What an experience man.
Covid fucked a lot for a lot of businesses, and I learnt quickly just how disruptive it can be when manufacturing and buying off-shore.
I've always loved vintage (shock) and reselling pre-loved gems is what I love to do.
But there was always this itch that needed to be scratched.
I wanted to run my own little line of basics, quality, oversized basics - so last year I decided to give it a nudge.
I landed on Rue Porter, a company based out of Portugal for my blocks.
You pay a bit more than say manufacturing out of China, but mad fit, dope colourways and the option to run em as a set (tee and shorts).
After a few samples I pushed the pre-sale live in December.
The reason being was I really had no idea how many would sell. I had never done my own gear before.
What a pre-sale does is eliminates the risk of having excess stock sitting around, or worse selling out.
Long story short, the kit flew. And I was pumped.
I get way more of a buzz out of the idea that people fuck with the same stuff I like and want to support the journey, more so than sale numbers.
But at the end of the day sales are dope too - so I was fizzing.
The presale ran for two weeks before I shut it down and placed my order with the supplier.
The chain would be: straight from Portugal to me (takes about 2-3 weeks), I quality check em, then offload to screen printer/embroidery here in AKL (2-3 days) then post out to you guys so everyone can rock em in February at the latest.
That was the plan...
But February rolled around and Covid-delays out of Portugal meant I hadn't even got my hands on the kit yet.
I was angry. Not their fault I know, but angry that I hadn't really accounted for it.
Then, four weeks behind schedule, I get an email saying half of the gear (S-M cream Shorts, L jumpers and XL Black Tees) were not available for a further four weeks, and have to be back ordered.
It's a yuck feeling.
Most people are happy to wait, but I put a lot of pressure on myself with this business to deliver on shit I promise and this has been a slog.
Knowing you're letting people down sucks, but I have truly been blown away by the support from everyone who copped.
The bottom line is, the kit is coming.
I would use Rue Porter again, yes.
But I wouldn't fuck with a presale - just back the estimates and create a limited edition line.
I'm always fucking up, and I'm always learning.
And the OG Kit 2.0 will be a better product, a better system, and have a better story behind it because of this experience.
Grind time baby.