Ken McNeill Fab. (aka Kmac Fab.) has been the business name since 2013. You’ve seen it on every invoice and packing slip, as well as at the bottom of every website page. In 2017, I started using Blue Moon Kites again as a brand name, but over the last several months, I’ve come to the same conclusion I reached when I came back to making kites in 2013 – my personal and professional goals are best served by doing everything under my own name. Please be patient while I’m going through every little corner of the website, and making sure everything is current and correct.
Second up – After thirty years, I need to start charging extra for custom kites. It’s become painfully clear how much time I spend on custom orders before a single stitch is made. Between drawings and email exchanges, the time (and cost) adds up very quickly. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the one-on-one contact that it takes to bring a custom kite to life. I’ve learned so much through that little slice of creative collaboration over the years. I’m just, like so many other micro-business owners and creatives, struggling to have a couple of pennies to rub together after the bills are paid.
For the higher-end kites, like the Ichiban, Reprise, etc, the “custom charge” has been rolled into the listed price, because they’re all custom. For the rest of the kites, which have a custom option, there will be a $40 “custom charge” added to your invoice. (postponed until the end of the year)
If you’ve been reading between the lines, you’re probably thinking that something’s missing in this little pricing plan. Aren’t all BMK/kmac kites custom? Well, they’re all built with the same care to exacting standards, but starting now, they won’t all have that block of time and expense on the front end. Let me draw your attention to my “pre-configured” (for lack of a better term) collections, which are available without the custom price! A good place to start is with a new shop page, where you can order either a pre-configured or full-custom M3! Check out the M3 page in the shop, which will open in a new tab. There, you’re able to choose from 32 pre-configured combinations(!) in your choice of Std. or Lt. framing. You’ll also find a page for the Tsuru with another 32 color choices. A page is coming in the next few days for the 61/49.
I’m going to break this here for today, and pick it back up soon on the news page. If you have any thoughts or questions, please share them in the comments section below.