IF YOU COULD AFFORD TO PUT UP BILLBOARDS IN EVERY INNER CITY AND IN EVERY GARAGE THAT WOULD REDIRECT A TEENAGER TWO STEPS FROM THE WRONG PATH TO CHANGE COURSE AND GO TO COLLEGE WOULD YOU?
WELL GUESS WHAT……………WHETHER YOU KNOW IT OR NOT YOU CAN AFFORD IT AND WE'LL START PUTTING THEM UP FOR YOU!!!!
Congratulations you have just clicked on one of the most important Campaigns in Kickstarter History………………The Re-Launch of African American College Alliance Clothing!!!!
What is African American College Alliance?
African American College Alliance is a Street Wear brand that is focused on creating product featuring Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) but able to go toe to toe with top brands like Stussy, Supreme and Concepts. Our product is not designed for your typical College Bookstore, we focus on creating awareness of these wonderful Institutions to the Cool Kid in your neighborhood!!! Not only do we mix our 25 year Heritage with Current Style, but we do it while giving a 7 - 13% royalty back to the Historical Black Colleges and Universities that adorn our product.
Heritage + Style + Give Back = Game Changer For Our Youth
What started African American College Alliance in the 90's?
AACA was birthed from a moment in time in the late 80's to early 90's when Hip-Hop's elite gravitated toward wearing the bright color pallets and mascots of America's favorite colleges in their videos and photo-shoots, i.e. Syracuse Orangemen, North Carolina Tar Heels, Georgetown Hoyas. This movement dramatically impacted the sales of footwear, sportswear and baseball caps nationally. During this time, in one of Washington, DC's hottest footwear stores on Georgia Ave., a small group of Howard University students challenged a retail manager and said "How can you carry all of these other colleges right down the street from our school and not have us represented at all? How fair is that? We are a Division 1 School also!!!" Those revolutionary minded students' words created a brand that would not only bring a plethora of royalty revenue to these schools, but would begin the biggest awareness campaign in Historically Black College and University history.
Why should I back this?
Your backing will allow us to deliver our product to a group of early adopters like yourself or the young men of influence in your life. You all become the walking billboards of influence that Kickstart AACA Clothing. Every contribution of purchase and/or pledge of support will allow us to deliver our products to you steeply discounted off Retail prices to reward you, for becoming one of our very first customers. This is our first major production at this level in 21 years, and we need your help to make this dream a reality. We will actually roll our profits from this initial production back into the brand to aquire our Historical Black College licenses, manufacture new product and to prepare the brand for a big rollout for back to school in Fall 2016. Becoming one of our backers means much more than just buying our beautifully manufactured product at an amazing price.
Each backer at any pledge of purchase level:
♦ Will be Added to our AACA Clothing VIP List to get exclusive access to limited run products and colors.
♦ Will be able to sell any of their purchased AACA Classic Hoodies from this campaign forward, back to us at anytime for $50.
AACA Clothing is the first and only Street-wear brand that will buy back it's World Famous AACA Classic Hoodies. Kickstarter supporters will be able to send back their old AACA Hoodies for a $50 credit towards a new Hoodie. We will redistribute your old Hoodie to a needy student at a Historical Black College and University to help them stay stylishly warm during their educational journey.
Does this brand only cater to Males? Where is the gear for Ladies?
Ladies we are very sorry if it appears that way, but we are definitely an Equal Opportunity Provider of Fresh Gear. The reason we are focusing on Young Men in our initial relaunch is both to address a problem and to develop the best product we can for our Juniors' Collection. First, we have done comprehensive research for the re-introduction of our product and we have discovered that there is no other category in need of our pre-mentioned Billboards than African American Male High School Students.
"For black high school graduates, there’s a different story. In 1994, young black men were more likely than young black women to be enrolled in college immediately after high school. By 2012, the pattern had reversed: The share of young black men enrolled in college remained stagnant, while the share of young black women enrolled in college increased to 69% —a 12 percentage point gap with black men." - March 6, 2014 ♦ Fact Tank ♦ Pew Research Center
Secondly, we want to take our time and develop our Juniors' Collection prioritizing great fit along with great style. With that said, we will be taking the next 18 months to develop the Juniors' Collection for a Fall of 2017 launch. Currently, we have added sizes Small & Medium to this Kickstarter Campaign to accommodate some of our Female Customers that must have it now as well.
Risks and challenges
The most wonderful thing about the relaunch of a brand is you already have the production quality you want in your hand before you make your first sample. The challenge then becomes for your new production partner to make pieces that are beyond the quality of the goods you made 25 years ago, but with the use of today's technology shift in the garment business.
We have patiently researched factories based on the prior relationships of our team, reliable product delivery to our peers & long term experience in our category of apparel. With that said, the manufacturing process relies on multiple components coming together at the same time. While we are very well versed in managing production and delivering on- time, there is always the possibility of a slight delay. Although very unlikely, things sometimes do take longer than expected - but we are prepared for it and are engaging in precautionary steps to prevent any such event. Throughout the duration of the project - we will be in contact with you, frequently updating you in vivid detail, every step of the way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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