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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.  

 

Vest, 6 Pence and scarf - Model: Brian
Vest, 6 Pence and scarf - Model: Brian

 

Cadet cap and gloves - Model: Charity
Cadet cap and gloves - Model: Charity

 

Brimmed hat, cowl and gloves - Model: Rory
Brimmed hat, cowl and gloves - Model: Rory

 

6 Pence, cowl and gloves - Model: Doran
6 Pence, cowl and gloves - Model: Doran

 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. 

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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:

 

Appreciation

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!

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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.

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    Thank you! We will send you a postcard, and appreciate your support.

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    Alpaca Fabric Swatch

    This is a card with a real 2"x 2" swatch of our first 100% Vermont alpaca fabrics.

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    Signed Illustration Photo

    This is a limited 5"x7" photo-print of one of Mika Ingerman's original fashion illustrations for Winter Moose, signed and dated by the artist.

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    Mika Ingerman will paint one of her fashion illustrations just for you!

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    Woven Coaster Sets (4)

    We will make a set of 4 blanket stitched 4" coasters for you, out of the multi-colored alpaca and sheep's wool hand woven fabrics.

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    Vermont Alpaca Bow-Tie: Lightest Cream

    This Bow-Tie will be a natural Off-White with flecks of red, gray and pale blue. These soft and subtly colorful ties will be the first of their kind. Only 18 will be made in each of four tiny herringbone color patterns. Each one will have it's own ticket of authenticity.

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    Vermont Alpaca Bow-Tie: Deep Brown

    This Bow-Tie will be predominantly a rich dark chocolate color, with flecks of red, gray and pale blue. These soft and subtly colorful ties will be the first of their kind. Only 18 will be made in each of four tiny herringbone color patterns. Each one will have it's own ticket of authenticity.

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    Vermont Alpaca Bow-Tie: Golden Fawn

    This Bow-Tie will be a light golden tan, with flecks of red, gray and pale blue. These soft and subtly colorful ties will be the first of their kind. Only 18 will be made in each of four tiny herringbone color patterns. Each one will have it's own ticket of authenticity.

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    Vermont Alpaca Bow-Tie: True Indigo

    This Bow-Tie will highlight Vermont grown indigo blue, with flecks of red, gray and pale blue. These soft and subtly colorful ties will be the first of their kind. Only 18 will be made in each of four tiny herringbone color patterns. Each one will have it's own ticket of authenticity.

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    Vermont Alpaca 3" Tie: WM Lightest Cream

    This 3" neck-tie will be a natural off-white, with flecks of red, gray and pale blue. We will use the same fabric as for the bow-ties, but only 12 will be made in each of four color patterns. Each one will have it's own numbered ticket of authenticity.

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    Vermont Alpaca 3" Tie: WM Deep Brown

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    Vermont Alpaca 3" Tie: WM Golden Fawn

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    Vermont Alpaca 3" Tie: WM True Indigo

    This 3" neck-tie will showcase Vermont grown indigo, with tiny flecks of red, gray and pale blue, in a mini-herringbone pattern. We will use the same fabric as for the bow-ties, but only 12 will be made in each of four color patterns. Each one will have it's own numbered ticket of authenticity.

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    Crepe Scarf with Fringe: WM Madder Red

    The hand dyed red yarn creates a beautiful spiraling vine pattern on an off-white and pale indigo background. This 74" x 8" handwoven scarf will be made of 50% New England Alpaca and 50% Domestic Fine Sheep wool. It will be soft and warm, with a hand knotted fringe at both ends. Only six of this color will be made. Each one will have it's own ticket of authenticity.

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    Crepe Scarf with Fringe: WM Pale Indigo

    The hand dyed blue yarn creates a beautiful geometric pattern in this scarf. This handwoven piece will be 74" x 8" and made of 50% New England Alpaca and 50% Domestic Fine Sheep wool. It will be soft and warm, with a hand knotted fringe at both ends. Only six of this color will be made. Each one will have it's own numbered ticket of authenticity.

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    Crepe Scarf with Fringe: WM Golden Fawn

    The natural golden tan of alpaca is accentuated with pale flecks of hand dyed blue in this geometric scarf. This handwoven piece will be 74" x 8" and made of 50% New England Alpaca and 50% Domestic Fine Sheep wool. It will be soft and warm, with a hand knotted fringe at both ends. Only six of this color will be made. Each one will have it's own numbered ticket of authenticity.

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    6-Pence: Rosette-Crepe, Dk Brown

    This plush soft cap will be lined with organic cotton and made in the size you request. You can see it's elegant shape in the prototype pictures, and the cloth design on the left. Only two caps will be made in this fabric, and each will have a numbered ticket.

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    6-Pence: Rosette-Crepe, Sand

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    6-Pence: Rosette-Crepe, Indigo

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    6-Pence: Great Light Herringbone

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    6-Pence: Great Dark Herringbone

    This hat fabric would be identical to the 6-pence worn by our male model in the video. This plush, soft cap will be lined with organic cotton and made in the size you request. Only four caps will be made in this fabric, and each will have a numbered ticket.

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    Visored Cap: Rosette-Crepe, Madder Red

    This sweet, soft hat will have an organic cotton lining, and is adorned with hand made wood buttons. See the classic shape in the picture of our model "Charity". Only two of these hats will be made using the red yarn, hand dyed with roots grown in VT.

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    Visored Cap: Rosette-Crepe, Indigo

    This sweet, soft hat will have an organic cotton lining, and is adorned with hand made wood buttons. See the classic shape in the picture of our model "Charity". Only one of these hats will be made using dark blue yarn, hand dyed with leaves grown in VT.

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    Visored Cap: Rosette-Crepe, Sand

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    Visored Cap: Rosette-Crepe, Indigo

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    Visored Cap: Great Light Herringbone

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    Fingerless Gloves: WM Lightest Cream

    These are a great way to showcase the Vermont Alpaca mini-herringbone fabric. Made in the size you specify, they will have wood button details, and a warm, soft feel. Only four pairs will be made in this fabric.

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    Fingerless Gloves: WM Deep Brown

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    Fingerless Gloves: WM Golden Fawn

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    Fingerless Gloves: WM True Indigo

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    Visored Cap w Ears: Gt. Dk. Herringbone

    This plush, soft hat, made in your size, will have an organic cotton lining, and the front band will have wood button details. The sides of our classic brimmed hat, seen in the picture of our model "Charity", will be extended into ear flaps on either side. This will add strength to the look, and warmth to wearer. Only one of these hats will be made using this fabric.

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    Visored Cap w Ears: Gt. Lt. Herringbone

    This plush, soft hat, made in your size, will have an organic cotton lining, and the front band will have wood button details. The sides of our classic brimmed hat, seen in the picture of our model "Charity", will be extended into ear flaps on either side. This will add strength to the look, and warmth to wearer. Only one of these hats will be made using this fabric.

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    Visored Cap w Ears: R.-Crepe, Madder Red

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    22" Pencil Skirt: Rosette-Crepe, Indigo

    This amazing skirt will be warm and soft, with an organic cotton lining. Only one skirt will be made in this fabric, so it is a unique show piece of hand dyed, hand woven Vermont craftsmanship. We can offer this in any size up to a 42" hip. We apologize for not being able to offer a larger size as a reward.

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    22" Pencil Skirt: Rosette-Crepe, Sand

    This amazing skirt will be warm and soft, with an organic cotton lining. Only two skirts will be made in this fabric, so they will be rare show pieces of hand dyed, hand woven Vermont craftsmanship. We can offer them in any size up to a 42" hip. We apologize for not being able to offer a larger size as a reward.

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    22" Pencil Skirt: Rose.-Crepe, Dk. Brown

    This amazing skirt will be warm and soft, with an organic cotton lining. Only two skirts will be made in this fabric, so they will be rare show pieces of hand dyed, hand woven Vermont craftsmanship. We can offer them in any size up to a 42" hip. We apologize for not being able to offer a larger size as a reward.

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    22" Pencil Skirt: Gt. Dk. Herringbone

    This amazing skirt will be warm and soft, with an organic cotton lining. Only one 22" skirt will be made in this fabric, so it will be a unique piece of hand woven Vermont craftsmanship. We can offer this in any size up to a 42" hip. We apologize for not being able to offer a larger size as a reward.

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    22" Pencil Skirt: Gt. Lt. Herringbone

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    26" Pencil Skirt: Gt. Dk. Herringbone

    This longer, one-of-a-kind version of the pencil skirt will be cozy warm and heirloom quality. Enjoy the soft weighty drape of this hand woven fabric. Lined in organic cotton. We can offer this in any size up to a 42" hip. We apologize for not being able to offer a larger size as a reward.

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