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Welcome to Sally Forth Supply Co.'s Kickstarter! I need your help to expand my product line.

Howdy! My name is Kellie Ketron and I am the owner, handmaker and mastermind behind Sally Forth Supply Co. formerly known as Dapper Geek. First, I want to thank you for finding my Kickstarter and for taking the time to get to know me! I started this project because it was time for a rebrand and I had a new vision for the direction I wanted the to company to head in. 

 Rebranding opens up my business to include more than just ties for Dapper Geeks. I look forward to expanding my line to serve and include all clients with my hand made fashion because for me, knowing how and where your purchases come from are important. I have wanted to expand my bag line, to make bigger bags and overnight bags and with this Kickstarter I will be able to get the supplies I need to do that. 

Hey, that's me! -Kellie
Hey, that's me! -Kellie

 

Chris and Katie Martin
Chris and Katie Martin

Top 3 Reasons to support my Kickstarter 

1.) The products I make are unique, individual and fill a void in the market- When I find fabrics to make a tie or a bag I'm not thinking about making a thousand clones. I look at them as limited edition items that reflect the person who is buying them. Not one person is like another, so why treat a product line that way? Times are changing, people don't like to be placed in neat pre-packaged boxes and why should we treat product lines that way? When I started Dapper Geek in 2013, there was a major void in queer handmade items that reflected my style. I wanted to wear ties that weren't shiny, traditional or pre-tied, and when I didn't find them, I made them. When I needed a wallet to keep my cash, cards and chapstick together, I made it! When I needed a toiletry bag that wasn't cheaply made, leather free or look like I borrowed my dad's. And when a client said, "hey, can you put two long straps on it, then I can hook it on the handlebars on my bike?" I said, "Absolutely!" I want to make a product that fills the voids in peoples lives, reflects who they are or want to be and make sure that they feel represented. I want to remind people that shopping small, means that they can actually talk to the person who designs and makes the items and welcomes feedback and conversation. I'm not a corporation, I am the person who answers emails, meets you at shows and listens to your needs.

2.) Being able to buy more materials in bulk- This will allow me to produce more items to increase my clientele,reach out to more stores and keep my prices competitive. I will also have a faster turn around time because I will already have what I need in the studio.  

3.) Having the money to apply to craft and trade shows- Sometimes you have to pre-pay months in advance at or around 175-$700. Having the money from the Kickstarter will allow me to apply for and attend more shows, increasing my sales and my customer base! The American Field show I did in DC was $750, I had almost sold out of product by the beginning of the next morning and had I had more money to buy materials, I would have sold more. Its a crazy cycle of balance, guessing and trend forecasting. So for a typical spring/summer/fall I need around $3000 just to get to the shows. That's where the bulk of my funds will go.  

We did it! Let's see how far we can go!
We did it! Let's see how far we can go!

 

Making a Gear Bag
Making a Gear Bag

 

Having extra funds allows me to do so many amazing things! It will streamline my shipping, allow me to keep my costs down and keep the prices down. Thank you so much for taking this journey with me!

in the studio
in the studio

 

From last spring's lookbook
From last spring's lookbook

 

Last year's Keen bowtie
Last year's Keen bowtie

REWARDS!

 

Grey/Green same image on the Blackberry Shirt also
Grey/Green same image on the Blackberry Shirt also

 

Just the front graphic, bottom left is the grey green
Just the front graphic, bottom left is the grey green

 Sticker Bundle

You get one of each!
You get one of each!

 Enamel Pin on black metal

This is the logo on the enamel pin. It will be the shape of my logo on black metal and 1in wide!
This is the logo on the enamel pin. It will be the shape of my logo on black metal and 1in wide!

 

The Avail Wallet!
The Avail Wallet!

 

Gear Bag- 10 in. long x 7 in. wide x 4.5in. tall
Gear Bag- 10 in. long x 7 in. wide x 4.5in. tall

 Each bag is triple stitched and meant to be tossed and stuffed and washed over and over again! The extra long straps are not only good for hanging, they also fit on a lot of bike handlebars! 

10.5 long x 5.5 wide x tallest point 10 in
10.5 long x 5.5 wide x tallest point 10 in

Gus is featured in the video and you should check it out! Meant to haul stuff and help you stay organized.  Gus has a double pocket and elastic loops to help keep you organized. It stands up on its own and the grommet is to keep you keys handy.  One strap is longer than the other to allow you to carry it over your arm.

FABRIC OPTIONS

Fabric Choices! top L-R- flamingo, tiger, bike, indigo/eye, camper and denim
Fabric Choices! top L-R- flamingo, tiger, bike, indigo/eye, camper and denim

 

Risks and challenges

I pride myself on being an American handmade business, and will always want to source as many items as possible from the US. The t-shirts, enamel pens, postcards and stickers will all be made or source by other companies. That helps me fullfil those rewards because I have already placed talked to all of those folks and all I will have to do is hit "confirm order" and someone else will taking care of that part.

To me I feel like I have limited the quantities of my hand made items to a number that I have dealt with before. This isn't my first rodeo and I have learned my capabilities and limits and feel that my quantities and timeline are easily handled by myself. I will also enlist my army of friends to help me prepare everything for shipping, after I buy my scale and have all of my shipping materials on hand getting the boxes and envelopes picked up at my studio will be no big deal!

Now, the biggest question and possibly the scariest thing that could happen: What if this takes off and goes crazy? Well dang, I can think of a lot worse things. I have been researching other American handmade factories in the USA and would be ready to outsource some parts of the business when and if needed. I would love the former to happen.

Prepping for this event has allowed me to really look at my own costs and streamline the way I can run the business. Not only am I a designer and artist, I also have a Music Business degree and years of management, theater and marketing experience. I honestly don't think I would have been able to do this alone without it. Doing the leg work in the beginning and already having my sources and makers on board and aware means that I will be ready to make within a week of the end of this! My outsourced items will be arriving within a week or two of the end of the Kickstarterand I will be mailing as soon as each order is filled. Not only will supporting this Kickstarter help my business, you will also be supporting multiple makers across the USA awaiting my orders.

What happens if this fails. I just have to hustle a little harder and try try again later! I will be no worse off and now I have actual concrete numbers of what I need in order to expand. I will just add products as I can afford and hopefully those who did back me, will be ready to buy when they come out!

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    I will send you a personalized postcard

    I will personally tell you how much I appreciate you via a Sally Forth Supply postcard! I have terrible handwriting and you can be lucky enough to decipher it! Thank you so much for your support!

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    3 Stickers!

    You get 1 of each! Black background, white background and our rad Go Forth! sticker! Thanks for supporting us!

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    Enamel pin and Stickers

    Only $10 ?! Oh yeah, this deal is killer!! We got these rad pins made just for you! Yes you, the one reading this right now *wink* and we will throw in one of our super rad stickers!

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    Super T-Shirt 24hr Deal-o-rama!!

    You get to pick a blackberry or green/grey T-shirt for only $15 for only 24hrs!! Holy smokes! You get to pick the color and size after the Kickstarter ends!

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    Avail wallet & Sticker!

    Not only do you get a rad Avail wallet, you also get a sticker too! If you haven't seen my wallets then you are in for a real treat. They are made from extra canvas from bags and aprons and the internal fabrics are left over fabrics from ties. I use every part I can to keep the business as sustainable and eco friendly as possible! Now whats that loop? Is that chapstick?!? Heck yes it is! The elastic loop will hold your chapstick, car keys or carabiner. The wallets are all closed with a pearl snap button, an homage to my hometown of Nashville, TN. This tough as nails wallet will take a beating and keep on keeping on. Did I mention that I make these by hand in my studio?

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    • 12× bike
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    Early Bird T-Shirt Extravaganza!

    Hey there early bird, here's your gummy worm! There are only 20 of these so good on ya! This shirt colors were picked by my Instagram followers, family and friends, which one will you pick?! Sourced and printed right here in the USA! You can pick your size when we message you after the event is over!

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    Avail Wallet and Pin

    Woohooo, what a steal! My killer handmade Avail wallet and a special pin just for you! Keep your chapstick or keys handy with the Avail's elastic loop!

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    T-Shirts Just for you!

    These shirts are just for this event! Let those around you know that you are ready to take on the world! The colors picked from our online poll of friends, family and instagram followers! Thanks for being you, and picking this good lookin shirt! Sourced and printed here in the USA You get to pick the color and size after it ends!

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    T- Shirt bundle

    Hey there bundler, you chose wisely! There are only 10 of these, so get them before they are gone! You get 1 of each: T-shirt, enamel pin and a few stickers! You get to pick your size after you grab this reward! Pick color and size at the end!

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    One bow tie

    Once again, a deal you have asked for is here! Normally starting at $55. You pick between floral, gingham and fun and I will make and send you a bow tie made in my studio! These aren't pre-tied, but, don't worry, I have a video that will teach you all you need to know!

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    2 T-shirts

    What a steal! You get 2 rad Go Forth t-shirts and can buy one for you and one for a friend, or get one of each for yourself and rep Sally more than once a week! I think I will probably get 2 of each myself, but, that's just me. Thanks so much for standing with me! You pick the color and size later!

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    Gearbag Limited edition fabrics

    Woah!?! What a deal! This is normally $55 but for you, you not only get my rad handmade just for you , triple stitched gear bag! The straps are long for a few reasons. 1.) You can hook it onto the handle bars of your bike 2.) You can hang it anywhere you need to! A branch, outdoor shower, backpack or wherever you take it! The internal seams are finished so you can toss it, stuff it, hell run over it and its not gonna fall apart! Throw it in the wash when it gets dirty and air dry until your next adventure!

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    • 10× Tiger
    • 10× bike
    • 10× Campers an old classic- gear bag
    • 10× Eye
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    Welcome Gusto aka GUS!

    When Gus joins my regular line up it with retail for $65. Thanks to you and other backers I will be able to make more of these and 2 more bigger ones. One that will even become my very first overnight bag!! Gus stands on its own, is heavy duty to hold all of youe things. There is a grommet loop on the outside for your keys, elastic band to hold all of your bit and bobs and a pick to keep your needles in a safe space and will hold a few rolls of thread. These are handmade in a limited supply available only to you!

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    One necktie

    You asked for it, so here it is! The one necktie option! You pick between, floral, gingham or fun and I mail you a handmade necktie made in the studio! These normally start around $70!

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    Gear Gag and Avail Wallet

    Can't decide? I've got a reward for you! You get a rad gear bag and an Avail wallet for a very special deal! You can pick your fabrics at the end of the Kickstarter!

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    2 gear bags!!

    You must get around, and by that I mean, bike, hike or travel! Not just one but 2 gear bags cheaper than you will be able to get them anywhere else. To top that off, you also get the limited edition fabrics too! Dang, I like your style. Thanks so much for backing me!

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    For my Dapper Geeks! 2 Bow ties!

    You read that correctly, $90 for 2 handmade small batch bow ties. You can pick 3 options, fun, gingham and floral, I will pick the fabrics and you will have a fun surprise!

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    • 12× gingham
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    Adventurous and Dapper?

    For the Dapper traveller! Need to haul stuff and look good while doing it? This is your reward! You will get to pick the bag fabric and if you want a floral, gingham or fun necktie!

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    2 handmade neckties

    Dapper Geeks! You get 2 handmade neckties for a steal! Just like the bowties you can pick the category and I will pick the fabric! Thank you so much for sticking by me during the transition into Sally Forth Supply Co.

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    Canvas Bundle

    This is a killer deal!! You get 1 of each of these: Gear bag, Gus, pin, T-shirt, and an enamel pin. I know, its crazy right?! You can pick sizes and Avail fabrics after ordering!

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    • denim
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    The Dapperest Deal! 2 bows 2 neckties

    Same pick the theme, I pick the tie, deal but you get 2 of each style! Dang, you look sharp! Handmade by me just as all of our ties and bags are!

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    Number One Fan!!

    Hey you! Wanna be friends? I like your style and love your support! You are going to get 1 of each: t-shirt, Avail, Gear, Gus, enamel pin, bow tie and a necktie! You get to pick your options after the kickstarter closes!

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    Wholesale bundle #2

    Want to encourage ultimate Dapperness? Get this tie bundle ! You get 4 bows and 4 neckties! This bundle also comes with labels, tags and cards for resale! You get the same choice of floral, fun or gingham!

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    Big Bag wholesale bundle!

    Well hello, thanks for wanting so many bags! I guarantee you will sell these quickly and be coming back for more! Or, maybe you got these for gifts! In that case, they are going to love their gifts! This bundle includes 4: gear bags, Gus bags and Avail Wallets! They will ship with tags and cards for resale. You will get to pick the fabrics after you get the reward. The same fabrics for each item are the same as in the other rewards.

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Funding period

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