At SUTD Merch, what we want to do is to make available to the school community, school merchandise. That’s the stuff that is available at all the other schools except for ours – but more and better. I’m sure that we can all agree that our school sorely needs much more in the merchandise department, both in terms of quantity and quality. A few of us have come together to drive an initiative in regard to this issue and hopefully, it’ll be a success with your support.
The platform functions as a creative outlet for the community, and it aids the school in celebrating and finding our unique identity by encouraging designs to be created and submitted by people from the SUTD community itself, whom we reward if their designs are chosen to be produced.
The means through which we wish to achieve this can be summarized in one word – sustainability. As our school is currently really small and growing slowly, we understand the constraints we face and seek to achieve a balance between what we supply and what we sell. Hence we address this issue by getting the community to vote for designs they would purchase. It’s similar to threadless.com, if you happen to know what they are, in that regard.
It creates a system that allows for demand and supply, quantity and quality to be managed feasibly and in entirety – an extremely important consideration given our current population size.
We are personally committed to keeping merchandise prices affordable, as seen with the $12 price on the initial t-shirt we have produced. Also, we are committed to re-investing our profits into procuring a wider variety of merchandise in the future.
What can you expect from us in the future?
We are working on making transparent our cashflow and financial information so that everyone can see how much of our money goes where. We intend to make this accessible on our website to everyone in the SUTD community.
On top of that, we want to also give back to the school. We aim to (sustain-ably!) give back to the school by providing sponsorship for 5th row groups or worthy initiatives.
We are working towards slowly expanding our inventory and establishing a physical store in school, as well as a online store for the SUTD community to be design, vote for and purchase said merchandise, by September 2013.
So stay tuned for more from us!
Interested in joining us?
Contact any of us with what you can bring to the table and we’ll see what we can do from there!