I created the perfect ear warmer to fit my too-big-for-standard-cold-weather-headwear noggin' because I was tired of settling for the selection in the men’s department. I wanted an accessory that made me feel beautiful - not only during backpacking trips where hot showers are but a distant memory, but also one that felt chic with a scarf and a nice coat during trips into NYC. The beauty and comfort of the Fleece Wrap-Ear™ are inspired by a desire to be able to express myself no matter where I am.
I launched Lysande in 2017, shortly after being diagnosed with narcolepsy. I started making everyday hair accessories (some pictured in the video above!) that worked for my style and the challenges of my chronic illness: something that added a bit of delight to my every day and was also comfortable enough that I could wear it from morning to night. My customers were equally enthused by this novel accessory and once cold winter winds arrived they clamored for a soft head snuggle to keep them and their loved ones warm.
I turned to my original design to make the first comfortable and infinitely adjustable flexible ear warmer: the Fleece Wrap-Ear™.
While I've been making the Fleece Wrap-Ear™ in my home studio as part of Lysande's winter collection for the past 2 years, the order quantities are now too much to manage on my own. I buckled down to organize a factory run of this magical winter-wear unicorn right here in the United States. The beauty of this is that I was able design directly with YOU in mind, as the only way to make them affordable AND produced here in the United States was to cut out the middle man. Let me tell you: it was pure freedom!
My goal with the Kickstarter campaign is to expand my annual winter collection by manufacturing the Fleece Wrap-Ears™ at a factory here in the United States. Available in six flattering colors in a plush, 100% recycled polyester fleece, you're sure to find a Fleece Wrap-Ear™ that fits both your style and skin tone! The joy of adventure was instilled in me as a small child and it is in that spirit that we named our Fleece Wrap-Ears™. We hope that each one transports you back to a favorite memory.
The recycled polyester fleece I use is the softest I’ve felt in over two decades of groping fabric. (Full disclosure: I’m a texture addict and I touch every fiber I walk by!) While it’s hotter than heck in the northern hemisphere right now, I'm hoping you can help me spread the word and support this effort to reach our goal and manufacture our Fleece Wrap-Ears™ in time for the cold winter holidays.
WHAT IS A FLEECE WRAP-EAR™?
A traditional ear warmer can be cumbersome. They ruin hairstyles, often slide off, and many times they straight up don't fit. Raise your hand if you're fed up with winter weather headwear and are ready for something that fits into your life no matter where your are or what you are doing!
I wanted something that was customized for me: it was time to reimagine winter headwear. Enter Lysande’s Fleece Wrap-Ear™ which forms to the exact shape of your head through a flexible wire installation.
- Flexible, comfortable, headache-free, hassle-free
- As many styling options as you can dream up (e.g. ear warmer, headband, sweat band, eye mask, bag flair, neck scarf)
- Available in six rich colors to complement any skin tone or fashion choice
- 37 inches x 4 inches and infinitely adjustable so one size fits most
- Made with Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified recycled polyester fleece (the softest you've ever touched)
- Machine washable: simply put it into a delicate bag on cold in the washing machine and lay it flat to dry. Or rinse it out in the sink.
- Affordable: Selling directly to you allows us to produce Fleece Wrap-Ears™ in the United States using high quality materials while keeping the price affordable.
WHO ARE FLEECE WRAP-EARS™ FOR?
TL;DR: YOU AND EVERYONE YOU KNOW!
- Weekend adventurers
- Frequent travelers
- Chronic wanderlusters
- Ardent homebodies
- Netflix enthusiasts
- The neighbor who is walking their dog in the too-early winter morning
- The mom who loves cross country skiing
- The roommate who gets migraines (use them to secure ice packs to your head!)
- The dad who builds snow people with his kiddos
- Style-conscious teenagers who wouldn't be caught dead in a hat with their perfectly styled hair
- The partner who is taking up curling
- The teacher who stays after school to coach winter track
- The cyclist in your life who will wear it under their helmet
- The kids walking to school or waiting for the school bus
- Anyone who loves to wear their hair in a ponytail or bun. Or wants to wear their hair down without flattening it out.
- And for those who have no hair? What a nice way to stay warm!
- Anyone who wants to support products designed and made in the USA with recycled environmentally friendly products in a factory that respects workers and their rights
With the ear warmers being ready to ship in time for the holidays they are the perfect gift for everyone on your list!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT FLEECE WRAP-EARS™
"I love my Fleece Wrap-Ear™ from Lysande because it's soft and cozy and keeps my ears warm in the frigid Iowa winds. I can even wear it during the colder days and nights in Florida because it's lightweight! Best of all....no crazy hat hair to deal with." - Dawn
"I love them. My Fleece Wrap-Ear™ came along with me to see Star Wars. I feel like they are like buddies that come on my adventures with me!" - Becky
"My Fleece Wrap-Ear™ kept me warm during a cold morning of canoeing. I was able to focus on the beauty around me instead of on my frozen ears." - Darrell
"Just opened Fleece Wrap-Ear™ and I love it - it's like a hug for my head!" - Laura
"I'm wearing my Wrap-Ear™ right now and it's like MAGIC." - Stasia
"They're so affordable. I have one in my car, one in my dorm room, and one in my backpack." - Mitchell
"Wore my Fleece Wrap-Ear™ to the dog park today. Minus 5 celsius with a big of a wind. Toasty ears, forehead, and brain." - Karen
"I wore my Fleece Wrap-Ear™ today! I love it so much!" - Mandy
We sourced the softest fleece - 100% recycled polyester fleece that is Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, made from GRS Gold Level certified recycled yarn - and it is ready and waiting to be shipped to our factory in New Jersey as soon as we reach our funding goal.
Your preorder of the Fleece Wrap-Ear™ will help bring this amazing product to life!
If we reach our goal here, we will first focus on bringing you the best Fleece Wrap-Ears™ in the universe. But we are dreaming big and plan to launch into our next project in early 2020: the perfect exercise headband. The one that doesn't pinch, clench, or slip off. Keep an eye out and stay in touch via our email list.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
This project would not be possible without my amazing customers. Their passion for Lysande has gotten us this far.
Thank you to my amazing husband, best friend, and forever adventure buddy Darrell Hoy, my mom, Janice Turtora Zagardo, and my friend/mentor/founder of Virginia Dare Dress Co, Rebekah Murray. I would also like to thank Piper Maranjian and Alex Soler-Lovell for their work on Lysande over the past year.
Julie Florio and Kris Ramsey created the beautiful Kickstarter video.
Last, but certainly not least, thank you to my bear squad for always providing fluffy snuggles and joining me during my naps: Misty Bear, Nimbus, and Olive Bug.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is raising the money that we need in order to manufacture here in the United States with recycled polyester fleece fabric. Our fabric is ready and waiting to be sent to our factory in New Jersey. We will get started on production the moment that we meet our goal!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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