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The ultimate unitard based on the downhill ski racing suits worn by my grandfather in the 1980s. There's no other unitard like it!
The ultimate unitard based on the downhill ski racing suits worn by my grandfather in the 1980s. There's no other unitard like it!
The ultimate unitard based on the downhill ski racing suits worn by my grandfather in the 1980s. There's no other unitard like it!
85 backers pledged $23,383 to help bring this project to life.

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There's a special story behind these suits! It all started with a truly adventurous friendship between my grandfather, Robert 'Bob' Bernard and ski racing buddies Norma & Joe Lausmann. Norma began designing and hand sewing neon ski racing suits in the early 80s. She hand picked psychedelic prints and created a style never before seen on the mountain. The trio raced into their 80s around the world, competing in Downhill and Slalom Masters Ski Races - often winning Gold, Silver and Bronze in their age class.

The ski suits took on a new life when I (grand-daughter to Bob Bernard) got my hands on the them. I found that they were as big a hit off the ski slopes as they were on, at events like Coachella, Burning Man and Daybreaker!! The quality of Norma's suits is better than any unitard I have ever worn. They've lasted generations and proved to be both functional and fabulous.

it's time we bring this style back to the snow!
it's time we bring this style back to the snow!

Fast forward 35 years... Racysuits is now a budding brand ready for its first large production! Exploring more places than ever before - ski slopes, beaches, parties and festivals - all around the world. From the snow covered slopes of Montreal and California to the beaches of Australia and Mexico, to parties in New York City and the Nevada desert, Racysuits is ready to take on the world! 

 Starting with Norma's ski suit design has allowed us to recreate a one piece suit that embodies the functionality and durability of a professional ski suit. The ergonomic pattern is designed to provide you with increased flexibility and range of motion. Racysuits can support your every move, whether you're racing down a mountain or getting down on the dance floor!

 

After a year of testing, producing samples, and getting customer feedback we've added a few NEW FEATURES! 

The ZIPPERS on the arms and the legs make fore easy dressing. 

There are TWO NEW POCKETS that will fit your phone (even the big iPhone 6), your ski pass, credit cards and any other essential items. One pocket on your left arm and one hidden breast pocket for your secret treasures. 

We will emphasize the 2 LAYERS again and again! Most one piece spandex suits are made with a thin layer of material, revealing everything . . . including the burrito you ate for lunch. Our 2 layer suits give you the ultimate body smoothing support making sure your neon booty is looking extra fabulous at all times. 

 

Our print selection is inspired by some of the very first Racysuits hand sewn by Norma. We've worked to create a new collection that will satisfy all of your neon dreams.

Our custom prints will be digitally printed on a blend of Poly/Elastane fabric. The medium weight compression shape-wear fabric is body smoothing and 4-way stretch. This blend of fabric retains its shape and color, as well as being UV resistant and efficiently absorbing sweat.

The lining fabric that is in contact with your skin is carefully selected. We chose an elastane blend fabric that is soft to the skin, breathable and moisture wicking - keeping you dry and warm! Poly blend fabrics are also stain and odor resistant, helping you stay fresh through multiple wears.

Below are our 3 new prints that'll be produced if this Kickstarter is successful. If you choose a Racysuits Unitard Reward you will get to select one of the following designs!

   

 

 

 

 

 

   

Our 4-way stretch fully lined suits are extremely forgiving, providing a body smoothing effect that is flattering on all body shapes. They're designed to be tight and hug your body, creating an aerodynamic design similar to professional downhill ski racing suits. We have added two new sizes to our collection now offering XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL. Thanks to 4way stretch materials our suits fit a wide range of body types!

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We're dedicated to keeping our production in the USA. The best part is we'll be able to visit our factory throughout the production process and monitor quality every step of the way. We've also done small batch test runs with our New York factories. You can see the outcome of these on our website. Having pre-existing relationships and experience with our factories is incredibly helpful. This Kickstarter production run won't be a guinea pig - we've already worked out the the kinks! Special thanks to Maker's Row for creating a community of Makers and Manufactures helping us bring production back to the USA.

 

If we're lucky enough to reach our pledge goal in August (crossing our fingers, toes and eyes) we'll email each pledger and ask for sizes, prints and shipping info. All rewards will ship as soon as we receive them. Be sure to check your rewards delivery date for an ETA.

  

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Supporter, 

This is a very exciting time in my life. I'm lucky enough to be working on a project that I'm incredibly passionate about - rediscovering the zest for life of generations before me. The best part about this project is the community and family behind it. 

My grandfather met Norma and Joe Lausmann when he first joined the USSA Far West Masters Ski Racing Association. Their friendship took them on trips around the world, racing in competitions globally. Bob Bernard , Norma and Joe Lausmann are legendary members of the Tahoe ski community. In the 1980's they spearhead the full time adult training program at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows that still continues to this day. Bob Bernard was also one of the founding members of the Far West Master Junior Scholarship Program that supports deserving junior racers. 

He held community positions such as Chairman in the Far West Devision, National Masters Chairman and USSA representative to FIS Masters Committee. He also spearheaded the Spyder Masters Alpine Team along with the founder of Spyder Active Sports, David Jacobs.

Bob Bernard's enthusiasm and commitment to the ski community on a national and international level has landed him a nomination to become an honored member of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame (application pending). 

None of this would be possible without the support and encouragement from Norma Lausmann, now 93. She remembers every suit she ever made, every race she ever won, and attributes her speed and success to her favorite Racysuit - black with neon pink polka dots.

Wearing Racysuits brings this lifestyle back. Imagine all of the things you love best in life, the acts, the motions, the adventures, and the people that bring you the most joy in life. Now, throw a Racysuit into the mix and tell me life didn’t just get a lot more fun!

Building Racysuits is going to take a lot of hard work but the payoff is more than worth it. Seeing people of all ages skiing, surfing, dancing, and playing in Racysuits around the world is the best reward there is! I flip out every time I see a customer share a Racysuits photo. 

Thank you again for all your support! I look forward to decking you out in spandex ;)

xoxo, 

Marina

Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign. Music by Joakim Karud, photography contributions by James Thompson, Christian Torres & Mike Michlin. Video Production & Editing by Ryan Homsy & Djordje Radovanovic.

Risks and challenges

We know with any project there are many moving pieces which bring risks and challenges. We're starting this Kickstarter with our feet already wet. Heck we've already dove all the way in! We've completed a small production run which is available on our website. Thanks to our pre-existing relationships with our manufacturers we've spent the last year testing and improving our design and optimizing our process.

We work with local companies so we can monitor the quality of production every step of the way.

Timing is always a challenge. If we're successfully funded we'll work diligently to get your orders into production. We'll make it our mission in life to deliver your suit on time and ensure it blows your mind!

We promise to keep everyone informed as our production process gets underway and plan for a timely delivery in January.

In the meantime we suggest you plan your ski trips, do some squats, and practice your dance moves. Let's get Racysuits ready!

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    You Get A Personal Thank You Snapchat!

    Racysuits Founder, Marina Barnes, will send you a personal thank you video on Snapchat!

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    You Get The Racysuits Postcard!

    Racysuits will send you a postcard from our HQ in New York!

    Our postcards are a collection of vintage photographs from the original Racysuits Squad in the 1980s!

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    You Get The 'Neon Booty' Cup Koozie!

    Our "Neon Booty is a Thing Of Beauty" koozie is all you need to make sure your koozie game is strong all year long.

    Not like your average beer koozie, this one is made for cups! If you're at an event or the mountain top bar they usually don't serve cans or bottles. You need a special koozie that will fit a cup!

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    You Get The Confetti Cap!

    The signature Confetti Cap aka The Sparkle Beanie!

    Skip the line honey, this hat gets you straight in the door. The cream knit cap is adorned with iridescent sequin paillettes that will reflect your inner light in all directions. When you're a walking disco ball, can life get any better?

    Retail Value $45 (Save $10!)

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    You Get The Corduroy Adventure Cap!

    Racysuits Snapback Adventure Cap in Black Corduroy.

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    You Get The Corduroy Ski Team Cap!

    Racysuits Snapback Ski Team Cap in Blue Corduroy.

    Design based on the vintage corduroy US Ski Team cap my grandfather used to wear in the 80s.

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    You Get The Racysuits Photo Book!

    The Racysuits Photo Book. Photos of people rocking Racysuits from the 1980s to today!

    Book is 8x8 inches with 60 photos.

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    You Get The Racysuits Unitard!

    Early Bird Super Duper Deal: 1 Racysuits unitard of your choice!

    Retail Value $279 (save $100)

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    You Get The Racysuits Unitard!

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    You Get The Racysuits Unitard!

    Racysuits Deal: 1 Racysuits unitard of your choice!

    Retail Value $279 (save $80)

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    You Get The Racysuits Unitard!

    1 Racysuits unitard of your choice!

    Retail Value $279 (save $70)

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    You Get The Racysuits Party Package!

    1 Racysuits Unitard of your choice!
    1 Snapback Corduroy Cap of your choice!
    1 Neon Booty Cup Koozie!

    A bundle of fun in one party package!

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    You Get TWO Racysuits!

    2 Racysuits unitards of your choice!

    Retail Value $558 (save $218)

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    Retail Value $558 (save $208)

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    2 Racysuits unitards of your choice!

    Retail Value $558 (save $198)

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    You Get A Custom Racysuits Unitard!

    Have an idea for an epic unitard design?

    Work with the Racysuits team to design a fabric print that is personalized just for you!

    Select a name or logo to be embroidered into your suit.

    Your custom suit will be designed and hand sewn here in New York City.

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    You Get A Racysuits Party!

    Want to host a party for your friends, in Racysuits?

    Done and done.

    This reward is good for 10 Racysuits Rentals that will be shipped to your door in time for your event.

    Send us the date and the sizes and prints for 10 Racysuits and we'll take care of the shipping!

    This is an awesome gift to go in on for a friends bachelorette trip, birthday party, or boozy brunch!

    OR save all 10 for yourself:)

    You'll have so many amazing photo ops everyone will be updating their Facebook profile pic!

    Racysuits will provide you with a catalog of Suits and Sizes available for you to choose from.

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    You Become A Racysuits Squad Member!

    Our Racysuits Squad Rocks!

    This reward includes a bundle of awesomeness!

    1. Design a custom Racysuit. We'll work with you to find a print that matches your personality.
    2. Join the Racysuits Squad. A photo of you in your Custom Racysuits unitard will join our other ambassadors on our website Squad page.
    3. We want to share your story with our community. A full interview blog post will go up online and shared on all of our social channels.

    Congrats you're officially on Team Racysuits!

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    • Racysuits Squad Photo on Website
    • Racysuits Interview & Blog Post
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    The Racysuits Bronze Medallion

    The Bronze Racysuits Medallion will be engraved with your name!

    My Grandfather and Norma continued to win Bronze, Silver and Gold in their age class until the age of 83. Sometimes this simply took showing up! When you're the only one racing in your age class you'll definitely end up on the podium. To me this is a lesson in life, continue to show up and the rewards just keep coming.

    Your contribution will be forever cemented into the history of this company and in light of this I offer you personalized token of my appreciation, THE BRONZE MEDAL!

    All support from this Kickstarter campaign is directly feeding the upfront costs of production. The more we raise the more suits we can make and the more people will have access to them year round.

    I'm a Racysuits believer and my goal is to grow this company globally so that adventure enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes and ages can rock Racysuits unitards and feel fabulous.

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    The Racysuits Silver Medallion

    The Silver Racysuits Medallion will be engraved with your name!

    My Grandfather and Norma continued to win Bronze, Silver and Gold in their age class until the age of 83. Sometimes this simply took showing up! When you're the only one racing in your age class you'll definitely end up on the podium. To me this is a lesson in life, continue to show up and the rewards just keep coming.

    Your contribution will be forever cemented into the history of this company and in light of this I offer you personalized token of my appreciation, THE SILVER MEDAL!

    All support from this Kickstarter campaign is directly feeding the upfront costs of production. The more we raise the more suits we can make and the more people will have access to them year round.

    I'm a Racysuits believer and my goal is to grow this company globally so that adventure enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes and ages can rock Racysuits unitards and feel fabulous.

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    The Racysuits Gold Medallion

    The Gold Racysuits Medallion will be engraved with your name!

    My Grandfather and Norma continued to win Bronze, Silver and Gold in their age class until the age of 83. Sometimes this simply took showing up! When you're the only one racing in your age class you'll definitely end up on the podium. To me this is a lesson in life, continue to show up and the rewards just keep coming.

    Your contribution will be forever cemented into the history of this company and in light of this I offer you personalized token of my appreciation, THE GOLD MEDAL!

    All support from this Kickstarter campaign is directly feeding the upfront costs of production. The more we raise the more suits we can make and the more people will have access to them year round.

    I'm a Racysuits believer and my goal is to grow this company globally so that adventure enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes and ages can rock Racysuits unitards and feel fabulous.

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Funding period

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