About this project
Since 2007, KK intl. has been working to create some of the world's most ethically produced products. Headwear, apparel and accessories are created at our empowerment projects in Uganda and Peru and every piece is hand-signed by the person who made it.
This newest project will take our story even further by introducing you to every craftsperson involved in the creation of this piece. The result is an incredibly soft, versatile beanie that you can feel 100% proud of wearing. The result is the World's Greatest Beanie.
We started this Kickstarter campaign to partner with our supporters to purchase all the necessary materials and cover the startup costs as we make this product a reality. Back it today and be a part of our story!
WHAT MAKES THIS THE WORLD'S GREATEST?
We believe the greatest products must not only be designed well and serve an extremely functional purpose, but they must also consider their impact on the planet and the people involved in making it.
Designed in California, this beanie is meant to be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come. It will look great and keep you warm whether you are hiking in the Andes Mountains at 14,000 feet or walking the city streets.
The World's Greatest Beanie must be made from the world's best fiber. We worked with a historic yarn producer in Peru to source the best Alpaca yarns that are also environmentally friendly. All-natural, 100% baby alpaca yarn (named for the fineness of the fiber, not the age of the animal) is incredibly soft to the touch and extremely versatile.
We believe products have value because people do. And to truly understand that amazing craftsmanship that went into every step of creating this beanie, we traveled to see how it was done and to meet the very people who have practiced each craft for decades. With this product, you will receive the names and stories of every person who was a part of making the World's Greatest Beanie.
THE PRODUCT JOURNEY
The World’s Greatest Beanie takes an incredible journey to arrive at your doorstep. It passes through many hands and processes to go from a raw fiber to a wearable beanie that will protect you from the elements. We want to introduce you to the people who made your beanie, and the amazing craftsmanship and legacy that accompanies each step in the process...
001 // FARMER - Horacio lives at an altitude that is home to only a fraction of earth’s population. At 14,000 feet, the Peruvian Altiplano is beautiful and unforgiving. Those who live there have developed an ability to carry more oxygen in their blood, allowing them to function well in the thin air. This allows Horacio -- and his son Ronaldinho -- to hike throughout the high rolling plains and care for a herd of alpaca, a job that their family has done for generations.
002 // SHEARER - Near the farm stands a series of simple brick buildings with tin roofs. Every spring (late August in the Southern Hemisphere) the alpaca are sheared and their fur is harvested. Mauro has been skillfully shearing alpaca for all of his adult life and no harm is done to the animal in the process. Alpaca have one of the highest and most efficient fiber yields of any animal, and it is a completely renewable resource.
003 // FIBER SELECTOR - The fiber selection is a beautifully simple process. Baby alpaca yarn is made from only the finest of alpaca fibers. Its name comes from the diameter of the fiber, not the age of the animal. In order to identify these fibers, Basilia carefully inspects each bundle of fur by hand and separates the regular alpaca fiber from the baby alpaca fiber. This care and attention to detail is what makes this yarn so highly prized.
004 // YARN MAKER - Since 1931, Michell Group has passionately pursued and advanced the art of yarn making, while maintaining the rich heritage and tradition of their most beloved resource -- alpaca. Here at their factory in Arequipa, Jenny oversees the process that turns raw fibers into beautiful yarns using their state of the art equipment. The result is the most consistent and quality end product for the World’s Greatest Beanie.
005 // CRAFTSWOMAN - The finished yarn is loaded onto trucks in the Peruvian Highlands and descends nearly 14,000 feet to arrive at sea level and Krochet Kids Peru. Here, this yarn is not only a necessary component to creating the World’s Greatest Beanie, but it is also a means to empowerment. Women working here take part in an empowerment model run by KK intl. that provides consistent employment, a 3-year education curriculum, and one-on-one mentorship. In this way, they are being equipped to break the cycle of poverty, permanently. Yanet is one of the women who participate in our programs and she might be the one who hand-signs the beanie you purchase.
WHY CREATE THIS PRODUCT?
There exists a grave disconnect between the clothing we wear and the lives of those its creation effects. We want to change this.
The direction where clothing manufacturing is headed is unnerving. This race to the bottom to produce at the lowest cost and sell the cheapest items to the end consumer is causing us all to turn a blind eye to how those items are made and who makes them. We want to make products you can feel great about wearing, on every level.
The World's Greatest Beanie is our foray into creating a product that thoughtfully considers every single input that goes into creating it. Not only will you know the people whose hands it passed through, but you will also rest well knowing that the environmental impact is low as well.
We are on a mission to generate a healthier relationship between people and their clothing.
WHO WE ARE
KK intl. is an innovative non-profit and a lifestyle brand. We exist to empower people to rise above poverty by providing jobs, education, and mentorship to women in developing nations.
Learn more about our social impact programs HERE.
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Risks and challenges
We don't foresee any major obstacles in being able to deliver you the World's Greatest Beanie! The only issue we hope to have is an overwhelming demand which could impact people who fund the project later in its cycle, so pledge today!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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