About this project
Did you just miss the Kickstarter? Not to worry, our web store will be opening in the months to come!
"Lorica" is Latin for body armor; in Christian monastic tradition, a lorica is a prayer of protection. It's also an armor-inspired line of clothing designed to slay, wherever you take the fight.
(Note: due to the unexpectedly overwhelming response our products have received, First Run leggings will ship in installments, some of which may be later than the posted date of June. See the update section for more information).
Our first release consists of three designs based on real medieval armors. (Armor images from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where all three of these armors are currently on view).
Our leggings are constructed from a fabric that is 14% spandex and 86% recycled yarns derived from plastic bottles. In fact, about 20 bottles go into each pair. But they're stretchy, soft, and moisture-wicking to keep you dry and stank-free no matter how hard you're working. So basically you can save the earth by getting your sweat on in comfort. IT'S LIKE MAGIC.
Our leggings are designed for both function and fashion, fighting and flying.
Available in sizes XS through XXL, two rise heights (high-waisted, 5" waistband; standard rise, 3" waistband), and two inseams (regular; long), our leggings accommodate your body and style. (For reference, our models range in height from 5'2 to 5'8 and are all wearing regular length).
As a backer, you will receive a survey at the conclusion of the Kickstarter which will ask for your preferred design, size, rise, and inseam before we ship your goodies!
Peep our limited edition run of unisex chainmail tees, available only through this Kickstarter. (Our limited edition shirts are all sold out at this time!)
(Note: our promo tees are not made from the same recycled fabrics as our leggings, and are only printed in the USA. See the size chart here: our model is 6'3 and wearing a medium).
And for the first week of our campaign, enjoy an "early bird special" on one, two, or three pairs of Lorica leggings (in any combination of size, waist style, or design) at a special Kickstarter-only price tier. After the first week, you'll still be able to take advantage of backer tiers that will get you a pair (or two, or three) for less than the future retail value. Suit up the squad!
The $10,000 I ask for here covers the cost of the first run of production, as well as the cost of pattern development, sizing, and sourcing. But if we get even further, I have so many dreams for where this brand could go. You with me?
(Note: You will be able to order these stretch goal items after the conclusion of our Kickstarter when our web store formally launches. If I might make an estimate, possibly August or September would be the earliest they'd be ready to order. To be the first to know when they'll be available, sign up for our mailing list.)
$20,000: Skater Dresses -- REACHED
You read right! I have the patterns, but need your help to fund sample-making and a first run! Here were my first prototypes if you need an idea of the fit:
Need a sneak peek for further convincing? I got started on a Henry VIII bodice not too long ago...
$30,000: Plus Sizing -- REACHED
Goddess-sized women out there, I see you. I am dedicated to making Lorica accessible to all bodies, and would love to be able to develop another series of sizes designed for your shape. I'm thinking a line of S+, M+, L+: let me know your thoughts! Clothes should fit YOU, not the other way around.
$40,000: Bodysuits/Leotards -- REACHED
When I was a kid, I had a dream one night that I got Pokemon Stadium in the mail months before it was released. I woke up crushed to find that it wasn't still in my N64. I have the same feeling today thinking about how I could be wearing an armor bodysuit right now. Help me make the dream a reality!
Here's a rough mockup of what the Scudamore bodysuit might look like. I think I'd prefer a cap sleeve, though, to keep more of the pauldrons in the picture. Y'all will be the first to see the real samples when they're made in some months' time!
$70,000: Reversible Hoodies -- REACHED
Business on one side, Faire on the other, how sick would reversible hoodies be? So many ideas for these. Mail (chain, scale)? An all out cuirass, pauldrons, vambrace ensemble? SO MANY POSSIBILITIES.
$90,000: Men's Leggings -- REACHED
Gentlemen, I've heard your cries for equal representation, and I am here for you. If we get this far, we can start development for leggings with extra room in the thigh and calf that also provide for the comfort and support of certain anatomy.
Elie Hutchinson is a graphic designer and art director in advertising by day, avid gamer by night. Watch my intro video and put a face to the name, learn a little more about the origin of the brand, and enjoy me being really awkward on camera! :D
Risks and challenges
Barring any unforeseeable manufacturing delays, we should be ready to roll! I've done my best to get every duck in a row prior to launch, working with our manufacturer to put together production estimates and secure materials in advance, so all I need now is you. Let's make this happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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