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Combat-Ready Leather Armor for men, women and children. Great for LARPing, Steampunk, Cosplay, or reenactment.
Combat-Ready Leather Armor for men, women and children. Great for LARPing, Steampunk, Cosplay, or reenactment.
82 backers pledged $10,795 to help bring this project to life.

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Why Leather Armor?

Have you ever played a video game and thought, you would look really sweet in the armor your character was wearing? Or seen a movie where the main character had amazing armor, and you knew you could rock it out just as good, if not better than, them? We thought that ourselves many times, and we finally decided to do something about it. What we make isn't just something people wear, it a life enhancing piece of equipment. We allow people to become the heroes they have always imagined themselves as. 

We don’t do this just by making a product that looks amazing, we make fully functioning protective gear that allows people to really step into the role as an adventurer. 

Regardless of the road life takes them on, they knew that they will look fantastic, feel comfortable, and be able to withstand just about any punishment that gets thrown their way. This kind of product allows our customers to gain instant confidence, and a new perspective on life, as soon as they put it on. This is why we make and sell leather armor.

Our Dream

We have a goal of our name becoming synonymous with leather armor. We feel we can reach this goal because we strive to craft high quality leather armor that is fully protective, mobile, and completely comfortable. We have a philosophy that form should follow function. We consistently put the focus on obtaining the highest quality components, and handcrafting each individual product, to make superior armor. We use the heaviest leather we can find because it provides the greatest level of protection. We have been able to produce a few key items at this standard and have been able to gain moderate notoriety at a local level.

What we are currently lacking to progress in our dream is consistency throughout our product availability and branding development. We operate purely from the profits of our product sales, while this allows us to keep producing the same, but it does not allow us to take our business to the next level. We need the extra revenue to be able to do things like:

  • Place an order directly with tanners that have higher quality and thicker leather (minimum $3,000).

  • Place an order with manufacturers who produce custom metal fittings and decorations for the leather (minimum $1,200)

  • Purchase more advanced tools to expand our product lines (minimum $3,000 for dye press setup, and $4,500 for jewelry fabrication)

  • Develop a full marketing strategy to promote better brand awareness (minimum $1,500)

  • Cover the higher admissions fees of larger, nationally recognized Renaissance Festivals. (From $1,000 per event to $3,000)

If we are able to go over our goal of $10,000, we also have plans for that as well.

  • Truck Maintenance and update - $5000  
  • Tent Trailer - $5000  
  • New Storage Travel Trailer - $5000  
  • New Mobile Building Setup for Events - $3000

We have also just become involved in a local event that won't be so local shortly, called FantasyCon. We are planning on building a brand new piece of women's armor to show our full range of ability.

FantasyCon Concept Sketch
FantasyCon Concept Sketch

We can't just stop at an awesome piece of armor. We would also like to design a new booth that can work indoors, for this event and the additional indoor events that we would like to get involved in. 

Why fund us?

  • Keep the tradition of  armor-making alive, it is a dying art, but we want to bring it back full-force.

  • Help build a manufacturing industry again here in the United States.

  • Help us grow so we can soon be at a Renaissance Faire near you.

  • Support a product that uses materials that are intended to last, and decreases waste by being adjustable and guaranteed for life.

  • Support women in business. Meredith Entrikin is the co-owner and head designer of the company. She is one of the few female designers in the field and would like to bring many products that are aimed specifically for women.

  • Become inspired to live your dream every time you put on the armor you will receive.

Rewards

This Kickstarter campaign could not have happened without the support from the Canterbury Renaissance Festival and Fairy Princess Lolly.

Risks and challenges

We have been operating as a business for over three years. There are minimal risks for the funders because we are quite accustomed to building large volumes of products. In the past we have had a problem keeping enough components around to build our items when they are in high demand, but if we are funded that is one of the first problems we plan to fix.

We have three reliable employees that we can count on to assist us in building all the products that will be purchased through those campaign. If we have any problems arise, we do not have a problem hiring more employees to meet the demand.

If we encounter any unforeseen problems, we will be quick to communicate these issues to our supporters. We would like to make sure they feel they are a part of the project and we intend to do that by having open and honest communications.

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    Personalized Thank you note on a Rose and Thorn Armory Postcard.

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    Scrap of leather with biography of where this leather has been and what it has been used to build. Each scrap of leather will be named for added individuality.

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    Bracelet with your name on it, written in one of three styles; Celtic Runes, Old English, or Greek. With personalized Thank you note on a Rose and Thorn Armory postcard.

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    Rose and Thorn Armory Poster and "Meet the Clan" Trading card set. With personalized Thank You note on a Rose and Thorn Armory postcard.

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    Leather crowns in your choice of color; Black, Brown, Red, Purple, Green. With personalized Thank You note on a Rose and Thorn Armory postcard.

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    Crown and bracelet set, matching in color and style.With personalized Thank You note on a Rose and Thorn Armory postcard.

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    Short Arm Bracers in your choice of color: Black, Brown, Red, Purple, and Green. With personalized Thank You note on a Rose and Thorn Armory postcard.

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    Children's Armor in your choice of color: Black, Brown, Red, Purple, and Green. With personalized Thank You note on a Rose and Thorn Armory postcard.

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    Short Arm Bracers in your choice of color: Black, Brown, Red, Purple, and Green. Rose and Thorn Armory Poster and "Meet the Clan" Trading card set. With personalized Thank You note on a Rose and Thorn Armory postcard.

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    Long Arm bracer in your choice of color: Black, Brown, Red, Purple, and Green. With personalized Thank You note on a Rose and Thorn Armory postcard.

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    Warrior Princess Leather Top, or a Shoulder Pauldron in your choice of color; Black, Brown, Red, Purple, and Green. With personalized Thank You note on a Rose and Thorn Armory postcard.

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    Matching set of either; Crown, Bracers, and Warrior Princess top, or Crown, Bracers and Shoulder Pauldron in your choice of color: Black, Brown, Red, Purple, and Green. With personalized Thank You note on a Rose and Thorn Armory postcard.

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    Combat-Ready Chest Armor with Pauldrens attached. A great costume or display piece, but designed for Oaken weapons, or blunted steel fighting.This can be customized to fit either men or women, and comes in your choice of color; Black, Brown, Red, Purple, or Green.

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    *CUSTOMIZED* Combat-Ready Armor; includes Chest piece with Pauldrons attached, Bracers, Greaves, and Tassets. It comes with all the bells and whistles, and in any color you can imagine. A great costume or display piece, but designed for Oaken weapons, or blunted steel fighting.

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    Master Armorer, David Entrikin A.K.A. Lord Rose's Famous Plumed Cavalier Hat, in a glass case with rose petals from our first Renaissance Festival. This will also come with autographed photo of Lord Rose in said hat and a framed handwritten in calligraphy biography of the notorious object.

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Funding period

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