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Custom capes: A super idea for the hero on your holiday list

December 9, 2011 |  1:13 pm

If you're stumped on what to get for the kid -- or kid at heart -- on your holiday shopping list, we have just one question: Have you considered a superhero-style cape?

We recently discovered the somewhat silly but totally custom cape-making operation that not only makes its wares in the U.S. (Detroit to be exact) but, according to its website, employs moms to hand-make each one. (We have no doubt that this is the source of the capes' superpowers.)

Capes can be personalized by choosing from among 11 different cape colors, eight emblem designs (a crown, shield, heart and lightning bolt among them) and 29 emblem colors, with the option of putting a letter smack in the middle of the emblem (go ahead, you know you want a big, red "S") starting at $24.99. If you're super-sized (i.e. an adult) it'll cost an extra $10.

But you'll need to be faster than a speeding bullet if you want to give a custom cape for Christmas since the order needs to be placed today (Dec. 9) at the latest (unless, of course, you can get Superman to fly around Earth and turn back time like he's been known to do).

But if you decide to order one of its 3,000 pre-made capes, you can wait as late as Dec. 21 and it'll still arrive under the Christmas tree in time to make you look totally heroic.


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Photos: Detroit-based employs moms to make custom superhero capes for children and adults. Credit: