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The Last Shirt on EarthBy The Last Shirt on Earth
First created
The Last Shirt on EarthBy The Last Shirt on Earth
First created
$13,486
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
146
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, October 15 2016 8:07 AM UTC +00:00

About

    

   

Not Just Another Premium T-Shirt

I think a "premium" t-shirt should be more than a brand name and expensive tags. That's why we reengineered our t-shirt from the ground up, giving it a dual-layer weave and sourcing the very best organic cotton. It’s all part of a meticulous process to create a soft yet durable t-shirt that’s not only premium... but the best t-shirt you’ll ever own.

    

    

 

Most t-shirts are made with a single layer of cotton, having a rough side and a smooth side. We designed ours with two delicate pieces of high thread count Supima cotton knit together, leaving the softest part of the fabric on both the inside and the outside of the t-shirt.

Not only does this create a shirt that is extremely comfortable to wear, but it resists stretching out or shrinking.

   


   

In an extensive study, polymer and fiber engineer, Yehia Elmogahzy, Ph.D, measured how Supima stacks up against both ordinary cotton as well as extra-long staple cotton.
   

The results after 50 cycles of washing and drying were:

  • Supima had the least thickness change and best dimensional stability.
  • 25% to 50% less pilling than other types of cotton.
  • Fewer micro-tears, which can decrease softness and durability.
  • Supima was proven to last much, much longer.

       

    

Until you feel one of our shirts in your hand, it’s hard to imagine how smooth the fabric is, so we did the next best thing. We took a picture at 60x magnification of one of our white shirts, vs. a brand new white shirt from another company to show you the difference.

    

RELAXING: Whether you're on your cell or simply enjoying the view, our shirts will feel like you're going bareback. No scratchy tags, just that perfect combination of softness and weight.

 

 

    

GOING TO WORK OR GOING OUT: Our soft and smooth tees are 100% organic Supima. They breathe well and look great, an excellent choice to wear on their own or as an undershirt.

 

 

    

Exercising: Our rugged dual-layer design can withstand a tough workout.

 

     

    

 

We asked some regular people to try on our shirts and tell us what they thought. See below their unscripted opinions.

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Musician and model, Bailee Moore, is our newest fan.
Musician and model, Bailee Moore, is our newest fan.

 

With so many t-shirts made from synthetic fibers, it’s good to be reminded why cotton has long been the mainstay material for t-shirts.

1. Cotton is a natural fiber. It’s been grown and woven into cloth since 3,000 BCE. Polyester and rayon are often listed among the “worst” fibers you can wear because of the toxic nature of their creation process.

2. Cotton breathes better than synthetic fibers. It also draws heat away from the skin during the summer while providing insulation during colder months.

3. Cotton is naturally hypoallergenic. And unlike many synthetic fibers, cotton does not irritate the skin.

4. Cotton ages well. While most other fibers begin to look and feel old after a number of washes, cotton actually gets softer over time, and a high quality cotton, like Supima, is able to retain much of its appearance with less stretching out and pilling.

5. Cotton is environmentally friendly. It is sustainable, renewable, biodegradable and looks a heck of lot better than a field of factories churning out synthetic fibers. Not to mention the annual cotton crop has the same carbon impact as removing 7.25 million passenger vehicles from the roads.

The only knock against cotton is that it shrinks more than man-made fibers. We pre-shrink our t-shirts, so that it comes ready to wear. Over time, you might get mild shrinkage, but Supima resists shrinking compared to inferior cottons.

 

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Here in the states, we have the opportunity to watch over the manufacturing process from beginning to end and ensure the best materials and processes are in place. We have the added benefit of knowing our shirts are made by hardworking American men and women who not only make this their job, but their livelihood.

 

After the campaign we will send you a survey to ask for your reward choices and shipping address. Choices will include:

  • T-Shirt Size    –  Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, XXL
  • T-Shirt Fit       –  Regular Fit or Slim Fit
  • T-Shirt Color  –  True Blue, Soft Black, Cotton White, Brick Red, Ancient Concrete

Estimated retail price of a shirt: $42 each - Kickstarter pricing below. 

 

  • At $100,000 we’re expanding your color choices, giving you eight in all.
  • At $250,000 we’re giving you three backer-voted designs you can add onto our crew cut shirts for only $3 more.
  • At $500,000 decide between our super soft Supima or the stylish “slub” Supima option.
  • At $1,000,000 have the ability to choose a v-neck t-shirt (regular fit) option.

    

THANKS FOR READING. Time for us to get back to work in our soft as puppies t-shirt. We hope to send you one soon.

 

 

Are your shirts really bulletproof? No. As we say in the video, these are probably the most resilient t-shirts you will ever own. They resist stretching out, tearing and even puncturing, but they are obviously not indestructible.

Why are the shirts not more expensive? After all, aren’t we making the best t-shirt in the world? The truth is, most companies’ primary objective is to make more profit. That’s why they offshore the product to low-cost countries and then mark the shirts up four to five times before they hit the shelves. Our goal is simply to make a great t-shirt while bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. We could live with small margins on Kickstarter in order to get this shirt made. Not only do we want to share with you what a great shirt feels like (trust me, you’ll never go back), but we make it in a way that is better for the country and better for the environment.

How do I pick my color and size (and any stretch goal options)? When the campaign is concluded, you will receive a survey. In the survey, you will get to pick all your options. If you ordered multiple shirts, you can select your options on a per shirt basis (so if you want one medium brick red t-shirt and one soft black large t-shirt, you can do that).

How long until we get our shirts? Unlike most t-shirt companies, we don’t keep inventory and we don’t rebrand another company’s t-shirts. We meticulously source every part of the process, all the way down to the cotton itself. And instead of dying our shirts in enormous vats, we go through a small batch process ensuring better, longer lasting t-shirts. We’re estimating the shirts will arrive the first part of 2017, but I promise to keep our backers in the loop along the way.

What’s the chance we back this product and the shirt doesn’t get made? Look, we’re not talking about some high tech product that we haven’t quite put together. We have made the product in batches and know our vendors and costs. If we meet our goal, I can tell you with confidence that you’ll receive your product.

If I love the shirt you send me, can I purchase more at a later date? Maybe. This project really is about my passion to make a great t-shirt in America and not to necessarily start a new company. As much as I would like to keep people permanently employed, the apparel market is extremely hard to crack. Now if everyone loves a great t-shirt as much as I do, and tells their friends and family and enemies and neighbors, we might continue, but for now I am focused on this Kickstarter campaign. 

What if my shirt arrives damaged? Supima cotton is extremely resilient and unlikely to arrive damaged, but we will create some amount of extra inventory just in case.

What if I order the wrong size? After everyone has received their shirts and damaged goods are replaced, we will be happy to replace any shirts ordered in the wrong size until inventory is depleted.

How heavy of a t-shirt will this be? We like to think of this as a mid-weight t-shirt. Probably heavier than most of the shirts in your drawer, but not what one would consider especially thick. Our intention is for the shirt to have enough substance that you can wear it on its own, even on a somewhat chilly day, yet thin enough to keep under a button-up shirt or sweater without feeling too warm.

Are your shirts completely organic? The cotton fabric used to make our shirts is 100% organic and grown in the USA, though non-organic dyes and threads are part of the production process. We do try to be as eco-friendly when possible. For example, all parts of the manufacturing remains in the U.S., thus saving shipping fuel, and our packaging is biodegradable. And of course we’re building a long-lasting shirt that won’t be going to the landfill anytime soon. So while we cannot claim to be a fully organic product, our shirts are very environmentally friendly.

Proud Member of: http://kickingitforward.org

 

Risks and challenges

The last 8 months have been spent testing the production process. Hundreds of feet of fabric have been produced and scores of t-shirts have been sewn, dyed and finished.

During this time we found the biggest challenge we face is coordinating production from seed to shirt. Unlike some companies, we're not contracting out the entire process to a single supplier. We source each part of the production, with every supplier having its own schedule and timeline.

While we do not anticipate delays or issues, there may be production bottlenecks depending on the volume of shirts our backers wish us to produce. We promise no matter the difficulties we face to keep our backers in the loop along the way.

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