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$3,885
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, March 28 2014 8:32 PM UTC +00:00
$3,885
pledged of $4,500pledged of $4,500 goal
39
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, March 28 2014 8:32 PM UTC +00:00

About

Burgess Custom is an independent, female owned grassroots company with deep roots in the mountain lifestyle. The company began in 2002 on the dream of producing technical yet fashionable clothing in a conscious manner and has experienced steady, managed growth for the past 12 years. We are the United States’ only producer of custom tailored outerwear using entirely domestic labor and fabric sources!

We are seeking funding to provide a process to collaborate on product development with designers, seamstresses, and outdoor sports enthusiasts. Our customers have expressed the need for a method to bring their inventions and visions of customized outdoor gear products to life. We would like to host 4 product design & development workshops over the next year. We plan to host one workshop per quarter that coordinates with the different outdoor sports and activities of each of the 4 seasons. The purpose of the workshops will be to educate and train participants on how to build the products they invent or desire utilizing entirely American labor and fabric sources. We will work closely with each of the participants in a hands on environment. The workshops will be held at the Burgess Custom shop, which is fully stocked with the technical fabrics, hardware, and machines necessary to build all types of outdoor gear. Each workshop will involve 3 steps: planning, design, and production of each of the participants' desired products. From start to finish, we want to teach people to create American made outdoor gear products.

We also want to educate our local community by offering sewing instruction classes. If successful, our Kickstarter project will also allow us to host monthly sewing classes for children and quarterly sewing classes for adults at the Burgess Custom shop.

Parents in our region have expressed a great deal of interest in having our company host sewing classes for their children.  This will help enrich our youth in the art of home economics and community self sustainability. We have also been asked to teach adult sewing classes by working closely with the local branch of the Idaho Technical College, set to open next year. 

The ultimate goal is to bring clothing production & industry back to America, as only 2 percent of clothing purchased in this country is produced on US soil. Please support Burgess Custom’s workshop goal as we strive to build many more goods within the United States. Thank you Kickstarter community!

Risks and challenges

Burgess Custom appreciates that there are risks and challenges involved with every Kickstarter project. Fortunately, there is already a great deal of interest in our potential workshops and courses, so we are extremely confident that we can fill these programs. However, if funding is not achieved, we are faced with a lack of capital to achieve our project's goals.
One challenge we may face if our project is successfully funded is a lack of machinery & space to hold our workshops & courses. Many of our local community members that want to learn sewing skills have offered to bring in their home machines to use for the courses. This will help alleviate the lack of machinery & familiarize the participants with the machines they'll be using when sewing at home. As for the space issue, it may be necessary to offer more than 4 workshops per year to help allow participants to spread out when working on their prototypes & projects.
We are confident that we can overcome these potential obstacles with careful planning & flexibilty in scheduling.

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    Unique Burgess Custom thank you sticker! Show the world you’re proud to support high quality products handcrafted in the United States!

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    Burgess Custom reusable shopping bag- built strong in the Tetons from recycled snow pants!

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    Burgess Custom t-shirt in your size! Specially designed for our Kickstarter support team & silk screened in the Tetons in unique colors!

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    Burgess Custom zip up hoodie in your size! Specially designed for our Kickstarter support team & silk screened in the Tetons in unique colors!

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    Burgess Custom flannel button up shirt in your size! New release specially built for our Kickstarter support team! Custom designed & handcrafted in the United States in unique colors!

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    Burgess Custom snow pants! Custom designed, tailored, & built for you in the United States! Choose your own design, fabric, & colors to build your dream Burgess Custom snow pants!

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    The ultimate reward- a private design and prototyping workshop! Burgess Custom will host you for a complete workshop to help you build your desired outdoor gear product. We will help bring your vision or invention to life right here in the United States!

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Funding period

- (30 days)