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With incredibly soft, stretchy fabric and real pockets, this blazer-on-a-mission will be your new go-to choice for the office.
With incredibly soft, stretchy fabric and real pockets, this blazer-on-a-mission will be your new go-to choice for the office.
289 backers pledged $32,949 to help bring this project to life.

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World's Most Comfortable Blazer :: the Kimono Blazer

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Ladies, you deserve to be comfortable at work.

ICYMI, there is a LOT of progress to be made when it comes to equality for women in the workplace. And while fashion will not fix all the systemic issues of our time, it WILL help you be comfortable while you're sitting at your desk, going to that networking event, or busting through glass ceilings. And we all deserve that. So we created a blazer that works for women, helping you be comfortably, confidently, you. 

Our blazer is designed for comfort. It's made with a super-soft organic cotton & spandex knit blend. Lined to give it structure, but stretchy enough to lift your hands up above your head (YUP). Plus, it has real pockets, deep enough to fit your smart phone. We call it the kimono blazer because it has the look of the blazer, but is intentionally loose-fitting and full-bodied like a kimono.

The blazer is made at our small batch production shop in Indianapolis. Hannah is our Head of Production and lead seamstress (you can see her picture in the team section).

artist's rendition of color options (models are real women) **evergreen & black will become available if we reach $38k
artist's rendition of color options (models are real women) **evergreen & black will become available if we reach $38k

The fabric is 92% Organic Cotton & 8% Spandex, a luxuriously soft jersey knit blend. 

Why organic cotton? It's better for the world and better for all involved in the supply chain. Traditionally-grown cotton requires a lot of pesticides that can be harmful to farmers, their families, and communities. We choose to take part in actions that are better for all people. 

Through a partnership with a local nonprofit, Unconditional, we are creating a program to provide support and employment opportunities to women who wish to leave the sex industry. For women in that industry there is such a stigma that causes barriers and challenges when transitioning into a different profession. We are fighting against that. 

We believe all women deserve a fair shot at pursuing their dreams. We simply want to provide opportunities to allow that to happen. Through our program, called Equip 360, we will be equipping women with the skills and tools they need to succeed. Trace Fashion's role is to provide short term employment opportunities to allow a woman to build her resume and expand her references. Breaking down the barrier to get her foot in the door in a new industry. 

Are we trying to fix people? Nope. Force someone into a lifestyle we may view as "better"? Nope. Rescue someone? Nope. 

We are simply providing opportunities where there may not otherwise be. Everyone deserves to choose their own path.  

*only on U.S. orders
*only on U.S. orders

 FYI - You will select your color & size at the end of the campaign, not when you decide to back our project.

We've created some mock-ups for our additional color options to make your color selection a little easier! These are real women wearing our blazer, but all the colors except natural are added to the photo. *final colors may vary slightly* 

Model is 5'4" and wearing a size Small
Model is 5'4" and wearing a size Small
Model is 5'8" and wearing a size Small
Model is 5'8" and wearing a size Small
Model is 5'9" and wearing a Medium
Model is 5'9" and wearing a Medium
Model is 5'8" and wearing a size Small
Model is 5'8" and wearing a size Small

The Kimono Blazer is designed to fit loosely. If you are in between sizes or prefer a more fitted look, we recommend sizing down. 

 Fit Guidelines: 

  • These are measurements of your body, not of the garment.
  • If your measurements don't match up on the size guide, we highly recommend following the smaller size of the 2 measurements. 
  • If your measurements are in between sizes, we recommend sizing down (our sizes run big). Although if you prefer looser-fitted clothing, going more true to size may work.
  • If you are 5'3" or shorter, consider sizing down.
  • The blazer is designed to be loose-fitting in the hip, so this measurement is not used for fitting. 
  • Following the guide may lead you to 1 or 2 sizes lower than what you may normally buy, this is normal. :)

We will offer free shipping on exchanges to ensure you get the right size. (*only applies to orders within the U.S.)

FYI - You will select your color & size at the end of the campaign, not when you decide to back our project.

Pockets you can fit your phone into!!
Pockets you can fit your phone into!!

Proper care of any garment is important in helping it last a long time.

  • Machine Wash Cold Water 
  • Tumble Try Low and remove promptly (or hang dry to lower your environmental impact) 
  • Iron on medium high or steam to reduce any wrinkling, when necessary. 
  • Bleaching is not recommended.
left: Kristin Salat, founder & ceo. top: Hannah Engling, head of production. bottom: Jillian MacNulty, marketing + blogs
left: Kristin Salat, founder & ceo. top: Hannah Engling, head of production. bottom: Jillian MacNulty, marketing + blogs
Sarah Daniel, founder + director of Unconditional (our nonprofit partner) & Kristin Salat
Sarah Daniel, founder + director of Unconditional (our nonprofit partner) & Kristin Salat
                                                  

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We owe a HUGE thanks to so many people + brands. We could not have gotten here without the many who mentored and lifted us up along the way. Building a business is a team sport.

    
  

Plus, a special thanks to Lauren Edwards for her amazing videography skills, Dlang Designs for walking together with us, my Edge Mentorship group, Linking Indy Women, Creative Mornings Indianapolis, 1 Million Cups Indianapolis and all the wonderful ladies who came to our fitting. 

Risks and challenges

We've partnered with amazing companies to source fabric and all other necessary items. Our team has over 10 years of experience in clothes-making. Since we are a small business, we have the capability to shift and pivot as challenges arise.
Delays may arise in production of our fabric and garments. However, we will communicate clearly with our backers during the production process. We will do our absolute best to meet and exceed expectations.
The final garments and colors may vary slightly from the pictures.
We will offer free size exchanges for U.S.-based backers to ensure you get the right fit and size for you. However, we cannot offer returns for kickstarter orders. For international orders, we are happy to process an exchange for you, however, we cannot pay for shipping or custom fees.

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    Get your picture posted on our website, along with our other supporters.

    Stay in the know & get email updates on our progress.

    Plus you get to feel good about supporting a company on mission empowering women in all stages of life.

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    Early Bird - Kimono Blazer

    Receive the Kimono Blazer at 31% off retail.

    Save $40 off retail ($129).

    Free U.S. Shipping, discounted shipping everywhere else in the world.

    *you can select size and color once the campaign finishes, not when you choose to back the kickstarter*

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    Kickstarter Exclusive - Kimono Blazer

    Receive the Kimono Blazer at 23% off retail.

    Save $30 off retail ($129).

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    Early Bird Duo - Kimono Blazer x2

    Can't decide which color you want? Get 2!

    Receive 2 of the Kimono Blazers at 32% off retail.

    $83 off retail ($258)

    Pay $87.50 per blazer

    Mix and Match colors & sizes

    Free U.S. Shipping, discounted shipping everywhere else.

    *you can select sizes and colors once the campaign finishes, not when you choose to back the kickstarter*

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    Can't decide which color you want? Get 2!

    Receive 2 Kimono Blazers at 27% off retail.

    Save $69 off retail ($258).

    Pay $94.50 per blazer (retail $129)

    Mix and Match colors & sizes

    Discounted shipping to U.S. Regular shipping costs everywhere else.

    *you can select sizes and colors once the campaign finishes, not when you choose to back the kickstarter*

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    Early Bird Trio - Kimono Blazer x3

    Can't decide which color you want? Get 3!

    Receive 3 of the Kimono Blazers at 33% off retail.

    $128 off retail ($387)

    Pay $86.33 per blazer

    Mix and Match colors & sizes

    Free U.S. Shipping, discounted shipping everywhere else.

    *you can select sizes and colors once the campaign finishes, not when you choose to back the kickstarter*

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    Kickstarter Trio - Kimono Blazer x3

    Can't decide which color you want? Get 3!

    Receive 3 Kimono Blazers at 28% off retail.

    Save $108 off retail ($387).

    Pay $93 per blazer (retail $129)

    Mix and Match colors & sizes

    Discounted shipping to U.S. Regular shipping costs everywhere else.

    *you can select sizes and colors once the campaign finishes, not when you choose to back the kickstarter*

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    Early Bird Cinco - Kimono Blazer x5

    Get one for you and your closest friends.

    Receive 5 of the Kimono Blazers at 33% off retail.

    $216 off retail ($645)

    Pay $85.80 per blazer

    Mix and Match colors & sizes

    Free U.S. Shipping, discounted shipping everywhere else.

    *you can select sizes and colors once the campaign finishes, not when you choose to back the kickstarter*

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    Receive 5 Kimono Blazers at 29% off retail.

    Save $186 off retail ($645).

    Pay $91.80 per blazer (retail $129)

    Mix and Match colors & sizes

    Discounted shipping to U.S. Regular shipping costs everywhere else.

    *you can select sizes and colors once the campaign finishes, not when you choose to back the kickstarter*

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    Early Bird Superstar - Kimono Blazer x10

    Receive 10 of the Kimono Blazers at 35% off retail.

    $455 off retail ($1290)

    Pay $83.50 per blazer (retail $129)

    Mix and Match colors & sizes

    Free U.S. Shipping, discounted shipping everywhere else.

    *you can select sizes and colors once the campaign finishes, not when you choose to back the kickstarter*

    *not for resale*

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    Superstar - Kimono Blazer x10

    Receive 10 Kimono Blazers at 29% off retail.

    Save $381 off retail ($1290).

    Pay $90.90 per blazer (retail $129)

    Mix and Match colors & sizes

    Discounted shipping to U.S. Regular shipping costs everywhere else.

    *you can select sizes and colors once the campaign finishes, not when you choose to back the kickstarter*

    *not for resale*

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Funding period

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