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.
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.
- (30 days)