About this project
Stock Mfg. Co. provides premium American-Made clothing and accessories to our customers at affordable prices, while fostering an environment of collaboration and transparency second to none in the garment industry.
Due to our direct-from-manufacturer business model, everything we offer is approximately 1/2 the price of what you would pay if we sold through traditional retail outlets.
WHAT AND WHERE
Operating out of our own 45 year old factory on the West Side of Chicago, we design and produce some of the highest quality clothing on the market today. We also collaborate frequently with many of the most exciting and creative minds in the industry. We are committed not just to producing our products in America, but to creating jobs and influencing the fashion world in a positive way. We are aiming to be a hub for American manufacturing, quality craftsmanship, and innovative collaboration.
In order to get where we need to be, we need a little help from you. But don’t worry, there’s something in it for you other than just feeling good about yourself. If we reach our goal, we'll be able to not only fund the production of our Spring/Summer collection, but re-invest into our factory. Despite our current capacity, we need to make some upgrades. There’s some machinery we don’t have, and some that’s getting a bit old. The more efficient and nimble we become, the more innovative our collaborations will get, and the more jobs we can create.
If we surpass our $20,000 goal, we will use that money to create new pieces, buy new fabrics, upgrade our factory, and continue working to expand domestic manufacturing. The great thing is, all you have to do to support us is invest in a quality American-made garment.
Here are some of the products we’ve designed for Spring/Summer. We're premiering these here, at an exclusive Kickstarter-only price point.
THE DESIGNER STARTER PACKAGES
The Development Packages include a suite of services that cover every step that a designer must take to get Production Ready. We will bypass the markups of middlemen and agencies to create the shortest and most cost effective path from design to Production Ready.
Single Piece Package Includes:
Pattern Grading – Additional 3 Sizes after the First Pattern
Fabric and Trim Sourcing – 3 One Hour Consultations
Purchasing Sample Yardage for First Samples –2 Colorways - 10 Yd Max - $11/yard max
Purchasing Trims for Sampling
First Samples Delivered
- Average agency price for shirt or pants : $1,900 -
Mini Collection Includes:
All of the above, but for 3 pieces (1 shirt, 1 pant, 1 jacket)
First Samples Delivered
- Average agency price for jacket : $2,400 -
When it comes to the actual production of your pieces, you will be hard-pressed to find a level of quality higher than what we can deliver. Our Chicago Factory has been manufacturing Military Uniforms for decades, and that level of quality and attention to detail goes into everything we make. The Military Certification Process is one of the highest quality standards of its kind in the industry. It’s a tedious process, but one that allows us to focus our attention on the highest level of quality and the finer design details.
We're confident that you’ll quickly recognize the value in our all-inclusive development services when we deliver your production ready samples. By utilizing the expertise of our apparel product development teams, and the vastness of our sourcing network, you now have access to turn your ideas into a business.
THE MACHINERY WE NEED
Double Needle Industrial Machine with Lap Seam Attachments - Heavy gauge machinery so we can work with higher-weight fabrics.
Double Needle Chain Stitch Machine - Heavier-duty stitching for shirting and denim.
Gerber Plotter - Increase our production efficiency by laser-plotting our markers.
Grommet and Rivet Machine - More efficiently apply grommets and rivets to bags, jeans, jackets, etc to increase output capabilities.
Risks and challenges
Although we have total control of the manufacturing process, there are still circumstances that may arise. Prior to the start of the campaign, we checked and double-checked fabric inventories with our Japanese mills to ensure adequate stock. However, some fabrics can be discontinued- although the chances of this are extremely slim, should it happen, it could lead to a fabric substitute or delayed delivery. But rest assured, we will never make changes or substitutes without consulting our customers with 100% transparency.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Our factory was founded over 40 years ago by Sam Ives, and was first known as SI Industries. Sam still works there, but the factory is owned by his son, Areill. Areill is one of the co-founders of Stock (he's the asian guy in the video). Thus, the same family that owns that factory, also owns Stock Mfg. Co.
The US Military is obligated by law to manufacture in the United States. In order to work with military accounts, your factory must achieve the prestigious "mil-spec" certification. The Military Certification Process is one of the highest quality standards of its kind in the industry. It’s a tedious process, but one that allows us to focus our attention on the highest level of quality and the finer design details.
If you want to learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Military_Standard
Jon Contino is one of the most talented and sought-after design talents in the industry today.
Check out some of his work here: joncontino.com
PS - Pretty sure he made up the word Alphastructaesthetitologist to help summarize his varied talents: hand-lettering, illustration, design, apparel design, and brand consulting.
Thanks! Our friends at Scalp Hunter films hooked that up: scalphunterfilms.com
Chicago photographer Grant Legan helped us out there, check his portfolio: www.grantlegan.com
I like a bunch of the products, but don't see a tier to get just the ones I want. Can I make a custom pledge?
Yeah, that's cool, we're all about making you guys happy. Shoot us a message with what you'd like, and we'll get back to you with what you need to pledge to get it done.
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