Killer Bee BJJ Kimonos offers the consumer the ability to build a gi that fits them and looks exactly the way they want. For the most part submitting your request is an easy process but there are several facts that you need to be aware of when ordering a custom gi. This page serves to assist you during the ordering process.
First let’s begin with discussing the different packages we offer.
All of our gi tops are constructed the same way regardless of fabric chosen.
All of our gi’s are made of 100% cotton. Cotton is a natural fiber that shrinks when washed and dried. Cotton also is an unstable fabric that shrinks and expands in relation to humidity. Please note the estimated shrinkage rates and calculate that into your measurements if needed.
We offer you the ability to upload your own graphics to be embroidered onto your custom gi. Anything you send to us to use for embroidery must be an image that you have the right to use. For example, if you ask us to embroider the Nike logo you must have a letter from Nike giving you permission to use that logo. We will not knowingly embroider trademarked images.
Any artwork sent should be simple in design and not have too many colors. By default, we can embroider an image of up to seven colors. That is the limit of our embroidery machine. For this reason, the best artwork style are usually images that are more like a cartoon rather than a full-color gradient photograph. See the below example.
You will need help to do this if you do not have an existing gi to use for reference. Have your arms extended out like an airplane.
Now have someone measure from the middle knuckle of your middle finger on your left hand, across the back, to the same position on the other hand. **If you you would like the sleeves to be a little shorter than measure to the first knuckle only.***
If you already have a gi top that you like the fit of you can use that as well. Just remember to add about 5% to your value if you buy a Scutellata Weave gi top or about 2-4% if you buy an Anatolica, or the Ligustica gi top weave. This is because the custom gi will need to shrink a bit to about the length of what you want it to be.
Measure from the base of your neck right where the large vertebrae bone is (C7 Disc), down do a desired length near the area just below your buttock. You will have to decide what is reasonable for your torso height.
If you have an existing gi, then measure as follows. Measure from the base of the collar down to the end of the skirt. Add the appropriate measurement for shrinkage. 3-4% for Anatolica, Ligustica, or Meliponnini gi top weaves and 5% for Scutellata gi top weaves. This is because the custom gi will need to shrink a bit to about the length of what you want it to be.
Measure from where you wear your pants down to the base of your ankle bone.
If using an existing gi pant that you like the measurements for. Measure from the top of the pants all the way down to the cuff and add 5% to this measurement.
Look over everything and make sure it is as you want it.
Currently, wait times are about 15 business days from date of order for our standard custom gi, however we usually ship within 7 business day.