BraBall® - Machine Wash Bras with Hand-Washed Results! (Canceled)
BraBall® - Machine Wash Bras with Hand-Washed Results! (Canceled)
BraBall® (Bra Ball) protects your bras in the wash! Save time and money; no more hand-washing bras, no more frequent bra replacements!
BraBall® (Bra Ball) protects your bras in the wash! Save time and money; no more hand-washing bras, no more frequent bra replacements! Read more
About this project
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Testimonials for the original BraBall®:
"I received my BraBall® order a few months ago, and after testing them (I purchased two) on plain underwire and underwire lace bras, I wrote to all my female friends and family members (and a couple of males I thought might need gift ideas), recommending this wonderful product. I have now been using them both about once a week for months, and I am delighted with how easy and tidy (I used to have bras soaking in containers all over the house) the process is. I have to say that after the first use the instructions aren't needed--it is really a simple, self-explanatory, timesaving object. (And bras get much cleaner than by hand!) The underwire and lace stays in perfect shape as well, which is the whole point, of course. This is a great and much-needed invention! Finally!" Karisha K. Bloomington, IN
"I purchased the BraBall® device as a gift for my roommate and we now fight over it! It's much sturdier than other products of its kind and its superior design prevents straps or other parts of the garment from escaping. I hope to soon call a truce with the roommate and have a washing machine full of BraBalls®! Thanks for making such a great product!" Heather Schmidt St. Paul, MN
"I was so excited to receive my BraBall®! It was the best investment I made and I couldn't be happier. I purchased one for myself and another as a gift. I used to hand wash all of my bras and now I just throw them in the washer. They smell fresh and clean and my bras still look like new. I couldn't be any happier! This has to be the best invention since tampons and I highly recommend this product to everyone of you ladies. With the guarantee that comes with each BraBall® bra saver, you have nothing to lose." Shannon R. Washington
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The BraBall® Story
My name is Kieu Phan. Born in Vietnam to a family of 6 girls and 1 boy, I was raised in Texas, still my home, since the age of 7. My story is not just about a product, it's about a woman who overcomes many obstacles to accomplish a dream of improving the lives of women everywhere. Every woman I have ever met who has owned a bra with hooks and washed it in a washing machine, has stories to tell. Stories of expensive or beloved bras getting tangled up, torn, stretched, bent, lumpy and ultimately ruined. Woeful stories of bras snagging and ruining other clothing in the wash as well. And many women, myself included, can tell you stories of what they have ended up resorting to instead: the time-consuming, messy chore of hand-washing bras. I began to feel so encumbered by this perpetual chore that I was inspired to create a solution.
I began by visiting a local craft store for wire sheets and tape I would use to make the first prototype of BraBall®. But what I needed was a working prototype, and I didn’t know anyone who could help me with that. So I visited an invention promotion company I had seen on TV. They turned out to be a scam, and I lost $8,000. One of the many lessons I learned from that experience is that if you want anything done right, you have to do most of the work yourself. I also learned to be very careful with what limited resources I had, or I could be forced to abandon my dream.
Lacking the $10,000 it would take to pay a lawyer to write my patent, I purchased a book called Patent It Yourself and learned how to write my own patent. A patent is very difficult to write, and for any inventor to successfully write his or her own patent is very rare. So I enlisted the help of a good friend and the patent attorney who authored that book. A whopping 54 drafts later, I submitted the application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The supervisor at the patent office was so impressed that he offered me a job as a patent examiner, which of course I turned down in order to focus on developing my invention.
Next, another roadblock. I filed for a trademark on the name BraBall, but the application was rejected. My patent attorney took one look at the rejection letter and charged me $100 just to tell me he couldn’t help me. His exact words were “I feel it would be very difficult, if not impossible for you to register this mark. It would be similar to trying to register GROCERY STORE for a grocery store.” I felt depressed and defeated, but I ultimately decided that if my lawyer wouldn’t help me, I’d have to help myself. So I took a law class at the University of Texas at Austin to learn how to fight like a lawyer, and then I wrote the rebuttal to the USPTO to fight for my trademark name. Six months later, I received a letter back saying that I had won the argument and I got the name BraBall®This experience taught me to question expert advice, especially when it diverges from my own gut instinct. I also gained confidence and pride in my ability to gather information and put my knowledge to the test.
These are just a few of the setbacks I endured at the beginning of this journey and how I grew from them. Several more were to follow, including the fact that it took over a year of countless trials and errors just to be able to get the first production model to reliably stay closed in the wash. However, through sheer determination and willpower, lots of research and hard work, and the good fortune of meeting some generous and amazing people along the way, I've been able to create a product that has already helped thousands of women around the world, and WILL help so many more once these new patented BraBall® sizes are funded!
I believe my experiences are valuable to my customers and backers. My tenacity and resourcefulness have served me well, and despite the many obstacles I've faced, my determination to make BraBall® a dream come true for every woman, of every shape and size, has always kept me going. Thank you so much for backing my American-made BraBall® bra saver and for helping women everywhere put their time, money and energy to better use!
Where We're At :
We’ve been working on the three new BraBall® sizes for years. All of the feedback we’ve received from our current, small size BraBall® has been incorporated into the designs of our new sizes. At this stage, we have already paid for the prototypes, patents, trademarks and copyrights of all three. All we have left to do is fund the molds to create the three new sizes. Down the line, we'll also make minor tweaks to improve our current BraBall®. We’ve taken this company as far as we could with the funding we have, but the cost of the new molds is simply more than we can currently afford. With your help in funding the new molds, we'll finally be able to bring these awesome new BraBalls® to market. We can’t wait to give you your rewards! THANK YOU for your support!
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges that come with completing this project are really no different than those that have already been overcome in creating the original BraBall®, as described in The BraBall® Story above. With all of the obstacles our company, Phantastic Innovations, Inc. has already withstood, you can rest assured that your investment is secure, and that you'll soon join the ranks of the thousands of satisfied customers already enjoying the original BraBall® bra saver!
We are 100% committed to making the launch of these new BraBall® sizes a complete success, and customer satisfaction has always been our top priority. In addition, our product has always come with a one-year limited warranty as well as a satisfaction guarantee, the same of which will apply to all new BraBalls® on this project: Compact, Medium and Large. Full details on our warranty and satisfaction guarantee can be found below.
ONE-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY:
Phantastic Innovations Inc. warrants the BraBall® against defects in material or workmanship as follows:
1. For a period of 1 year from the date of purchase, if the BraBall® is determined to be defective, Phantastic Innovations Inc. will replace it at no charge.
2. To obtain warranty service, you must mail the original receipt with the Return Form section filled out and the BraBall® to the address below. If you've lost your original receipt, a printout of your emailed receipt along with a copy of the Return Form found at the link below, will suffice.
This warranty does not cover damage due to acts of God, accident, misuse, abuse, negligence, or modification of, or to any part of the BraBall®. This warranty is valid only in the United States.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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