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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 9 2013
$1,166
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
20
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 9 2013

About

Lifestyle brand centered on developing keepsake items, the kind you cherish—all in America. No detail overlooked, impeccably tailored, and designed with passion. Committed to pushing the boundaries of what we’re capable of.

WHO WE ARE

Absidee Company is a lifestyle brand located in Fullerton, CA. We are a collective of designers, musicians, writers, and dreamers who speak truth to power by creating goods that reflect the best selves we can be. We pledge to keep things produced in the United States, collaborating with skilled artisans, and ensuring the fit is never compromised. What we make is a physical reflection of the bigger movement to push personal growth, development, and make the most of the lives we live.

Our foundation is built upon five core characteristics, comprised of the first five letters of the alphabet, said together as a word, you get ABCDE (Absidee): 

Ambitious: We get out of bed, go to work, eat to live and do it all over again day by day, week over week. Ambition is breathing in the essence of your passion after the day's work is done and letting it lead you to your dreams through consistent labor. 

Beautiful: If there was a word to describe how you feel about yourself, the gift you provide to the world, how life can feel--that word is beautiful.  We challenge you to embrace what you love about yourself, work on the gift you give and dare to share it. 

Creative: From the canvas in your mind, your heart, your soul, a thought or a feeling takes a life of its own and that is creativity.  Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, there are things intrinsically within you seeking a voice, seeking expression, let it be heard. 

Distinguished: When a person with command is present, everyone notices. When they speak, we cannot help but gravitate toward them. This is not magic, this is not by accident, the intention to be distinguished is deliberate and a daily practice. To know yourself and how you can impact others by cultivating your strengths is building toward having a command that is wholly your own. 

Educated: No matter how your knowledge is acquired, you know what you want to continue learning and why. Never stop, even when you think you know everything there is to know. To continue learning is to dig deeper into the stuff of life so you see the world with renewed vision every time discoveries are unearthed. 

In addition to continuously refining our product line, we also partner with local non-profit Working Wardrobes out in Costa Mesa to volunteer our time and talent.

Working Wardrobes strives to empower men, women, veterans and young adults overcoming difficult challenges to confidently enter the workforce and achieve self-sufficiency. The organization provides career training, job placement assistance, and professional wardrobe services in an environment of dignity and respect.

https://www.facebook.com/WorkingWardrobes
https://www.facebook.com/WorkingWardrobes

WHAT WE MAKE AND WHY MAKE IT AMERICA

Not long ago, when you looked at the label of a piece of clothing, you associated a city where that company came from. What they stood for, every time you put that item on, meant something to you, an idea that resonated. Times have changed, and unfortunately many of the hallmark companies we grew up with have changed too and no longer produce their items in America.

What we wear externally is an outward reflection of the inner self we choose to share with the world. Let that external reflection be one you can be proud of and excited talking about. The reason why we make garments is to bring that experience to every person who interacts with our collective. 

Indigo Chambray and Light Blue Chambray, woven meticulously by hand. Featuring real-wood and corozo-horn buttons. The entire garment will be produced end-to-end in California.
Indigo Chambray and Light Blue Chambray, woven meticulously by hand. Featuring real-wood and corozo-horn buttons. The entire garment will be produced end-to-end in California.
Light Blue Short Sleeve Chambray
Light Blue Short Sleeve Chambray
Indigo Long Sleeve Button Down Oxford and hand-made glass bead bracelets
Indigo Long Sleeve Button Down Oxford and hand-made glass bead bracelets

For our introductory foray into the cut and sew realm, we are collaborating with local textile artisans, producing an entire button down shirt in two flavors: indigo and light blue chambray, in a short and long sleeve.

Being part of a tradition dating back thousands of years, the textile produced for our collaboration piece is hand-loomed in Fullerton, CA by hand. Every yarn, the warp and weft of the fabric, is all meticulously accounted for and skillfully spun in house. Countless hours are being spent perfecting the blend and weave of the fabric. 

INCENTIVES

By supporting our company, we want to share with you the Summer 13’ line as incentives. The line is comprised of hand-woven leather key-chains, hand-beaded bracelets, and tees and tanks sewn and customized under the same work space where we live and work.

Tees with custom stash pockets using fabric sourced from local vintage stores in Fullerton, CA. Centered on the trait of Ambitious. Tri-pack glass bead bracelets made-by-hand.
Tees with custom stash pockets using fabric sourced from local vintage stores in Fullerton, CA. Centered on the trait of Ambitious. Tri-pack glass bead bracelets made-by-hand.
Signature Flag Tee and Tanks centered on the trait of Ambitious.
Signature Flag Tee and Tanks centered on the trait of Ambitious.
Signature Carter V-Neck Tees
Signature Carter V-Neck Tees
Signature V-Neck w/ hand-made wood bead bracelets and custom laser cut charms produced in Santa Barbara, CA.
Signature V-Neck w/ hand-made wood bead bracelets and custom laser cut charms produced in Santa Barbara, CA.

TEES & TANKS

Absidee V Neck w/ Stash Pocket: Available in White or Heather Grey
Absidee V Neck w/ Stash Pocket: Available in White or Heather Grey
Ambition Pocket Tee w/ Hidden Stash Pocket in Heather Gray
Ambition Pocket Tee w/ Hidden Stash Pocket in Heather Gray
Ambition Tank in Tri-Blend Heather Gray w/ Hidden Stash Pocket
Ambition Tank in Tri-Blend Heather Gray w/ Hidden Stash Pocket
Ambition Flag Tee w/ Hidden Stash Pocket in White
Ambition Flag Tee w/ Hidden Stash Pocket in White
Ambition "A" Shirt in White w/ Hidden Stash Pocket
Ambition "A" Shirt in White w/ Hidden Stash Pocket
Our tees are 100% Cotton and Tanks a Tri-Blend American Apparel (All Heather Gray Tees/Tanks are Tri-Blend)
Our tees are 100% Cotton and Tanks a Tri-Blend American Apparel (All Heather Gray Tees/Tanks are Tri-Blend)

ACCESSORIES

Absidee Hand Woven Keychain (Natural) w/ laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA
Absidee Hand Woven Keychain (Natural) w/ laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA
Absidee Hand Woven Keychain (Orange) w/ laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA
Absidee Hand Woven Keychain (Orange) w/ laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA
Absidee Hand Woven Keychain (Americana Blend) w/ laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA
Absidee Hand Woven Keychain (Americana Blend) w/ laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA
(Comes in Pack of 3 ) Absidee Hand Made 6mm Matte-Black Glass Bead Bracelets w/ Custom laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA
(Comes in Pack of 3 ) Absidee Hand Made 6mm Matte-Black Glass Bead Bracelets w/ Custom laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA
(Comes in pack of 3) Absidee Hand Made 6mm Green/Cream/Teal Glass Bead Bracelets w/ Custom laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA
(Comes in pack of 3) Absidee Hand Made 6mm Green/Cream/Teal Glass Bead Bracelets w/ Custom laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA
(Comes in Pack of 2 ) Absidee Hand Made 8mm (Coral and Goldenrod) Glass Bead Bracelets w/ Custom laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA
(Comes in Pack of 2 ) Absidee Hand Made 8mm (Coral and Goldenrod) Glass Bead Bracelets w/ Custom laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA
(Comes in Pack of 2 ) Absidee Hand Made 8mm Wooden Bead Bracelets w/ Custom laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA
(Comes in Pack of 2 ) Absidee Hand Made 8mm Wooden Bead Bracelets w/ Custom laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA
(Comes in Pack of 3 ) Absidee Hand Made 6mm Matte-Black Glass Bead Bracelets w/ Gold Spacers
(Comes in Pack of 3 ) Absidee Hand Made 6mm Matte-Black Glass Bead Bracelets w/ Gold Spacers

WHERE THE FUNDING IS GOING

Your contribution will allow us to realize an entire Winter line crafted in America, beginning with our signature button-down shirts, hand-crafted leather goods, and custom sewn tees.

Prototype Sketch for Long Sleeve Button-Down Chambray. Featuring a color-block herringbone pattern on the back quarter.
Prototype Sketch for Long Sleeve Button-Down Chambray. Featuring a color-block herringbone pattern on the back quarter.
Prototype Sketch for Short Sleeve Button-Down Chambray. Featuring a color-block herringbone pattern on the back quarter.
Prototype Sketch for Short Sleeve Button-Down Chambray. Featuring a color-block herringbone pattern on the back quarter.

100% of the proceeds from the KickStarter will go toward delivering on the incentives offered and working on our Winter 2013 line:

  • The fabric is in production, being sampled, prototyped and being loomed currently. 
  • Materials have been sourced.
  • Manufacturers/Sewers have been identified. 
  • Patterns are in the final stage of development and will be updated on this page as soon as it is complete in the coming weeks. 
  • With your help we can move forward with the costs of production for our button-up and development of the Fall/Winter line.

Given the labor intensive nature of our collaboration button-down, we can only produce a limited quantity of the hand-loomed button down shirts each season. 

Another flavor of button-downs will be made available if we sell-out of our collaboration piece using textiles sourced from family-owned companies out in Los Angeles. Surprises to come with our stretch goals!

Risks and challenges

Timing and Manufacturing:

The risks and challenges involved with completing this project rests on the back and forth that will need to happen with our LA based manufacturers and suppliers.

Since this is our first cut and sew line, the amount of time and effort spent on quality control will be immense.

Our goal is to turn around the shirts in a timely fashion after funding so that our supporters can enjoy them. Negotiations and agreements are in the process to guarantee a set timetable to have them produced and inspected, but it will ultimately depend on the volume generated by the end of the campaign.

We have done our due diligence to mitigate any delays involved with disbursing international and domestic orders within a reasonable time-frame after funding.

Textile Production:

If setbacks do arise, such as delays in production of the looming of the fabric, we have back-up plans for alternate manufacturers and will trouble shoot the issues that arise by advising with the mentors that have helped shape our ambition to push forward.

Producing textile entirely domestically is a time and labor intensive process which demands artistry and dedication. We are putting in long hours to ensure the blend is something you can be proud of purchasing.

Inventory:

Since certain items such as our collaboration piece is inherently limited in quantity, we have stretch timetables for those interested in the collaboration piece with a later delivery date to allow our partners at BTTN to produce another round of fabric.

Another version of our signature button-downs using fabrics sourced from a family-owned textile mill distributor in Los Angeles will also be made available to accommodate demand and is in the works.

Sizing and fit:

The patterns to produce the button-down shirts have been meticulously tested to ensure a trim and tailored fit. To ensure that it accommodates both men and women of multiple size ranges and body types, we are working on integrating a blend of cotton/wool to allow for a certain degree of stretch in the fabric. Every effort will be made to describe the fit of the shirt with detailed measurements so that you can make a purchase with confidence that what we deliver will fit you like a glove.

Summary

Our team is comprised of professionals who have worked on the business side of fashion companies and boutiques, we are consulting with generous mentors currently working in the fashion industry as leaders in their own right to help us navigate the process. That way, we can ensure an end product to be proud of, and more importantly meeting the expectations of those who believe in what we're doing.

If you made it this far, it means you gave us a chance by reading through and stopping by. Thank you for the support, and we hope you join us in the movement!

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    Any t-shirt of your choice with customized pocket made of recycled fabric sourced from local vintage and thrift stores in Fullerton, CA.

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    Accessory item of your choice. Choose from hand-woven leather key-chains with custom laser cut charms from Santa Barbara, CA and nautical clasps from WA or hand-made glass bead bracelets that come in a 3-pack or 2-pack depending on style.

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    Any t-shirt of your choice with customized pocket made of fabric sourced from local vintage stores in Fullerton, CA + your name custom embroidered onto the shirt.

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    Customized graphic by Kenni that you can help design which will be printed on canvas, an 11' x 11' cotton pocket square, or paper poster.

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    Any three items from our Summer line (all accessories and t-shirts are available to choose from).

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    Absidee x BTTN short sleeve button down chambray shirt. (Option of having your name featured on the product page of our website as a patron of our flagship cut-and-sew item.)

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    Absidee x BTTN long sleeve button down chambray shirt. (Option of having your name featured on the product page of our website as a patron of our flagship cut-and-sew item.) Please keep in mind that once we sell out of this quantity, given the labor intensive nature of hand-looming fabric, it will take additional time to deliver a second set of shipments of our limited collaboration piece.

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    1 Button Down (Short or Long Sleeve) + 1 T-Shirt + 1 Accessory. Please keep in mind that once we sell out of this quantity, given the labor intensive nature of hand-looming fabric, it will take additional time to deliver a second set of shipments of our limited collaboration piece.

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    Any Summer line item (t-shirts or accessories) and a one-hour personalized photo shoot session with in-house fashion photographer/videographer Andrew Abajian. Make-up artist will be provided and images will be delivered after the shoot. All photo shoots and product video reels have been shot under Andrew's watchful eye. http://andrewabajian.com/ Please keep in mind we are located in Orange County, CA. Transportation is not included but we will do our best to accommodate within the Southern California area.

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    Please keep in mind we are located in Orange County, CA. Transportation is not included but we will do our best to accommodate within the Southern California area. Please also keep in mind that once we sell out of this quantity for the button-down, given the labor intensive nature of hand-looming fabric, it will take additional time to deliver a second set of shipments of our limited collaboration piece.

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    Entire line (button-down, t-shirts, accessories) + sit down session with the team to help design, style, and name a future product!
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    Entire line (button-down, t-shirts, accessories) + personalized styling/tailoring session with Absidee Team. Includes a meet and greet with the team, and tour of our work-spaces. You are encouraged to bring your own garments and items to the session as well for consultation and tailoring. Dinner's on us!

    Please keep in mind we are located in Orange County, CA. Transportation is not included but we will do our best to accommodate within the Southern California area. Please also keep in mind that once we sell out of this quantity for the button-down, given the labor intensive nature of hand-looming fabric, it will take additional time to deliver a second set of shipments of our limited collaboration piece.

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Funding period

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