The Allmade Experience

A note from the team

Hey Allmade supporters! It’s almost that time, and as we finalize this installment of the Allmade Experience, we would like to thank you for supporting us, and to those who are joining us on this round a special thank you for coming to see first hand what Allmade is about. A few things to help you in preparing your travel: If you haven’t secured your spot yet, and would like to; email us at info@allmade.com.

  • Please book your flights to match the designated arrival and departure windows
  • If you would like to bring supplies to donate we have a list of commonly helpful items to bring. Please Email info@allmade.com for a detailed list of items to bring
  • A passport is required if you are joining us for the The Haiti Experience
  • There are medical precautions that all travelers will be advised about once confirmed
  • Flights are not included in pricing and are self elected

Part 1: The Textile Experience

Come see the how the raw materials that are the base of our mantra “MAKE IT BETTER,” and comprise our soft, environmentally friendly, eco conscious shirts are made, and watch the evolution from bottles to fabric.

August 24-26 (Thur-Sat)

DAY 1 (24th) Thursday

*8/23 Early-Check in at the hotel is not included in pricing, each traveler is responsible for booking and expenses of early check in. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlotte Airport (704) 900-8100

  • Breakfast: Waffle House
    3309 Queen City Dr, Charlotte, NC 28208
  • Tour: Repreve (Unifi, Inc.) (BOTTLES – FIBERS)
  • Lunch: Provided by Unifi
  • Commute to Northern SC
    Gaffney, SC
  • Tour: Local Knitter (THREAD – FABRIC)
  • Hotel: Hampton Inn Gaffney SC

 

DAY 2 (25th) Friday

  • Breakfast: Cracker Barrel
  • Tour: Saati (Allmade Backer)
  • Commute to Southern SC
    SpunLab Graniteville, SC Facility
    418 Ascauga Lake Road
    Graniteville, SC 29829
    https://www.spunlab.com/
  • Tour: SpunLab (FIBERS – THREAD)
  • Commute to Northern SC
    Carolina Cotton Works
    14 Commerce Drive
    Meadow Creek Industrial Park
    Gaffney, SC 29340
    http://carolinacotton.com/
  • Lunch: Firehouse Subs
  • Tour: Carolina Cotton Works (FABRIC – SHIPMENT)
  • Commute to Airport Hotel
    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlotte Airport
    108 Airport Commons Dr,
    Charlotte, NC 28208
    Transfer Airport Hotel
  • Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlotte Airport

 

DAY 3 (26th) Saturday TRANSFER DAY

  • Breakfast: Holiday Inn Express
  • Travel: Team Departs Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • 11:40 AM – 1:52 PM Charlotte (CLT) – Miami (MIA) American 2565
  • Travel: Team Departs Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • 3:34 PM – 5:39 PM Miami (MIA) – Port-au-Prince (PAP) American 971
  • Hotel: Jumecourt Inn
  • Dinner: Jumecourt Inn

Part 2: The Haiti Experience

Join us as we see a real side of Haitian life and meet some the wonderful people who are part the team that are making it better at the Life SA facility. We will be joined by our partners at The GOEX facility as we take a look at the more human element of our Allmade shirt.

DAY 4 (27th) Sunday

  • Breakfast: Jumecourt Inn
  • Visit: Orphanage # 1 TBA
  • Visit: Orphanage # 2 TBA
  • Lunch: Le Daily Cafe
  • Presentation: Status of Haiti – Joe Knittig
  • Dinner: Quartier Latin
  • Presentation: Why Allmade – Ryan Moor/Founders

 

DAY 5 (28th) Monday

  • Breakfast: Jumecourt Inn
  • Tour: Life S.A. (FABRIC – GARMENT)
  • Lunch: Breaking Bread with Allmade Team (Provided)
  • Tour: Papillon
  • Presentation: Allmade printing demo
  • Dinner: Papillon Restaurant

 

DAY 6 (29th) Tuesday

  • Breakfast: Jumecourt
  • Roadtrip: Beach Trip Moulin Sur Mer Beach Resort
  • Lunch: Moulin Sur Mer Beach Resort
  • Presentation: How to help Make It Better
  • Dinner: Servotel
  • Hotel: Servotel

 

DAY 7 (30th) Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Servotel
  • Travel: Team Departs Port-au-Prince International Airport (PAP)

Pricing:
“The Textile Experience”
$350.00
*Price does not include: flights; each traveler is responsible for booking their own, extra hotel expenses before designated arrival/departure days and times, taxi and uber costs to and from airports outside trip.

“The Haiti Experience”
$600.00
*Price does not include: flights; each traveler is responsible for booking their own, extra hotel expenses before designated arrival/departure days and times, taxi and uber costs to and from airports outside trip.

 

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change.

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?

Help us Make it Better.

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.

  • 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. 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.