One year ago, I was sitting in class for Lehigh University's Technical Entrepreneurship Master's Program, watching my peers present their products and ideas. When it was Fran Puente's turn to present, he walked to the front of the room, holding a bundle of pillows. The class looked on in silent curiosity as he set them down on the table, looking unenthused. He picked up one of the pillows, casually tugged at its fabric, and in the blink of an eye, transformed it into a hoodie. Our jaws dropped as he slipped his arms through the sleeves and tossed it on his back. It was one of the coolest things I had ever seen.
"A couple of years ago I was in a product design class with a good friend of mine," Fran began. "I turned to him and said, 'What could I possibly make that everybody would love?' He said that he loves hoodies. I said that I love pillows." I couldn't believe it was so simple.
A few months later, we teamed up together to make this idea become a reality. We pulled out our sewing machines and began creating prototypes from existing hoodies. We experimented with several different designs, and after months of fine-tuning, we finally arrived at a design that we liked best and achieved the perfect hoodie-to-pillow ratio. At that point, we began working with local tailors to produce more professional-looking versions of our hoodies. The progress we've made over the past year has been incredible, and we're now ready to begin our first production run. We are working with American manufacturers, and need your support to help share our hoodies with the world.
So how does it work? Simple. Jut reach into the inner pocket in the back of the hoodie, pull it inside out, and pack the remainder of the hoodie into the pouch. To turn it back into a hoodie, just un-stuff it. It's easier than folding a shirt.
It's perfect for travel -- especially on flights, trains, and long car rides. It's also useful at sporting events, yoga classes, and on camping trips. And let's not forget that you'll always be prepared for impromptu pillow fights with your friends!
For the materials, we've chosen a soft, cotton blend for the hoodie, and 100% cotton sweatshirt fleece for the pillow. This makes the hoodie comfortable and stylish, while ensuring the pillow is always fluffy and soft.
We've opted for a unisex design that comes in both adult and youth sizes. For our initial run, we plan on offering three choices of color: red, light grey, and blue:
All of our pillows will be a blue color (note: final color may differ slightly):
Risks and challenges
Our biggest concern is shipping the product late. This could happen if we do not hit factory minimums or do not receive enough demand for certain colors (if your reward choice does not meet the production minimums, you may be asked to pick out a different reward).
Another potential concern is our sizing chart is not yet finalized. We kindly ask for your patience as we finish developing our sizing chart with our manufacturers. We will post the sizing chart as soon as it becomes available to us, and provide updates to you every step of the way.
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