About this project
My name is Silas Caeton and I'm a chef.
I am taller than your average person and it's very difficult to find an apron that doesn't fit me like a child's bib. In November of 2013, I concluded that I would just go ahead and take care of the problem by creating my own apron. I consulted my loving mother for assistance, borrowed my sister's sewing machine, and after making myself an apron (and one for my girlfriend), I realized that I am a fairly decent tailor.
I decided that I wanted to create a line of aprons that fit well, are durable, and are stylish at the same time.
Presenting: Kitchen + Threads.
Having worked in professional kitchens for some time now, I know the value of a high-quality apron. Not only does it offer greater protection, but the durability of a good apron will withstand the daily beating it receives in the kitchen, along with endless machine cycles, which means that I don't need to buy a new one every 3 months.
There is no reason that aprons can't be built to last for a long time. One of the complaints chefs have had with mass produced aprons is that they wear out so quickly; either from abuse they come under in daily use or in the washing machine. The aprons made by Kitchen + Threads are constructed with heavy-weight denim and brass accents. I don't skimp on quality and can confidently stand behind my products.
My aprons are handmade from start to finish. I even do some of the dyeing myself! I make sure that my production standards are set high and that I maintain consistency in my aprons. As a chef, I know what I want out of an apron that I purchase, and hold an even higher standard on a product that I design and put my name behind.
It's becoming increasingly more popular for chefs and cooks to turn to aprons as a way to show their personality and distinguish themselves from the rest of the crew. Kitchen + Threads aprons are stylish, modern-looking, and will definitely make you stand out.
I am offering three styles of aprons. All handmade. All organic.
They come in three different sizes as well: Small, Standard, and Tall.
**They also now come in a kid's size!**
We also have options if you're interested in waist aprons for your waitstaff and baristas.
Contact me to discuss how I can work with you on special colors and lengths that suit your needs.
Once the Kickstarter is over, I will contact each person who will receive an apron and ask what style and size they would like.
Kitchen + Threads aprons are not just for professional chefs. Home cooks, florists, baristas, and bartenders will also love them.
I made the decision early on that I would only use organic and natural materials in our aprons. Organic cotton is grown without toxins, pesticides, and artificial fertilizers. It is better for the health of the land, the men and women in the fields, the workers in the factories, the manufacturers, and ultimately the consumer. Conventionally grown cotton is the most sprayed crop in the world. Nearly 25% of the world's insecticides, and 10% of its pesticides, are used on cotton crops. That means that 55 million pounds of pesticides are used on 12.8 million acres of cotton. These toxins are deadly, and according to the World Health Organization, cause 20,000 deaths per year in developing countries. In the United States, these toxins have also been linked to 10,000 farmers dying every year.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has found that 72 million birds are killed annually. These toxic chemicals get into the soil and deplete the earth of nutrients. The run-off then enters into the nearby lakes and streams, furthering the effects of pollution. I can continue to list facts and figures, but the main point is that these chemicals are not something that we need to support with our money. It's good news that the organic cotton industry is growing worldwide, being supported by people wanting to make a difference and benefit those around them.
Kitchen + Threads is trying to support that movement. Which is why I consider it very important to only use organic cotton in our aprons. I source from a variety of manufacturers and distributors to make sure that I get the best materials available.
Up until now I have been making aprons one at a time. Realizing that it will take a big push to make Kitchen + Threads into what it needs to be, I am seeking to raise $10,000 to buy bulk orders of the apron materials, commercial sewing machines and equipment, and to train other sewers to ensure that Kitchen + Threads can efficiently produce a consistent product.
I am offering a wide variety of pledge offers for your consideration. With pledges ranging from $1 (a heartfelt Thank You on the Kitchen + Threads website) all the way up to $1,400 (Dinner for four, four aprons, and four organic cotton T-shirts), there is a reward level for everyone!
One thing that Kitchen + Threads wants to be is a company with a conscience. Due to Kickstarter rules I am not allowed to promote a charity or raise money for a nonprofit, but Kitchen + Threads is dedicated to giving to a charity 10% of every apron sold from my website, after the Kickstarter is completed. I will be connecting with a group that fights domestic human trafficking to help fund the fight against modern day slavery.
Since the aprons are all handmade they will each have very small, minute differences. I feel that this will only add to their character and uniqueness.
A very special thank you to some people that made this possible:
Risks and challenges
We are a very small company and given that these aprons are all handmade, it will be challenging to not become overwhelmed with the amount of aprons we need to make. The challenge will be to make all of the aprons within a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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