Temperature Controlled

Menswear goes high-tech, with comfortable, fashionable results. The four MIT grads behind Ministry of Supply are avid climbers and outdoorsmen, used to the performance of thoughtfully designed athletic gear. Wouldn’t it be great, they thought, if their everyday clothes had that kind of attention to detail? One insanely successful Kickstarter later, they launched their first dress shirt. They started with “Phase Change Material,” a NASA fabric that protects astronauts from wildly varying temperatures. It draws heat away from the body before you sweat. More incredibly, the PCM stores that heat until you need it. Step into an overly air conditioned office, and the heat is released back to you. But Ministry didn’t stop there. They wove the PCM into more traditional fabrics and kept analyzing—mapping how the body moves, seeing where other garments fall short, and designing their clothes accordingly. They included ventilation in needed areas, variable seaming for a better fit, four-way stretch for 360º of mobility and thermo-laminated cuffs and collars that don’t need ironing. Machine washable and easy to care for, these clothes boast technology that’s incredible -- which is just how you’ll look, and feel, when wearing them.

Ministry of Supply

Technology-Infused Menswear

Temperature Controlled

Menswear goes high-tech, with comfortable, fashionable results. The four MIT grads behind Ministry of Supply are avid climbers and outdoorsmen, used to the performance of thoughtfully designed athletic gear. Wouldn’t it be great, they thought, if their everyday clothes had that kind of attention to detail? One insanely successful Kickstarter later, they launched their first dress shirt. They started with “Phase Change Material,” a NASA fabric that protects astronauts from wildly varying temperatures. It draws heat away from the body before you sweat. More incredibly, the PCM stores that heat until you need it. Step into an overly air conditioned office, and the heat is released back to you. But Ministry didn’t stop there. They wove the PCM into more traditional fabrics and kept analyzing—mapping how the body moves, seeing where other garments fall short, and designing their clothes accordingly. They included ventilation in needed areas, variable seaming for a better fit, four-way stretch for 360º of mobility and thermo-laminated cuffs and collars that don’t need ironing. Machine washable and easy to care for, these clothes boast technology that’s incredible -- which is just how you’ll look, and feel, when wearing them.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Gihan
    Gihan

    Hi from the team at Ministry of Supply. We're excited to share with you our new Mercury Cardigan and our classic V-Necks and Apollo Dress Shirts. Ask us anything. We're happy to answer questions about our technical fabrics and how they work.

  • Meg
    Meg
    2/3/2015 12:28 PM

    I think you are missing a market...temperature controlled clothing for menopausal women. Just saying.

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 12:35 PM

    @Meg Hi Meg, we're really excited about the applications of Phase Change Materials - and you mention a great one. We're focused on menswear right now as we're a small brand, but I wouldn't rule it out in the future!

  • Tiffany
    Tiffany
    2/3/2015 12:39 PM

    @Gihan Yes, it would be wonderful for women in all sizes.... Women seem to need the regulating of heat more than men on an everyday basis..... Especially plus size.... We overheat... bad

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    2/3/2015 12:41 PM

    @Gihan When I read about this product, I had the same reaction as Meg. This would be an exceptional offer for menopausal women who have constantly changing body temperatures. Please think about it.

    Sandy

  • Heather
    Heather
    2/3/2015 12:55 PM

    @Gihan

    I would like to echo the need for a women's sweater as well. I'm not menopausal, but I can think of many occasions I would use this sweater; running errands, taking the stairs, office thermostat wars --and more.

  • Yvonne
    Yvonne
    2/3/2015 12:52 PM

    @Meg, I agree, especially in nightwear!

  • Ann
    Ann
    2/3/2015 12:54 PM

    @Meg I absolutely agree!!! Living in the south plus menopause equals NEED good temperature control clothing!

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 1:01 PM

    @Ann We'll definitely keep this in mind for future development or partnerships.

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 1:07 PM

    @heather The women around our office have been loving our Mercury Sweater - my co-founder Kit wears it all the time as relaxed knit top. It's a blend of Merino wool and our PCMs that act like a thermostat, so that you can keep warm but not too hot, perfect for an active day like yours. Take a look!

  • Anne
    Anne
    2/3/2015 7:29 PM

    @Gihan I echo the other comments asking for women's clothing. While I'm sure some women can wear men's sweaters, many of us need clothing cut for a woman's shape. And those of us who are menopausal need this sort of thing more than anyone!!!

  • Anne
    Anne
    2/3/2015 12:46 PM

    What exactly is in the material?

    Currently experiencing patient burns during MRI scans from antimicrobial solution (silver nitrate) in athletic clothing.

    This would be important information for health care professionals to ensure that their patients do not wear your clothing into a MRI scanner for their examination.

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 1:03 PM

    @Anne We use a set of non-toxic paraffin wax-based Phase Change Materials in our thermoregulatory products. It's become quite popular with medical professionals given the high activity during the day.

  • Susan
    Susan
    2/3/2015 12:47 PM

    How many washings until they lose their effectiveness?

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 1:04 PM

    @Susan Great question, with all of our products we strive to embed the functionality into the fiber itself rather than using coating-based technologies. Our Phase Change Material is actually extruded into the core of the polyester fibers we use, so that it will last the life of the garment.

  • Doug
    Doug
    2/3/2015 12:57 PM

    Gihan,

    Looks great!

    Is this fabric available in prepared for print for other applications?

    I manufacture patent pending headwear and see a possible fit.

    Congrats and all the best!

    Doug Niedrich

  • Richard
    Richard
    2/3/2015 1:06 PM

    There are many good questions already, but a better explanation of your product and the materials used could help those with allergies as well. Please give more info on your product, and the future uses for everyone.

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 1:14 PM

    @Richard We want our products to be easy to wear and have infused some familiar fibers, like acrylic which is blended with wool in our Mercury Sweater, or polyester in our Apollo dress shirt, with a non-toxic, paraffin wax based PCM. Because our PCMs are embedded into the core of these fibers, there is virtually no skin contact. Let me know if that helps!

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    2/3/2015 1:16 PM

    @Richard - More information on fiber content, care and product features can be found on the product detail pages for each of the offered garments.

  • Julie
    Julie
    2/3/2015 1:09 PM

    Please, add something to your line for women! Your fabrics sound fabulous.

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 1:15 PM

    @Julie Thanks, Julie - we're focused on menswear in our early years - but have found that the concept resonates across the board. We'll certainly consider this for the future!

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie
    2/3/2015 2:08 PM

    Gihan....tootsie...if YOU don't do something with this for women, I think I'll get together with these other ladies here and WE'LL do it...lol - just sayin' is right!

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 2:27 PM

    @Stephanie Thanks!

  • Anne Marie
    Anne Marie
    2/3/2015 2:10 PM

    I see in your size chart that there is an XXL, but i am not seeing that as an offering....

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/3/2015 2:48 PM

    Hi Anne Marie, currently we are out of stock on the XXL sizes, but you can contact our customer experience team here and they'll keep you posted about when that size is available.

  • Skye
    Skye
    2/3/2015 2:22 PM

    What about a Ministry of Women's Wear?

  • Suzi
    Suzi
    2/3/2015 2:41 PM

    Another woman...! Thinking about trying a shirt myself--you seriously have no idea the market you are missing--hope no one beats you to the punch. Men I have talked to are impressed with the idea but scoff at the expense--women don't generally let that stand in the way as long as it works & is something they NEED/want, ie: a pair of good fitting jeans for $100.00. Also, we traditionally think sweat & men, sexy/acceptable ; sweat & women, well think about it.

    Best of luck for ALL OUR SAKES. sfTX

    suzi

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/3/2015 2:43 PM

    Hi Skye and Suzi, a woman's clothing line is a widespread idea and I have no doubt Gihan and the rest of the Ministry of Supply team will keep it in the front of their minds as they continue to expand their business.

  • Judith
    Judith
    2/3/2015 3:14 PM

    I eagerly look forward to phase change for women. I travel a lot, going from tropics to the north, and like to take only a carry on. This would simplify immensely.

  • Roseanne
    Roseanne
    2/3/2015 3:27 PM

    How about lightweight backpacking clothing!!!!

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/4/2015 12:10 PM

    @Roseanne While we're pretty excited about bringing outdoor technology for urban clothing - the performance of our products is on par with what you'd expect out of your technical gear. We did, however, have a customer hike the Appalachian Trail in our Aviator Pants and Core Base Layer!

  • Charles
    Charles
    2/3/2015 4:35 PM

    What are neck and sleeve length of large and xlarge

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/3/2015 5:01 PM

    Hi Charles, 16.5 and 35 for L and 17.5 and 36 for XL. All sizing can be found on this sizing chart here.

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan
    2/3/2015 4:48 PM

    Hi Gihan. I've followed your products for a while now and I really like the technology. I wish, however, that the sizes were a bit more realistic. That is, an XXL is 46" in circumference? It looks like most US clothing manufacturers make that XXL at 50" or 52". If the sizes were just a bit larger, and the technology works as promised, you'd have a customer here for life!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/3/2015 5:12 PM

    Hi Jonathan, thank you for the feedback. I'm sure Gihan and Ministry of Supply are thrilled to hear from an interested, lifetime customer like yourself as they further develop their products.

  • Betsy
    Betsy
    2/3/2015 7:38 PM

    Nearly all of the comments posted are from women, and here's another! I hope you add women's styles soon.

  • Georgia
    Georgia
    2/3/2015 10:17 PM

    My first thought when when watching the promo, i.e. what about women's clothing?!?! I'd have purchased a blouse, sweater or jacket immediately if it were available. Get some of those smart MIT women to join your team and start designing. Great, great idea! Thanks.

    Georgia

  • Lisabel
    Lisabel
    2/3/2015 10:40 PM

    What about doing socks or gloves? Both are less gender specific & often used so if done right it could be a profitable market.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/4/2015 10:05 AM

    Hi Lisabel, great idea. I'm sure it is something Ministry of Supply will consider as they look into new products.

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/4/2015 12:14 PM

    @Lisabel Hi Lisabel, we haven't ventured into gloves yet - however, we do offer an incredible sock - we call the Atlas Dress Sock, which features reclaimed coffee grounds for odor control. They come in a variety of styles and many of the women on our team wear them!

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    2/4/2015 3:02 AM

    Wow, the shirt and sweater look so comfortable and stylish. You followed the #1 rule of style - keep it simple and elegant. I agree with Meg (about menopause) too; but the hot/cold thing picks up again around 66; your temperature gauge goes all wonky (it's a word). Also, our Jill has Raynaud's syndrome, as do her two daughters. I' think that the kids market would be viable for you too. BTW, we live in Phoenix AZ where there is a 30 degree swing during early summer months from AM to PM, and I'm tired of "layering." You can lose half your wardrobe by August just forgetting to collect it when you leave work or friends' houses. Congratulations on a needed entry into fashion AND comfort.

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/4/2015 12:11 PM

    @Sharon Thanks so much, Sharon - we're glad you're a believer in what we do!

  • Kenda
    Kenda
    2/4/2015 9:46 AM

    Along the lines of what has been mentioned, even seeing a similar style to the mercury sweater--just with a women's cut, would be great. Maybe it would make expansion easier to keep a similar style/knit. Looking forward to the direction Ministry of Supply takes!

  • Maggie
    Maggie
    2/4/2015 12:05 PM

    @Kenda Hey Kenda! Thanks for that feedback. Just FYI, I work at MOS and wear the Mercury sweater all the time. It fits nicely on women.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Ministry of Supply

Technology-Infused Menswear

Temperature Controlled

Menswear goes high-tech, with comfortable, fashionable results. The four MIT grads behind Ministry of Supply are avid climbers and outdoorsmen, used to the performance of thoughtfully designed athletic gear. Wouldn’t it be great, they thought, if their everyday clothes had that kind of attention to detail?

One insanely
successful Kickstarter later, they launched their first dress shirt. They started with “Phase Change Material,” a NASA fabric that protects astronauts from wildly varying temperatures. It draws heat away from the body before you sweat. More incredibly, the PCM stores that heat until you need it. Step into an overly air conditioned office, and the heat is released back to you.

But Ministry didn’t stop there. They wove the PCM into more traditional fabrics and kept analyzing—mapping how the body moves, seeing where other garments fall short, and designing their clothes accordingly. They included ventilation in needed areas, variable seaming for a better fit, four-way stretch for 360º of mobility and thermo-laminated cuffs and collars that don’t need ironing.

Machine washable and easy to care for, these clothes boast technology that’s incredible -- which is just how you’ll look, and feel, when wearing them.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Gihan
    Gihan

    Hi from the team at Ministry of Supply. We're excited to share with you our new Mercury Cardigan and our classic V-Necks and Apollo Dress Shirts. Ask us anything. We're happy to answer questions about our technical fabrics and how they work.

  • Meg
    Meg
    2/3/2015 12:28 PM

    I think you are missing a market...temperature controlled clothing for menopausal women. Just saying.

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 12:35 PM

    @Meg Hi Meg, we're really excited about the applications of Phase Change Materials - and you mention a great one. We're focused on menswear right now as we're a small brand, but I wouldn't rule it out in the future!

  • Tiffany
    Tiffany
    2/3/2015 12:39 PM

    @Gihan Yes, it would be wonderful for women in all sizes.... Women seem to need the regulating of heat more than men on an everyday basis..... Especially plus size.... We overheat... bad

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    2/3/2015 12:41 PM

    @Gihan When I read about this product, I had the same reaction as Meg. This would be an exceptional offer for menopausal women who have constantly changing body temperatures. Please think about it.

    Sandy

  • Heather
    Heather
    2/3/2015 12:55 PM

    @Gihan

    I would like to echo the need for a women's sweater as well. I'm not menopausal, but I can think of many occasions I would use this sweater; running errands, taking the stairs, office thermostat wars --and more.

  • Yvonne
    Yvonne
    2/3/2015 12:52 PM

    @Meg, I agree, especially in nightwear!

  • Ann
    Ann
    2/3/2015 12:54 PM

    @Meg I absolutely agree!!! Living in the south plus menopause equals NEED good temperature control clothing!

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 1:01 PM

    @Ann We'll definitely keep this in mind for future development or partnerships.

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 1:07 PM

    @heather The women around our office have been loving our Mercury Sweater - my co-founder Kit wears it all the time as relaxed knit top. It's a blend of Merino wool and our PCMs that act like a thermostat, so that you can keep warm but not too hot, perfect for an active day like yours. Take a look!

  • Anne
    Anne
    2/3/2015 7:29 PM

    @Gihan I echo the other comments asking for women's clothing. While I'm sure some women can wear men's sweaters, many of us need clothing cut for a woman's shape. And those of us who are menopausal need this sort of thing more than anyone!!!

  • Anne
    Anne
    2/3/2015 12:46 PM

    What exactly is in the material?

    Currently experiencing patient burns during MRI scans from antimicrobial solution (silver nitrate) in athletic clothing.

    This would be important information for health care professionals to ensure that their patients do not wear your clothing into a MRI scanner for their examination.

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 1:03 PM

    @Anne We use a set of non-toxic paraffin wax-based Phase Change Materials in our thermoregulatory products. It's become quite popular with medical professionals given the high activity during the day.

  • Susan
    Susan
    2/3/2015 12:47 PM

    How many washings until they lose their effectiveness?

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 1:04 PM

    @Susan Great question, with all of our products we strive to embed the functionality into the fiber itself rather than using coating-based technologies. Our Phase Change Material is actually extruded into the core of the polyester fibers we use, so that it will last the life of the garment.

  • Doug
    Doug
    2/3/2015 12:57 PM

    Gihan,

    Looks great!

    Is this fabric available in prepared for print for other applications?

    I manufacture patent pending headwear and see a possible fit.

    Congrats and all the best!

    Doug Niedrich

  • Richard
    Richard
    2/3/2015 1:06 PM

    There are many good questions already, but a better explanation of your product and the materials used could help those with allergies as well. Please give more info on your product, and the future uses for everyone.

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 1:14 PM

    @Richard We want our products to be easy to wear and have infused some familiar fibers, like acrylic which is blended with wool in our Mercury Sweater, or polyester in our Apollo dress shirt, with a non-toxic, paraffin wax based PCM. Because our PCMs are embedded into the core of these fibers, there is virtually no skin contact. Let me know if that helps!

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    2/3/2015 1:16 PM

    @Richard - More information on fiber content, care and product features can be found on the product detail pages for each of the offered garments.

  • Julie
    Julie
    2/3/2015 1:09 PM

    Please, add something to your line for women! Your fabrics sound fabulous.

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 1:15 PM

    @Julie Thanks, Julie - we're focused on menswear in our early years - but have found that the concept resonates across the board. We'll certainly consider this for the future!

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie
    2/3/2015 2:08 PM

    Gihan....tootsie...if YOU don't do something with this for women, I think I'll get together with these other ladies here and WE'LL do it...lol - just sayin' is right!

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/3/2015 2:27 PM

    @Stephanie Thanks!

  • Anne Marie
    Anne Marie
    2/3/2015 2:10 PM

    I see in your size chart that there is an XXL, but i am not seeing that as an offering....

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/3/2015 2:48 PM

    Hi Anne Marie, currently we are out of stock on the XXL sizes, but you can contact our customer experience team here and they'll keep you posted about when that size is available.

  • Skye
    Skye
    2/3/2015 2:22 PM

    What about a Ministry of Women's Wear?

  • Suzi
    Suzi
    2/3/2015 2:41 PM

    Another woman...! Thinking about trying a shirt myself--you seriously have no idea the market you are missing--hope no one beats you to the punch. Men I have talked to are impressed with the idea but scoff at the expense--women don't generally let that stand in the way as long as it works & is something they NEED/want, ie: a pair of good fitting jeans for $100.00. Also, we traditionally think sweat & men, sexy/acceptable ; sweat & women, well think about it.

    Best of luck for ALL OUR SAKES. sfTX

    suzi

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/3/2015 2:43 PM

    Hi Skye and Suzi, a woman's clothing line is a widespread idea and I have no doubt Gihan and the rest of the Ministry of Supply team will keep it in the front of their minds as they continue to expand their business.

  • Judith
    Judith
    2/3/2015 3:14 PM

    I eagerly look forward to phase change for women. I travel a lot, going from tropics to the north, and like to take only a carry on. This would simplify immensely.

  • Roseanne
    Roseanne
    2/3/2015 3:27 PM

    How about lightweight backpacking clothing!!!!

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/4/2015 12:10 PM

    @Roseanne While we're pretty excited about bringing outdoor technology for urban clothing - the performance of our products is on par with what you'd expect out of your technical gear. We did, however, have a customer hike the Appalachian Trail in our Aviator Pants and Core Base Layer!

  • Charles
    Charles
    2/3/2015 4:35 PM

    What are neck and sleeve length of large and xlarge

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/3/2015 5:01 PM

    Hi Charles, 16.5 and 35 for L and 17.5 and 36 for XL. All sizing can be found on this sizing chart here.

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan
    2/3/2015 4:48 PM

    Hi Gihan. I've followed your products for a while now and I really like the technology. I wish, however, that the sizes were a bit more realistic. That is, an XXL is 46" in circumference? It looks like most US clothing manufacturers make that XXL at 50" or 52". If the sizes were just a bit larger, and the technology works as promised, you'd have a customer here for life!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/3/2015 5:12 PM

    Hi Jonathan, thank you for the feedback. I'm sure Gihan and Ministry of Supply are thrilled to hear from an interested, lifetime customer like yourself as they further develop their products.

  • Betsy
    Betsy
    2/3/2015 7:38 PM

    Nearly all of the comments posted are from women, and here's another! I hope you add women's styles soon.

  • Georgia
    Georgia
    2/3/2015 10:17 PM

    My first thought when when watching the promo, i.e. what about women's clothing?!?! I'd have purchased a blouse, sweater or jacket immediately if it were available. Get some of those smart MIT women to join your team and start designing. Great, great idea! Thanks.

    Georgia

  • Lisabel
    Lisabel
    2/3/2015 10:40 PM

    What about doing socks or gloves? Both are less gender specific & often used so if done right it could be a profitable market.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/4/2015 10:05 AM

    Hi Lisabel, great idea. I'm sure it is something Ministry of Supply will consider as they look into new products.

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/4/2015 12:14 PM

    @Lisabel Hi Lisabel, we haven't ventured into gloves yet - however, we do offer an incredible sock - we call the Atlas Dress Sock, which features reclaimed coffee grounds for odor control. They come in a variety of styles and many of the women on our team wear them!

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    2/4/2015 3:02 AM

    Wow, the shirt and sweater look so comfortable and stylish. You followed the #1 rule of style - keep it simple and elegant. I agree with Meg (about menopause) too; but the hot/cold thing picks up again around 66; your temperature gauge goes all wonky (it's a word). Also, our Jill has Raynaud's syndrome, as do her two daughters. I' think that the kids market would be viable for you too. BTW, we live in Phoenix AZ where there is a 30 degree swing during early summer months from AM to PM, and I'm tired of "layering." You can lose half your wardrobe by August just forgetting to collect it when you leave work or friends' houses. Congratulations on a needed entry into fashion AND comfort.

  • Gihan
    Gihan – Special Guest
    2/4/2015 12:11 PM

    @Sharon Thanks so much, Sharon - we're glad you're a believer in what we do!

  • Kenda
    Kenda
    2/4/2015 9:46 AM

    Along the lines of what has been mentioned, even seeing a similar style to the mercury sweater--just with a women's cut, would be great. Maybe it would make expansion easier to keep a similar style/knit. Looking forward to the direction Ministry of Supply takes!

  • Maggie
    Maggie
    2/4/2015 12:05 PM

    @Kenda Hey Kenda! Thanks for that feedback. Just FYI, I work at MOS and wear the Mercury sweater all the time. It fits nicely on women.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.