Join Us For A Trip Behind The T

Join Allmade founders, partners, Early Adopters, and Indiegogo backers on a behind-the-scenes trip to the American South and Haiti, where you will meet the people, tour the facilities, and experience the positive energy behind Allmade shirts.

You will walk the cotton fields of North Carolina, and see used plastic bottles transformed into polyester fibers at the Repreve factory. We’ll meet representatives of Carolina Cotton Works, who will show us how those fibers are spun into yarn, knitted into in fabric, and packaged up for shipping to Haiti.

Then we’ll ship ourselves to Haiti, gathering in Port Au Prince before we connect with the Global Orphan Project and go to their facility. Over the next couple days you’ll tour a couple of the orphanages supported by the GO Project, as well as the Life SA factory where Allmade fabric is actually sewn into Allmade shirts. We’ll stick around until the lunch whistle blows, and sit down with the factory workers to hear their stories over lunch.

Our visit to Haiti winds down with a bus tour and catered picnic in the beautiful Haitian countryside. Between trips and/or over beers, you’ll be educated and inspired by presentations from Allmade and GOEX executives, detailing the environmental and human impact of the garment industry and how you can help Make It Better.

There are so many stories behind the shirts we handle every day, and most of them never get told. Join us on this international adventure and hear those stories first hand, so you can better educate your customers and help create lasting change by generating demand in the market for shirt that’s made better.

For a detailed itinerary, pricing, and a packing list, please let us know you’re interested by submitting this form or emailing contact@allmade.com and we’ll get back to you right away.

Thanks to Our Backers!

Thanks to you, our generous backers, we’ve surpassed our funding goal of $100k and ordered the first production run of Allmade shirts from the GOEX facility in Haiti. In fact, the first batch of made-in-America, Allmade tri-blend fabric has arrived at the facility, and shirts are being sewn as this is posted.

It takes some time to sew 67,000 t-shirts though, so it’s looking like all the various t-shirt perks will ship towards the end of May or possibly early June. We will be sending an email to all our backers in the coming weeks to collect your preferences for size, cut, and color (where applicable).

The Screen Print Experience class and 20×24 Screen perks were fulfilled as they came in… if you haven’t been contacted about yours, please contact us and we will get back to you.

We’d like to extend an extra special thank you to our backers at the $8,000 level, each of which gave us an awesome name for an Allmade shirt color:
Tri-Blend Colors

Cotton Colors

 

The navy blue tri-blend and grey cotton shirts are still un-named. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of garment industry history!

We’re going to keep the campaign up and running here on Indiegogo, with the promise that every penny received here will go towards manufacturing more shirts. For the remainder of this year, we’re expecting all those shirts to go to our Early Adopters, who backed us at the $500 level and in return get early access to inventory as it becomes available.

If you’re a screen printer, it’s not too late to become an Early Adopter. You can read all about the program here.

We want to thank every one of our backers from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for caring about the environment and the plight of economic orphans in Haiti. Thank you for believing that fair pay for dignified work should be the norm in every country. Thank you for believing in us!

And most of all thank you for helping us “Make It Better.

The Flood That Opened My Heart

A Note from Allmade Founding Partner, Ryan Moor

I was sitting on an airplane, jamming out to the Goo Goo Dolls and typing aggressively on my Macbook as I pieced together my pitch to Allmade’s partners when I heard it. Still reeling from the stark differences I had witnessed on my recent flight to Haiti between the white sand beaches of the Dominican Republic and the scorched, arid landscapes of Haiti—right next door to one another on the island of Hispaniola—the song hit me like a ton of bricks.

I wanna see what you see in me
And never let you down
Can you still feel my love?
I walked away from the piece of me
A dying ghost in an old machine
Oh please, don’t cry, my love

I was a blind man chasing shadows
It was a cold hair man I’d known
Wherever you go I will follow
Like an orphan running home

You’re the flood, you’re the flood, you’re the flood that opened my heart.

The words “Like an orphan running home” jumped out at me. Overcome with emotion, I played it over and over, thinking about the opportunity at hand. The opportunity to improve lives, to create safe and stable homes, to keep families together, to change the world—all with something as simple as a t-shirt, made better.

I knew it then, and I still believe it now. There is a better way to make a t-shirt. A way to make a shirt that people can feel good about selling, buying, and wearing. Allmade’s founding partners believed it too, and that’s how we’ve gotten this far. We are X% of the way to reaching our funding goal. A goal that will finance our initial production run of 67,000 shirts—creating 40 living wage jobs, and helping 320 Haitians in need.

The question is—do you believe it too?

If you’re a screen printer, do you believe that you can be an agent for change? That value is about more than cost, it’s about choosing to do things the right way? Do you care about the impact of your materials and supplies on the environment? Do you care about the people who make your shirts and the people who print them? Do you want to give your customers an ethical choice in t-shirts as well as a great quality product? Do you want to change the pattern of exploitative manufacturing in the garment industry?

If you’re a consumer, do you believe that you can drive real, meaningful change in the world with your purchasing decisions? That how your goods are made matters? That you can create demand for ethically-produced products? That you have the opportunity every day to make someone’s life better?

Contribute to Allmade’s Indiegogo Campaign to fund our initial order of 67,000 shirts, creating 40 living wage jobs at the GOEX facility in Haiti. Help us Make it Better.

Cotton (not Allmade cotton) being picked in Turkey

The True Cost of a T-Shirt

If you’re like most Americans, you have so much clothing that you can simply choose to throw items away when they begin to wear or you tire of them. In fact, the average American sends a whopping 65 pounds of clothing to landfills every year. And why not? With the cost of items like t-shirts so low, it’s hard to see the value of reselling or otherwise recycling them.

A blank t-shirt at wholesale can cost as little as $2 when produced or purchased in bulk, making it easy for manufacturers to pass them on to consumers like you at low prices, while still maintaining a pretty healthy profit margin. But, did you ever step back and wonder how a t-shirt can be produced at such a low, low price?

Here’s how most t-shirts are made:

  • Major retailers and traders use their purchasing power to source fibers at the lowest possible price from developing countries.
  • These fibers, including cotton, are farmed using toxic chemicals, in countries with few regulations to protect workers or the environment.
  • Each part of the process – growing raw fibers, spinning them into yarn, weaving them into fabric, and sewing them into clothing – is usually performed in a different country, generating pollution as materials are shipped here and there.
  • Final production is done in impoverished regions like Haiti by workers earning as little as $3/day.
  • Despite all the movement, the overall cost is kept pretty low—thanks to exploitative farming and production processes that have even included tying aid to trade to negotiate favorable agreements.

This buyer-driven supply chain capitalizes on and perpetuates an ongoing cycle of poverty that takes advantages of the poorest among us, including children.

But not Allmade shirts. Our t-shirts are made better:

  • Our tri-blend shirts are made from organic cotton; polyester made from recycled plastic bottles (3 per shirt), and modal, a sustainable alternative to rayon.
  • With the exception of modal, a European export, all of the fibers in our shirts are sourced right here in the U.S.
  • Our yarn and our fabric are both produced in America as well, reducing shipping and the environmental impact dramatically.
  • Our final products are brought to life in Haiti, a 30 minute flight from Miami, in a unique facility whose profits are 100% dedicated to orphan prevention and care, where workers earn 5x the going wage.

It’s not easy to do things completely differently. We had to make some tough decisions. We wanted to go 100% organic for our cotton t-shirts but, after much investigation, decided that it wasn’t practical or necessary so long as we were purchasing domestically, where we could be sure crops were farmed sustainably. It turns out that cotton is a difficult crop to grow without some chemicals. So difficult that it ends up being extraordinarily cost-prohibitive to produce, driving up prices too high for most consumers. However, cotton can be produced traditionally with minimal impact to the environment under the right conditions. So, we went with organic cotton for our tri-blends, and traditional for our 100% shirts.

Other decisions were much easier to make, like choosing to use Repeve polyester, made from recycled water bottles, instead of virgin polyester made with petroleum. Modal proved another simple choice to make, although it took some doing to find the right source and set up our supply chain. Modal is made from sustainably-harvested beech trees in PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) certified European forests. It’s a sound (and feather-soft) alternative to rayon and its associated chemical process.

The easiest decision by far was making sustainability is a cornerstone of Allmade’s values and business philosophy. We care about how our shirts are made, and we believe you care too.

If you care how your shirts are made, please join us in our mission to change the world, one t-shirt at a time.

Contribute to Allmade’s Indiegogo Campaign to fund our initial production run of 67,000 sustainably-produced shirts.

Isemary’s Dream: Breaking the Orphan Cycle

(Watch this and other great videos on the GO Project’s Vimeo page!)

Isemary Wilande is a member of the Transition Academy’s first graduating class and now works at the Go Project’s Apparel facility, where she’s able to earn 5x the wage typically paid by apparel manufacturers in Haiti. Orphaned herself at a young age, Ismary’s dream is to use her skills and experience to help other children, breaking the cycle of financial hardship that contributes to the high rate of orphanhood.

Isemary is one of approximately 10 graduates currently working at the GOEX facility. Allmade’s initial order, which our Indiegogo campaign will fund, will create jobs for another 15 graduates, and 25 experienced workers.

We learned about Isemary’s dream in a recent conversation with Joe Knittig, the CEO of the Global Orphan Project, Allmade’s partner.

What is the Transition Academy’s goal?

The Academy’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty that perpetuates orphanhood. The challenges that face orphans go way beyond financial. We often find that the kids entering our programs are behind the curve educationally, are missing basic life skills, and worse, lack a sense of self-worth.

Without intervention, when these kids age out of foster care they struggle, and the cycle repeats. The Academy is designed to close that gap—offering life skills, vocational training, and instilling in them a sense of purpose and value.

Why is dignified work so important?

We’ve all heard that old saying “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” I would argue that the saying should read, “Invest in a man’s fishing business and become his customer, and he will feed others.”

That’s what Allmade is doing. Creating living wage jobs for orphans aging out of the system doesn’t just prevent them from getting back in the aid line, it enables them to help others. Each maker in our facility supports, on average, eight other people. Each job we create has a ripple effect, improving the quality of life not just for the worker but the community as a whole.

Why did you choose to partner with Allmade?

Honestly, I look at our partnership as a divine alignment. There are lots of apparel companies with a cause. But Allmade is doing something that hasn’t been done before—changing an industry from the inside out by going after the commodities market and saying “There is a better way to make a t-shirt.” When I met the Allmade team, their passion was exploding from their pores. And I saw that not only did they have the passion, but also the business acumen to make it a reality.

We were struggling to create enough jobs to support our graduates. When Allmade came along, it was like the cavalry arriving. It couldn’t have happened at a better time, and we’re proud to have Allmade as our flagship partner.

Help Transition Academy graduates like Ismary achieve their dream of helping other orphans and their communities through the power of dignified work.

Contribute to Allmade’s Indiegogo Campaign to fund our initial order of 67,000 shirts, creating 40 living wage jobs at the GOEX facility in Haiti.

What Does it Mean to Be an Orphan?

What comes to mind when you hear the word, “orphan?”

Annie? Tom Sawyer? Harry Potter? Cinderella? For many of us who are fortunate enough to live in the U.S, or another “first-world” country, our knowledge of orphans is limited to literary heroes and heroines who have lost their parents in a tragic accident. These romantic figures invariably go on to conquer their challenges, and are rewarded with a happy ending.

But for most orphans, 600,000 worldwide, this isn’t the case. Many real-world orphans have in fact lost their parents, but not due to a tragic accident. Rather, they have lost them to financial hardship. In places like Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, workers are exploited by manufacturing companies, who take advantage of their dire circumstances to source cheap labor.

The apparel industry is one of the biggest culprits. A large percentage of the 2 billion t-shirts produced each year are made in Haiti, where workers earn $3/day, to support households of, on average, 8 people. Needless to say, sometimes those wages aren’t enough. And parents are forced to abandon their children to be cared for by community organizations and local churches.

These orphans face a tough road ahead. When they age out of care at 18, often they aren’t prepared for the challenges of adulthood, with necessary life or job skills. In their sexual prime and without a strong foundation, the cycle repeats itself. Soon, they find themselves working in a factory, struggling and failing to support their own families, creating more orphans.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. Together, we can change the pattern.

Allmade has partnered with the Global Orphan Project to make our shirts in the GOEX facility, a business venture of the GO Project that invests 100% of its profits back into programs that support orphans.

Among these projects is the Transition Academy. The Transition Academy is designed to help children who are aging out of community-sponsored care, providing them with housing, education, life and vocational skills to help ensure a successful transition to adult independence. Seventy students are currently enrolled. The Academy offers majors in Agriculture, Diesel Mechanics, and Apparel. Those in the Apparel track learn hands-on skills at the GOEX facility where Allmade shirts are produced. Seven students are in the facility right now, with plans to grow. Eight have already graduated and are working full-time at GOEX.

Can a T-Shirt Change the World? We Think It Can.

A Note from Allmade Founding Partner, Ryan Moor

When I started in screenprinting, I was just a kid in high school making t-shirts to promote my punk rock band. As a newbie, I took the traditional approach to printing, which meant using thick, sticky plastisol ink on low-end cotton shirts that could be bought for less than $1 at wholesale. Back then, I didn’t really care. After all, the whole reason I got into selling shirts was to make money to support my other interests.

But in time, as Ryonet shifted from a screen printing business to a supplier, I started to think more critically about the bigger picture. I developed relationships with screen printers all over the country who were using more environmentally-friendly water-based inks, printing on higher-quality shirts. Who were rejecting the model of “Cheaper is better,” and saying “Better is better.”

Those screen, with their commitment to the process of how things are made, inspired me to ask “Is there an even better way to make a shirt?”

The answer came just a bit over a year ago at ISS 2016. I had just challenged my team to think about the impact a shirt can have on the world when Zac McCarthy walked up to me with a t-shirt. He somewhat awkwardly held it up and said “We make these shirts in Haiti to help support orphans. Would you be interested in helping us make more?”

Zac worked for GOEX, a subsidiary of the Global Orphan (GO) Project. The GO Project’s mission is orphan care and orphan prevention. The best approach to prevention is living wage jobs that keep families together. GOEX operates a cut and sew facility in Haiti that pays workers a living wage, 5x the typical, and invests 100% of earnings to orphan care and transition programs.

Haiti is a hub for garment manufacturing. Many of the 2 billion t-shirts produced every year are produced in Haiti, under less than desirable conditions, for measly wages that aren’t enough to live on or support a family, using fabrics sourced under terrible conditions from abroad.

Last August, I visited Haiti, bringing my wife and twin boys along. We witnessed firsthand the conditions most people live and work in and what the GO Project was doing to change that pattern. I returned four months later with a group of ten screen printing companies who saw the potential to change an industry and the world with a better choice in t-shirts.

Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Allmade. Allmade offers competitively-priced, high-quality t-shirts produced in a socially-responsible and environmentally-kind way. Our shirts are made from recycled bottles and sustainably-grown natural fibers, and produced by makers at the GOEX facility in Haiti.

Allmade t-shirt are made better. They feel better to sell, buy, and wear. Every Allmade shirt purchased creates dignified living wage jobs; keeps families together; has a lower impact on the environment, and changes the pattern of exploitative manufacturing in the garment industry.

We’d like to invite you to join us in changing the world—one t-shirt at a time—as one of our first customers. This campaign will fund our first production run of 67,000 t-shirts, which will create over 40 jobs at the GOEX facility.

We’re excited about the opportunity to drive real, meaningful change within our industry, and for the world. We hope you are too. Together, we can make it happen.

Endowing a Founder’s Spirit – Early Adopter Program

To endow the founder’s spirit of support and ownership amongst the garment decoration industry at large, we have created a way to extend the founder’s spirit and magnify the customer connection and associated results we can gain by BRINGING THE FIRE to the masses.

  • Starting with the launch of the Allmade IndieGoGo campaign, we will be raising money by selling Allmade early adopter positions for Allmade inventory. A garment decorator who believes in the Allmade vision and wants to secure access to inventory before the general market can secure their position by contributing $500 to the campaign. The perk secures you an inventory position as an early adopter, your first case of Allmade shirts (72), and a marketing package including a sample set of 9 Allmade shirts. Early adopters can enhance their experience and commitment by purchasing a trip to Haiti or the Carolina’s with Allmade founders for $2200 or $1200 respectively.
  • Positions will start at number 11, directly after the 10 founders. Allmade founders will have priority access to inventory, and early adopter inventory positions will start filling as soon as there is inventory available. We estimate Q4 of 2017 or Q1 of 2018.
  • Early adopters will be embraced by Allmade and its founding members, invited to exclusive events and trips, and help provide feedback to our steering committee.
  • Early adopters will be listed on our website in the order in which they committed to the early adopter program.

Thank you for taking advantage of this incredible opportunity to step behind the print and Make It Better! Bring the fire!

Q&A

How do the shirts print?
Allmade tri-blend shirts are market competitive with Bella Canvas and Next Level, and Allmade cotton shirts are market competitive to American Apparel and Alternative Apparel.

What will the lead times be in terms of getting them to our facility, should we sell to one of our customers? Where are the goods shipped from? How many transit days are we looking at?
Allmade will initially stock and distribute our main size and colors out of Kansas City, which is under a 3 day ship to the majority of the contiguous US. We should be able to handle orders up to 10,000 out of there and in that time frame, larger orders will take some more planning as we do not want to deplete inventory for the rest of our founding and early adopter customers.

Will there be different lead times for different colors?
We can create custom colors for any of our approved styles, a custom color order will take 6-8 weeks to complete from start to finish at a minimum of 2500 garments.

Will there be additional fits and styles?
We will be slowly expanding our fit and our line of styles, on the agenda right now are kids, racerback tanks, standard tanks, raglans, and lightweight hoodies. Custom styles will be considered for orders over 10k pieces.

What exactly will the Early Adopter role include? 
First of all it, it secures an inventory position for you. We will open up ordering and inventory to early adopters in the order in which they committed to this perk. As we have more inventory to distribute, we will open it up to the next early adopter in sequential order. Becoming a part of this special group also includes inclusion in our founder updates, marketing material and sample packs, invitations to special events and trips, an invitation to provide feedback to our steering committee, and your first case of t-shirts as soon as we can open up inventory. Early adopters will be listed on our website in order in which they committed to the early adopter program.