This is Solace. A hood with headphones designed to provide personal space in a public setting.
This is Solace. A hood with headphones designed to provide personal space in a public setting. Read more
About this project
Solace was inspired by the hustle and bustle of city life. All the sights, sounds, smells, people, feelings and emotions that it evokes. Sometimes to drown everything around you out, you'd plug in your headphones and it takes you somewhere else. But what if we could be further immersed at times where we really need it? What if we added a degree of tactility and blocked out visual distractions as well? These ideas inspired Solace.
Solace started out as a medley of different things. There where various concepts thrown out such as jackets, scarves, umbrella type objects etc. Eventually the jacket concepts central focus was the hood. All the hoods had an element of sound, but it also became the perfect vehicle for Solace. In addition to providing sound the user partially blocks out the view of your surroundings.
From there, Solace was sketched out and prototyped into various styles and ideas of a hood. It eventually came down to what Solace is today. A simple and iconic look of a hoodie with headphones built in.
Solace is machine washable and features a hidden zipper to easily access and remove headphones. Velcro patches make placement and removal of headphone quick and easy
The outside of the hood is made of water resistant fabric, enabling it to withstand daily environmental factors.
Inside of the hood is lined with cotton fabric making it comfortable for you to wear.
Internal layers of the hood features a lightweight batting to give you some cushion, should you need to rest your head.
Cord can be retracted into the hood for storage when not in use.
Solace will be available in Gray, Black, White, Orange, Sky Blue and Yellow.
Where We Are Now
Currently we have the manufacturer on stand by. All the tech packs and samples have been created and finalized. All we need now is your help. If we can meet a minimum order of 250 units, we can put Solace into production. The more funds we are able to raise, we can keep the production costs to a minimum and thus be able to lower the costs of Solace so that everyone can enjoy it.
In the future we would like to be able make Solace in a greater variety of fabrics and styles to fit every one of our unique users. We would also like to create children's versions of Solace, as we see children as our next market for Solace.
Who We Are
Jessica Chan is Industrial Designer specializing in soft goods. She studied Industrial Design at California College of the Arts and is currently based in Oakland, CA.
SECTOR is a team of design focused entrepreneurs; Jessica's go to team with experience in manufacturing and business development.
Risks and challenges
As with any project that involves manufacturing there are a number of potential sticking points along the way. I have already received a number of samples from our manufacturer to make sure the final Solace hoods are made to the highest standard. I am also taking advantage of the Sector team's experience in managing production and fulfillment, they will work with me and the manufacturer to make sure everything runs smoothly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We were originally quoted at $45 flat rate shipping. We have since made moves to change this so our international backers can enjoy Solace too, please see below.
The way Kickstarter works is that once the first claim on a reward is made, we can no longer make any changes to that reward, except to add or reduce the amount of quantities available (if a limited quantity). So we weren't able to remove and change that $45 fee.
Instead we decided to run a special for just our international backers. We reintroduced the of rewards labeled for INTERNATIONAL BACKERS ONLY with the new $25.
If you are NOT an international backer but see that really enticing $45 super early bird special available again, please don't claim it. We recently found a new, less expensive source for shipping internationally and we would like our international backers to have an opportunity to still take advantage of the introductory pricing.
And yes, we will know if you're not an international backer and claim one of the international rewards. We will be very upset with you and we will not send you a virtual hug.
Solace is designed so that the sound is kept within the hood as to not distract other people around the user.
Solace uses basic stock speakers, with a 34 inch long cord. In the future we would like provide our customers with the ability to upgrade their speakers to customize their Solace and make it unique to them.
Solace will currently only be available in black, white, gray, orange, yellow and sky blue. The internal fabric for all Solaces will be black. This is our first time ever trying to bring Solace to market, and even though we would love to bring more colors options, we are only able to bring you these colors at the moment. Part of our future plans with Solace after this initial run is to expand the colors, inside and out, for our customers to be able to customize and make it unique to themselves.
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