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Kangol 504: Bring Jobs To America With Bollman Hat Company by Bollman Hat Company — Kickstarter

To see the official Kickstarter project clink this link: Kickstarter.com/bollman hats

I wish I had seen this Kickstarter Project earlier. Kickstarter is trying to raise money for Bollman – America’s oldest hat company to bring a hat making machine from Australia to create more hats. The goal is 100,000, the amount raised thus far is $86,000. The deadline is January 17, 2016 at 6 pm. Update January 18, 2016 – Bollman has reached its goal. Congratulations.

You know Kangol, we make the hats with the kangaroo logo on them.  Kangol is the world’s most famous headwear brand and it’s been worn by some of the world’s most famous celebrities like Brad Pitt, Bill Murray, Eminem, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Kid Rock, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, and others.

Kangol is a brand that was born in Britain and grew up on the streets of New York and now we’d like your help to bring another icon to the states and move as much as possible of the Kangol 504’s manufacturing stateside with the Bollman Hat Company. 

We’re looking for your help us bring the historic machinery that has been used to make the Kangol 504 and other styles since the start of Kangol to the states and create new American jobs.

Bollman Hat Company is America's oldest hat maker.
Bollman Hat Company is America’s oldest hat maker.

The Bollman Hat Company is the oldest hat maker in America dating back to 1868. We are employee-owned and pay our employee-owners a living wage. In 2001, Bollman Hat Company acquired the global license to design, produce, and distribute Kangol headwear. By the time Bollman Hat Company had acquired the license, the decision had already been made by the previous ownership to move all the manufacturing to a factory in China which was created in the mid-1990s to stay competitive. The factory in China was purchased in 2006 by a Chinese hat maker who has now decided to exit due to rising labor costs in Southern China. Since acquiring the Kangol license, Bollman Hat Company made several Kangol straw, wool felt, and fur felt styles in their factory in Pennsylvania, but until now, did not make knitted and blocked hats which are the most iconic Kangol styles.

The 1932 staff of Bollman Hat Company.
The 1932 staff of Bollman Hat Company.

The Wool 504 is the iconic, original Kangol® Cap. First introduced in 1954, the 504 cap gets its name from the block number that it is made on. The 100% seamless wool cap is the ultimate cap for comfort and style and now for the first time ever Made In The USA.

Why Do We Need These Machines?

Over the years there has been attempts to duplicate the machines unsuccessfully.  As our Design Director, Nic Harris, likes to point out this is very similar to the denim selvage machines that jean manufacturers replaced in the 80’s.  The result was less of a quality product than what was produced with the older, slower machines.  We’re not interested in faster machines that make an inferior product.  We want to keep the quality that has built Kangol and that our customers love.

The manufacturing of the 504 requires special machinery which was built specifically for Kangol in the 1930’s and 40’s to create the knit of the 504. These are the same machines we are looking for your help to move today. These special machines were each customized to knit, link, tease, shear, and block the Kangol 504 style. Other styles will follow with sufficient funding.

One of the ten machines already brought to the US.
One of the ten machines already brought to the US.

We have already moved 10 of the machines over to the U.S. and made the necessary electrical conversions for the equipment to work in the U.S., but there are another 70 machines yet to move. Altogether, the cost to move it will be over $650,000. Bollman Hat Company has invested more than $350,000 and in addition we’ve already secured $60,000 from the Department of Community & Economic Development’s Pennsylvania First Program grant, $82,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, and $18,450 in Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania helping to fund the skills training needed for our employee owners. The cost of making the Kangol product in the U.S. is estimated to be more than twice the cost of making it in China, but we eliminate the transportation costs to North America, achieve faster customer turnaround, and control our innovation.

Why Do We Want To Bring These Machines To America?

America became a world leader because of its manufacturing strength and the middle class built by this strength. Over the past 50 years America has lost its title of the world manufacturing leader with many of the jobs going overseas to China, India, and Bangladesh. That doesn’t mean that great products can’t or shouldn’t be made here and Bollman Hat Company is a testament to that. Aside from being America’s oldest hat maker and nearly 150 years old, Bollman Hat Company is also the founding member of American Made Matters, a community of US Makers with a focus on bringing attention to the importance of making and buying American products. Bollman Hat Company and American Made Matters believe that if it can be made here, it should be made here! The beloved Kangol 504 is the next piece in that puzzle.

Bringing the 504 and other Kangol styles’ production to America will create dozens of new jobs for American workers while maintaining the current workforce and that can make a big impact.

A Rewarding Campaign

We’ve worked hard to come up with some great rewards for backers so not only do you get to feel good about where your money is going but you’ll be able to show off your support too.  We’ve also created bundles so you can get almost any combination of rewards you’d like.

Some of our rewards include:

We’d like your help in strengthening America again and bringing jobs back to the U.S. Your help will be greatly appreciated and reinforce the tide of change to bring back Made In The U.S.A.

Special thanks go to our friends Samuel L. Jackson, West Field Films and Killer Interactive for their help with this campaign.  

And to you, our backers and supporters!  Thank you again!

Risks and challenges

There is very little risk in not being able to complete our project. We have already brought 10 of the machines to the US and more will be on the way shortly. To purchase all the machines and create the most jobs possible, we are looking to Kickstarter for help. If our campaign is tremendously successful, we may need additional time to complete and deliver all rewards beyond our estimated delivery dates.

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    THANK YOU!

    A huge thank you for your commitment to helping revitalize American manufacturing and creating new jobs. Thank you!

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    Kangol® MOTHERFUNDER PIN

    Your own MOTHERFUNDER Kangol® pin so you can wear your support for Kangol® and creating new manufacturing jobs. All rewards are Made In The USA.

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    I BACKED US JOBS PIN

    An I Backed US Jobs pin to show your support for bringing American manufacturing back and creating new US jobs. All rewards are Made In The USA.

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    Kangol® MOTHERFUNDER KEYCHAIN

    Carry a reminder of your motherfunding support with you everyday with your own MOTHERFUNDER keychain. All rewards are Made In The USA.

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    I BACKED US JOBS KEYCHAIN

    Show your pride everyday in what we accomplished together with your own I Backed US Jobs keychain. All rewards are Made In The USA.

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    NAME ON PRESS CONFERENCE BANNER

    Once all of the machines have arrived we will be hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate. With this pledge your name will be added to the banner which will be hung behind our speakers during the ceremony.

    If you would prefer you can may receive a print of your name on the banner as well within a commemorative frame by choosing the NAME ON PRESS CONFERENCE BANNER AND FRAMED ACKNOWLEDGEMENT award below.

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    44 backers

    KANGOL® MOTHERFUNDER T-SHIRT

    Get your own Kangol® MOTHERFUNDER t-shirt like the one Samuel L. Jackson wears in the campaign video.

    All shirts are black with Kickstarter green print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    17 backers

    I BACKED US JOBS T-SHIRT

    Show your support for American manufacturing and that US jobs matter with our Kickstarter exclusive t-shirt. When the campaign is completed the I Backed Us Jobs apparel will be customized to show the number of backers and total amount raised through the campaign.

    All shirts are navy with white print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP

    The Wool 504 is the iconic, original Kangol® Cap. First introduced in 1954, the 504 cap gets its name from the block number that it is made on. The 100% seamless wool cap is the ultimate cap for comfort and style and now for the first time ever Made In The USA.

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    NAME ON COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE

    We will be installing a plaque inside the factory with the names of backers who pledge for this award or the PREMIERE NAME ON COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE reward. This plaque will be installed inside the factory in a prominent location in which the employees will see the recognition of your contribution daily.

    If you would prefer you can may receive a print of your name on the plaque as well as a personalized commemorative frame by choosing the NAME ON COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE AND FRAMED ACKNOWLEDGEMENT award below.

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    11 backers

    CREATE YOUR OWN MOTHERFUNDING BUNDLE

    We heard what you’ve been asking for and now it’s here. Simply pledge for this reward and adjust your pledge amount calculate all the rewards you would like. Please remember to add the appropriate shipping.

    After the campaign ends, we will ask you for your rewards and designs of choice in the backer surveys.

    All costs are per item:

    T-Shirt: $35
    Made In The USA 504: $48
    Customized 504: $75
    Hoodie: $85
    Diva, Trilby, or Porkpie: $175
    1st Run 504: $300

    Machine Dedication: $750
    Premiere Name On Plaque: $200
    Name On Plaque: $50
    Name On Press Banner: $25
    Factory Tour: $800

    Add-Ons:

    Pin: $5
    Keychain: $10

    SHIPPING RATES:
    (You must calculate shipping as part of your pledge.)

    $70-$99: $12 USA/$19 International
    $100-$199: $24 USA/$35 International
    $200-$299: $36 USA/$49 International
    $300+: Free Shipping

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    CUSTOMIZED MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP

    Now available with your own custom left hand side embroidery in black, blue, red, yellow, or white. (character limit of 15 letters including spaces).

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, and White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    20 backers

    MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP AND KANGOL® MOTHERFUNDER T-SHIRT BUNDLE

    The Wool 504 is the iconic, original Kangol® Cap. First introduced in 1954, the 504 cap gets its name from the block number that it is made on. The 100% seamless wool cap is the ultimate cap for comfort and style and now for the first time ever Made In The USA.

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    – AND –

    Get your own Kangol® MOTHERFUNDER t-shirt like the one Samuel L. Jackson wears in the campaign video.

    All shirts are black with Kickstarter green print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP AND I BACKED US JOBS T-SHIRT BUNDLE

    The Kangol 504 Made In The USA.

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    – AND –

    Show your support for American manufacturing and that US jobs matter with our Kickstarter exclusive t-shirt. When the campaign is completed the I Backed Us Jobs apparel will be customized to show the number of backers and total amount raised through the campaign.

    All shirts are navy with white print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    KANGOL® MOTHERFUNDER HOODIE

    Get your own Kangol® MOTHERFUNDER hoodie.

    All hoodies are black with Kickstarter green print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    7 backers

    I BACKED US JOBS HOODIE

    Show your support for American manufacturing and that US jobs matter with our Kickstarter exclusive hoodie. When the campaign is completed the I Backed Us Jobs apparel will be customized to show the number of backers and total amount raised through the campaign.

    All hoodies are navy with white print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    14 backers

    CUSTOMIZED MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP AND KANGOL® MOTHERFUNDER T-SHIRT BUNDLE

    The Wool 504 is the iconic, original Kangol® Cap. First introduced in 1954, the 504 cap gets its name from the block number that it is made on. The 100% seamless wool cap is the ultimate cap for comfort and style and now for the first time ever made in the USA.

    Now available with your own custom left hand side embroidery in black, blue, red, yellow, or white. (character limit of 15 letters including spaces).

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, and White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    – AND –

    Get your own Kangol® MOTHERFUNDER t-shirt like the one Samuel L. Jackson wears in the campaign video.

    All shirts are black with Kickstarter green print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2016
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    10 backers

    CUSTOMIZED MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP AND I BACKED US JOBS T-SHIRT BUNDLE

    The Wool 504 is the iconic, original Kangol® Cap. First introduced in 1954, the 504 cap gets its name from the block number that it is made on. The 100% seamless wool cap is the ultimate cap for comfort and style and now for the first time ever made in the USA.

    Now available with your own custom left hand side embroidery in black, blue, red, yellow, or white. (character limit of 15 letters including spaces).

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, and White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    – AND –

    Show your support for American manufacturing and that US jobs matter with our Kickstarter exclusive t-shirt. When the campaign is completed the I Backed Us Jobs apparel will be customized to show the number of backers and total amount raised through the campaign.

    All shirts are navy with white print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP AND KANGOL® MOTHERFUNDER HOODIE BUNDLE

    The Wool 504 is the iconic, original Kangol® Cap. First introduced in 1954, the 504 cap gets its name from the block number that it is made on. The 100% seamless wool cap is the ultimate cap for comfort and style and now for the first time ever Made In The USA.

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    – AND –

    Get your own Kangol® MOTHERFUNDER hoodie.

    All hoodies are black with Kickstarter green print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP AND I BACKED US JOBS HOODIE BUNDLE

    The Kangol 504 Made In The USA.

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    – AND –

    Show your support for American manufacturing and that US jobs matter with our Kickstarter exclusive hoodie. When the campaign is completed the I Backed Us Jobs apparel will be customized to show the number of backers and total amount raised through the campaign.

    All hoodies are navy with white print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    CUSTOMIZED MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP AND KANGOL® MOTHERFUNDER HOODIE BUNDLE

    The Kangol 504 Made In The USA.

    Now available with your own custom left hand side embroidery in black, blue, red, yellow, or white. (character limit of 15 letters including spaces).

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, and White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    – AND –

    Get your own Kangol® MOTHERFUNDER hoodie.

    All hoodies are black with Kickstarter green print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    CUSTOMIZED MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP AND I BACKED US JOBS HOODIE BUNDLE

    The Kangol 504 Made In The USA.

    Now available with your own custom left hand side embroidery in black, blue, red, yellow, or white. (character limit of 15 letters including spaces).

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, and White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    – AND –

    Show your support for American manufacturing and that US jobs matter with our Kickstarter exclusive hoodie. When the campaign is completed the I Backed Us Jobs apparel will be customized to show the number of backers and total amount raised through the campaign.

    All hoodies are navy with white print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® DIVA FLOPPY HAT

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. The contemporary Diva shape with its wide brim and rounded crown is sophisticated and timeless.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom laser etching on the left hand side of the self-band (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Wine, sizes S, M, L, XL.

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    CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® HIRO TRILBY HAT

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. This classic trilby features a self fabric band with a teardrop shaped crown.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom laser etching on the left hand side of the self-band (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Grey, sizes S, M, L, XL.

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    CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® PORKPIE HAT

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. The Pork Pie is a stylish and timeless hat that takes its name from a British delicacy. It has a self fabric band and custom laser etched logo.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom self band laser etching on the left hand side (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Navy, sizes S, M, L, XL.

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    SIGNED NICK WALKER 18X24 PRINT

    Nick Walker is an established graffiti artist originating from Bristol, England. He is credited with being part of the stencil graffiti movement that Robert Del Naja had started in the 1980’s.

    He first collaborated with Kangol in 2006 on several hats, on one of which, his Angel Winged Space Helmet with Screaming Gorilla” was used.

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    PREMIERE BACKER NAME ON COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE

    40 spaces are available on the plaque to be installed within the factory for Premiere Level Backers.

    We will be installing a plaque inside the factory with the names of backers who pledge for this award or the NAME ON COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE reward. This plaque will be installed inside the factory in a prominent location in which the employees will see the recognition of your contribution daily.

    If you would prefer you can may receive a print of your name on the plaque as well as a personalized commemorative frame by choosing the PREMIERE BACKER NAME ON COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE AND FRAMED ACKNOWLEDGEMENT award below.

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    CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® DIVA FLOPPY HAT AND KANGOL® MOTHERFUNDER T-SHIRT BUNDLE

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. The contemporary Diva shape with its wide brim and rounded crown is sophisticated and timeless.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom laser etching on the left hand side of the self-band (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Wine, sizes S, M, L, XL.

    – AND –

    Get your own Kangol® MOTHERFUNDER t-shirt like the one Samuel L. Jackson wears in the campaign video.

    All shirts are black with Kickstarter green print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® HIRO TRILBY HAT AND KANGOL® MOTHERFUNDER T-SHIRT BUNDLE

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. This classic trilby features a self fabric band with a teardrop shaped crown.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom laser etching on the left hand side of the self-band (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Grey, sizes S, M, L, XL.

    – AND –

    Get your own Kangol® MOTHERFUNDER t-shirt like the one Samuel L. Jackson wears in the campaign video.

    All shirts are black with Kickstarter green print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® PORKPIE HAT AND KANGOL® MOTHERFUNDER T-SHIRT BUNDLE

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. The Pork Pie is a stylish and timeless hat that takes its name from a British delicacy. It has a self fabric band and custom laser etched logo.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom self band laser etching on the left hand side (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Navy, sizes S, M, L, XL.

    – AND –

    Get your own Kangol® MOTHERFUNDER t-shirt like the one Samuel L. Jackson wears in the campaign video.

    All shirts are black with Kickstarter green print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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    CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® DIVA FLOPPY HAT AND I BACKED US JOBS T-SHIRT BUNDLE

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. The contemporary Diva shape with its wide brim and rounded crown is sophisticated and timeless.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom laser etching on the left hand side of the self-band (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Wine, sizes S, M, L, XL.

    – AND –

    Show your support for American manufacturing and that US jobs matter with our Kickstarter exclusive t-shirt. When the campaign is completed the I Backed Us Jobs apparel will be customized to show the number of backers and total amount raised through the campaign.

    All shirts are navy with white print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2016
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    CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® HIRO TRILBY HAT AND I BACKED US JOBS T-SHIRT BUNDLE

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. This classic trilby features a self fabric band with a teardrop shaped crown.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom laser etching on the left hand side of the self-band (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Grey, sizes S, M, L, XL.

    – AND –

    Show your support for American manufacturing and that US jobs matter with our Kickstarter exclusive t-shirt. When the campaign is completed the I Backed Us Jobs apparel will be customized to show the number of backers and total amount raised through the campaign.

    All shirts are navy with white print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2016
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    0 backers

    CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® PORKPIE HAT AND I BACKED US JOBS T-SHIRT BUNDLE

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. The Pork Pie is a stylish and timeless hat that takes its name from a British delicacy. It has a self fabric band and custom laser etched logo.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom self band laser etching on the left hand side (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Navy, sizes S, M, L, XL.

    – AND –

    Show your support for American manufacturing and that US jobs matter with our Kickstarter exclusive t-shirt. When the campaign is completed the I Backed Us Jobs apparel will be customized to show the number of backers and total amount raised through the campaign.

    All shirts are navy with white print and Made In The USA. Sizes in S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2016
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    2 backers

    MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP AND CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® DIVA FLOPPY HAT BUNDLE

    The Kangol 504 Made In The USA.

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    – AND –

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. The contemporary Diva shape with its wide brim and rounded crown is sophisticated and timeless.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom laser etching on the left hand side of the self-band (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Wine, sizes S, M, L, XL.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2016
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    MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP AND CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® HIRO TRILBY HAT BUNDLE

    The Kangol 504 Made In The USA.

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    – AND –

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. This classic trilby features a self fabric band with a teardrop shaped crown.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom laser etching on the left hand side of the self-band (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Grey, sizes S, M, L, XL.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2016
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    MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP AND CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® PORKPIE HAT BUNDLE

    The Kangol 504 Made In The USA.

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    – AND –

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. The Pork Pie is a stylish and timeless hat that takes its name from a British delicacy. It has a self fabric band and custom laser etched logo.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom self band laser etching on the left hand side (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Navy, sizes S, M, L, XL.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2016
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    1 backer

    CUSTOMIZED MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP AND CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® DIVA FLOPPY HAT BUNDLE

    The Kangol 504 Made In The USA.

    Now available with your own custom left hand side embroidery in black, blue, red, yellow, or white. (character limit of 15 letters including spaces).

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, and White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    – AND –

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. The contemporary Diva shape with its wide brim and rounded crown is sophisticated and timeless.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom laser etching on the left hand side of the self-band (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Wine, sizes S, M, L, XL.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2016
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    2 backers

    CUSTOMIZED MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP AND CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® HIRO TRILBY HAT BUNDLE

    The Kangol 504 Made In The USA.

    Now available with your own custom left hand side embroidery in black, blue, red, yellow, or white. (character limit of 15 letters including spaces).

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, and White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    – AND –

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. This classic trilby features a self fabric band with a teardrop shaped crown.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom laser etching on the left hand side of the self-band (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Grey, sizes S, M, L, XL.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2016
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    CUSTOMIZED MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP AND CUSTOMIZED BAND LITEFELT® PORKPIE HAT BUNDLE

    The Wool 504 is the iconic, original Kangol® Cap. First introduced in 1954, the 504 cap gets its name from the block number that it is made on. The 100% seamless wool cap is the ultimate cap for comfort and style and now for the first time ever made in the USA.

    Now available with your own custom left hand side embroidery in black, blue, red, yellow, or white. (character limit of 15 letters including spaces).

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, and White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    – AND –

    LiteFelt® is made in the USA from a revolutionary formula that makes wool crushable, shape retaining, and water repellent. The Pork Pie is a stylish and timeless hat that takes its name from a British delicacy. It has a self fabric band and custom laser etched logo.

    This fine hat is now available with your own custom self band laser etching on the left hand side (character limit of 35 letters including spaces). Available in Black or Navy, sizes S, M, L, XL.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2016
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    12 backers

    FIRST RUN MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP

    With this reward you will receive one of the first 504 Wool 504 caps completed. Each cap will be individually hand numbered on the internal label by the hat craftsman responsible for creating you hat.

    The Wool 504 is the iconic, original Kangol® Cap. First introduced in 1954, the 504 cap gets its name from the block number that it is made on. The 100% seamless wool cap is the ultimate cap for comfort and style and now for the first time ever made in the USA.

    Available in Black only sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    Estimated delivery: Feb 2016
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    2 backers

    NAME ON COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE AND FRAMED ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

    We will be installing a plaque inside the factory with the names of backers who pledge for this award or the PREMIERE NAME ON COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE reward. This plaque will be installed inside the factory in a prominent location in which the employees will see the recognition of your contribution daily.

    You will also receive a framed print of the plaque as well within a commemorative plaque with your name on it, suitable for display.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2016
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    3 backers Limited (37 left of 40)

    PREMIERE BACKER NAME ON COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE AND FRAMED ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

    40 spaces are available on the plaque to be installed within the factory for Premiere Level Backers.

    We will be installing a plaque inside the factory with the names of backers who pledge for this award or the NAME ON COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE reward. This plaque will be installed inside the factory in a prominent location in which the employees will see the recognition of your contribution daily.

    You will also receive a framed print of the plaque as well within a commemorative plaque with your name on it, suitable for display.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2016
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    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    SAMUEL L. JACKSON SIGNED KANGOL® TROPIC 504 VENTAIR CAP

    The Ventair pattern around the outer edge is an iconic Kangol® classic. The 504 cap gets its name from the number assigned to the original block shape that it is made on. The Tropic yarn means that the hat is both lightweight and comfortable.

    Only two pieces available. Hats are white and size large only.

    Estimated delivery: Feb 2016
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    SAMUEL L. JACKSON SIGNED KANGOL® TROPIC SPACECAP

    The Tropic Spacecap is a must-have for any fan of casual Kangol® style. It’s made with our tropic material blend and is lightweight, bendable, and packable. Consistent ventilation around the cap allows for air flow for ultimate comfort in spring and summer weather.

    Only one available. Hat is red and size large.

    Estimated delivery: Feb 2016
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    SAMUEL L. JACKSON SIGNED KANGOL® TROPIC PLAYER HAT

    The Player is a clean looking, very wearable trilby with a distinctive wide crown and stingy brim that can be worn up or down. The Player has become the most popular Kangol® trilby shape. Tropic yarn is Kangol’s traditional polyester blend, warm weather yarn that has been a staple in the collection since the late 1950’s.

    Only one piece available. Hat is purple and size large.

    Estimated delivery: Feb 2016
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    SAMUEL L. JACKSON SIGNED KANGOL® TROPIC 507 CAP

    The Tropic 507 is a modern and sleek Kangol cap shape with curved side panels to create an ergonomic fit. The 507 is a perfect melding of the classic Kangol cap combined with the fit of a baseball. The interior of this SLJ signed hat is lined with the Kangol Golf by Samuel L. Jackson artwork.

    Only one available. Hat is green and size large only.

    Estimated delivery: Feb 2016
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    2 backers Limited (78 left of 80)

    MEMORIAL PLAQUE ON ONE OF THE 80 ORIGINAL KANGOL MACHINES AND FRAMED ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

    Possibly our most special reward, with this you will have a plaque permanently installed on one of these 80 special machines we’re bringing to America.

    You will be able to dedicate the machine to whomever you would like, maybe a grandfather or father or other relative who influenced you or help to make America strong.

    In addition, you will receive a photo of your machine with the plaque installed contained in a framed print with a commemorative plaque with your name on it as well as campaign details, suitable for display.

    This reward is limited to 80 as we will only install a single plaque on each machine.

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2016
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    2 backers Limited (48 left of 50)

    BOLLMAN HAT COMPANY FACTORY TOUR AND CUSTOMIZED MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP

    With this reward get a personal tour of the Bollman Hat Company factory with CEO Don Rongione for you and a friend. Don will walk you through the factory showing you the processes involved in creating the Kangol hats as well as other products manufactured by Bollman, all while introducing you to the American workers you’ve helped support. Finally, you’ll receive a customized a customized Kangol 504 upon your visit.

    PLEASE NOTE: Backer is responsible for all travel and lodging expenses associated with the reward.

    The Wool 504 is the iconic, original Kangol® Cap. First introduced in 1954, the 504 cap gets its name from the block number that it is made on. The 100% seamless wool cap is the ultimate cap for comfort and style and now for the first time ever made in the USA.

    Now available with your own custom left hand side embroidery in black, blue, red, yellow, or white. (character limit of 15 letters including spaces).

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, and White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    Estimated delivery: Feb 2016
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    Pledge $1,350 or more

    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    PRESS CONFERENCE SEAT, BOLLMAN HAT COMPANY FACTORY TOUR, AND CUSTOMIZED MADE IN THE USA WOOL 504 CAP

    With this reward you will have one of 20 seats reserved for backers at our ribbon cutting and press conference. During the speech given you will be mentioned by name and have the opportunity to participate in photos of the event and ribbon cutting.

    Afterwards you will get a personalized tour of the Bollman Hat Company factory with CEO Don Rongione. Don will walk you through the factory showing you the processes involved in creating the Kangol hats as well as other products manufactured by Bollman, all while introducing you to the American workers you’ve helped support. Finally, you’ll receive a customized a customized Kangol 504 upon your visit.

    PLEASE NOTE: Backer is responsible for all travel and lodging expenses associated with the reward.

    The Kangol 504 Made In The USA.

    Now available with your own custom left hand side embroidery in black, blue, red, yellow, or white. (character limit of 15 letters including spaces).

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, and White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2016
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    KANGOL® KANGAROO STATUE

    This is one of only three Kangol Kangaroo statues in the world. The other two reside at the Bollman Hat Company and Kangol headquarters respectively.

    The statue is cast of solid aluminum and weighs in at about 25 pounds.

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2016
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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    KANGOL® KANGAROO STATUE

    This is the second of only three Kangol Kangaroo statues in the world. This statue is actually the statue which has resided in the Kangol Head Design Offices in New York City.

    The statue is cast of solid aluminum and weighs in at about 25 pounds.

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2016
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    0 backers Limited (15 left of 15)

    MAKE YOUR OWN 504 AND BOLLMAN HAT COMPANY FACTORY TOUR

    With this once in a lifetime reward get a personal tour of the Bollman Hat Company factory with CEO Don Rongione. Don will walk you through the factory showing you the processes involved in creating the Kangol hats as well as other products manufactured by Bollman, all while introducing you to the American workers you’ve helped support.

    Throughout the day you’ll even have the opportunity to create your own finishing touches with custom embroidery logo colors, and fabric finishing paints to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece. Taking home your one-of-a-kind creation at the end of your visit.

    PLEASE NOTE: Travel from the contiguous 48 states is included in this reward as well as two nights lodging in the Adamstown, PA area. Meals are the responsibility of the backer.

    The Wool 504 is the iconic, original Kangol® Cap. First introduced in 1954, the 504 cap gets its name from the block number that it is made on. The 100% seamless wool cap is the ultimate cap for comfort and style and now for the first time ever made in the USA.

    Available in Black, Dark Blue, Red, and White, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

    Estimated delivery: May 2016
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    Pledge $10,000

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    FACTORY NAMING RIGHTS – FELTING AND FORMING BUILDING

    This reward is for the naming rights on the largest and most visible of the buildings, at 40,000 square feet, the Felting and Forming house. This building is located right on the main street which the factory resides and has the most traffic and visibility.

    You will be able to dedicate the building to a loved one or name it for yourself. Signage will be installed which will be publicly visible so all names must be appropriate for public display.

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2016
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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    FACTORY NAMING RIGHTS – DYE HOUSE

    This reward is for the naming rights for the Dye House which is attached to the Felting and Forming Building and is the second most visible of the buildings, at 1,000 square feet and just off Main Street.

    You will be able to dedicate the building to a loved one or name it for yourself. Signage will be installed which will be publicly visible so all names must be appropriate for public display.

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2016
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    Pledge $10,000

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    FACTORY NAMING RIGHTS – SECOND FLOOR KNITTING, LINK AND FINISHING OPERATIONS

    This reward is for the naming rights of the Second Floor Knitting, Link, and and Finishing Operations and is the second largest of the buildings, at 15,688 square feet.

    You will be able to dedicate the building to a loved one or name it for yourself. Signage will be installed which will be publicly visible so all names must be appropriate for public display.

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2016
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    Pledge $10,000

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    FACTORY NAMING RIGHTS – RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

 

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