About this project
It's official! We've surpassed our Kickstarter goal for the Superfan Collection! In this bonus video, the Superfan expresses his gratitude!
The Superfan Collection features topical designs that are sure to comfort Chicago football fans during yet another season of rebuilding.
We'll send you a survey shortly after the September 15th deadline where you'll be able to select your design(s) and size(s). Fulfillment will take a few weeks, but you should have your gear by the time we're 0-5. Shipping is included on all rewards!
Chicago-based Cyntax Sportswear is a new online clothing brand helping sports fans express themselves with high-quality, tastefully cynical apparel. We create clothing for "cynical" sports fans using clever "syntax," so we mashed the two words together, coining "Cyntax."
There are a lot of novelty sports apparel options out there, but what separates Cyntax is our refined brand of humor. We pride ourselves on wit and creativity, so while our designs may be cynical, they are never crude or offensive. Additionally, we use premium ringspun cotton T-shirts and 80/20 cotton fleece hooded sweatshirts for optimal style and comfort. And our entire operation, from sketch to shipment, is based in Chicagoland.
My family moved to Chicagoland in 1987, just over a year after the championship season. Payton, Singletary, and McMahon jerseys were all over the place, dudes were rockin' the push broom mustache and aviators, and every kid in the neighborhood had a "Super Bowl Shuffle" poster on their wall. It was a great time for Chicago football fans, but I always felt like we were late to the party and longed for a return to greatness I could share in too. We didn't get it in the 90's, tasted it in the mid-2000s, and definitely haven't come close since. A couple years ago it got so grim, I watched the '85 season on DVD instead of the live games. Eventually, I realized humor was the best way to deal with the "next year is our year" mentality Chicago fans have grown accustomed to, and that's how Cyntax Sportswear was conceived.
- John, Co-Founder
I grew up in Maine, so naturally I'm a New England fan. But before you start hating, consider that I was born in Arlington Heights and have lived in the Windy City since 2002, making me a bona fide Chicago fan as well. Fortunately, this has rarely been a conflict of interest. I was only two years old during the '85 championship, and beyond that, New England has just been another team in a long line of them beating up on Chicago. Watching Brady collect his rings has helped, but I've longed for the day Chicago reemerges as a championship team. Like most fans, I've spent years watching games in frustration, looking for a way to deal with the disappointment. That's why I'm excited to be a partner in Cyntax Sportswear, where I look forward to creating more designs for teams in and outside of Chicago in the years to come.
- Chris, Co-Founder
Simple answer: inventory. The key to keeping cost down is to buy inventory in bulk, which can be risky without knowing what styles and sizes will sell. A successful Kickstarter campaign will provide us with the information and funding necessary to invest wisely in inventory and grow the brand efficiently.
As we grow, our lines will expand into other clubs and eventually other professional sports. In fact, we're already developing a new "Friends and Foes" Collection, which will feature both ally and rival designs for each of the most polarizing football teams, so fans can express whether they love them - or love to hate them. But, we can't do it without your help
Risks and challenges
As is the case with any venture, there are always risks associated with launching a new business from unforeseen circumstances that could arise. However, our team has extensive experience managing complex budgets and schedules, and we've gone through great lengths to mitigate those risks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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