It was one year ago today that Wear the Shift was born -- we launched our Kickstarter project on Dec 9th, 2010, and by Dec 10th, the major 2 levels were sold out. I remember sitting at Kelly's with Kelly, drinking a celebratory cocktail or 10 ... giggling uncontrollably ... and being a little overwhelmed in the best possible way. Since then, we've made a couple hundred garments, moved our studio three times (yikes!), and gone from a two-person shop to a one-lady show.
I can't believe how much I've learned and how many super wonderful and adorable people I've been lucky enough to dress. Personally, it's been one of the most gratifying and educational years of my life. I am totally living my dream here, and I can't thank you enough for being interested in a new kind of fashion and helping me build it.
What's next for Wear the Shift is the most exciting thing of all: TOTAL AUTOMATION.
Right now, our algorithm spits out a pattern that's about 80% complete; there's still a bit of work for me to do by hand to finish it up. But my goal is for you to be able to go on the website, purchase a pattern, put in your measurements, and download it on the spot.
I have a lot of experience in software development, and I can see the whole thing in detail in my head, but I sadly lack the skillz to implement it myself.
So my Christmas wish this year -- and I'm hoping maybe you can help me? -- is to hook up with a special nerd who can get us to full automation. Once I'm not needed to finish each and every pattern, WtS be able to grow so fast and offer you so many more styles and garments ... there's really no limit to what we can build! This is the all-important next step.
Do you know anyone who is good with math, interested in clothes, and capable of thinking/coding in 3D? If so, can you please connect us? There will be rewards for fruitful hookups for sure! I will be more than happy to talk to anyone who is interested!
All I want for Christmas is a programmer. Thanks so much for any help you can give me in finding one!