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Hi Ali, I just checked and your order/shipment tracking number shows that it was successfully delivered a while ago. If your building has a receptionist or other residents who may have received it, you should check in with them. I'll resend your tracking info again in case you lost it, and will follow-up by email to help. Thanks!
Not been any comments here in some time, I'm assuming I may be just about the only one without their jeans yet...
Got mine a week ago. Perfect fit, great design. Thanks!
Okay, received my jeans on 7/18, Slim version, male, 36W/32L.
- Every little detail was considered for these pants. I picked up my package from FedEx because I didn't want to wait another day to get these. They're my first pair of high-end jeans. I was a loyal Levi's 511 guy.
- Even the packaging for shipment was impressive. The jeans came in a very nice resealable bag and included a small bottle of cleaning liquid and really great instructions on how to care for the jeans. I had emailed Solomon, but didn't even need to because all my questions were answered with the care instructions.
- The Jeans: The jeans themselves look and feel fantastic. They have a very minimalist look to them that works so well, and the little touches let me know that every aspect of them was gone over with a fine-tooth comb and thoughtfully considered. I personally love the look of them and they are definitely my new daily-drivers.
- I wore them on Friday to work, which was only a 3 hour day. I think around 3 people noticed and commented on the jeans, all positive. I wore them again yesterday and had even more people notice them. I normally dress pretty casually, but these jeans can definitely pull double duty. They go with just a t-shirt and old kicks, or right now I have them on with a button down shirt and nice shoes, and already had someone comment how nicely they go together. The 511's just got replaced.
- I am extremely happy I went with Parke Jeans as my first pair of raws, and I'm very happy with how professional and successful the Kickstarter campaign was. I got a great deal on some great jeans, and was able to help someone like Solomon who is obviously passionate about producing high-quality clothing.
Cool, got my shipment confirmed email yesterday. Can't wait to see how they look and feel.
Your email bounced back. Could you send me status? I backed for two pairs.
As noted in the prior update and emails, we've moved off of the Kickstarter platform to post updates, track orders, and answer any questions. We've been sending out regular updates there. While we love Kickstarter (and it is obviously a fantastic tool for crowdfunding), the ongoing tools that we need for managing orders, CRM, and email communications is really limited. So, we've ended up using MailChimp, Desk.com, and a couple of other tools. If you haven't received any updates or have any questions, please shoot us an email at email@example.com.
So no updates in months?? What's going on with production? Why is it taking so long? Any answers to these questions to be nice. I'm sure I'm not the only backer wondering.
In for an update on shipping. I had forgotten about my pledge and "rediscovered" it on my backer profile. I hope to see the jeans soon.
I just looked through my e-mails, looks like they put a estimated ship date for May 31 on the survey. I think commenting on the Updates would have been a good move as not everyone saw that.
Would love an update on shipping dates. Last I heard it was end of March. Thanks Solomon!
Hi, any updates when our jeans will be shipping?
Matt: my preference definitely would have been to make certain questions optional, but there wasn't an option to do so with Kickstarter's survey tool. We asked the question on income to get some demographic info on our customers, but understand how it may be putting off to users without the ability to skip the question. Point taken. Going forward, we are going to move off of the Kickstarter platform tools, so we'll have more flexibility using SurveyMonkey. Thanks.
asking for household income without an opt-out is pretty obnoxious. explain to me how you knowing my household income will make my jeans fit better? or help get them delivered faster? in the future, include an opt-out, be respectful of backer's privacy.
You should enter in the waist size of the jeans that you want to order (ie. the size of jeans that you would buy at a department store). We do this because some customers like to wear their jeans looser or tighter depending upon their style. Our jeans are true-to-fit, and we offer our jeans measurements here if you want to compare them to your current jeans: http://bit.ly/parkejeanssizing.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. I'm glad to recommend a size if you want to send me information on the jeans brand/style/size that you currently wear too.
Hi Solomon, a question regarding the survey:
What should i enter at ENTER YOUR JEANS WAIST SIZE - the W size of my current jeans, or should i measure my waist for that?
MichaelO: Thanks for the help responding! Much appreciated.
Nabila: Yes, as Michael mentioned, there is a link to the fit guide in the survey (you might have overlooked it since the Kickstarter form doesn't let us hyperlink any URL's).
Here is the link to the sizing guide for the jeans: http://bit.ly/parkejeanssizing
Here is the link to the sizing guide for the t-shirts: http://bit.ly/parkeshirtsizing
If you have any questions about how we compare to any specific jeans, just shoot me an email at email@example.com.
You can find a link to the size and style guide in the reward survey: http://bit.ly/parkejeanssizing.
I've gotten my survey, but there aren't any links to fit guides or sizing comparisons to other brands. Are you still working on these?
Yes, another update will be coming soon - as of now, there aren't any new changes from the prior update. We've been working on production, and the orders for jeans & t-shirts are still on track for delivery by the end of March. We're going to produce across sizes/styles, so we don't need sizing and shipping info until closer to the shipment date when we send out your order. By the end of next week, we'll be finishing up our fit guide and including that in the survey that we'll be sending out. We're adding illustrations to our fit guide, and are also collecting data on fit comparisons with other jeans to make the fit guide more intuitive. If you have any more questions, just let me know! Feel free to reach out directly too at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there another update? It's March already and haven't heard much from this project. Totally looking forward to my new jeans! :)
So far, we've only sent out the surveys to the $10 Rewards tier (since those thank you cards were set to ship in January). For the rest of the rewards that are set to ship in March, we will be sending out a survey towards the end of the month to collect your shipping and size information. Since Kickstarter only allows us to send out 1 survey to each backer, we've been advised to send the survey out closer to the ship date just in case any backers move and change addresses.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
Congratulations indeed! But did I miss the survey?
Congrats on your success! This was a terrific project.
@Paul & @Kim: Thanks so much for your pledges and support! I'll be posting an update shortly to members with details on our next steps. Stay tuned and thanks again!
Yay congratulations on the funding! Now comes the hard part :). Best of luck with the road ahead!
@Gary: thanks so much for your pledge and support! Looking forward to getting you our jeans!
@Mark: Yes, absolutely! After the campaign is done, we're going to email all of our backers with a survey that provides the sizing information for all of our different styles. In this form, we're going to collect your requested style/size and shipping information, and we will also ask for which current brand/size of jeans that you wear and provide a recommendation. Thanks for your support, Mark!
Solomon, will you be able to provide a sizing guide (width of leg at opening, rise, etc.) across the sizing and style range so that we can get a better idea of fit? Thanks!
Congrats! We're so glad you made your goal and then some. Can't wait to get our jeans!
@Edward: Yes, that's definitely possible. At the end of the campaign, we're going to send out a survey form to collect all of the order details (size, style, etc.) and shipping address. You can specify your address then. Thanks again for your pledge and support!
@ Solomon Liou, My shipping address is different to my billing address, is there anyway I can make sure that's sorted?
@Nina, thanks so much for your pledge and also for sharing the comments! Really appreciate the support, and I'm looking forward to getting you our jeans!
@Ivan I saw the founder of Kickstarter speak at a conference a few months ago, and he had a good point to make that I think speaks to your question.
Over the past year or two, Kickstarter has kind of turned into a pre-sales/order vehicle for product manufacturers looking for initial investors... and that's never been the point. That's why Kickstarter added the "Risks, etc" bit, at the bottom of the homepage for each project. They are looking into how to better position the "Backing Prizes," as that's really what the pledge rewards are—tokens of thanks, for offering your backing to a "something." NPR totebags are TOTALLY not worth $50, but they're a nice little thank you for supporting public radio.
To actually do effective fundraising, all Makers need to have some pledge offerings that will yield very high margins, and some with lower margins... but get their product out into the hands of consumers. They're trying first and foremost to make a viable business happen, and that's excruciatingly high-risk. Especially since the Makers have quit their "real" jobs and are putting their career on the lines to do this. :)
Just wanted to post this, as a not-from-Solomon insight into how/why things are priced as they are. Yeah, I do think Solomon is a stand-up guy from having worked with him, but separate from that, his pricing is actually very, very low wrt pledge/reward value. And, hearing the above insight, also made me feel better about spending $50 for film DVDs, etc. :)
For the record, I'd just like to state that I used to work with Solomon, and he's both a VERY stand-up guy, and a sharp as hell businessman. Sharp, to the point that sometimes I thought he was too anal & boring to work with. So thrilled to see this dude, who KNOWS how to work with vendors and how to manage customer expectations, take this turn with his career! And, my booty is very much looking forward to shakin' some in his jeans... :D
@Nabila - thanks for your support and for spreading the word! We'll definitely check it out - it's been great to see all of the interest from denim blogs, news sites, and discussion forums. We'll try our best to keep up with the discussions and answer any questions. Thanks again!
I started a thread about your project on superfuture (http://supertalk.superfuture.com/index.php…).
I think it would be really great if you posted updates and information on that forum too.
@Vinay, thanks for your purchase! Yes, you can definitely get 1 for yourself and 1 for your wife - we're excited to get our jeans to both of you! (As a complete side note, we originally had even thought up promotional ideas to encourage couples to buy together and then email us a 'couples photo' for our website - maybe we'll still do that in the future!). When our Kickstarter campaign ends, we'll be sending out a survey to request the size/style/shipping details and you can just specify your choices then. Thanks again for your purchase and support!
@Solomon just pledged $250 and optimistic that you guys will make the goal! Looking forward to wearing the best jeans ever. I assume that I can get 1 pair for me and 1 for my wife yes?
@Jake, thanks for your support! Much appreciated and looking forward to getting our product into your hands!
@Jessica, thank you for your kind note! We're excited to be your first selvedge denim experience! Be forewarned that once you upgrade to selvedge, it may be hard to switch back to ordinary denim jeans :)
Great product and well executed. Excited to support this!
Thank you for your very thoughtful response, Solomon! I was mainly curious if a t-shirt had any special fabric integrated (a la Ministry of Supply) but if you are setting up your own t-shirt production in NYC I can understand pricing for premium design & feel.
Perhaps you can add some t-shirt details on the main page as that tier isn't getting a lot of backers.
This is so awesome! Love clothes that use better fabric technology to improve quality.. been waiting to try out selvedge denim to see what all the hype is about too! AND supporting American workers is the cherry on top :)
First of all, thank you for your support and for making a pledge! We are planning to provide our first update shortly, so stay tuned!
As you can see in our photos, our t-shirts offer our "Parke New York" logo printed on either men's or women's white t-shirts, made in America. While our campaign is focused on our premium selvedge stretch jeans, we decided to offer these t-shirts as an additional reward for people who wanted to support our campaign with a smaller pledge, or who simply wanted a high quality t-shirt with our logo.
The price of $45 is based on the premium quality of our t-shirts, which we've designed to match the superior quality our jeans. They're made in the U.S., they feature our logo printed on the front, and the fabric has a more smooth, luxurious hand feel.
There is definitely a wide range of quality when it comes to t-shirts and even the various grades of cotton fiber. Quality drastically changes from cheaper $2 undershirts to $75+ luxury designer tee's. As a matter of preference, we decided to offer a higher quality t-shirt that we think our supporters will appreciate.
Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you again for your support!
This is an interesting project so I hope you guys can maintain initial momentum by proving periodical updates & new information throughout the campaign.
P.S. While the price of jeans is reasonable, I'm rather curious what makes a t-shirt worth $45 after S&H. I backed Flint & Tinder and their premium tagless made in the USA tee is $22.95.