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Vintage Cotton Hoodies: 100% Cotton, 100% Made in USA, 100% Focus on Quality and Design.
Vintage Cotton Hoodies: 100% Cotton, 100% Made in USA, 100% Focus on Quality and Design.
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A clothing brand with a single goal: to bring more quality into your everyday life

What is your favorite hoodie like? Mine is 100% cotton, and has that vintage well-worn, well-loved look and feel to it, soft and comfy.  It fits well and looks good, quietly understated, flattering, classic. So well made that every time you see it or touch it, something inside you smiles with pleasure.

Simple, right? But for some reason you cannot buy hoodies like this anymore. Instead we are offered low quality, synthetic blend hoodies, mass-produced half way across the world. Disposable clothing that looks cheap and feels depressingly inferior.

This is why we're launching Kiss The Rain, a new clothing brand dedicated to making high quality, simple and elegant everyday clothes from natural fibers, designed and made in the USA.  

This Kickstarter is not about new inventions, advanced technology or trendy new features like a WI-FI enabled zipper. 

This Kickstarter is about taking a pause, and going back to a simple fundamental thing that makes our lives so much richer, but is hard to find these days. This Kickstarter is all about Quality.

We are thrilled to bring you our flagship product: The Vintage Cotton Hoodie

These hoodies are made from the highest quality materials, with utmost focus on quality of design and construction, and relentless attention to every small detail. The hoodies are made entirely in the USA, from all US-made materials.

Styles, colors and sizing

We are offering both Men's and Women's hoodies, however it is NOT a Unisex design. The style, fit and patterns were developed separately for the Men's and Women's styles, each designed to flatter and fit different types of bodies. 

Women's hoodies

Women's styles feature raglan sleeves that are great for emphasizing the soft feminine silhouette. We are offering Women's Zip hoodies in three colors: Mulberry, Heather and Natural White (note that Natural White is accented with a purple zipper).

Sizing

You don't need to choose your size when pledging. We will send you a survey after the Kickstarter campaign completes to ask your size, so you have time to figure out which size works best for you.

Sizes vary between brands, so the best way to figure out the hoodie size you want is to measure a sweatshirt that fits you well, then compare those measurements to the table below. Also note the measurements of the model and see how size Small fits her. All the colors of the women's hoodie are sized the same.

Men's hoodies

Men's styles feature a strong shoulder line and a flattering athletic fit. We are offering two styles of men's hoodies: Pullover and Zip. Pullover hoodies come in two colors, Vintage Indigo and Slate. Men's Zip hoodie are offered in Slate.

 Sizing

You don't need to choose your size when pledging. We will send you a survey after the Kickstarter campaign completes to ask your size, so you have time to figure out which size works best for you.

Sizes vary between brands, so the best way to figure out the hoodie size you want is to measure a sweatshirt that fits you well, then compare those measurements to the table below. Also note the measurements of the model and see how size Medium fits him. Both the pullover and zip men's hoodies are sized the same.

The Process

100% Cotton 3-End Terry

We are big believers in 100% cotton. Synthetic blends might be cheaper and easier to work with, but cotton breathes better, moves better, is softer. It has life and feeling of quality and luxury that simply feels good.

Cotton is much more expensive than synthetics -- the fabric itself, and also the process of working with it -- but we think it's worth it. The hoodies are pre-shrunk twice: first the fabric itself is laundered, then the hoodies themselves after they are sewn. The zipper is put in after the second shrinking so that you don't get any of the puckering around the zipper line as you might with cheaper low-quality hoodies.

Garment dye and wash

We wanted to give our hoodies that soft, slightly faded vintage look of the well-loved favorite old cotton sweatshirt that's been washed hundreds of times. Our hoodies are garment dyed; that means that they are dyed after they are sewn, which gives them the subtle variations in color of the fabric and stitching that give clothing personality and life. We use pigment dye, enzymes and mineral softeners to give the fabric the soft "hand", making it comfy and soft to the touch.

Made in America

Our hoodies are made entirely in the USA. Not only sewing the final hoodies themselves, but every step of the process: knitting and dyeing the fabric, making the trim, the zippers, even our clothing labels and boxes are made in the USA.

We love supporting US apparel manufacturing, and it is also essential in our quest for quality: by manufacturing in the US we are able to visit our factory, the dye house and the knit mill in person, meet the people who are working on our products. We are adding to the quality of the whole thing by having our clothes manufactured by people who make a good living wage, work in good conditions and take pride in their work.

Our Story

Hi, I'm Olia, Kiss The Rain Founder. I have been an engineer for the last 20+ years, until one day I couldn't find a hoodie to buy. I wanted a really good high-quality one, 100% Cotton, elegant and well made, and none of the hoodies out there met my standards. Next thing I knew, I was on the Quest for the Perfect Hoodie, there seemed to be this hoodie-shaped void in the world that was calling me.

My inspiration for starting the clothing brand came from the town where I live: Port Townsend, on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Port Townsend attracts people from all over the world who want to create the best things in life and are unwilling to compromise. Simple, everyday things, like the food we eat, the clothing we wear, the houses we live in. There are so many artists and craftsmen here, Masters of their chosen area that care deeply about making something the best it can be, the pure joy of the process, of pouring your heart and soul into your creation.

I wanted to express this dedication to quality, craftsmanship, and simple, understated beauty as clothing. I named the brand Kiss The Rain because loving and appreciating the rain is a big part of living here.

In creating Kiss The Rain I leaned heavily on my engineering pragmatism, experience successfully running large complex projects, and methodical engineering approach to creating highest quality products.

Kiss The Rain has an absolute dedication and focus on the Customer. My primary goal for creating these hoodies is to make them the best possible quality all around. Not to cut corners, not to make them cheaper or faster or easier, but to make them so that the customer feels DELIGHTED when they get their hands on one. 

My family and I came to the United States as refugees when I was 15 years old. Moving to America was the luckiest thing that happened to me, and I’ve been in love with this country ever since. There was never a doubt in my mind that I wanted Kiss The Rain clothing to be manufactured exclusively in the USA. I am very excited to be able to give back, to create a clothing brand that embodies some of the best values that are truly American -- high quality, pride of craftsmanship, and easy and fun classic American style.

Risks and challenges

We understand that it takes a long time to go from prototype stage to production. We don’t want our supporters to have to wait forever for their hoodies, and that’s why set up our production team right from the start: the sewing factory, the fabric mill and the dye house. We’ve been working with these folks for over a year and a half now, iterating over samples and prototypes and testing our production process.

We didn't stop there, we actually kicked off our first small production run in August of this year, which means that we have several hundred hoodies that will be ready to ship in early November. The hoodie production is well under way, and will be finishing up during the Kickstarter campaign. We will be brining you regular updates on our progress as the campaign wraps up and we begin shipping!

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