This is our most ambitious project yet, and we are getting close! Reserve your spot now and follow along as we take this from initial prototype to production garment.
Extreme Insulation, Unmatched Mobility, and Flexibility. Stay warm without having to wear a heavy parka and retain your ability to move comfortably. This is part 1 of a 2 part matched system. The Bison Down Vest project will be introduced by Feb.
A 50/50 blend of ultra-soft and warm pure American bison down fiber and preshrunk Colorado Merino wool. American Made, American Fiber. We have designed a new yarn specifically for this shirt.
The shirt is fully bison/merino inside, with reinforcing fabric on the shoulders & forearm, and double-stitched taped seams, thumb loops on sleeves, long tail and triple-layer collar. It is extremely durable and will be made exclusively for the BWC to military-grade construction specifications. I am pretty sure we will be adding a side slash chest pocket.... not shown in prototype #1
The fabric is made, the design is almost complete, and we have a military sewing manufacturer here locally in Fort Worth Texas! We will be taking suggestions and have a private group for all backers where we will share the journey of getting this into production.
We are trying something different with this production process, we are going to take 500 reservations at $20 (will cover the design and prototyping cost) It will also get us a good idea on the anticipated sizing range.
Project FAQ - more questions will be added as they are asked.
1. When will I get my Bison Quarter-Zip? The plan is to have them in your hands by Feb 2021. (lol, that ship has sailed)
2. What is the final cost of the shirt? $499 We have a projected price of $499, but as an "Early Bird" special, everyone who reserves a top now will get it for $399, and the $20 reservation will be directly applied, so $379 will be due before delivery.
3. Are they all going to have Orange trim and reinforcements? We will have at least two additional color options, olive and navy. I just don't have images of those to share yet. When we send the actual order survey we will have pictures and let you pick colors then.
4. Will you have additional units if I don't reserve it now? Probably not for a while.. This project requires a substantial amount of bison fiber, and we have a limited run of fabric, and this has been our most requested garment ever. We have never attempted something like this, and making them to order seems to be a good way to make sure we fulfill the initial demand with correctly sized garments.
Project Timeline (subject to change, but I very much believe we can hit these deadlines)
January 8th First Round of design revisions deadline
Jan 15th Projected Fabric Finish Date- We should have enough to complete 500 units for this first production run.
Jan 18th Second prototype to be delivered for final approval.
Jan 25th Tech Pack final design expected.
Feb 1- Begin production.
Feb 15- Deliver first units!! - May 4th Update - Production ran a few weeks delayed, we're receiving final design samples in hand the week of 5/3.
Sizing choices to begin. We will send a survey to complete the order when we are at the production stage.