My name is James and I'm the owner of Spider Chalk. I wanted to tell the story of how we launched our new 4 oz Spider Chalk Pouches and why it took almost 12 months.
Back in 2016, we were contacted by athletes on our instagram, facebook and twitter pages asking if we could make a Spider Chalk ball. So I started researching where chalk balls come from. Unsurprisingly, there are no chalk ball manufacturers in the USA because there are no chalk companies making products in America. All the chalk balls & pouches are imported just like all the chalk products you see. Spider Chalk made a commitment not to import any products, so the next step was to approach American textile manufacturers to make chalk socks for us that we could fill with our amazing chalk. After contacting textile companies, none made chalk socks and no one was interested in creating a new product.
That left us with only one option: Do it ourselves from start to finish. From testing fabrics to sewing prototypes, we started slowly creating a better chalk ball in the background all the while fulfilling our current orders. Spider Chalk decided that we can make a really good chalk pouch here in Atlanta, GA and since we control the manufacturing process we can make it the way we want! That includes branding the pouches with our logos!
Along the way there's some interesting things we discovered about chalk pouches
1. Chalk balls are typically small and hold very little chalk. We wanted a 4oz chalk pouch so we made ours the same size as our Mega Blocks (4.5" x 4.5"). They also last longer because our chalk is better!
2. The fabric does matter. Spider Chalk Pouches have the perfect mesh size, the perfect stretch, and the right feel for a chalk pouch. To get that combination we used a cotton/poly blended fabric we found at a local fabric store.
3. Stitches and seams make or break the pouch. Our manufacturing technique uses a special sewing stitch and thread so that the bag can withstand some heavy use.
12 months may seem like a long time to develop a new product but it's important to us as a company that we only put our name on excellent products. With the production of our chalk pouches, Spider Chalk remains the only chalk manufacturer in the USA. Other countries import our products because they also want better chalk. Currently our products are distributed in 8 countries with additional countries partnering every week. Please check out our chalk sock pouches and continue to support American manufacturing!