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Ruth Grace WongBy Ruth Grace Wong
First created
Ruth Grace WongBy Ruth Grace Wong
First created
$4,588
pledged of $24,500 goal
74
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, April 28 2018 6:27 PM UTC +00:00

About

Made in the USA from high-quality hemp and recycled fiber fleece, this cozy, cowl-neck sweater can be zipped up over your head to say "Leave Me Alone".

Whether you're being badgered by your family or coworkers, with someone who just can't take a hint, or trying to sleep in the airport, the Leave Me Alone Sweater has you covered. Invented by Ruth Grace Wong, the Leave Me Alone Sweater went viral, and now we need to put together an order of 300 sweaters to be able to have them manufactured.

Features

Made from 55% hemp and 45% recycled fiber fleece, each charcoal-colored, cowl-neck Leave Me Alone Sweater features cozy thumbholes, side seam pockets, and a high-quality, California-made zipper.

We've been working hard sourcing the perfect fabric, perfecting the pattern and fit, and visiting local factories. We came up with a fantastically comfy sweater made to last many years, and our entire supply chain is something we can be proud of.

Playful | Sustainable | Manufactured Locally | High Quality

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Risks and challenges

Understanding manufacturing means being empowered to support jobs within my local community and to create something new and share it with the world. I hope to be able to use my success to do just that. This will be my first experience doing sourcing and working with factories, and I've been preparing by taking garment industry classes (http://garmentindustry411.com/) and attending a production sewing boot camp (http://abqfashionincubator.com/wp/).

Here are what I think the biggest risks are, and how we are addressing them:

Running out of money
We've costed the fabric and the cutting and sewing for the sweater, and left in wiggle room for other expenses like shipping the fabric, care labels, packaging, and fulfillment. If everything goes perfectly we will be able to invest 40% of the money from Kickstarter into making extra sweaters, but if something goes wrong or costs more than expected, we will have money to fix the issue and maintain our high quality standards.

Not being able to fulfill on time
If our fabric supplier does not have enough fabric in stock in their warehouse, the lead time to have fabric manufactured is 8 weeks. For cutting and sewing the sweaters, it takes about 6 weeks. Plus it will take extra time for shipping the parts to their destinations, and packaging and shipping the completed sweaters to backers. Based on these numbers we think we will be able to ship in October, but if we run into unexpected problems, we can be up to 2 months late and still ship by Christmas.

Poor quality
As the amount of American garment manufacturing decreases, the availability of highly skilled workers also goes down. The sweater is designed with a simple construction so that it can be sewn consistently well by any factory. I have also taken steps to educate myself by taking courses and attending a production sewing bootcamp, with the intention of visiting the factory regularly during production to catch and remediate any manufacturing issues early on.

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    Leave Me Alone Pin

    A one-inch pin that says LEAVE ME ALONE. White block text on black background. For those who support the sentiment, but like to travel light.

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    You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family...

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