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A clothing brand for kids that gives back. 25% of our profits from now until the end of time will be donated to worthy non-profits.
A clothing brand for kids that gives back. 25% of our profits from now until the end of time will be donated to worthy non-profits.
146 backers pledged $6,530 to help bring this project to life.

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So, who are we?

Oh, hi. It’s a pleasure to speak with you.

We’re Small Apparel from Portland, Oregon, and we create well designed, super comfy graphic clothes for kids and babies. We’re a teeny-weeny family run business (Amanda, Ryan & Calvin) and we’re changing the way that we do business. 

We need your help.

How are we changing the business?

If this campaign is successful (fingers crossed), we’ll be able to decrease our production costs significantly, allowing us to give 25% of our profits, until the end of time, to various deserving nonprofits. HOLY MOLY.

Please note that the funds from this Kickstarter won't go to the nonprofits (as it's against Kickstarter rules), but 25% of everything we sell after this will.

How will this work?

After this Kickstarter is over, each season (four per year), we will partner with a handful of nonprofits that we think are doing great work for kids, and design clothes inspired by them. For each item that we sell, 25% of the profits will go to the charity that inspired the design. Easy, right?

So, why don’t we do that now?

Great question! 

Our current fulfillment set-up uses an on-demand printer who also ships our stuff to customers. Which is great! It really is great. But the downside is, we don’t really make that much of a profit (sometimes none), and we don’t want to raise our prices at all.

Further complicating things for us, our current fulfillment provider has a limited number of items that they stock and that we can sell. We want to expand our lines to include other awesome stuff (hats, sunglasses, flying cars, who knows??!?!) and the only way to do that, is by having inventory ourselves, which brings us to…

What will we do with the money?

We will abscond to the Netherlands, never to be heard from again!

No we won’t.

We’ll instead use the money that you are so generously providing (thanks again!) to stock our tiny first floor apartment with lots and lots of cardboard boxes full of awesome apparel. We will also get that apparel printed locally here in Portland, and then shipped out to you. PLUS, we’ll stock our online shop and spread the word about our company and the awesome charities that we’ll work with.

We’ll also use some of the money for boring things like taxes and fees and whatnot. Yaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwn.

Here’s a simple and rough breakdown, in delicious pie-chart form, of where your money will go:

But what do you get in return?

Thanks for backing us! You’re the best!

Aside from those kind words (delivered quietly by Calvin), we have all kinds of cool stuff for rewards. See:

  So, how long will this thing take?

Here's a rough timeline of what you can expect. We made sure to manage expectations and are planning on beating all of these dates (fingers crossed).

Thanks!

A huge thank you to rjd2 for letting us use his killer song in our video.

Also, big thanks to Grady Britton, the coolest agency in Portland, for letting us shoot in and around their office.

Aaaaand large thanks to the folks over at Princess Awesome, for the immeasurable help and advice.  They make super cool stuff for girls; you should go buy some of it.

Lastly, and most importantly, thanks to everyone who is backing us, looking at us, or knows that we exist.  We can't do this without you.

Risks and challenges

Supplier Delays: One of the only things that we cannot control in this process is the supply of our materials. Depending upon the volume of our orders, our suppliers may not be able to fulfill everything as quickly as we would like. We have trusted suppliers and work with excellent producers, but you never do know these days...

Shipping: Since we will not be driving out to your home to personally deliver your awesome stuff, and we cannot control the weather, there may be some delays in shipping. Keep your fingers crossed.

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    THANKS!

    Calvin will thank you kindly for your generosity under his breath. You'll also get listed on our website as a backer. Sweet!

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    TWITTER FOLLOW!

    A heartfelt, under his breath thanks from Calvin, being listed on our website as a backer, PLUS we'll follow you on Twitter.

    Weird!

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    ACTIVITY BOOK!

    Digital, downloadable PDF copy of an awesome and custom made Small Apparel Activity Book. Plus, Calvin will thank you under his breath and you'll get listed on our website as a backer.

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    YOU: DOING ACTIVITIES!

    For our EARLY BIRDERS, we'll use a family-friendly picture that you send us (of yourself, or your kid(s) or your iguana, or whatever) and illustrate it as a part of our downloadable Small Apparel Activity Book.

    You'll be famous (among backers who get the Activity Book)!

    Plus, Calvin will thank you under his breath, you'll be listed on our website as a backer, and we'll follow you on Twitter.

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    TOTE BAG Y'ALL!

    Pledge at this level and we'll send you a great, high quality tote bag in whatever design you want from our collection. (May we suggest the Authors tote for your library trips?)

    Plus, Calvin will thank you under his breath, we'll follow you on Twitter, we'll list you on our website as a backer, and we'll send you the Activity Book.

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    ONESIE OR TEE OR TANK! YOU CHOOSE!

    Super soft onesie, t-shirt or tank top coming your baby's or kid's way. Let us know the size and design you'd like and we'll ship it out when it's ready.

    Plus, a thank you from Calvin, a Twitter follow, a listing on our website, and the Activity Book.

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    WARM SWEATSHIRT!

    Pledge at this level and you'll get a very comfy sweatshirt in any design you want! Let us know what that is, plus the size you need, and we'll send it.

    BLAMMO!

    Plus, the thanks, Twitter follow, website listing, and the Activity Book all come your way for FREE!

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    FRAMED ART!

    This pledge amount will get you a beautiful 12"x18" framed print of any design you want. Pick a design and we'll print it up, frame it and expertly pack it to ship directly to your wall (wait, your UPS guy doesn't also hang art?).

    CLASSY!

    You also, duh, get the Calvin thanks, the Twitter follow, the website mention, and the Activity Book.

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    CANVAS PRINT!

    Pledge this amount, and we'll print any design that you choose from our collection ON STRETCHED CANVAS! LIKE REAL ART! SERIOUSLY! 16"x20"! Your friends will think you spent a million dollars on it!

    SO MUCH MORE CLASSY!

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    YOUR PET IMMORTAL!

    We'll use a picture of your pet in one of our designs and send you a framed print of the design. The mangier the better!

    Plus, we'll follow you on Twitter, Calvin will thank you under his breath, we'll send your the digital Activity Book, and you'll be listed on our website as a backer.

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    PRINTS & PILLOWS!

    $150 or more will now get you a huge Framed 16"x20" Print of your choice! PLUS you'll get two 18"x18" throw pillows with the designs you want on them. Your couch is going to look incredible.

    DAG!

    You also get the thank you, the Twitter follow, the website mention and the Activity Book.

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    SO MANY CLOTHES!

    Pledge $300 or more and you'll get an crazy amount of stuff from us. Pick your favorite three designs from our collection and we'll send you onesies, t-shirts, totes and sweatshirts in those designs. Three of each thing.

    WOWZA!

    You also, as usual, get the Calvin thanks, the Twitter follow, the website mention, and the Activity Book.

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    FILL THE CLOSET!

    This pledge will let you choose your five favorite designs from our collection, tell us the sizes that you need them in, and we'll send you one of everything in those designs! That's five onesies, five totes, five tees, five tanks, and five sweatshirts!

    DANG! THAT'S A LOT OF CLOTHES!

    Plus, Calvin will thank you under his breath, we'll send you the PDF Activity Book, you'll be listed on our site as a backer, and we'll follow you on Twitter.

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    CHOOSE A CHARITY!

    All kinds of cool stuff! Activity book, website listing, Twitter follow, Calvin thanks, and one of all of our designs in whatever form you want (t-shirt, onesie, sweatshirt, tote, framed art, canvas, whatever!) from our first collection.

    PLUS, you'll get to choose a kid friendly non-profit that you care about, and we will work with them in an upcoming collection!

    WHOA MAN!

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