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It was only February when Stock Manufacturing launched a new website in efforts to streamline and democratize the manufacturing process. This is the only company in Chicago to seek out independent designers, feature their designs on their website and (if enough people like it) manufacture the designer's product. Success has been proven many times over so far, whether it was a printed top from Shelby Steiner, ties from Artfully Disheveled or a button-down by Wrath Arcane. It's crowd-sourcing and crowd-funding hard at work.
And now, this month the company has launched a Kickstarter . The goal is $20,000 and today, with 27 more days to go, already has 6 backers and raised $575. With your support, Stock will continue to manufacture in Chicago and support Midwest designers. Additionally, they are premiering 11 new items at exclusive kickstarter-only pricepoints. Proceeds will go towards upgrading machinery at their nearly 50 year old factory, making them even more efficient, and directly impacting job creation in Chicago.
· Stock Manufacturing Company [Official Site]
· Straight from Our Chicago Factory by Stock Mfg. Co. [Kickstarter]