Hey Ben, thanks for the note! Yes, I am one of the co-founders of Great Lakes and I'm happy to hear you have a similar appreciation for these issues.
In terms of the Kickstarter distribution, once we reach our goal (and we're close!) we'll gather all of the information we need in terms of sizing, colors, and shipping address and then we will fulfill all of those orders ourselves, which will definitely keep us busy.
I think the main way we try to create transparency with our products is by making personal connections with all of our suppliers and building a story behind each product. We don't want our products to be 'just another shirt'-- we want people to have a deeper connection with our brand and know every detail about the product they're purchasing.
On top of creating relationships with our suppliers, we try to connect with our customers personally as much as possible. Hand written thank you notes with each purchase, following up after their order to ensure that their shirt is everything they hoped for, and random acts of kindness have been a critical component to our initial success.
Hope that touches on some of your questions!