The Grunion Run offers grooms + groomsmen stylish, affordable clothes that are great both for and after the wedding.
(*UPDATE! We're funded...THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your support!! And now we have a new $15,000 stretch goal. Please check out our Update #5 to learn more about an exclusive backer reward and how we plan to use the added funds)
The Grunion Run Groomsmen Shop is an online shop that offers stylish, affordable, vintage-inspired clothes and accessories for grooms and groomsmen. Run by husband and wife, Kevin and Yun, we want to offer grooms and groomsmen a convenient way to find hip, non-traditional groomsmen apparel that would be great both for and after the wedding. With so many wonderful resources available to brides and bridesmaids, we thought it only fair to bring some focus on the guys and celebrate their sartorial contributions in the many unique and creative weddings happening today.
We launched the shop in March 2012, with a carefully designed line of clothing and accessories that allowed us to test the concept without breaking the bank. Alongside a hip yet timeless style that works for everyday wear too, our primary goal is to offer high-quality fashion without the brand-name prices. Because we are an online shop with a lean operation, we are able to offer really competitive pricing to our customers.
In the few months since we launched, we have received wonderful feedback from across the US and the world, telling us that The Grunion Run is the only place where couples can pull together a cool wedding outfit without having to visit multiple stores.
SO WHY KICKSTARTER?
We are a unique business in the wedding industry and people come to us as their one-stop-shop alternative for groomsmenwear. As such, we have received numerous requests for more pieces in a wider range of colors and patterns.'
But we're still a small start-up that has thus far been entirely self-funded. To expand the line accordingly requires a financial investment beyond our current capacity. With your generous help, the money raised on Kickstarter will go towards the selection and purchase of new fabrics, and the production of new ties, pocket squares, and tie clips.
To thank you for your generous help, we have some stylish rewards that we hope you'll enjoy! Sizing and
color options will be specified in a follow-up email when funding is
// $10 or more
Handwritten thank-you note and two Grunion Run stickers.
// $15 or more
Your choice of one bow tie from our current collection and a handwritten thank-you note.
// $15 or more
Your choice of pocket square from our dapper new line! Pocket squares will be 12" x 12". Fabric colors shown below. (Will retail for $18)
// $18 or more
Your choice of one solid or knit necktie from our current collection and a handwritten thank-you note.
// $20 or more
Your choice of one necktie from our new line (sample fabric choices shown below; we will update you with final fabrics in the coming weeks) and a handwritten thank-you note.
// $25 or more
VALENTINE'S SPECIAL! Receive our pink + red knit tie or pink cotton tie with 3-initial monogram in red thread included and a handwritten thank-you note.
// $30 or more
GREAT DEAL! Your choice of two pocket squares from our hip new line with 3-initial monogram added to both and a handwritten thank-you note. Pocket squares will be 12" x 12".
// $32 or more
NEW! Your choice of one bow tie or necktie (current or new) plus one pocket square. (See color options above)
// $36 or more
Two neckties of your choice from our current collection and a handwritten thank-you note. (See choices above)
// $40 or more
Be the first to receive two neckties of your choice from our new collection (sample fabric choices shown below; we will update you with final fabrics in the coming weeks) along with a handwritten thank-you note.
// $70 or more
CLASSIC GRUNION — Your choice of one shirt (blue chambray, gray, white, stripe; size S-XL), one necktie or bow tie (current or new), and one pocket square. Includes a handwritten thank-you note.
// $110 or more
DELUXE GRUNION — Your choice of one shirt (blue chambray, gray, white, stripe; sizes S-XL), one vest (navy, gray, black; sizes S-XL), one necktie or bow tie (current or new), and one pocket square. Includes a handwritten thank-you note.
// $130 or more
SUPREME GRUNION — Your choice of one shirt (blue chambray, gray, white, stripe; sizes S-XL), one vest (navy, gray, black; sizes S-XL), one necktie or bow tie (current or new), one pocket square, one tie clip, and one pair of suspenders. Includes a handwritten thank-you note.
// $165 or more
WEDDING PACKAGE — Choose 3 shirts (blue chambray, gray, white, stripe; sizes S-XL) and 3 neckties or bow ties (current or new). Includes a handwritten thank-you note.
// $500 or more
NAME THAT GRUNION — Choose 2 shirts (blue chambray, gray, white, stripe; sizes S-XL), one vest (navy, gray, black; sizes S-XL), 4 neckties or bow ties (current or new), 2 pocket squares, 2 suspenders, 2 pairs of socks AND receive NAMING RIGHTS for one of the new ties in the upcoming collection! Includes handwritten thank-you note.
// $2000 or more
THE MODEL GRUNION — Receive one of every product currently in our shop and one of each item in our new line, AND become the HOT NEW GRUNION RUN MODEL for our next lookbook! Includes handwritten thank-you note. (Travel expenses to Los Angeles not included)
When our project is funded, you will receive an email that will ask for any required specifics related to your reward. Thank you so much for helping us with our Kickstarter!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Our first obstacle will be getting the word out about this Kickstarter and getting noticed amongst the many great projects already going. We do feel however that our shop and the products we produce are original to the wedding market. We will certainly appreciate your help and that of our friends, families, and the blogging community in spreading the word.
With manufacturing, there is always the challenge of ensuring the highest quality for every piece that gets produced, along with a timely production output. We will work very hard to make sure that our product will be delivered on-time and to the highest standards. Luckily we found some very reliable partners who produced our first line, and we will be working with them again to produce the new pieces.
Please visit the Size Chart section on our website:
There you will find a description of our shirt (Grunion Run shirts have a fitted cut — they are looser than slim cut shirts but more fitted at the waist than regular cut shirts) along with measurements that represent the true measurements of the shirt so you should be able to compare the measurements of your neck, chest, etc and choose your size accordingly.
And of course, you can always email us (email@example.com) if you are unsure and we will try to help you choose the correct size!
At the end of our campaign, when funding is successful, we will send out a survey to request shirt size and other specifics needed for your reward. Thanks!
Sure! We want you to be happy with your reward so feel free to tailor a package that suits you or combine rewards as you see fit. Just add up the reward amounts that you are interested in. Please send us a message to let us know what combination of rewards you would like so that we can make a note of it and send you the appropriate questionnaire at the end of our project.
The Grunion are fish native to the coasts of California, USA and Baja California, Mexico.
These fish have a unique mating ritual which is known in SoCal as the Grunion Run.
When we were looking for a name, we wanted something that would represent our little shop's California roots as well as the unique creativity of our grooms and groomsmen. And being the creatively clever people that we are (but of course!), we thought about combining the words Groom + Union which naturally equals, Grunion. Brilliant! Since grunion get together in a way that is special to their species, and we hope our clothes will help people express themselves in their own special way for their weddings, the name seemed like the perfect match.
Absolutely! Our clothes were designed with the intention to be worn in a wedding AND daily life. Please check out our update #2 for more about this and photos of suggested ways to style The Grunion Run for everyday living.