WE DID IT! The Beer Tie funded with the help of supporters from across the globe. If you missed us on Kickstarter, check out our website www.BeerTie.com to order your very own Beer Tie.
Both functional and stylish, the Beer Tie is here to hold your beer and “DRESS UP YER DRINKIN'!” The Beer Tie is balanced so that you can walk, talk, sit and even pick up your keys if you drop them without spilling your beer.
BEER TIE FEATURES:
If you pledge for a Beer Tie I'll send you a survey and you can chose your color: Red, Blue or other colors... (The survey will be sent at the end of the funding campaign.)
EVOLUTION OF THE BEER TIE
While I was camping in the mountains of North Carolina last summer, I saw a guy wearing a camping chair arm around his neck. In the pocket of the chair arm, he had a drink. It was a funny idea, but not very functional (the drink tipped forward and spilled out easily). I instantly saw how nice it would be to have a device that held your beer while camping, tailgating or hanging out at a party.
That's when I got the idea for the Beer Tie. I quickly realized that the beer needed to stand straight up, and that it needed to be in a secure pouch. Over several months, I learned to sew, played around with beverage balance, drank some great local craft brews, tried A LOT of fabrics, and finally landed on neoprene.
Once I started using neoprene to make the Beer Tie, I came up with a pattern, approached several manufacturers, and selected an American manufacturer from North Carolina, operating in Honduras, that has been making quality sewn products for over 60 years. They are also very enthusiastic about the Beer Tie and their excitement has really helped me get this going. The Beer Tie samples I have received have been top notch, and I even have a hard time distinguishing them from the ones I make in my home studio!
I am in need of funding to make my initial order of Beer Ties from my manufacturer. With a successful Kickstarter campaign, I will be able to order a variety of colors and patterns, launching the Beer Tie in style!
Your Beer Tie loves you and wants to be with you as soon as possible! Here's my plan for hookin ya up:
- July-August - 30 day Kickstarter campaign begins. I'll try to "Tie One On" with everyone I can!
- September - Send out funding survey. Place first order of Beer Ties with manufacturer.
- October - Prepare for shipping of Beer Ties.
- November - December - Begin fulfillment and ship Beer Ties to their new homes. My goal is to have them in your hands in time for Christmas.
Risks and challenges
I have been working intensively with my manufacturer for the past 8 months. I have received excellent quality samples, had face to face meetings with representatives about the tie, held Skype conversations with product development in Honduras to discuss how to sew particularly tricky parts of the tie, and basically worked out as many manufacturing details as possible prior to launching on Kickstarter.
That being said:
Risk 1: Manufacturing/Suppliers
Unforeseen issues can arise. Social and economic issues arise in every part of the world and it is impossible to foresee how these may affect production and access to the materials used to make the Beer Tie. However, if issues prevent the manufacture of the Beer Tie, I will work hard to find alternative methods for production.
Risk 2: Fullfillment
My manufacturer has given me a 90 day lead time for production and shipping to me. Different issues could make this lead time longer, such as the learning curve of the sewing machine operators, shipping issues from my manufacturer to me, shipping issues from the neoprene supplier to my manufacturer, etc.
I'm confident that any issue that arises can be worked out, but it may cause delays in fullfillment of your reward if there are issues.
Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of taking this idea from initial thought to reality. There have been highs and lows, successes and failures but it has all added to the wonderful design you see here. I'm so excited to introduce the Beer Tie to the world, and I truly appreciate your support in making this work. I hope you enjoy!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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