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Luxuriously Rugged. American Inspired. American Crafted. American Made. Sparking an American-Made revolution! Read more

Chicago, IL Fashion
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This project was successfully funded on April 8, 2014.

Luxuriously Rugged. American Inspired. American Crafted. American Made. Sparking an American-Made revolution!

Chicago, IL Fashion
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About this project

Hey Kickstarter & Friends!  

Thanks for checking out our project. It’s been a wild ride, starting with our noticing the difficulty crafting American Made footwear.  We decided to share our story because we know that when people come together, we can achieve great things.  

MALVIN + JOYCE is a footwear brand that's been designing and crafting small batch runs of American Made & Inspired work boots since 2012. We use the very best American sourced materials for those who can appreciate a well crafted American Made boot.  

Our fathers and grandfathers worked in the shoe factories in Chicago and we knew the quality of craftsmanship that could be achieved.  They helped build the industry and wore these same boots.   We wanted to create styles inspired by that heritage. Styles that could take you from the boardroom to where you play.  All the styles in the collection are named for streets, people or neighborhoods in our hometown of Chicago.  A tribute to the strong, honest and hardworking folks of Chicago. American Inspired.  American Crafted.  American Made.

With the USA economy taking such a hit and American's loosing jobs at an alarming rate, we were determined to do our part and manufacture and source our brand domestically.  We thought about the impact our purchasing dollars could make on the American economy and understood that every time we buy something Made in America, we put our friends and neighbors back to work.  We started working to find vendors that were left hanging by huge companies for overseas manufacturing opportunities.  They understood our vision.   We wanted to create a brand as resilient as those rebelling along with us. Over the next year we researched how we could craft our collection right here in the USA.

MALVIN + JOYCE . AMERICAN INSPIRED. AMERICAN CRAFTED. AMERICAN MADE.

16th STREET

The 16th Street is a simply-designed and classic workboot with clean lines and Horween's Chromexcel leather.  Sure to become a modern staple in any man's wardrobe

The 16th Street features brass eyelet shaft, round toe, Vibram Lug Sole and Goodyear Wet construction, which will allow for easy replacment of the sole. 

Available Colors - Merlot, Black, Two-Tone (Black & Brown), Natural Rough Out

Sizes range is 7-14 (half sizes 7 to 11) and fit true to size. 

16th Street - Black
16th Street - Black
16th Street Merlot
16th Street Merlot
16th Street - Brown
16th Street - Brown
16th Street - Rough Out
16th Street - Rough Out
16th Street Stitching - Black
16th Street Stitching - Black
16th Street - Black/Brown Two-Tone
16th Street - Black/Brown Two-Tone
16th Street - Black/Brown Two-Tone
16th Street - Black/Brown Two-Tone

ROGUE

The Rogue features round cap-toe detailing made of Horween Chromexcel leather, brass eyelet, Vibram Lug Sole, leather lining and Goodyear Welt construction, which will allow for easy replacment of the sole. 

Sizes range is 7-14 (half sizes 7 to 11) and fit true to size.

Rogue - Bitter Chocolate
Rogue - Bitter Chocolate
Rogue - Brown
Rogue - Brown

LAWNDALE

6 Inch Moc Toe made of Horween Chromexcel leather with a non-skid Vibram wedge sole and Goodyear welt construction, which will allow for easy replacment of the sole.

Sizes range is 7-14 (half sizes 7 to 11) and fit true to size.

Lawndale - Brown
Lawndale - Brown
Lawndale - Slate Blue
Lawndale - Slate Blue

 INSOLES

Signature Shock Absorption Footbed on Comfort Cushion that have a 9/8" arch support and 9/8" heel support.

Insole
Insole
Insole
Insole

We sourced our materials in the United States and use products from other small manufacturers like Horween Tannery in Chicago.

Horween Tannery, Chicago, IL
Horween Tannery, Chicago, IL

Before we knew it we located an amazing factory to partner with to make the superior work boots we had in mind. So far, so good. we've got the designs, sourced the materials and fabrications.  ALL DOMESTICALLY IN AMERICA!!!

HERE'S WHERE WE ARE

American Craftsmanship is second to none.  We want to support local communities and do our part to bring jobs back to our neighbors.

Our team has found a factory that needs this product as much as we need them... we just need $25,000 to get the collection going. 

Our team has done this before and now we're doing it our way.  We have the opportunity to realize our dream of crafting a quality boot and in America!  We need your help to bring them to life.  Designs have been finalized and we're ready for production.  

Designed, sourced and crafted in the USA, we are ready to press the button.  Malvin + Joyce wants to bring back quality, character, and integrity to the products we use everyday. 

USE OF FUNDS

Your support will help us fund the materials and meet minimum order sizes for our first full small production run.  MALVIN + JOYCE will sell direct to consumers through our own website. This will avoid the middle-man mark-up!!!! .We are starting with work boots but this is just the beginning of our Made in America revolution!.

Please support at whatever level you're comfortable with. We'll pay you back with some really fantastic perks and footwear, crafted with super-high quality materials you’re going to love. 

There are 3 ways YOU can show your support and help get MALVIN + JOYCE FUNDED:

Pledge: This is the most significant way of helping. You will be making sure that our goal becomes a reality. 

Share (Word of Mouth): Telling people about our story and our dream is amazing. Sharing the project with your friends and family is the best way to get other folks to pledge. 

Broadcast (Social Media): Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube and Vimeo. If you have them, you can use them to engage and highlight our project.

Whether or not you decide to take the plunge and become an American-made Rebel with us, we'd love it if you kept the following in mind when shopping and REBEL FOR INDEPENDENT MADE-IN-AMERICA BRANDS!

According to the US Department of Commerce, every $1 spent on American made products fuels another $1.40 in spending elsewhere in the US economy

According to Diane Sawyer and ABC World News, if each of us spent just $64 on American made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs.

Thanks for your support. 

                               - MALVIN + JOYCE

Will buying MALVIN + JOYCE create American jobs? 

You bet your ass it will! And not in some vague way either… The factory we're working with is family owned/operated.  The factory is over 75 years old and as an employee-owned company, the craftsmen work hard to provide the absolute best, most comfortable and premium work boots around.

CHROMEXCEL LEATHER 

Aged Chromexcel
Aged Chromexcel

So what happens to your MALVIN + JOYCE boots after you've had them for a little bit and put them through a Polar Vortex winter?

Chromexcel leather is notoriously fatty and waxy. It's what makes it so desirable and pliable and durable and luxurious and long lasting and... well you get the picture.  The Horween Tannery adds a lot of oil and wax to the leather during the tanning process. Sometimes this oil and wax and grease will migrate through the leather and react with air on the surface to crystallize and that's what causes the Bloom to appear. 

It will start to look powdery or chalky on the surface of the leather. You can see it in the above pic at the top of the shaft and around the lace eyelets. The amount of wax used in tanning along with exposure to high temps, humidity, air and light all contribute to Bloom.

Bloom can be removed just by a simple horsehair brush or a rub with a shoe cloth. 

You don't generally need to add anything to these Chromexcel leathers as they are so nourished already during the production process.

Risks and challenges

We have done our best to mitigate the risks and challenges for this project.

We have worked with our manufacturer for many years and specifically selected them based on their reliability and the quality of their work. Our production schedule has been confirmed and we are confident in our suppliers and vendors ability to deliver on both the inputs and delivery dates.

However, there are always risks of delay in any manufacturing process. We will communicate with our backers throughout the campaign to keep everyone informed and up to date on our progress.

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FAQ

  • After the campaign closes, (if we surpass our goal) that’s the next step!

    When the campaign ends, we’ll send you a survey to complete, and you can let us know what style, size, and color you would like. We will also get your shipping information at this time.

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  • All rewards shipped to destinations within the United States are FREE of charge and included in the pledge amount. All orders shipped outside the United States (including Canada) have an additional shipping fee as detailed in the rewards.

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  • We enthusiastically welcome backers around the globe. But we know from experience that international shipping (including Canada) is expensive. We will not be making money on shipping but we want to be transparent about these costs.

    Additionally, bear in mind that you will be responsible for customs or duties on your end: unfortunately these vary so much from country to country that we can't predict and include it into our cost, so please double check these before backing.

    Thank you to all our international backers. We really appreciate your help in covering these costs.

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  • All styles featured in the campaign are available as a reward.

    After the campaign closes, (if we surpass our goal) that’s the next step!

    When the campaign ends, we’ll send you a survey to complete, and you can let us know what style, size, and color you would like. We will also get your shipping information at this time.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $1 or more

    10 backers

    Help us spread the word and become a Made-in-America REBEL, in addition to our undying gratitude, we'll send you a Rebel yell on Facebook and Twitter!

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    Pledge $10 or more

    1 backer

    Help us spread the word and become a Made-in-America REBEL, in addition to our undying gratitude, if we meet our goals, we’ll send you a Malvin + Joyce handwritten THANK YOU card from the founders for becoming Made-in-America REBELS. We appreciate your support! Together we can spark a Made-in-America Revolution!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    0 backers

    In addition to our undying gratitude, we'll send you a customed Malvin + Joyce Made-in-America and LIMITED EDITION cedar keychain manufactured by our friends at Woodchuck Cases along with Malvin + Joyce handwritten THANK YOU card from the founders for becoming Made-in-America REBELS. We appreciate your support! Together we can spark a Made-in-America Revolution!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    1 backer

    In addition to our undying gratitude, we'll send you a a custom LIMITED EDITION Malvin + Joyce Made-in-America shoe horn trimmed with the same Horween Chromexcel Leather we use for our workboots along with a Malvin + Joyce handwritten THANK YOU card from the founders for becoming Made-in-America REBELS. We appreciate your support! Together we can spark a Made-in-America Revolution!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    223 backers Limited (2 left of 225)

    GET IT BEFORE ANYONE ELSE. In addition to our undying gratitude, you will get ONE PAIR of Malvin + Joyce Work Boots ($285 value) two months before they're available to the general public. Your choice of style, color and size. At end of campaign, we will send out a survey for ALL backers to submit their style, color & size selection. Additionally, we'll send you a Malvin + Joyce handwritten THANK YOU card from the founders for becoming Made-in-America REBELS. We appreciate your support! Together we can spark a Made-in-America Revolution!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    53 backers

    In addition to our undying gratitude, you will get ONE PAIR of Malvin + Joyce work boots ($285 Value). An amazing opportunity to get them first at almost 50% off expected retail. Your choice of style, color and size. At end of campaign, we will send out a survey for ALL backers to submit their style, color & size selection. Additionally, we'll send you a Malvin + Joyce handwritten THANK YOU card from the founders for becoming Made-in-America REBELS. We appreciate your support! Together we can spark a Made-in-America Revolution!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $275 or more

    10 backers

    In addition to our undying gratitude, you will get TWO PAIR of Malvin + Joyce Work Boots ($570 Value). Your choice of style, color and size. At end of campaign, we will send out a survey for ALL backers to submit their style, color & size selection. Additionally, we'll send you a Malvin + Joyce handwritten THANK YOU card from the founders for becoming Made-in-America REBELS. We appreciate your support! Together we can spark a Made-in-America Revolution!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $400 or more

    2 backers

    In addition to our undying gratitude, you will get THREE PAIR of Malvin + Joyce Work Boots ($855 Value). Your choice of style, color and size. At end of campaign, we will send out a survey for ALL backers to submit their style, color & size selection. Additionally, we'll send you a Malvin + Joyce handwritten THANK YOU card from the founders for becoming Made-in-America REBELS. We appreciate your support! Together we can spark a Made-in-America Revolution!

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    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (40 days)