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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 24 2014
$4,555
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
106
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 24 2014

About

 The Problem:

I travel a lot.  It was after one particularly long, tiring trip across Europe that I realized I had to do something to make travel more comfortable. 

We all know that the best way to get through a long flight or road trip is to take a good, long nap.  If you're like me, sleeping in a seated position is nearly impossible and inevitably leads to being jolted awake in a panic.  The alternative - a travel pillow - doesn't do the one thing you need it to:  support your head.

The Solution:

The 40 Winks™ pillow.

Ingeniously-designed, the 40 Winks™ pillow uses opposing pull from your own body to create comfortable and real support for your head from either side or from behind.

How it works:

Correct pressure distribution is essential for this pillow to work.  By keeping the arms of the pillow wrapped flat and wide around your body, pressure is evenly distributed over a broad surface.  This creates an opposing pull or counterbalance providing all the support you need.

 Features:

  • The pillow arm lays flat against your body.  There is nothing uncomfortable pushing against your head or moving your body forward.  You can tuck or pull arms around the body to create full support. 

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  • Protective carry bag.  The pillow comes with a breathable combed-cotton drawstring carry bag to keep it clean.  Perfect for trips!
  • Buttery-soft fabric.  The pillow-case is made of luxurious, combed-cotton jersey.  You may not want to take it off!
  • Specially-designed, hypo-allergenic pillow - Substantial enough to cradle and support your neck and head.  Soft enough to flatten and fit into a carry bag or laptop rolling bag. 
  • Specially-conceived fabric color.  The charcoal gray heather color has a varicolored pigment that was chosen to disguise spills, make-up or the occasional drool.  Beautiful and elegant.
 
slide fastener, pull and tuck behind, or tie
slide fastener, pull and tuck behind, or tie
 
  • Removable and Washable.  Easy to keep clean after every journey. 
  • Hidden aromatherapy pocket.  A disposable organic lavender sachet is included in a hidden, inner pocket.  Lavender is known to induce a sense of peace and relaxation. 
Organic Lavender
Organic Lavender
  • Available in two sizes:  small and medium.  Both sizes will fit anyone from an XXS women to an XXL men.  There is a 1" size difference in the pillow section.  The arm lengths are exactly the same.  Depending on the user's body, the size difference can affect the overall support and experience.  Find the size that works for you.  

Small: recommended for petite women or younger folks                                       Medium: recommended for everyone else (including petites with long necks)

40 Winks™ is made in California & sourced in the USA

40 Winks™ Lounge Blanket  

40 Winks™ Lounge Blanket
40 Winks™ Lounge Blanket

40 Winks™ Lounge Blanket

Make yourself even more comfortable with the versatile 40 Winks™ matching blanket - casual, comfortable and sleek.  The blanket is ideal for a cool night on the couch, in front of the fireplace or for traveling in comfort and style.  It's designed with extra length to cover the toes of most humans - almost 6 feet long and extra wide.  Made of vintage black "berber" cotton fabric, this blanket is light enough to pack and thick enough to keep you warm. 

40 Winks™ Lounge Blanket - folded in half
40 Winks™ Lounge Blanket - folded in half

Who we are: 

My name is Jennifer Klekas and I live in Los Angeles, California. I am a wife, a mom, and an actor with a passion for creating comfortable spaces.  Whether it's creating a comfy-casual interior space or fine-tuning the specifics of 40 Winks™, my focus is on uniqueness, quality and details. 

My husband, Bill Klekas contributes his strong business background and experience. He's worked with top orthopedic surgeons from across the United States and the world for the last 22 years to facilitate product development. He has contributed invaluable input at crucial times during the development and design of 40 Winks™. He also brings to the table the unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life -- he is Greek and Italian after all.   

Where we are: 

We've spent the last two plus years working to get everything related to 40 Winks™ ready: narrowing down and figuring out the most effective design, prototyping and testing, meeting with and determining fabric mills and sewing manufacturers, filing for patent protection, trademarking, packaging, etc.  We've also partnered with an experienced production manager with over 20 years experience in the fashion industry to help fine tune what we've created and oversee our run to ensure quality standards are kept.  We're currently finished with all of the preliminary work and are ready to order materials to do that first production run. There are minimums per fabric color and minimums on the sewing side. So, this really is where we need you in order to move forward.

Prototypes - testing different sizes, colors & fabrics
Prototypes - testing different sizes, colors & fabrics

Once funding is complete we will:

-- Place fabric orders with the textile mill - estimated time to manufacture fabric 2-4 weeks. We will also place orders for: lavender inserts, pillows, slide fasteners, tags, instruction inserts.  

-- Once the textiles are manufactured, we'll have them delivered to our sewing contractor.  Product then goes to an in-house packaging team to properly package and tag the product. Estimated time 3-6 weeks.  

-- Items will be sent to Amazon fulfillment centers in the US, Canada, & United Kingdom (to cover EU shipping & customs).  Depending on the country you are ordering from there may be potential customs fees to be aware of.  

Risks and challenges

***Relaunch: We decided to relaunch 40 Winks™, because we felt that we needed to revisit some of our research and also figure out a better way to let weary travelers know of our new product. During this respite, however, we were also able to reduce our costs by simplifying minimums and initial color offerings. The result: a better product for less. So, invigorate your body and soul and take comfort back!

As with any production, we are dealing with manufacturers along the way that each need a certain amount of production time. We've done the leg work in advance and are working with a textile mill and sewing manufacturer in the US that have the ability to produce in large quantities. We have cushioned the timeline to help in offsetting potential delays in the manufacturing process. We are, as well, working with a production manager to oversee this process start to finish. She brings with her twenty years of experience in producing sewn goods and overseeing every aspect of the manufacturing process.

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    ** VINTAGE T **

    Get your comfy on with the fit, feel & relaxed drape of a vintage t-shirt. These soft tri-blend t's are perfect for your restful days around the house or on the road!

    50% Polyester // 25% Cotton // 25% Rayon

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    *** still EARLY BIRD ** 40 Winks™ PILLOW ***

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    ** 40 Winks™ LOUNGE BLANKET * USA CHRISTMAS Delivery***
    Our sleek, contemporary take on a cotton jersey blanket made for travel & home. Made of soft, supple 100% cotton jersey "berber" fabric in vintage black. Extra long 70" x 60" wide. Expected retail $44.

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    ***40 WINKS™ BLANKET & PILLOW*** One charcoal gray pillow with protective carry bag AND one Lounge Blanket in vintage black. Expected retail for both $97.

    40 Winks™ Lounge Blanket: Our sleek, contemporary take on a cotton jersey blanket made for travel & home. Made of soft, supple 100% cotton jersey "berber" fabric in vintage black. Extra long 70" x 60" wide. Expected retail $44.

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    ***Couples Pack*** Two 40 WINKS™ PILLOWS in sizes of your choice. Now you both can catch forty on long trips!

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    ***Family Three Pack*** THREE 40 WINKS™ PILLOWS in sizes of your choice. Now each member of the family can catch forty on long trips!

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    ***Family Six Pack*** SIX 40 WINKS™ PILLOWS in sizes of your choice. Now each member of your brimming family can catch all the zzz's they want, any time they want.

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