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We'd like your help in producing our collection of vintage dresses in MODERN sizes for vintage-loving ladies that want a BETTER FIT!

rachael@theparaders.com
www.theparaders.com

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We need your help!!  We're so close to making our vintage-style collection a reality and are asking for your support!

Why you should support The Paraders’ project:

• You’ll be supporting a SMALL business.
• All of our garments will be produced right here in AMERICA as we support LOCAL pattern makers and garment producers.
• We aim to create garments that make a girl CONFIDENT in style, size and comfort.
• Our clothing is AWESOME.
• You’re going to love the REWARDS we are offering.

…..and we can’t do it without YOUR help!


The Paraders is a small business in Chicago that offers high quality vintage with impeccable style.  We’ve created a vintage-style collection of dresses, skirts, and tops that provide a vintage aesthetic, but with modern sizing and proportions for ladies of 2012.

If you wear vintage clothing, you no doubt know the troubles of finding vintage that FITS WELL.  As a vintage clothing business owner, I’ve seen, felt, and tried on thousands upon thousands of garments spanning from the early 1900s through the 1980s, and have had countless heartbreaking moments when I’ve found the perfect dress that just DOESN’T FIT.


Even if you find the most amazing dress in the right size, chances are that the proportions are quite different. Women have been cinching, tying and altering their bodies throughout history to create these extreme silhouettes that just aren’t realistic today...the evolution of the common measurements of a modern woman’s body are quite different from the insanely skinny waists of the 1950s or the flat chests of the 1920s., so it really makes wearing vintage difficult.

My goal with the first Paraders original collection as well as with each collection following, is to take the best elements of vintage clothing in each era, and create new garments inspired by these examples, but with a modern sizing structure.  For this collection, we're offering sizes Small, Medium, and Large, with the plan to add smaller and larger sizes in future collections.

There are so many creative and wearable vintage styles over the past century that need a revival.


Where we’re at in the project’s progress...

WE’VE COMPLETED :
Designing
Ordering fabric, buttons, zippers, tags, etc.
Pattern making
First draft sample creating
Fabric Cutting
Final sample creating

ALL THAT’S LEFT IS:
Lookbook photo and video shoot
Garment production

This is where YOU come in!  We need the funds to complete the production so that vintage-loving ladies can have access to new and improved vintage styles with a comfortable fit.


I sourced quality cotton fabrics, and had custom covered buttons made.  Much time and care was placed in all of the decisions regarding resources and production.  I also spent quite some time finding a team of local, quality-producing professionals to ensure a great final product.

I took care in creating the pledge rewards for each backer level, and am excited to present to you some unique prizes.  I also am open to your suggestions!  If there’s something you’d really like to see as a prize, let me know and I’ll try to make it happen!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We will not be able to complete this project without your help!

  • Support our Kickstarter Campaign! Make a pledge!
  • Spread the word! Tweet it! Email your friends! Post to Facebook!
  • Check us out here : FACEBOOK / TWITTER / BLOG / NEWSLETTER
  • Help us get press! Share this news bloggers, journalists, etc!
  • TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW!
backer reward : paper doll by Kate of Scathingly Brilliant and Flapper Doodle
backer reward : paper doll by Kate of Scathingly Brilliant and Flapper Doodle

I’m very passionate about this project and would love to answer any questions you may have...I LOVE talking about the collection!  Suggestions are welcome too!  I’ve worked long and hard on this collection and hope that you all love it as much as I do.

xoxo
Rachael
The Paraders

Videographer : Ruben Cantu

Photographer / Video Editor : Rachael Hammon

Music for this video is from freemusicforvideos.com

FAQ

  • Right now, we are offering Small / Medium / Large in every style :

    black dress
    print dress
    red dress

    black top
    print top

    red skirt
    print skirt

    Due to financial limits, we are not able to offer a wider range of sizes. However, we do plan to add them in the near future, so if you are interested in a different size or color - PLEASE either message me through kickstarter or email me at rachael@theparaders.com with your request so I can determine the interest in more size options! Thank you for understanding!

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    An exclusive shopping experience at The Paraders for you plus 5 friends, plus the opportunity to name a dress in the next collection (International Backers, please pledge $20 additionally for shipping)........ PLUS all of the above rewards: Our unending gratitude, a thank you e-card, inclusion in our exclusive mailing list, a shout-out to you/your business/your blog in our blog, a one of a kind signed polaroid taken during our lookbook photoshoot, a hand-drawn and printed paper doll based on our dress collection, a printed book of our photo lookbook including behind-the-scenes shots or skirt or top of your choice, and a dress of your choice (S/M/L)......... Questions? Email rachael@theparaders.com

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