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Mydesign
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Mydesign   8/17/2012 3:44:10 AM
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Elizebeth, thanks for this interesting post. I think the major objections may come from Deodorant and AC manufacturing companies. Is it available in public market?

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Re: Progress in business clothing
Mydesign   8/17/2012 3:59:50 AM
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Kevin thanks for the discount coupons. I have just ordered one Apollo Shirt ($105), but they are charging $25 extra for international shipping. Lets see how its going to work it out. I dont know the cost of normal shirts in US, but with these price I can buy minimum 6 normal shirts in my local currency.

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Re: Never would have thought of it
Kevin Rustagi   8/17/2012 9:50:15 AM
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Thanks so much Charles!  We're so excited to be working on a project that captures that kind of imagination; we really approached this from a sense of - "Where can we find this?"  When we couldn't find what we wanted, we decided to create it and start a company around it when other people got excited.

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Re: New Material
Kevin Rustagi   8/17/2012 9:53:53 AM
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Hi Greg, Thanks so much for asking!

 

Our textile manufacturers do extensive testing, and we have yet to see any allergic reactions.  That said - if you are allergic to synthetics or polyesters I would avoid them.  If you're really curious, you can always order one and return it (free shipping both ways, any reason)

 

Definitely shoot us an email at founders@ministryofsupply.com or call at 617.651.2340 if you have further questions,

 

Thanks,
Kevin // MoS.

 

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Re: Cool Shirts
Kevin Rustagi   8/17/2012 9:56:48 AM
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@Cool Shirts:

 

Thanks so much!  We're definitely focused on striking fear into the hearts of deodorant companies... well maybe not as crazy as that :)

 

On a serious note though, we're very excited about something that is that cool and comfortable.

 

The shirts are available at ministryofsupply.com - we've got a few on backorder because of our recent Kickstarter campaign, but feel free to email us directly at founders@ministryofsupply.com with any questions you've got.

 

Thanks!

Kevin // MoS.

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Re: Progress in business clothing
Rob Spiegel   8/17/2012 10:30:08 AM
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So tell us, Kevin, what prompted this move into apparel? Was it difficult to obtain the technology for the shirts? Do the founders have a background in apparel?

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Re: Progress in business clothing
Kevin Rustagi   8/17/2012 12:27:39 PM
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Thanks Rob!

The move into apparel was a long time coming for us - it's something that we took on, actually after multiple team members experienced this issue.  We have a background in product design, having so fortunately worked with firms such as IDEO and Apple.

Tech for the shirts is something we have long been developing and testing.  We are fortunate to work with one of the best textile mills in the country, and have worked closely with us to specify our unique fabric.  In terms of technology/testing - we are the only ones doing it in this way in business apparel.

One of our founders, Gihan, actually sewed his own line of outdoor apparel as a boy scout growing up.  He also sewed our first shirt.  Another, Kit, worked with Lululemon on the finance side.  Aman also is an avid sock enthusiast.

Thanks for asking - let us know if we can help in any other way!

Kevin.

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Re: Progress in business clothing
Kevin Rustagi   8/17/2012 12:44:48 PM
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@Mydesign:

 

Thanks so much!  We're so excited to hear what you think about the shirts!  The cost of dress shirts in the USA varies widely, from bargain woven shirts, up to hundreds of dollars at some retailers.  We view ours as premium, but not luxury.  

If you do decide to purchase them in multiples, please contact our product team at labs@ministryofsupply.com  - they'll be able to give you our most recent offers re:international shipping.

Thanks!

Kevin.

 

 

 

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Re: Dress shirts?
Kevin Rustagi   8/17/2012 12:56:30 PM
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Thanks so much Warren!

 

We've definitely got you in mind!  We haven't quite developed hotspots, but we'll let you know...

 

One of the best ways to check out the fabric is our new send a swatch program.  We'll be putting it on the website soon, but if you send me (kevin@ministryofsupply.com) your address, I can send you a free swatch of the fabric.

Thanks!

Kevin.  

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Progress in business clothing
Rob Spiegel   8/17/2012 1:24:43 PM
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Kevin,

How did you come by the technology? It is tech transfer from NASA? Is it the public domain? I would imagine some of your procedures are proprietary, but the basic technology must have been available to you.

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