About this project
Huzzah! With your help we did it!
If you missed us, you can order a custom fit sweater on our website www.appalatch.com
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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