Two years ago, we ran a crowdfunding campaign to bring our first product to market - the Chatfield walking cane. And, it was a success! Now we’re having a second wedding to launch our next product – fashionable compression socks. We design home healthcare products that people are proud to own, and need your help so we can continue launching meaningful products in the market!
Like most utilitarian medical products, compression socks were born out of filling a need. But in the process, the design of the socks seemed to be ignored and forgotten. Traditionally, these garments have been made in some shade of beige, with the intention of hiding the fact that a person is wearing them. This problem continues to exist in the market, and most people who use stigmatizing home healthcare products have limited choice when it comes to using the clinical and stagnant looking products that are available. We aim to change this.
As we did with our canes, we created something that we’d be pumped to wear, and hopefully you will too! Our first pattern, Trig, has been designed in Winnipeg and will be made in Taiwan by one of the leading compression sock manufacturers in the world. To up the game, we threw out some pretty fun color ways, too!
Nerd alert! Scientifically speaking, compression socks can have a number of benefits to a person's health. They can help to increase blood flow through a person’s circulatory system, and also help to reduce leg pain, prevent swelling, prevent varicose and spider veins, and reduce recovery time for sore muscles after high-intensity activity or prolonged sedentary work.
To find your recommended size, please refer to our sizing chart below. Keep in mind that, due to the properties of Nylon and Lycra®, compression socks will typically become tighter after each time they are washed. This process allows the socks to retain their shape and compression level for optimal performance. So, if you are in between sizes, we suggest you get the larger of the two sizes to ensure that your socks will perform best.
We don’t think you should have to hide anything, so we’ve developed our socks using bold, modern patterns, and bright fashion colors. You can dress them up, dress them down, or stretch them out. We’ve put a lot of love into making socks that will look great, and keep your legs feeling energized all day.
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After having worked together for over 5 years, we started collaborating to undertake small design projects. By the spring of 2011, Top & Derby was born, with the vision of disrupting a stagnant industry that lacks innovation. Individually, we each have over 15 years of experience in different aspects of entrepreneurship, design, and business.
There’s an assumption that people don’t want well-designed home healthcare products. We’ve heard it firsthand, many times. But, when we ask users what they want, they couldn’t echo our vision more. Help us to prove that there is a market for design-inspired home healthcare products. We aim to change the stigma of disability and inspire the self-confidence of people who use our products, so please help us to spread the love for inclusive design.
Ben & Matt
Risks and challenges
We've spent a lot of time prototyping different patterns for the socks, and are now at the point where we are ready to manufacture the products. With your support, we will use the funds to put the socks into production! Our goal is to ship socks to supporters by December 31st, 2015. Over the course of the campaign, we will update each supporter with our progress; you are part of the journey and your support will help us to achieve success!
Risk One: We raise a higher level of funds than expected and cannot keep up with demand.
Since we have been working with our manufacturing partner for almost two years, we are aware of the maximum capacity of products that can be supplied to us on a monthly basis. Overall, the supply available to us significantly exceeds our forecasted demand for our initial production run of socks.
Risk Two: Our production costs are higher than expected and we can’t deliver the product.
In working with many different manufacturers to develop our socks, we have secured pricing for the production costs of the products we are launching. Additionally, we have taken into account all of the extra costs that go into creating high quality products, such as packaging costs and shipping costs.
Risk Three: Our production run of socks does not meet our standards.
Since we are meticulous designers first and business people second, we do not settle for mediocrity. We can ensure that we will only ship the highest quality products to our supporters. If that means delaying production to get the right product out the door, we will do that – and we will let you know along the way through our progress updates. However, since we’ve been sourcing products from many different manufacturers over the past 18 months, the samples we’ve received to date have exceeded our expectations; we hope to exceed yours.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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