Awesome Stuff: Updating Classic Clothing

from the got-something-to-wear? dept

For this week's awesome stuff post of interesting crowdfunding projects, we're going to take a look at some clothing projects.
  • First up, is Sweat Tailor, an attempt to make sweat pants... that are actually decent pants you can wear out and about. Generally speaking, sweat pants tend to be crappy quality stuff that doesn't really fit, that you wear around at home. However, these guys are trying to make sweat pants that are made more like regular pants (including sizing), so that people can have the comfort of sweat pants, but still be more comfortable wearing them when they go out.
    Just from the description, these sound like the kind of things hipsters would flip out over, and hipsters often seem to flock to Kickstarter, so no surprise that it's already passed its $35,000 goal. A pair of these will set you back $79, though, which probably makes them the most expensive sweat pants you'll ever buy.
  • Okay, how about some swim shorts that don't get wet. Fabrics that don't get wet have been around for quite some time (in fact, our head of research, Michael Ho, worked at a company making such fabrics many years ago). They're frequently referred to (somewhat inaccurately) as naontech fabrics and clothing, and that description has stuck. In this case, they've applied it to swim shorts (again, not a totally new concept), but it still gets some attention. The video for this project cheats a bit, because they just squirt a little bit of water on the shorts, rather than show what happens when someone actually wears them in a pool or ocean. In fact, they never even show anyone wearing them which seems a little sketchy. Also, they never really specific what technology is really in the fabric, but most of the options out there to date aren't really all that comfortable, and don't really breath that well. That might not be too pleasant for swim trunks.
    The project only kicked off a few days ago and is already about a third of a way to being funded, meaning it's likely to hit its goal of $10,000. Each pair will run you $47 (Canadian). So, if you buy swim trunks not to get them wet (wait, who does that?), you can jump in -- but seems like the kind of thing that you might want to wait for actual reviews on before plunging in.
  • And, finally, we've got the Quarter Century Belt. While the first two projects were about trying to update some classic forms of clothing, this one is more about looking back. Recognizing that we rarely build wardrobe pieces that last any more, these guys are building a belt that comes with a 25 year guarantee. There's not much more to it than that, other than that they're insisting that it's high quality, but not for designer belt prices.
    This one is already well past its $10,000 target with more than a month and a half to go. If you can sneak in under the early bird pricing, you can get it for $37, or else the price goes up to $45. You can find cheaper belts out there on the market today, but they're generally not great quality ones.
That's it for this week -- go enjoy the holiday weekend.

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    John Fenderson (profile), May 24th, 2014 @ 10:47am

    Sweatpants

    I have to admit that I've never understood sweatpants at all. They aren't more comfortable than normal pants, they're less convenient, and of poorer quality. Making them more like regular pants just confuses me more -- why not just wear regular pants?

     

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    Peter Marshall, May 24th, 2014 @ 11:13am

    I think sweat pants are great..

    And I really don't get it.. They're super comfortable, relaxed, loose -- and I'm a quite a fit man, actually. If I had my druthers, I'd wear them around constantly. Maybe I'm wrong, but this article makes me think it's the other way round...

     

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    David, May 24th, 2014 @ 11:24am

    Sweatpants?

     

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    ECA (profile), May 24th, 2014 @ 1:18pm

    Good leather belt?

    Iv had a leather belt, Customized...2" wide for MANY YEARS..I would say 30.
    The problem I have with this, is that in 1 DAY I can show you how to make your OWN..and then YOU could be in a kickstarter..

    When did we loose the Crafting in this country?

     

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    zip, May 24th, 2014 @ 8:24pm

    I can't understand why clothing supposedly needs tens of thousands of dollars in "seed"-money.

    It's a fairly simple process: You buy the cloth, the pattern, the thread -- and sew it together. It's not as if they're designing a space suit for the next Moon landing. Even someone who is not in that profession can easily make various items of clothing at home (perhaps dusting off Grandma's old sewing machine).

    But on the other hand it probably makes much more sense than spending a fortune buying some "designer" clothing made in a Vietnamese sweatshop.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 24th, 2014 @ 8:31pm

    >classic

    >sweatpants

    >wat

     

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    cherrry (profile), May 25th, 2014 @ 5:40am

    Sweatpants - I like the sweatpants/casual/dress up or down, (comfort is key) do they stretch out at the knees/butt like other sweat pants?

    Waterproof Swim Shorts - How you would wash them? Can they even be washed?

    Quarter Century Belt - Have they a 25 year old prototype to prove the longevity?

     

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    Mark in CA, May 26th, 2014 @ 1:15am

    Leather belts

    Are these supposed to be something special? Back in the day, you could find belts like these, and many others with fancy tooling, that were better made for less money at any street fair or music festival. You can probably still find them around in small arty towns being sold by old hippies. :)

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), May 26th, 2014 @ 9:41am

    Re:

    If you're intending to make it a full time gig, tens of thousands isn't ridiculous. It's not the cost of materials the gets you, it's the need to pay people during the many months of no meaningful income while it ramps up.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), May 26th, 2014 @ 9:43am

    Re: Leather belts

    Yep. That's where I get my belts. High quality, solid leather, lasts forever.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 26th, 2014 @ 11:25am

    Re: Sweatpants

    testy onesey twosey threesey...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 26th, 2014 @ 11:28am

    Re: Re: Sweatpants

    i see, a new way to keep the trains running on time...
    expected better, but not surprised...

     

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    zip, May 26th, 2014 @ 2:31pm

    Re: Re:

    I don't understand how it would take "many months" to make something as simple as a belt. Why can't a belt be shipped to the customer as soon as it's made (hopefully measured in minutes, not months) as the next order is taken?

    I can understand things that involve up-front engineering costs, or making forms or dies or special tools beforehand, or type-setting, or other fixed costs that require a large minimum order to be feasible. But not for simple things that can be made essentially one at a time, every few minutes.

    While it's a basic rule of manufacturing that the larger the order, the lower the cost per unit, that doesn't seem to be the relevant factor here, as these things (like many on Kickstarter) seem to be priced far above the retail cost of an equivalent mass-produced item.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 26th, 2014 @ 2:40pm

    Re: Leather belts

    I remember getting one of those fancy belts as a kid - with my name stamped on it.

     

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    Seegras (profile), May 26th, 2014 @ 11:30pm

    Re: Good leather belt?

    I second that. For A few dollars in material I can sew a belt that lasts 25 years too. And I'm really bad with sewing leather.

    And right now, you can get much cooler belts that probably will last as long:
    http://www.duvallleatherwork.com/shop/british-snake-buckle-belt/

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), May 27th, 2014 @ 8:26am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "I don't understand how it would take "many months" to make something as simple as a belt"

    That's not what I said. What I said was that it takes many months to develop a revenue stream sufficient enough to allow you to break even. In the meantime, you're living off of your initial investment.

     

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