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The softest, best-fitting crewneck sweater you'll ever own. Made with over a pound of the most luxurious Merino wool in the world. $85.
The softest, best-fitting crewneck sweater you'll ever own. Made with over a pound of the most luxurious Merino wool in the world. $85.
606 backers pledged $63,149 to help bring this project to life.

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Visit us at www.hillflint.com
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1.4lb of pure, extra-fine grade Australian Merino wool fiber in a 7-gauge knit. Not blended with synthetics, just a healthy serving of the good stuff.

Because Merino wool is expensive, big brands cut corners by using less of it, resulting in thin sweaters that don't keep you warm.
Because Merino wool is expensive, big brands cut corners by using less of it, resulting in thin sweaters that don't keep you warm.

Made of 100% extra-fine grade 19-micron count Australian merino wool, The Mark One Sweater feels like cashmere next to your skin but is durable enough to withstand heavy wear. 

The lower the microns, the softer -- but less resilient -- the garment. After months of testing, we found 19 microns to be the perfect balance of luxury and durability.
The lower the microns, the softer -- but less resilient -- the garment. After months of testing, we found 19 microns to be the perfect balance of luxury and durability.

Tailored to fit the active man: slim through the arms and torso, with a non-elastic waistband to reduce the frumpy 'muffin effect' most sweaters exhibit. 

By nixing the overly-elastic waistband, we also made sure the Mark One Sweater doesn't ride up your body when you move around.
By nixing the overly-elastic waistband, we also made sure the Mark One Sweater doesn't ride up your body when you move around.

Breathable: Wool naturally wicks away moisture, keeping you from getting sweaty when it's hot and preventing heat loss when it's cold.  

Odor resistant: Unlike synthetics, wool efficiently releases sweat into the air so bacteria never gets the chance to form, keeping your sweater odor-free.

Durable: Due to its natural elasticity, wool fibers can be bent thousands of times without breaking, lasting significantly longer than cotton or synthetics. 

Versatile: Soft as cashmere, but significantly more durable, Merino wool is the perfect balance of luxury and practicality. 

 
 

Mark One Sweater: 1 for $85, 2 for $160, or 3 for $230

Thick, soft, well-fitting and made of 100% 19-micron count Australian Merino wool. (Add $25 / sweater for optional suede cowhide elbow patches)
Thick, soft, well-fitting and made of 100% 19-micron count Australian Merino wool. (Add $25 / sweater for optional suede cowhide elbow patches)

$5: Photographic Print

An authorized matte photo reprint of this iconic class photograph from 'Take Ivy', signed by the Hillflint team. Thanks for your support!
An authorized matte photo reprint of this iconic class photograph from 'Take Ivy', signed by the Hillflint team. Thanks for your support!

$10: Silk Knots (3 pairs) OR Socks (1 pair)

Silk knots in six collegiate color combinations.
Silk knots in six collegiate color combinations.
Comfy cotton triblend socks (slightly cushier than regular dress socks) in four collegiate color combinations.
Comfy cotton triblend socks (slightly cushier than regular dress socks) in four collegiate color combinations.

$45: Double-Thick Merino Scarf

Stay toasty in our Double-Thick Merino Scarf. Knit with the same 19-micron extra-fine Merino wool we use in our Mark One Sweater.
Stay toasty in our Double-Thick Merino Scarf. Knit with the same 19-micron extra-fine Merino wool we use in our Mark One Sweater.

$245: Custom Numeral Sweater

A fully custom Hillflint Class Numeral Sweater. We will dye and knit a 100% merino, 5.5-gauge class sweater in the color and year of your choice. Classic fit (more relaxed than our Mark One Sweater).
A fully custom Hillflint Class Numeral Sweater. We will dye and knit a 100% merino, 5.5-gauge class sweater in the color and year of your choice. Classic fit (more relaxed than our Mark One Sweater).

Ours is the story of a group of college friends who — in the fall of 2012 — came across an old picture of Dartmouth ’68 Ed Heald in an iconic collegiate piece: the class numeral sweater. A sweater so well-made that when Heald showed it to us at Dartmouth Homecoming, it was still in perfect condition. A sweater that embodied quality craftsmanship and a classic, effortless style rarely seen in today’s world of frothy trends and fast fashion.

It is with those values in mind that we undertook our first project, to bring back the class year sweater for our friends and classmates. We made our first batch of sweaters the winter after graduation, and they sold like wildfire. One year later, our dedication to high caliber craftsmanship has earned us the trust of thousands of customers around the world. And now we’re applying what we’ve learned about knitwear to the Mark One Sweater, a piece that combines classic collegiate styling with modern manufacturing and quality materials. Come join us as we rethink knitwear. 

- John, Woody, Alex, Kalon, and Arjuna

Risks and challenges

We spent the last year designing, sourcing, and distributing thousands of luxury collegiate sweaters for our friends and classmates, so we’ve been around the block a few times.

We’ve squared away all the pieces — materials are sourced, contracts are signed, patterns are approved, production is booked, import and customs are arranged, and logistics and fulfillment scenarios are planned. We recognize that it is always possible that unforeseen delays in any of these pieces may impact our ability to deliver promptly. We have accounted for this by building in a cushion in our delivery timelines and, should we perceive any further risk of delay during the production process, we will proactively communicate that to our supporters.

Our modern mill in Beijing makes sweaters for high-end European brands and is equipped with state-of-the art, high-efficiency knitting machines and has the capacity to produce tens of thousands of sweaters every month. We personally visited the mill and had lunch with the knitting technicians back in March. They are awesome and run a really solid operation.

Our goal is to deliver earlier than promised.

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    TAKE IVY PRINT: An authorized matte photo reprint of the iconic class sweater photograph in 'Take Ivy', signed by the founders. Delivered by Christmas. Thanks for your support!

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    SILK KNOTS / SOCKS: 3 pairs of Hillflint silk knots OR 1 pair of Hillflint tri-blend socks in the collegiate color combinations of your choice. Delivered by Christmas.

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    MERINO SCARF: 1 Hillflint Double-Thick Merino Scarf. Midnight blue with white stripe. Ultra-fine knit. Delivered this winter.

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    CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Be the first to get a Mark One Sweater. We will send you a custom-addressed Hillflint Mark One Sweater product card signed by the founders and delivered by Christmas confirming that you will be one of the first to get your sweater when we ship this winter (Feb '14). PLUS 4 pairs of our tri-blend socks, and 6 pairs of our silk knots in all of our collegiate color combinations — also delivered by Christmas.

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    MARK ONE SWEATER: 1 Hillflint Mark One Sweater in the color and size of your choice. Delivered this winter.

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    DOUBLE MARK ONE SWEATERS: 2 Hillflint Mark One Sweaters in the colors and sizes of your choice. Delivered this winter.

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    TRIPLE MARK ONE SWEATERS: 3 Hillflint Mark One Sweaters in the colors and sizes of your choice. Delivered this winter. (Add $75 per each additional sweater desired at this level, up to 10 total sweaters)

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    HILLFLINT CUSTOM NUMERAL SWEATER: We'll craft you a fully-custom numeral sweater to your specifications. Choice of color, size, and numerals. 5.5-gauge Merino knit. Classic fit (more relaxed than our Mark One Sweater). Includes a handwritten gift note signed by the founders. Delivered this winter.

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    DARTMOUTH VISIT: We'll fly you from anywhere in the US to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH for a tour of campus and a day of hanging out with the founders, including a guided hike up Gile Mountain, dinner and drinks at Murphy's on the Green, and a commemorative pong paddle. You'll also receive a set of 3 Mark One Sweaters in our staple colors, a copy of 'Take Ivy' and our Hillflint postcard signed by the founders, 4 pairs of our tri-blend socks, 6 pairs of our silk knots in all of our collegiate color combinations, and our double-thick Merino scarf.

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    PRINCETON VISIT: We'll fly you from anywhere in the US to Princeton University in Princeton, NJ for a tour of campus and a day of hanging out with the founders, including lunch and drinks at an eating club. You'll also receive a set of 3 Mark One Sweaters in our staple colors, a copy of 'Take Ivy' and our Hillflint postcard signed by the founders, 4 pairs of our tri-blend socks, 6 pairs of our silk knots in all of our collegiate color combinations, and our double-thick Merino scarf.

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