About this project
I was tired of seeing my special needs almost 11 year old son wearing a bib all day, every day, so I took matters into my own hands.
My son Moishy lost oxygen at birth and has cerebral palsy and one of the outcomes from this was low muscle tone in his mouth causing him to drool. After looking around for a product that was high quality, quick-dry, anti-bacterial, anti-odor, and absorbent and of course beautifully designed and super comfortable, I realized it did not exist and so Mianzi was born.
Dignity & Prestige
As you can see, Mianzi means “A Face of Dignity & Prestige” in Chinese.
Mianzi also means “Bamboo” in Swahili and so because of these two meanings, this became the perfect name for this line of clothing featuring high quality bamboo fabrics from China and made with love to bring both dignity and prestige to special needs people.
The Shirts are luxurious and stylish and is perfect for anyone looking for a favorite shirt.
For people with disabilities or the elderly that have a drooling problem, we add in an extra layer of material in the inside of the shirts across the chest area. This works to keep our most important customers both dry and comfortable. In addition, we have snaps placed on the shoulder to make these shirts easier to put on and take off since many special needs people, including my son, has a head sensitivity. Please make sure to let us know you want the “special” version and we will add it to your reward.
For everyone else, you will get the same beautiful shirt, full of comfort, just without the extra lining and the snaps on the shoulder.
Our shirts come in a choice of four different Styles:
- Mens Short Sleeve
- Womens Short Sleeve
- Mens Long Sleeve
- Womens ¾ Sleeve
The shirts also come in your choice of 4 colors. Fall Leaf, Majestic Blue, Cream Corn, & Marsh Fern.
The Women's 3/4 Shirt has a button on the sleeve that is made from bamboo and has a heart shape. And Each shirt also has a Hang Tag on the Back. In Final production the Hang Tag will be a bit smaller.
Quality You Will Love
Normal T-shirts are 4oz-6oz. Beefy T's are 6oz-8oz. Our shirts are are almost double coming in at about 14oz!
Our fabric has been tested and certified to be free of any harmful substances.
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The shirts are made from 70% Bamboo Rayon and 30% Organic Cotton. We originally wanted to go with 100% Bamboo Rayon, but we realized the shirts would not hold well and would tear more easily. The organic cotton gives the shirt strength while still holding true to our ecofriendly ideals and comfort.
- It's much more absorbent than cotton.
- It's as soft as cashmere.
- It comfortably wicks moisture away from skin.
- It's hypoallergenic - suitable for sensitive skin.
- It's easy to care for - our shirts can be machine washed and tumble dried.
As a plant, bamboo:
- Possesses a property called bamboo kun, that makes it naturally anti-bacterial.
- Grows easily without pesticides or fertilizers.
- Takes in five times the volume of greenhouse gasses as an equivalent stand of timber trees and releases 35% more oxygen.
- Needs no replanting, and its roots retain water in the watershed, sustaining riverbanks and reducing water pollution.
What is "organic" cotton?
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming.
French Terry Weave
Our shirts have our icon embroidered over the heart, letting everyone know that you are wearing a Mianzi. Our icon features the bamboo plant as this is the secret to the softness and special nature of our shirts.
Our sizes are purposely made larger to have a roomy fit. These shirts are like wearing a yummy hug. You will just want to wear it all the time. These shirts are about twice as thick as your normal T-shirt.
Unique Tags Just for our Kickstarters!
We have created a unique tag that we will be adding to all shirts that we will be sending out as rewards for backing our project! The tag will go on the bottom right of each shirt. After this first batch of shirts, we will never use this tag again. It is another way to say thank you for helping us as well as giving you something truly unique and a nice tribute to KickStarter for creating such an awesome platform.
Miazni is running under Ideago LLC. A Delaware corp with offices in Los Angeles and Bet Shemesh, Israel. The Los Angeles Office is run by my brother, Howard and his wife Erit.
I hired an amazingly talented fashion designer, Tanya Blanding, who has brought my vision to life. She has got to be one of the hardest working people in fashion today.
Tanya has over 25 years of experience working in the Fashion Industry. Starting from the age of 16, she has collaborated with many of the leading design houses known by all from Ralph Lauren, Ellen Fisher, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis as well as Bill Blass who was one of her first design mentors in High School. She went to a fashion high-school and has two degrees from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
Brian is an extremely gifted filmmaker and is the director and producer of the main video above. Has has spent countless hours creating this film as well as shooting tons of photos of the shirts for this launch. Brian normally works on world class and award winning documentaries and I got him to do this for me because he is a sucke... I mean cause hes a good friend!
Richard Nachum Kligman
I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was 11 when I shoveled snow for my neighbors for 5 bucks a pop. I love taking a concept from my head and bringing it to life. I have a couple of patents in my name and a few start-ups under my belt. Mianzi is my first fashion product and it means so much to me because I know it will bring more comfort to my son. I can’t wait to bring it to market.
Our fulfillment will be done by Fulfillrite Inc. out of Lakewood, NJ. We chose them since they have an outstanding reputation and has worked with some of the biggest KickStarter Campaigns. We are really excited to be working with them!
Moishy is of course the inspiration for this project. He is my second child of 6 children. He was born on September 11th 2002. I first came up with the idea for Mianzi when he came home from school one day and it just dawned on me that he was wearing a bib all the time. And I just started telling him "Moishy! Why are you wearing a bib? You're too big to be wearing a bib!". He was laughing so loud every time I repeated this to him. Later that night I thought about it and wondered if maybe there was some sort of solution for children like him. So I looked on tens of Special Needs websites and no one had a product like Mianzi.
What's Our Status?
We have put hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars into Mianzi already. All the shirts you see in the video and in the photos are pre-production samples. The shirts we will be sending you will be perfect! We have a factory standing by that we have already been working with and they are ready to go! We have the first version of our website up as well which you can visit at MianziFashion.com. The only thing we are waiting for is the funds to launch this project.
Stretch Goal #1 $21,000
If we hit $25,000 We will include one of our beautiful Mianzi bamboo pens with every reward that includes a shirt.
Risks and challenges
As mentioned above we have a factory we have been working with that is ready to go to produce our shirts. We have every reason to believe that they will create these shirts to the quality we are looking for and in a timely fashion. But we are not solely depending on them. We have two other factories on stand by that have seen our shirts and are ready for us if we need them.
I will do everything in my power to meet our production times and to deliver your rewards. I have a never say die attitude and am used to working the long hours to bring success.
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