December 2, 2013
Ok guise: we’ve been working on this for a long time now, and we’re really excited to share it with you! Now presenting: the Eatyourkimchi Winter Hat Line and Adorable Pin-On Patches…*echo echo echo* So before you check out the store, we wanted to show you guise the process of how we make our hats and patches. Soo Zee has been documenting our local Korean manufacturers…who might I add, are adorable. We want to clearly let you know that all our clothing is made from local Korean manufacturers. We want to support and create ethically made clothing, and so we do not use any companies that outsources their work to factories in China, Bangladesh, or Thailand. It’s impossible for us to know what is going on in a factory that we can’t visit, and despite the cheaper costs that come with outsourcing, I hope you can all understand why we won’t support it.
The Pin-On Patches
So with the patches Martina sketched the designs on paper (she looked like a cute five year old in deep concentration with a colouring book) and then Soo Zee scanned them into the computer and used Illustrator to make them into vector files. Afterwards Soo Zee sent the designs to our local patch makers to discuss anything we needed to change. Sometimes the colour we wanted was not available or a small detail wouldn’t turn up properly so we had to simplify the designs to make them clearer. The patches are thick, super colourful, and have a strong safety pin glued on the back so you can pin them anywhere! We’re working on more designs, so we’ll keep you updated whenever we add something new.
For our hats, we first had to make sample hats to see how they fit. We’re working on two hats, one is the Bowler Cat Hat and the other is the Bunny Beanie. You might have seen Martina wearing a black Bunny Beanie in some of our videos lately. That was our test hat to see how it dealt with everyday wear. We were really happy with it, it didn’t lose shape or stretch out or anything, so we placed the order to have 5 different EYK Crew colours made: Martina Hot Pink, Soo Zee Purple, Spudgy White, Meemer Black, and Simon Chocolate Brown. It could be Leigh Chocolate Brown too!!!
So all the hats are hand sewn in Korea at our local Korean hat manufacture so that’s why we have to put our hats on pre-order. Since it’s not coming from a machine, it takes time for them to sew everything. We’ve included some lovely little details on the Bunny Beanies: a Spudgy, Meemers, or EYK tag on the back which was designed by Soo Zee. And on the inside of the hat is our “Made in Korea, Love the Eatyourkimchi Nasty Studio” tag. If you can’t tell, we love adding little personal details. :D
Bowler Cat Hat
As for the Bowler Cat Hat, we had one custom moulded and you might have seen Martina (and Spudgy…hahah on Instagram) wearing a black Bowler Cat Hat with a ribbon on it! The hats themselves are all ready but we picked out 5 different ribbon details to add to each hat: Black with Pink, Black with Green, Bubblegum Pink with Black, Spudgy Blue with White Polka Dots, and Martina Pink with White Polka Dots. Since they are all delicately folded and hand glued onto each hat, it’s taking some time, but these hats are really high quality, can be worn anytime during the year, and I cannot WAIT to seem! Freaking out!
So for now, they Bunny Beanies and the Pin-on Patches are available in the shop for pre-order now. Please note: they’re on preorder, and won’t be shipped out right away. It’s going to take around two weeks for the hats to arrive. Once we get them in our hands, we’ll start shipping them out RIGHT AWAY. If you’re going to wait to buy them till when we get them, please be warned, we will ship out in the order that people placed their orders, so pre-orders get first priority! I hope we can get the hats in your hands by Christmas!
If you’d like express shipping, please send us an email with the subject line “EXPRESS SHIPPING” and include your order number so we can let you know the price. We’ll be using EMS to express ship and the package will be trackable, but the price changes based on each country.
Yeah! So we really hope you like these hats and patches. We’ve been working on them for so long and put a lot of love into them, and they’re items that we want to wear ourselves. We don’t want to just sell a boring hat that you can buy anywhere. We want our love for design and our passion for fashion to show in our work. Martina’s creative juice is always flowing. She’s happily doodling away working on Korean food patches now, so if you have any suggestions for an EYK character you want to see or something else, let us know!