Winter Moose: Vermont Sustainable Fashion
Within a 200 mile radius of Vermont's capitol, we want to activate and nurture a textile and fashion supply chain, from the ground up.
Here is How this Works:
You choose an amount that you can donate towards our goal, and we will make, and send you a reward as a "Thank You" for your support.
Be the First to own a Swatch of Vermont Made, 100% Winter Moose Alpaca Fabric.
This is the reward we offer for each $20 donation. Or, better yet, invest in a Vermont Alpaca tie, bow-tie, or pair of fingerless gloves. Here are our alpaca fabric designs. The soft, luxurious fiber will lend itself to a beautiful drape.
As rewards, we are also offering to make three styles of hat - and we can make one in your size! We would like to offer several skirts, in two lengths, out of the same fabrics. These hats and skirts would be made of a soft, plush and warm cloth, hand woven of 50% New England alpaca and 50% Domestic fine sheep's wool. Using all natural animal colors, and blue and red plant dyes, grown in Vermont, Here are the patterns we hope to create:
Cozy Hand Woven Scarves
Along with the pieces above, we want to make some long scarves, with hand knotted fringe in three color choices:
Remember: You will receive your reward, and your donation will be processed, only if we succeed on raising the full amount. So, please help us spread the word!
Our Goal: We need $31,000 to accomplish three things.
- Activate a dynamic, small scale supply chain in Vermont, for authentic local textile and fashion production.
- Make a collection of classic and elegant accessories and garments available to the public.
- Establish and protect Winter Moose as a brand that connects fashion to high ethical standards and respect for the environment.
A Short Backstory: Two years ago, our family ran a small, successful Kickstarter to fund research into the production of local cloth and fashion. We formed a company, learned the steps for making fine cloth, and began developing patterns. Here are some photos of the one-of-a-kind prototypes we made from hand woven textiles produced in our first Kickstarter. With this gallery, we hope to give you a glimpse of what is possible.
When it Comes to Local: Even the Buttons…
We want to source as much as we can, close to home. Reed Prescott III of Bristol, Vermont, a nationally acclaimed artist, makes buttons from many different locally grown tree types.
Our Commitment to our Community, to the Earth, and to You.
- By sourcing our fiber, dyes and labor within one area, we support our regional economy. A growing network of small farms, mills and weaving studios is at the heart of Winter Moose.
- Petrochemical based synthetic dyes, fibers, preservatives, solvents, pesticides, and long transportation chains make the Global Textile Industry a major contributor to the environmental issues of our time. By producing small runs of fabric, and avoiding synthetic additives at every stage, we can support a healthy environment.
- Dignity and authenticity can begin with fashion. We want to provide you with classic and elegant styles, exemplary Vermont craftsmanship, and products that support your values. To this end, we are creating a hand signed Ticket of Authenticity to accompany each item we make out of our cloth. Here is a sample of what that ticket may look like:
Thanks to Karen H. Shaw and Stephen Thomas at Moonacre Farm for generous donations of time, and permission to film. Thanks to Great Harvest Bread Co. in Burlington and the Shelburne Orchards for permission to film. Many people helped with the video, and we are grateful for all the volunteers who stepped forward to make this happen. We also extend thanks to the farmers, dyers and mill owners who have donated fleeces and time over the years, and cheered us on with this project.
And Thank You, Reader -
- for taking the time to get this far. Please tell your friends about our efforts, and how they can make a positive difference by supporting Winter Moose. Have a wonderful day!
Risks and challenges
We are confident that what we say we can do, we can do - unless unforeseen extremes present themselves. We are working off of quotes recently gathered from many Vermont small businesses, and expect to be able to locate extra sewing contractors if the need arrises. We suspect that the main risk will be keeping within our time estimates, and completion dates for each step of the process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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