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Big Brother is real and he's watching. Become untrackable and unhackable with UnPocket™ enabled stealth fashion #GoDark

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Thanks to everyone who pledged their support for this project over the last 30 days! It’s been an amazing ride so far and this is only the beginning! 

Please join our email list and/or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest updates on ‘1984’ as well as our next collection which may or may not have something to do with a white whale...

And if you’ve missed your chance here, check out the ‘1984’ stealth fashion website and you might be lucky enough to secure a preorder before we go into production!

Zoltan

We’ve had some amazing press over the last few weeks on some of the biggest and most influential outlets across the spectrum. We’ve been on the radio in Coventry and Sydney plus we’ve been picked up in the Netherlands, Romania, Korea, China, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and even Iran! The response has been nothing short of phenomenal and we are truly humbled. Massive thanks to everyone who has written about us and spread the love!

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Edward Snowden proved that Big Brother is no longer fiction. The government is watching everyone via our smart phones: telescreens beyond Orwell’s wildest dreams. It's time to fight back and reclaim privacy with clothing that takes you off the surveillance grid and makes you invisible to Big Brother.

 

The '1984' stealth fashion collection combines the colours and workwear styling of Orwell's fiction with UnPocket™ stealth technology for the post-Snowden reality:

  • UnPocket™
  • Party Workshirt
  • Party Chinos
  • Outer Party Jacket
  • Inner Party Blazer

  • Here at THE AFFAIR we've been making wearable stories inspired by your favourite books for 7 years (our very first graphic Tshirt was 'Miniluv'). More importantly, we've spent over 12 months perfecting the cuts and details of '1984'. We've made dozens of samples and now the factory is ready and waiting to start production. Best of all, we're cutting out the middle man and offering wholesale prices to Kickstarter backers with free shipping anywhere!

    Every piece in the '1984' collection is built around a removable stealth pocket made from police-grade shielding fabrics that securely block all Cell, WiFi, GPS and RFID signals to ~100 dB. 

    We're calling it the UnPocket™ in homage to Orwell because it works much like Winston Smith in the bowels of Minitrue: simply pop your phone, passport and bank cards inside and become invisible to Big Brother within seconds.

                                                          

    UnPocket™ is a secure pouch made from layers of stealth fabric that allows you to drop off the surveillance grid at will. UnPocket™ puts you back in control and makes you both untrackable and unhackable.

    UnPocket™ works globally with any phone and any carrier and fits most phones including the new iPhone 6 Plus. Measuring 4.25 x 6.75 inches (11 x 17 cm) internally it’s also big enough to fit your ePassport and contactless bank cards making you secure against wireless identity theft.

    UnPocket™ seamlessly integrates into all outerwear pieces of the ‘1984’ collection and is included with every purchase. It's also sold separately.

    Choose Navy, Black or Oxblood.

    • Police-grade high performance shielding to ~100 dB: physically blocks all Cellular, WiFi, GPS and RFID frequencies (13.56 MHz – 2.4 GHz)
    • Internal dimensions 4.25 x 6.75 inches (11 x 17 cm): plenty of room for all but the biggest phablets plus your passport and credit cards
    • Seamlessly integrates into all '1984' outerwear pieces
    • Works globally with any phone on any carrier
    • Water resistant waxed canvas exterior
    • Free shipping anywhere
                                                         

    Our Party Workshirt is the backbone of the collection inspired by 6079 Smith W. 

    The custom Oxford weave is the perfect year-round weight and the waxed elbow patches are designed to take a beating. The double layer utility 'Victory' chest pocket fits your pen, softpack cigarettes and notebook. Additional details include a slight tail, twin needle stitching throughout, waxed triangular side gusset, centre-back seam with hanging loop and contrast buttons, bar tacks and interior yoke. 

    So whether you’re rewriting history or creating smut for the proles, the relaxed workwear styling of the Party Workshirt makes this your new wardrobe essential.

    Choose Outer Party Indigo or Inner Party Wine.

    • Luxurious custom Oxford weave cotton
    • Workwear style buttoned collar
    • Waxed elbow patches, side gusset and collar underside
    • Centre-back seam with hanging loop
    • Contrast buttons, bartacks and interior yoke
    • Double layer 'Victory' utility chest pocket
    • Durable twin needle stitching throughout
    • Vintage prewash won’t shrink or pill
    • Includes 1x UnPocket™
    • Free shipping anywhere
                                                         

    Developed for the military and the eternal war against Eurasia (or was that Eastasia?) these chinos are virtually indestructible. Constructed from rugged cotton drill with taped sideseams for extra durability and an integrated side-leg UnPocket™ to take you off the grid at a moment's notice. Additional details include waxed pocket welts and contrast interior pocket bags.

    So whether you are making love surreptitiously in the forest or being tortured in Room 101, you can be certain these Party Chinos will see you through the day in style.

    Choose Aged Navy, Black or Oxblood.

    • 10 oz. cotton drill
    • Military button fly
    • Waxed welt pockets
    • Taped sideseams for strength
    • Vintage prewash won’t shrink or pill
    • Includes 1x UnPocket™
    • Free shipping anywhere
                                                         

    Created for the workers of Airstrip One, the Outer Party Jacket captures the eternal drive of IngSoc. 

    The utilitarian canvas is easy to wear and the perfect layer either side of winter and the waxed exterior yoke and collar are naturally water resistant. Don’t tell BB but the included UnPocket™ snaps into either of the patch pockets to quickly and easily reclaim some ownlife.

    Choose Aged Outer Party Blue or Inner Party Black.

    • 14 oz. cotton canvas
    • Waxed collar and exterior yoke
    • Double layer 'Victory' chest pocket
    • Distressed metal shank buttons
    • Centre-back seam with hanging loop
    • Vintage prewash won’t shrink or pill
    • Includes 1x UnPocket™
    • Free shipping anywhere
                                                         

    O’Brien befriended Winston only to stab him in the back, take everything he loved and reduce him to a broken mess. So if you identity with the iron fist of the 1% then this fully-lined Inner Party Blazer is for you! 

    Both your friends and enemies will love the sartorial detail of the working surgeon’s cuffs, custom 4-button sleeve placket and triple needle stitching throughout. And your next Tinder date will swoon thanks to the hidden interior UnPocket™ which keeps you focussed when they start babbling about the increased chocolate rations.

    Choose Outer Party Navy or Inner Party Black.

    • 10 oz. cotton drill
    • Working surgeon's cuffs
    • Custom 4-button sleeve placket
    • Triple needle stitching throughout
    • Fully lined with hidden interior chest pocket
    • Vintage prewash won’t shrink or pill
    • Includes 1x UnPocket™
    • Free shipping anywhere

    The Emmanuel Goldstein Notebook Triple Pack was a stretch goal that is now unlocked. The matte black cover is made of heavy-duty card and each book contains 60 pages of plain acid-free paper, 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm).

    Valued at GBP 15 we’re offering the Notebook Triple Pack FREE to all pledges GBP 179 and above. And of course they’re also available as an add-on for all other backers for an extra GBP 8.

    The elegantly embossed cover is our homage to the famous book within the book written by Emmanuel Goldstein that explains and exposes the machinations of the Party elite for what they are... Which is book geek cool. But. We’re way more excited about the fact that these notebooks are the perfect complement to time spent off the grid. We can’t think of a better way to spend your precious uninterruptible time than with a gorgeous notebook to collect your thoughts! And that’s why we made them the perfect size to fit snugly into the UnPocket as well as the ‘Victory’ pocket of the Party Workshirt and Outer Party Jacket.

    Normally brands sell to retailers who then markup the price by at least double (and often more), knowing they’re locked into an endless sales cycle ‘up to 70% off’ to shift stock before the next season. We believe this traditional model is inherently flawed. We’re not interested in seasonal fashion, nor are we selling to any retailers. 

    Thanks to you and Kickstarter we’re cutting out the middle man which allows us to keep the prices down to the true wholesale price which is around 50% less than retail-land!

    All preorders come with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE regardless of which super-state you live under. Transit times to East Asia, Eurasia and within Oceania vary wildly. Soldiers on the Malabar front should expect some delays. Returns will be subject to our standard terms.

     Our chinos are slim fit (between skinny and regular) from 30” through 42” waist with a standard 34” inseam. All our tops and jackets are tailored fit (between slim and traditional) from Small - 4XL. Please note that we cut European sizes which generally means that US customers will need to go up one size. Double check the measures below but for example if you normally wear a US Medium we suggest our Large.

    If you need a different size please email us: sales [at] the-affair [dot] com

                                                                    

    Here at THE AFFAIR we’ve been making wearable stories inspired by your favourite books for 7 years. We're driven to create products that connect like minded people and prime them for meaningful chat beyond reality TV or the weather. Read what our customers say about us in these testimonials.

    George Orwell’s ‘1984’ is not only one of our favourite books but it’s also voted one of the best books of all time. Ever. Plus our very first graphic Tshirt was 'Miniluv', so it just felt right to return to Airstrip One as inspiration for our first menswear collection. 

    Ed, words cannot express our thanks for putting the public good above your own self interest. You risked everything to prove that Big Brother is real. We dedicate this collection to you. We’d love to send you some samples but realise that your address is a slightly delicate matter. Drop us a (secure) note or perhaps we could just send it to a friend? Either way I’m sure we can sort it out, because you definitely need a wardrobe upgrade bro!

    Risks and challenges

    We are an established brand with 7 years experience producing and delivering premium quality clothes all around the world. We also ran a successful Kickstarter last year and despatched all pledges within a few weeks of our stated timeline.

    Above all we've spent over 12 months perfecting every detail of this ‘1984’ collection. We've made dozens of samples with the factory plus a small bulk (test) run that we sent to press. We’ve ironed out all the kinks and are ready to start production within days of being funded. Whilst there is always a small chance that the timeline may slip, we guarantee zero risk of your pledge going unfulfilled.

    We pride ourselves on awesome customer service and can always be reached by phone on +442032870433 (UK and Europe) or +13474976775 (USA) and by email: sales [at] the-affair [dot] com

    TL;DR we know what we’re doing: http://the-affair.com/testimonials/

    Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

    FAQ

    • Great question. The short story is much less than you might expect. The UnPocket blocks all radio signals in and out of the pouch, but it doesn’t stop your phone searching for a signal (it just won’t be able to find one).

      After a solid month of testing, our iPhone 5 lost between 8 - 11% of its charge over 8 hours inside the UnPocket™, compared to 5 - 8% lost normally over the same period outside the pocket (when the phone is on but not being used). Note also that we have one of the first iPhone 5’s that have just been recalled by Apple due to dodgy batteries so these should be worst case scenarios. If you really want to conserve battery then we suggest standard battery-saving tactics like switching to flight mode before putting your phone in the UnPocket™.

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    • Great question also. Phones with GPS likely can be tracked even if they are powered down, and Airplane Mode only limits the radio signals to and from the device and does not fully block them. Not to mention that phones can be hacked to seem like they are off when actually they are really just pretending. Unless you physically remove the battery (which is impossible on iPhone) there is no guarantee that your phone is actually off and it can still be transmitting enough data to be trackable. Popping your phone into UnPocket™ is both easier and faster than constantly fiddling with the battery (if you even can get to it).

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    • Lucky you, we love the future! Anyway. Yes it will. You can read more about it in our update from September 10 here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zoltancsaki/1984-stealth-fashion-for-the-under-surveillance-so/posts/980843

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    • We’re a menswear brand so we don't have women's cuts. That said if you like the baggier style of the 'boyfriend look', you're in the right place! Simply drop a size from what you'd usually wear, so if you're normally a Medium in women's clothes our Small should work (please double check the measures on the fit guide just in case). And if you need a smaller size than our Small, please email us: kickstarter [at] the-affair [dot] com

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    • Absolutely not! Privacy is not an issue defined by gender which is part of the reason we made the UnPocket™ detachable/removeable from the clothes and available as a stand alone accessory. We know that women care about privacy and we hope those that do buy UnPocket™.

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    • If we’re successfully funded when the campaign closes we’ll send a survey where you'll be able to choose your size and colours. This is standard Kickstarter practice.

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    • Yes. And because we offer free shipping anywhere it’s really easy. Simply select the reward tier you want and multiply by the desired number of pieces and pledge that amount. For example if you want two UnPockets that would be a total pledge GBP 36 (18 each * 2 pairs).

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    • Yes. Simply add the individual reward levels together and pledge that amount. For example say you want the Party Workshirt plus the Party Chinos, you would need to pledge GBP 118 (59 for the Chinos + 59 for the Workshirt). It doesn't matter which tier you select as the base reward, but please do drop us a note as that helps keep track of everything.

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    • Yes. Kickstarter accepts any currency although you will need to pledge, and you will be charged, in GBP (but of course only if we're successful in reaching our funding goal).

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    Rewards

    • You selected
      Pledge £1 or more

      14 backers

      PARTY THANKS

      USD 1.65 / EUR 1.25

      Every bit helps! Your name in lights on our dedicated Kickstarter supporters page.

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    • You selected
      Pledge £18 or more

      577 backers

      UNPOCKET™

      USD 29 / EUR 22

      Become untrackable, unhackable and invisible to Big Brother with UnPocket™. Water-resistant waxed canvas exterior with stealth fabric interior that blocks all Cell, WiFi, GPS and RFID signals. Fits your phone plus ePassport and bank cards. Choose Black, Navy or Oxblood colour • FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE

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      Ships anywhere in the world
    • You selected
      Pledge £26 or more

      26 backers

      ---- UNPOCKET™ + 3 NOTEBOOKS -
      ---- USD 42 / EUR 33

      One UnPocket™ in the colour of your choice plus three Emmanuel Goldstein Notebooks (one triple pack) as outlined in Stretch Goal #2 • FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE

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    • You selected
      Pledge £59 or more

      61 backers

      PARTY WORK SHIRT

      INC. 1x UNPOCKET™

      USD 98 / EUR 74

      Oxford weave cotton shirt with button-down collar, waxed elbow patches and double layer 'Victory' chest pocket plus removeable UnPocket™. Vintage prewash won’t shrink or pill • Choose Outer Party Indigo or Inner Party Wine colour • FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE

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    • You selected
      Pledge £59 or more

      54 backers

      PARTY CHINOS

      INC. 1x UNPOCKET™

      USD 98 / EUR 74

      Rugged cotton drill chinos with button fly and waxed welt pockets. Side leg pocket includes removeable UnPocket™. Vintage prewash won’t shrink or pill • Choose Aged Navy, Black or Oxblood colour • FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE

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    • You selected
      Pledge £72 or more

      84 backers All gone!

      EARLY BIRD PRICE

      JACKET *OR* BLAZER

      INC. 1x UNPOCKET™

      USD 119 / EUR 89

      Choose Inner Party Blazer *OR* Outer Party Jacket (descriptions below) + 1x UnPocket™ in your choice of standard colours • FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE

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    • You selected
      Pledge £78 or more

      25 backers

      OUTER PARTY JACKET

      INC. 1x UNPOCKET™

      USD 129 / EUR 98

      Utilitarian cotton canvas jacket with waxed collar and yoke, double layer “Victory” chest pocket and removeable UnPocket™. Vintage prewash won’t shrink or pill • FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE

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    • You selected
      Pledge £78 or more

      53 backers

      INNER PARTY BLAZER

      INC. 1x UNPOCKET™

      USD 129 / EUR 98

      Fully-lined cotton canvas blazer with working surgeon's cuffs and removeable UnPocket™. Vintage prewash won’t shrink or pill • Choose Aged Black or Navy colour • FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE

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    • You selected
      Pledge £179 or more

      52 backers

      PARTY LOOK (5 PCS)

      INC. 2x UNPOCKET™

      USD 297 / EUR 227

      Choose Inner Party Blazer *OR* Outer Party Jacket + Party Workshirt + Party Chinos + 2x UnPocket™ in your choice of standard colours • FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE

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    • You selected
      Pledge £239 or more

      23 backers Limited (1961 left of 1984)

      COLLECTION (7 PCS)

      INC. 2x UNPOCKET™

      USD 397 / EUR 302

      One of everything in the collection with a hand numbered Certificate of Authenticity as one of the limited number of full sets in the superstate: Inner Party Blazer + Outer Party Jacket + Party Workshirt + Party Chinos + 2x UnPocket™ in your choice of standard colours • FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE

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    • You selected
      Pledge £728 or more

      0 backers Limited (48 left of 48)

      MORE EQUAL PACK

      USD 1199 / EUR 914

      All party members are equal, but some are more equal than others. The full '1984' collection in a new hyper-limited colourway decided by popular vote between all backers at this level. So that's one Inner Party Blazer + Outer Party Jacket + Party Workshirt + Party Chinos + 2x UnPocket™ in an entirely new colourway exclusively for you! • FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE

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    - (30 days)