About this project
The 10-Year Hoodie Is...
1 - A Super Premium, unisex sweatshirt made with only the finest of materials. It'll grow into you the way your favorite sweatshirt should — getting softer with wear, keeping you warm and snuggly, and stacking up stories along the way.
2 - Built for life, guaranteed to last at least a decade and backed with FREE mending! Every stitch tells a story — put it through its paces and it'll actually get better, more interesting, and more unique over a lifetime of wear.
3 - A battle cry: Not everything should be disposable. Companies have systematically lowered your expectations to the point where it's hard to know what to expect anymore. But it ends here.
4 - 100% Made in America. The tags, the labels, even the fabric (all the way down the yarn and the cotton it's made from) are domestically produced.
5 - Sold direct. Premium sweatshirts cost anywhere from $130 - $190+ in department stores. Cheap ones are only a few bucks less. And that's without the guarantee, domestic production or free mending, of course. Flint and Tinder is cutting out the middleman to keep the price to just half of what it should be.
It starts when the Flint and Tinder team overheard a conversation in a factory we were visiting. Someone was talking about using coarse thread with delicate fabric. Doing this accelerates the process of wearing holes into a garment as it goes through the dryer time and time again.
In the manufacturing industry, knowing that something will need to be replaced instead of fixed is known as "planned obsolescence." Increasingly it's become the norm.
It doesn't have to be this way though — far from it. Eager to prove a point, send a message, and make a sweatshirt that could last a lifetime (the way your favorite sweatshirt should), we set out to make a premium piece that's so well constructed customers would rather have it mended (free of charge, of course) than replaced.
We'd like to think we've done just that. It's more than a sweatshirt though; it's a battle cry. Not everything should be disposable. It's time to buy less, but get more!
The 10-Year Hoodie is available in the following colors:
Flint and Tinder's 10-Year Hoodie was designed in a slim, modern fit (nearly identical to that offered by JCrew).
It is unisex, but the female model shown at the top is wearing a medium, not the small she normally wears. (Currently, we've only made samples in medium, as soon as enough people order we'll begin producing them in all sizes, so you can see before selecting size.)
We'll get your size and color selections after the funding period has closed. Rest assured though, we'll have a detailed sizing guide for you to reference at that time to ensure the perfect fit.
SUPERIOR COMFORT & DETAILS:
NOTE: By popular request, the leather pull on the zipper is now optional. We'll get your preference at the end of the funding period. We've scoured the globe for a rare 100% cotton18 oz. all-weather knit, one with a tight enough weave to last a lifetime, but where the yarns were spun in such a way that it will actually get softer over time. The fleece we chose is made of 3-end yarns, which means 3 separate yarns are spun together to create a stronger quality. Best of all: We found the last standing manufacturer of this fabric right here in America!
We chose a custom raglan style sleeve for comfort and full range of motion, without bagginess. (Go ahead, put your arms above your head - see how the waist-line barely comes up? That's raglan for you.)
The 3-piece lined hood and kangaroo pockets are oversized, and the fabric around the zipper "kisses" (covers the teeth without getting in the way) so you'll stay cozy for years to come!
By popular request, we've now added an inner pocket!
It measures 5 in. x 7 in. That's deep enough to tuck an iPhone 5 in an extra large case with room to spare. The pocket will include bar tacks on all stress points for maximum durability. Throw your wallet in there, or your keys on a run, and you'd literally have to hang upside down on the monkey bars to have them jostle free!
Seams, even at stress points, are made by bringing the pieces of fabric together, pushing both exposed edges inwards, then sewing them together with a single needle. THE PROBLEM: Once a single thread or stitch is broken, the whole thing unravels. Outward pressure on the seam accelerates the process.
All stress seams are reinforced with a mock safety stitch for extreme durability. We begin by overlapping the pieces, then sewing it down on both exposed edges (first with a cover stitch, essentially a series of tiny knots that if broken along their chain maintain integrity elsewhere, then a double-needle) to make sure they're never coming undone. It's flat on the inside, and looks almost like piping on the outside. You will not find this on lesser-made garments.
The cuff and sweep are made of a heavy-weight ribbing with Lycra to retain shape and create better recovery.
We've added a custom F+T zipper pull to an industrial zipper that is reinforced with heavy-duty twill tape for long lasting wear.
Over time, every stitch tells a story. As the years go on, this sweatshirt will become more and more unique, comfortable, recognizable and your own!
Sure, we've made it to last a lifetime and are guaranteeing it for the next decade, but we'll also mend it free of charge should life ever get in the way. What exactly does that mean? If your hoodie rips, tears, or otherwise comes apart at the seams, send it back to us. It's not that it's so cheap we can replace it, it's that it's so well made, we'll make it whole before returning it to you!
You'll have two choices: Contrast thread or thread of the same color.
Flint and Tinder began life with just one guy, Jake, noticing that all of the underwear in the underwear aisle of major department stores seems to have been made in other countries. He put the video above on Kickstarter, and 30 days later had sold several times his original goal.
Today, Flint and Tinder is a team of 5. We are America's first and only premium, high-volume manufacturer of men's underwear. We'd love to add a premium sweatshirt to the line.
To make the minimums required to get production going, we need 1,000 people need to raise their hands and tell the world it's time to buy less but get more!
THE FINE PRINT:
There's really not much fine print - if you send the thing back to us, we'll fix it and send it back to you. Return postage is on us (that is to say, shipping back to you once you've shipped it to us for mending), but give us a heads up before dropping it in the box. Also, international customers will have to pay shipping both ways (last time we did this, just shipping a single package to Dubai cost $60. In cases such as those, we reserve the right to ask for a bit more to ship the sweatshirt out in the first place, once actual and final shipping costs have been calculated. Unfortunately, this can't be done in advance as shipping costs vary by country and Kickstarter doesn't tell us where you are until after the funding period has closed. We will not be making money on shipping though and will be transparent about these costs). We cannot fix stains or lost strings.
Thank you SO much for the support! We will not let you down.
Risks and challenges
This isn't our first Rodeo.
In May of 2011, Flint and Tinder went on Kickstarter asking for support in setting-up America's first high-volume, premium men's underwear production. We wound up selling nearly 10 times the amount we'd planned on selling (close to 30,000 pairs when it was all said and done) making us, at that time, the top Fashion Kickstarter of all time.
Producing anything, let alone your first product, at high-volume poses a number of problems. Still, 4 months later, having kept over 100 people working for 120+ days, we shipped the complete order!
On top of that, we were able to provide top-notch customer service to our backers... even in an industry (underwear) not traditionally thought of as having customer service at all.
This time around we've limited the quantities available for order. This alone should cut most of the trouble spots out of what lies ahead. Beyond that, we're actually able to work now with vendors we've been working with for months. So we're not starting from square one. True, they've never made sweatshirts (up until now, we've only made underwear, t-shirts and socks), but we're confident we can pull it off.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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