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: Darryl’s Wood Fired Grill
  • 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”
$1,000.00
*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”
$1,000.00
*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.

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.

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.