My name is Sju and I am the founder of BySju, a starting brand with a dream to make wearing hats a lifestyle. Bowler hats are beautiful pieces of clothing that deserve not to be forgotten.
"Hats are timeless as long as you let them be"
So far I have designed and successfully produced the first LONDON BASIC Collection, made of 100% WOOL.
Determined to follow my dream I finally quit my full time job and took some time exploring new materials and production processes. As a result I have just recently finished designing, testing and arranging production of my second , LONDON EAST Collection. All the hats from this collection will be made of 100% Felt and 100% Vegetable tanned leather.
As the brand is still very young I would need initial funds to produce the 2nd collection and place orders for both collection in larger quantities. It will help with the costs associated with a large scale production run, including ordering all the necessary supplies.
Funds raised would also be used to hopefully build a strong distribution & marketing platform and to help establish BySju brand name on the market.
BySju is an independent hat brand producing the best quality bowler hats, which designs are inspired by the colourful and vibrant soul of London.
Each hat is handmade in Moravia, Czech Republic, a region known for one of the best hat making craftsmanship in the world. Building on our production’s exceptional skills and expertise, all BySju hats are made from the finest locally sourced materials.
"Every inch on each hat has its own story. A story that is worth exploring"
NEW & 2nd, LONDON EAST COLLECTION
ALL the hats from this collection will be made of 100% FELT and 100% VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER on the rim and edges.
1st LONDON BASIC COLLECTION
We have already successfully produced a few pieces of our first, LONDON BASIC collection, consisting of 7 designs.
All hats from this collection are made of 100 % WOOL
With this collection choose With or Without Feathers.
I. FLEET STREET
III. KING'S ROAD
IV. SHAFTESBURY AVENUE
V. SCOTLAND YARD
VI. BRICK LANE
VII. BAKER STREET
During Summer 2011, my loving grandfather gave me a beautiful bowler hat he kept in his attic from the late 30s. I immediately fell in love with it, took it with me to London and started wearing it pretty much everyday. My friends kept on asking me where it was from and so I went on a hunt for more hats like that special one.
Then I realised there was no brand I could turn to when looking solely for bowler hats, especially in different colours and designs. So I thought, why not to design and make them myself. I found one of the best suppliers of felt and other different materials that go into creating a bowler hat in my designs.
"BySju is a brand inspired by the concept of creativity and freedom of expression"
The campaign involving musicians, actors, sculptors, writers and painters, among others, is a collaborative and ongoing project. Its aim is to promote all these gifted individuals who we believe are worthy of much more attention and whose work deserves to be recognised by a broader audience.
By supporting the brand you are not only contributing in the promotion of the artists that are already part of the campaign, but also helping to build a larger platform. A platform, that will allow myself to collaborate with even more people making a difference in art today.
To see all the artists I already collaborate with please click on OUR CAMPAIGN.
HOW DO I KNOW MY SIZE?
1. MEASURE YOUR HEAD CIRCUMFERENCE WITH A MEASURE TAPE (place the measure tape around your head in the way you would like to wear your hat. We suggest a little backwards style as seen in the picture below ; )
2. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR SIZE GUIDE TO CHOOSE YOUR SIZE
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY HAT?
Please have a look at our Fabric Care section.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!
Risks and challenges
The first challenge will definitely be to get enough Kickstarters on board. There are so many amazing and wonderful projects out there. I am therefore turning first to my family, friends and bloggers to get support.
After the funding will be successful, the main challenge will be to deliver all the products to the backers. Having already produced pieces from my first collection, I have built a very strong relationship with the suppliers and the factory in Moravia, Czech Republic. I have spent a long time carefully choosing the best one, and they have done an amazing work so far and are very flexible in every aspect of the production of my designs. I have therefore very high confidence they will keep on delivering a great job all along the way.
I am allotting 3 to 5 months to deliver all the hats, including lead time for ordering fabrics & leather and extra time for any delays that can come the way. I will with very good care inspect every hat before sending it out and will keep on updating the page regarding my progress along with pictures and more videos.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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