Back by popular demand, we are running another campaign to build inventory and expand our product line for www.UlaAndLia.com! After our first successful campaign for throws in 2016, and our 2nd successful campaign for knitting yarn in 2017-18, I’m still working towards my goal of developing a live style/home wears brand that showcases the incredible raw materials and craftsmanship found in Mongolia!
After originally coming to Mongolia in 2010 with the US Peace Corps, I stayed here to pursue my life-long goal of running my own business. I’m currently teaching English to pay living expenses, get a visa, and (sometimes) invest in my business projects. Although it can be brutal when the weather drops as low as-40C in winter, it’s also that same weather that forces the free-range livestock here to develop fine, downy wools that are brushed and harvested in spring to make some of the most sought after fibers in the world.
For this project, I need to meet large batch minimums to produce our products. For woven goods in particular, the order requirements are impossible to do on my own. I’m running a small campaign with only 3 products to build some inventory, but also keep the production requirements manageable. As the goal of the project is to build inventory, I will definitely be offering stretch goals with different designs if we have a great response.
After discussion with my production facility, I’m sure we can finish the campaign by the beginning of February, get all of the items out of manufacturing by March, and deliver everything before April. When raw material prices for next year are set in mid-April, I’m planning to run the next campaign for hand knitting yarn!
Generally overshadowed by its more rare and exotic fiber relatives, Mongolian sheep wool is durable while still being incredibly soft. Whether it’s on the couch or around my neck as a super warm blanket scarf, it’s never itchy and never fails to amaze. Being cheaper than cashmere and more able to take dyes than yak wool, sheep wool is the perfect pick for something warm, cozy, and with a bit of snap!
Sounds strange, but feels incredible. Exotic and less known than sheep's wool and cashmere, yak wool should actually be called yak cashmere. Being finer and softer than some cashmere from other countries, yak wool feels almost like a merino/cashmere blend. As yak wool is comprised of 3 layers, ULA + LIA only uses the softest, downiest, finest layer.
Due to their unique habitat of high elevations and bitterly cold temperatures, yak wool is both very fine and soft, but also comprised of abnormally long and durable fibers. Even with my years of experience around cashmere and wools, I sometimes need to double check labels to confirm if it's yak and not cashmere!
The owner of the production facility I work with to make our knitting yarn and throws has extensive experience with spinning and spinning technology. With his PhD in the field, he was able to create one of only 2 factories in Mongolia that is able to create the thin yet durable yarn used in these lightweight throws. Fine like silk, but breathable and warm like the Mongolian cashmere we know and love, this charcoal grey and natural taupe 100% cashmere throw is perfect for all climates and weather!
The end goal for this campaign is to build some inventory on my website and expand our product line. I'm keeping it relatively small with 3 items to keep it simple and make sure I'll have plenty of time to fulfill everything before starting another project in mid-April. I've already met with my producers to make sure everything can be sent out in March!
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Risks and challenges
Although there are always risks doing business in developing countries, I’m confident I can deliver these items on time and with the great quality my customers and become accustomed to. In my last projects that ran into financial difficulties due to shipping costs and unforeseen raw material price spikes, I still fulfilled projects on-time. Using the audience I’ve developed on Kickstarter is an integral part to the development of my business, and keeping everybody completely satisfied is paramount to building a customer base and achieving my future goals.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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