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Tired of the same options in custom apparel?  Join us and lets change the game.  #designsomething
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thanks so all our backers!  come visit us at apliiq.com to create your next batch of custom t shirts, custom hoodies, and hundreds of other one of a kind designs.  we'll be busy in the workshop making your creations come to life. 

we'd love to socialize with you too: tumblr | twitter | instagram | facebook

#fabriclove from the apliiq team

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Our Story 

Meet Ethan, co-founder and CEO of Apliiq!

kimberly genevieve
kimberly genevieve


In 2006, Ethan pioneered a new way to design your own clothes online. It's not printing and it's not tailoring or altering the fit. It's appliqué (app-lee-kay) - the process of stitching fabric on top of a garment to embellish it.  

kimberly genevieve
kimberly genevieve


If you imagine your clothing as a canvas, consider our collection of almost 1000 unique, deadstock and classic fabrics as a palette for design. 

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kimberly genevieve


Today, our website allows you to customize hundreds of premium garments and accessories with fabric appliqué patches.  We bring your design to life by cutting and sewing your one of a kind creation and ship it to you directly from our workshop in downtown Los Angeles.

The Problem

With our current production capabilities, the appliqué options on Apliiq.com are limited by what we can cut quickly by hand, mainly geometric shapes.

We're here to develop the toolset that will allow you to create your own appliqués from letters and numbers to curves and complex shapes. We're bringing an age old process into the 21st century and opening a new world for creative expression.

The Solution

We're raising money to purchase a laser cutter, the tool that will allow us to cut any shape you can imagine. With the funds from this campaign, we will be able to buy other materials for heating and adhering fabric to your garment, as well as the right alignment equipment to ensure each product is handcrafted to our high standards.  


Help us get there, support our campaign right now!  As a thank you for your support, we'll welcome you to the Apliiq team with your own custom jersey.  

The Rewards

We're offering rewards that support your creativity and give you a chance to experience what Apliiq is all about, you designing something one of a kind and as unique as you are.  

Each reward is offered to you at a discounted rate of 10- 30% off. These prices may not be available when the laser cutter and design your own patch program is live on apliiq.com.

Each jersey comes with a uniqueness guarantee - if you see someone else wearing the same jersey as yours, send it back and you can design a new one on us!

Whether you can donate $5 or $5000, we appreciate your contribution and can't wait to hook you up with some fabric art!

The Fabric

We're now offering 40 fabric options for this campaign.  When the campaign is over we'll send you an email requesting your top 3 choices or you can let us select what we think would look best.  

Want to see the entire collection of over 800 fabrics?  View our fabric library.  

The Guarantee

Every jersey we make for this campaign comes with a uniqueness guarantee.  If you see someone else wearing the same jersey as you, send us a pic to confirm it's true.  If another design thats the same as yours somehow made it out of our workshop, you can send yours back and design a new jersey on us!  

Stretch Goals

We've got a bunch of extra goodies we want to offer our supporters (more fabric options and sweet packaging hint hint...) and will be releasing stretch goals as the campaign progresses.  Check back often for updates!  

The Future

This campaign will allow us to master fabric lettering on your Apliiq team jerseys. Once we have the laser cutter, we plan to build the tools on apliiq.com for you to create the fabric appliqués you want, wherever you want them, on all your favorite garments and accessories. With your help, we'll take the first steps in offering this new experience of cut and sew creativity to the world.

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News and Updates From the Campaign:

6/16 Custom Patch Tutorial with Ken Andrew Daily

Check out how Ken makes his own custom jersey with our fabric laser cut into fabric numbers.  Thanks Ken!

6/14 Every Reward Comes Wrapped in a Fabric Bandana

Our team is awesome.  Watch how Bobby, Lydia, Mero and Adrian rock their bandanas! 

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6/13 New Pledge Reward - CUSTOM PATCHES!

We've released custom patches!  Want to cut any shape out of fabric and have it stitched onto a tee?  Choose a font, graphic, logo or anything you can dream of and send us the artwork.  You now have the option to get one ($29), three ($85) or ten ($250) tees for the whole team with your custom art stitched onto them.  Just want the patches so you can do the stitching yourself?  That's now an option too!  

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Thanks to all our backers so far!  

We're grateful for your support!  Here's a thank you video to all our new teammates.  

Once you back, please share this campaign link (http://apliiq.it/TsYmsc) and spread the message that we can all wear clothes that are unique to us!  

Check out press love from:
Complex
Tech Cocktail  
Racked LA  
Ask Men
Live Fast Mag
Swagger NY

Special Tanks (Thanks)

- No Answer LA for the video skills
- Bobby Bailey for the early morning direction
- Phil Hodges for the fresh cuts
- Killspencer for the laser cutter love
- Vindata and Magic Giant for the Jams
- YOU for your support and for spreading the fabric love

Risks and challenges

We've been producing made to order custom cut and sewn goods with appliqué since 2008. The laser cutter will introduce complexity to our process but is meant to slide into an existing system that we've been perfecting for years. Our team is experienced with production, customer service, shipping and technology and is always on call to respond to any issues that come up. We're excited to take on this new challenge!

There are a few risks and challenges we'd like to articulate from the get go...

1) Our fabrics are limited - if you're the 1000th person to choose the same fabric, we might not have any left. Don't worry about it though, we'll ask for your back ups and if we don't have those we'll contact you and give you other options that are still available.

2) Backorders happen - sometimes your size or color is backordered from our supplier and it can take a few weeks to get them in. It's not common, but if it does happen we'll do everything we can to keep you informed and work hard to get the pieces in as quickly as we can.

3) Timing may be tight - Since this is a new production process for us, it may take some time and personnel to build these products beautifully. Our goal is to meet delivery dates as specified but unforeseen order volume, a shortage of personnel or a high product complexity may extend our delivery dates.

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  • After 30 days once the campaign has been funded we'll email you a form to select your fabric, letters, numbers and jersey color. Then we'll get to work making them for you!

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    THE FABRIC BUTTON

    Thank you for supporting our movement to bring cut and sew creativity to the world! For your investment, we'll send you a one of a kind Apliiq fabric button made of scraps from our collection of rare, deadstock and classic textiles. We'll also keep you up to date with breaking news of our progress as the campaign rolls out. Put your button on your favorite jacket or hat and spread the word, you're part of the Apliiq team!

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    JUST A PATCH

    Send us your shape, choose your fabric. We will cut your design and send it back to you to be ironed or sewn onto anything you want. Shoutouts to Ken Andrew Daily for the suggestion!

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    THE TANK TOP JERSEY

    It's Tank Top Time! Welcome to the team, now's your chance to design your own Apliiq jersey - you can select your color, fabric and any two letters or numbers and we'll laser cut them and stitch them onto the front chest of your tank top. You can put your birth year, initials, your city or state or any two characters you want! All tanks are ultra-soft 50/50 cotton/poly so they won't shrink and fit true to US mens / unisex size. We use sweatshop free, USA made premium garments. Thank you for supporting our movement to bring cut and sew creativity to the world!

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    THE TEE SHIRT JERSEY

    Now's your chance to design your own Apliiq jersey - you can select your color, fabric and any two letters or numbers and we'll laser cut them and stitch them onto the back of your tee shirt. You can put your birth year, initials, your city or state or any two characters you want. All tees are ultra-soft 50/50 cotton/poly so they won't shrink and fit true to men's unisex sizes. We use sweatshop free USA made premium garments. Thank you for supporting our movement to bring cut and sew creativity to the world!

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    Pledge $29 or more About $29

    CREATE YOUR OWN PATCH TEE

    Want to design your own appliqué patch with any shape, logo, font or graphic? Send us your art and we'll cut it out of fabric and stitch it on a tee shirt! Take advantage of everything appliqué has to offer.

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    JUST THREE PATCHES

    Start your collection off right! Send us your shape, choose your fabric. We will cut your design three times and send it back to you to be ironed or sewn onto whatever your heart desires. Shoutouts to Ken Andrew Daily for the suggestion!

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    THE TEAM TOTE

    Join the team and personalize your tote bag with one big letter or number of your choosing cut from any of our fabric options. All totes are woven cotton bull denim and made in a sweatshop free American factory. Thank you for supporting our movement to bring cut and sew creativity to the world!

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    THE TANK TOP JERSEY + RUSH ----
    Same tank as above with rushed production - be part of the first batch and get your tank top shipped in August!

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    THE TEE SHIRT JERSEY + RUSH ----
    Same tee as above with rushed production - be part of the first batch and get your tee shipped in August!

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    THE MESH TEE JERSEY

    Welcome to the Apliiq team! Now you can design your mesh sleeved jersey tee. This premium summer shirt has mesh shoulders and sleeves and a cotton body, let in some of that summer breeze. Choose your color, fabric and any two letters or numbers and we'll laser cut them and stitch them onto the back of your shirt. You can put your birth year, initials, your city or state or any two characters you want! This jersey is a blend of poly mesh and combed cotton and runs true to men's unisex sizes. We use sweatshop free, USA made premium garments. Thank you for supporting our movement to bring cut and sew creativity to the world!

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    THE BASEBALL JERSEY

    Welcome to the Apliiq team! Step up to the plate and design your button up baseball jersey. Choose your color and fabric and select any two big letters or numbers AND up to six small letters above and we'll laser cut them and stitch them onto the back of your shirt. Choose your last name and birth year or an adjective and your state, come up with something creative to make your jersey totally unique! This jersey is a thick knit cotton/poly blend with buttons from top to bottom and runs true to men's unisex sizes. We use sweatshop free, USA made premium garments. Thank you for supporting our movement to bring cut and sew creativity to the world!

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    10 PATCHES

    If you can fit 10 patches on one piece of clothing, that would be one amazing piece of clothing. Maybe using 10 different pieces of clothing would be better. Send us your shape, choose your fabric. We will cut your design and send ten of them back to you to be ironed or sewn on to whatever you want. Shoutouts to Ken Andrew Daily for the suggestion!

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    CREATE YOUR OWN PATCH TEE X3

    outfit the fam! Want to design your own appliqué patch with any shape, logo, font or graphic? Send us your art and we'll cut it out of fabric and stitch it onto 3 tee shirts! Take advantage of everything appliqué has to offer.

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    THE TEAM HOODY

    Welcome to the Apliiq team! Your new favorite hoody awaits your brilliant design. Choose your color and fabric and select any two big letters or numbers AND up to six small letters above and we'll laser cut them and stitch them onto the back of your zip hoody. You can put your last name and birth year or an adjective and your state, come up with something creative to make your jersey totally unique! This full zip hoody is a cotton/poly fleece blend and runs true to men's unisex sizes. We use sweatshop free USA made premium garments. Thank you for supporting our movement to bring cut and sew creativity to the world!

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    THE VARSITY JACKET

    This custom Varsity Jacket is for the true players. If you're someone who needs to have the freshest of the fresh, you'll have to design one of these babies. This 50/50 cotton/poly fleece button up club jacket comes with traditional custom jersey letters and numbers AND full custom fabric sleeves. Choose your color and fabric, then select any two big letters or numbers AND up to six small letters and we'll laser cut them and stitch them onto the back of your jacket. You can put your last name and birth year or an adjective and your state, come up with something creative to make your jersey totally unique! This jacket is true to men's unisex sizing and we use sweatshop free, USA made premium garments. Thank you for supporting our movement to bring cut and sew creativity to the world!

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    CREATE YOUR OWN PATCH TEE x10

    outfit the whole crew! Want to design your own appliqué patch with any shape, logo, font or graphic? Send us your art and we'll cut it out of fabric and stitch it onto 10 tee shirts! Take advantage of everything appliqué has to offer.

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    THE LOCKER ROOM

    Get the whole locker room! A custom tank, tee, tote bag, mesh jersey, baseball shirt, hoody and jacket plus 5 one of a kind fabric buttons to deck out all your swag. Thank you for supporting our movement to bring cut and sew creativity to the world!

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    EXPERIENCE DOWNTOWN LA

    BE A PATCH ARTIST

    Be a premium patch designer! We'll hook you up with the chance to create your own appliqué patch shapes that we'll cut and apply to the entire collection. So you'll get the locker room above plus the ability to add up to 2 additional custom patches to each item wherever you want them! Thank you for supporting our movement to bring cut and sew creativity to the world!

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    EXPERIENCE DOWNTOWN LA

    Join us on a fabric hunt and custom design bonanza! Now's your chance to spend two days in LA with the Apliiq fam for a full concierge design experience. We'll put you up in a sweet downtown LA hotel, take you to the fabric district to source the perfect fabrics for your own collection (and the apliiq website) and customize 5 pieces of your choosing with any patches and fabrics your heart desires. All meals and 2 nights at a hotel will be covered by Apliiq. Travel to and from Los Angeles is not included. Get the ultimate Apliiq experience and join our team in style! Thank you for supporting our movement to bring cut and sew creativity to the world!

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