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Knickerbocker is an American Manufacturing Company based in New York. Help get our line into production!

Who We Are. How You Can Help.

As participants and proponents of the made in America movement, we find ourselves in a unique position to keep manufacturing in New York and more importantly, America. We have rescued a 60 year old factory and are creating a totally new resource for hat making on the East Coast. Bringing lower minimums and a designer owned team to clients that previously would have a difficult time manufacturing hats for their collections. 

Along with the manufacturing company, we will all be coming together to create a new line under Knickerbocker. Dan will be developing and designing leather goods for Knickerbocker, AJ will be developing the brand's garments and Kyle the bags.

What We Need. And Why.

We are currently a private label manufacturer but have plans to start our own line of goods. To do so we will need some help! Specifically an embroidery and appliqué machine for the hats and garments in order  to keep production in house. The embroidery machine will give us the ability to embroider our artwork or logo into the cap. The appliqué machine will allow us to cut our logo or artwork out of another material, such as felt or leather. Look below at our bucket hat template for an example. 

We have designed a capsule collection and with your help we can put the final touches on everything. We will be able to maintain a high level of quality control and have the freedom to experiment and develop new techniques for the evolution of our designs. 

With this machine we will not only be able to embroider but also stitch down your cut out felt letters and more. Reference an example of this below in our bucket hat template.
With this machine we will not only be able to embroider but also stitch down your cut out felt letters and more. Reference an example of this below in our bucket hat template.
With this machine we will be able to cut out your graphics from materials such as felt or leather and then apply them to your cap with the embroidery machine. Reference an example of this below in our bucket hat template.
With this machine we will be able to cut out your graphics from materials such as felt or leather and then apply them to your cap with the embroidery machine. Reference an example of this below in our bucket hat template.
Our new bucket hat template. With your help we will be able to produce these and use the embroider and appliqué machines to apply artwork as shown on the right.
Our new bucket hat template. With your help we will be able to produce these and use the embroider and appliqué machines to apply artwork as shown on the right.
An example of an embroidered pocket for our upcoming line.
An example of an embroidered pocket for our upcoming line.
Here are some mockup designs we are developing and looking to produce under the Knickerbocker Signature Line.
Here are some mockup designs we are developing and looking to produce under the Knickerbocker Signature Line.

Rewards!

Keychain handmade in house.
Keychain handmade in house.
Deadstock vintage caps from the factory!
Deadstock vintage caps from the factory!
Deadstock vintage caps from the factory!
Deadstock vintage caps from the factory!
Deadstock vintage caps from the factory!
Deadstock vintage caps from the factory!
Our five panel camp cap.
Our five panel camp cap.

Thank you for your support, we can't do this without you! Support American made!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

After our project is successfully funded there are still many challenges ahead. We will have to keep our machines serviced, factory busy and most importantly keep our customers happy. As a team of designers that is knowledgeable with such machines and being all about that final touch we are confident that we will provide our customers with a product both sides are proud of.

Apart from the manufacturing side, we will also face the challenge of developing a new line under Knickerbocker. Taking what we have done with such products as our five panel camp caps and keychains, than expanding these products into a line that is much more cohesive.

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