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The North x North merino wool kerchief is a 42” by 42” square of superfine Australian merino wool that can be used in 100s of different ways in town, on the road or trail, and in any season or climate. It’s the most versatile piece of fabric you can use.
Use it for:
- Apparel accessory (e.g. belt)
- Bag or carrier
- First aid applications
- Cordage to tie things up or down
- Insulation from heat and cold
- Protection from the sun, wind, insects, and fire
- And so much more!
The problem: other fabric tools (multi-use pieces of fabric) are either too big, too small, oddly shaped, or made of inferior materials such as cotton or synthetics all of which decrease their usefulness and versatility.
Our kerchiefs’ unrivaled versatility is due to their size, shape, and material.
Not too big, not too small, but just right. It's designed to be in the ideal size range so that it can do more than smaller sized fabric tools (e.g. bandanas) without being cumbersome or inefficient.
Squares are inherently more versatile than other shapes and provide more options when folded. They can also mimic most other shapes, like rectangles and right triangles, with ease.
As experts know and agree, in a survival situation your first line of defense from the elements is the clothing you're wearing. And in the backcountry, cotton kills and synthetics stink.
Wearing cotton is the equivalent of wearing a paper towel; it soaks up a ton of moisture, dries slowly, and loses all insulating ability when wet.
Wearing synthetic materials is akin to wearing a plastic trash bag with holes cut in it. They're water repellant and quick drying for sure, but have lower insulating ability and build up awful odors (besides being made from nasty petrochemicals).
Both cotton and synthetic materials are also highly flammable.
Merino wool, on the other hand, is one of nature's best, most versatile materials. It insulates to keep you warm when it's cool, and cool when it's warm and is incredibly odor resistant. Additionally, wool is considered "the most flame resistant" of the commonly used textile fibers.
We have sourced some of Australia's (and New Zealand's!) best merino wool for these kerchiefs. Softer, finer, and stronger, this wool is also ethically and sustainably made. Nothing man made or genetically modified here.
Lastly, cotton or synthetics can't match merino wool's combined natural qualities, such as:
Altogether these kerchiefs provide more insulation, protection, and versatility than anything else on the market.
Every one of our kerchiefs and neck gaiters (see below!) will be hand sewn to perfection right here in America. We're working closely with a second generation-owned sewing contractor that has done nothing but that for over 25 years for major brand labels and designers alike. Help support American manufacturing jobs with your pledge!
Material: 165 gsm jersey knit Australian merino wool (18.5 micron)
Size: 42 inches long x 42 inches wide (106 cm x 106 cm)
Weight: 6.8 ounces (195 grams). Production version may differ slightly.
Our initial color offering of the merino wool kerchiefs is black for its classic look and faster drying speed in sunlight. Check out stretch goals below for more color options!
Thanks to the right amount of leftover material from the production of the kerchiefs, we're able to offer neck gaiters made of the same extra fine merino wool for a lower price than competing merino wool neck gaiters. Besides pairing perfectly with our kerchiefs, you can wear these in over 12 different ways such as: neck gaiter, face mask, hood, balaclava, ear muffs, headband, doo-rag, stocking cap, foulard, hair band, wristband, and sun guard.
Size: 17.5 inches (width) x 20.5 inches (length)
Weight: 1.9 ounces (55 grams). Production version may differ slightly.
Stretch goals are simple. For every $3,500 we raise we can offer a new color option! Below are the next 4 colors we'd like to offer, besides black. Backers will get to help determine which ones we choose next!
It's simple...I wanted to have the most versatile piece of fabric that I could wear anytime, anywhere due to the various needs I had as a backpacker, motorcyclist, and everyday guy.
For the trail, I needed a multipurpose fabric tool that could serve many functions (e.g. insulation, first aid, pot gripper, etc.) to reduce my pack weight while being functional in hot or cold weather, even if wet. Being odor free during multi-day excursions was a plus.
For motorcycling, I needed protection for my face and neck from the sun, wind, cold, and flying road debris (gnats sting like heck when hit at 60 mph!).
For everyday, I needed an item that could serve mainly as head and neck wear while being flexible enough to meet my other day-to-day demands (did I mention these kerchiefs can be used in over 100 different ways?).
Over the years I've used and experimented with other multipurpose fabric tools (what I call them), yet I kept wanting more. The three things I learned were that size, shape, and material were the key to maximizing versatility. However, nothing else available met all three criteria adequately. Other fabric tools were either too small, too big, too specialized, oddly shaped, or made of less versatile materials like cotton or synthetics.
After all these years of research, trial, and error, I decided it was time to revive a millennia old fabric tool and the father of all other fabric tools, the kerchief.
Kerchiefs have been around for thousands of years, if not longer, in multiple cultures across the globe due to their simplicity, practicality, and versatility in both hot and cold climates. It made sense, then, to pair a fabric tool with thousands of years of proven use with a fabric material millions of years in the making. Combined they make the ultimate fabric tool.
In short, the North x North merino wool kerchief is the result of my years of experimentation and searching for the perfect multipurpose fabric tool that could be used wherever my adventures took me.
Everything is lined up and ready to begin! Relationships with the manufacturers have been forged, prototypes have been successfully tested, and the production process is primed. All I need now is your financial support to purchase the first run of inventory. Rewards will be shipped in October 2016. Be one of the first to own the finest American-made merino wool kerchiefs!
Risks and challenges
Fortunately, since this is a relatively simple product there aren't many risks or challenges. Here are a few, though, that could pop up:
1. Production delays. Like I mentioned above, everything for production is already lined up. All we need to do is purchase the inventory. The manufacturer and sewers are prepped for scheduling. Also, the process is incredibly scalable based upon demand.
2. Destruction of inventory at any point along the way. I'll be purchasing insurance to cover the inventory at every point in the process to ensure everything will be completed.
I've worked in the outdoor industry for a high end gear manufacturer for the past four years helping to bring new products to market, so I am very familiar with the product creation and fulfillment processes (from concept to final product to shipment to customers) including how to handle typical issues that could arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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