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Hi guys!

I'm creating a company, KOUZZA, which will make apparel with my designs available to people. Such an endeavor can take a lot of time (especially if you have a day job) and funds (which are sometimes scarce). Kickstarter provides me a priceless opportunity to involve people who like my designs into the company creation and development (and do it much faster). This is what's called crowd-funding - and I think it's one of the best social inventions of our time!

So how it works: you make a pledge (on the right of the page) and if the project is fully funded in the designated amount of time - we receive enough funds to start the first major production and you receive our thank you rewards - T-shirts which make you feel good :)  Also you receive all the project updates and thus can track the company development, which I am sure will be interesting!

If the project is not fully funded - nobody receives anything and we'll have to develop our company in a very SLOW way. And that will be not good. That's where your help becomes really important - if you liked my designs and made a pledge (or you liked my designs and didn't make a pledge, or you just want to help me but cannot afford it at the moment) - make sure you tell your friends about it - so the awesome supporting crowd will become bigger! You won't believe how powerful a word of mouth (or a written word) could be! One other REALLY important note - if you want to make a pledge - do it as early as possible. As at Kickstarter it is important to have as much backers as possible as early as possible to create a momentum and get noticed! You will be charged only after (and if) the project is fully funded.


How the funds are used

My goal is to create a company and the speed of this process will depend on the amount of your support. 12K is the minimal amount of money which I need to set up the screens for 10 designs (the more designs you have - the more money you need to print them), pay different additional fees (like online shop maintenance and different management stuff) and shipment costs and to print one or two new designs to start selling them at www.kouzza.com. That makes a first serious order for my business and jump-starts it.


Some info about the printing

To print the T-shirts I will use a well recommended and experienced company - so I'll be able to print in large quantities. I'm going to use the best available printing method for most and probably all T-shirts - it creates a print with practically no feel after the first wash and really stable at the same time. It's extremely soft and breathable. If this method will be not applicable to some of designs (as for this method the creation of screens is a bit different from the usual screens) - I'll go with the softest ink possible, so it will be really good as well. 

The reason why I don't have kid's styles for all the designs from the beginning (and have them only for two of the designs - see info below) is because printing on kid's sizes in most cases will require setting of a separate screen due to size difference - and I will not have enough funds to do it before the first stretch goal is reached.

We will send  a survey about which design, size and style for your reward T-shirt(s) you would like after the funding period is ended.

About the T-shirts used for printing

I was considering this question for really long time. American Apparel T-shirts seem to be the best quality by the customer reviews and different printers' recommendations. American Apparel doesn't have all the possible styles available - so I also chose other T-shirts from the other companies.

Update:

I received some questions about the possibility of adding XXL sizes to adult T-shirts, thought about it and decided to do it. It's a bit more expensive but I'll go for it! It's my goal to make you feel good :)

So for most of the designs I will use four styles:

Male American Apparel style #2001 (AA 2001)

Print sizes available: XS-XXL

http://store.americanapparel.net/fine-jersey-short-sleeve-t-shirt_2001 (and check out this video about this T on YouTube http://youtu.be/vlrhtz12iNc)

Female American Apparel Style #2102 (AA 2102)

Print sizes available: S-XXL
http://store.americanapparel.net/fine-jersey-short-sleeve-women-s-t_2102 (and the video on YouTube about this T http://youtu.be/S8ohA61xSHo)

Male/Unisex American Apparel Style #2456

Print sizes available: XS-XXL

http://store.americanapparel.net/fine-jersey-short-sleeve-v-neck_2456

And for girls who want a bit more feminine V-neck T unfortunately AA doesn't provide an option, so I decided to choose

Ladies Junior LAT 3607

Print sizes available: S-XXL (junior sizing for this T-shirt - so make sure you order at least one size up if you usually use adult sizing)

http://www.latsportswear.com/cgi-bin/livew/web/site.p?location=olc/product.p&product=3607&action=search&division=&category=&prb=&srb=&mill=&result=3607&brands=no&frames=no&target=main&sponsor=000001

For two designs the toddler shirts will be available (and male won't) Toddler Rabbit Skins 3321 T-shirt

Print sizes available: 2, 3, 4, 5/6

http://www.latsportswear.com/cgi-bin/livew/web/site.p?location=olc/product.p&product=3321&action=search&division=&category=&prb=&srb=&mill=&result=3321&brands=no&frames=no&target=main&sponsor=000001

By my experience kids who are bigger than size 5/6 are usually happy with adult Small sizes. Boys like it baggy and small female size is quite fine for girls.

So let's take a closer look at the designs :)

The Squirrel Chief

Squirrels are a big tribe, definitely they do have chiefs :)

T-shirts this design will be printed on: All adult styles and sizes from the list above

Air Balloon

You can be small, dreamy, fun and powerful :)

T-shirts this design will be printed on: All adult styles and sizes from the list above

Daisy

And sometimes you can be just dreamy :)

T-shirts this design will be printed on: All Female and Toddler styles and sizes from the list above

Kite Surfer

Well, I think kite surfers just need more feel good shirts :)

T-shirts this design will be printed on: All adult styles and sizes from the list above

Angler

If you are scary there is always somebody scarier.

T-shirts this design will be printed on: All adult styles and sizes from the list above

Windsurfer

And I think that windsurfers do need more feel good T-shirts as well :)

T-shirts this design will be printed on: All adult styles and sizes from the list above

Fish bones

This T-shirt, the next one and the last one are made in a unique way (at least I have never heard about anybody doing the same) - that's why you see that they are different.

T-shirts this design will be printed on: All adult styles and sizes from the list above

Berimbau

Berimbau is the amazing Brazilian musical instrument, used by Capoeira players and musicians.

T-shirts this design will be printed on: All adult styles and sizes from the list above

Kangaroo

You have a Kangaroo in your pocket :)

T-shirts this design will be printed on: All Female and Toddler styles and sizes from the list above

Man and birds

Your outside and inside birds...

T-shirts this design will be printed on: All adult styles and sizes from the list above

Risks and challenges

First of all - the printing on different sizes of apparel usually involves one screen set up for all adult sizes. So depending on the size of apparel you choose the design may seem relatively smaller on bigger sizes and vice versa. If I have enough funds I'll try to make separate screens for sizes which are significantly different.

Second - the screen printing process is not a 100% regular process so you can have slight printing irregularities which is characteristic for this type of printing.

Third - for hand made T-shirts available for top tier rewards I will most likely need more production time as this is a creative process demanding individual attention which will be probably limited during the rewards fulfillment stage. So in such case you will receive your reward in two shipments - the printed T-shirts first and the hand-made - second. I will do everything possible to make them ASAP.

Forth - general shipments I expect to be fulfilled fully by the end of July if nothing unexpected happens, but will try to start shipping them earlier - as soon as possible. I'll keep you posted on the progress.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    For people who don't want a T-shirt now but want to support our project just because they like it :) A big Thank you! Receive all the project updates and follow along in KOUZZA development! Your name will be mentioned on www.kouzza.com in the list of our awesome patrons (optional)!

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    1 T-shirt with any design and any available style. M or F, from S to XL sizes (for two designs kids options are also available, check the info on the left). Free shipping in US. A big Thank you! Your name will be mentioned on www.kouzza.com in the list of our awesome patrons (optional)!

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    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    2 T-shirts with any design and any available style. M or F, from S to XL sizes (for two designs kids options are also available, check the info on the left). Free shipping in US. A big Thank you! Your name will be mentioned on www.kouzza.com in the list of our awesome patrons (optional)!

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    Pledge $70 or more About $70

    3 T-shirts with any design and any available style. M or F, from S to XL sizes (for two designs kids options are also available, check the info on the left). Free shipping in US. A big Thank you! Your name will be mentioned on www.kouzza.com in the list of our awesome patrons (optional)!

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    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    4 T-shirts with any design and any available style. M or F, from S to XL sizes (for two designs kids options are also available, check the info on the left). Free shipping in US. A big Thank you! Your name will be mentioned on www.kouzza.com in the list of our awesome patrons (optional)!

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    Pledge $115 or more About $115

    5 T-shirts with any design and any available style. M or F, from S to XL sizes (for two designs kids options are also available, check the info on the left). Free shipping in US. A big Thank you! Your name will be mentioned on www.kouzza.com in the list of our awesome patrons (optional)!

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    Pledge $220 or more About $220

    10 T-shirts with any design and any available style. M or F, from S to XL sizes (for two designs kids options are also available, check the info on the left). Free shipping in US. A big Thank you! Your name will be mentioned on www.kouzza.com in the list of our awesome patrons (optional)!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    10 T-shirts with any design and any available style. M or F, from S to XL sizes (for two designs kids options are also available, check the info on the left). Plus a unique hand-drawn T-shirt painted with acrylics by Sasha: we will ask you which colors and theme you prefer and the result will be a surprise to you! Are you intrigued? ;) A HUGE Thank you! Your name, picture and short story will be shown on www.kouzza.com in the list of our major super-awesome patrons (optional)! Shipping anywhere is free! Your unique T-shirt will probably come separately and a bit later than the main shipment.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    2 sets of 10 T-shirts with any design and any available style. M or F, from S to XL sizes (for two designs kids options are also available, check the info on the left). Plus two unique hand-drawn T-shirts painted with acrylics by Sasha: we will ask you which colors and themes you prefer and the result will be a surprise to you! Are you intrigued? ;) A HUGE Thank you! Your name, picture and short story will be shown on www.kouzza.com in the list of our major super-awesome patrons (optional)! Shipping anywhere is free! Your unique T-shirts will probably come separately and a bit later than the main shipment.

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Funding period

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