This project's funding goal was not reached on May 1, 2014.
About this project
Minawear has been a pioneer in hemp fashion and textiles since 1998, and is bringing production back to the United States.
Please help us rally the funds for our summer hemp production - we need to make hemp cargo shorts, hemp cargo pants, hemp tank tops, and hemp capri pants! Your dollars will go straight to the production costs of creating the new Minawear styles pictured here.
It has not been easy!
We have weathered the repetitious question "Can you smoke it?" for sixteen years. The answer is NO, Industrial hemp is NOT marijuana, and will not get you stoned. It is a distant cousin to the medicinal variety, that boasts over 25,000 applications including textiles, paper, food, fuel and plastics.
We have stuck it out through the great recession of 2007, and the rocky development phases of our wonderful 55% hemp 45% organic cotton blended perfectly for our pants jersey knit, to bring you the most comfortable pants in the world.
Hemp is as American as apple pie
Did you know that Betsy Ross made the first US flag out of hemp? Henry Ford built his first car out of hemp and the declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper! Pretty cool huh?
The Minawear Story
In high school, Mina Hegaard could never find what she wanted to wear, and was constantly redesigning her thrift store purchases or making up a new pattern for something she saw in Vogue.
Mina launched her career in the early 1990’s designing for stage and screen, making hats with remnants recovered from dumpsters behind the cutting houses of San Francisco.
After being chased off, threatened, and locked out of all the big name designer’s dumpsters, Mina began to see the turn-and-burn, thrash-and-trash attitude in the industry that eventually squelched the passion she had for fashion. She moved to LA to write a screenplay.
In 1998, in Venice Beach, CA, she discovered hemp fabric, when she made a friend with a hemp shop, California Hemp Products, in Santa Monica. The story of hemp, and its magical and organic qualities as a textile, so inspired Mina, that she partnered with her friend, Kim Jimenez, and helped him move his shop to a bigger location, that was next door to a health food store, a body builder supply shop, and a yoga studio. Healthy people wanted to wear hemp to exercise, to go to the beach, and to lounge in, but there were no companies making anything like that yet. She enlisted the financial wizardries of her brother Kenyon Gibson, and together they founded Minawear Luxury Hemp Loungewear.
Minawear went on to become sought after by celebrities like Woody Harrelson, Christian Slater, and the Original cast of Survivor from season ONE! See more here: http://minawear.com/celebrities
SURVIVORS: Joel Klug, Kelly Wiglesworth, Gervase Peterson, Greg Buis
Back then, the goal was to outfit people in the most comfortable styles that would stand the test of time. Today our very same customers who made purchases back in the 90’s are returning with amazing news! Their pants are still alive and kicking!! And of course they want more! They are in luck! Mina has reacquired Minawear, enabling the company to open its doors again from Texas. While previously manufacturing in China, Minawear is bringing jobs back to the United States by going back to her roots by producing in Los Angeles.
With your help, we can continue to educate people about the amazing properties of the hemp plant, create local jobs, and make some everlasting fantastic super comfy loungewear that you can feel great about wearing, knowing your pants are promoting a healthier you, a cleaner planet, and new jobs.
With several of our hottest styles in demand for yoga studios, surf shops and music festivals and summer right around the corner, we are ready to launch our new production plan!
Conventional cotton is one of the biggest polluters on the planet. Hemp can be grown with little or no chemicals and our blend is certified organic.
Minawear wants to PANTS THE WORLD in HEMP!!
What more could you want in your loungewear?
Style and function? Minawear has that too!!
Hemp has natural memory to hold your shape
By Kenyon Gibson, with the textile chapter by Mina Hegaard. This comprehensive hemp book includes history, botanical illustrations, processing, and applications of hemp. Foreword by Woody Harrelson. 290 pages, 140 illustrations, fold-out section, colored frontispiece, resource guide, bibliography, index. Size: 8 x 11. Paperback.
These are the styles we will be creating for you!
Research and development of our newest styles is complete!
Our styles are tried and true, and most people find themselves coming back for more of the same in other colors.
The Minawear production process goes like this:
1. The Minawear hemp and organic cotton specialty blended material is ordered and paid for.
2. When it arrives off the boat from China, it is inspected and evaluated at the warehouse by Mina, and then shipped to the dye house for a round of the lowest environmentally impacting dyes and preshrinking.
3. When the material is ready, it is then delivered to the cutting house, where it is spread out overnight so that any leftover shrinkage can dissipate. In the morning, the markers are laid out and the cut begins. All remnants are saved for SCRAPKINS, stuffing, or art projects.
4. The cut is then shlepped off to the sewing facility where stitching experts busily hum to the tune of "Its off to work we go," in Spanish. Throughout the tailoring of the garments, Deborah, our production monitor checks in daily to ensure that buttons are sewn down extra spiffily, drawstrings are to spec, and both legs are the same length! Then they are steamed, tagged, and stacked in ONE plastic bag and a box, not individually wastefully packaged on plastic hangers, in films and clips, or wrapped around landfill cardboard.
5. The turnaround production time is 6-8 weeks. Then we ship it to you! You wear it, and feel fabulous for helping a small woman owned company promote hemp and organic fashion made in the United States! And buy another pair!
By supporting us here, you are helping to educate our country about the amazing qualities of hemp and furthering the legalization movement.
You're pledges will assist Minawear in bringing many jobs back to the United States, thereby stimulating the economy right here at home.
Hemp In the News
Recently, February 7th, 2014, president Obama finally got off his duff and passed a law that allows states who have passed Bills, to begin research. But we still need FULL LEGALIZATION! We need to get in on this HOT TREND ASAP! You can sign our petition to the federal government here: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/legalize-hemp-farming
The legalization of Industrial Hemp Farming in the United States has made enormous headway just in the last few years, due to the dedication of small companies promoting hemp, educating the public about it, and selling hemp wares.
Together these pioneering companies have created a 581 million dollar a year industry in the United states, all of which is imported. Minawear is proud of having been part of this industry for the last 16 years!
Support the planet while wearing your new favorite pants for the rest of your life!
Risks and challenges
Having been in business since 1998, Minawear is accustomed to adversities and surprises, from delays with customs and production, to damages, and even customers changing their minds!
Our production manager travels from the fabric warehouse, to the cutters, the sewers, the dye house, and shippers, to oversee the day-to-day production, in order to maintain the highest and most consistant standard of quality.
We've made it this far, and we've learned that what may be a glitch today, could be a new style tomorrow! (Such was the case of the drawstring pants with hemp/silk trim when they shrank WAY too much - Mina added the hemp silk blend at the bottom, inventing one of our staple styles! http://minawear.com/shop/bottoms/drawstring-pants-with-hemp-silk-trim-regular-length/)
Minawear sources the best quality hemp knits available, and has been using the same cutters, sewing facilities and dye houses for over ten years in downtown Los Angeles.
And of course if your styles are not ready by the due date, you will be notified immediately!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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