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Crowdsourced, geeky and limited-run sock designs with a matching sock donation to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Shelter
Crowdsourced, geeky and limited-run sock designs with a matching sock donation to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Shelter
Crowdsourced, geeky and limited-run sock designs with a matching sock donation to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Shelter
184 backers pledged $10,531 to help bring this project to life.

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This is the Kickstarter page for Sockstash's launch collection. Thanks to all your support, we were able to raise over 200% of our funding goal! 

Check us out at sockstash.com to see the latest designs and news about our platform.

 

 

The clothing we wear every day is an expression of our own unique identities. And yet, when it comes to socks, most people are stuck in the Stone Age, wearing bland, flavorless socks. Even when you do buy a pair of colorful or patterned socks, they are often low-quality, mass- produced designs that fade quickly and wear out.

Inspired by this dilemma, we founded Sockstash, a platform where designers can create and crowdsource unique sock designs to be produced in limited runs - all while helping those less fortunate in the process. Whether you’re sitting at work or running in a 5k, your socks need to be reflective of who you are - and with Sockstash, we can make that a reality.

Step up your stash. Sockstash brings you designs that are guaranteed to stand out from the crowd. Each design is crowdsourced, and every purchase comes with a matching donation to the Los Angeles LGBT youth center for homeless teens.

Sockstash is more than just a traditional sock company. We are a platform where artists and designers can crowdsource the creation of their ideas. We encourage any and all designers to give it a shot - whether you’re someone who draws fan art for fun or a seasoned clothing designer looking to expand your portfolio.

We then take the submissions, filter them for quality and content, and create a 3D mockup of what the sock will look like. Once that has been approved by the artist, we’ll make a physical pre-production sample pair.

At the beginning of each month, the approved socks will be available for pre-order. If they reach at least 100 pre-orders by the end of the month, they will be made into a full production run. If not, 100% of the pledged money will be returned to the backers.

We leave the design creativity in the hands of the artist, and share $2 of each pair sold with them - with no cap on their earning potential. This is double what other sites offer artists for different apparel items.

A link to our artist template can be found here

With Sockstash, we wanted to do more than just sell socks - we wanted to give something back to the world. So we chose the Los Angeles LGBT Youth Center to provide a donated pair of thick, cotton socks for each pair we sell.

According to the National Coalition For the Homeless, amongst the general population, 5% of youth identify as LGBT - but amongst homeless youth, this number jumps 8-fold, with 40% identifying as LGBT.

This group of the population is one of the most vulnerable, and needs our help.

We researched what was available in the market right now, and everything is either screen printed (which fades and chips away with each wash) or made with low-quality materials that distort the designs when worn. We had to search for just the right partner that could guarantee our quality, while still allowing the complexity we know the best designs require.

We care about the quality of our socks, from the design process all the way to manufacturing. That’s why the decided to forego screen printing, and instead sew the actual designs into the socks. This is a more expensive and time consuming process, but the results are worth it - our designs look sharper, and won’t crack and fade after a few washes.

In addition to being awesomely designed, our socks are made to be incredibly comfortable. Our unique blend of cotton, polyester and spandex is specifically formulated to maximize comfort, while maintaining durability and quality of the designs. Each time you slip on your socks, you’ll have that same feeling of comfort and satisfaction - whether it's the first time you're wearing them, or countless washes after.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Sockstash was born out of a frustration. A frustration with the ordinary- with cookie-cutter designs. Frustration for designers who have under appreciated talent. We figured that if we felt this frustration, other people did too. So we took that frustration, and made Sockstash - and haven't looked back since.

Sockstash is much more than a traditional sock company. We are a platform that allows artists to bring their unique designs and transformative parody to an entirely under appreciated piece of clothing that we use almost every day. 

The Sock Squad

 The Support Squad

 

Sockstash is a startup focused on changing how we view socks as an apparel category for fans and designers alike. We wanted to start more than a clothing company. We wanted to create a platform where people could express their ideas, and help out others while doing it. We truly believe that everyone should express their uniqueness, and it is our goal to help each and every person express their own identity.

Sockstash is a new type of company - and to launch, we wanted to do something new too. The usual model of manufacturing is too expensive for a small town startup brand like ours, and as such we wanted to start on Kickstarter. 

By launching our first collection through Kickstarter, a new brand like ours is able to raise the funds needed to make a large production run of socks, and bring costs and prices down to reasonable levels. 

The funds that we raise through the campaign will be used for the production, manufacturing, and shipping of our launch collection, as well as to help the company grow and develop new socks in the future.

 

                                     

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” - Helen Keller

While these are words to live by, they might not be the approach you want to take with the Kickstarter campaigns you choose to support. Rest assured - when Sockstash becomes fully funded, we will do everything in our power to stick to our timeline as outlined above. We’ve spent hundreds of hours developing, testing, and perfecting our sourcing & delivery process, and with numerous samples made and vetted for quality, we are certain we’ll be able to deliver a quality product to our backers.

The biggest risks relate to delays in fulfillment - not fulfillment itself. These concerns are primarily the time needed for production, logistical hurdles with transoceanic shipping, and fulfillment time before delivering the socks. We’ve taken every possible precaution in mitigating these risks, and feel confident the results of the campaign will show that.

Aside from those issues, we cannot foresee any direct challenges or risks - but the process of starting this business has shown that life is always full of surprises. We’re confident that our diverse skill-sets will allow us to effectively manage any issues that arise, and promise to run the campaign with complete transparency and frequent communication.

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    Sockstash Supporters

    Help bring Sockstash to life, and receive exclusive updates and information regarding the latest designs.

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    Give a Pair, Get Some Stickers

    Your support gives a pair of thick, cotton socks to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Shelter.

    In addition, you will receive our premium line of 6 stickers featuring the designs from our launch collection.

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    Stash Stealer

    Be one of the first 25 backers to buy a pair of our Sockstash launch collection and get them for $10!

    One pair of thick, cotton socks will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Shelter.

    Also, get a bonus sticker pack featuring the Sockstash launch collection designs.

    Retail Value: $15

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    Join the Sock Squad

    One pair of your choosing from our Sockstash launch collection.

    One pair of thick, cotton socks will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Shelter.

    Also, get a bonus sticker pack featuring the Sockstash launch collection designs.

    Retail Value: $15

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    Stash Ninja

    Be one of the first 20 backers to buy 3 pairs of the Sockstash Launch Collection and get them for $10 each!

    Three pairs of thick, cotton socks will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Shelter.

    Also, get a bonus sticker pack featuring the Sockstash launch collection designs.

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    Step Up Your Stash

    Three pairs of your choosing from our Sockstash launch collection.

    Three pairs of thick, cotton socks will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Shelter.

    Also, get a bonus sticker pack featuring the Sockstash launch collection designs.

    Retail Value: $45

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    Stash Master

    Be one of the first 15 backers to buy 5 pairs of the Sockstash launch collection and get them for $10 each!

    Five pairs of thick, cotton socks will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Shelter.

    Also, get TWO bonus sticker packs featuring the Sockstash launch collection designs.

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    Sockstash All Star

    Five pairs of your choosing from our Sockstash launch collection.

    Five pairs of thick, cotton socks will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Shelter.

    Also, get TWO bonus sticker packs featuring the Sockstash launch collection designs.

    Retail Value: $75

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    Stash Boss

    Be one of the first 10 backers to buy 10 pairs of our Sockstash launch collection and get them for $10 each!

    Ten pairs of thick, cotton socks will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Shelter.

    Also, get TWO bonus sticker packs featuring the Sockstash launch collection designs.

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    Sockstash Superstar

    Ten pairs of your choice from the Sockstash launch collection.

    Ten pairs of thick, cotton socks will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Shelter.

    Also, get TWO bonus sticker packs featuring the Sockstash launch collection designs.

    Retail Value: $150

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    Stash Mogul

    Be one of the first 5 backers to buy 25 pairs of our Sockstash launch collection and get them for $10 each!

    Twenty-five pairs of thick, cotton socks will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Shelter.

    Also, get FIVE bonus sticker packs featuring the Sockstash launch collection designs.

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    Sockstash Royalty

    Twenty-five pairs of your choice from the Sockstash launch collection.

    Twenty-five pairs of thick, cotton socks will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Shelter.

    Also, get FIVE bonus sticker packs featuring the Sockstash launch collection designs.

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Funding period

- (60 days)