About this project
Hello! We are Sarah Fay and Justin Colt, owners and operators of Gift Couture, a small start-up wrapping paper company based out of our apartment in New York City. Our goal is to create unique, high-quality coordinated wrapping paper sets that feature original photography and designs. We were able to launch Gift Couture a year and a half ago, with the help of everyone who backed our cheeseburger paper.
Since then, we have started working with D&K Printing, a locally-owned family business in Boulder, Colorado with a focus on sustainable printing practices. We are currently trying to raise enough funds to have them print and package our newest coordinated wrapping paper set–a steak and cutting board!
We already have the set completely designed, and if our funding goal is reached, we will be able to deliver to Kickstarter backers by the end of August, 2013.
This is a versatile set that can be combined with other elements–such as butcher paper and meat trays, for a highly unique gifting experience! We have two different packages available to Kickstarter backers:
Thank you to all of our supporters! Everyone who contributes to our project will be featured on a special contributors section of the official Gift Couture website. Our highest backers will each receive one of our hand-made golden steak trophies as a sign of our appreciation!
Risks and challenges
Having successfully funded, manufactured, and distributed our past Kickstarter campaign, we've built a streamlined fulfillment process in order to deliver the paper quickly and efficiently. We can assure there won't be any mis-steaks.
We fully intend on keeping in touch with and updating all of our backers if any unforeseen setbacks arise along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The USPS International flat-rate mailing envelopes were $23.95, so we decided to use First Class International mail, which varies depending on the region (and ranged from about $8-$16).
We really learned to be careful about shipping costs from our last project, a cheeseburger wrapping paper set. You would be surprised how much the high-quality paper that we use weighed. One of the reasons that we actualy decreased the paper size for this set was to save money on shipping costs. We now plan to package the palper folded in plastic, rather than in heavy cardboard tubes.
For our last project, we included free domestic shipping and charged $8 for international shipping. We had vastly underestimated the cost of shipping in tubes and ended up having to spend a lot more than we thought on both domestic and international orders. In addition to the high cost of domestic orders (the cheeseburger set was too heavy to ship First-Class mail, which has lower rates), the international orders ended up costing between $15 and $40 each just to ship! Luckily, we had made more money than our goal and all of the excess funds we had went to helping cover these unanticipated shipping costs.
We really wish there were a way that we could ship to international backers at a lower cost, but after learning from our mistakes, we made sure to calculate this project carefully to ensure that we can successfully deliver the sets, and this is the actual cost needed.
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