When Russ and I founded Outlaw Soaps, we were living in Los Angeles in a big warehouse with a bunch of other people.
Even though our lives didn't resemble it at the time, we had a grand vision of moving out to the country and having a house with chickens, goats, and a garden. I wanted guests to come and enjoy this life with us.
We went to work trying to figure out what business would enable us to move out to the country. After quite a lot of research, we came to realize that soaps are a very good business and can be done from anywhere with a workshop.
Once we had the vision for the soaps, we knew we could create them in ways that were evocative of the life we wanted. We also knew what our friends wanted -- lives filled with whiskey, campfire, wilderness, bacon, and magic.
So was born Outlaw Soaps.
Over the past two years, we have been working tirelessly to make that vision a reality. We moved into a warehouse space in Oakland so we could take advantage of low rent (Russ is the resident manager), but we never lost that vision.
Business has grown with significant help from such customers as ThinkGeek, UncommonGoods, and Urban Outfitters, as well as several independent shops like Marion & Rose's Workshop in Oakland. We have been featured in WIRED, VICE, Food Network Magazine, Oakland Magazine, Uncrate, and many other totally reputable media outlets. Earlier this year, we received our first international order from The Gift Oasis in London, and two major distributors have been in contact with us about carrying our products.
We are filled with gratitude.
Now, we have found the house of our dreams. We're going to make a factory in the detached workshop. This Kiva Zip loan will enable us to buy professional-quality equipment and expand our operation into liquid soaps and lotions. It will also enable us to buy in bulk, which will reduce the cost to manufacture our products. this, in turn, will reduce the price of our product to appeal to a broader audience.
With your support, we can make this important next step and build a sustainable and growing business.
We would love for you to come visit us at Outlaw Flats. Thank you so much.