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Well-designed and individually made, this beanie was created with careful considerations for its social and environmental impact.
Well-designed and individually made, this beanie was created with careful considerations for its social and environmental impact.
Well-designed and individually made, this beanie was created with careful considerations for its social and environmental impact.
803 backers pledged $57,556 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

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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.

VIEW AN INTERACTIVE MAP OF THE PRODUCT JOURNEY HERE

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.

PARTNERS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO MAKING THIS PROJECT A REALITY

Michell Group // Socality // Artifact Uprising // VSCO 

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!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    THE "THANK YOU" REWARD:

    Receive a handwritten postcard from our staff saying thank you! Featuring a photo from Peruvian Altiplano, it will look great on your desk or fridge.

    Every backer of this project will get their name printed in the limited-edition zine we are printing as well!

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    THE "PORTRAIT" REWARD:

    • Two 8 x 10 Photo Prints

    Receive two 8x10 photo prints of our favorite scenes from the Peruvian Altiplano. Photos are printed by Artifact Uprising on high-quality paper.

    In addition, you'll receive an invite to our Launch Party, taking place in Los Angeles, CA.

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    THE "FINE PRINT" REWARD:

    • Copy of "World's Greatest Zine"
    • Two 8x10 Photo Prints

    Receive both the artfully designed "World's Greatest Zine" and two 8x10 prints by Artifact Uprising.

    (Value $28)

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    THE "STANDARD" REWARD:

    • Black Standard Tee (Men's or Women's)
    • Copy of "World's Greatest Zine"

    We created a zine documenting the journey from alpaca to World's Greatest Beanie, complete with stunning photos and content.

    The "Standard Tee" is made at our empowerment project at KK Peru, and comes hand-signed by the woman who produced it.

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    **(Exclusive pledge for first 100 backers)**
    THE "PIONEER" REWARD:

    • World's Greatest Beanie
    • Copy of "World's Greatest Zine"
    • VIP Launch Party Invite

    Receive the World's Greatest Beanie, the zine and a VIP invite to our launch party in Los Angeles, CA featuring a Q&A with our founders.

    (Retail value of beanie - $70)

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    THE WORLD'S GREATEST BEANIE:

    • World's Greatest Beanie
    • Copy of "World's Greatest Zine"
    • VIP Launch Party Invite

    Receive the World's Greatest Beanie, the zine and a VIP invite to our launch party in Los Angeles, CA.

    (Retail value of beanie - $70)

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    THE "GREATEST" REWARD:

    • World's Greatest Beanie
    • Copy of "World's Greatest Zine"
    • Two 8x10 Photo Prints
    • VIP Launch Party Invite

    Get ahold of the World's Greatest Beanie and all of the printed imagery that tells its story.

    (Value $93)

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    THE "COMPLETE PACKAGE" REWARD:

    • Black Standard Tee (Men's or Women's)
    • World's Greatest Beanie
    • Copy of "World's Greatest Zine"
    • Two 8x10 Photo Prints
    • VIP Launch Party Invite

    Before we set out to create the World's Greatest Beanie, we raised the standard on basic apparel. You'll get your very own black Standard Tee, which is made at our empowerment project in Peru and hand-signed by the woman who made it.

    (Value $113)

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    THE "BFF" REWARD -
    a.k.a. the World's Greatest Beanie (X2):

    • Two (2) World's Greatest Beanies
    • Two (2) Copies of "World's Greatest Zine"
    • Two (2) VIP Launch Party Invites

    You asked, we listened. Now, you can get a second WGB to share with a friend or loved one to prove you are BEST FRIENDS FOREVER. You will save on shipping costs and more! Get your holiday shopping done early.

    ** NOTE: Both hats will ship to one location **

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    THE "FOUNDER" REWARD:

    • Dinner with all 3 KK intl. Founders
    • World's Greatest Beanie
    • Copy of "World's Greatest Zine"
    • Two 8x10 Photo Prints
    • VIP Launch Party Invite

    Enjoy an intimate dinner with the KK intl. co-founders in Costa Mesa, CA to connect over a nice meal and discuss the founding of the organization, the creation of the World's Greatest Beanie, and any other topic you fancy.

    (Does not include travel to Southern California)

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    THE "LEGACY" REWARD:

    • Name a future KK intl. product
    • World's Greatest Beanie
    • Copy of "World's Greatest Zine"
    • Two 8x10 Photo Prints
    • Black Standard Tee (Men's or Women's)
    • VIP Launch Party Invite

    Leave your mark on KK intl. history by naming a product in one of our future seasons after yourself or a loved one.

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    THE "VIP" REWARD:

    • Flight + Accommodations to Launch Party
    • Year supply of KK intl. gear
    • Optional surf lessons from KK intl. staff
    • World's Greatest Beanie
    • Copy of "World's Greatest Zine"
    • Two 8x10 Photo Prints
    • Black Standard Tee (Men's or Women's)
    • VIP Launch Party Invite

    Get the complete VIP treatment for our launch party. We'll cover your airfare and set you up in Los Angeles for 2 nights.

    You'll also be outfitted with all the newest products we release in 2016. Choose 5 new products from each new collection release (Retail value up to $1,000).

    *Airfare coverage is only open to US residents.

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    THE TRAVELER REWARD:

    • Trip to Lima, Peru to visit KK Peru
    • Includes: flight, accommodations & transportation
    • VIP Launch Party Invite
    • World's Greatest Beanie
    • Copy of "World's Greatest Zine"
    • Two 8x10 Photo Prints
    • Black Standard Tee (Men's or Women's)

    Trip for one person to visit our empowerment project in Peru. The trip will be 4 nights in Lima and will include time touring our facilities, meeting the beneficiaries of our program and connecting with our staff. It will be a rich time of learning and exploring one of South America's biggest cities -- seeing the beautiful history and some of the current challenges. Come for a visit!

    **(Travel includes flights from the Americas. Reach out if wanting to travel from elsewhere. Trip dates flexible based on the schedule of the backer)**

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    THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE REWARD:

    • Trip to Peru
    • Visit Malkini Ranch & KK Peru in Lima
    • Includes: flight, accommodations & transportation
    • VIP Launch Party Invite
    • World's Greatest Beanie
    • Copy of "World's Greatest Zine"
    • Two 8x10 Photo Prints
    • Black Standard Tee (Men's or Women's)

    For one person to go where the World's Greatest Beanie begins, Mallkini Ranch, and witness the supply chain from start to finish at Krochet Kids Peru, where you'll meet our international staff. It will be a 6-night stay overall

    **(Travel includes flights from the Americas. Reach out if wanting to travel from elsewhere. Trip dates flexible based on the schedule of the backer)**

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Funding period

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