I'm extremely sorry for the radio silence. As some of you have probably noticed, I've been pretty quite on the social media front and have been horrible at answering emails, DMs, Facebook messages, tumblr messages, etc.. There's a couple reasons for that.
One, I'm trying to look at my phone and computer less so as to be more productive.
Two, some big changes have happened over the last few weeks. I fought off a mental breakdown due to being so far behind and overwhelmed with the task at hand. This ended up being an extremely good thing for my mental sanctity. I've realized that it is physically impossible for me to design, prototype, produce, sell, and ship the products alone. Nonetheless answer emails, take photos, post on all the internets, etc.
That being said, I met with some people who are smarter than I am business wise and have decided to take CVRST down a different path than I had intended when I started it two years ago. I am no longer going to be producing my products in house. I have found two sew houses locally that are going to make the actual product for me which allows me to focus on the design, sales, and distribution of my goods. The sew houses are minutes away from my workspace, and we've already started great relationships with both. Long story short, scaling a business requires human power. I've been lucky enough to find that.
By me solely wearing all of the hats, I'm not able to keep up, or pay rent and eat. As much as my punk rock/DIY ethics tend to lead me to be a masochist, I've realized that even the most underground and DIY bands don't pour their own wax. They have people press they're records. They buy the sleeves already made. They generally pay a printshop to do they're packaging. We are applying the same U.S. made ethics to this new process, to allow us what we need: production and distribution.
What does this mean for you, the Kickstarter supporters? This means that I'm in the process of having your stuff made here in the NW to my high standards of quality and I will have a ship date for you very soon. Kickstarter is a donation based organization designed to help the little humans get off the ground with their ideas. As a start up, I thought I had the ability to do all the production by myself, if I could acquire the tools to do it. Well, I was wrong, and I am again sorry it has taken so long to figure this out.
For those of you who don't know me well, I am not the kind of person that can leave projects undone. Especially when someone else's money is involved. That being said, YOU WILL BE GETTING YOUR PRODUCT, even if it leads me that much nearer to death. I promise you that.