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ThreadsofApollo

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Hey guys,

My name is Wakkas and I am the founder of Threads of Apollo, a sustainable leather goods company based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada. We make premium, made-to-order, water-repellent Leather jackets and gloves (and soon-to-be other accessories) without any compromises.

How we do this:

  • Offer our products at a fair price

  • Design jackets with utility in mind

  • Make our jackets wearable in any weather by treating them with a water-repellent we developed via an in-house proprietary solution

  • Focus on premium materials: using only full-grain leather from Grade A hides, high-quality YKK zippers, and hand-stitching

  • Produce only when we need to and use hides leftover from the meat industry, thus eliminating additional waste as a by-product of our goods

We aren’t about that “cut out the middleman” stuff – our supplier and we are the same. We are pretty unique in the sense that we have a tight-knit family-type relationship with our production facility. It gives us a lot of control over how we want to go about doing things.

I think this might be getting too long for an intro post, but if you guys want to hear the full story of how I got started, it’s something I can do in a separate post but here’s the gist of it:

I didn’t really plan on starting this brand. It was a combination of hating the typical 9-to-5, going through depression, coming across an opportunity that was too good to pass up, and wanting to save enough for a down payment as well as pay off my student loans. I lucked out on finding a great production facility, worked 2 jobs to get this up and running, and spent a lot of my own money to get started. This was all-around 2017-2019.

Around mid-2019 to 2020, the brand finally started gaining traction. By another stroke of luck, I found two other guys who work with me now – a Marketing and Sales Director, and a Creative Director. Despite COVID, we were fortunate to do well last year and continue to grow. We are still pretty bootstrapped though and want to try to grow and scale the right way. In our eyes, it's better to do it right than fast.

It’s been a crazy ride so far. I won’t lie, it’s been hard as hell and will probably continue to be. A lot more downs than ups so far. But the outcome is worth it!

Honestly, at least now I know what it takes to start something and watch it grow from nothing, especially in the apparel industry.

My goal with the brand has been to try to bridge that gap between a premium but approachable product while minimizing waste and keeping up with ethical standards. With that, I’m also always trying to find unique ways to spread positive messages through the brand – you’ll see short, aspiring messages on each product that hopefully leave you feeling uplifted.

From quality control to design aesthetic to customer service, we’ve improved a lot over the last 4 years and will continue to do so. It’s just the three of us right now and our production facility overseas. We are going to keep doing our best and give our customers what they deserve, and then some.

My Marketing and Sales Director would be pissed if I didn’t include a shoutout of our newest release, so here you go for anyone who’s interested:

_____________________________________________________________________________

We released a new water-repellent Nubuck style today, which is pretty cool. They come in two versions: Spring (comes with perforations and a satin mesh body lining) and Fall/Winter (comes with our standard cotton body lining and no perforations). We hope you’ll check it out!




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To celebrate our release, here’s a week-long discount code for y’all:

Use “SFFriends” at checkout

(You can get 20% off any men’s jacket).

Since it’s a sale, we don’t usually offer size exchanges but we’ll make an exception for this code! It’ll be valid from Apr 29th – May 6th, 2021.

_____________________________________________________________________________

If you guys have any questions, things you’d like to know, or products you want to see in the future, let me know! If you guys have ideas on how we can better integrate product stories with the jackets, I’m totally open to hearing them as well! We tried providing written scrolls with the respective stories along with each jacket, but I don’t think people really cared to get the scrolls.

A few last bits of information:

That’s it for now. Excited to finally have this up and be a part of Styleforum!

Cheers!

Wakkas
 

yshin10

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Hey guys,

My name is Wakkas and I am the founder of Threads of Apollo, a sustainable leather goods company based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada. We make premium, made-to-order, water-repellent Leather jackets and gloves (and soon-to-be other accessories) without any compromises.

How we do this:

  • Offer our products at a fair price

  • Design jackets with utility in mind

  • Make our jackets wearable in any weather by treating them with a water-repellent we developed via an in-house proprietary solution

  • Focus on premium materials: using only full-grain leather from Grade A hides, high-quality YKK zippers, and hand-stitching

  • Produce only when we need to and use hides leftover from the meat industry, thus eliminating additional waste as a by-product of our goods

We aren’t about that “cut out the middleman” stuff – our supplier and we are the same. We are pretty unique in the sense that we have a tight-knit family-type relationship with our production facility. It gives us a lot of control over how we want to go about doing things.

I think this might be getting too long for an intro post, but if you guys want to hear the full story of how I got started, it’s something I can do in a separate post but here’s the gist of it:

I didn’t really plan on starting this brand. It was a combination of hating the typical 9-to-5, going through depression, coming across an opportunity that was too good to pass up, and wanting to save enough for a down payment as well as pay off my student loans. I lucked out on finding a great production facility, worked 2 jobs to get this up and running, and spent a lot of my own money to get started. This was all-around 2017-2019.

Around mid-2019 to 2020, the brand finally started gaining traction. By another stroke of luck, I found two other guys who work with me now – a Marketing and Sales Director, and a Creative Director. Despite COVID, we were fortunate to do well last year and continue to grow. We are still pretty bootstrapped though and want to try to grow and scale the right way. In our eyes, it's better to do it right than fast.

It’s been a crazy ride so far. I won’t lie, it’s been hard as hell and will probably continue to be. A lot more downs than ups so far. But the outcome is worth it!

Honestly, at least now I know what it takes to start something and watch it grow from nothing, especially in the apparel industry.

My goal with the brand has been to try to bridge that gap between a premium but approachable product while minimizing waste and keeping up with ethical standards. With that, I’m also always trying to find unique ways to spread positive messages through the brand – you’ll see short, aspiring messages on each product that hopefully leave you feeling uplifted.

From quality control to design aesthetic to customer service, we’ve improved a lot over the last 4 years and will continue to do so. It’s just the three of us right now and our production facility overseas. We are going to keep doing our best and give our customers what they deserve, and then some.

My Marketing and Sales Director would be pissed if I didn’t include a shoutout of our newest release, so here you go for anyone who’s interested:

_____________________________________________________________________________

We released a new water-repellent Nubuck style today, which is pretty cool. They come in two versions: Spring (comes with perforations and a satin mesh body lining) and Fall/Winter (comes with our standard cotton body lining and no perforations). We hope you’ll check it out!




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To celebrate our release, here’s a week-long discount code for y’all:

Use “SFFriends” at checkout

(You can get 20% off any men’s jacket).

Since it’s a sale, we don’t usually offer size exchanges but we’ll make an exception for this code! It’ll be valid from Apr 29th – May 6th, 2021.

_____________________________________________________________________________

If you guys have any questions, things you’d like to know, or products you want to see in the future, let me know! If you guys have ideas on how we can better integrate product stories with the jackets, I’m totally open to hearing them as well! We tried providing written scrolls with the respective stories along with each jacket, but I don’t think people really cared to get the scrolls.

A few last bits of information:

That’s it for now. Excited to finally have this up and be a part of Styleforum!

Cheers!

Wakkas
Welcome to the forum! The Ares in red looks like a statement piece! How does the photo represent the color IRL? Looks more muted burgudy?
 

ThreadsofApollo

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Welcome to the forum! The Ares in red looks like a statement piece! How does the photo represent the color IRL? Looks more muted burgudy?
Hey there!

Thank you so much!!

I just took out the one I had here It's pretty spot on imo. We actually had this colourway's name as "Burgundy" for a long time but it just felt wrong since there isn't much purple to it and rather it's red with a black undertone.

Here's a sneak peek of a 3rd colourway for the Ares we plan on releasing soon!

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yshin10

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Hey there!

Thank you so much!!

I just took out the one I had here It's pretty spot on imo. We actually had this colourway's name as "Burgundy" for a long time but it just felt wrong since there isn't much purple to it and rather it's red with a black undertone.

Here's a sneak peek of a 3rd colourway for the Ares we plan on releasing soon!

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Is that Navy?? And it looks beautiful!! Do you have a picture of the red in natural light?
 

ThreadsofApollo

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Is that Navy?? And it looks beautiful!! Do you have a picture of the red in natural light?
It's actually "charcoal grey"!

I'll try to get a candid shot this weekend if it's not too cloudy and the lighting is good!
 

ThreadsofApollo

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I can only say good things about this brand. A friend of mine got one of their jackets and it was really well made.
Hey there!

So glad to hear your friend has been enjoying the jacket!

I try to get folks to leave reviews as much as possible on the website if they send me messages such as this. It's funny though because it's almost like it's bad at the same time since people tend to get suspicious if there are too many 5 star reviews.

It is what it is though. I'm just happy when I hear stuff like this. Honestly, stuff like this makes my day and helps me to keep pushing. Appreciate it!
 

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