WHO & WHY
I've been designing clothes since 1987. I owned, and was the designer of a successful sweater company in NYC where I sold to high-end department stores such as Henri Bendel, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, Barney's New York in addition to over 500 speciality boutiques. I then moved to Seattle where I was a sweater designer for one of Nordstrom's private labels. Inspired by my daughter, I founded Züpers in 2010. For this Kickstarter campaign, I've created a brand new collection of leggings with knee pads in fun, retro-inspired prints.
When my daughter was a toddler, falling down, ripping her cotton leggings, and scraping her knees was a daily occurrence. Crying usually followed (of course!) and I would end up feeling powerless and frustrated. Then one day, it occurred to me that someone should make leggings with knee pads. But wait, I was a designer! I could do that!
Figuring Out The Knee Pads
The first thing I needed to do was to figure out how the knee pads would work. After some trial and error, I decided to attach the knee pads by adding a hidden pocket on the inside of the leggings. This way, they could be removed if desired, or more pads could be added for extra knee protection. The knee pads are made from neoprene, a perfect material for providing cushioning without bulk.
New for Kickstarter: In the past, our knee pads were cut into the shape of hearts. For this collection, I've decided to create a larger area of knee protection by creating a rectangular knee pad that runs about an inch above the knee and an inch below the knee.
Our Fantastic Fabric
The next task was to find the perfect fabric. It had to be soft, yet rip-resistant, and provide UV protection. After extensive research, we finally found the perfect fabric for our leggings: a high-quality yoga and activewear fabric (90% micropolyester/10% Lycra®) which is easy to care for and looks new wash after wash. Just look at all the amazing qualities our fabric has:
- UV 50+ Protection
- Soft and Silky Feel
- Moisture Wicking
- Quick Drying
- Easy Care
Our Fabulous Fit
Since my daughter was so incredibly sensitive, I had to design leggings that were extra comfy. As a mom, I understand what girls want and I also understand what moms look for in a garment: style, durability and comfort. As a designer, I was able to incorporate all of these features into my leggings:
- Silky & soft fabric - for all day comfort
- Flat seams and tagless labels - to eliminate itchiness
- Lower-rise waist - but not too low in the back!
- Gusseted crotch - for added comfort and durability
- Secret treasure pocket! - so that little girls have a place to tuck all the little things they find along their adventures -FUN!
Great for Everyday Wear AND Sports!!
Züpers can be worn anywhere because of all their fun style and superior technical qualities. They're perfect for school, the playground, gymnastics, soccer, or any sport! Plus, their UV 50+ protection and quick drying features make them ideal for swimming, hanging at the beach, or even snorkeling!
A Treasure Pocket in Every Pair
Every pair of Züpers has a pocket on one side, perfectly sized for all the small treasures your ZüperGirl finds on her adventures.
Proudly Made in the USA
Züpers are designed in Seattle and manufactured in Los Angeles.
WHAT WE'RE MAKING FOR YOU
A New Collection
If we're fully funded, Züpers will create and offer to you a brand new collection of leggings in 9 prints and 3 solids. Please scroll down to see actual photos of the samples that have been made.
Photos of the Samples:
Our leggings normally retail for $30. For this Kickstarter Campaign, we're lowering that price to $25 just for you!
Where the Money Goes
We need a total of $5000 in order to meet the 600 piece minimum our factory requires. If we're fortunate enough to meet our goal, here's how we'll use the funds:
Our sizes run from 2T-14 years. Please use the chart below as a guideline to find the best size for your Züpers recipient. If we are fully funded, we will email you requesting your size and color preferences.
(If we're fully funded, of course!)
Since we've already made our fit samples and have approved all the prints, production will begin as soon as the campaign has ended.
The following will happen:
1. We will send an email to you. We'll be asking you which colors/prints and sizes you would like.
2. We will order the fabric. The fabric for the solid color leggings will be shipped directly to our manufacturer. The fabric used for the patterned leggings will be shipped to our printer in Tennessee.
3. Sewing will start! Once the fabric has been printed, it will be sent to our manufacturer in Los Angeles where they will cut and sew the collection, package your leggings, and then ship it to our warehouse in Seattle.
SHIPPING & FULFILLMENT
We will be shipping your rewards from our own warehouse in Seattle.
Within the US & Puerto Rico: Shipping is free for all Rewards. Yay!
Canada & All Other Countries: Please see specific Rewards for additional shipping costs.
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First, I'd like to thank all of you who took the time to read all the way down to the bottom of this campaign!
I'd also like to send out a special "THANK YOU" to a few people who were instrumental in helping me create this campaign.
Lisa Cohen: Who helped me write, direct and produce the video. She is also the producer, director and writer of the award-winning short documentary, B-Boy.
Bevin Flynn: Who did a fantastic job editing the video. You can reach her at: email@example.com
Kim Preston: Who shot all the beautiful photographs. You can reach her through her website: www.kimprestonphotography
Risks and challenges
There are many risks associated with manufacturing a product: poor quality, late delivery, and lost shipments, just to name a few. Züpers has minimized many of these risk factors by establsihing excellent relationships with our suppliers and manufacturers and by choosing to manufacture in the USA. Our sewing contractor consistently creates a quality product and ships on time. In addition, we ship from our own warehouse, which gives us complete control over shipping to our customers in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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