We are SO grateful to you! Any funds above our goal will be directed to helping us open a storefront in the near future!
To everyone who has pledged to or shared our project, we thank you so much for all your support! We have proven collectively as a community and beyond that this is a viable market, and more importantly, that there is a NEED for this market. We look forward to showing you our Ready-to-Wear suits, shirts, and accessories on our website in 2015 at www.sharpesuiting.com.
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all the Press outlets who have supported our project, we are grateful that our mission is being shared with the world! Check out all of our press here and this latest article from The Huffington Post:
As promised, we will be donating three Sharpe suits in different sizes to the Los Angeles LGBT Youth Center. Thanks to all of you for making this happen!!
This is just the beginning, and we have so much to look forward to. Most of all, STAY SHARPE.
Love & Gratitude,
THE SHARPE GROUP
At Sharpe Suiting we are empathically aware that there is nothing more empowering than feeling 'sharpe' in what you wear. Feeling fashion-forward in clothes that fit can make you stand taller, act bolder, and genuinely feel more confident.
In less than a year of business we have custom-made over 100 suits for a diverse group of clients in our local LGBTQ community, particularly those who identify as butch, androgynous, trans men, genderqueer, tomboys, and anyone who is “masculine of center”. Using both detailed fitting notes and andropometrics, our trademarked formula for better measuring our specific clientele, we have analyzed and cataloged all of our data to formulate a new user-friendly sizing chart (see below), a fit system truly built around the community for which it was designed.
Check out some of our custom suits here: http://www.sharpesuiting.com/look-book
Starting out with custom suiting allowed us to listen to the needs of our clients and community. We offer a jean cut pocket option on our pants to minimize the hip area, a smaller collar and cuff on our dress shirts, and a proportionately better fitting bow-tie for a wide range of neck sizes. Armholes were raised and dropped, seams were taken in or let out depending on our client's desires, body types, and how they identify. These were just some of the needs and wants of the community and how Sharpe addressed it.
Using these compiled measurements and client feedback, we have streamlined the design of our progressive new Ready-to-Wear line. We are now ready to launch into the next phase of our business and bring Sharpe Suiting to the world. Your pledges will help us bring our Ready-to-Wear line to production, develop an e-commerce platform to make queer-friendly clothing available to anyone in the world, and spread the word via marketing outlets.
In the past queer fashion businesses like ours were told, “there aren’t enough of us to demand this type of high-end product.” Here at Sharpe we believe the fashion world can be both inclusive and exclusive. We believe we can successfully and collectively bring this to the mainstream in the near future, or at least to our community until the rest of the world realizes what they're missing.
You have done your part in the last few years to contribute to the queer fashion revolution by supporting these other like-minded companies. By continuing your support you can help this once niche market expand into a substantial corner of the fashion world.
Artist and activist Kate Bornstein said, “Fashion is a proclamation or manifestation of identity.” Thank you to the community who has served as our models and ambassadors and who has so open-heartedly trusted us to reimagine the possibilities of a brand made to fit you. Thank you for making us a part of your identity proclamation.
The conversation has only just begun, the spark just ignited.
Welcome to your Runway!
Scroll down the Sharpe runway to see all of our rewards! Everything from Ready-to-Wear to custom suiting to locally, handmade ties and Tool Rolls. We’ve partnered with many other local queer businesses to offer ONE OF A KIND GIFTS. And yes, you will probably notice a theme to the rewards, one that is reflective of our Los Angeles community, just like Sharpe. Every donation gets us collectively closer to revolutionizing the fashion industry. No donation is too small. (Or too big!)
'MAVERICK' REWARD: Sharpe sock garters! Don’t get caught with a droopy sock on a first date! These handsome sock garters not only say I like to keep things tight, but I also don’t mind getting a little loose.
'THE BACHELOR' REWARD: Sharpe 100% cotton boxers. Nothing beats the comfort of crisp, clean, cotton boxer shorts. Perfect for lying around the house, walking the dog, or just feeling Sharpe through and through. Sizes S, M, L, XL
'KING OF THE HILL' REWARD: Sharpe combed cotton 50/50 baseball tee. Even if you didn’t play ball in high school, we are sure you’ll enjoy the soft, relaxed fit of our Sharpe baseball tee. Sport it in the club, at the game, or just slide into it at home. Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL. Miles is wearing size Medium.
*Please refer to tshirt sizing charts below and msg us your size if selecting as a reward.
'CHEERS' REWARD: Comb bottle opener AND Sharpe baseball tee! Meet America's Next Top Bottle Opener. Crack open a bottle of your favorite beverage and comb that dapper ‘do all with one awesome tool. This one of a kind steel comb made in collaboration with The Old Familiar Comb Company will definitely make a statement at your next BBQ or weekend getaway. We'll throw in a Sharpe baseball tee as a bonus!
'FULL HOUSE' REWARD: Sharpe baseball tee, sock garters and 100% cotton boxers. Score! You’re a real heavy hitter. (and a secret expert outfit planner). Stay Sharpe from top to bottom!
'SCANDAL' REWARD: Ladie's Swag Bag w/ designer chocolate! 100% cotton boy briefs, Sharpe baseball tee, and designer sweets (Chocolate Peanut Butter Bots or Money on Honey) by local Droga Chocolatier all in one awesome tote bag. A perfect gift for any lady friend, or fine if you just want to keep it for yourself. (Scandal!)
'BOW-NANZA' REWARD: Sharpe 'Dapper Diamond' bow-tie (LIMITED EDITION!) One of three ties made from innovative patterns specifically designed for female-bodied fit. Hand-made locally in collaboration with Gold Coast Goods. Get 'em before we run out of this exclusive fabric!
GET SMART REWARD 1: SHARPE READY-TO-WEAR DRESS SHIRT. 'The MANdarin'. One of three Ready-to-Wear shirts we’ve designed to fit masculine of center bodies better. Nothing looks smarter than black and white pinstripe and a shirt that FITS. (Who needs a collar really?)
MACGUYVER: THE Man Bag. (LIMITED EDITION!) 100% waxed canvas Tool Roll, made in collaboration with Los Angeles-based Robinson ABC. You'll be well-equipped for any situation with our Sharpe boxers, comb bottle opener, custom hanky, and tool wrench. Even though it's the best Butch Bag To Go, it's great for make-up artists, tailors, or anyone who wants to transport goods AND be ready for the Apocolypse. Think Sons of Anarchy meets the Dykes of Hazard!
GET SMART REWARD 2: SHARPE READY-TO-WEAR SHIRT. 'White Collar Baller'. One of three Ready-to-Wear shirts we’ve designed to fit masculine of center bodies better. A classic look with a twist. Whether you're in the board room, at the water cooler, or just ready to get all Office Space on that printer, you can still look smart and Sharpe.
'BOW-NANZA' REWARD: Sharpe 'Blue Bandana' bow-tie (LIMITED EDITION!) One of three ties made from innovative patterns specifically designed for female-bodied fit. Hand-made locally in collaboration with Gold Coast Goods. Simple, clean, with a bit of an old skool lean.
'BOW-NANZA' REWARD: 'The Skinny' neck tie (LIMITED EDITION!) One of three ties made from innovative patterns specifically designed for female-bodied fit. Hand-made locally in collaboration with Gold Coast Goods. A modern twist on a popular classic!
GET SMART REWARD 3: SHARPE READY-TO-WEAR DRESS SHIRT. ''Back-to-School button-down". One of three Ready-to-Wear shirts we’ve designed to fit masculine of center bodies better. Even if you are nerdy by nature, you can still hang with the cool kids in this classic Sharpe button-down. Comes with special pen pocket feature so your 'pens' won't fall down in your pocket anymore! #NERDALERT
TWIN PEAKS REWARD: READY-TO-WEAR TWO-PIECE SIGNATURE SHARPE TUX. A tux for any occasion. Featuring slimmer, satin peak lapels and double lapel buttonhole detail. Wear it to the Gayla, a wedding, or just with a t-shirt. It's okay to get a little weird when you look this Sharpe.
MAD MEN REWARD: READY-TO-WEAR 2-PIECE GREY TAPERED-LEG SUIT. Close the deal in this modern 100% wool, slightly tapered-leg suit with double besom ticket pocket detail. Spice it up with a colored pocket square or bow-tie. A good grey suit will get you EVERYWHERE.
THE FALL GUY REWARD: 100% WOOL READY-TO-WEAR OVERCOAT. Satin-lined with inside pockets. Our overcoats are constructed in a more modern topcoat style, ending slightly above the knee or lower thigh. Smooth on the outside and both warm and cool on the inside. Perfect for a NY or even an LA 'winter'.
MOD SQUAD REWARD: READY-TO-WEAR HOUNDSTOOTH BLAZER w/ contrast black collar. Be the BOSS in this modern throwback to the dapper dudes who revolutionized fashion with rad plaids, slim lapels, and contrast collars. You can order a matching slack separately as a custom option if you want the whole get-up!
THE FALL GUY REWARD: 100% WOOL READY-TO-WEAR OVERCOAT. Satin-lined with inside pockets. Our overcoats are constructed in a more modern topcoat style, ending slightly above the knee or lower thigh. This coat features a velvet contrast collar with rich 100% wool herringbone fabric. Stylish and textured for any city or climate.
Check out all of our rewards in one easy-view chart!
How to measure for Ready-To-Wear:
We have developed a whole new sizing structure that we found fit our custom suiting clients better and which we are using to develop our Ready-to-Wear line. (If you'd like to see some samples of our custom suits for reference, please look here: http://www.sharpesuiting.com/look-book/)
It's easy! All we need to know is your 1.Top (bust) size 2.Bottom (seat) size 3.Length size. Have a friend or local tailor help you use a measuring tape and follow the easy instructions in the photos above. You may measure in cm or inches, whichever you prefer!
Sharpe's User-Friendly Sizing Chart:
Sharpe Baseball Tee sizing chart (Men's/ unisex sizing):
Ladies Swag Bag/ boy briefs sizing chart:
*Please feel free to msg us here or email us any questions regarding sizing, measurements, and rewards. We are happy to answer! email@example.com
We appreciate everyone for listening to our story and all of your donations and shares thus far. Every little bit helps. Power in numbers, power in community~ Now let's collectively rewrite fashion history!
Risks and challenges
Our new sizing chart is formulated to fit you based on over 100 of our local clients who have purchased custom dresswear from Sharpe. Our sizing chart is a whole new standard fashion experts on our team have developed for our community. Order a Ready-to-Wear shirt with ease, but feel free to return it for another size if it doesn't fit you just right. In the event that our Ready-to-Wear clothing item does not fit you, we are happy to make a more customized fit at an agreed upon price level. Aside from exchanges, refunds can be processed if you are not absolutely happy.
*Please feel free to email us any questions regarding sizing, measurements, and rewards. We are happy to answer! firstname.lastname@example.orgLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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