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Break North is a lifestyle brand developing high-end clothing with an emphasis on performance and aesthetics over branding.
Break North is a lifestyle brand developing high-end clothing with an emphasis on performance and aesthetics over branding.
71 backers pledged $5,315 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks for all the support. Find us at our permanent home at

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Our Story

Break North is a project started by a couple of friends who met in college in Portland, Oregon. We've since grown a bit older and wiser, and a little bit pickier about the clothes we wear. 

We'd been searching for a stylish hat made of nice material with solid details and minimal branding. We couldn't find one, and that's what led us here.

What We Care About

Lasting Durability. We're willing to pay for nice clothes that are made well and last. Bonus points if they look better with age.

Good Work for a Living Wage. We want to feel good about what we wear and where it came from. Our fabric is handwoven at homes in the Outer Hebrides of Northern Scotland, and our hats are manufactured right here in the USA. 

Looking Good. We want our clothes to bring out the best in you without stealing the show.

What We Need Backing For

The fabrics we've chosen to use are special artisanal tweeds that are made to order. And you can't just order a few yards. We need your help to order the exact fabric that we've selected. In the process, supporting a tradition of high-quality textile manufacturing in Scotland.

Likewise, in order for these hats in the United States affordably, we need to meet certain minimums in our hat production run.

Finally, organizing fulfillment costs money. And your support will help us get these hats to the people.

More About the Fabric

This run of hats is made from Harris Tweed, a luxury wool tweed from the Outer Hebrides (pronounced Heh-Burr-Dees) in Scotland. The Harris Tweed Act of 1993 defines Harris Tweed as, “Handwoven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.”

What we love most about these handmade fabrics are their rich colors. The darker blue is flecked with hints of red and gold; the light pink sparkles with yellows and purples; and you'll find traces of brown and gray in the pale eggshell blue.  

At our basic funding level, these three colors are available in three different colorways.

Once we reach our initial goal, we are looking to add two more colors in two more colorways.

Goal #1 $6,500

 Goal #2 $7,500

If we reach our second stretch goal, we'll switch up the colorways and add solid brown with baby blue or pink on the underbill.

Baby Blue Underbill
Baby Blue Underbill

Bamboo Champion

Stealth Logo T-Shirt
Stealth Logo T-Shirt

We've also designed T-Shirts made of organic bamboo and cotton that are made in the United States. Just like our hats, we looked at a bunch of different options on these shirts and decided that these are our favorite by far. They have a stealth logo which is basically just clear ink with a tiny bit of white mixed in. The logo is there, but it's not in your face.

Join Us

You'll be happy you did. These hats are awesome and they're just the beginning.

On board? Want to help more?

If you've backed us and want to continue to support us, we'd love it if you helped us spread the word. Email, Facebook, Twitter - whatever's clever.

Find us at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and our homepage.

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge that we face with this Kickstarter is the possibility of delays.

The Harris Tweed mill we are working with is an artisanal mill that can only produce so much fabric at a time and we are making a special order. We don't have any control over how fast it can be produce, though we have an estimate.

Additionally, our hat manufacturer can only produce so many hats each week. Again, depending on the success of the Kickstarter, it may take them several weeks to get through all of the orders.

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    WALLPAPER
    Four Break North desktop digital wallpapers, one for each season.

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    Paper Champion

    THANK YOU CARD
    A personal Thank You card from us and four Break North digital desktop wallpapers.

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    Bamboo Champion

    ORGANIC, LOW-KEY T-SHIRT
    A Break North T-shirt made in the United States out of super-soft organic bamboo and cotton blend. It comes in light gray with a stealth Break North logo on the front.

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    Harris Tweed Champion

    BREAK NORTH
    A Break North hat in your choice of color from our available options. This is a 25% discount off of our future retail price of $59.

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    Tweed and Bamboo Champion

    HAT AND SHIRT COMBO
    Get a stealth Break North T-shirt and your choice of a Break North hat.

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    TWO HAT DUO
    Two Break North hats in your choice of color from our available options. This is a 29% discount off of our future retail price of $118.

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    Reigning Champion

    THREE HAT PARTY PACK
    Three Break North hats in you choice of color from our available options. This is a full 33% discount off of our future retail price of $177 for three hats.

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    Break North Legend

    DESIGN YOUR OWN
    We'll work with you to design your very own colorway from Harris Tweed that is available to us and we'll get one made for you. We'll even let you name it if we use the design in the future.

    PLUS, you'll get a Break North t-shirt.

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    The GOAT

    DESIGN YOUR OWN ONE-OFF
    We'll work with you to design your very own colorway and we'll get one made for you. Then we'll pledge to never make a hat like that one again. You'll have a truly unique Break North hat and all the bragging rights that this entitles you to.

    PLUS, you'll get a Break North t-shirt.

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Funding period

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