"…100% ORGANIC cotton T-shirts, with brand new, amazing designs... this all stems from the very original initiative of young entrepreneurs based in Sommières, an attractive medieval city in the south of France. Their hyperrealist designs are made of vector images created with curves produced by mathematical formulae. The quality is absolutely perfect…even from very close up!"
"If you can't afford to participate financially…don't hesitate to show you like our T-shirts via our Facebook account. Thank you!"
We want to find out more…Tell us about your project! Well…It all started one spring morning about 10 years ago, when my father (…who often has very good ideas) said to me: "…if I was 20 years younger, I'd make trompe l'oeil T-shirts…". I myself had been mucking around for a few years with Illustrator (graphic design software) & Photoshop (photo retouch software). This statement just hit home with me…I thought it was an excellent idea, but I also knew that the transformation of cotton into T-shirts wasn't exactly a gift to mankind's health, nor to the planet. So I started playing around trying to turn graphics into hyperrealist images…all the while trying to buy T-shirts…and without taking any further part in the ecological disaster linked to their manufacture. Not an easy task! Developing this activity without advocating the use of toxic substances, and respecting mankind and the planet at each stage of the production, gradually became an obsession. The goal was to be able to offer not only completely organic T-shirts, but also to make them particularly original, hypoallergenic, ultra comfortable, printed on demand with non toxic inks and packaged for delivery in 100% recyclable and biodegradable envelopes! Years later…I am more animated than ever by this amazing challenge!
And where do you stand with it today? I created the very first version of the website in 2006. There have been many, many more since…it is extremely time-consuming. From design to programming - and I thank osCommerce forums :) …to brainstorming for ideas and creating the designs, not forgetting communicating with potential service providers…in short, thousands of hours of work! It also involved many periods of doubt (I had to put this project on the back burner for 21 months due to health reasons…) and calling the project into question…Nevertheless, I lived all this with a passion, alongside my main job in a national institute of advanced studies. Even if this is something of the project of a lifetime…I haven't sacrificed my family either! My greatest pride is to have lived happily ever after with Fran, who has given me 3 beautiful children: Jade, Gauthier and Morane…who are all part of the team! But I digress…let's come back to your question…today it is my great pleasure to announce that VECSH.COM is at last ready, and completely finalized. Our family business adventure can now begin :)
But what about the T-shirts? Our T-shirts are high quality products, certified 100% organic and manufactured exclusively by renewable energies (wind and sun). The cotton used is cultivated and handpicked by people whose working conditions are protected by the Fair Wear Foundation. It's an independent structure (non profit) created at the initiative of entrepreneurs from the fashion sector, syndicates and societal organizations. It aims to obtain decent working conditions for the clothing sector worldwide. Its code of conduct is based on compliance with ILO International Labor Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations. And these are not empty words! …This organization regularly and clearly communicates the measures taken by its member companies in favor of their employees' working conditions.
Ha ha!…you are a bunch of environmental-idealists, is that it?? We are just responsible and passionate people, who simply wish to make a great dream come true: to develop an activity that motivates us…we have so many ideas! And we are ready to invest ourselves 3000%. On the express condition that it is done in the best and most honest way possible. This is why you can read on VECSH.COM: certified organic textile, manufactured from "green printing" and with recycled packaging! Our approach is simple - to respect the planet at each step…it's only common sense!
You look amusing with your T-shirt ideas, but...where do you want to take this? It would just be amazing to make our brand known to the world. But what would be even better would be to allow others to benefit from our expertise! So VECSH will also offer ecological printing services on ORGANIC textile to collectivities, businesses, individuals, associations, artists…anyone who wishes to express themselves using this medium. If all goes well, we are thinking about opening a space where our visitors can come and relax to music, have a coffee, see our T-shirts, and…watch great illustrators work on our future designs! In the meantime…we have a secured Internet website in four different languages (French, English, Spanish and German) and we invite all talented people to suggest their designs on-line. Dozens of new "larger-than-life" designs are already under consideration!
Let's finish with the "killer question", ha ha!: why are you not borrowing from banks, from mom and dad, from your family, from your friends? And what about your personal contribution? Are you investing yourself at all? Quite the opposite, it is a very good question. About French banks…you know as well as I do that they hate novelty and innovation, and that unfortunately they severely lack temerity. As for family and friends…even though they firmly believe in our project, even if they are encouraging us to persevere…they cannot afford to invest. And "mom and dad" have already done enough for us ;) Nevertheless, we are convinced that all these people will help us out through kisskissbankbank ! As for our personal contribution, it already amounts to over...8 years of our time, and we've stopped counting the number of PCs and Macs we've killed while working on this project. And when the desire to achieve something is there but the funds are lacking, you work really hard, you don't count the amount of hours you spend on it, you do what you can to get there but you cannot capitalize. A few days ago we didn't know about crowdfunding. Today we think it would be a great mistake to miss out on this opportunity! This is why we have chosen kisskissbankbank.com, as it seemed to be a must in the sphere of participative financing platforms.
To conclude… like true sportsmen, motivated, strong-willed and determined. we've completed our preparation phase. We are ready…and at our full potential…we are in the starting blocks! So be sure that we'll give it our all...and we thank you in advance for your support!
By Manuel Destenay (aka Mandes), founder of VECSH
VECSH Don't Trust Your Eyes® 11 rue Jean Moulin - 30250 Sommières - France Website : www.vecsh.com. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel : 06 52 41 26 91.