Kitsbow is now accepting orders for the updated Haskell mountain bike shorts, which will be made to order in Kitsbow’s North Carolina manufacturing facility.
Unlike most clothing companies that choose to mass-produce each item in just a few size and color options, Kitsbow is doing things differently.
Going a step beyond 'Made in the USA,' Kitsbow is the only U.S. mountain bike apparel company to use so-called 'lean manufacturing,' making each item specifically for the customer.
The idea, Kitsbow says, is to eliminate the waste of unsold clothing and scraps and cut the need for overseas transportation while giving customers more flexibility in fit, size, and color combinations.
The Haskell short will be offered in 8- and 11-inch inseam options, a wide range of sizes, and three colors: Wild Oak, Dark Olive, and Dry Grey.
|We can offer our customers more choices because our apparel is made to each order. We're making every garment to your size, color preference, and length; and then delivering them. The trade-off is that we serve each order as it arrives, so you'll need to get in line right now.—David Billstrom, CEO of Kitsbow|
The Haskell shorts are available for pre-order on Kitsbow's website
for $195 USD. Orders will begin shipping August 2.
If people really want to bring back local manufacturing we have to get used to the idea that it won't be cheap, and we cant impulse buy things on Amazon that come in a four pack when we only need one.
Very much this.
I like that they're trying to revive an industry in Old Fort that died 2 generations ago. The only people who worked in textiles in the area are over 70 years old now. They are trying to train and bring back jobs to the small town, but their clientelle drive Bentley's and Bugatis. I know exactly ZERO locals that have the money to buy their goods.
As I've said previously, you would think that if they moved to a small town to trim costs from their prior location, got TONS of local tax incentives and a cheaper labor force, their pricing would stabilize and/or become more reasonable.
the commenter at the top hit it on the nose - we live in a totally ruined economy - if you want high end hand made clothing to go on your mtb rides you prolly need to realize that these things will never be "affordable" again. I work at a bike shop and 50% of my day is trying to help novice riders understand that the price of bikes is just as much of the "new normal" as everything else.
Keeping skilled trades alive is vital to living autonomously. I think COVID has taught us a lot about that. No one understood just how bad it was to send all our purchases through Bezos or overseas companies until we saw the economic impact to everyone.
Granted, we'll never stop the flow of "gotta have a dingle this and a dongle that" desire to have cheap stuff, but I've seen an exponentially greater number of people starting to understand that it really is garbage.
To clarify and spell out specifically, baubles, trinkets, disposable crap . Anything cheap, tiny, novelty, gadgety, shiny, plastic and so on down the line we don't need.
You own a fidget spinner or a cheetah print sparkle phone case or one of the 7000 different variations of a pen with a company logo on it? Maybe a stress ball from State Farm? A plastic key chain twistie with a bank name?
I've got a half dozen novelty letter openers around my house. Potato chip bag clips of every shape and size. Kids have plastic sunglasses with every color and shape of princess or hero on them that you can't see out of. Sunglass clips for the visor of your car. Gift shops that line every end of town with millions of coffiee mugs and crappy novelty gifts. Claires Boutique?
Did I list anything you need in there?
It's not rocket science (no disrespect to logistics managers, planners, and technicians).
They now share a building with a new brewery and that place is AWESOME!
I've not met a single local. Just wondering. Seems more like Asheville folks are driving down there.
I'm not arguing. I literally just like to know who actually is going to work there who is from the area. Tourist money is all they are attracting and work in the tourism industry is low paying. Ethan Allen, Collins & Aikmen, etc were not tourism based and put the most money into the economy.
When you cater to the rich as your community's backbone, you don't set the locals up for long term economic success. They become waiters and janitors. Tourism doesn't preserve any local heritage. It supplants it with the beliefs, values & ethics of the people who drop in and dictate what they want FROM the community.
Would be nice to see communities in our area not sell their integrity to tourism.
I understand what you're saying.
Every post you hate on someone.
@pinkbikeaudience seriously this is getting too old.
What is custom about this short? I went to their site, I can select colour and waist size in steps of 2 inches and two variation of inseam length. This is the opposite of the custom fit. My local H&M have trousers with more "custom fit" options then this.
And from what I can see - there is no system to micro adjust the waist (for example velcro on the left and right side). This makes them completely unusable - unless one wants to wear a belt on the cycling shorts - which I don't want to.
Min wage/OT/unions(prev. Wages).
Liberty=choice to work 20 hours a day if I want. Employers wont offer now bc too much OT costs so they have more employees or reduced hours of operation.
and the Liberty to NOT work 12 hour days and still be able to survive
both to you brought by Unions
(no unions are not perfect but shitting on "big labor" while enjoying a weekend and spouting off about liberty is just uneducated)
Yes, some unions got too strong over the years, but they also created the middle class, a reasonable work week, and are the only reason that workers like firefighters, cops, and teachers make a living wage.
Agreed, corporate bailouts and no bid contracts etc is crony capitalism.
That said, majority of my jobs have come from some form of corporation, the rest being rich and risk taking sole proprietors.
As long as the corporations control the tax code, the impoverished will always pay themselves back off their own crumbs while the mega-rich pay zero tax.
"Forced the employees to accept welfare"...speech and debate class 101.
Crony capitalist(chamber of commerce) are bad players as well as so many career politicians getting rich from servicing tax payers.
Term limits and reform tax code(flat or fair tax) are strong ideas.
Kitsbow: Hold my craft beer.
This ones are not baggy: www.bike24.com/p2325499.html . And they have perfect waist adjustment system for mtb: velcros on the left and right side are connected on the back with elastic material.
But I don't want 8 or 11" length and so how is that to my preference? I want a 13"-14" inseam.
Oh wait, that sounds like a crappy idea... Forget I said anything.
CORRECTION: Brandt-Sorenson apparel has been making high quality, well-fitting, made-to-measure custom cycling kits for well over a decade. They are a small, boutique athletic apparel brand based in Los Angeles, USA. Check their "sustainability" website tab, where they verify that absolutely ZERO forced labor, human trafficking or indentured servitude occurs in the construction of their clothing. These products are long lasting and durable, and all of my beloved, comfortable pieces have greatly outlived anything else I've worn by other expensive and "quality" brands on the market, often mass-produced overseas.
If you want to pay $200 for a pair of shorts because they're bespoke, by all means do it. But anyone who thinks that spending $200 for a pair of shorts will have any environmental benefits is fooling themselves. A higher price reflects more waste in the production, not less.
That said, nothing he can say will negate the fact that shipping a pair of shorts across the world by boat uses far, far less energy than shipping a pair of shorts from North Carolina to my door. Nor that the impact of any fabric wasted during the shorts sewing process is absolutely negligible.
Like I said, there's no harm in paying $200 for a bespoke pair of handmade shorts, and supporting some cool dudes in North Carolina in the process. Just realize that is what you're doing, not helping the environment. I get cranky when people market the fake benefits rather than the real benefits.
So genius, how do they get from the boat to your door? Boat ride plus local delivery = more. Don't buy em if you don't want to, but don't try to defend your choice with patently absurd statements.