How did you come up with the idea for NOSO Patches?
I was hiking one cold early one morning, hopped a barbed wire fence and got a tear in a new expensive Patagonia Fitz Roy down insulated jacket I just got from my sister in law as a gift, and I was super bummed. I didn’t want to repair it with tape, so I decided to create something I would wear instead with fabric. I didn’t want just a square or circle so I designed 13 fun shapes.
What was the creation process like? What were some obstacles you’ve had to overcome?
It was interesting to learn about sourcing materials. My main obstacle was finding fabric suppliers who would let me order fabric under the minimums. Many of the fabric suppliers require a minimum order of 1,000 yards, sometimes even 1,000 meters. That’s a lot of patches!! My friend Jarret helped me find a manufacturer who would do a small batch prototype run for me and a packaging supplier too.
What makes your product unique from others?
Noso Patches are Manufactured in the USA. We add style to your boring gear. We also use fabric instead of tape. We currently produce patches in 6 colors with a 15 - 20 denure (thin) nylon ripstop. We hope to expand and use different types of fabric specific to the garment or piece of gear you’re trying to repair or add style to.
What are the different types of patches you create? Which is your favorite?
We have 13 shapes and 6 colors. There is a heart, fish, sun, butterfly, mustache, diamond, bucking horse and rider, star, skull and crossbones, flower, rectangle, bull skull. And they come in many colors, including are red, yellow, teal, orange, reflective and black. My favorite this week is the reflective skull and crossbones! I'm feeling strong, and I want to show it!
What are some of your business goals?
We’d love to start seeing people use fabric patches instead of tape on their outdoor gear. We launch our ecommerce store online in July. We plan to attend the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City this August with the hopes of securing some retail distribution.
Dream goal… ha! would be to have Pharrell Williams wear my patches, I watch 'The Voice' and he really likes embroidered clothing - he's so cool… my patches are a fun way for people to express their individuality on boring outdoor clothing and gear!
What would you say is the most important lesson you’ve learned from creating NOSO and /or establishing your business?
Have a good team. Be REALLY patient. Have fun. Ask a lot of questions. Through it all, I'm happy, healthy
and I have an amazing partner and family who support my creativity and passions. I allowed myself to leap because I knew I had a loving foundation to land. I think that was the lesson, don't be afraid of taking the first step. I can't wait to see where the Noso adventure leads.