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I've upcycled vintage route signs from England into wall art, pillows, upholstery & clothing. Now I'm ready to print route sign fabric!
I've upcycled vintage route signs from England into wall art, pillows, upholstery & clothing. Now I'm ready to print route sign fabric!
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VINTAGE BRITISH ROUTE SIGN FABRIC

Double-decker bus with three destination displays: Route Number, Multiple Upcoming Stops & Final Destination
Double-decker bus with three destination displays: Route Number, Multiple Upcoming Stops & Final Destination

ELEVATING HUMBLE THINGS: Mass Transit Graphics become Typographic Classics via British Route Sign Fabric

From the turn-of-the-last-century through today, double-decker buses in England sport one iconic element. A single black & white destination in the middle of the front of the bus alerting passengers where the bus is going. Printed on "calico cloth," this original fabric was tightly woven to withstand cranking from the driver to advance destinations from one to the next all day long.

My Kickstarter Campaign seeks to fund the first edition run of 200 yards of Vintage British Transit Route Sign Fabric at a cost of $7,000. This includes initial design, testing prototypes, fabric production, pledge reward expenses & freight. 

I have some strikingly beautiful pledge rewards, items you've never seen on Kickstarter - a few items that have never been available anywhere...true exclusives. Check them out & PLEDGE!

After years of Hunting & Gathering I discovered Vintage British Transit Route Signs...forever changing the course of my business!
After years of Hunting & Gathering I discovered Vintage British Transit Route Signs...forever changing the course of my business!

I discovered vintage British bus signs in a Ralph Lauren Paint brochure. It took some detective work to determine what they were & to locate a reliable source in England - a second generation double-decker bus driver whose parents both drove the buses their entire lives. 

My vintage route sign supplier remains an active enthusiast, restoring vintage buses to keep them running in touristy parts of London & available for private events. As old route signs were replaced through the years, instead of throwing them in the dumpster - his entire family held on to them.

Cross section of Vintage British Transit Route Sign circa 1940's
Cross section of Vintage British Transit Route Sign circa 1940's
An authentic destination roll mechanism with crank on back side for driver to turn - printed cloth destination roll can inside mechanism can be as long as 60 feet!
An authentic destination roll mechanism with crank on back side for driver to turn - printed cloth destination roll can inside mechanism can be as long as 60 feet!

Who knew that 50+ years later their stash of discarded bus signs would become the toast of the design world on both sides of the pond. To alleviate the high cost of framing the large graphics, I developed a system for installation based on vintage school maps with dowels at the top & bottom finished with brass hangers for easy hanging.

My Display at the Seattle International Gift Exhibition
My Display at the Seattle International Gift Exhibition

Once folks had a way to purchase the route signs & install them immediately with no further out-of-pocket expense, I couldn't keep them dowelled fast enough to sell them to collectors. 

I began travelling further & further from home to sell route signs - heading south from Oregon to California. Selling at Alameda Point Antique Faire in the SF Bay Area. Then I headed to Pasadena, Long Beach, San Luis Obispo & Santa Monica, California Flea Markets & Shows.

My California Gift Show Display Booth in Los Angeles
My California Gift Show Display Booth in Los Angeles

As a wholesaler, I exhibited at nearly all the major gift shows on both coasts - New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco & Portland. Later I overloaded my Ford cargo van & left Oregon for an itinerary that included 14 shows in 14 weeks landing in New York for the first snow of the season & high-tailing it back to the West Coast for Thanksgiving weekend.

My teeny tiny $5K booth - "At Home" Pier Show - New York Gift Show - I flew into New York from Oregon carrying this entire display booth & inventory in black military surplus duffel bags!
My teeny tiny $5K booth - "At Home" Pier Show - New York Gift Show - I flew into New York from Oregon carrying this entire display booth & inventory in black military surplus duffel bags!

Coast-to-coast red eye flights & endless miles of driving & yards of route sign rolls paid off. I sold like hotcakes at Junk Bonanza in Minneapolis, MN, & Country Living Shows in Columbus, OH, Stone Mountain, GA & Austin, TX. I made it through two-week stints at Round Top Texas in 3 different locations (Bar W, Marburger Farm & Zapp Hall) for 4 different seasons & survived Brimfield, MA in July. I had mixed results with multiple showings at Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta,  GA & twice-yearly exhibits at the Stella Pier Shows in New York City.

After a New York Pier Show, I received an order from J Crew for 100 route signs - each 10 feet long. They were launching Madewell Stores & wanted them for window displays in every store. In New York, San Francisco and Round Top, Texas - A-list celebrities added route sign pieces to their interiors. In Atlanta, route signs were bought for MTV's Teen Wolf set & a stairwell in the latest remake of Amityville Horror.

Madewell window display "pitch" to J Crew
Madewell window display "pitch" to J Crew
Launch of Madewell Store by J Crew in Seattle, WA
Launch of Madewell Store by J Crew in Seattle, WA

The apex of my route sign experience was being published in the New York Times in March of 2010 - this led to inclusion in other major publications including: New York Magazine (twice), Elle Decor & Elle Decor Italia, Country Living Magazine, Flea Market Style Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Southern Exposure & Oregon Home Magazines.

I'll never forget sitting at my computer at 9:01 PM West Coast time when the online edition of the New York Times hit my computer. Inquiries started clicking in within the hour and I hardly slept for two weeks as they inundated my e-mail. While a limited percentage of inquiries led to actual sales, it was an exciting & exhausting experience. 

As route signs sales plateaued, I began adding to the product line. Route Sign Pillows originated from my realization that when routes changed, the eliminated or added destinations were cut & stitched back into their original route sign. These visibly stitched areas of repair opened a world of possibilities that continues evolving today.

After pillows...came upholstery.

A room setting of Vintage British Route Sign merchandise at my Brick & Mortar Store in Grants Pass, OR
A room setting of Vintage British Route Sign merchandise at my Brick & Mortar Store in Grants Pass, OR
British Transit Route Sign Benches published in New York Times
British Transit Route Sign Benches published in New York Times

...and then window coverings, lamp shades & finally a line of clothing.

...and eventually a line of Vintage British Transit Route Sign Clothing!
...and eventually a line of Vintage British Transit Route Sign Clothing!

Upcycling the route signs for a catwalk ready clothing line definitely pushes the limits of what is possible with a vintage, utilitarian textile. For use in clothing, the route signs enter a "top secret" phase of manipulation & magic...I can't imagine anyone else coming up with the techniques I use or being willing to repeat them more than once even if they did stumble on them.  

In the end the clothing collection included a total of 160 pieces. The entire collection sold out in less than three months at Trunk Shows in San Francisco, New York & Grants Pass.

Vintage crinoline bridal underskirt w/route signs was the most couture piece in the collection. Worn here by its new owner at Marburger Farm Antique Show - Melissa Vasquez!
Vintage crinoline bridal underskirt w/route signs was the most couture piece in the collection. Worn here by its new owner at Marburger Farm Antique Show - Melissa Vasquez!

Finally, I began hitting roadblocks in developing new products with Vintage British Transit Route Signs. The fragility of material, increasing cost & difficulty of sourcing route signs led me to seek alternatives to the originals. That's when Kickstarter hit my radar screen.

My Kickstarter Campaign is about replicating the vintage look through printing yardage of reproduction route signs at a 1:1 ratio to originals. The newly printed fabric is more durable & doesn't require the time-consuming processing of the originals. The freshly printed fabric is infinitely more affordable & adaptable to a wider range of projects.

First Pair of Route Sign Upholstered Chairs - Industrial Chic
First Pair of Route Sign Upholstered Chairs - Industrial Chic

While researching options for printing route signs on medium weight fabric suitable for pillows, upholstery, draperies or clothing, a common width of 56" became the obvious choice. This allows space for two side-by-side route signs running a full 6 feet (2 yards) in length.

To lend an authentic/vintage feel to the fabric, I sought out an abstracted slate background - not a solid jet black. You'll notice stray chalk marks & cloudy erased areas behind the crisp typography - I find this imperfect background adds to the authentic look of the fabric & these imperfections are to be embraced & appreciated.

Route Sign Typography for Graphic Black & White Fabric
Route Sign Typography for Graphic Black & White Fabric

I printed multiple prototypes on different fabrics,  finally landing on a cotton/linen blend - comparable to a 7/8 oz canvas - because of its texture and suppleness for draping clothing & interior projects.

The two routes shown in side by side vertical columns represent tourists vs. locals. The left side includes iconic London destinations frequented by tourists. The one on the right also contains familiar locations, but with a decidedly rural feel to the destinations - each placed within geographical order as they would be on an actual bus route. 

Pair of Route Sign Wingbacks in Fantastic San Francisco Corporate Office
Pair of Route Sign Wingbacks in Fantastic San Francisco Corporate Office

Route sign yardage for this Kickstarter Campaign will be printed in the San Francisco Bay Area on fabric milled in the United States for a completely Made in the USA product. 

The cost of printing fabric domestically is noticeably more than using printers in nations with questionable labor practices, but there are clear payoffs to not outsourcing this type of work. We trust our clients will be happy to pay a bit more for locally sourced materials & ethical labor.

You'll be surprised how many projects you can complete from a full 2 yard panel of British Transit Route Sign Fabric
You'll be surprised how many projects you can complete from a full 2 yard panel of British Transit Route Sign Fabric

The fabric is printed in a 2 yard section formatted as two side-by-side 6 foot long route signs. Each 2 yard repeat splits down the middle along the printed white line and can be hemmed at each edge w/dowels added at top and bottom for two complete vertical route sign wall hangings. 

One 2 yard section is enough to: 1) Upholster the back & sides of a basic wingback chair. 2) Create 24 single destination pillows in a Euro Square Size. 3) Create 4 full route sign front pillows in the 24" square Euro size with 4 destinations left over for single line pillow fronts. 4) Create 6 lumbar size accent pillows sized at 14 X 25 inches. 

You can also sew a classic, sleeveless a-line dress with a single 2 yard section - or a mini skirt w/leftover fabric to embellish cuffs and collars of a classic white men's style oxford shirt.

Pair of Wingback Chairs with Australian Route Sign Upholstery
Pair of Wingback Chairs with Australian Route Sign Upholstery

A one yard equivalent section costs $65 and will be trimmed at the halfway point of each route sign. Buyers will specify ONE section of the two yard repeat they want (top or bottom, left or right) when purchasing one yard equivalent sections.

The cost of each 2 yard section/full double panel is $140. Shipping within the lower 48 states is $10. International shipping and Alaska, Hawaii addresses will be a flat rate of $25. Fabric will arrive folded in a padded envelope.

Premiere Trunk Show at Collage Gallery in Potrero Hill, San Francisco
Premiere Trunk Show at Collage Gallery in Potrero Hill, San Francisco
Some route sign clothing from scratch - others embellished w/route sign fragments
Some route sign clothing from scratch - others embellished w/route sign fragments
One of my favorite route sign outfits - especially the Shakespearean Collar on the Menswear Vest - the back of vest was all route sign too
One of my favorite route sign outfits - especially the Shakespearean Collar on the Menswear Vest - the back of vest was all route sign too

After more than ten years of disappointing clients by not supplying running yardage of my vintage product - I've come up with an exciting solution. An authentic reproduction of my vintage route signs as running yardage for less than 1/2 the price of previously vintage yardage with double the width and a full 2 yard length. 

Granted $65 per yard is not cheap fabric, but cheap fabric was never my goal...rather a good value for quality fabric means a job well done. I think our fabric is a fantastic price for the striking graphic aesthetic of the print, its flexibility for use in clothing, pillows, uphholstery and more...and its expected longevity. If you have any questions feel free to reach out through my interior design website @ www.dewaynelumpkin.com and I'll do my best to answer as quickly as possible.

Best Selling 3 Foot Square Ottomans
Best Selling 3 Foot Square Ottomans

Thanks so much for your time and consideration of my first Kickstarter Campaign project.

PLEDGE REWARD PHOTOGRAPHS:

Front of Postcard - SET OF 5 FOR $10 PLEDGE OR SET OF 10 FOR $15 PLEDGE
Front of Postcard - SET OF 5 FOR $10 PLEDGE OR SET OF 10 FOR $15 PLEDGE
 
Back of Postcard - SET OF 5 FOR $10 PLEDGE OR SET OF 10 FOR $15 PLEDGE
Back of Postcard - SET OF 5 FOR $10 PLEDGE OR SET OF 10 FOR $15 PLEDGE
Mouse Pad - REWARD FOR $24 PLEDGE
Mouse Pad - REWARD FOR $24 PLEDGE
$29 Pledge Reward - Men's Loose Fit - Women's Fitted - Gildan Ultra Cotton T-Shirt - Choose Black or White T-Shirt
$29 Pledge Reward - Men's Loose Fit - Women's Fitted - Gildan Ultra Cotton T-Shirt - Choose Black or White T-Shirt
$29 Pledge Reward - Men's Loose Fit - Women's Fitted - Gildan Ultra Cotton T-Shirt - Choose Black or White T-Shirt
$29 Pledge Reward - Men's Loose Fit - Women's Fitted - Gildan Ultra Cotton T-Shirt - Choose Black or White T-Shirt
$69 Pledge Award - Leeds OR Derby 20" Square Accent Pillow Cover - Single Destination
$69 Pledge Award - Leeds OR Derby 20" Square Accent Pillow Cover - Single Destination
HALF WIDTH - FULL LENGTH - LEFT SIDE/BLACKPOOL - WALL HANGING PLEDGE REWARD FOR $150 - YARDAGE ONLY PLEDGE REWARD FOR $65
HALF WIDTH - FULL LENGTH - LEFT SIDE/BLACKPOOL - WALL HANGING PLEDGE REWARD FOR $150 - YARDAGE ONLY PLEDGE REWARD FOR $65
HALF WIDTH - FULL LENGTH - RIGHT SIDE/PORTOBELLO ROAD - WALL HANGING PLEDGE REWARD FOR $150 - YARDAGE ONLY PLEDGE REWARD FOR $65
HALF WIDTH - FULL LENGTH - RIGHT SIDE/PORTOBELLO ROAD - WALL HANGING PLEDGE REWARD FOR $150 - YARDAGE ONLY PLEDGE REWARD FOR $65
FULL WIDTH - HALF LENGTH - TOP HALF BLACKPOOL/PORTOBELLO ROAD - MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 56 INCHES WIDE BY 36 INCHES TALL - FOR $150 PLEDGE AS WALL HANGING OR AS YARDAGE ONLY FOR $65
FULL WIDTH - HALF LENGTH - TOP HALF BLACKPOOL/PORTOBELLO ROAD - MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 56 INCHES WIDE BY 36 INCHES TALL - FOR $150 PLEDGE AS WALL HANGING OR AS YARDAGE ONLY FOR $65
FULL WIDTH - HALF LENGTH - BOTTOM HALF - NOTTINGHAM/TRAFALGAR SQUARE - MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 56 INCHES WIDE BY 36 INCHES TALL - FOR $150 PLEDGE AS WALL HANGING OR AS YARDAGE ONLY FOR $65
FULL WIDTH - HALF LENGTH - BOTTOM HALF - NOTTINGHAM/TRAFALGAR SQUARE - MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 56 INCHES WIDE BY 36 INCHES TALL - FOR $150 PLEDGE AS WALL HANGING OR AS YARDAGE ONLY FOR $65
$79 Pledge Award - 24" Euro Square Pillow Cover - Choose One: Liverpool OR Portobello Road - Single Destination
$79 Pledge Award - 24" Euro Square Pillow Cover - Choose One: Liverpool OR Portobello Road - Single Destination
$89 Pledge Award - 14" X 25" Rectangular Lumbar Pillow Cover - Full Route Sign Front - Choose One: Charing Cross OR Elephant & Castle
$89 Pledge Award - 14" X 25" Rectangular Lumbar Pillow Cover - Full Route Sign Front - Choose One: Charing Cross OR Elephant & Castle
$99 Pledge Award - 24" Euro Square Pillow Cover - Full Route Sign Front - Specify Blackpool
$99 Pledge Award - 24" Euro Square Pillow Cover - Full Route Sign Front - Specify Blackpool
$99 Pledge Award - 24" Euro Square Pillow Cover - Full Front Route Sign - Specify Portobello Road
$99 Pledge Award - 24" Euro Square Pillow Cover - Full Front Route Sign - Specify Portobello Road
$98 PLEDGE REWARD - Silk Georgette Scarf - Your choice of ONE of the two scarves shown. See details in the Pledge Reward Section - Shown Here: "Blackpool to Southampton"
$98 PLEDGE REWARD - Silk Georgette Scarf - Your choice of ONE of the two scarves shown. See details in the Pledge Reward Section - Shown Here: "Blackpool to Southampton"
$98 PLEDGE REWARD - Silk Georgette Scarf - Your choice of ONE of the two scarves shown. See details in the Pledge Reward Section - Shown Here: "Portobello Road to Victoria Station"
$98 PLEDGE REWARD - Silk Georgette Scarf - Your choice of ONE of the two scarves shown. See details in the Pledge Reward Section - Shown Here: "Portobello Road to Victoria Station"
FULL WIDTH - FULL LENGTH VINTAGE TRANSIT ROUTE SIGN PANEL - 56 INCHES WIDE BY 72 INCHES LONG - AVAILABLE AS A WALL HANGING WITH DOWELLS & HANGERS FOR $250 PLEDGE OR AS FABRIC IN A 2 YARD SECTION FOR $130
FULL WIDTH - FULL LENGTH VINTAGE TRANSIT ROUTE SIGN PANEL - 56 INCHES WIDE BY 72 INCHES LONG - AVAILABLE AS A WALL HANGING WITH DOWELLS & HANGERS FOR $250 PLEDGE OR AS FABRIC IN A 2 YARD SECTION FOR $130
A display of Vintage British Route Sign Merchandise at my Brick & Mortar Store in Grants Pass, Oregon
A display of Vintage British Route Sign Merchandise at my Brick & Mortar Store in Grants Pass, Oregon

BRITISH TRANSIT ROUTE SIGN FABRIC, 

PRODUCTS MADE WITH BRITISH TRANSIT ROUTE SIGN FABRIC 

& PLEDGE REWARDS INCORPORATING BRITISH TRANSIT ROUTE SIGN FABRIC 

ARE ALL COPYRIGHTED BY DEWAYNE LUMPKIN DESIGN STUDIO, 2015

© DEWAYNE LUMPKIN DESIGN STUDIO, 2015

Risks and challenges

The long wait to launch my British Route Sign Fabric on Kickstarter means I've faced the worst of the risks & challenges I can possibly anticipate.

Initially, I thought I had the perfect fabric from a SF Bay Area Source & the perfect printer in San Francisco & the perfect graphic image by Kay Kinder of Logan Design in Grants Pass, Oregon. All fit within my Made in USA of highest quality at best possible value Mantra.

One by one, my perfect solutions failed. The fabrics were coated with a sizing solution prior to weaving (in order to speed their way through commercial looms). I needed fabric without this chemical additive.

Such fabric is said to be widely available in New York and Los Angeles, but not much elsewhere - I never did find a reliable source for this "ghost" fabric (which is how I now refer to it) - even in LA or NY. Cleaners in these garment hubs regularly remove this sizing, but cleaners in Oregon & Northern California do not offer such a service.

Extra fees for special yardage and/or chemical treatment of yardage prior to printing meant the costs were increasing.

I was surprised that my "perfect" printer did not have a source for printable fabric, but...they did not. I saw a beautiful example of a perfect fabric being printed, but the client declined to share their fabric source (why do people have to be that way?).

Eventually, both my perfect fabric source and my perfect printer proved imperfect...the project lingered in the corners of my brain for over a year after this disappointing first attempt.

Then, finally, one night, almost a year ago, I was tossing & turning and obsessing about having the fabric printed. I got up at 3 AM and found a computerized fabric printing source that had its own fabric. The cost was more than I hoped, but dammit, I was going to have some fabric printed.

By 4 AM I had my order placed and was still up early the next morning when my proof arrived in e-mail - I OK'd it and 2 weeks later had my first 2 yard section of route sign fabric (actually 2 - 2 yard sections because of a 3 yard minimum for printing).

The 7 oz. cotton duck fabric felt good, the slate background with stray chalk marks & other imperfections looked right, but there was an obvious problem with pixelization. Turns out, I had forwarded a working proof for editing rather than a final draft with a much higher resolution for printing.

Still - I had my first route sign fabric in hand and that's all it took to get started. Since then I've experimented with different printers, different fabrics & believe I've landed on the perfect combination of sublimation computer printing on a cotton/linen blend fabric, suitable for clothing, upholstery, pillows, drapery, lamp shades and other textile accent pieces.

I negotiated quantity discounts for printing and arranged for pickup of completed fabric to save freight charges. I used every trick up my sleeve to keep the price as low as possible for my clients and potential buyers of the route sign fabric.

Each panel is designed as a 56 inch wide by 72 inch long section. This is a whole two-yard panel which is priced at $140 - a single yard is available at $65 which includes the full 56 inch width, but only half the length.

Kickstarter Pledgers have the ability to choose top and bottom sections of horizontal yardage and specify right and left sides of vertical yardage. Once the fabric is printed, customers will not be able to make those choices - it will be first come, first serve.

Once the Kickstarter orders are compiled I will double print a left and right or top and bottom section if one is clearly more popular than another. Once these pledge rewards are printed and fulfilled - the 200 yards of fabric funded will all be printed in the same uniform format, eliminating these choices for future customers.

We have tested the fabric with multiple washings and provide assurances it will stand up over time if our washing instructions are followed. If you choose to use different washing procedures, we cannot guarantee the longevity of the printed fabric.

We welcome any questions you have about the project - while no expert, I consider myself fairly well informed at this point about all the issues I confronted in bringing the fabric to Kickstarter stage. Questions can be sent through the contact tab of my website @ www.dewaynelumpkin.com

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    5 British Transit Route Sign Postcards.

    Front is an image of the route sign fabric being printed for this Kickstarter Campaign. Back is traditional poscard setup for mailing without an envelope. (See photo bottom/left)

    Size is 5.47 X 4.21 inches - classic postcard size. Printed on 100% recycled card stock with a matte finish.

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    10 British Transit Route Sign Postcards.

    Front is an image of the route sign fabric being printed for this Kickstarter Campaign. Back is traditional poscard setup for mailing without an envelope. (See photo bottom/left)

    Size is 5.47 X 4.21 inches - classic postcard size. Printed on 100% recycled card stock with a matte finish.

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    1 British Transit Route Sign Mouse Pad.

    Black background with an image of side-by-side route signs - the same as fabric being printed through this Kickstarter Campaign. (See photo bottom/left)

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    1 British Transit Route Sign T-Shirt.

    Black or white t-shirt with image of Vintage British Transit Route Sign on front. Men's or Women's. (See photo bottom/left)

    Pledgers who select the t-shirt option will specify color, size & gender upon completion of Kickstart Campaign.

    Gildan Ultra Cotton T-Shirtsz: S-M-L-XL & 2X.
    Women's fitted t-shirt.
    Men's regular cut t-shirt.
    Black or White.

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    YARDAGE ONLY - ONE YARD - BRITISH TRANSIT ROUTE SIGN FABRIC - The equivalent of one yard based on 1/2 of the full two yard repeat panel printed.

    At the conclusion of Kickstarter Campaign, pledgers for this reward will select ONE of the following cutting options for their yard of fabric.

    ONE Vertical panel measuring approximately 26" wide X 72" long (2 Yard Length - Half Width).

    Pledgers opting for a vertical panel will have their choice of right side OR left side of 2-yard panel.

    Right Side: "Portobello Road to Victoria Station"

    Left Side: "Blackpool to Southampton"

    OR

    ONE Horizontal panel measuring approximately 56" wide X 36" long (1 Yard Length - Full Width).

    Pledgers opting for a horizontal panel will have their choice of top OR bottom section of a 2 yard panel.

    Top Panel: "Blackpool/Portobello" to "Stoke-on-Trent/Charing Cross."

    Bottom Panel: "Nottingham/Trafalgar SQ" to "Southampton/Victoria Station"

    (See photos of specific sections at bottom/left)

    Printed on an 8 oz. cotton/linen blend suitable for clothing, upholstery, pillows, draperies and many other interior projects.

    There is a $10 charge for shipping to the 48 continental states.

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    1 - 20" Accent Square Black Pillow Cover embellished w/British Route Sign Fabric - Single Destination Strip.

    Pledgers who select this pillow reward will have their choice of ONE of two pillows. This choice will be made at the conclusion of the Kickstarter Campaign. (See photo bottom/left)

    Select EITHER:

    1) LEEDS

    OR

    2) DERBY

    I highly recommend IKEA for pillow inserts - they offer down alternative foam inserts for less than $5 for this size and an amazingly fluffy waterfowl feather insert for less than $10.

    Pillows will ship in October allowing time to print multiple destinations on running yardage and stitching of route signs to pillow covers by local seamstress.

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    1 - 24" Euro Square Black Pillow Cover embellished w/British Transit Route Sign Fabric - Single Destination Strip. Solid black reverse side with envelope closure.

    Pledgers who select this pillow reward will have their choice of ONE of two pillows. This choice will be made at the conclusion of the Kickstarter Campaign. (See photo bottom/left)

    Select EITHER:

    1) Liverpool via Abbey Road

    OR

    2) Portobello Road: Notting Hill Shopping District

    I highly recommend IKEA for pillow inserts - they offer down alternative foam inserts for less than $10 for this size and an amazingly fluffy waterfowl feather insert for less than $20. We use 26" square euro inserts in our 24" square pillows for extra loft.

    Pillows will ship in October allowing time to print multiple destinations on running yardage and stitching of route signs to pillow covers by local seamstress.

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    1 - 14" X 24" Lumbar/Rectangular Pillow Cover w/full British Transit Route Sign Fabric front - Multiple Destinations. Solid black reverse side with envelope closure.

    Pledgers who select this pillow reward will have their choice of ONE of two pillows. This choice will be made at the conclusion of the Kickstarter Campaign. (See photo bottom/left)

    Select EITHER:

    1) Charing Cross to The Strand

    OR

    2) Elephant & Castle to Buckingham Palace

    Rectangular lumbar pillow cover with multiple destinations on front side and an envelope closure on black back side.

    I highly recommend IKEA for pillow inserts - they offer down alternative foam inserts for less than $5 for this size and an amazingly fluffy waterfowl feather insert for less than $10. We use 16" X 26" inserts for this size pillow to give extra fluff & loft.

    Pillows will ship in October allowing time to print multiple destinations on running yardage and stitching of route signs to pillow covers by local seamstress.

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    1 - Silk Georgette Scarf - British Transit Route Sign Accessory - Select ONE of two scarves shown in photos (bottom left)

    The most stunning silk georgette scarf you've ever introduced your neck to.

    Each scarf is a full size Vintage British Transit Route Sign measuring 25 inches wide by 72 inches long.

    Pledgers who select this pillow reward will have their choice of ONE of two scarves. This choice will be made at the conclusion of the Kickstarter Campaign.

    Select EITHER:

    "Portobello Road to Victoria Station"

    OR

    "Blackpool to Southampton"

    The translucent silk is generous in length allowing multiple options for wearing around neck, as a head scarf - even a belt with a sleek cat suit or faux collar with a classic boatneck blouse.

    You'll get stopped in the street when you wear this scarf out in public - folks will beg to know where you got it.

    Never seen or offered anywhere before this Kickstarter Campaign - this may be our favorite pledge reward.

    Please note - these scarves are printed from the same high-resolution graphic that our yardage is printed with. The background of this fabric is a patinated slate surface with stray chalk marks and other imperfections. This is intentional and adds to the vintage style we are replicating from original route signs.

    Free Shipping within 48 Lower States - Alaska & Hawaii Shipping is considered as "Rest of World" rate.

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    Pledge $99 or more About $99

    1 - 24" Euro Square Pillow Cover w/full British Transit Route Sign Fabric front - Multiple Destinations. Solid black reverse side with envelope closure.

    Pledgers who select this pillow reward will have their choice of ONE of two pillows. This choice will be made at the conclusion of the Kickstarter Campaign. (See photo bottom/left)

    Select EITHER:

    1) Blackpool to Sheffield

    OR

    2) Portobello Road to Picadilly Circus

    I highly recommend IKEA for pillow inserts - they offer down alternative foam inserts for less than $10 for this size and an amazingly fluffy waterfowl feather insert for less than $20. We use 26" square inserts for this size pillow to give extra fluff & loft.

    Pillows will ship in October allowing time to print multiple destinations on running yardage and stitching of route signs to pillow covers by local seamstress.

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    Pledge $140 or more About $140

    2 YARDS - FABRIC YARDAGE ONLY - British Transit Route Sign Fabric - 2 yard length - full 56" width - Complete double-route sign panel.

    6 FOOT DOUBLE ROUTE SIGN FABRIC PANEL: A full 2-yard long section of our 56 inch wide route sign fabric showing two complete side-by-side route signs. (See photo bottom/left)

    Printed on an 8 oz. cotton/linen blend suitable for clothing, upholstery, pillows, draperies and many other interior projects.

    There is a $10 charge for shipping to the 48 continental states.

    $25 charge to the "rest of the world" which includes Alaska & Hawaii

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    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    1 - WALL HANGING - One Vertical OR Horizontal - British Transit Route Sign Panel with black wooden dowels at the top and bottom & brass hangers for immediate hanging with two nails without extra cost of framing.

    At the conclusion of Kickstarter Campaign, pledgers for this reward will select ONE of the following options for size & shape of their wall hanging (See photos of specific sections at bottom/left):

    ONE Vertical Wall Hanging measuring approximately 25" wide X 72" long (2 Yard Length - Half Width).

    Pledgers opting for a vertical wall hanging will have their choice of right side OR left side of 2-yard panel.

    This size is true to the original Vintage British Transit Route Sign wall hanging. Approximately 24" wide by 72" long.

    You will receive ONE side of the full width 2 yard fabric panel - hemmed along the sides and dowelled at top and bottom.

    Choose EITHER:

    Right Side: "Portobello Road to Victoria Station"

    OR

    Left Side: "Blackpool to Southampton"

    Pledgers opting for a horizontal wall hanging will have their choice of top half OR bottom half of 2-yard panel.

    ONE Horizontal wall hanging measuring approximately 56" wide X 36" long (1 Yard Length - Full Width).

    Pledgers opting for a horizontal wall hanging will have their choice of top OR bottom section of a 2 yard panel.

    This size is perfect over a sofa or a bed or a credenza or sideboard. Nice horizontal format that has not been available in vintage route signs which tend to be formatted in a vertical rectangular shape.

    Choose EITHER:

    Top Panel: "Blackpool/Portobello" to "Stoke-on-Trent/Charing Cross."

    OR

    Bottom Panel: "Nottingham/Trafalgar SQ" to "Southampton/Victoria Station"

    Dowelling added to the top and bottom is similar to vintage school maps.

    There is a $20 charge for shipping to the 48 continental states.

    $45 charge to the "rest of the world" which includes Alaska & Hawaii

    The length of horizontal wall hangings does not allow international shipping. International Pledgers should limit their options to one of the two vertical wall hangings.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    1 - OVERSIZED WALL HANGING - Approximately 54" WIDE X 72" High - British Transit Route Sign. (See photo bottom/left)

    A full 2-yard high and approximately 54" wide section of our route sign fabric with finished edges. Dowelling added to the top and bottom - similar to vintage school maps - with 2 brass hangers for immediate installation without any additional cost for framing.

    Arriving in mid-November, just in time to install before holiday parties, family dinners and entertaining.

    There is a $35 charge for shipping to the 48 continental states - this item will require 2 spliced tubes and a surcharge for length.

    The length of this item does not allow international shipping.

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