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Super comfortable, supportive, and eco-friendly bras, bralettes, panties, and slip dresses that are made in the USA by women for women.
Super comfortable, supportive, and eco-friendly bras, bralettes, panties, and slip dresses that are made in the USA by women for women.
Super comfortable, supportive, and eco-friendly bras, bralettes, panties, and slip dresses that are made in the USA by women for women.
129 backers pledged $8,626 to help bring this project to life.

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Unity Outfitters: Naturally Dyed & Size Inclusive Lingerie

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Unity Outfitters was founded on the belief that what we put on our bodies matters as much as what we put in our bodies. Our bras, underwear, and slip dresses are produced using natural materials and ingredients that are toxin free and environmentally friendly. The entire collection is size inclusive, ranging from a size XS up to a XXXL, and our underwire bras range from cup size 30A to 45J.

Our first intimate apparel collection has been designed, cut, sewn, and naturally dyed by hand in North Carolina, this part of the supply chain all exists within a 50 mile radius. We currently employ a small network of single mothers to do our production sewing. Funding from this campaign will enable us to hire and train more women locally, providing them with the opportunity to better support their families.

Only 10% of global textile and apparel businesses are women owned and operated, our aspiration in building this business is to increase that percentage by sourcing all materials from those businesses. Through and through, our garments are made by women, for women. In addition to hiring and training new production seamstresses, through the success of this campaign we will raise the funds needed to buy new equipment and do our first in house production run of lingerie. We are excited to grow as a sustainable business benefiting North Carolina's textile and fashion industries, and invite you to be part of the beginning of this new chapter.

The Rewards - What you get for Backing our Campaign!

Color Options - All of our products are available in any of these naturally dyed colors (+ white/non-dyed)

  • Rosehip Red: made with madder root, a dash of cochineal, and a scoop of rose hips
  • Turmeric Yellow: made with osage orange and a scoop of turmeric
  • Indigo Blue: made with organic indigo
  • Purple Madder: rosehip red dipped in organic indigo
  • Green Osage: turmeric yellow dipped in organic indigo
  • White: not naturally-dyed, bleached

 Women's Empowerment

To further honor our commitment to supporting and empowering women, all of the pieces in this collection have been named for feminists who have inspired change and uplifted other women. We look forward to sharing these women's stories with you all through our blog, and we would love to hear and share your story someday too!

The feminist women our products are named for include: Josephine Baker, Audre Lorde, Bell Hooks, Maya Angelou, Assata Shakur, Linda Sarasour, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Angela Davis, Gloria Steinman, and Coretta Scott King.

Sizing

We cater to be women who wear size xs to size xxxl in panties, and 30A cup to a 45J cup bra. We know that bra fitting can be a confusing process because some companies make it a confusing process. We keep it simple, your size is based on your underbust measurement and your bust measurement, all you will need to do is measure those two spots.

Once this project is funded we will send you a short questionnaire to determine what size bras, bralettes, underwear, and slip dresses that you wear to complete your order. If you have any fit questions, do not hesitate to get in touch, we are happy to help and excited to get you in the best fitting lingerie for your body. 

Project Timeline

  • October 1, 2018 - Campaign Launched
  • October 19, 2018 - Collection is presented at the fashionSPARK runway show in Raleigh, NC.

  • November 1, 2018 - Successfully funded campaign comes to a close.

  • November 4 - 9, 2018 - Fabrics,thread, and notions are ordered, new equipment is purchased, surveys are sent to campaign backers to determine sizes and colors, and advertising our new production seamstress positions begins.

  • November 12 - 16, 2018 - Natural dye materials are ordered, production seamstresses are interviewed, sewing of pocket square orders by our current production seamstresses.

  • November 19 - 23, 2018 - New production seamstresses hired and training begins, fabric and pocket squares are dyed, comforters are sewn and stuffed.

  • November 26 - 30, 2018 - Pocket square and comforter orders are fulfilled, fabric and elastic trim is cut and bundled, these bundles will be delivered to our production seamstresses by end of the week.

  • *December 3 - 7, 2018 - Our production seamstresses begin sewing the orders, each piece takes 30 to 45 minutes to make, our seamstresses will work in teams for this production run so that our new hires work with our experienced staff in order to maintain the quality of workmanship.

  • December 10 - 14, 2018 - sewing of finished pieces continues, shipping of completed orders begins.

  • December 17 - 21, 2018 - sewing of finished pieces completed by end of week, shipping of completed orders continues.

  • December 24-28, 2018 - Production seamstresses have the week off to spend with their families, shipping of all orders is completed.

*When backers complete their survey to request colors and sizes, please indicate if this is a gift for the holidays so we can prioritize your order. Please be honest about this, we will work as quickly as possible to complete all orders.

Thank you

to the businesses and people we partner with, who have given us advice, features, and who have shared our story with others!

A huge THANK YOU to you all for taking the time to check our project out! If you are not able to support us with a pledge, we would appreciate your help in sharing our project with everyone you know on social media.

Find us online at www.unityoutfitters.com and on social media at

facebook / instagram / twitter

And last but not least, thank you to all our models, photographers, hair and makeup artists, and our videographer for your help showcasing our products here on Kickstarter.

  • Models: Gina, Claire, Mallory, Meghan, Alora, Meredith, Rachel, Sarah, Holly, Michaela, and Kelly.
  • Hair & Makeup Artists: Roni Ray and Alexis Ripley
  • Photographers: Jesse Roberts and Megan Phares Roberts, Guillermo Delgado, and Emily Lyonswood
  • Videographer: Quentin Hammonds

About the Founder

Exchanges and Returns

Exchanges - We want you to be satisfied with your purchase. If the product you receive does not fit you, you may exchange it for a different size. You will have to send the product back to us at your own expense, but we will pay to ship the replacement product back to you.

Returns - We hope that you are happy with your purchase, but if you are totally dissatisfied we will consider your request for a refund on unworn items. We reserve the right to deny any refund requests, and are unable to accept returns on any panties for hygienic reasons. If we do issue you a refund, it will not include shipping fees and we will deduct 10% because that amount was paid Kickstarter to cover their fees.

Risks and challenges

Our founder has over 15 years of experience working in the fashion industry, so we are familiar with the challenges involved in completing this project within the projected timeline. We promise to keep all of our backers updated about progress during every step of the process, and you all will be in the know at all times.

Our samples have been wear tested, and wash tested, so we know they are durable and of a high quality. We have also been working for over a year making prototypes in a wide range of sizes to ensure that we can fit as many women's bodies as possible without sacrificing style or quality.

It is expensive to produce sustainable and ethical apparel within the U.S.A., and we are selling this collection directly to you the customer (rather than through retailers) to keep the price down. Moving forward we hope to produce two collections at a time, one to sell through stores and one to sell direct to customers, but to get to that point we need to become more established. Through the support of people like you who purchase our products online and help spread the word about our lingerie to your network, we will grow, and continue to make exciting new products that are also eco-friendly, size inclusive, US made, and affordable. Thank you for being a part of what makes our success happen, we appreciate your support!

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    Post card & hand written thank you

    We will hand-write you a thank you note on the back of a custom printed 4x6 postcard featuring one of the images used in our campaign.

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    Panty Earlybird

    Choose one, our Ruth panty, Audre panty, Angela panty, or Assata panty in the color of your choice. You will make your color and size selections once the campaign ends.

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    Bralette Earlybird

    Choose one, our Maya bralette or our Linda bralette in the color of your choice. You will make your color and size selections once the campaign ends.

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    Bra Earlybird

    Choose one, our Josephine bra or our Bell bra in the color of your choice. You will make your color and size selections once the campaign ends.

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    Bralette

    Choose one, our Maya bralette or our Linda bralette in the color of your choice. You will make your color and size selections once the campaign ends.

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    Gloria Slip Dress Earlybird

    Our Gloria slip dress with a built in bralette top in the color of your choice.You will make your color and size selections once the campaign ends.

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    Coretta Slip Dress Earlybird

    Coretta slip dress with built in underwire bra in the color of your choice. You will make your color and size selections once the campaign ends.

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    Bra and Panty or Bralette and Panty set

    Choose one bra or one bralette + one panty in the colors of your choice. You will make your color and size selections once the campaign ends.

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    Both Slip Dresses

    Receive 1 of each style of slip dress in the color of your choice. You will make your color and size selections once the campaign ends.

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    • Gloria bralette slip dress
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    Panty Lover

    Receive all 4 styles of panties in the colors of your choice.

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    Bra or Bralette Lover

    Receive our 2 styles of bralettes and our 2 styles of underwire bras in the colors of your choice. You will make your color and size selections once the campaign ends.

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    Half of the Collection

    Choose 1 underwire bra, 1 brallette, 2 panties, and 1 slip dress in any of our naturally dyed by hand colors. You will make your color and size selections once the campaign ends.

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    • bralette
    • panty
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    One of Everything

    You will receive one of everything including: the 4 styles of panties, the 2 styles of underwire bras, the 2 styles of bralettes, and the 2 slip dresses. All in the colors of your choice. You will make your color and size selections once the campaign ends.

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    • Gloria bralette slip dress
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    A Machine for us, a Thank You for you.

    This amount will cover a new (used) industrial sewing machine to use either in our workshop or in one of our production seamstresses homes. We must purchase a 3 step zig-zag machine in order to produce this collection in a timely matter, but the more machines we have, the easier it will be to build this business and expand our operations in the future. As a thank you for funding this reward we will make you a personal video from us to you, and also send you a quilted, naturally dyed, handmade by us queen or king size comforter made from organic cotton Sateen (in the color of your choice) and stuffed with all natural cotton and soy blend stuffing.

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Funding period

- (32 days)