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My First Cape... Re-discovered!

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Amazing Capes

My stocking held some extra magic this year... Beyond the customary orange and a handful of nuts that are impossible to crack there was a piece of soft black fabric. Confused, I unfolded this little bundle and soon discovered my original cape!

Sewn by my mom when I was around the 5, she used a black cotton fabric and iron-on images of the solar system and magical stars. Lost to my memory was her nifty handiwork in designing a front panel that safety pinned around my back. So novel! What I remember most is wearing this cape to pretend I was all kinds personalities... A great explorer, a mischievous  magician... I could do anything! This bit of fabric was constantly used in playing dress up with my sister.

The house I grew up in is perched up on a hill, beside a great big field and a big cluster of woods; lacking any neighborhood kids to play with, I was left to the strange devices of my imagination more often than not. My sister and I would perform plays, bake mud pies with sticks and dirt, and venture over the fence to build castle forts in the middle of the trees. The elements would usually find us building new forts every few weeks, but that didn't matter much, because at the time, our imaginations were infinite. The possibilities were infinite. And at age 5, there is nothing you can't imagine.

My mom and I thought my first cape was long lost to those sneaky habits of a basement that lives beneath an old log cabin... prey to mouse traps and the necessity of costume-bin-cleanouts... Little did she or I know that I'd ever start a cape company of my own. But as it turns out, what is truly special is never lost. The small cape turned up in the back of a linen closet, just in time for my own (woefully sleepy) delight. And on Christmas morning, my 5 year old nephew Evander was also able to try it on for himself. It fit him just perfect.

Walking past the fence and through the field with him later that day, I'm always reminded of the profound abilities of our imaginations to create magical worlds like no other. In the new year ahead, lets trace back to our younger selves and embrace the power of our imagination. There is great work to be done and a brave new world to discover!

Onwards and upwards,

Roxanne

 

 

 

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Holiday Houdini

Posted on December 09, 2013 by Amazing Capes

Happy Holidays! May they be merry and magical, joyous and bright...! We are happy to share a few pics with Evander, age 5, in his Houdini Amazing Cape. The woods near his home in Brevard, NC had a great protector, explorer and magician in their midst! 

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Happy Capesgiving!

Posted on November 27, 2013 by Amazing Capes

Dear You Sassy Sweet Cherub,

Here at Amazing Capes we have so much to be thankful for, but most of all we are thankful for all of you who have come to know and support us while we are still in our infancy! You're amazing. We also want to applaud the incredible super-heroic work the organizations we support are doing: It Gets Better, charity: water, The Dogwood Alliance, OCEANA, PRATHAM, IRC, Passionately Pink for the Cure, Carolina for Kibera and Arts for Life... THANK YOU! 

There are a lot of truly wonderful people who have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place, and we feel so grateful to all of you. 

Enjoy the cozy kitchens y'all!

PS. Capes are the new aprons 

PSS. Now back to dem' cranberries... (feat. the lovely Katherine Winkel & Leo!)

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Mountain Oasis Pop Up

Posted on November 06, 2013 by Amazing Capes

Asheville's rogue in the wall cape store! For our 2nd appearance we set up in a flash and after 3 days of fun we disappeared back to the virtual world! Mountain Oasis, a city-wide electronic music festival, filled Asheville with the prettiest of songs and vibrant smiling faces Oct 25-27th. We are so pumped to have a great many more beautiful people romping around the planet in Amazing Capes... onwards and upwards lovies!

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Costume Re-Cape

Posted on November 03, 2013 by Amazing Capes

Congratulations to Scout of Black Mountain for winning our Halloween Costume contest! (pictured below on the right) Your brother also looks rad in his Wallenberg cape! 

 

A few other photos from this Halloween...We've got the Good S'moritan ! 

A gorgeous Fall on the right... Of note, the Amazing Capes in this photo were literally flying on Halloween day from Asheville to Austin... And as it's been discovered, there is a 50% chance you can keep your cape on through airport security!

Super Mom & Super Auggie

Rox as a Pot of Gold at the end of a Rainbow 

We heard about a great many more of you donning Amazing Capes out on the streets... Hope you all had a pretty fly time!

Until next year! 

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Trick or Treat in Style this HALLOWEEN

Posted on October 03, 2013 by Amazing Capes

Hey hey kiddos! Now is the time of year where anything goes. Literally. ANYTHING. Cover yourself in TP and roll around in fake blood? That's cool. Want to unleash your psycho spirit shadow animal on the streets? EMBRACE IT. Are those children dressed like bumblebees? Yes. Yes they are.

Halloween is coming and this year we've got your back like never before. Every Amazing Cape can help create an immediate costume that can transform every year to infinity and beyond.  

Our Superhero Lair has come up with some smashing ideas...

Costume Ideas for Halloween 2013 Feat. Amazing Capes

The Wallenberg: Vampire, wicked witch, Time Traveler, black hole, George Washington, member of Kiss band, Dr Jekyll, Che Guevara, Jedi Knight, Darth Vader, Pirate

The Admiral: Sea Captain, Fremen of Dune, Oriental mobster, planet earth, Brave (bow & arrow), boxer, Picasso, Queen or King, Emperor, Rocket Wizard, Salvador Dali (add mustache, paint brush)
The Magellan: Superstar- use yellow felt to cut out a sun with a hole for the face, sunflower, good witch, fairy, Rapunzel, Hufflepuff wizard, yellow submarine, Sundance Kid, bumblebees
Super Mandela: Superman, Saturn, ZomBabe, Snow White, Where's Waldo
Noble Rainbow: Rainbow, Supernova, Willy Wonka, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Cupcake doll w sprinkles, Skittles, Unicorn 
Carolina Blue: Sky w/ white felt clouds, Brave, Katniss, Joan of Arc, little prince, Cleopatra
The Elizabeth: Pink Power Ranger, Princess, The 3 little pigs, Space Ninja, Good Witch, Cinderella 
The Rowling: Gryffindor wizard- Harry Potter, Ron or Hermione, Puss N Boots, Bene Gesserit 
The Carson: Robin Hood, Rachel Carson
The Houdini: Magician, Space Galaxy, Super Nova, Wizard

PUT A CAPE ON IT: These ideas below will work with just about any cape!

* Explorer- telescope, map, rope (Lois/Clark)
* Alien- wear spandex, cover yourself in tin-foil
* Super Pac- wear name-tags of large corporations
* Banksy- wear a hoodie, sweats & hold a can of spray paint
* Space Ninja- tight black pleather, black boots
* Superstar- bedazzle + hold mic or instrument of choice
* Time Traveler- attach random artifacts to leather belt + goggles
* Quidditch Star- wooden broom + spray paint a ping-pong ball gold & glue feathers 
* Boxer- gym shorts, gloves & kicks
* Vampire- tux shirt (pop collar under neck band), white face paint, blood
* Revolutionary- boots, weapon/non-weapon of choice, flag
* Mime- white face paint, suspenders, black leggings
* Fortune Teller- dress, scarves, crystal ball/ tarot cards
* Super X- AKA: -Hero -MOM -DAD -Sister -Ping-pong champion...(dress the part/wear a name-tag)
* Supernova- explosion of makeup and colored powder

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Big Love

Posted on September 16, 2013 by Amazing Capes

Celebrating the independent small businesses in Asheville, NC we were pumped to join the Big Love festivities and empower more superheroes on the streets of downtown! It was awesome getting to meet all the genuine, rad & beautiful people who came by our booth. Such as this gem below- totally ready to take on Project Runway, she knew the Noble Rainbow was HER cape. As for the boys below in the Rowling capes, they'll make a smashing Gryffindor duo for Halloween.

 

 

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Get Freaked!

Posted on August 31, 2013 by Amazing Capes

"Are you a superhero? Irrelevant question. Of course you're a superhero. Do you want to form a superhero alliance? ALSO IRRELEVANT. We're forming a super hero alliance to fight against the evils of bottle sweat. Now the only question that remains is how flashy will our flash be?" - Freakerteam

We were terrifically stoked to join forces with the folks at Freaker USA for a giveaway. Several pairs of this dynamic duo are now out there in the world & though the contest is over, it's never too late to combine the two into a super task force. If you haven't yet heard of Freaker USA then do yourself a life-long favor and check them out! Dynamic knit coozies forever. You can also put em' on your arms for some sweet sleeves when paired with a cape. Rox met them in Wilmington, NC a couple years back while they were pursuing a successful kickstarter campaign and was immediately wooed by their heartfelt freaky pazzazzz. We invite you to be as well.

Above- Beth Peddle in Wilmington feat. an Amazing Cape prototype & her fave Freaker

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A Bele Chere Pop Up Store!

Posted on July 25, 2013 by Amazing Capes

 

Woohoo! It's Bele Chere weekend in Asheville, NC and we want to see your beautiful faces! Come try on a cape in our 1st Ever Pop-Up store... And of course, $2 from every cape sold benefits an amazing cause. 

There will be bubbles, floating satin, possibly some hand-made masks... and a superhero photo booth! We will be there for the majority of festival hours starting noon on Friday and will be posted up through Sunday afternoon.

Our google address is 4 Woodfin St. Asheville 

We'd love to see you there!

 

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AC Road Trip Scrapbook :)

Posted on May 22, 2013 by Amazing Capes

 

Dear America, 

We love you!

Sincerely, 

Amazing Capes


 

We had a fantastic journey, and are so glad to be able to share it with you.

This springtime use promo code MERICA to save 10% of all the capes you need! 

HURRAY!



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