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Eighth Order: Cotton oxford shirts from American Veteran's

Men's fashion that tells stories of triumph and loss.

Eighth Order: Cotton oxford shirts from American Veteran's

Men's fashion that tells stories of triumph and loss.

$1,231
pledged of 20 000 $pledged of 20 000 $ goal
16
backers
22days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, October 12 2019 1:53 PM UTC +00:00.

About

My name is William and I am an American Veteran. That is as far as that story goes. Being a Veteran is not something I spend time telling people about. The last 20 years of time spent in a uniform represent one large chapter in a life spent doing something for other people. I have a Class A dress uniform full of colorful and shiny things attached, but this story isn't about me...it's about humanity. Every one of my uniforms, in the large stack I still have, tell their own unique story. These aren't stories like you see in movies, they're stories about simple experiences, about teammates, about locals, about food...they are full sight pictures into real life in a context most Americans cannot even imagine. More importantly, our uniforms tell stories of great personal triumph and often times tragic loss.

Our uniforms tell a story. For many American Veterans, simply talking about their experiences can help them cope with life after the military, after the battlefield. Post Traumatic Stress is very real and is affecting American Veterans dramatically. Answering this nations call was only the first step to writing their stories. What followed is nearly two decades of warfare and countless deployments into unforgiving places and situations. Today, the Veteran suicide rate is staggering, with 2018 being the worst suicide number of American Veterans on record. Something has to be done, we have to help. We all have a responsibility to help our neighbors, even if that simply means listening for a moment. Personally, I cannot sit idly by without doing something... this is how Eighth Order was born.

"You can't solve Veterans issues with shirts." This is what I kept telling myself. But, as I looked at the stacks of old utility uniforms sitting in my closet, prepared to throw them in a dumpster, I started looking for ways to re-purpose them. Later, I was putting on a button down oxford style shirt and had a fleeting image run through my memory of those shirts that have an alternate pattern or color on the inside of the cuffs and collar. Why can't I steam clean these uniforms and fit white and black oxford shirts with pieces of camouflage uniforms on the cuffs and collar? The short answer is that I can and I did. Utilizing some old friends who work in the outdoor sports apparel and footwear industry, I set to doing just that. 

I have been building the back end of this endeavor since January, and here is how it shakes out. I receive old utility uniforms, donated by American Veterans. These uniforms are accompanied by as little or as many details those Veterans are comfortable with sharing. Those uniforms and stories are shipped off to our manufacturing center in California so they can be disassembled and re-patterned into usable pieces for our casual oxford style shirts. The end result is a beautifully hand-crafted casual oxford style shirt, designed to be un-tucked or underneath a jacket with a tie. They are 100% American cotton, fitted with 100% American made utility uniform fabric, made 100%in America, by Americans. We want American Veterans to have even a small platform to tell their stories, using American textiles, while helping keep Americans working. 

Risks and challenges

As with any clothing item, sizing is always a challenge. Base your sizing on your normal shirt sizing and if you need to change your size, I will cover the shipping both ways to get you the proper fit.

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