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This project was successfully funded on June 9, 2012.
About this project
This summer we (Chris, Brian, and Alec) will spend a month and a half on the road in a converted school bus in an attempt to start a clothing revolution! We believe that people not only deserve clothes that fit, but also clothes that look the way they want them to. So we came up with an idea… think fast food, but with clothing, and not so bad for your health... I guess you could say “Fast Clothes”… We’ll take everything people love about fast food, the convenience, the speed, the customization, and even the affordability but we will attempt to apply it to the clothing world. The Shorts Bus will be a test. A test of whether people are ready to be in control of their clothing or not. And we are going to document the whole thing and share every experience with you as we go!
We bought the bus but now we need your help to be able to pay for our trip! Our goal is to take our bus between different swap meets and farmers' markets selling our shorts! We will use social media to its fullest extent, not only keeping our customers informed of the location of the bus, but putting together community service projects, opportunities for customers to sew different items themselves, and other events making the experience more than just a sale. Each pair of custom shorts will have meaning to their owner; each pair will be a memory!
Your money will go to our gas, seller's permits, liability insurance, and initial supplies as we leave on our journey! But that money will not only be helping us out, it'll also be earning you some awesome rewards. But don't forget, we don't get any of the money if we don't reach our goal!
We sell both boys and girls shorts and no matter what fabrics we use they always have our unique waistband and back pocket design! Our shorts are made to be a hybrid of comfort and style. After the funding has ended we will send out a survey asking you what colors and size you want your shorts. You will have the option of just choosing a size the regular way (28, 30, 32… etc) or we can send you a video explaining how to measure for a perfect fit!
- Grommets to prevent wear and tear from the drawstring
- Double stitch along the back pocket for reinforcement
- All the raw edges on the inside are serged to keep from fraying
Rest assured that your one of a kind shorts are made to last!
The skirts are made to the length and color of your choice! They have a wide elastic waistband and wide hem at the bottom, as well as a french seam on the inside to protect the fabric and prevent any type of fraying. The elastic band allows for forming fitting along the waist, while the flared bottom gives them their loose, fun look!
Our backpacks are the perfect size to carry your books to school or you towel and snacks to the beach! Plus they include both an inside and outside pocket, as well as a very handy elastic water bottle holder on whichever side you prefer. Serged on the inside and X stitched along the strap edges for all the strength that a bag full of books requires! And of course you get to choose all of the colors and design the pockets!
When we started this, we knew that nothing we accomplish will matter if we don't do it right. If you leave something worse off than it was when you found it, then you haven't really accomplished anything.
Being environmentally and socially friendly are two of our largest goals, and we have taken many steps to those ends.
- Our equipment will be powered by a portable solar panel that we have already purchased.
- We already have American suppliers for draw strings, grommets, and thread. We are strong believers in buying American and staying sweatshop free!
- For our fabric we plan on buying as much as possible from local thrift stores and fabric shops to not only boost the local economies but keep each pair of shorts as unique as possible.
- Each week we will take Monday off from sales to organize a local community service project. We hope that this will give people a chance to spend time with us and make the Shorts Bus more than just a company but a cause or an idea that people can band around!
Although all of our other supplies will come straight from the 'ole U.S. of A., we have a partnership in the works with Mali Mamas, a great new venture bringing wealth to the second poorest nation in Africa. These women hand-make beautiful fabric with unique patterns which will give each pair of shorts something even more special, knowing that you helped them out. Check out their one-of-a-kind fabrics below!
Learn more about our company at Branchclothing.com
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $5 or more
Hand written thank you card which doubles as an invitation to our exclusive going away party. (Will be in Reno, NV and you must arrange travel)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
Exclusive access to the video blog posts and a Behind the Bus Documentary DVD shipped to your house after the summer is over.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $20 or more
Custom Skirt with a wide elastic waist band. Made to whatever length you prefer out of whichever fabric you choose!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $30 or more
CLASSIC SHORTS! You will be one of the first to own a pair of our custom handmade shorts with the signature contrasting waist band and back pocket design, sewn to your size and the colors you dream up! (Add $10 for international orders)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $40 or more
Custom made backpack with two colors of your choice! Includes both inner and outer pockets and a handy, elastic water bottle slot on the side.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $45 or more
5 backers All gone!
SHORTS WITH SIDE POCKETS! You will be one of the first to own a pair of our custom handmade shorts with useful side pockets! Still with our signature contrasting waist band and back pocket design, sewn to your size and the colors you dream up! (Add $10 for international orders)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)
The Shorts Bus will come to your house or party or wherever / whatever you desire, as long as there are at least 5 future custom short dreamers present! (Must be in Reno or Orange County, if you live elsewhere and you are interested in this reward then shoot us an email and we will talk)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $75 or more
0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)
Have a miniature of "The Shorts Bus" shipped to your door! Only five on the planet and you have the opportunity to own one of them!!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)
Have dinner on the bus with the crew before they leave! Get a glimpse into what our life will be like on the road and spend some time with us! (Must be in Reno)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
Create and name a pair of shorts! Think up and design whatever shorts you can imagine and we will send them to you! But not only will you get a pair, from that day forward if you or anyone else comes up to The Shorts Bus and asks for a pair of (insert creative name here) then we will know exactly what they are looking for. This is your chance to really be creative and see your crazy vision come to life as we will attempt anything within our ability (or even just outside it) for you with these shorts!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $300 or more
Spend a week on the bus with the team in Orange County!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
We stitch a picture of you onto our sales tent with a thank you so that everyone in Orange County knows what a generous person you are.Estimated delivery:
- (24 days)