Hey There! My name is Lacey Micallef and I own Big Bud Press-- a clothing and accessories brand based in Los Angeles, California! We're always pushing to give our customers the tools to help express who they are. We believe that size and color options shouldn't be limited and shouldn't come at the price being ethically made!
My partner Philip and I have been fed up with the fashion industry for a long time-- overbloated pricing and a general lack of care and quality have become a major problem. We're working to counter that!
We're introducing a brand new line of size inclusive unisex basics made right here in Los Angeles! Available in a rainbow of 17 beautiful colors!
We know how difficult it can be to find clothing that works for you and your body type. Unisex clothing has always meant "Men's clothing." Frankly, we're tired of that. We've worked hard to develop a unisex line that not only looks good on traditionally masculine bodies, but also looks good on those of us with curvier figures.
We feel it’s really important to make high quality goods that aren’t cost prohibitive to you— the customer. This can be very difficult with US production. Doing so means our pricing has to compete with companies who have their goods made overseas for a fraction of what we pay for domestic manufacturing. The mistreatment of workers devastates the clothing industry but we want to change that. We've built a company that puts the value of living wages and safe working conditions above profit margins. It can be very difficult at times but we believe in our vision!
We proudly design and make all of our pieces right here in Los Angeles. Why is that important? We strongly believe in domestic manufacturing. Manufacturing our goods here not only means we can stop by the factories and workshops on a daily basis, it means we can know for sure that the people making our products are being treated well and paid a fair, living wage. This is so important! Fast fashion dominates the clothing industry and workers are often given subhuman treatment for little to no pay. We want to change that.
Believe it or not all clothing is made by hand and each garment is touched by at least 80 different hands before it gets to you. That's a lot of people! Wouldn't you feel better knowing that all of those people making the clothes you love and enjoy were treated ethically and paid a fair wage? We always try to give the best prices and the best quality in everything we do so you can wear your Big Bud over and over and over again without it giving out! That is our standard!
The volume of local small businesses you support when you buy our goods is staggering. We use multiple small sewing facilities, knitters, screenprinters, embroiderers, fabric cutters, dye houses— I mean, even most of our fabric is made right here in California. And that’s not even all of it-- Shopping with us helps us spread more business around Los Angeles. Businesses that are almost exclusively owned and staffed by women and people of color.
We're a small business! There's only three of us and we want to remain as true to our message as possible. It's important to us as a small, independent business that we receive funding from people who are equally as invested in our business and our vision. Who better than you: The people who see what we're about, believe in what we stand for, and support us! Kickstarter is also a great way for us to see what you guys want from us-- Which colors you like best, and what sizes you'd like to see us keep in stock.
We've worked hard to develop a line of everyday basic clothing and bags! All of our goods are made from 100% cotton and custom dyed in 17 beautiful colors. All of our clothing is pre-shrunk and all of our bags are machine washable! Click here to view sizing info and to see each product in our rainbow of colors!
No wardrobe is complete without a basic tee that you LOVE! ... and we've got two!
Our Ringer Tees are made from 100% cotton! They're pre-shrunk and come in XXS-5XL. Contrast white trim gives these tees a vintage look and our enzyme wash gives them an insanely soft vintage feel to match. We've reworked the traditional t-shirt body to give you a more flattering look on a curvier body type while still looking great on the rest of us!
Our Baseball Tees are made from 100% cotton! They're pre-shrunk and come in XXS-5XL. Contrast white body with colors sleeves and neck gives these tees a vintage look and our enzyme wash gives them an insanely soft vintage feel to match. We've reworked the traditional t-shirt body to give you a more flattering look on a curvier body type while still looking great on the rest of us!
These jackets speak for themselves. Our Vintage Workwear Jackets have a flattering fit and come in 17 punchy colors. Made from a lightweight and durable 100% cotton denim and preshrunk. The perfect accent to an outfit-- these basic jackets are compliment machines! Women's sized. XS-7XL.
One jumpsuit to rule them all! Our Everyday Jumpsuits are a favorite. They're unisex sized with a cropped leg. Dare we say this is the perfect jumpsuit? Made from a 100% cotton lightweight denim. Preshrunk. Pockets galore. Our jumpsuits wear in like a pair of jeans and can fit your body like a glove! With your help on this kickstarter we can improve the jumpsuits the way we need! With heavier duty stitching, more colors, a better fit, and better features. We want to bring everyone the best possible product and one we can stand behind! Available in XXS-5XL!
The New Frontier Denim Jacket! This is just the first sewn sample! We want to create a new classic denim jacket to enjoy for years to come in 20 different colors! Move over Levi's! Massive pockets, pen holders, tons of storage, made from durable denim and stone-washed so it's soft with a vintage feel. Unisex cut so it's meant to look good on as many body types as possible! XXS-5XL
Our Mini Classic Backpack! Made from custom dyed 100% cotton denim. We're also color coating these babies so you can ensure you'll have it's brilliant color for years to come! Machine washable. An adorable statement piece or purse replacement. We're relaunching these with heavier duty stitching, color matching labels, and matching double pockets on the exterior AND interior for more organized storage.
Our Mini Circle Backpack! Made from custom dyed 100% cotton denim. We're color coating these so you can ensure you'll have it's brilliant color for years to come! Machine washable. An adorable statement piece or purse replacement. We're relaunching these with heavier duty stitching, color matching labels, and matching double pockets on the exterior AND interior for more organized storage.
Our Big Classic Backpack! Just like our Mini Classic Backpack but BIGGER! We've been trying to make this backpack for a long time but we just haven't been able to find the resources. Made from custom dyed 100% cotton denim. Coated so your color won't fade. Machine washable. Our signature double pocket on the outside and a large inner pocket on the inside. Big enough for a 15" laptop!
Our Big Flap Backpack! Why stop at one big backpack! This vintage inspired backpack will carry your stuff and make ya look good doing it. Made from custom dyed 100% cotton denim. Coated denim so the color won't fade. Machine washable. Two layers of our signature double pockets on the outside for extra storage and easy access while the flap is closed. Larger laptop pocket on the inside. We are so excited about these!
Our Gym Bag Duffel! These duffels are vintage inspired and super 70's! A beautiful statement piece. Made from custom dyed 100% cotton denim. Coated so your color won't fade. Machine washable. Huge interior pocket and small outer pocket for easy access to keys, wallet, whatever! These can hold A LOT!
Our graphic tees are screenprinted with waterbased inks for a soft touch and comfortable wear. We print exclusively on our own shirts so you can be sure the tee you're getting it made with the highest quality in mind.
Our first Kickstarter exclusive graphic tee! Designed by me, Lacey! Show the world how great and smart you are for supporting small businesses! Printed with water-based inks on one of our signature Baseball tees in mustard!
Leslie Hung Kickstarter exclusive tee! Leslie is an incredibly talented artist and wonderful friend! Her artwork seems effortless while also looking like the most intimidating thing you've ever seen. Just like Leslie in real life! She's the artistic force behind Snotgirl and we're so lucky she was willing to design a tee for us! This is the only place you can snag this baby so grab it while ya can!
Lisa Hanawalt exclusive kickstarter tee! I'm just gonna throw it out there-- Lisa is a genius! She's a brilliant artist and she's incredibly funny-- I've read her book "My Dumb Dirty Eyes" more times than I can count. She's the artistic force behind Bojack Horseman and has an amazing podcast called "Baby Geniuses" with Emily Heller. This baby is printed on a reverse Baseball Tee in Hawaiian Blue.
Super limited, as beautiful and unique as you. These limited edition rewards are beautiful statement pieces and a great deal-- we'll work with you to create a fully-customized all-over airbrush piece. Customization available on The Everyday Jumpsuit, The Vintage Workwear Jacket, The Classic Backpack, and The Mini Classic Backpack. How will this work? You'll work closely with Lacey and Philip to get you a piece that's uniquely yours. Once you receive your backer survey you can let us know some themes or ideas you'd like to see on your custom piece. We'll then create some mock-ups and go from there!
Your opportunity to own a custom neon piece designed by founder, Lacey Micallef. You'll work closely with Lacey to create a custom piece for you! Once you receive your backer survey you'll provide some themes and ideas and Lacey will send you some mock-ups based on what you said!
Important note: The artwork created for this piece is strictly property of Big Bud Press and your sign is for recreational use only :)
An exclusive pin designed by founder Lacey Micallef! This is the only place you can get this baby so once it's gone, it's gone!
Just a little way for us to say thanks! A postcard and exclusive sticker to show our appreciation!
Holy moly! Thank you all so much for the support! We couldn't do it without you! You've all been sharing and talking about us so much-- it means the world to us! Thank you thank you thank!
Besides allowing us to create more, another upside to more funding comes more offerings-- below we've listed a couple stretch goals to get ya cookin'-- let us know what you think!
If we hit $80,000 we'll add three new colors! Upping the offering to a total of 20 colors! These are the babies we wanna introduce!
If we hit $110,000 we're going to introduce a new unisex denim jacket-- The New Frontier Denim Jacket! Below is the first sewn sample and a tech sketch of what we're thinking! We want to create a new classic denim jacket to enjoy for years to come in 20 different colors! Tons of massive pockets, stone-washed so it's soft with a vintage feel, and unisex cut so it's meant to look good on everyone!
if we hit $150,000 we're going to introduce pants! We've had incredible demand for PANTS! But most specifically for pants made from the bottoms of our jumpsuits! We'll post sample pictures with our New Frontier Denim Jacket soon!
And to one of the most important parts.. the COLORS! We believe in the power of choice! How many times in your life have you found the perfect piece only to find in comes in one color-- or worse... only colors you hate. Choose from 17 beautiful colors to bring the rainbow home! Click here and scroll to the bottom to see all of the colors in action!
We beat our first stretch goal-- so we've upped our offering to 20 colors! We've added Hot Pink, Burnt Orange, and Lilac Purple!
A very important question! You can follow the link here to see our size charts! Don't see your size? Just let us know! As a default we offer sizes XXS-5XL in our tees and jumpsuits, and XS-7XL in our Vintage Workwear Jackets. Are you smaller or bigger than our offered sizes? Let us know! We're trying to be as size inclusive as possible so let us know if we need to expand our sizing! We're using this kickstarter as an opportunity to figure out what YOU need! Let us know if you'd like us to update our size chart with more sizes so you can see and get what works best for you!
We have big plans! The biggest plan is to fully produce the rainbow basics line in high quantities. The more you kickstart, the more we can create! We want to give as much business to our manufacturer's as possible and we want to be able to stock these goods indefinitely so you can rely on us to purchase the products you want, when you want. We want to invest in new colors, fabric stock, and establishing new favorite products. Your kickstarter purchases will also help create jobs within our company and the manufacturers we use! How great is that!
Manufacturing - We already have manufacturers in place to complete this project. They're people we know and trust and use on a regular basis! So you can be assured your rewards will be shipped on time!
Quality - We make everything right here in Los Angeles. Producing locally ensures we have the ability to personally oversee all production aspects and manage quality first-hand through all stages of completion.
Shipping - We already have an efficient shipping system but we're prepared to hire help and research what we need to make sure you receive your rewards on time!
Please consider helping us bring our vision to life! Help us do a rainbow of good!
Music from our video was generously provided by The Peaking Lights.
Risks and challenges
Every big endeavor comes with its fair share of risks! Thankfully, we've eliminated as many of those risks as possible with the small production runs we've been able to fund independently thus far.
We've created a timeline for delivering these goods to you that builds in more than enough time for production. It also builds in plenty of time for potential delays in production that can set back our timeline.
We feel our biggest hurdle will be figuring out the best way to get all these goods shipped out. We have a solid and efficient shipment method currently but everyone can always improve. We plan to do tireless research into logistics and the best way to handle extremely high volume shipping like this.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter