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Black & Denim is a Lifestyle Brand sourced and manufactured 100% in the USA. American Inspired. American Made. American Owned.

Our Story

The best way to explain an idea is to tell a story. We want to share our story because we think that when people come together, they can achieve great things.

Congressi Superamus. Divisi Cadimus.

This is Latin for "United we stand, divided we fall." When we start thinking about the impact that our purchasing dollars have, we understand that every time we buy something, we are supporting jobs. American Jobs.

Here are the Statistics:

*The graphic is a courtesy of http://modestics.com/blog/

Only 3% of apparel sold in the US is manufactured here. 50 years ago, that was not the case. We want to make that happen again. We want to bring manufacturing back to the US.

Why is this important?

American craftsmanship is second to none. We have been dictating the trends in design and manufacturing since the industrial revolution. We want to support local communities. That is why we want to have jobs come back to our city of Tampa, Florida.

American mettle forges our style

We have been working on this project since March 17, 2008, when the recession hit. We understood that the best way to rebuild America was from the ground up. At the lowest point in modern history, we started working with vendors that were left dry by huge companies for overseas options in manufacturing. We brought to them this idea. They saw the vision and followed our lead. We wanted to create a brand that is as resilient as the American dream.

OK. Let's do this. How can I get on board?

There are 3 ways YOU can help Black & Denim get funded:

  • Pledge: This is the most significant way of helping. You will be making sure that our goal becomes a reality. The only way we can thank you is with our hard work.
  • Share (word of mouth): Telling people about this incredible platform is amazing. Sharing the project with your friends and family is the best way to get other folks to pledge.
  • Broadcast (social media): Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Foursquare. If you have them, you can use them to engage and highlight our project.
The BLACK Reward: All of our Men's & Ladies Solid Tees are Athletic Fit.  Choose from V-Neck or Crew Neck, sizes S-2XL.  Available in the following Heather colors: White, Turquois, Navy, Brown, Ash, Charcoal, Black, Red, Orange, and Purple.
The BLACK Reward: All of our Men's & Ladies Solid Tees are Athletic Fit. Choose from V-Neck or Crew Neck, sizes S-2XL. Available in the following Heather colors: White, Turquois, Navy, Brown, Ash, Charcoal, Black, Red, Orange, and Purple.

These are the rewards for the AMERICANA reward. They are available for men and women. All of them are true size fit. Crew neck or V-neck.

The Solid Polo
The Solid Polo
The Solid Woven
The Solid Woven
Our Signature Jeans are made of 12 ounce denim straight from North Carolina's Cone Denim Mills, a leading supplier of denim fabrics since 1891. Each of our Signature Jeans come in a straight leg cut with a medium rise.
Our Signature Jeans are made of 12 ounce denim straight from North Carolina's Cone Denim Mills, a leading supplier of denim fabrics since 1891. Each of our Signature Jeans come in a straight leg cut with a medium rise.

The Selvedge (Selvage) is cut from fabric that has been proudly produced by Cone since 1896 and their White Oak plant since 1905. Their selvedge (selvage) denims are still woven on American Draper X3 fly shuttle looms from the 1940s. Fabrics woven on these vintage looms contain a depth and dimension that is completely unique. The vintage aspect of these looms combined with the fact that these machines sit on the original turn of the century wood floors, creates a rhythm and motion that is uniquely woven into these fabrics. They White Oak plant employs loyal denim experts, some of whom have run these same machines for as many as 50 years. They are committed to providing well crafted selvage fabrics, which combine American heritage with the latest advances in denim. We in turn commit ourselves to provide the best pair of denim Selvedge (Selvage) denim jeans right here in the US. (Each pair of pants has the legendary red line that correctly identifies them as true American selvedge (selvage) denim fabric.

Why is it called Selvedge (Selvage)?

The name derives itself from the two words "self edge".In the original shuttle weaving process, a small bobbin of yarn is carried inside a shuttle that travels back and forth across the loom. Since the yarn is not cut after each weft insertion, the tightly bound edge cannot unravel. If used as part of a garment, it will maintain its integrity throughout the life of the garment. This is in reference to the edge of the fabric, or "self edge".

If you want to see bigger pictures of the rewards, please go to the this link: www.blackanddenim.com/kickstarter/Rewards.pdf

Here is the breakdown for the funds:

Here is the full description of how we are going to utilize the funds in the event that the project gets funded. Black & Denim has done this before. When we created our men's collection, we had an initial investment. The funds are going to be used for the following:

1. To create a full women's collection for the Autumn/Winter 2013.

2. Acquire equipment needed in order to sell to department stores.

$5,500 - Women's Collection Cost

In order to create a full sample collection, we need to purchase fabric, test it, wash it and make sure it is safe. We have to create patterns, tech packs and spec sheets. Grade it. Wash it again. We also have to go through several rounds of fit tests. The folks that put this together are great people that trust our vision and leadership. We feel humbled to call them part of our team.

$4,150 - EDI Compliance

The only company that Macy*s will recognize bar codes from is called GS1 (http://www.gs1us.org/). In order for the initial setup and get our own code, we have to pay $3,200. That will get us 2,000 bar codes for our initial offering. After that, we have to pay $950.00 per year in order to get more bar codes every year. In order to sell to big department stores, we have to go through this major expense.

$8,350 - Rewards Cost

The Rewards. This is the reason why the project is special to us. We are passing along all our hard work and sacrifice so that you can enjoy a quality manufactured product that you can be proud off. We understand that in essence, you will donate what you can and have. We want to make sure that this reward is not only symbolic, but something that you can wear for the next 50 years and never go out of style. Because you believe in our cause. In return, we will make a commitment to create the following quality garments:

Denim Jeans with Cone Denim (Signature and Selvedge ), T-Shirts with Supima Cotton, Polo Shirts, Woven Shirts. For women, we will offer the sample basics, except denim jeans. 

$2,000 - Kickstarter Fees

We are grateful for the opportunity to place our project on Kickstarter. The fee is 5% or $1,000. Amazon Services, which is how Kickstarter collect the funds for campaigns charges a service fee between 3% to 5%. We are anticipating that the fee will be on the high end at $1,000.

$20,000 - Total & Funding Goal

The expenses are the reflection of our dedication to transparency and quality manufacturing. We have anticipated that in order to make this dream a reality, we have to make sacrifices. Our hard work will pay off. We thank you for your support.

That video looks professional. Did you guys spend money to pay a crew, models, etc?

If you think the video looks professional, we have done our job! The video is the effort of our founders, interns and partners. We did not pay anyone to be part of the video, nor did we purchase expensive equipment. We documented our video journey through our Instagram account (@blackanddenim) our Twitter page (@blackanddenim) and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/blackanddenimapparel).

Video Credits

Film Production, Director & Editing = Luis. Titles = Alex.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We understand the risks. We know that sometimes there are obstacles or problems in production mode. We do not anticipate any challenges if our project gets fully funded. If there are problems, we can only rely on our credentials to resolve them and make sure we continue to create great products:

Roberto is a seasoned Accounting and Finance professional (7 years). He is handling the contracts, logistics and all around money. He has lined up a group of seasoned vendors that understand the time crunch and are committed to quality and craftsmanship.

Chris is a Fashion Design and Production specialist (7 years). His area of expertise comes from the garment and apparel industry. He has made sure the blueprints and designs are 100% ready to go. If there are production inquiries, he will be available.

Luis is an IT/IS professional (7 years). He has made sure the team has the best streamlined and efficient fulfillment line. We want to make sure the project gets out by the date that it was promised. He has procured a production and inventory solution to keep track of everything.

Everything is made in the US. There is no need to wait extra time for shipments of fabric that comes from another country, etc.

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    Thank you! You will receive a custom Leather Patch keychain, stickers and a hand written note to show our loyalty to you. We are also going to put your name on a plaque in the entrance of our building. This would not be possible without your help. Please add $10.00 dollars for International Shipping

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    The BLACK Reward (a $50.00 value): We want you to show your support. You will receive a Limited Edition Solid Tee available in Mens & Ladies sizes S to 2XL. It is not just a t-shirt. It is your go-to shirt. We are also going to put your name on a plaque in the entrance of our building. This would not be possible without your help. Please add $10.00 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The AMERICANA Reward (a $60.00 value): We want you to display that you believe in us. You will receive a Limited Edition Graphic Tee available in Mens & Ladies sizes S to 2XL. With 30 designs to choose from, this is not just a shirt. It is a conversation piece. We are also going to put your name on a plaque in the entrance of the building. This would not be possible without your help. Please add $10.00 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The LIFESTYLE Reward (a $80.00 value): This our Signature Black Polo shirt. It is not your parent's polo. This will fit you like a glove! Always fashionable modern fit available in Mens & Ladies sizes S to 2XL. If we hit our limit of backers, we will release more rewards in different colors. We are also going to put your name on a plaque in the entrance of the building. This would not be possible without your help. Please add $10.00 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The THE BOLTS Reward. ($100 value). You are a fan! You not only love THE BOLTS but you also love BLACK & DENIM. You get your choice of a limited edition graphic tee (30 to chose from) plus a signed copy of the Album "WAIT 'TIL WE'RE YOUNG". This reward will ship once the campaign is over on March 20, 2013. Please add $20 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The MUSIC Reward (a $130.00 value): This our Signature Black Woven shirt. Wear it with a tie, dress it down, or pair it with your favorite jeans. This will fit you like a glove! Always fashionable modern fit available only in Mens sizes S to 3XL (sorry ladies). If we hit our limit of backers, we will release the female version of this reward along with more rewards in different colors. We are also going to put your name on a plaque in the entrance of the building. This would not be possible without your help. Please add $10.00 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The J. DEAN Reward (a $150.00 value): This IS our Signature pair of Denim Jeans. A basic Straight leg that represents great American Style. Inspired by the man himself: James Dean. Please refer to our rewards page for pictures and specs. This is for Men only (sorry ladies). If we hit our limit of backers, we will release more rewards in different colors. We are also going to put your name on a plaque in the entrance of the building. This would not be possible without your help. Please add $20.00 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The TRIPLE Reward (a $180.00 value): We get it. You love graphic tees. How much? You need 3 of them! Your choice of 3 Limited Edition Graphic Tees available in Mens & Ladies sizes S to 2XL. We are also going to put your name on a plaque in the entrance of the building. This would not be possible without your help. Please add $10.00 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The S. MCQUEEN Reward (a $200.00 Value): This is our pride and glory. A custom pair of Selvedge Denim Jeans. You know what Selvedge is. You know it can get a bit expensive. We want you to have the best. A basic Straight leg that represents great American Style. Inspired by the man himself: Steve McQueen. Please refer to our rewards page for pictures and specs. This is for Men only (sorry ladies). If we hit our limit of backers, we will release more rewards in different colors as fabric comes available. We only utilize American Selvedge Denim (sorry guys. No Japanese or Italian). We are also going to put your name on a plaque in the entrance of the building. This would not be possible without your help. This Reward comes in a custom cigar box numbered and signed by the founders. Please add $20.00 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The AMERICAN SPIRIT II Reward ($370 Value): You get a pair of our signature Denim Jeans, 2 solid tees and 2 graphic tees. This is a great way to create a "James Dean" look with a "Johnny Cash" soundtrack. Please add $30.00 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The AMERICAN SPIRIT Reward ($350 Value): You get a pair of our signature Denim Jeans and 4 graphic tees. This is a great way to create a "James Dean" look with a "Johnny Cash" soundtrack. This Reward comes in a custom cigar box numbered and signed by the founders. Please add $30.00 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The REBEL Reward (a $150.00 value): Two of our Signature pair of Denim Jeans. A basic Straight leg that represents great American Style. Inspired by the film. Please refer to our rewards page for pictures and specs. This is for Men only (sorry ladies). If we hit our limit of backers, we will release more rewards in different colors. We are also going to put your name on a plaque in the entrance of the building. This would not be possible without your help. Please add $30.00 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The DOUBLE THREAT Reward. You get 1 pair of the S. QUEEN and a pair of the J. Dean. This is the best of both worlds. You get a contemporary pair for daily use and a Salvege (Selvedge) for a night in the town. Please add $30 for international shipping.

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    The KING OF COOL Reward (a $400.00 Value): Not one, but 2 Selvedge (Selvage) denim jeans. We want you to have the best. So you can have one for daily use and one for special occasions. Please refer to our rewards page for pictures and specs. This is for Men only (sorry ladies). If we hit our limit of backers, we will release more rewards in different colors as fabric comes available. We only utilize American Selvedge Denim (sorry guys. No Japanese or Italian). We are also going to put your name on a plaque in the entrance of the building. This would not be possible without your help. This Reward comes in a custom cigar box numbered and signed by the founders. Please add $25.00 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The AMERICAN DREAM Reward (400 value): You get a pair of our Pride & Joy: Selvedge Denim Jeans and 4 graphic tees. This is what Black & Denim is all about. Classic threads that you can either dress up or dress down depending on the occasion. This Reward comes in a custom cigar box numbered and signed by the founders. Please add $30.00 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The AMERICAN DREAM II Reward: You get a pair of our Pride & Joy: Selvedge Denim Jeans, 2 solid tees, and 2 graphic tees. This is what Black & Denim is all about. Classic threads that you can either dress up or dress down depending on the occasion. Please add $30.00 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The OLD AMERICA Reward ($650 value): Do you truly LOVE our designs so much that you can't just get 1, 2 or 10?? Well, here's a Baker's dozen! 13 Limited Edition graphic tees. This is the ultimate reward for the graphic tee fan! This Reward also comes with a leather key chain and stickers to show your pride. Please add $40.00 dollars for International Shipping.

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    The "Small Boutique" Reward: You will get $3,700 worth (Retail) in Merchandise. You can split this reward in different delivery dates. Your choice will be open stock (mixed sizes). This will be eligible for either Spring/Summer 2013 or Autumn/Fall 2013.

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    The "Large Boutique" Reward: You will get $5,800 worth (Retail) in Merchandise. You can split this reward in different delivery dates. Your choice will be open stock (mixed sizes). This will be eligible for either Spring/Summer 2013 or Autumn/Fall 2013.

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    The "V.I.P." Reward: You will come down to Tampa, Florida for an extended weekend of work, beach, sun and fun. You will pick the theme, direction and color palette for our Spring/Summer 2014 collection. We will also do a photo shoot session and include you in the materials for our marketing campaign. You will also receive a sample of our Fall 2013 collection.

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    The "HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA" Reward: You will come with us to the biggest fashion trade show in the world in Las Vegas. For 1 week you will have exclusive access and work along with us. Tour the show, access to private parties, all meals and drinks included. Along with a sample of our Spring/Summer and our Autumn/Fall Collections for 2013.

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    The "10 / 10 / 10" Reward. Your look is our responsibility. You will get a sample of each collection of Black & Denim for as long as you live. 100 years? No problem! the 2 other things that are sure other than this deal is Death and Taxes! There is a Shipping fee every time we send a sample per season.

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