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Help us work with Kenyan artisans to turn the millions of t-shirts dumped on Africa each year into amazing new products.
Help us work with Kenyan artisans to turn the millions of t-shirts dumped on Africa each year into amazing new products.
176 backers pledged $7,875 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks to everyone for all the support! Did you miss out on our great new products? Head over to www.ProjectRepat.org and find our circle scarf and reversible tote bag in our store at a special $30 pre-sale price with FREE shipping, available until February 1, 2012! Products will be shipped by January 25th. 

  • Did you know that 5% of all waste on earth is textiles? 

Support the Project Repat Kickstarter campaign and help us tell the world that it really doesn't need a new t-shirt (but might just need an amazing bag, skirt or scarf handcrafted in Nairobi from all the t-shirts we dump on Kenya each year). 

Dear Kickstarter fans,  

We're back! We can't believe that just 6 months ago we made our splash onto the Kickstarter scene and raised over $7,100 to go to Kenya and make an amazing documentary about the secondhand t-shirts dumped on Africa every year. We delivered on all our promises, including launching Project Repat, bringing home and selling 500 amazing repatriated shirts and donating all our profits to charity. Oh yeah, and we made that amazing documentary that we promised with filmmaker Scott Crowningshield (watch it below).

While we were in Kenya, we were amazed to learn about all the creative modifications that the Kenyans were making to the secondhand American t-shirts dumped there each year. We found local artisans and seamstresses modifying shirts to meet the latest fashion trends of Kenya: re-sizing, re-purposing, and re-fashioning. This was true Kenyan ingenuity!

Inspired by this new concept, we teamed up with Jacquelyn Yau, a fashion designer from Boston, to design some incredible, unique, and eco-friendly new prototypes made entirely out of t-shirts. We're raising money during this Kickstarter campaign to travel back to Kenya so that we can collaborate with local artisans and small businesses in Nairobi to turn Jacquelyn's prototypes into reality! 

The best part about our products? Not only are they eco-friendly and 100% one of a kind, but they're helping artisans earn fair wages in Kenya. Darn cool, no? 

Holiday Delivery Alert: Our products make a great gift. If you so desire, we will send a really nice "holiday gift card" (check out a sample below) before the holidays to whomever you are purchasing for with the promise of delivering their product by January 15, 2012.THERE'S REALLY NOTHING STOPPING YOU FROM GIVING THE GIFT OF REPAT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

Please support our Kickstarter campaign!

Much love!

Sean, Ross & the Bearded Repatriot

The products:

UPDATE: See Ross and Jacqui show off the No More New products. Also, any backer level can be purchased as a gift card for the holidays. We will send out a wonderful holiday card by December 18th letting your friend or family member know that you have purchased a gift for them and that it's on the way back from Kenya!

The "No More New" Tote Bag

The "No More New" scarf

The "No More New" modified t-shirt

The "No More New" skirt

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    A CLASSIC PROJECT REPAT SHIRT - Show your support for the battle against premature t-shirt deportation. You'll get first pick from the new batch of Project Repat t-shirts, handpicked by us in Kenya. Each shirt is stamped with our logo and guaranteed to be the most unique t-shirt in the room. Choose between a standard Repat shirt or a shirt modified by Kenyan artisans as part of our "NO MORE NEW - REFAB Collection."

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    A "NO MORE NEW" CIRCLE SCARF - We'll be working with local Kenyan artisans to fabricate these nifty circle scarves (check out the photos to the left). Each scarf is made from 6 secondhand t-shirts repatriated from Nairobi, Kenya. Select this backer level and you'll be the first to own one of the scarves that we bring home.

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    A "NO MORE NEW" T-SHIRT SKIRT - Have a fancy dinner date and can't wear your favorite Project Repat shirt? Choose this fabulous t-shirt skirt made from 3 secondhand t-shirts that were dumped on Nairobi, Kenya (check out the photos to the left). Select this backer level and you'll easily be the most stylish guest at that next fancy dinner party.

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    A "NO MORE NEW" TOTE BAG - These amazing tote bags were designed in Boston by Project Repat's very own Jacqui Yau, who will be working with our artisan partners in Nairobi to design these bags in Kenya (check out the photos to the left). Each tote bag is made from 6 secondhand t-shirts that got dumped on Nairobi, Kenya. Select this backer level and you'll be the first to own one!

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    CUSTOMIZE IT - Customize the colors of any Backer Reward (skirt, bag, scarf or modified t-shirt). Want a tote bag in your football team's favorite colors? No problem. Have a total crush on cherry red with turquoise highlights? We can handle that as well. We'll take your color specifications before we leave for Nairobi.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    A "NO MORE NEW" THREESOME - Scarf. No...tote bag. Wait...maybe the skirt? Can't decide between all the awesome "No More New" products? Chose this backer level and get any three "No More New" backer rewards listed above.

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    Pledge $110 or more About $110

    THE WHOLE ENCHILADA - All three "No More New" items at the $30 backer level (skirt, tote bag & circle scarf) plus a repatriated Project Repat t-shirt. This is a darn good deal. Make somebody very happy this holiday season!

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    THE CUSTOM "NO MORE NEW" THREESOME - Customize the colors of any three items from the $30 Backer reward level (skirt, bag, scarf), or a Refab shirt. We'll take your color specifications before we leave for Nairobi and return with the world's best threesome of repatriated t-shirt products just for you.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    THE CREATIVE REPATRIOT - It's a fact that between Project Repat's talented fashion designer Jacqui Yau and our equally talented artisan partners in Nairobi, we can make almost anything out of a repatriated t-shirt. You'll work hand-in-hand with the Project Repat team to design the next item featured in our "No More New" collection. Once that item is complete, we'll name the new product after you (or another name of your choice) and give you the very first version of the new product. You'll also get each of the other "No More New" modified products featured in the $30 backer level.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    THE TRAVELLIN' REPATRIOT - Come to Kenya with the Project Repat team! Explore the fascinating intricacies of East Africa's largest secondhand market, see Project Repat in action, meet the local artisans and seamstresses we're collaborating with, have all your trip costs paid for by us (all the essentials, at least!), and go on a short safari to see giraffes and elephants. Woah.

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