We are excited to launch our American-made apparel line with our signature Limited Edition Dark Wash Denim Jeans available exclusively to Kickstarter backers who believe in our vision and identify with the need for our styles. **We also ask that you share this project using the links just below our video, we would be forever grateful!!**
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Our jeans offer a stretch and comfort designed for the millions of active, muscular women, and with a fit that says FIERCELY FEMININE all over it.
*And you get to choose plain or decorated pockets!*
Women love jeans and it will continue to be the staple in every woman’s closet for years to come! Our new style makes its debut right here on Kickstarter, and the defining buzz is “Fiercely feminine”, “Powerfully sexy”, and tailored towards a perfect fit for the athletic woman. Never before has a jean focused the fit and style just for athletes, whose muscular body shape needs added attention.
The trendy and chic COCABANG jean does just that, and is the brainchild of Gayla Allen of Austin, Texas, who knew the fit generation was ready and anxious for a line of clothing made specifically for them. Fully authentic, perfectly fit for this unique niche, and made with high grade stretch denim, COCABANG is excited to make their denim available here for the first time!
Who are we?
COCABANG™, a TGIFITS LLC brand, is a team of inspired designers and business partners dedicated to the fashion needs of athletic women. We are based out of Austin, Texas, which has been a wonderful city to us, and manufacture all our apparel right here in the United States.
We feel the realm of physical strength, competitiveness and enduring athletics is not the sole domain of men. Women throughout history have carried civilizations through challenges by the strength of their muscle, and the power of their endurance. We need these formidable women today more than ever, women made with not only compassion and love, but with thin, invisible steel. And, if that steel happens to show on the outside as well, so be it! That’s why our logo says Fashion Behind Your Armor.
Where it began
We have long enjoyed a lifestyle of staying active and strength training. Over time while observing and speaking with friends in sports, competition, and fitness, we learned that most athletic women resort to wearing gym clothes and sweats for daily apparel. The COCABANG line was created to fill that gap in the athletic women’s clothing market with ready-to-wear sportswear redesigned with body-conscious silhouettes. We start here with our denim line.
Whether you are adding muscle or going through a slim-down period, your body just needs the right fit to feel great. When it comes to jeans we know that means stretch and attention to the waist and hips! Our unique fit gives athletic women a slim waist and room for muscular glutes and thighs. No other clothing company offers jeans that fit athletic women the way ours do! Get ready to love your hard body, day or evening, not just at the gym!
All American Made
Besides offering a perfect fit, all of our clothes are American-made, manufactured and sourced using eco-friendly sustainable processes. It is important to us to have “American Made” on all our clothes, because we believe in the talent and quality of American workers! At COCABANG, we believe businesses have an obligation to balance profits with values. We have chosen to support the American worker so all of our garments are manufactured in the USA. Domestic manufacturing allows us to safeguard the quality of our garments, and to tightly control our inventories as well as the working conditions of contractors. The environmental impact is significantly low, because of our efforts to reduce resource and fuel consumption born of imports. We are proud to be part of the growing trend in American-made apparel as consumers become more conscientious and aware of their choices and options in available products.
How far along is the project?
We have done the all the hard work. From concept to prototype we have worked diligently for the last 1 ½ years to get our fit perfect, sourced using the highest quality American made fabric on the market, and partnered with an experienced team to manufacture and ensure quality work. Our factory is based in the warehouse district in Downtown Los Angeles and offers over 10 years of manufacturing excellence in an all-inclusive 80,000 sq. ft. facility that is BV-approved and WRAP-certified, with proven vendor relationships and loyalties.
All that is needed now are the funds to begin full line production. This is why we need your help!
All the specs
Athletic women need STRETCH! Our jeans offer that solution by using a blended cotton stretch fabric sourced and made in America. We use an ultra stretch divinely soft blend of Cotton, Rayon, Polyester and Spandex from the finest mill in LA. Our denim will be a Dark Wash Denim (unless we meet our first stretch goal!)
COCABANG women work hard to keep their bodies in shape and strong so they want styles that are softly form fitting to showcase their bodies, yet very comfortable. When it came to jeans, the “skinny jeans” style was hands down the favorite.
It’s difficult to find jeans that fit, but almost impossible to find a perfect fit AND a perfect length. We will carry waists from 25-33 and inseams from 30-36. It’s the finishing touch to the perfect jeans.
We insist on only the cream of the textile crop and refuse to cut corners. Our quality fabrics, thread, hardware, design and construction are the best on the market.
Low-rise jean and super skinny leg from hip to hem to showcase the athletic built. Smaller waistline compared with more room in the glutes and thighs. Longer lengths ranging from 30-36 inch inseams.Ultra stretch, divinely soft denim providing superior flexibility with outstanding wear. Contrast stitching throughout for that edgy look.Five-pocket design, belt loop waistband, zipper fly and logo button closure, and six branded flat rivets.Subtle embroidered CB insignia on both back pockets. Screen printed inside pocket lining and black leatherette brand tab at the back waist.
Where is the money going?
To make the minimums required to get production going, we need you to raise your hand and tell the world it's time to reward fit women with fabulously feminine style!
The funds will be used directly in meeting the minimum production runs required to bring the denim to market. All concepts, designs, pre-production and grading work has already been done by us and we have ready made samples and prototypes of all designs so none of the money is used in "pre-development" work, this is only for completed product production.
Anything I can do to help?
Our reach only goes so far beyond our networks. By simply liking or sharing our Facebook page, following us on Twitter, or sending a few quick emails to your friends and family, your word of mouth can go a long way to help us out (check out the links in our profile). But ultimately, our hope is that you will love our jeans as much as we do and pledge your support in order to receive one of the very first Limited Edition COCABANG Jeans. We can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr and at our homepage.
We Have Stretch Goals!
We have the following stretch goals. These options will be available to all full pledges (Early Bird or Higher). Each pledge is only for the number of items for which they pledge, stretch goals are a way to provide more options in what those items can be.
At $75K we add a light wash to production. For the Basic Pledge or higher you will have your choice of our dark wash or the added light wash denim jeans. If you pledge for more than one pair you can choose your option for each pair pledged.
At $100K we will add a boot cut style. For the Basic Pledge or higher you will have your choice of our skinny jean (of either wash) or a boot cut (dark wash). If you pledge for more than one pair you can choose your option for each pair.
At $125K we will add a light wash in the boot cut. For the Basic Pledge or higher you will have your choice of either our skinny jean, or the boot cut in either dark or light washes. If you pledge for more than one pair you can choose your option for each pair.
At $175K we will produce our dark wash, stretch denim jacket. For the Basic Pledge or higher you will have your choice of jeans or the dark wash denim jacket. If you pledge for more than one pair you can choose your options for each pair. They pair perfectly with the dark wash jeans.
At $225K we will produce our light wash, stretch denim jacket. For the Basic Pledge or higher you will have your choice of jeans or denim jacket (either wash). If you pledge for more than one pair you can choose your options for each pair.
At $250K we will produce our dark wash, stretch denim shorts. For the Basic Pledge or higher you will have your choice of any one of the original or stretch goals or the dark wash shorts. If you pledge for more than one pair you can choose your options for each pair.
At $275K we will produce our light wash, stretch denim shorts. For the Basic Pledge or higher you will have your choice of any one of the original or stretch goals or the shorts. If you pledge for more than one pair you can choose your options for each pair.
* If all of these goals are met new stretch goals will be generated and posted here.
Join our Fit Revolution / MEDIA
TGIFITS comprises a team of inspired designers and business partners dedicated to the fashion needs of athletic women. Randa, our Senior Designer and Design Adviser brings to the table 25 years of experience in the industry with expertise in sourcing, as well as a staff with expertise in design and product development. All together our team is comprised of technical designers, pattern makers, fit specialists, and production engineers who work together to support our customers to achieve exceptional quality and operational efficiency. Our partners with over 150 employees, working under one roof also includes vertical production such as cutting, sewing, printing, embellishing, finishing and quality control. Also included is a pattern and sample for pre-production, with full EDI capabilities, and offers a speedier reaction time with synergistic relationships within the market.
Gayla Allen Founder and President
Larry Allen Co-Founder and CEO
Ken Farr, Ken Farr Photo
George Hooker, GHM Media Group
COCABANG™ is a TGIFITS™ Brand
Risks and challenges
When it comes to fulfillment, every project has potential obstacles, from production delays to permits to collaborator mishaps. Our largest risk lies in the supply chain. In the best-case scenario, we can have fabric, buttons, patches and labels in hand two weeks after the Kickstarter closes. Our estimated delivery time is the potential risk or even possible benefit depending on the speed and availability of the supply. In any case, we fully expect jeans will be shipped on time.
We have done all the hard work leading up to this point to be ready, selected reputable supply vendors, and have a great team in our factory. Our product is 100% ready for production. In any case we will be as transparent as possible in all activities leading up to delivery including fulfillment times.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No worries. It’s not time yet; that part happens at the end of the funding period. At that time we’ll get your address, size, wash, and pocket selection. We are taking care to get this right from the beginning until the time you have our jeans. Until then, ROCK ON beastette!
We can and are shipping internationally. The charge is $35. We reserve the right to ask for more to ship outside the US, once actual and final shipping costs have been calculated. Unfortunately, this can't be done in advance as shipping costs vary by country and Kickstarter doesn't tell us where you are until after the funding period has closed. We will not be making money on shipping though and will be transparent about these costs. Another thing you might want to consider is what the import fees or duties will be on your end. These vary by country and we can't cover them.
This is not a problem. We’ll confirm your address with you right before we ship out so don’t worry if you move over the next couple months.
Don’t sweat it! We want you to be thrilled with your new jeans. We will provide you with a crazy amount of information after funding to offset any confusion. However, we want to make sure everyone has their order before we handle exchanges.
We have plans to add that to our lines however we do not have a date yet.
Right now we can only promise to deliver waist sizes 25-33 and inseams 30 and 36. The reason is that we need to keep the production streamlined. Once we get closer to the completion of Kickstarter we'll have a better understanding of our production levels and the feasibility of more sizes and lengths. Please continue to send us your requests though. We love to hear from you.
For Kickstarter we have our popular skinny jean and will add the boot cut if our pledges grow. We start with our dark wash and will add the light wash if our pledges grow.
Please review the chart under Sizes. All of our models were wearing 27 waist and 32 inseams. Their heights range from 5’7” to 5’9”. Skinny Jeans: Measure the inside of your leg from your crotch to the middle of your ankle. Boot cut: Measure the inside of your leg from your crotch to the bottom of your foot wearing the shoes you will wear with the jeans.
Most jeans will have some shrinkage, mainly in the dryer. To avoid shrinkage wash in cold water and hang dry. Our denim is prewashed and ready for you to wear!
We will send a survey once the Kickstarter campaign is over to collect this information.
CocaBang Creates Stylish Fitness Fashion for Strong Women
By: Sarah Dos Santo | 9/18/2013
Many women who work out want to look good too and thanks to COCABANG there is a new line of fitness fashion meant to accentuate your progress.
COCABANG has started a new Kickstarter project with hopes to make jeans for women who are often ignored in the world of fashion: muscular ones. These jeans are specifically made for women who are naturally more muscular or who frequently go to the gym and want comfort and style.
If the company raises enough money they will manufacture high-quality jeans designed for women with larger glutes and thighs but slimmer waists. The material of the pants will be stretchy, comfortable and at the peak of fashion.
So if you’re in desperate need for gorgeous denim that shapes those curves you’ve been working on, this project is the solution to your problems!
There’s A New Body Type-Muscular-And Already A Pair Of Jeans For It
By: Tracey Wallace | 11/16/2013
Why is it that when we start talking body types and “athletic” is brought up, we get told that the athletic shape just means skinny and narrow? Worse, it is often used interchangeably with “boyish” or “straight.” But if you know anything about working out and the body type that comes with it, straight up and down or lacking curves (AKA boyish) is not at all what comes to mind. An athletic body shape is generally larger in the thigh and glutes region and thinner at the waist (seriously, I just described Kim Kardashian. How is that boyish?).
So when a new “best jeans for your body type article” hits the interwebs, there is generally one body type that goes unaddressed: it’s the soul-cycling-like-a-champ, rowing-like-your-life-depends-on-it, dedicated-to-looking-like-a-Kardashian type. But, red flag, there aren’t actually jeans that fit this body type, unless you have a vast amount of cash and a good designer friend who can whip you up a unique pair.
Until now. COCABANG is rising to the challenge. Check out their video below to get more info and donate to the cause, even if you aren’t a proud member of the Fit Generation. At the very least, this a step in the right direction for creating clothes for real women with real bodies. And that’s a trend everyone can support.
Whitney Bell and CocaBang
Naturally Fit Agency Model Whitney Bell recently participated in a photo shoot with COCABANG™, an exciting new apparel brand for women. “The COCABANG™ brand was founded in 2012 Read More...with the intention of solving a problem that existed in the fashion world. Most styles are designed, patterned and graded to fit the mass population. In such a scenario it is difficult when your body style does not conform to those specifications. One group of women that find themselves with this unique problem is athletes and naturally muscular women.” – COCABANG™ Founders
COCABANG™ will launch its American Made brand of clothing in the Fall of 2013. For those wanting in on the action, COCABANG™ has launched a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter.com enabling early backers to acquire their denim jeans at true wholesale price with the standard pledge. Even before the launch of its Denim line, COCABANG™ is making news in the U.K.
*Wine to Weightlifing*
CocaBang Jeans: The Answer to Waist Gapping?
By Jennifer Lynn | 11/14/2013
Like most women who have been doing the lifting weights thing for a while, my body has been continuously transforming. I have been purging my closet seasonally; sadly packing up all of my XS cardigans that I have She-Hulked my way out of, and sending all of my jeans and work pants that no longer fit over my thighs and butt to my skinny-mini sister. I have come to terms with never being able to fit in a size 2 anymore, nor an extra-small in anything, and I am completely okay with that! I prefer looking strong over looking too skinny.
Do You Work Out? Then Check Out This New Fashion Kickstarter
By Candace Bryan | September 15th, 2013
Real talk: it can be difficult to find the perfect pair of jeans. Given how diverse women’s bodies are, unless they’re perfectly customized like these, your jeans might not fit you like a glove if you don’t have certain proportions.
And that’s why COCABANG has launched a Kickstarter. The project hopes to make jeans for a genre of woman that is often ignored in the fashion world: the muscular. Whether muscular by nature, or through a lot of working out, finding well-fitting jeans is almost impossible if you’re buff. Jeans that fit over muscular thighs tend to be too loose in the hip area, and are frequently uncomfortable and unflattering.
CocaBang – Clothing For Athletic Women
By Sylvia Petro | September 12, 2013
Cocabang is a new, US-based company that specializes in clothing for athletic women--outside of the gym. Their skinny jeans are sure to sell out. I can't wait to get a pair myself. It's very hard to find a pair of skinny jeans that fit athletic legs. It always seems that providing a spacious calf area is totally neglected by major brands, and there is not enough elasticity for muscular quads and glutes.
Honestly, I use to feel ashamed at department stores, at the fact that I couldn't properly fit into certain styles. I ultimately had to eliminate some styles out of my personal collection. I never wanted to give up lifting of course, so I just delt with it.
*Dr. Sara Soloman WBFF* | 11/5/2013
CocaBang Jeans: I give them 6 out of 6 of Sara’s Six-Packs because:
i) They fit over my arse without looking like a baggy denim diaper. Like OMG how Genius or should I say Geniass? or Jeaniass??
ii). They don’t risk my ability to procreate, meaning they don’t cut off the circulation to my groinalplex (ie. crotchal zone) during sitting or stance. I didn’t try the splits. I’ll change my rating to 7 out of 6 if I can do the splits in them.
iii) I can actually get them off. No gruntifical force required.
Big Denim News for Athletic Ladies!
By Kara McGrath | 11/16/2013
Whether you inherited them from your mama or they're the product of hundreds of burpees at practice, there's no doubt that having muscular legs can be kind of a drag when it comes to finding jeans that fit! That's why we're so excited about a just-launched Kickstarter project that's promising super comfy, super flattering stretch denim for girls with a toned, athletic build. Created by healthy, active women who understand your waist-gap woes, COCABANG's skinny jeans are a serious move for body peace—which we love! Check out the fundraising site for more deets on the project, then head over to our Real Girl Denim Guide for styling inspiration.
Girls with thunder thighs get jeans to fit: Firm launches denims for ‘muscular” women with big legs and small waists.
By Bianca London | 11/16/2013
It may seem as though women are obsessed with shrinking their thighs to catwalk proportions. But many - including Victoria Pendleton, who expressed sadness when she lost 10lbs during her time on Strictly Come Dancing - are proud of their muscular legs and they want clothes that will show them off.
But it can be hard for petite yet athletic women like Victoria to find perfectly fitting jeans. Often having small waists but muscular thighs, they find the regular skinny shape that fits their waist is too tight on their legs, while those that fit the legs snugly leave a gap at the back of the waist.
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