About this project
Thank you for all your support over the course of our Kickstarter. If you missed us here, you can order socks at lilytrotters.com
It is time for women to expect more out of their compression socks. It's time for women to have choices beyond thick, hard-to-get-on athletic socks and plain and boring medical socks. It's time for a brand new perspective on compression socks. It's time for Lily Trotters.
After three years of preparation, our debut line of Lily Trotters compression socks are ready to be knit for you! Socks that are both beautiful and functional. Socks that make you both look great and feel great. Socks that are made to run a marathon or get you through a marathon day. We are so excited to bring Lily Trotters to market — our socks are truly unlike any other compression socks out there.
What Sets Lily Trotters Apart?
- Designs that are feminine and fashion-forward — adorable with your cutest running shorts but smart-looking with a skirt or slacks, too.
- A proprietary weave that makes Lily Trotters uncharacteristically easy to get on and off.
- Just the right squeeze — so that unlike other compression socks, you can comfortably wear Lily Trotters for hours on end.
- Thin, sturdy, moisture-wicking knit that fits inside dress shoes as easily as sneakers.
Now the same compression sock you wear to run a mile or a marathon can also get you through your busy day-to-day. And while you're already feeling great about purchasing your first Lily Trotters, consider this: Since our socks are 100% designed, sourced and manufactured in the USA, every pair you buy helps support the burgeoning movement to bring manufacturing back to our own economy by supporting well-paying jobs and professional conditions for factory workers.
Whether for fashion or fitness, rock all your favorite outfits with five unique designs, each available in your choice of colors — ready for you to pre-order now.
Dots-a-Plenty© All polka dots are not created equal. Our perfectly proportioned pattern is both cute and sophisticated.
Om© With a nod to the ancient art of healing, our floating lotus flowers add momentum and energy to every day.
Four Kisses© A great way to start any morning: With four kisses sweetly planted above your ankle.
Sassy Bow© Spice things up with a subtle track of ribbon ending in a bow down the back of your legs.
Whole Lotta Love© Ready to hug whenever you are, these socks will win your heart.
Custom Designs: Lily Trotters can create a custom sock for any team or group — schools, professional teams, charity races, running clubs, you name it. For more information, simply send us a message here or send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the best way to contact you.
We have spent the last couple months sending our socks to media and other influencers — their response has been amazing, with dozens of great reviews! Read them all at lilytrotters.com/testimonial.html
"All we want to do is make pretty compression socks."
This is the phrase we have been repeating over and over for the past three years. When the idea came up for Lily Trotters back in 2012, we had no idea how hard it would be to make high-quality, designer athletic compression socks. Designed, sourced, manufactured, and quality-tested in the USA, no less. But every hurdle, every challenge, every conversation that ended in, "Sorry, we can't help you — what you are asking for cannot be done," has been worth it.
It has been quite a journey. We started by doing small sock-wearing studies with healthy women who had never worn compression socks — to ascertain whether they felt benefits wearing a 15-20mmHg compression sock; the feedback was a unanimous yes! Next, we did extensive market research to analyze the compression sock market and see where Lily Trotters might fit in.
We talked to everybody and anybody who had different perspectives along the way. We learned – and are still learning – so much.
Arranging for the production of our socks was a saga in itself. We cold-called so many sock mills in the USA. This was really hard, since most are over-booked and not in a position to even talk to a start-up, let alone develop a new product. Still, we got super lucky and found the right mill. They saw our vision from the get-go and have worked with us to explore every possibility. We have sampled nearly 30 prototypes to date, and discovered how to "knit in" different colored yarns without compromising the compression in our socks.
Finally, we conducted a comprehensive sock-wearing study of our prototypes on female volunteers. The findings were overwhelmingly positive. Each and every step of the way we have looked for validation that we were designing a product that would be both desirable to and functional for women.
All we wanted to do was make pretty compression socks. Lily Trotters are all that — and more.
Lily Trotters is not providing any medical advice. Please consult your doctor before wearing compression socks.
Risks and challenges
The biggest manufacturing challenge Lily Trotters currently faces is the long lead-time needed for us to purchase our proprietary yarn -- as much as six to eight weeks. We use the finest quality, made-in-the USA micro-nylon. Our strong yet thin, easy-on and easy-off weave is achievable with this special-order yarn, so we know the wait is worth it. And, because we won't compromise on aesthetics either, waiting for our own custom-dyed, unique colors is imperative to our creating truly original designs.
For this Kickstarter launch we have pre-ordered our yarn and guessed at how much we will need, based on the designs and colors we think will be most popular. If we've guessed correctly, orders should be delivered by October 2015. If orders exceed our expectations, we will need to order more yarn and slightly delay delivery.
We will keep you all updated throughout the manufacturing process and will let you know of any news, as it happens.
Whatever happens, we promise to get your Lily Trotters to you just as fast as we can!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
At the end of our campaign, assuming we've reached our goal, we can then collect all orders and mailing information through the Kickstarter survey system.
For the ability to get socks to people as soon as possible, and for ease of tracking, we chose FedEx for international shipping only. The shipping cost for each reward is what we've been quoted by FedEx -- unfortunately, shipping internationally is very expensive no matter how you slice it.
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