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Combat Flip Fops has exceeded their goal of $15,000 by over 10% for sourcing Afghan cashmere from local producers to create scarves for first world markets. Because of these donations, the first run of ‘Cashmaghs’ is already in production with an expected delivery in early October. There are still 3 days to go on the VetLaunch campaign, so if you’re looking to donate now is the time.
Combat Flip Flops is over halfway to its goal of sourcing Afghan cashmere from local producers to create scarves for first world markets. The donations made so far have:
To add incentive, CFF has added a new donation reward to the list: The Gunner, an Afghan shemagh embroidered with a belt of ammo. The Gunner requires 6 hours of manual production in a woman owned factory, funds a week of school for an Afghan girl, and supports a veteran-owned business. For a $70 donation, you get a first run Gunner.
The campaign ends August 18th, 2014.
Combat Flip Flops, a veteran-owned small business creating peaceful, forward-thinking opportunities for self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict, has announced a partnership with Will Thomas and OPERATION HAWKEYE. Through the agreement, custom Combat Flip Flops shemaghs with the OPERATION HAWKEYE logo will be sold through OPERATION HAWKEYE’s gear shop with ten percent of each sale going directly to Team-5 and THE STATION Foundation.
“OPERATION HAWKEYE is a mission to express through action our gratitude to the Special Operations forces (SOF) community, as well as our commitment to remember the fallen and help those left to carry on. Combat Flip Flops is a vital member of this effort, along with a rapidly growing team of others from all across America. Every purchase of a Combat Flip Flops item with the OPERATION HAWKEYE mark supports the SOF community and funds initiatives to assist the loved ones of fallen SOF warriors, led by our nonprofit mission teammates. I really appreciate Combat Flip Flops’ willingness to stand with me to advance this important cause. Honor. Inform. ACT.,” Will Thomas, OPERATION HAWKEYE.
“Why wouldn’t we support a kid that’s pushing limits, shattering records, and making a ton of noise to help those he doesn’t know. He’s the epitome of a Stokesperson and we’re psyched to have him on the team,” Matthew ‘Griff’ Griffin, CEO, Combat Flip Flops.
To purchase a limited edition Operation Hawkeye shemagh from Combat Flip Flops, please visit www.ophawkeye.com/ohe-gear.
Combat Flip Flops currenty has a campaign on the new crowdfunding site Vet Launch, which hosts crowdfunding campaigns for Veterans. They’re looking for $15000 to launch a brand-new cashmere program which will utilize cashmere wool from local goat farmers in Afghanistan to create luxury scarves for First World markets. Through this effort, CFF looks to aid in developing a stable and self-sufficient economy in Afghanistan by encouraging Afghans to embrace enterprise through exportation, empowering millions of Afghanistan goat herders.
Combat Flip Flop’s new Bogota, Colombia production is up and running, and as a result they’re flush with new inventory. All models and sizes are available, including the new Poseidon Blue flip flops.
As thanks to the SSD community for all of its support, CFF is offering free ground shipping on all US orders through Friday at midnight, EST. Use code SSDCFF when ordering to take advantage of the deal.
Combat Flip Flops? Valentine’s Day? Oh yeah…Aside from some sweet slippers for the lady in your life they’ve also introduced a couple of other new products. I know some of you guys are buying for the first time, or dread getting it wrong. A couple of these options from CFF are nice gifts that take the guess work out of your choice. For you ‘power users” who are old hats at buying something nice for mama, there are also Flip Flops in a full range of sizes.
Cover & Concealment Sarong No sizing required! Handmade in a women-owned factory in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Cover & Concealment sarong reveals glimpses of Afghan heritage blended with beautiful fabrics and vibrant colors. This versatile piece seamlessly transitions from scarf to beach wrap to après skirt to evening dress with ease and distinction. $70
Peacemaker Bangle & Wrap No sizing required! 270 million bombs were dropped on Laos during the Vietnam War. Thirty percent of them are still sitting there ready to explode, in fields, behind trees, next to schools. But local artisans are melting down some of the unexploded ordnance (UXO) to hand craft art like our Peacemaker Bangle and Peacemaker Coin Wrap. When you buy one you help fund the clearing of 3 square meters of UXO. You literally help save life and limb and you help create jobs. So, thanks. $50
Bombshell Dark or Lite Flip Flops Sexy and sleek, these femme fatale flip flops are perfect for the effortlessly chic women of the world. Designed with full leather footbeds, Afghan patterned straps, and flashy chrome grenade detailing, these flip flops exude confidence. Perfect for cruising to the beach or relaxing in town. $65
We recently mentioned the Combat Flip Flops Expeditionary Production Facility Indiegogo Campaign. Rather than hit up a bank to raise funds for this endeavor, CFF went the crowdfunding route. There are a couple of reasons they took this course of action. One is, believe it or not, because they “only need $500k”. It might sound like a lot of money but banks generally look at this amount as sitting in this deadzone below $1 Million that they won’t loan to small businesses. Often, they’ll tell you to hit up a relative. Additionally, once you read about the project, you realize that it is perfect for crowdfunding. It’s meant to help a fragile economy and that fits in that philanthropic mindset that created crowdfunding in the first place. I know many of you harbor a resentment toward Afghanistan and her people. But it’s never going to get better if some stability isn’t introduced into the mix. One way to do that is economically. That’s where this project comes in.
As for the amount of $500,000? There are folks who consider this a lot of money, and it is. And many are concerned that the amount is padded imagining some kind of wild lifestyle going on at CFF. I know these guys, despite this world traveler aura that they project, the reality is less playboy and more surf bum. If you’ve got any questions about the budget, by all means please go visit the page on Indiegogo. There is a great graphic that breaks it all down.
If altruism isn’t doing it for you, CFF is introducing Force Multiplier Giveaways for their fundraising campaign and SOG Knives is their first partner. They’re donating 100 Micron knives to the campaign. Starting NOW, the next 100 donors of any value get a SOG Micron added as a perk once the project is successfully funded. How about that?
Head on over and help them out.
Combat Flip Flops is currently hosting a crowdfunding effort on Indiegogo. They are looking to raise enough dough to build and set up their Expeditionary Production Facility in Afghanistan. The Expeditionary Production Facility, or EPF, is a flip flop factory in a 40′ shipping container that can be delivered and set up to quickly establish a manufacturing facility in an area. The total cost for building the facility, shipping it to and constructing it in Afghanistan, hiring and training workers, purchasing raw materials for one year of production, and other expenditures is $500,000. They’ve even outlined the distribution of their funding requirements:
Fully funded, Combat Flip Flops’ EPF will provide:
Additionally, if this comes off, Combat Flip Flops will become the #1 footwear and #1 textile exporter of Afghanistan. Donate and/or spread the word, if you can and get in on some cool rewards.
Combat Flip Flops is well know for, well, for flip flops. But they’ve been branching out. And now they’ve added something completely new to their repertoire.
The Cover & Concealment sarong is manufactured in Kabul, Afghanistan so when you order one you support Afghan women. Something I’ve learned over the years is that if you want to promote goodwill and affect the local health and economy, empower the women. A great way to empower them is to help them establish businesses.
The sarong is a versatile piece that transitions from scarf to beach wrap to après skirt to evening dress with ease and distinction. CFF is accepting orders now for delivery in time for the holidays.
Customers can order the Cover & Concealment sarong at combatflipflops.com. Orders placed by Oct. 15th will deliver in time for Christmas. Retailers can contact Matthew Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries and orders.