We will create fantastic T-shirts, by utilising the finest loop-wheeled fabric from Wakayama, and our ultimate goal is...
MADE IN FUKUSHIMA PROJECTS
We started our company in 2005 based in London UK, specializing in creating jeans. Today, we are not here to create jeans, as we said, we are here to create T-shirts, made in Fukushima. When the Great North Earthquake and Tsunami hit in 2011, we were watching it on the TV and the Internet. It was disaster and there was not much we could do, apart from donating some money (not much, to be quite honest). We've been thinking what we could do… As we are in the clothing industry, we thought that manufacturing products in the area would be good for supporting the local economy. So we decided to make a T-shirt, very very good one.
We believe that one of the most important factors of making garment is carefully selecting the best fabric. It is like cooking. If you have the best ingredients, cooking part becomes simple and easy. Our special fabric, the loop-wheeled fabric is coming from Wakayama, Western part of Japan, near Osaka. The fabrics are slowly knitted by vintage machines and one machine only can make several meters per day. The fabric is super soft (very confortable!) and retain the softness wash after wash. Please see the following video how the fabrics are being made: here or here.
We wanted to make it as simple and classic as possible. However, we also wanted to differentiate from just a simple t-shirt. Thus we decided to put embroidering on the bottom right hand side at the front. The embroidery is the design of the survived pine tree (please refer to the story here: Daily mail, or Asahi newspaper, or Telegraph).
The tree design will be embroidered in the same colour as T-shirt (e.g. white on white embroidery. Grey on grey embroidery), so that the design will be minimal and very simple.
OUR FIT / UNISEX FIT
The T-shirt is designed as a classic fit (you are able to size up or down according to your needs). Please refer to the sizing chart. Although our T-shirt are designed for man, woman are also able to wear nicely. The female model above is wearing XS (extra-small). We have following sizing options: XS (Extra Small), S (Small), M (Medium), L (Large), XL (Extra Large). We decided to provide less sizing options for the start. The reason is that we have minimum quantities that needs to be met. Making XXS and XXL have to be our first stretch goal?!?!?
Our t-shirts are available in the following colours: White, Light Grey, Dark Grey, and Black.
What about Pink coloured T-shirt that the female model is wearing above? Again, we would like to provide more colour choices, but we need to achieve minimum quantity production. We would certainly be able to provide pink colour if we could get more pledge ☺
In this special occasion, we are making a denim tote bag with The Superior Labor.
Inverallan knit, please have a look here.
NEW COLLAB PRODUCTS!
We are pleased to announce that we are collaborating with Tender Co for making special T-shirt for Fukushima Projects. William, the founder of Tender Co, has been Japanese affectionist and for his passion, he learned how to dye indigo in historically well-known atelier in Okayama Japan. In order to support the project, he came up with this great design, using the signature elephant design with "Made in Fukushima" details on. Thank you William for your support!
Thank you very much for reading!
P.S. Our stretch goals will be updated later on!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Our concern for this project is the lead-time.
The fabrics need to be woven according to our order (it is especially woven for this project). Therefore, this could be considered as an external risk. The fabric company is well-established and well-known. So we believe that this is very minimal risk.
We’ve been in clothing business since 2005.
Taka has been dealing with production of jeans in Japan, though it is not perfectly smooth ride sometimes (!!!), but we are capable of production, distribution, and after sales customer services.
Our biggest challenge is to raise the funds needed.
Now we need your support to make it happen.
Please join us!
The reason for being shipped from UK instead of Japan is because of the Kickstarter's default location setting. Please let me explain further.
I (taka) am from Japan, born there, and grew up in Fukuoka, western part of Japan.
I moved to London, UK when I was 20 years old (in 2000).
I set up company (called Allevol www.allevol.com in 2005, this is limited company registered in UK. We manufacture our products mainly in Japan) and the project is going through this company (currently Kickstarter is only able to take on projects that are based in US or UK).
The reason the product is being shipped from UK is because of this project default registration (I think that it is automatically set the location as the company's address).
We would like to ship the products from Fukushima directly (we will probably send the product from Fukushima if the pledger is based in the outside of Europe, as we will be able to avoid double import duty & shipping fees)
She is Kitty Alice, singer songwriter baed in London UK.
Please have a look here: www.youtube.com/user/kittyalicemusic
Yes, it is safe (we have measured the radiation level).
As we described above, we are using fabric from Western Part of Japan, Wakayama.
Then the fabrics are boxed and shipped to Fukushima,
Factory in Fukushima then un-boxed the fabric (inside the factory) and cut, sew, pack the t-shirt.
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In Japan, we say "Chirimo tsumoreba yamatonaru", which similarly means "Many a little makes a mickle" The direct translation is something like "The collection of dusts become mountain" We appreciate your help, thank you!Estimated delivery:
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One T-shirt (any colour, any size of your choice) Super soft, comfortable, beautifully woven loop-wheeled fabric and carefully hand crafted in Japan.Estimated delivery:Add £10 to ship outside the UK
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17 backers Limited (3 left of 20)
1 x T-shirt (your choice of colour (no black!) and size) designed by William of Tender Co. For this special occasion, William has created his signature elephants design with "Made in Fukushima". Limited edition of 20 T-shirtsEstimated delivery:Add £10 to ship outside the UK
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3 x T-shirts (any colour, any size, of your choice) Slightly cheaper for buying 3 t-shirts and combined shipping discount too!Estimated delivery:Add £12 to ship outside the UK
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1 x T-shirt and 1 x Allevol/The Superior Labor denim Tote bag. For this special occasion, we have created denim tote bag, with Stencil that states "The Superior Allevol" Limited edition of 20 Tote bags.Estimated delivery:Add £20 to ship outside the UK
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5 x T-shirts (any colour, any size, of your choice) Slightly cheaper for buying 5 t-shirts and combined shipping discount too!Estimated delivery:Add £15 to ship outside the UK
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1 x t-shirt and 1 x Allevol/Inverallan indigo cardigan sweater (3A style). For this special occasion, we have created denim yarn aran cardigan knit. Limited edition of 5 sweaters.Estimated delivery:Add £30 to ship outside the UK
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