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Made with luxury eco-fabrics in Denver, CO. Wear it as a jacket or a vest in 4+ different styles.
Made with luxury eco-fabrics in Denver, CO. Wear it as a jacket or a vest in 4+ different styles.
140 backers pledged $20,032 to help bring this project to life.

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The UTILITY Jacket is: 

1) Made from premium eco fabric and lining.  We used high-quality hempcel fabric that softens over time, along with eco-friendly cupro lining (read on to learn more). 

2) Convertible 4 ways, wearable year-round. The jacket option works in temperatures over 45 degrees, and can also be worn as a blazer-like layer underneath a winter coat in cooler temperatures.

3) Made in America. Sewn in Denver, Colorado. 

4) Sold wholesale. This jacket would typically retail for over $300. Because we're selling direct to you — and cutting out the middleman — we can offer it for much lower, $162.

Hi there! I'm Kristin, the founder of Seamly.co — thoughtfully-made womenswear manufactured in Denver, Colorado since 2013.

Earlier this year, our community co-created this amazing 4-in-1 UTILITY Jacket, named for it's many uses in all seasons, for any occasion. Many of us are paring down our wardrobes, but we still want options — and that's where the stylish and functional UTILITY Jacket comes in.

We have enough fabric on-hand to produce 250 jackets in black hempcel — a certified Sustainable Biodegradable Product — right here in Colorado. (We only have black — but if we reach a streeeetch goal of $100,000, we can custom-dye neutral fabric and offer another color!) 

Pre-order yours in the right-hand panel; we're offering an early-bird special to our first backers! 

HOW IT WORKS

DETAILS

ZIPPER REPAIR PROGRAM: Longevity is important. We've used YKK zippers on our jackets that are strong yet comfortable. But, yes, sometimes zippers get wonky. If you need a zipper repair down the road, send us a photo and we'll send you $10 towards repair or replacement at your local tailor.

Sleeves are fully-lined, and look polished even when cuffed.
Sleeves are fully-lined, and look polished even when cuffed.
Our lining is made from cupro (read more in our "sustainability" section!). It's a natural fiber that is moisture-wicking, warming in cool weather, and cooling in warm weather.
Our lining is made from cupro (read more in our "sustainability" section!). It's a natural fiber that is moisture-wicking, warming in cool weather, and cooling in warm weather.
Black antique brass snaps allow for a few different ways to style each look:
Black antique brass snaps allow for a few different ways to style each look:
The bottom portion zips off cleanly (and easily!).
The bottom portion zips off cleanly (and easily!).

*In most cities, there are now eco-friendly dry cleaning options. Choose a cleaner that uses methods like "wet cleaning" or CO2 cleaning. Avoid traditional dry-cleaning that uses the chemical perchloroethylene (perc) - that's the stuff that's bad for people and environment.

THE LOOKS

Here's a sample of some of the MANY ways to wear and style this jacket. For a full look at all of our images in high-resolution, click here.

SUSTAINABILITY & MANUFACTURING

Extreme thought and care went into every decision behind this garment, and we’re extremely proud of the contents and spirit of the finished product.

This jacket is made with a blend of hemp (55%) and lyocell (45%). (Lyocell is a fabric derived from the pulp of hardwood trees.) It is manufactured in China solely for, and overseen by, Envirotextiles — a woman-owned and family-run company in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The fabric is certified Sustainable Biodegradable Products® — which offers transparency on raw material origins, manufacturing process, and labor conditions. The hemp is grown as a companion crop on small co-op farms, and because of it’s inherent properties, no pesticides are needed or used. Effluent water used in production is contained in a closed-loop process. Water is solar-heated. Factory workers get five months paid maternity leave, and daycare is provided by the factory. Pay is approximately $700USD per month.

The lining of this jacket is biodegradable, made with cotton linter — a fiber that is found around the cotton seed and is usually discarded. Made in Japan, the lining is warm in winter, cool in summer, and wicks moisture to keep you dry.

Jackets will be sewn in a family-owned sew shop in Westminster, Colorado. We've already produced a small batch to test quality, time, and cost: 

SIZE CHART

We won't collect sizing information until we're fully funded, but this is the size chart we adhere to — bust is the most important measurement for this style. Because this is outerwear, size XS can get away with wearing a size S.

Sleeve Length: 23 1/2" on size S. Sleeves can be cuffed to accomodate shorter lengths.
Sleeve Length: 23 1/2" on size S. Sleeves can be cuffed to accomodate shorter lengths.

OUR $25 REWARD - THE VALLYNNE TANK

Made with surplus fabric (excess from factories and mills in the United States) the 'Vallynne Tank' is one of our favorite staples. With a flowy, forgiving fit, breast pocket, and a guaranteed bra-covering back, this is a great piece for layering or rocking solo. Colors available are BLACK, PLUM, and BLACK AND WHITE STRIPES. See size chart above for measurements.

ABOUT SEAMLY.CO

I founded Seamly.co in 2013 as a way to bridge the gap between affordable, stylish, functional clothing and responsible manufacturing. Along the way, I try to document our process, creating as much transparency around fabrics and manufacturing as possible. 

My first-ever Kickstarter campaign was for the Versalette — at the time, sold by {r}evolution apparel, and now manufactured under the Seamly.co label. I've been interested in versatile, minimalist clothing ever since! 

SPECIAL THANKS

Major thank-you to the people who truly made this garment come to life — designer Kristin Dedorson, patternmaker Iris Garcia, fit model / friend extraordinare Jesse Syswerda of Eenvoud, and of course, the 350+ people who weighed in on the design of this jacket! 

PRESS

Find our press kit here, and feel free to contact me (Kristin) directly at hello (at) seamly.co. 

Risks and challenges

This is my third project on Kickstarter, and I’ve learned a LOT along the way. Here’s how I’ve mitigated risks for this project:

FABRIC & MATERIALS: All materials, down to the snaps and care labels, are waiting at our factory for production to begin. We are fully prepared to produce our first 250 jackets.

SEWING: We’re working with a small, family factory in Westminster, Colorado. I’ve worked with them on several previous garments (though this is their first Kickstarter project). They do great work!

OUR FIRST TEST RUN: We have already produced 25 garments just to ensure that we’re ready for full production. Everything went smoothly.

SHIPPING: I work with a professional shipping center in Traverse City, Michigan. They will be packing and shipping all of our garments and processing exchanges. I’ve worked with them for over one year, and they’re great!

There will always be unforeseen challenges in manufacturing, but everything we've done to plan, test, and prepare has been well-considered. Above all else, I'll keep you in the loop as we progress!

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    USA-MADE 'VALLYNNE' TANK: Loose and flowy tank with pocket, made with surplus fabric in Denver, CO. Perfect for layering! Retails at $32. Free US shipping.

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