AUGUST 22 UPDATE:

Please note shipping delays are still occurring due to falling so behind from health issues this year. The past few weeks have been the biggest improvement so far after another medication change, but it's still far from my "normal". Your patience and understanding is *extremely* appreciated. For all grommet shorts/pants and velvet hot shorts orders: my tailor I've worked with for 8+ years had a family emergency in Mexico and was gone for over a month. I was unable to get ahold of him during this time which was very stressful as he has all my patterns, fabric, etc. Thankfully he is okay and back in LA as of a couple days ago, so he will be making orders ASAP and they will be shipping out soon. I am working with extremely limited funds also due to falling so behind from health issues, but I have been slowly and consistently getting out all pending orders as quickly as I can and will continue to do so until all are fulfilled. Please rest assured that you will receive your order as I make my way through my open order list. The shop is still operational and all orders placed will be fulfilled, however there will be shipping delays for a little while longer. Thank you again for all of your support and kindness.
-brit

 

JULY 24 UPDATE:

Hi all. I have been chipping away at orders and almost all pending OG-107 orders have been sent out, with the remainders going out this week. Upon picking up the order from my manufacturer, I learned that he had been in the hospital for nearly 2 weeks after having emergency surgery on a collapsed lung from Covid complications. My tailor who makes the grommet shorts/pants has also been dealing with a lot including sickness, unexpected moving, and work changes- it's been an absolute hell of a year for so many people. I have been feeling a little better after new medication and getting through the side effects, but I'm still feeling very far from what has always been normal/average for me. I'm waiting on upcoming doctor's appointments next month for further testing and hoping to get into an earlier cancellation appointment. This has hands down been the worst year of my life, but I am trying as hard as I can to figure out what's going on while attempting to pick up the pieces of my life and business, which are in shambles due to losing so much time from constant illness. I've shipped out most of the Kickstarter tank tops, currently waiting to pick up grommet shorts from my tailor, and should be getting out the pants by mid-August at the latest. Thank you so much for your continued support, patience, understanding, and also for cat food donations to help with the care of all the cats in TNR colony started last year. I am still completely unsure of what the future looks like for Backbite but will be exploring the possibility of selling the business along with any other viable options. All orders placed will still be fulfilled until further notice, however please note that shipping times may still be delayed/extended. Every order or donation helps tremendously and makes a difference- thank you.

-brit

JULY 11 UPDATE:

Due to ongoing/worsening health and financial issues, I have decided to liquidate all remaining stock while making sure all pending orders/rewards/prizes/exchanges are shipped out before the shop goes on hiatus for an undetermined length of time. I am hoping to have all pending orders sent out by the end of this month. Please note that if you are placing an order for a made-to-order item today or after today, the wait time is longer than normal but will still be made and shipped out before the shop's possible closure. This update will be evolving with more information as often as possible.

Your patience and support is appreciated beyond words at this time.

If you would like to support in other ways including ongoing cat rescue efforts, please click here.

thank you so much.

-brit

 

JUNE 27 UPDATE:

Hi everyone,

Scroll to the second paragraph for order updates. I'm including a personal update below for transparency on what's been going on.
Just as I was starting to feel better last week, I was completely taken out by a severe sinus infection that left me in bed with one of the most excruciating headaches of my life, which included a fever and total inability to think or function as my entire head, face, neck, and jaw felt like they were on fire. Thankfully I had someone to come check in on me and care for the cats because I couldn't leave my bed. I also luckily had antibiotics on hand that I was able to take so I didn't end up in urgent care like I have in the past from these monstrous infections that I've been prone to getting for a long time. As I've mentioned in previous updates, the past month and a half has been the hardest of my life physically and mentally and I am so deeply sorry for how long it's taken/is taking me to get orders out. I quit one medication that was giving me awful side effects, upped another medication which seems to be helping, and after my neurology appointment today I have a prescription for Ajovy, a once a month shot for migraine treatment, so I'll be scheduling an appointment to be shown how to inject it myself (not looking forward to that) each month if it ends up helping. I'm going to be following up with my therapist to try to get into EMDR treatment as soon as I can. My hope is to keep taking baby steps towards getting better, that I can get the business back on track, and am able to do creative projects again, including the Backbite zine. Every single order during this time has made a massive difference to me and I am so grateful for every one, but most of all for the patience, understanding, and kindness- it means so much to me. I have more emails to respond to and many more orders to ship out, which I give more info on below. Thank you to everyone who has reached out, and I'm so sorry if you haven't heard back from me yet, but I promise that you will. Order updates are below:

ORDER UPDATES:
- OG-107 orders will be done by the end of this week and I will be shipping out ASAP! I will post an update when I pick them up from my manufacturer. 

- A friend was able to screen print tank tops for me for Kickstarter rewards while I was stuck in bed, so I'll be finishing those up this week and getting them shipped out. My tailor has been working on grommet shorts and pants orders and said more will be done tomorrow so I will be picking those up and shipping them out this week, with more being completed soon after. Kickstarter OG-107 rewards were set to ship in July, so those are still on schedule and I will post an update as soon as I have a date range.

-Raffle prizes included OG-107 pants and grommet shorts/pants, so those will be going out ASAP as well after I pick up those orders from my manufacturer and tailor. I'll be trying to include extra gifts for the long delay.

-Regular orders are shipping out all week now that I am finally able to work, so if you have a shipping notification with a tracking number that hasn't updated with tracking information yet, it will be scanned in at the post office this week.

-The new high-waist zip front shorts are currently being graded and will then go to my manufacturer to be sewn. Those orders will be going out in July, I will post an update with a time frame as soon as I have it.

-I was working through emails before getting the sinus infection, so I will pick up where I left off and will be getting back to your emails this week.

Due to being so sick for the last month and half, I haven't been able to be active on Instagram, which has severely decreased my sales and cat food donations to nearly zero. If you would like to donate food or funds to help with my daily cat rescue efforts, please click here. Food goes very fast so I am always needing more, and I'm currently in need of more flea treatment to treat as many of them as I can. Jag has what looks like a skin infection, so I'll be needing to take him to the vet this week to have it checked out and most likely have him put on antibiotics. Donations to help with vet bills, business expenses, and medical expenses can be made via Paypal here, or by placing an order. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support. I am humbled beyond words and hope to make it up to everyone somehow in the near future.
-Brit

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JUNE 15, 2022 UPDATE:

OG-107 orders are almost done and will be shipping by the end of the month. My tailor who makes all the grommet shorts and pants had to unexpectedly move out of his work space, so orders that were scheduled to be done last weekend have been delayed but will also be going out by the end of the month. I'm waiting on these orders to be completed to be able to send out raffle prizes, so those should going out by the end of the month as well. Summer sales have been the slowest of all time, so that mixed with my health issues has made it feel nearly impossible to keep my head above water with business/living expenses and mounting debt from 2020. I have a neurology appointment at the end of the month and am on more new medication. My health issues have severely held me back from making real progress and getting so behind on everything. I am humbly asking for patience while I try my hardest to get caught up this month. Kickstarter rewards will be shipping throughout the next few weeks. Thank you, thank you, thank you for every customer who has been so kind and understanding- I have never been in this position and it's been devastating to feel like I am letting people down and/or losing the trust of my customers. My goal is to be caught up by the end of the month. If you are able to donate to help Backbite stay afloat and help me reach this goal, you can do so here. 
With the deepest gratitude,
Brit

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JUNE 1, 2022 UPDATE:

Hi all. Unfortunately the past month was the most difficult one yet with regards to my health and finances. May was the worst month of sales I've had since reopening the shop in October 2020, and my migraines have been so severe that I've been unable to leave bed for days on end, which I usually never do. The past two weeks have been especially bad with flu-like symptoms and severe migraines, so I am still behind on almost everything. My friend arrives this weekend to move in with me, so I will have some help for the first time and hope to be able to get back on track as it's proven to be too much for me to handle alone with my ongoing/worsening health issues. If I am not feeling better this week I'll be going to urgent care to try to figure out what's going on.
OG-107 orders are going to be shipped out as soon as possible, these orders have not been forgotten and are top priority, as well as raffle winners and all other late orders. I will send updates via Kickstarter soon as well.
I am so incredibly sorry for all the issues and delays and can't thank you enough for your patience and understanding while I try to keep my head above water while dealing with a chronic illness and other health issues. I hope that with the help of my friend living with me that things will become a little easier and I'll be able to get myself and Backbite to a better place.
-Brit

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MAY 13, 2022 UPDATE:

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign to help reach its goal. I am in the process of catching up on orders, preparing for a friend to move in with me in June, and dealing with my ongoing health issues. All orders are in the works but are taking longer than usual due to all the reasons given on the Kickstarter. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding while I try my hardest to get back on track. I am so grateful for all of you who continue to trust and support me and my business, especially for your kindness and understanding.
OG-107 production will be done by the end of this month and shipping out as soon as possible.
I am working on dying and printing tank top orders as well as shipping in-stock orders, attempting to photograph and list new product when I get the chance, and my long-time tailor Miguel is working on grommet shorts/pants orders. I am chipping away at emails and apologize if you have experienced a delay. If it's been over a week since you sent your email, please feel free to resend. This has been an extremely hard and transitional time, but I feel hopeful that once I am caught up, have my friend living with me, and finally getting my head above water, I will be able to start planning how to restructure the business and getting it back to a more stable place where it can thrive and become what I've always envisioned it to be.

If you'd like to support Backbite and my attempts to recover from 2020/2021, you can do so by sharing and tagging the shop or your purchases on Instagram, telling your friends and family about Backbite, purchase a gift card, donate food or funds to help with my cat rescue project, or donate directly to my personal Paypal.

Thank you endlessly for your support.
-Brit

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Backbite is owned and operated by Brit Nason in Los Angeles, California. I currently run the business alone, so your patience and support is greatly appreciated to keep my small business going.
I can be reached via email at brit@shopbackbite.com

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