs. FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $99 or more

    40 backers

    THREE SHIRTS. Pick any three designs and choose your shirts' fits. FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $109 or more

    1 backer

    TWO DRESSES. Pick any two dress designs. FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $149 or more

    0 backers

    THREE DRESSES. Pick any three dress designs. FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $249 or more

    4 backers

    ALL EIGHT SHIRTS, and choose your shirts' fits. FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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    Pledge $299 or more

    1 backer

    ALL EIGHT DRESSES. One of each design. FREE SHIPPING to USA included (add $12 for International shipping)

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Funding period

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