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We have developed a style-saavy & advanced performance aviator for the ladies. We are ready to share them with the world!

Made in Italy, Designed in Vail, we create stylish women's optics with a technical twist, the best on the market. 

OUR PROJECT GOAL:

***introducing THE NYLON aviator sunglasses***

We want to bring the most chic, most advanced technology to women's eyewear, and this means in the form of the most amazing aviators ever produced! As the final eyewear project accepted on Kickstarter, we are honored to share this project & story. It's a great one!

Church and State Optics™ has primarily been a ski goggle company before this past Spring when we launched our first Sunnies collection, a sunglass collection that received huge fanfare from buyers and press alike. Now that we have expanded into the sunglass market, we are ready to take our line to bigger heights by introducing a stylish aviator with a brand new technology that's brand new to the optic world. As they say, ladies first! 

Keeping true to our philosophy of using the best of the best, we have developed a classic aviator style by using the most advanced technology. Always offering the highest standards for 100% UV protection, we add a major technical twist to the mix. For this aviator, the entire front face and the lenses are made of nylon, creating a super lightweight & flexible sunglass frame that can be worn all day. You'll never have to worry about eye fatigue or that nagging ear pain you can feel from wearing other sunglasses. Even the lenses are shock-resistant and shatterproof, a style that's genius in both design and performance. 'The Nylon' aviators are the perfect all-around shades whether you are hiking your favorite trail, enjoying the outdoors with your friends, or sipping espresso and window shopping!

In addition, we pack on a Tri-flection Gun Blue mirrored tint for crisp vision and an anti-reflective backing to each nylon lens. Guaranteed zero distortion, these lenses go thru major testing and quality standards that produce a perfect visual clarity only dreams are made of! Truly, these lenses will become your favorite, all-around shades to wear everyday, everywhere!  

Church and State Optics™ is a boutique brand with mass appeal. That means we are still a small company that needs help funding individual projects to move forward with our overall vision. With funds raised, we want to produce 3 different colorways of 'The Nylon' aviator: matte white, standard gray, and earth red (see photos below). We must meet the minimum production requirements for this type of technology, which means we need to increase our inventory numbers up-front before we can start selling to anyone. 

We are raising these funds to have 'The Nylon' aviators produced and on the market to sell, to create a design milestone for Church and State Optics™! The funds raised here will be used to buy 'The Nylon' inventory, for shipping and import costs, packaging, and required collateral to include with each pair of aviators. Fingers crossed that we go over our goal, we will use those funds directly to hire a Sales & Marketing Coordinator to help us with this production. 

(Check out our website to see exactly what we are about: http://www.churchandstateoptics.com/

OUR COMPANY STORY: 

Church and State Optics™ is the precise blend of style and performance. In order for this line to work, these 2 entities have to get along even though it can be a tricky relationship to maintain. It's the balance of fresh aesthetics and advanced technology. As a former NYC fashion editor, I moved to the mountains of Colorado to live the dream of a ski bum. It didn't take very long to realize that all the designs I researched as an editor, and all the ski brands I wore on the slopes, just didn't have the right combo of function and style. So, I got to work on designing a feminine ski goggle, using the best materials, the best factories, and voila, Church and State Optics™ was created! Since then, Church and State Optics™ has produced over a dozen ski goggle styles, and has recently launched its Sunnies collection, a sunglass line with the same performance-based foundation with an eye-candy finish. 

 As the founder of Church and State Optics™, I am a firm believer in bettering the quality of many things: quality of design, quality of living, and quality of relationships. Quality is a factor that determines longevity, it gives us something to be proud of, something to aspire to and appreciate. I started this company to not just throw another product in the world. I started this company to create something substantial, a product that inspires creativity and accomplishment, fulfills a need in the market, and a revenue for employees to make a living. Every decision for Church and State Optics™ is made with a long-term plan in mind.

 The rewards offered on our Kickstarter page are based on what we, as a company, can afford to offer after covering our costs. We hope that our backers understand it is much more than just a product, it’s a real investment into real lives. If we are able to accomplish this project goal, we have the opportunity to grow. This helps expand our market, drive sales, which increase revenue & company growth, which turns into salaries and jobs. And each of these milestones creates a better quality of life, relationships, and design. This is where we need your help in making this Church and State Optics™ project a legitimate success story! 

And we want to thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our designer hearts! It was a pleasure to share the story of Church and State Optics™!

Photo of each color offered in 'The Nylon' aviator below.

'The Nylon' aviator in matte white
'The Nylon' aviator in matte white
'The Nylon' aviator, standard grey
'The Nylon' aviator, standard grey
'The Nylon' aviator in earth red
'The Nylon' aviator in earth red
'The Standard' (pictured in Betty color) see Reward $115 to see additional colors
'The Standard' (pictured in Betty color) see Reward $115 to see additional colors

Photo of our Church and State Optics™ Uni-sex FAVORITE TEE below. 

back view of FAVORITE TEE
back view of FAVORITE TEE
front view of FAVORITE TEE
front view of FAVORITE TEE

 Available in Unisex sizes, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL (for fit dimensions, please click http://store.americanapparel.net/tr401w.html

one-size-fit-alls, skull-n-bones(see $75 rewards), all others(see $50 rewards))
one-size-fit-alls, skull-n-bones(see $75 rewards), all others(see $50 rewards))
Ski belts! Choose from an assortment of belts to wear on or off the slopes! One-size-fits-all
Ski belts! Choose from an assortment of belts to wear on or off the slopes! One-size-fits-all
View more of our KEEP CALM styles below! Find one perfect for you!
View more of our KEEP CALM styles below! Find one perfect for you!
Variety of KEEP CALM t-shirts for everyone! Reference size chart above
Variety of KEEP CALM t-shirts for everyone! Reference size chart above
Church and State Optics leopard print sunglass hardcase
Church and State Optics leopard print sunglass hardcase

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

With any endeavor we undertake, we like to troubleshoot the risks or challenges. With this specific project, our biggest concern would be covering all of the reward costs as well as pay the Amazon.com and Kickstarter.com fees while reaching the necessary revenue needed to fund this project of bringing a totally new and advanced technology to the optic market. As much as we would love for everyone to have our product, it costs money to make it, so we must offer appropriate rewards to cover actual costs in order to gain the benefit of crowd funding! Pretty exciting stuff!

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    A public thank you via the Church and State Optics Twitter & Facebook pages...a big, huge, genuine thank you! Every dollar counts! (Every backer has the option to fund anonymously)

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    5 Church and State Optics stickers. Give them to friends, stick 'em on your skis, or tag your favorite water bottle. We will send free shipping anywhere in the U.S.(international delivery available with additional shipping fee) Also, a public thank you via Twitter & Facebook.

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    Our signature Church and State Optics leopard-print sunglass storage case to use for any of the sunglasses in your wardrobe. A fun stocking stuffer to protect the eyewear you love, & help support new ones! We will send free shipping anywhere in the U.S.(international delivery available with additional shipping fee) Also, a public thank you via Twitter & Facebook.

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    SILVER BACKER, This reward is for those who don't want anything but a big 'ole giant thank you on our website. You will be listed as a Silver Backer on our Kickstarter-dedicated webpage, as well as receive a Church and State Optics Silver crowd-funding certificate!. This reward is for those who already have it all & enjoy the reward of funding! This webpage located on the Church and State Optics website will be a virtual thank-you reward. And absolutely, a public thank you via Twitter & Facebook as well. (Every backer has the option to fund anonymously)

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    THIS REWARD IS FOR BACKERS ONLY. If you fund a different reward for this project, then you can add this option to your final pledge. Meaning, only backers who fund another reward can pledge for a belt at this special pricing. See additional details below: Ski belts! We have an assortment of amazing ski belts to choose from. Hand-painted, & custom-crafted, these belts are super functional & cute to wear on & off the slopes! Made of Italian fabrics, high-end buckles, & elastic for a one-size-fits-all, you can look stylish from the street to the mountain. After successfully raising funds, you will have the choice of 1 hand-painted enamel ski belt. See photos on main story page. (excludes skull-n-bones belt)

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    KEEP CALM with Church and State Optics t-shirts for men & women! A Church and State Optics original design with historical propaganda, all rights reserved. Receive your Church and State Optics logo t-shirt with the coolest propaganda. Choose your Uni-sex size in a super-soft,heather grey athletic t-shirt. Choose one from the following designs: 1. Keep Calm and Ski/Ride Faster 2. Keep Calm and Ski/Ride 3.Keep Calm and Ski/Ride Vail 4. Keep Calm and Ski/Ride Aspen 5. Keep Calm and Ski/Ride (insert your favorite ski resort)

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    Total score! This package includes: 
*1 Uni-sex FAVORITE t-shirt *1 signature leopard print sunglass hardcase Super cool & super soft Church and State Optics men's or women's t-shirt in your specific size. This tee has become a fan FAVORITE. You'll never want to take it off, it's so comfy! It's an American Apparel heather grey, super soft, athletic tee with our Church and State Optics logo on the back neckline. A subtle twist on a must-have staple, just like our optics! We will send free shipping anywhere in the U.S.(international delivery available with additional shipping fee) Also, public thank you via Twitter & Facebook.

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    Ski belts! We have an assortment of amazing ski belts to choose from. Hand-painted, & custom-crafted, these belts are super functional & cute to wear on & off the slopes! Made of Italian fabrics, high-end buckles, & elastic for a one-size-fits-all, you can look stylish from the street to the mountain. After successfully raising funds, you will have the choice of 1 hand-painted enamel ski belt. See photos on main story page. (excludes skull-n-bones belt)

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    THIS REWARD IS FOR BACKERS ONLY. If you fund a different reward for this project, then you can add this option to your final pledge. Meaning, only backers who fund another reward can pledge for the skull-n-bones belt at this special pricing. See additional details below: Skull-n-Bones ski belt! Hand-painted enamel with Swarovksi crystal details, this buckle is the baddest belt to wear from the slopes to the street. Made of Italian fabric & a one-size-fits-all elastic, this belt will be your go-to stylish accessory. (See photo on story page.)

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    GOLD BACKER, Has anyone ever told you that everything you touch turns to gold? Well, it seems to be true! You will be listed as a Gold Backer on our Kickstarter-dedicated webpage, as well as receive a Church and State Optics Gold crowd-funding award!. This reward is for those who already have it all & enjoy the reward of funding! This webpage located on the Church and State Optics website will be a virtual thank-you reward. And absolutely, a public thank you via Twitter & Facebook as well.



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    Skull-n-Bones ski belt! Hand-painted enamel with Swarovksi crystal details, this buckle is the baddest belt to wear from the slopes to the street. Made of Italian fabric & a one-size-fits-all elastic, this belt will be your go-to stylish accessory. (See photo on story page.)

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    THE STANDARD polarized sunnies! You will receive *1 pair of 'THE STANDARD' sunglasses in 1 of 4 color choices (see below) *1 signature leopard print sunglass hardcase *A public thank you via Twitter & Facebook.(Every backer has the option to fund anonymously) We will send free shipping anywhere in the U.S.(international delivery available with additional shipping fee), Color Options Include: gold(Brad), silver(Bruce), navy with white pindots(Dita), burgundy with white pindots(Betty) See our website link for better specifics on color choices: http://churchandstateoptics.myshopify.com/collections/sunnies

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    You will receive 1 pair of our Tough Cookie Jelly ski goggles! Now that it's ski season, this is a great chance to grab the coolest pair of ski goggles around, & just in time for the holidays. Package includes: *1 pair of Tough Cookie Jelly ski goggles *1 signature leopard print ski goggle storage baggy We will send free shipping anywhere in the U.S.(international delivery available with additional shipping fee) Also, public thank you via Twitter & Facebook.

(Every backer has the option to fund anonymously) You can choose from the following frame colors: clear, fluorescent coral, or smoky lilac. See our website link for a better color visual: http://churchandstateoptics.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/new-tough-cookie-new

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    THE NYLON AVIATORS! We will send you 1 of 'The Nylon' aviators in 1 of 3 color choices to keep for yourself or gift to someone you love for the holidays. Entire package includes: *1 pair of Church and State Optics 'The Nylon' aviator sunglasses *1 signature leopard print eyewear case for protective storage *A public thank you via Twitter & Facebook. We will send free shipping anywhere in the U.S.(international delivery available with additional shipping fee),(Every backer has the option to fund anonymously) Color Options Include: white, grey, earth red

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    PLATINUM BACKER, We don't have to tell you how chic you are for this reward, you own it. But, we will still brag about you. You will be listed as a Platinum Backer on our Kickstarter-dedicated webpage, as well as receive a Church and State Optics Platinum crowd-funding award! This reward is for those who already have it all & enjoy the reward of funding! This webpage located on the Church and State Optics website will be a virtual thank-you reward. And absolutely, a public thank you via Twitter & Facebook as well.





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    Perfect timing for gifts! Package for 2 includes: *2 Church and State Optics 'The Nylon' aviators *2 Church and State Optics signature leopard-print storage cases We will send free shipping anywhere in the U.S.(international delivery available with additional shipping fee) A public thank you via Twitter & Facebook, is included as well. (Every backer has the option to fund anonymously) Color Options for The Nylon aviator include white, grey, or earth red.

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    CRYSTAL BACKER with crystal award. You shine like a diamond, you are admired by many, & we will recognize you as a Crystal Backer on our Kickstarter-dedicated webpage. You will also receive a Church and State Optics crystal award with your name & reward recognition engraved for posterity. Shelf it alongside your other trophies & memories, because we are going places! This reward is for those who already have it all & enjoy the reward of funding! This webpage located on the Church and State Optics website will be a virtual thank-you reward.

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    Receive one of the Nylon aviators & one of Tough Cookie ski goggles! We will send you 1 of 'The Nylon' aviators in 1 of 3 color choices to keep for yourself or gift to someone you love for the holidays, as well as choose. Entire package includes: *1 pair of Church and State Optics 'The Nylon' aviator sunglasses *1 signature leopard print eyewear case for protective storage *1 pair of Tough Cookie Jelly ski goggles *1 signature leopard print ski goggle storage baggy *A public thank you via Twitter & Facebook. We will send free shipping anywhere in the U.S.(international delivery available with additional shipping fee),(Every backer has the option to fund anonymously) Color Options for The Nylon aviators include: white, grey, earth red. You can choose from the following Tough Cookie Jelly ski goggle frame colors: clear, fluorescent coral, or smoky lilac. See our website link for a better color visual: http://churchandstateoptics.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/new-tough-cookie-new

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The ultimate bragging rights to name 1 of our future sunglass styles after yourself, or for someone you love. We will launch this style name in February 2013(must be a legitimate name found in www.behindthename.com, nothing profane or offensive will be accepted, all rights reserved). This package includes: *Opportunity to name 1 of our sunglass styles *1 sunglass frame of the style named after you! It will have your name engraved on the inner arm of the sunglass frame *2 Church and State Optics 'The Nylon' aviators in your color choice of white, grey, or earth red *3 signature leopard print sunglass storage case *3 Uni-sex FAVORITE Church and State Optics t-shirts *30 stickers *Twitter & Facebook recognition. We will also blog and promote your name's story on our website! 

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    Have you ever wanted to design a pair of sunglasses just for yourself? This is it. We will work with you to develop a one-of-a-kind style, men's or women's, using our Church and State Optics designers, resources, and molds. And, if it's spectacular enough, we may include it with our future collections showcased for February 2013 with your story publicized. This collaboration would be a chance of a lifetime, maybe a check off the old bucket list, or even a new career in optics?! We shall see! We will share this amazing story and background on our website, blog, and for press.Twitter & Facebook recognition will also be used (All rights reserved. We reserve the right to return funds to anyone that does not take this bid seriously. International applicant must be proficient in English for design communication) This package includes: *Opportunity to design a on-of-a-kind sunglass style, from concept to completion *3 pairs of Church and State Optics 'The Nylon' aviators *3 signature leopard print sunglass storage case *3 pairs of Church and State Optics Tough Cookie ski goggles in any color option *3 of our leopard print ski goggle storage baggies *3 Uni-sex FAVORITE Church and State Optics t-shirts *Twitter & Facebook recognition. We will also blog and promote your story on our website! 

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