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We have the solution to bad sweaters. Appalatch’s 3D printed sweaters fit perfectly, are sustainably sourced and 100% made in America.
We have the solution to bad sweaters. Appalatch’s 3D printed sweaters fit perfectly, are sustainably sourced and 100% made in America.
393 backers pledged $55,272 to help bring this project to life.

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If you missed us, you can order a custom fit sweater on our website www.appalatch.com

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Risks and challenges

The idea of Appalatch was incubated while Mariano was a graduate student at Harvard. Focusing around the idea of ethically made American clothing, Mariano left for North Carolina, the heart of textile manufacturing in America to intern at a sustainable apparel brand. While learning from the pioneers in the organic clothing movement, Mariano met Grace, a designer driven by the idea of creating thoughtful clothing that is not only fashionable, but also highly equitable throughout the supply chain. Together they started working full-time on Appalatch in 2012.

After spending a year building a rock-solid American supply chain that can scale up with demand, we released our first line of wool basics for Spring 2013 followed by wool sweaters, blankets, bags and socks for Fall 2013.

For custom-made sweaters, we will be using the same supply chain that we have used, as well as using the same machines that we have worked with in other projects. Because of this, we have already built the relationships and the knowledge to undergo this campaign.

There are some challenges that we face:

Sourcing 21.5 Micron American Rambouillet Wool: Sheep is normally shorn in April/May and wool as fine as what we are using is tough to come-by. We have spoken with farms and wool pools to ensure that we will have the supply we need to make our initial delivery of sweaters. If demand is greater than the supply of 21.5 Micron wool available, we will alert people of any changes before they contribute to the campaign.

Delay in purchasing the machine: There are just a handful of machines that are in stock and ready to be sold to us. We have our eye on them, but they won’t let us have one until we pay for it. In the off chance that someone buys all the machines before we can purchase one, we will update contributors to any changes to our delivery times.

Unprecedented Demand: We’ve set the initial run of custom fit sweaters at numbers we can manage. In the hopeful chance that we go above and beyond our funding goals, we will add on additional award levels notifying funders of any changes to delivery times.

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FAQ

  • Yes we do! The only added cost will be postage.

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  • We take 4 key measurements: sleeve length, torso length, chest circumference and waist circumference. From these measurements, we can ensure that we create a sweater that fits your body perfectly!

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  • To ensure that we can deliver to backers their custom made sweater on the date we promised, we’ve limited the styles that will be available during this Kickstarter Campaign. If we hit our stretch-stretch goal of $250,000, we will be able to hire additional people that can design and manage production of additional sweater styles. We would love to add at least a v-neck sweater for the Kickstarter community, but need to reach this goal.

    If we do get the $50,000, the future looks bright for a whole lot of custom fit sweater styles, but we just need to get there first!

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  • WOOL:

    Our custom fit sweaters are made of some of the finest wool grown in America today. At 21.5 Micron, our Rambouillet Wool will be soft against the skin and durable enough to last the test of time. Because of our choice of fiber, our sweaters will be dry-clean only, but understand if people want an alternative. At Appalatch, we hand-wash our wool garments with gentle detergent in cold water. After, we dry it by rolling the garment up in a towel, pressing out as much water as we can, followed by laying the garment flat on a towel to dry.

    COTTON:

    Our organic cotton, custom fit sweaters can be machine washed and dried. We prefer though that people hand wash and line dry since it helps reduce the environmental impact that clothing has as well as it's easier on the clothes so can last a much longer time.

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  • The organic cotton sweater and the wool sweater are the same in every way, except for the fiber composition. Additionally, the cotton sweater is machine wash/dry while the wool sweater is dry clean only.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    We love getting postcards, don't you? The founders of Appalatch want to personally send you a handwritten postcard as a big thanks for supporting our mission of making throw-away fashion a thing of the past.

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    COTTON OF THE CAROLINAS T-SHIRT: These t-shirts are made entirely within the Carolinas from our friends at TS Designs --- from Dirt to Shirt, these classically designed, 100% American made t-shirts are ready for your biggest and wildest adventures!

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    OUR 100% AMERICAN MADE WOOL T-SHIRT: We started Appalatch with our signature 100% Rambouillet Wool T-Shirt. It's made from super soft, non-itchy 18.5 Micron wool --- the finest grown in America today. Our tee-shirts are made of lightweight 4.7 oz fabric, a fantastic weight for year round wear.... and yes, even in the summer!!!

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    CUSTOM FITTED ORGANIC COTTON SWEATER: Just in! We’ve had a recent breakthrough in securing Texas grown, organically certified cotton and can now exclusively offer custom fit cotton sweaters to the Kickstarter community. The cotton we’ve chosen to use not only is sustainably sourced, but also is some of the highest-quality cotton we’ve seen grown in America today!

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    WOOL T-SHIRT & ORGANIC COTTON CUSTOM FIT SWEATER: We will send you our custom fitted cotton sweater by September 2014, but because we know you can't wait to start rocking our designs, we'll send you one of our 100% American Rambouillet Wool T-Shirts to wear right now (and later, under your custom fitted cotton sweater).

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    CUSTOM FITTED WOOL SWEATER: So here it is, the game changer! We will make you a custom fitted sweater from American grown 21.5 Micron Rambouillet wool. We'll release the pixie dust and elves to knit you a one-of-a-kind sweater in the color of your choice. Since sweaters are a perfect holiday gift, we'll send you a nice gift box before December with instructions telling that special someone how to claim their custom fitted sweater.

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    Pledge $209 or more About $209

    2 ORGANIC COTTON CUSTOM FIT SWEATERS: Here's to someone who loves a great fitting organic cotton sweater. Keep both for yourself or gift one to a friend!

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    Pledge $239 or more About $239

    NOW & LATER: We will send you our custom fitted wool sweater by September 2014, but because we know you can't wait to start rocking our designs, we'll send you one of our 100% American Rambouillet Wool T-Shirts to wear right now (and later, under your custom fitted wool sweater).

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    Pledge $289 or more About $289

    ORGANIC COTTON AND WOOL CUSTOM FIT SWEATER: Why not have the best of both worlds? Get an organic cotton custom fit sweater for you and a wool custom fit sweater from them (or just keep them both for yourself).

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    2 CUSTOM FITTED WOOL SWEATERS: Wait, you want more than 1 custom-fitted wool sweater? Here's 2! Choose from your choice of colors available. Be forewarned though, these are heritage quality sweaters, and you may not need that second one anytime soon.

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    Want something more luxurious? How about a custom fitted sweater in your choice of fiber. We only source high-quality materials from America, (including the fiber!!!) and can make a sweater in your choice of alpaca or mohair.

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    A TOTALLY CUSTOMIZED SWEATER: Ok, so you are someone who is incredibly particular about things. We will fly to anywhere in the United States and personally measure you for your custom fit sweater made from your choice of wool, organic cotton, alpaca or mohair. ADDITIONALLY, you become the designer and we will make you a sweater in whatever design you can imagine!

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Funding period

- (45 days)