IGAAKS: A modern fashion take on the ancient Inuit Sun visor
IGAAKS: A modern fashion take on the ancient Inuit Sun visor
IGAAKS: the high-fashion accessory taking the music & gaming scenes by storm. Designed to mask gaze, reduce glare, and impress friends.
IGAAKS: the high-fashion accessory taking the music & gaming scenes by storm. Designed to mask gaze, reduce glare, and impress friends. Read more
About this project
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IGAAKS are stainless steel or brass visors bringing a modern fashion update to ancient Inuit hunters' sun and snow visors. The durable one-piece body conceals your gaze direction, while the narrow slits limit glare and allow you to see true colors even in low light situations, unlike sunglasses. Ancient Inuit hunters used similar visors in the snow covered arctic.
Help Support IGAAKS First Large Production Run
Get your own IGAAKS while helping ramp up production to meet growing demand among DJs, music scene/rave goers, snow sport enthusiasts, beach lovers, cosplayers and gamers.
After dozens of IGAAKS prototypes, extensive testing with various materials in a variety of conditions and circumstances, and five years of selling and delivering individual and small runs of IGAAKS to men and women across the globe, consumer interest now indicates that it is time to make IGAAKS easily available everywhere. We’ve completed extensive research and development and locked in our large-scale production partners, and now we need your help.
Fulfilling the rewards of this campaign will provide us with the much-needed mass production experience to prepare us to meet the growing demands both nationally and internationally, while staying true to our commitment to keep material sourcing and manufacturing in North Carolina, forever. And, your feedback about IGAAKS (your funding reward!) will be invaluable in future product development.
We've intentionally set a modest funding goal that would support the tooling necessary for increased automation of our artisan design and an initial larger-scale run. However, we are very ready for backer participation to exceed these goals. Our stretch goal is to deliver more than 3000 IGAAKS to campaign backers which would finance a true large scale production run and position us for exponential future growth. Please help us by pledging and sharing this campaign.
Please help us by pledging and sharing this campaign. Help us bring IGAAKS to the world!
Once our project is successfully funded, backers will receive a survey to collect information including shipping addresses, styles, and your color preferences based on these options. Custom colors and options are also available.
IGAAKS REWARD LIST
Early Bird Rewards are designed to offer a premium to our earliest backers, each model having at least 2 Early Bird limited options, a great value for your early expressed interest. They are organized here by type, and in the listing to the right, in the order of the amount of backing required.
- Ice Early Bird 1, brushed stainless steel, limit of 50 at $49 or more
- Ice Early Bird 2, 4 color choices, limit of 50 at $59 or more
- Ice 1, brushed stainless steel, limit of 500 at $79 or more
- Ice Early Bird 3, 4 color choices, limit of 200 at $89 or more
- Ice 2, 4 color choices, limit of 500, at $109 or more
Ninja purple Ice
- Ninja purple Early Bird 1, Ice Hunter model,"retro" style, limit of 100 at $69 or more
- Ninja purple Early Bird 2, Ice Hunter model, "retro" style, limit of 100 at $79 or more
- Ninja purple Early Bird 3, Ice Hunter model, "retro" style, limit of 100 at $99 or more
- Ninja 1 is the Ninja purple Ice Hunter model, "retro" style, limit of 500 at $129 or more
- DJ Early Bird 1, brushed stainless steel, limit of 50 at $79 or more
- DJ Early Bird 2, 4 color choices, limit of 50 at $89 or more
- DJ 1, brushed stainless steel, limit of 500 at $99 or more
- DJ 2, 4 color choices, limit of 500 at $119 or more
- Brass, Ice or DJ, ochre or cobalt oxide, or clear coat only, retro or arc style, limit of 100 at $189 or more
- Mirrored, Ice or DJ, clear coat only, retro or arc style, limit of 100 at $189 or more
Trifecta of Fashion
You receive three versions of the new models, the first two can be either Ice and DJ, each in either brushed steel or choice of 4 colors; the third is the Ninja purple Ice model in retro style.
- Trifecta Early Bird 1, limit of 100 at $219 or more
- Trifecta Early Bird 2, limit of 100 at $259 or more
- Tifecta in Fashion, limit of 500 at $299 or more
- Vex option: Any IGAAKS model reward from above with engraved signature of Ulorin Vex (the model most featured in our video) on the product opposite the IGAAKS logo cutout, limit to 75 at $279
- Design your own IGAAKS visor with designer Paul Celmer, limit to 20 at $499, some custom options may require additional cost per customer request
What Folks are Saying about IGAAKS
IGAAKS have been used by professional photographers, models, professional poker and game players, DJs, musicians, artists in every medium, including in the Communal Effort known as Burning Man, and purchased as key props or costume elements for television and major film studios, including for use in a new feature film to be released in theaters across the globe early this summer. IGAAKS, all the movie-star poses of sunglasses, but cooler.
"I see well. The glasses are niiiiice!"- a recent tweet from Gary A. Williams, professional actor
“Life is about games…I wanna play them all…and try to stay on top of the meta. Cue the Igaaks!.” Janice Kim, professional poker player, Hearthstone player, and consultant at Samarkand, inc.
“Love my Igaaks” Ulorin Vex, professional model
“Loved using your amazing visors in the photo shoot.” Allan Amato, professional photographer
“Thanks for coming thru Paul – they look great and they’re easy to see thru!” James Hannon, author of the book: Lost Boys of the Bronx: The Oral History of the Ducky Boys Gang
“They are rad! You are a true craftsman! Thank you for your hard work!” Cesar Ortiz, pop culture fanatic.
Meet Paul Celmer, Designer
IGAAKS designer and science fiction writer Paul Celmer has been designing and crafting custom steel and brass visors for over five years. Other materials include oak, copper, and Damascus steel.
The poster image for the video above represents early IGAAKS prototypes worn at Burning Man 2011. Photo by Peter Armenia.
Paul Celmer, is a Durham based designer who enjoys looking at old things from a new angle. He gets inspiration from the 3,000 year old ancient Chinese strategy game known as Go, renowned for its simplicity yet deep labyrinthine beauty.
In 2009, while struggling to discern the color of his chips in the dim light of a late night poker game, he was struck by the idea that there had to be a better way to conceal his gaze from opponents than by simply resorting to the same old dark sunglasses he was wearing. Thus IGAAKS were born.
Building upon the clean, simple pre-industrial age design Inuit hunters used in the arctic for sun visors, Paul eliminated the leather straps with a one-piece spring-action design by using non- traditional materials such as stainless steel or brass. After wearing IGAAKS to numerous music festivals and local bars, he realized IGAAKS were good for more than just poker. So whether you face the glare from the midday sun or pulsing strobes of the dance floor, you can be confident you are fully ocularly armed with IGAAKS. In 2015, Paul joined Fred Westbrook, local Durham artist and President/CEO of Durham based media company C'Access Inc. to collaborate in creating a KickStarter campaign to introduce IGAAKS to a wider audience.
REWARDS: Two New IGAAKS Models - Ice Hunter and DJ
Featured rewards are made from a solid piece of high quality brass, stainless steel or copper. Pieces are cut on a laser jet, then bent, powder coated and finished by hand. Finishings include various colors of powder coating, oxide treatment on brass, or bare brushed metal clearcoated. IGAAKS are also available in a variety of colors, treatments and patterns, with a wide variety of custom features which can be requested.
Benefits and Fashion
IGAAKS limit glare whether you are partying in the sun or snow. Mask your gaze direction indoors at the club, poker game, or cafe while still being able to see what you need to see, and maintaining a fashion forward stance against cliche.
If you need a wider field of view, try the new triangular pinhole DJ model. You will be surprised at how much of the world you can see shielded in this ocular armor. IGAAKS are held in place by the light spring action of the bend in the metal.
A night out on the town, a dance party or rave event, costume party, playing poker - be anonymous, hide your gaze, and guard against the pulsating strobe lights . . . while looking good. At the beach or winter resort . . . look rad.
PLEASE NOTE: IGAAKS are just a fashion accessory only. IGAAKS are not intended to be worn while operating any vehicle: car, boat or other vehicle; or any kind of machinery. IGAAKS are not made for, nor do they claim to cure, treat, or prevent any illness or condition. In the packaging of the rewards, there will be clear indications of the proper use of IGAAKS as simply a fashion accessory.
Schedule for IGAAKS Rewards Delivery
- Kickstarter Campaign Live for 30 days from mid February to mid March, 2016
- All Early Bird Rewards delivered in April and May, 2016
- All non-custom Rewards will be delivered in June and July, 2016
- All custom rewards will be delivered beginning in June 2016
IGAAKS were used by ancient Inuit hunters in the artic. They were originally made from bone, wood and other natural material. The word igaak in Inuit is ᐃᒡᒑᒃ, meaning "sunglasses."
Risks and challenges
Staying artisan while transitioning parts of our production to a bit more automation is a challenge, but one we feel ready to conquer. Currently, most IGAAKS are laser cut by a very reliable local supplier, Triangle Metal Fabricators, and powder coating primarily by another local provider, Top Coat of Raleigh using colors from Cardinal. Following the metal cutting and before powder coating and after, the process has for the most part been done by hand (see the creator video for an example), including finishing the surfaces, bending the metal into the proper shape, etc. We are adding pre-finishing and bending automation cycles by our providers, with the intent to still provide the excellent artisan product this has become. So each IGAAKS model will continue to be hand crafted, and quality managed by Paul Celmer and his team, its just that more of the process will be automated. This presents a risk because it adds more complexity to the production process, though at the same time creates many efficiencies in the process and continues to provide quality control every step of the way.
IGAAKS founder, Paul Celmer, has operated as a one-man show for the past 5 years, but has committed to hand-selecting a top-quality team to take IGAAKS to the next level of success and profitability. Growing pains are to be expected, but by forming an intergenerational team of thinkers and doers, we are ensuring that our experience, energy and innovation will overcome obstacles and achieve excellence in this venture together.
IGAAKS is committed to spreading the message these are a fashion accessory only. IGAAKS are not intended to be worn while operating any sort of car, boat or other vehicle, any kind of machinery. IGAAKS are not made to, nor do they claim to - cure, treat, or prevent any illness or condition. In the packaging of the rewards, there will be clear indications of the proper use of IGAAKS as simply a fashion accessory.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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