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A masterfully designed selvedge denim motorcycle vest, handcrafted in San Francisco, crowd-sourced and delivered to you at wholesale. Read more

Bodega, CA Apparel
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A masterfully designed selvedge denim motorcycle vest, handcrafted in San Francisco, crowd-sourced and delivered to you at wholesale.

Bodega, CA Apparel
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To support us, click "Back this Project" on the right, or click directly on any of the available rewards (like "THE HEAVY WEIGHT OILER").

OUR STORY

As riders of vintage choppers, we were determined to create a motorcycle vest worthy of a lifetime of road-weathered abuse and resilient enough to tell your story with each chapter getting better with age. With this in mind, we set out to find the highest quality materials in the world to create a vintage-inspired, utilitarian design and sell them at a price that doesn’t leave anyone in the dust. 

By adopting a crowdsourcing model, we let you decide what we will make. This allows us to design a roadworthy collection with a direct connection to the riders who buy them. This approach affords us a huge savings and we plan on passing that savings back to you with every roadworthy garment we produce. The result? An insane design available at a sane price – our WHOLESALE price.

In the process of creating our reversible Dig vest, meticulously designed & made from the finest materials in the world, our retail pricing soared to well over $600. With a crowdsourcing approach for every garment we make, it is now possible to put masterful design and premium quality on the backs of all riders at a price that makes sense.

A Groundbreaking Approach That Puts You In Charge!

Our plans are to create an entire collection of premium roadwear where each of our garments will be available within our online store.  To continue to offer these insane designs at sane prices after the successful completion of our Kickstarter campaign, we will press on with the crowdsourcing model you see here - once we reach our funding goal for each design, it gets made and delivered to your door. We put YOU in charge of what ultimately gets produced.  With your support anything is possible!

"Dig" Vest in THE RAD JAPAN
"Dig" Vest in THE RAD JAPAN

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

To support us, click Back This Project or select one of the reward levels to the right (pictures of some of the rewards are below).

When we've raised $40K, we can buy all the materials and have the vests handcrafted in Frisco.

At $80K we will also be able to create a collection, and you can choose what we produce next.

THE QUALITY IS IN THE DETAILS

We only use the finest selvedge denim (what is selvedge?) from American-based Cone Mills (White Oak plant), Japan (Kuroki, Kurabo & Nihon Menpu - why Japanese?) & Italy-based Candiani Mills. These mills produce the most rare & beautiful selvedge denim in the world - we can't guarantee that we will be able to find it again. All of the denim we use is sanforized & made on vintage shuttle looms which produces a heavier, age-worthy material that gets better with abuse.  

Kickstarter Denim:

  • For THE HEAVY WEIGHT AMERICAN we're using a beautiful heavy-weight 16.7 oz. dark indigo selvedge from Cone Mills White Oak plant. This fabric choice will guarantee a totally USA-made garment. Gold bordered by white selvedge id.  
16.7 oz. Cone Mills Heavy-Weight Golden-Selvedge Denim - Used in the The Heavy Weight American.
16.7 oz. Cone Mills Heavy-Weight Golden-Selvedge Denim - Used in the The Heavy Weight American.
  • For THE RAD JAPAN we're using a 14.5 oz. dark indigo selvedge from Kurabo Mills in Japan.  This is without a doubt some of the finest Japanese denim there is. With a complex and grainy texture combined with a rich indigo dye, this denim is sure to produce a uniquely beautiful fading pattern. A more pronounced classic solid red bordered by white selvedge id than most - makes for a bigger statement on the facing of the Dig vest where the selvedge accent is the most noticeable.
14.5 oz. Kurabo Mills Selvedge Denim - Used in the Rad Japan.
14.5 oz. Kurabo Mills Selvedge Denim - Used in the Rad Japan.
  • For THE BLACK we're using a heavy-weight black selvedge denim from one of the finest mills in JAPAN.  The warp and weft are black  so this is as black as it gets.  
Heavy-weight Black Selvedge Denim - Used in the The Black and Black & Blue.
Heavy-weight Black Selvedge Denim - Used in the The Black and Black & Blue.
  • For THE BLACK & BLUE we're using a 14.5 oz. dark indigo selvedge from THE RAD JAPAN for the lower part of the vest and for the yoke (upper portion) we're using the same fabric from THE BLACK.
  • For THE HEAVY WEIGHT OILER we're using Cone Mills selvedge denim that has been waxed using the same process applied to the waxed pistol and cigarette/Zippo pockets. At a glance, this denim looks like its been dipped in heavy weight motor oil, but to the touch has a substantial leathery feel that will surprise even the biggest denim devotees.  We are one of the first to offer this extremely rare fabric. The whole vest is water repellent not just the pockets. After the wax is applied using a process cloaked in secrecy, the denim weighs in at over 17 oz. per yard.  As this fabric ages, it develops a well-worn and comfortable patina (see "Pocket Lining" below for more info on waxed fabric).  When it gets too dirty for your liking, all you have to do is hose it off.  
17.5 oz. Waxed Cone Selvedge Denim  - Used in the Heavy Weight Oiler.
17.5 oz. Waxed Cone Selvedge Denim - Used in the Heavy Weight Oiler.

 Other Kickstarter Fabrics Used:

  • Lining -  We will be using 10 oz. 100% Umatilla County made pure virgin wool fabric - beautifully woven, very durable and extremely comfortable.  This fabric is also machine washable but we highly recommend you never wash a Dig vest - "Faithfully Filthy Deepens The Dirty Soul".   
1) The Woodsman Green  2) The Brick Red  3) The Sixties Surfer Brown/Yellow  4) The Sixties Surfer Blue/Grey
1) The Woodsman Green 2) The Brick Red 3) The Sixties Surfer Brown/Yellow 4) The Sixties Surfer Blue/Grey
  • Pocket Lining - The cigarette/Zippo and pistol pockets of the Dig will be lined with a heavyweight waxed cotton fabric which is water repellent & made to last a lifetime.  As this fabric ages, it develops a well-worn and comfortable patina, which develops in the same manner that leather ages and burnishes with time. This fabric has been made and sold in America for seven generations and the unique process is cloaked in secrecy.

New Releases

  • For The Whisky Bones we are using an American-made 14 oz dark indigo denim fabric. This is as heavy as it gets for a modern loom. We are lining this vest with a 10 oz. Japanese made wool/poly blend "Troy" blanket fabric. We will be using our waxed cotton lined pocket fabric and our buttons will be individually cast in bronze like our other designs above. This is offered at  $211 through Kickstarter only (would normally retail at $450). We have enough fabric for 55 of these and then all this blanket fabric is gone!
14 oz American-made Denim Fabric - Used in The Whiskey Bones.
14 oz American-made Denim Fabric - Used in The Whiskey Bones.
10 oz Troy Blanket Fabric - Used in The Whiskey Bones.
10 oz Troy Blanket Fabric - Used in The Whiskey Bones.

Other Rad Details:  

  • Cast Bronze Change Buttons - We've never come across a high-end menswear brand that individually casts their buttons right here in California.  We've never come across a high-end brand that casts their buttons at all - most often they are made in China, zinc alloy based buttons, with a faux finish to make them look bronze.  We've decided to take matters into our own hands and make them the old fashioned way (see pics below for details on our buttons).  
Individually cast in California out of solid bronze. Design modeled after an old invader mag-wheel & functions like old-school change-buttons - can be swapped with different Clutch Monkey button designs or worn on the lining side to show-off the Dig's rev
Individually cast in California out of solid bronze. Design modeled after an old invader mag-wheel & functions like old-school change-buttons - can be swapped with different Clutch Monkey button designs or worn on the lining side to show-off the Dig's rev
Making buttons the old fashioned way and right here in California.
Making buttons the old fashioned way and right here in California.
Contrast stitching -  two traditional denim thread colors.  Selvedge accent along the facing beginning at the yoke.
Contrast stitching - two traditional denim thread colors. Selvedge accent along the facing beginning at the yoke.
Waxed cotton lined and partitioned cigarette/Zippo pocket - water repellent.
Waxed cotton lined and partitioned cigarette/Zippo pocket - water repellent.
Additional selvedge accents along waist tabs.
Additional selvedge accents along waist tabs.
American-made steel grommets and split-rings - remove the split ring and the button comes off.  Additional selvedge accent along inside waistband.
American-made steel grommets and split-rings - remove the split ring and the button comes off. Additional selvedge accent along inside waistband.
Wool plaid outside pocket accents.  Outside welt pocket design inspired by Harley Davidson's first made vest in 1921.
Wool plaid outside pocket accents. Outside welt pocket design inspired by Harley Davidson's first made vest in 1921.

(http://www.clutchmonkey.com/about/ for full story on design inspiration) 

Traditional cafe collar.  Heavy weight waxed cotton lined pistol pocket - water repellant.
Traditional cafe collar. Heavy weight waxed cotton lined pistol pocket - water repellant.
Tanner Goods heavy weight 7 oz. stamped English Bridle leather patch - located on inside lower pocket.  Also a motorcycle key pocket.
Tanner Goods heavy weight 7 oz. stamped English Bridle leather patch - located on inside lower pocket. Also a motorcycle key pocket.

OUR EXPERIENCE

Prior to starting Clutch Monkey we worked in the children's fashion industry for seven years and created a clothing store in Sebastopol, CA that was ranked #1 in Sonoma County six years in a row by the Bohemian Magazine. Several lines of clothing were developed and were sold all over the country.  

Three years ago we launched our men's roadwear line where we sold direct to consumer at our retail pricing selling out of these designs well before they were made. 

THE SIZES WE'RE MAKING

XS through to XXL. These run a little bigger than what you would expect so consult the size chart below. If you like to layer underneath make sure you pick a size that leaves you enough room for that. I have two - one that is a size up for layering and one that is a size down for wearing around town with my favorite Tee underneath. You'll select your size after the Kickstarter campaign closes. 

QUALITY GUARANTEE

Our vests are made to last a lifetime and we guarantee they are made from the highest quality materials in the world.  If anything should happen to your vest we'll repair them free of charge. If your vest tears or comes apart at the seams, send them back to us and we'll fix it.

REWARD IMAGES

  • THE BACKER
  •  THE KICKSTARTER
  • THE FIRESTARTER

 HOW TO HELP

After you support us, we would love it if you helped spread the word. Email, Facebook, Twitter - whatever's clever!

We can be found on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and at our website.

Don't hesitate to send us a note at info@clutchmonkey.com


Risks and challenges

Over the last two years we've completed a number of small Dig Vest production runs with the same experienced partners that we will be working with for the large production effort coming off the successful completion of our Kickstarter. These groups of people are the best in the industry and specialize in the production of large runs of high-end denim garments only. The relationships we have developed with our partners are very strong and the communication and support that has developed over the past two years has been extraordinary. Achieving on-time results & producing premium quality is the cornerstone of our parters' business. Putting this team of partners together was a painstakingly long process but worth it.

With any start-up there are unforeseen hurdles to overcome. All we can do is plan on having the same type of communication with our backers that we have in place with our partners - complete transparency. With that said, we will post updates frequently on our blog outlining our progress and of course any hurdles that come our way and how we plan to overcome them. We have a great team here and we look forward to working with you to make this happen. Many thanks for all of your support.

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FAQ

  • The best way to find your size is to measure your favorite jacket, and compare with our Fit Guide. As a general guide we run a size larger than most. If you want to layer your vest over a jacket, the size you normally wear in a jacket should be correct. If you are not going to layer, definitely go a size smaller than you normally take.

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  • We will send you a survey by email once Kickstarter is over to collect sizing and shipping information

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  • We do make women's vests but sorry, they are not included in the rewards. We are focusing this campaign on the men’s Dig vest. After the successful completion of this campaign, we intend on making the women’s vest available thru our website. The Dig vest does look good on women however.

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  • You can add other rewards onto an exisiting pledge by increasing your pledge to include the amount of the reward you are interested in. You do not have to include the shipping on the extra item as we will send it with the vest. Send us a message in Kickstarter if you do this. We will also have a place in our survey to confirm the extra rewards. 

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    3 backers Limited (1 left of 4)

    Two cast bronze Maltese Cross change-buttons. Individually cast right here in California. Must have pledged on a Dig vest to order.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    7 backers Limited (293 left of 300)

    THE BACKER - Handwritten thank you note on custom Clutch Monkey postcard and two Clutch Monkey custom pin-back buttons (see pic at bottom). Perfect decorations for the Dig vest.

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    Pledge $27 or more

    15 backers Limited (485 left of 500)

    THE KICKSTARTER - Custom flying kick pedal t-shirt available through Kickstarter only (see pic below). Printed with garage-friendly, water-based inks for an extra soft finish.

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    Pledge $50 or more

    2 backers Limited (298 left of 300)

    THE FIRESTARTER - Custom Clutch Monkey silk-screened Zippo lighter (see pic below). Perfect for the partitioned inside lighter pocket of the "Dig" vest.

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    Pledge $75 or more

    2 backers Limited (98 left of 100)

    THE SUPPORTER - Your name listed as a supporter on our website & on our blog, along with much appreciation. Also one custom flying kick pedal t-shirt from the THE KICKSTARTER (above)

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    1 backer Limited (49 left of 50)

    THE BENEFACTING BUZZARD - Backstage access and ticket to Clutch Monkey's annual "Valley of the Buzzards" event in Bodega, CA. Headlining band this year will be Orchid from San Francisco. (https://www.facebook.com/ValleyOfTheBuzzards)

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    Pledge $200 or more

    51 backers All gone!

    THE EARLY BUZZARD - One limited edition "Dig" Clutch Monkey Vest. The first 50 we produce will be hand numbered, signed by both of the founders and will ship first. Constructed from 14.5 oz dark indigo selvedge denim and LINED WITH 10 oz. pure virgin wool fabric. Handcrafted in San Francisco, CA. (see pics below of all the RAD quality details and Fabric) *NOTE: One EARLY BUZZARD Reward per person

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    55 backers All gone!

    THE WHISKEY BONES - One "Dig" Clutch Monkey Vest constructed with 14 oz. American-made dark indigo non-selvedge denim fabric and lined with 10 oz. "Troy" wool/poly blanket fabric. Handcrafted in San Francisco, CA. (see pics below of all the RAD quality details and Fabric)

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    14 backers Limited (136 left of 150)

    THE BLACK & BLUE - One "Dig" Clutch Monkey Vest constructed with heavy black (weft & warp are black) selvedge denim yoke and 14.5 oz. Japanese dark indigo selvedge denim lower. Lined with 10 oz. Sixties Surfer Brown/Yellow Umatilla County made pure virgin wool fabric. Handcrafted in San Francisco, CA. (see pics below of all the RAD quality details and Fabric)

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    39 backers Limited (136 left of 175)

    THE HEAVY WEIGHT AMERICAN - One "Dig" Clutch Monkey Vest constructed with 16.7 oz. American made selvedge denim and lined with 10 oz. Sixties Surfer Blue/Yellow plaid Umatilla County made pure virgin wool fabric. Handcrafted in San Francisco, CA. (see pics below of all the RAD quality details and Fabric)

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    22 backers Limited (78 left of 100)

    THE BLACK - One "Dig" Clutch Monkey Vest constructed from a heavy-weight Japanese selvedge denim and 10 oz. Brick Red plaid Umatilla County made pure virgin wool fabric. Handcrafted in San Francisco, CA.(see pics below of all the RAD quality details and Fabric)

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    34 backers Limited (116 left of 150)

    THE RAD JAPAN - One "Dig" Clutch Monkey Vest constructed with rare and beautiful 14.5 oz. Japanese raw selvedge denim and lined with 10 oz. Sixties Surfer Brown/Yellow plaid Umatilla County made pure virgin wool fabric. Handcrafted in San Francisco, CA. (see pics below of all the RAD quality details and Fabric)

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    Pledge $398 or more

    35 backers Limited (115 left of 150)

    THE HEAVY WEIGHT OILER - One "Dig" Clutch Monkey Vest constructed with 17.5 oz. extremely rare waxed dark indigo selvedge denim and lined with 10 oz. Woodsman Green plaid Umatilla County made pure virgin wool fabric. Handcrafted in San Francisco, CA. (see pics below of all the RAD quality details and Fabric)

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    8 backers Limited (42 left of 50)

    THE RULER - One Rad Japan, one Black and one Heavy Weight Oiler. Each one reflecting a different mood - to some a mood must go with the proper vest.

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    Pledge $1,450 or more

    3 backers Limited (32 left of 35)

    THE SUPREME RULER - One Rad Japan, one Black, one Black & Blue, one Heavy Weight Oiler and one Heavy Weight American. Thats one of everything we make - each reflecting a different mood and to some a mood must go with the proper vest. In addition, those that pledge an amount equal to or greater than this amount will have a shrine built in the South corner of the Clutch Monkey shop and homage will be paid to each Supreme Ruler each sunday. #supremerulersunday

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