About Kool Nerd Clothing
Kool Nerd Clothing (KNC) is an urban apparel company based in New York City. However, KNC is more than just a fashion brand; it’s a brand with a purpose.
KNC uses quality clothing as “billboards” to boldly market the core values of today’s Nerd – Hard work, Intelligence, Individuality and Passion. By focusing on what’s truly at the heart of being a nerd we want to help students recognize it’s actually Kool to embrace these characteristics.
Kool Nerd Social Program:
As a social impact brand, our mission is to inspire Academic Excellence among inner city youths. To enable this is our 4.0 Program, where 4.0 is the highest level of academic achievement, - and for KNC, $4 from every piece of apparel sold is donated to our partnership programs that are exposing inner-city students to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math [S.T.E.A.M].
Current Partnership Programs: Architecture for Kids, Amani Public Charter School and The Future Project.
About The Founders
Orane Barrett is an immigrant from the island of Jamaica. Upon moving to America, he lived in Flatbush Brooklyn and spent his High School years in Jamaica, Queens.
Orane is a graduate of the University of Rochester (UofR), Chemical Engineering, Class of 1999. Upon graduating UofR, he was employed as a Process Engineer at Intel Corporation and eventually promoted to an Operations Managers, managing a staff of 22-technicians in the Manufacturing Department, tasked with meeting aggressive production goals.
After spending four-years at Intel, Orane attended MIT Sloan School of Management, with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship, MBA Class of 2006. Upon graduation, he worked as an Investment Banker at UBS Investment Bank and then as a Project Manager at Credit Suisse Investment Bank.
With KNC as a start-up venture, Orane aims to apply his educational knowledge and experiences gained from working in Corporate America to oversee the launch and growth of his apparel company.
Kwame was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Having discovered his artistic talents at a young age his parents immersed him in various facets of the arts to help him explore and expand his growing creativity. After high school Kwame entered the Classical Animation program at Sheridan College, and then further expanded his training in the field of Classical Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD).
Today Kwame is a visual arts painter and graphic designer. He creates work for display in public and private exhibitions, and produces commissioned work for private and corporate clients.
KOOL NERD ART by Kwame Delfish -
One of the founders of Kool Nerd Clothing is an Art Nerd; an accomplished classically trained painter. You can choose from one of (4) authentic certified artwork reproductions by Kwame Delfish. 1. Mud Mas canvas print, 18"w x 24"h (2 available) 2. Long Story Short canvas print, 36"w x 18"h (2 available) 3. L.O.L. canvas print, 30"w x 40"h (2 available) 4. Torso canvas print, 16"w x 24"h (2 available)
KOOL NERD INSPIRATOR -
We are all KOOL NERDS and we want to highlight your story of passion. Become part of the Kool Nerd movement and be featured in our Inspirator series. Join our young entrepreneurs, athletes such as Greg Scruggs (NFL Player), Dagmara Wozniak (Olympic Fencer) and our "modern-day heroes" that will be featured in our campaign telling their story of pursuing their dreams. These stories will be used via social media to inspire young children to pursue their dreams no matter the obstacle. Product: You'll get a Hoodie + T-shirt (#6 Reward)
KOOL NERD 12TH MAN EXPERIENCE -
2 tickets for you and a guest to spend a weekend hanging with the Seattle Seahawks' Defensive End Greg Scruggs for the NY Giants versus Seattle Seahawks game (November 9th) + Round trip flight for two (2) to Seattle from within the continental United States + Three (3) nights hotel stay in Seattle + Friday evening dinner with Greg Scruggs + (potentially with other players) + Saturday morning Walk-Through - watch players practice for game against the NY Giants + Attend & watch game in the 100-section of the Seahawks CenturyLink Field + **Depending on results, Sunday dinner and hanging / partying with Greg and potentially a few players
Risks and challenges
As engineers and project managers we understand risk management. We have done our best to mitigate any potential risks and challenges for this project.
With that being said, building any product can pose significant problems. We have planned for this and are prepared to overcome any obstacle that we might encounter.
We researched several manufacturers in the USA and specifically selected the most revered manufacturer based on their reliability and the quality of their work. We are confident in our suppliers and vendors ability to deliver on both the inputs and delivery dates.
However, there are always risks of delay in any manufacturing process. We will communicate with our backers throughout the campaign to keep everyone informed and up to date on our progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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