$425
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backers
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 2 2018 6:59 AM UTC +00:00.

$425
pledged of $600pledged of $600 goal
12
backers
13days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 2 2018 6:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

The Bottom Line

Back this project to get a high-quality, handsome, hand-made necktie reminiscent of a furry sidekick who is always at the ready with a fashionable yet functional arsenal of intergalactic munitions.  Rewards will ship in late January or early February of 2019.  This is my third necktie project on Kickstarter, and each of my previous projects was successfully funded in less than 24 hours.

The tie you’re helping bring to life.
The tie you’re helping bring to life.
Design process and swatches
Design process and swatches

Timeline

  • November 7 - Campaign Launch
  • November 14 - Early Bird rewards close
  • December 1 - Kickstarter Campaign ends
  • December 5 - Confirm order with Manufacturer
  • December 10 - Ship Dude Abides Ties (in stock)
  • Mid December - Kickstarter transfers funds
  • Early to mid January - Manufacturer completes and ships Space Sidekick’s Bandolier neckties from China
  • Mid to late January - Space Sidekick’s Bandolier neckties arrive in Colorado
  • Mid to late January - Ship remaining rewards
  • February - all rewards delivered

Why a necktie?

You may have seen my first necktie project, where I created a necktie with a pattern reminiscent of The Dude from The Big Lebowski.  I had so much fun on that project working with my manufacturer (Martin and Zhuqing at Siming Neckwear in Shengzhou, China) that I have made several other neckties with them, mostly just to add to my ever-expanding collection of neckties.  My day-job is as a junior high school assistant principal, and I wear a necktie every single day, so I like to have a little fun with it.  I have over 75 neckties, three of which I designed myself and had manufactured by Siming Neckwear.

Part of my tie collection
Part of my tie collection
More of my tie collection
More of my tie collection
Even more of my tie collection
Even more of my tie collection

The origin of this idea

This idea came to me as I was sketching in my notepad.  What if our fearless sidekick were and accountant or had some other shirt-and-tie job.  Perhaps his bandolier would be a necktie instead.  So I sketched this:

At a shirt-and-tie job.
At a shirt-and-tie job.

Let‘s compare swatches

The idea sat dormant for a while, and then I realized the bandolier alone wasn't enough.  It needed a furry background, so I worked up a design, and sent it to Zhuqing, who had this made up for me.

Early swatch work
Early swatch work

 We refined the colors a bit to give the fur better contrast with the belt. 

Finalized Swatch
Finalized Swatch

Add-Ons

Add $25 to your pledge to get a second Space Sidekick's Bandolier necktie, with no additional shipping charge to the same location; add $48 to get a third; add $70 to get a fourth.  Add $22 for each tie you want above 4.

Other Rewards

The Dude Abides Necktie

You can still pick up one of my original The Dude Abides Neckties to help support this project.  See the reward options.

The Dude Abides Necktie
The Dude Abides Necktie

The Dude Abides Bow Tie - Only One

Limited quantity: The Dude Abides Bow Tie
Limited quantity: The Dude Abides Bow Tie

The Dude Abides Rug Scarf — Only One

I made two of these as samples, and I’m keeping one.  This is a future Kickstarter project, but for now, I have just the one that I’m willing to part with.  Brand new in packaging.  Order this, and I’ll ship the scarf in December, plus I’ll ship a Space Sidekick’s Bandolier Necktie in January or late February.

100% Polyester Digital-Printed Scarf, 60cm x 180cm
100% Polyester Digital-Printed Scarf, 60cm x 180cm
Closeup
Closeup

The Dude Abides Sweater Scarf - Only One!

I designed a lovely, soft and fuzzy winter scarf based on The Dude’s sweater in The Big Lebowski, and I had two samples made.  It’s 30 cm x 60 cm, and is brand new.  I haven’t launched the Kickstarter on that one yet, but be on the lookout.  You can get this one in time for Christmas, (but I’m keeping the other one).  Order this, and I’ll ship the scarf in December, plus I’ll ship a Space Sidekick’s Bandolier Necktie in January or late February.

The Dude Abides Sweater winter scarf (top)
The Dude Abides Sweater winter scarf (top)
Closeup of the woven intricacies of The Dude Abides Sweater scarf
Closeup of the woven intricacies of The Dude Abides Sweater scarf

White House Bowling Alley Wallpaper Necktie - Only one

I love this pattern, and I was fresh off the success of The Dude Abides Necktie project, and I worked on capturing Nixon‘s wallpaper in a tie.  I had two samples made, and I wear one of them regularly, but the other is still in its plastic sleeve from the factory.  Order this, and I’ll ship the scarf in December, plus I’ll ship a Space Sidekick’s Bandolier Necktie in January or late February.

Nixon’s wallpaper and the tie based on it.
Nixon’s wallpaper and the tie based on it.

My plan for the proceeds

Now, I’m not just in this for your revolution. Frankly, I’m hoping this project will help subsidize a (coming soon) passion project, wherein one of my brothers—a law-enforcement officer—and I are designing a cool but functional tactical scarf.  That project might not be a commercial or Kickstarter success, but I really want it to fly, and it needs a little more capital up front, so this should help.

Risks and challenges

This isn’t my first rodeo; see my first Kickstarter necktie project and check out PaceWheel.com. Besides, the hard work of designing and finalizing is out of the way; putting ties in the mail is pretty easy. Nevertheless, here are the concerns I had for my first project, none of which materialized before and don’t expect to face this time.

Shipping delays — We won’t face bounty hunters, carbonite freezing, or the destruction of our home planet (at least not from that’s-no-moon-based space lasers), but there is always the possibility of shipping delays from overseas (should the shipping ports go on strike as happened at west coast ports in 2015). As a result of his possibility (and also because I am generally impatient), I have budgeted to ship the ties from China via DHL air to ensure they get here on time.

Biting off more than we can chew — I don’t think we’ll get a ridiculous amount of orders, but if this project went viral and every hero and sidekick in the galaxy went online and ordered a tie, the issue would not be the tie factory’s ability to produce. Siming Neckwear Company in Shengzhou, China, has been around and producing ties and other textile products for some time. They can produce 50,000 neckties a month, and I have worked with them on several projects, on and off Kickstarter. My concern about going viral is that I might have to bring on some staff. I gotta check this with my accountant of course, but my concern is that, you know, it could bump me into a higher tax bracket.

When orders came pouring in after the Original PaceWheel (PaceWheel.com) was featured in Running Times magazine, my wife and I got our friends together for a “sweatshop day” and cranked them out, and we would do the same thing for this. Fortunately, ties are pretty small, and I wouldn’t have to rent warehouse space or anything. Of course—ultimately—a viral KickStarter project would be a good problem to have, so tell your friends!

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    The Dude Abides Necktie (early ship)

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    Only 1: December-Ship Tie plus extra

    Need this necktie in time for Christmas? I have one, and only one, brand-new Space Sidekick’s Bandolier Necktie, that I will ship immediately after your reward payment is collected. It is not the one I wear in the video; it’s the one I hold up, and it hasn’t been tied on or taken out of its plastic sleeve from the factory. I will ship it USPS priority mail to the US. As a bonus for your commitment, I will mail a second tie when the rest of the bunch arrive in late January or February.

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    1 only: The Dude Abides Rug design scarf

    Pledge for this reward and receive a 60cm x 160cm polyester scarf wig the design of The Dude’s rug from The Big Lebowski. I will ship the scarf in December and will ship the Space Sidekick’s Bandolier Necktie when the shipment arrives in January or February.

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    Be one of two people in the world with a necktie featuring the beautiful pattern of Nixon’s White House bowling alley wallpaper. This tie will ship in December, and the Space Sidekick’s Bandolier Necktie will ship in January or February.

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