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Fur pom-pom hats you can trust! Four wicked styles at special Kickstarter prices, made from softest cashmere & responsibly sourced fur
Fur pom-pom hats you can trust! Four wicked styles at special Kickstarter prices, made from softest cashmere & responsibly sourced fur
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THE PROJECT

Hello, I'm Lilly, I founded Tallis to make beautiful accessories from responsibly sourced fur, bringing my passion for sustainability to every product we make.  Here's my brother Will, our photographer, and Caitlyn, one of our models.  

There are a few fur pom-pom beanies around these days.  But we do them properly at Tallis.  First of all our beanies are the best of the best – soft and sumptuous 100% cashmere or merino in super cool styles like the slouchy beanie or the beret mini pom.  

The second difference is that we believe in only sourcing fur in a responsible way.  We know it’s hard to trust where fur comes from, so we made these Tallis hats with pride, explaining below exactly why you can trust them – if you agree with us, support us and get one of our great rewards.

MEET THE TALLIS HATS

We have got four hats for you to choose from.  The hats are lovingly hand-made from up-cycled cashmere or merino jumpers, making each one totally unique. 

1. Beret Mini Pom100% Merino wool, hand-made.  
Vintage mink fur pom-pom, hand-made.  Pom-pom colour: Camel.

2. Impy Beanie
100% Cashmere, hand-made 
Two vintage mink fur pom-poms, hand-made.  Pom-pom colour: Camel.

3. Slouchy Sheepy Beanie 
100% Cashmere, hand-made
Shearling (sheep) pom-pom, hand-made.  Pom-pom colour: Black.

4. Slouchy Foxy Beanie
100% Cashmere, hand-made
Swiss Red Fox fur pom-pom, hand-made. Pom-pom colour: Red/brown.

THE STORY BEHIND EACH HAT

Slouchy Beanie
Slouchy Beanie

Fur is a beautiful, high performance material that needs to be sourced responsibly.  All Tallis products are made from responsibly sourced fur.  What does that mean?  We think it comes down to saying yes to two questions.  Do you know where the fur has come from and how the product was made?  And; would you be comfortable wearing it based on what you know?  To us, it’s about enabling our customers to make an informed decision based on what criteria are important to them.  Each of these hats has a story that we think you’ll believe in.  Read about how each one is made and pick the one that you’ll wear with pride.

How the Beret Mini Pom is made: This little French hat is hand-sewn by Faith out of 100% merino wool. She buys high quality vintage jumpers and re-manufactures them into our berets in her studio in Portland, Oregon.  The mink pom-pom comes from a vintage coat we bought in England and gave to Mr Gale who turned it into 289 mini mink balls.  Following a hilarious voyage, during which they popped out of her bag at every opportunity, the 289 mini mink balls came to live in Geneva with Lilly.  Sadly one was found later on the rug, no longer a ball, near Tigger.  After receiving the berets from Faith, Lilly selects and sews on one of the mini mink balls to complete each one.

Tigger and the mini mink ball
Tigger and the mini mink ball

We used this vintage mink fur coat to make our mini mink balls because it means not having to use new fur.  If we run out of these, we will find another vintage mink coat which pre-dates 1975 (i.e. isn’t fuelling new demand for mink from farms).  

How the Impy Beanie is made: This naughty little hat is hand-sewn by Faith out of 100% cashmere.  She buys high quality vintage cashmere jumpers and re-manufactures them into our beanies in her studio in Portland, Oregon.  The vintage mink pom-poms come from the 289 mini mink balls made by Mr Gale.  Who is Mr Gale anyway?  Buy our cookie pledge for £10 and find out!

How the Slouchy Sheepy Beanie is made:  This gorgeous little hat is hand-sewn by Faith out of 100% cashmere.  She buys high quality vintage cashmere jumpers and re-manufactures them into our beanies in her studio in Portland, Oregon.  The shearling (sheepskin) pom-pom is hand-made by Lilly in Geneva, Switzerland.  We use sheepskin because it is a by-product of the food industry.

How the Slouchy Foxy Beanie is made:  This perfect little hat is hand-sewn by Faith out of 100% cashmere.  She buys high quality vintage cashmere jumpers and re-manufactures them into our beanies in her studio in Portland, Oregon.  The Swiss Red Fox pom-pom is hand-made in Lausanne, Switzerland by Ivan who is Vice President of the Swiss Fur Association.  Lilly receives the hats from Faith and sews on the pom-poms from Ivan, her fingers get quite tired and she has to have a cup of tea in between each one.  

We use the Swiss Red Fox because its fur is a by-product of an environmental management programme in Switzerland.  Following the extinction of the wolf, lynx and bear in Switzerland, and a successful vaccination project by the Swiss government, the native red fox has thrived in the absence of natural population controls.  In order to healthily regulate the species, a control system has been introduced by the government.  The fur is typically destroyed and wasted, so the Swiss Association of Professional Furriers has begun to buy and promote it as an alternative fur for fashion.  Read more from the Swiss Fur Association.

CHOOSING YOUR HAT

Impy Beanie
Impy Beanie

See more images at the bottom!

Style:  You have four styles to choose from (Beret, Impy, Sheepy, Foxy), or you can go for one of our combination packages.  We have included lots of images of each style at the bottom of this page.  Our website is another great way to explore which style is right for you.  Of course if you have any questions while deliberating, feel free to ask me on lilly@thetallis.com.

Colour:  Once you have chosen your hat(s), tell us which colours you want by emailing sales@thetallis.com.  The available colours are described below and on our website.  You can email any time from when you make your pledge up until Friday 12th December (the day after the campaign ends).  If we haven’t heard from you by then we’ll try to chase you up, and if not will send you the standard colours given in the lead images above (see Meet the Tallis Hats section).

Sizing:  The hats are one size, designed to fit everyone.  The beanies are 25cm wide, because they have a slouchy fit where any excess falls to the rear, they fit almost any head size.  The berets are equally universal because they have a ribbon tie, meaning their size can be tightened or loosened to almost anything you want, at full stretch they are 28cm across.

If your Tallis hat arrives and just doesn't fit, we will move mountains to exchange it for one that does.  Simply email us on sales@thetallis.com and we will explain what you need to do to exchange it.

Shipping and timing:  As you can see on the right, each hat is available either as a pre-Christmas delivery, or New Year (February 2015).  If you want your hat(s) before Christmas, make sure you plck the correct option.  Hurry, we've limited these pledges to just 40 hats!

Gift box: This is the gift box.  You can get it by choosing the Christmas Shopper or Sponsor Extraordinaire pledges.  If you want it for any of the other pledges, please add £10 per hat to your pledge amount, or request it when you choose your hat colour by emailing sales@thetallis.com.

Tallis gift box
Tallis gift box

WHY I AM LOOKING FOR FUNDING

Slouchy Beanies
Slouchy Beanies

I have set up this project with a funding goal of £8,000 to invest in two things.  

First I need to spend £2,000 to start producing my hats in bulk.  That means efficiently sourcing sufficient quantities of raw materials - from cashmere jumpers to vintage fur pieces - and investing in production at scale by building up my small stock of textiles for linings and trimmings, plus packaging and labelling. 

I will also use £1,500 to create a budget for partnering with professional designers for the Tallis AW16 collection and developing new products.  This might be through collaborations or capsule collections, and I am already talking with designers at London Fashion School.  Doing this will enable me to focus on what I do best - the sourcing side, searching our new opportunities in responsible fur.

The rest of the funding (£4,500) will be spent on producing and sending the hats and other pledges.  My hope is that these special Kickstarter hats will act as an impetus to kickstart demand of the products even after the campaign has ended.  Any funding over the £8,000 target will be spent on producing the extra pledges (57%) with the rest going towards the cost of taking the AW16 collection to Paris Fashion Week (43%)

With your help I’ll be able to get these responsibly sourced, luxury hats off the ground, enabling a more sustainable future for the growing market of fur.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Slouchy Beanies
Slouchy Beanies

MORE PHOTOS OF THE HATS

Here are a few more photos of the hats in this campagin.  You can also take a look on the Tallis website for the full range.

1. Beret Mini Pom. Click to see available hat colours. All pom-poms in camel (top right).
1. Beret Mini Pom. Click to see available hat colours. All pom-poms in camel (top right).
2. Impy Beanie. Click to see available hat colours. All pom-poms in camel (top right).
2. Impy Beanie. Click to see available hat colours. All pom-poms in camel (top right).
3. Slouchy Sheepy Beanie. Click to see available hat colours. All pom-poms in black shearling (top right).
3. Slouchy Sheepy Beanie. Click to see available hat colours. All pom-poms in black shearling (top right).
4. Slouchy Foxy Beanie. Click to see available hat colours. In pom-poms in Swiss Red Fox (top right).
4. Slouchy Foxy Beanie. Click to see available hat colours. In pom-poms in Swiss Red Fox (top right).

SPECIAL THANKS TO

Will Milligan - Photography www.willmilligan.co.uk
Lainy Black - Film Lainy Black on Vimeo
Faith Johnston - Make up www.faithmakeup.com @faithaveryfox
Caitlyn Leckey - Model Caitlyn Lecky at Storm
Nina Kjellman - Model
Sophie Hanley - Model
Kumi Ebong - Design
Vicky Maskill - Stylist, enthusiasm, inspiration
Piera - Art direction, support, encouragement
Adam - Patience
Tigger - Pom-pom guard dog. Not.



Music rights: Moby Gratis and Audio Jungle 

Risks and challenges

We have already produced a number of these hats for sale in Geneva and online. We are therefore confident of being able to provide the hats as described, and are happy with the positive feedback so far received from customers about their quality and sizing.

We have limited the pledges for hats delivered before Christmas to 40, as we believe this is what is achievable in that timeframe, given our current stock and production rate, and the colour varieties we anticipate.

We have not limited the pledges for February delivery as we anticipate the additional three months is all we need to produce the number we expect. If the number of pledges starts to greatly surpasses our expectations, we will close down the February pledges and open new ones for April (and thereafter in two month increments as needed).

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    TALLIS SUPER HERO
    A special thank you note, Kickstarter updates and my never-ending love and thanks.

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    MR GALE'S SPECIAL COOKIES Home made bag of festive cookies, with a note revealing Mr Gale's name. Who is Mr Gale? Read the Story Behind Each Hat (below left). Only you special people will get to find out the name of the mystery man who makes our mini mink balls!

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    TALLIS CHRISTMAS CARDS
    A box of 20 luxury Christmas cards with envelopes featuring the Tallis stag in a santa hat. No text inside, can be used as Christmas cards or thank you cards.

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    1. BERET MINI POM - FOR CHRISTMAS
    £10 less than retail price. Beret made from 100% merino wool, hand-sewn. Spiky yet soft mini pom-pom hand-sewn from vintage mink fur.
    FREE shipping to UK and Switzerland

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    1. BERET MINI POM
    £10 less than retail price. Beret made from 100% merino wool, hand-sewn. Spiky yet soft mini pom-pom hand-sewn from vintage mink fur.

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    IMPY BEANIE - FOR CHRISTMAS
    £10 less than retail price.
    Beanie made from 100% pure cashmere, hand-sewn, luxurious, soft and incredibly warm. The spiky yet soft two mini pom-poms are hand-sewn from vintage mink fur.
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    IMPY BEANIE
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    SLOUCHY SHEEPY BEANIE
    £10 less than retail price.
    Beanie made from 100% pure cashmere, hand-sewn, luxurious, soft and incredibly warm. The soft, full pom-pom is hand-sewn from shearling (sheepskin).

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    SLOUCHY FOXY BEANIE
    £10 less than retail price.
    Beanie made from 100% pure cashmere, hand-sewn, luxurious, soft and incredibly warm. The incredible pom-pom is hand-sewn from Swiss Red Fox, a by-product fur in Switzerland.

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    THE HAT LOVER - TWO HATS
    £19 less than retail price.
    The Impy Beanie and Foxy Beanie to change your look every other day.
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    THE HAT LOVER - THREE HATS
    £48 less than retail price.
    The Impy Beanie, Sheepy Beanie and Foxy Beanie - three hats to change your look every day.
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    CHRISTMAS SHOPPER - SIX HATS
    £96 less than retail price.
    Two of each of the Impy Beanie, Sheepy Beanie and Foxy Beanie - all individually gift wrapped. That's six Christmas presents done!
    (Email if you have special hat combination to request).
    Note: The price of the pledge above was a typo, £299 was actually £196 below retail. This pledge is correctly priced at £399 (£96 below retail - still a great offer!).

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    SPONSOR EXTRAORDINAIRE!
    Every single reward hat plus the hat lover three hats package (that’s 7 hats in total!), all gift wrapped to give as presents at Christmas, hand delivered by Lilly over dinner at a London or Geneva restaurant of your choice where I will pick up the tab!

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    GETAWAY IN THE TALLIS SKI CHALET
    A holiday for 8 people in our brand new luxury chalet in Morzine, France, completed during the winter of 2015-2016. The chalet has four double bedrooms, a spa area and parking. We will design and book a custom itinerary just for you and we will cover the cost of: Transfer from/to Geneva airport, 3 nights accommodation, 1-day guided ski day with a local guide in the famous Porte du Soleil ski area. Plus, we'll give you a present of one Tallis beanie hats (worth up to £99) per guest upon arrival. Must select holiday date at least twelve weeks in advance of the trip. Gear rental, flights/train, food/beverage are not included. Refer to the left for colour and style options for your hats.

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    SLOUCHY SHEEPY BEANIE - FOR CHRISTMAS
    £10 less than retail price.
    Beanie made from 100% pure cashmere, hand-sewn, luxurious, soft and incredibly warm. The soft, full pom-pom is hand-sewn from shearling (sheepskin).
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    SLOUCHY FOXY BEANIE - FOR CHRISTMAS
    £10 less than retail price.
    Beanie made from 100% pure cashmere, hand-sewn, luxurious, soft and incredibly warm. The incredible pom-pom is hand-sewn from Swiss Red Fox, a by-product fur in Switzerland.
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    CHRISTMAS SHOPPER - SIX HATS
    £96 less than retail price.
    Two of each of the Impy Beanie, Sheepy Beanie and Foxy Beanie - all individually gift wrapped. That's six Christmas presents done!
    (Email if you have special hat combination to request).

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Funding period

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