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A mobile shop that will travel the country selling globally-sourced and Boston-made clothing, jewelry, and home goods. Read more

Somerville, MA Fashion
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A mobile shop that will travel the country selling globally-sourced and Boston-made clothing, jewelry, and home goods.

Somerville, MA Fashion
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About this project

We're two extremely travel-obsessed clothing designers. We started Secret Ships last year because we want to make the awesome things we find abroad more accessible to everyone at home. 

We create limited edition runs of classically shaped dresses and colorful home decor pieces from exotic global fabrics. 

So far, we’ve primarily been selling our designs through our website. But we want to change that. Our company is inspired by the person to person connections we've made with textile and jewelry vendors all over the globe, and we want to recreate that experience for our customers at home.

With your support, we can afford to launch the Secrert Ships Caravan Shop. An old-world style, wooden peddler's caravan, with modern touches like solar power.  Once our mobile shop is in action we’ll be able to take our clothing line and collection of global curiosities to open air markets, music festivals, and college campuses across the country. 

Scarves made from 100% Cotton, block printed by hand in India, over-dyed in small batches and sewn in the USA. A $32 retail value.
Scarves made from 100% Cotton, block printed by hand in India, over-dyed in small batches and sewn in the USA. A $32 retail value.
Size measures 44 x 80 inches. Made in the US from imported fabrics. A $38 retail value.
Size measures 44 x 80 inches. Made in the US from imported fabrics. A $38 retail value.
Size measures 16x20 inches. Pillow covers unzip in back for dry cleaning. Made in the USA from imported fabrics. A $42 retail value.
Size measures 16x20 inches. Pillow covers unzip in back for dry cleaning. Made in the USA from imported fabrics. A $42 retail value.
All items made in the US from Imported materials. An $80 retail value.
All items made in the US from Imported materials. An $80 retail value.
Available in sizes 2-12. Dresses made in the USA from imported fabric, zipper back, detachable straps, lightweight cotton voile lining. A $128 retail value.
Available in sizes 2-12. Dresses made in the USA from imported fabric, zipper back, detachable straps, lightweight cotton voile lining. A $128 retail value.
Available in sizes 2-12. Dresses made in the USA from imported fabric. Zipper back, cotton voile lining. A $148 retail value.
Available in sizes 2-12. Dresses made in the USA from imported fabric. Zipper back, cotton voile lining. A $148 retail value.
Your choice of available colors for all rewards. Kantha quilts are hand sewn, 100% cotton. A $255 retail value.
Your choice of available colors for all rewards. Kantha quilts are hand sewn, 100% cotton. A $255 retail value.
                            

Risks and challenges

With regards to the trailer:
We understand that building a woking trailer from scratch is a complex and difficult project - that's why we've partnered with StonyKill Creations of Canaan, New York to build it. They've built several similar trailers in the past, so we have faith in their ability to execute this project. That said, the possibility of production delays does exist.

With regards to order fulfillment:
Most of the products offered as rewards are currently in production and already being successfully delivered to customers through our primary website. Those products that are not yet available on our site will be going into production shortly with a manufacturer that we have an existing relationship with. The greatest production risk lies in the availability of textiles. Because many of our textiles are hand made by overseas artisans, variations in exact color and design are a frequent occurrence. In the event that a textile becomes unavailable, the closest possible substitution will be sought.

With regards to the store's ability to travel:
The regulatory environment for mobile retail is complex, with some municipalities banning the practice outright. We have access to a network of approved vending sites within New England, and we are working to secure vending opportunities in other east coast locations. We do anticipate that in our first tour we may not secure permission to vend in all of our desired locations.

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    9 backers

    Make a pledge in any amount and we'll immortalize your name on a plaque to be displayed in our caravan. One dollar for immortality - come on people. We'll also thank you publicly on our facebook page and invite you to the caravan launch party.

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    35 backers

    Receive a small batch dyed infinity scarf made from cotton block printed in India.
    You'll also receive an invitation to our caravan launch party and public thank you on our facebook page. Most importantly, your name will be permanently on display on a sponsor plaque in our caravan.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $30 or more

    6 backers

    Pick one of our awesome throw pillows, made in Boston from artisan fabrics like silk ikat and Malian mudcloth.
    You'll also receive an invitation to our caravan launch party and public thank you on our facebook page. Most importantly, your name will be permanently on display on a sponsor plaque in our caravan.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    2 backers

    You'll receive a single panel window curtain, made from your choice of West African Dutch Wax Print or sheer Indian silk/cotton weave. You'll also receive an invitation to our caravan launch party and public thank you on our facebook page. Most importantly, your name will be permanently on display on a sponsor plaque in our caravan.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $50 or more

    14 backers

    A double feature! Your choice of either two throw pillows or two curtain panels. You'll also receive an invitation to our caravan launch party and public thank you on our facebook page. Most importantly, your name will be permanently on display on a sponsor plaque in our caravan.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    1 backer

    We'll make you two custom curtain panels. Choose from any shade of Dutch Wax Print, Indian silk, or cotton voile in our fabric library. You'll also receive an invitation to our caravan launch party and public thank you on our facebook page. Most importantly, your name will be permanently on display on a sponsor plaque in our caravan.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    4 backers

    You'll receive one of our Dutch wax print party dresses in your choice of red/navy or black/yellow. (Sizes 2-12) Each dress is sewn here in Boston from west african fabrics. You'll also receive an invitation to our caravan launch party and public thank you on our facebook page. Most importantly, your name will be permanently on display on a sponsor plaque in our caravan.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $115 or more

    1 backer

    You'll receive one of our ikat maxi dresses in your choice of magenta/charcoal or yellow/indigo. Each dress is sewn here in Boston using hand loomed Guatemalan Ikat and lightweight cotton voile. (Sizes 2-12) You'll also receive an invitation to our caravan launch party and public thank you on our facebook page. Most importantly, your name will be permanently on display on a sponsor plaque in our caravan.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $125 or more

    4 backers

    You'll receive your choice of any one of our dress options, plus one of our block print infinity scarves. You'll also receive an invitation to our caravan launch party and public thank you on our facebook page. Most importantly, your name will be permanently on display on a sponsor plaque in our caravan.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    4 backers Limited (2 left of 6)

    Love our dresses but wish they came in your favorite color? We'll create a semi-customized version of anyone of our dresses using your preferred color palette. (Sizes 2-12) Please note that color options may be limited based on availability for Guatemalan ikat and West African Dutch wax print fabrics, but block prints and solid fabrics can easily be custom dyed. You'll also receive an invitation to our caravan launch party and public thank you on our facebook page. Most importantly, your name will be permanently on display on a sponsor plaque in our caravan.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $200 or more

    1 backer

    You'll receive a Secret Ships room makeover kit, including one of our Kantha quilts, two throw pillows of your choice, and a double panel curtain made from any textile in our fabric library. You'll also receive an invitation to our caravan launch party and public thank you on our facebook page. Most importantly, your name will be permanently on display on a sponsor plaque in our caravan.

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    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    We'll work with you to design and custom build the perfect dress using fabric from our library. You'll also receive an invitation to our caravan launch party and public thank you on our facebook page. Most importantly, your name will be permanently on display on a sponsor plaque in our caravan.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

- (30 days)