Designer sunglasses, inspired by Dictators. Our premium frames take the dictator's power and give it to you. Force change, in style.
Designer sunglasses, inspired by Dictators. Our premium frames take the dictator's power and give it to you. Force change, in style. Read more
There are hundreds of other Sunglass brands on the market so why choose ours?
The answer is simple; they are a whole lot more than just a stylish pair of frames. The Dictators of this world wear their sunglasses to appear super human and all powerful. Our mission is to take their power and give it to you.
How do these sunglasses give you power?
Every time you wear a pair of our shades you are supporting our core objective: to make a difference to the lives of those who have suffered under the rule of dictators. Once this Kickstarter campaign is completed and we are distributing on the open market we will be an active supporter of organizations dedicated to helping those most in need. We were deeply affected by the Syrian refugee crisis, stories of North Korean defectors and the state of poverty present in much of South and Central America. We will force change, change for the good.
Our glasses will last with our message. We’ve combined our professional expertise and technical know-how to bring you the Castro MK II’s. The design draws inspiration from Latin American culture and the latest fashion trends resulting in a unique, stylish product.
Our beautifully crafted case made from 100% sustainable wood is a true collectors’ item. Combining functionality with cutting edge design - the perfect companion for the Castro MK II's.
Your voice will be heard and your satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us. We are totally dedicated to provide you with an excellent product, every time. We guarantee to replace every order you aren’t totally satisfied with.
This is just the beginning. The next Dictators model to be released is up to you! If we meet our minimum goal every backer will be given a voice to vote for who is next. Will it be Gaddafi, Kim Jong Un or Hussein? On a dedicated website (to be announced) you will be able to vote in true democratic fashion!
The Dictators movement was founded in 2015 by three multi-national professionals all with a keen interest in fashion and politics with technical know-how spanning design, production and digital media.
It all started while winding down after a hard days` work in Singapore. Kim Jong Un was headline news at the time for typically brutish behavior. One of the team mentioned that in the early 2000's he saw an iconic image of Saddam Hussein donning a stylish pair of shades during the American invasion. This gave him the idea of making sunglasses inspired by Dictators. The lightning bolt stuck and as the hours passed the brand (and its core values) took shape and roles were assigned. It was time to turn this idea into a powerful movement.
Two months later, with the design and branding work all in place, two of the co-founders met in a hostel (Chung King Mansions) in Hong Kong. The goal; to get the first prototypes made. They would later be known as “Castro MK I”. After exploring various connections made through their full time jobs a manufacturer was selected and the production run for the prototypes began.
Four weeks later one of the founders (based in Hong Kong) was on his way to inspect the goods. The prototypes surpassed expectations and met the rigorous quality control tests. Several hours, five strong coffees and three crackling Skypes later the co-founder was on his way back to Hong Kong with 20 pairs in hand and the rest on their way to the other founders.
Launching the brand in time for the western summer was of the upmost importance. There was little time to execute the photo shoot and video, however due to their determination and expertise the job got done.
The Dictators movement has come a long way since its` conception with hundreds of hours invested in its` realization. With your backing the sky is the limit, big things are planned for 2016.
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Risks and challenges
Our goal is for you to have your sunglasses in time for the summer. To do this we have worked tirelessly to generate a production plan that is as simple and risk free as possible.
Our prototypes are of excellent quality and are almost identical to the models that will be made for the backers of this campaign. We are using the same manufacturer for prototypes and the full production run. This drastically reduces the chance of any unforeseen problems occurring. Our manufacturer has an outstanding reputation and is waiting to hit the start button.
Our case supplier has enormous experience in producing very similar products to ours and has ensured us that he is fully prepared for a small or large scale production run.
We have sourced back-up manufacturers for the cases and sunglasses as a precautionary measure. We have calculated that going with our back-up manufacturers (even in a worst-case scenario) will push the estimated delivery time back by no more than one month.
All orders sent out to our backers will be inspected by the manufacturers and our team to ensure everyone gets a high quality product.
Two out of the three co-founders have a wealth of experience in worldwide shipping. Our distributors have projected a timeline of between four and six weeks per delivery.
You will be notified once your order has been dispatched. If you do not receive it after one month contact us and we will do our best to locate it. If it cannot be found we will dispatch another shipment immediately.
The estimated delivery time will be delayed if we are unfortunate enough to suffer a rare instance of losing a bulk shipment. All of our shipments will be fully insured so that we can replace all lost items as quickly as possible.
By backing this campaign you are putting yourself at the centre of The Dictators movement. Every contribution, big or small, will make a huge difference. Join us and force change, in style.
No funds raised on Kickstarter will be donated to charities or used to help any charitable organizations. The money will be spent on manufacturing and brand building only.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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