If you're a Canadian who spends a lot of time making costumes then you've probably come face to face with the constant struggle that is buying Faux Fur. Faux Fur is hard to find in Canada, it's expensive and the quality is often dodgy. While the simple solution is to buy faux fur online, it often is met with expensive shipping, gross custom fees and of course our waning dollar. I realized that there was a demand that no one was readily filling, and as costume enthusiast and designer myself I figured who better to fill that need than someone who understands the market. Over the past year I have been working with various manufacturers to find and create a line of faux fur that is soft, dense, and has consistent quality and color.
However like all manufacturers they have a minimum order quantity, and that is 500 meters per color. After careful evaluation we determined that 10 colors would be a good place to start for a total of 5000 meters of fabric but given how niche the market can be we are going to start even smaller at 5 colours for a total of 2500 meters. We want to give this campaign the best possible chance at success so we are starting small. It is still a lot to handle and more money than what one person can do alone. That's where you come in, with your support, we can create a line of faux fur in both common and hard to find colors that will be distributed within Canada for a price that is on pair with online store without the worry of import fees and currency exchange. Each color costs approximately 7400$ to produce, so for 5 colors we will need 37,000$, however once we add the shipping, import costs, storage and the kickstarter fee we need to raise at least 50,000$. As each colour costs 7400$ we will use it as a milestone so for every milestone we reach we will hold a vote among our backers to determine what colour we create! We have a few ideas of what colours we want to make but in the end what colours we create will be decided entirely by our backers! We really believe in this projects potential and we want to make it a reality but we cannot do it without your help, to that end we have set up some rewards for you folks that will get you early access to the faux furs before anyone else!
Risks and challenges
Every project comes with its own unique risks and challenges. The market around costume design is constantly evolving and keeping on top of what the community needs will be our top priority as we delve into the project.To do this we will be working side by side with fellow Fursuit Makers, Cosplay Artists, Plushi Makers and so forth to ensure we meet the demand of the community. One of the major challenges we will face will be quality control, which we will try to stay on top of as best as possible by obtaining frequent samples from the manufacturer during all stages of production.
The community that supports and requires Faux Furs is a fairly small one and funding this project with the help of the community alone may not work. In the event the campaign is not successful we will attempt to fund individual colours under a pre-order system. Rather than having 5 or more colours of fur available right at the start we will do pre-orders for 1 colour at a time, and when those colours are funded we will begin production before moving onto the next colour. In this manner we can still ensure people have equal opportunity to order faux furs within Canada though the process will be a lot slower and a tad more expensive.
This project is a fun and unique opportunity for Canadian Fursuit Makers and Costume Enthusiast alike and to partake in as it will give makers the opportunity to work together and be the driving force in creating a line of Canadian Distributed Faux Furs. As this project will be driven solely by the communities input the backers will have the opportunity to vote on what colours and styles they like best. We really believe in this projects potential, and we have worked very hard to save money towards that end. However our efforts alone will not be enough which is why we need your help to make this dream come true! With what funds we were able to save up we already have one colour lined up for production, this colour is called Palamino it has a dark brown base with tan tips and a 4" pile. The Palamino is a very special fur with a limited run, as such we will only be offering it to backers during the campaign, after that the fur will be sold as a pre-order only with the price being 45$/m.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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