Welcome to the Borderlands.
We are on the quest to create the darkest t-shirt in the world.
How do you create a fabric that is blacker than black? The blackest material on earth is made of carbon nanotubes. However, nano particles aren't fit to wear on your skin. But in nature, there is an example of an organism that uses ultra black: The Gaboon Viper. It's solution led us to a prototype (see picture below) which reflects 40% less light than any other black fabric we tested it against.
In the high fashion segment, prices for a comparable product are around 200$. But that's without the novelty of our innovation. Large corporations are subject to an enormous pressure to make a profit. This leads to, for us unacceptable, social and environmental consequences in the producing countries. We therefore design and produce in Germany with high tech materials from Switzerland, holding quality, social and environmental responsibility in highest regard.
To make the shirt most comfortable and to prevent allergies, we decided to use high quality cotton. There are inserts of 3D Mesh, currently one of our favourite materials, on the sleeves and the back.
I have used my expertise received from over half a decade designing in the sportswear industry to create the best performance fit for the male and female body.
The invention itself is made, but we now need the support of the Kickstarter Crowd to reach 100 orders for covering marketing costs, to make it feasible for our partner to revamp the large production machines, and to finalise the product (i.e. make it washable). If possible, we will continue to work on making the fabric even blacker.
We believe in exceptionally well designed simplicity. That's why you won't find greeting cards, stitched monograms or early bird rewards including a night partying at Berghain (we might throw a party in Berlin, though, if this goes exceptionally well).
There is just the Viperblack t-shirt and a business option for 10 or 100 shirts. That's it.
If funded, rewards will ship in March 2016.
After the Kickstarter is over we will individually email all of our backers to send us their sizes and if you prefer a unisex or waisted cut.
**Pro-Tip: If you are a female and of small or medium size, you can order a XL size and wear it as a dress.
If you back the project, you'll also be getting updates from me about how our hunt for the blackest black develops.
Looking forward to explore the very dark side with you,
Risks and challenges
Since we're not producing the raw materials by ourselves, we are dependent on our supplier. The Swiss are well known for being professional and right on time. But with their extreme level of professionalism, it also means that the fabric will not be delivered unless it meets their very high quality criteria.
Also, if this project goes through the roof, we might need to scale and find another factory in Europe. We are very happy to have found a production facility in Germany, so we can be nearby and monitor the process.
We do, though, have contacts to larger facilities in Europe which are able to manage larger assignments, however coordination may take some extra time. As supporters of our quest we will, as always, keep you updated of any changes.
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