About this project
Our Original Collection of polos is the flagship of our brand. It represents our passion and creativity and it is the reason we're here. No stone has been left unturned in the designing and perfecting of our shirts, which is why we're so confident these shirts will be the first thing in your closet that you reach for on a Saturday afternoon.
On top of the great designs, our shirts set themselves apart from the crowd in a couple other ways:
Of course, no summer weekend is complete without a dependable hat. Whether you’re keeping the sun out of your eyes in an overly competitive game of wiffle ball or off your sunburnt neck during a long day of cornhole on the beach, summertime living requires a great lid. We don’t care if you wear it forwards or backwards, we just know the Classic Cap is as relaxed as you are and ready to take on the weekend head first. We've got three awesome color combinations for you to choose from:
Finally, life is about balance and we know that for every day you need something loud and fun, there’s a day you just want to lay low. For every night out on the town, there’s a subsequent morning when you just need to take it easy. The Knockdown T-shirt helps you do just that without sacrificing style or comfort.
Our Kickstarter goal is $9,000, which is enough for us to launch our store with an inventory of the first four designs you see here. In addition to those four, we have two additional Original Collection designs waiting to be released if you can help get us to the $12,000 milestone! Better yet, we have another two Original Collection designs waiting for release if we reach the $15,000 milestone! Don't worry about missing out on them if you are one of the early backers, you'll be able to choose from any of the eight designs when all is said and done.
"Let's rethink golf polos." - us, sometime in 2015
For the 60 hours a week when we can get away from our corporate jobs, we’re rarely more than an arm’s length from a good beer and great company. Whether it’s grilling out with friends or playing 18 holes, we don’t take any half measures on the weekends - so why should our shirts?
We're brothers who grew up playing golf on muni courses where we fell in love with the audacious polos of the 1990's. That's a large part of why we set out to design a line of new shirts for modern guys. We found ourselves day dreaming of the perfect polo: the comforts of performance fabrics with the bold and exciting patterns of the 90's. It turns out no one really makes that, so we decided to make our own. At first, it was just a couple patterns we drew up and made for ourselves. Soon a few more for some friends. Not long after that we had a name, a logo, and a real passion for designing and wearing these shirts.
More than two years in the making, Knockdown Nines is just our idea of making the world a little more fun. We wanted shirts that would make us smile and ended up with shirts that seem to make a whole bunch of other folks smile, too. We love that and we’re glad you’ve found us.
First, we tackled appearance. We found inspiration in everything from old family photos, to Bob Barker, to the 1999 Ryder Cup shirts, to patterns on tablecloths, shower curtains, wallpaper, and everything in between. Our designs have matured and evolved into the bold and vibrant designs you see here today and we've got a bunch more ideas we can't wait to show you once we're funded.
Next, we tackled feel. We reached out to over a dozen suppliers and tested more fabrics than we can count looking for just the right material. Our criteria? Breathable, lightweight, and durable. At long last, the perfect fabric showed up and we knew at first touch that it was exactly what we wanted - 95% bamboo, 5% spandex. It's as soft and lightweight as any performance polo out there, while carrying true, vibrant colors of our designs. Best of all, the colors don't fade and the shirts hold their shape wash after wash.
Finally, we perfected the fit. Over the last 8 months we've measured, remeasured, sewn, cut up, and resewn more variations of our shirt patterns than we can count. Every little detail has been considered to ensure this is the best fitting polo in your closet. We tinkered with each measurement until we arrived at a shirt we absolutely love to wear and we know you will, too.
We've come to Kickstarter first and foremost to begin building a network of supporters who are as excited about our shirts as we are. We're thrilled you've found us and we can't wait to share our success with you as we grow.
Second, Kickstarter will help us to raise the necessary capital to launch our e-commerce business. At this point, we, alone, do not have the capital to meet the setup costs and minimum order quantities of our supplier. Specifically, the tooling required to print each new design is prohibitively expensive as we get started.
With your help, we will be able to purchase an initial inventory of shirts and launch our online store with enough capital left over to continue advertising our products. Additionally, we'll use some of the funding to print new samples of our next batch of designs and ideas and expand our product line. We have big ideas and a great plan to carry them out.
Each of our manufacturers has proven capable of meeting timelines and demanding production schedules up to this point. We will have all of the Kickstarter orders in our possession within 6 weeks of receiving the funds from our campaign. We will then package and distribute the merchandise within two weeks, giving us a delivery date of the first of August.
Of course, this is based on order quantities that we are estimating based on our Kickstarter goal. If we are to largely exceed that goal it may take our suppliers longer to fulfill the order, but we will communicate that to each of our backers if that is the case. See the Risks and Challenges section below for more information about threats to this schedule.
Risks and challenges
If you've read this far, you already know the hard work that we've put into perfecting our shirts with you in mind. Despite all that, manufacturing comes with inherent risks, some of which are foreseeable and others that are not.
Our production companies are chomping at the bit to begin production of your orders and have shown they are equipped with the necessary resources to manufacture our products efficiently and accurately. We are fully prepared to focus our attention on fulfilling our Kickstarter orders starting the minute we meet our funding goal.
We've done everything we can to mitigate the risks we can foresee and validate the reputation and quality of our manufacturing partners, but all we can do about the unforeseeable is promise to be transparent.
With your choice to support us comes a promise from us in return - that we will be open and honest with you about any challenges or delays we may encounter in the coming months.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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