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This project was successfully funded on July 11, 2014.

NIKI ENGLISH is a New York based handbag company that is designed & manufactured in the NYC Garment District.

New York, NY Accessories
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About this project

It’s part passion. Part obsession. We came together with a desire to create a line of handbags that embodies the unapologetic lifestyle of New York City.

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THE VERTIGO COLLECTION

The collection is inspired by the streets & the lifestyle of New York - offering the perfect balance of function and style.

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VERTIGO SMALL - $495 RETAIL

Inspired by the late nights and after-parties inherent of the NYC lifestyle, the Vertigo clutch features an industrial aesthetic with an exposed zipper closure and 100% Cotton twill lining. 

  • Adjustable & Removable Cross Body Strap
  • Internal Patch Pocket fits Phone
  • 100% Leather with 100% Cotton Lining
  • Choice of Black Tumbled Leather, Elephant Tumbled Leather, or Arctic Embossed Snake (Kickstarter Exclusive Color!)

 

 

 


VERTIGO MEDIUM - $795 RETAIL

Weekend life is about brunches, museum jaunts, shopping trips. The Vertigo Mini Tote offers clean lines paired with functionality. Two top zipper pockets as well as a divided compartment keep up with your busy weekend schedule.

  • Adjustable & Removable Cross Body Strap 
  • Internal Patch Pocket fits Phone 
  • Two Top-Entry Zipper Pockets 
  • 100% Leather with 100% Cotton Lining 
  • Choice of Black Tumbled Leather or Elephant Tumbled Leather

 

 

 

VERTIGO LARGE - $995 RETAIL

    The commuter tote. We live our lives out of our handbags. Large enough for an 11" laptop with plenty of room for your daily routine. Two top slide-in pockets and a center zipper compartment keep work and play separate.

  • Adjustable & Removable Cross Body Strap
  • Internal Patch Pocket fits Phone
  • Top Entry Zipper Pocket fits 11" Laptop
  • Two Top Entry pockets 
  • Internal 8" Zipper pocket
  • 100% Leather with 100% Cotton Lining
  • Choice of Black Tumbled Leather, Elephant Tumbled Leather

 

 

 


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PHILOSOPHY

After working with some of the most well known brands in the industry, we realized there is a disconnect between product & consumer. People want to know where their product is coming from. 

NIKI ENGLISH's vision is to empower women to challenge the current state of the industry by seeking locally manufactured products. We focus on lasting partnerships with manufacturers in New York City's Garment District, and are proud to be part of the growing effort to bring manufacturing back into the city. 

Materials are sourced from companies based in New York or in the USA. We support the garment district by buying our supplies from companies owned and operated here. Our trims and hardware supplier is on 36th Street, our family-owned factory is on 38th Street, and our leather supplier is housed in Queens. We strive to keep our supply chain as close to home as possible. 

Quality has become commodity in the fashion industry. We expect things to break, wear out, or fall apart. At Niki English, we strive to create handbags that will last.

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ABOUT US

Together we have over a decade of of experience in design, merchandising & PR. 

Niki has worked on the design side for major contemporary and luxury brands, gaining experience in production and product development. She has owned her own business, and received accolades from multiple design competitions. 

Susan has worked on the merchandising, buying and financial planning side of the industry, working for some of the most innovative mass market and high end luxury retailers. She has managed multi-million dollar businesses in the United States and Latin America, with a focus on accessories and launching new product divisions. Her expertise and passion is making ideas a reality through strategy, marketing and financial planning.

 

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WHY WE NEED KICKSTARTER

Our first samples are complete & we are ready to begin the first phase of our business plan: production. Kickstarter will help us purchase the raw goods & materials necessary to build our inventory for the NIKI ENGLISH e-commerce site. Kickstarter will help us fulfill product orders more efficiently & ultimately grow our business to the next level.

IF WE MEET OUR STRETCH GOAL of $20,000

We have big plans for Niki English and meeting our stretch goal will allow us to: 

  • Add a fourth handbag to the collection
  • Explore new fabrications & leathers
  • Develop custom zipper pulls & hardware with our logo
  • Purchase heat embossing stamp for branding
  • Open a Holiday Pop-Up Shop in NYC
  • Throw an awesome Launch Party in NYC

HELP US REACH OUR GOAL

We thank you for any contribution you can make. As our campaign progresses, we will keep you updated as we reach new milestones. We would love to have your help to share our project using Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Or, send the video to a few friends - we appreciate any support you can give. 

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REWARDS

Help us to achieve our goal of creating a line of consciously constructed handbags inspired by New York’s unapologetic lifestyle. For your support, we have curated the below rewards: 

SIGNED LOOK BOOK
A personally signed look book of our first collection featuring still shots from our video. 

INVITE TO LAUNCH PARTY
If we meet our stretch goal, we will throw a brand launch party. Everyone making a pledge of $25 or more will be invited!

COTTON TOTE
15" x 16" 100% Cotton black tote with white graphic logo screen printed in the USA. 

LEATHER JOURNAL Custom White Journal Stamped with Black Graphic Logo. The journal is hardcover with  240 pages, measuring 5" x 8.25" and has an inside pocket. Journals are embossed in the USA.

DRINKS WITH THE LADIES OF NIKI ENGLISH
Your pledge will be hand delivered over drinks with the ladies of Niki English at one of our favorite spots in the City. Location TBD (NYC area only). 

PHOTOSHOOT & FEATURE ON #INTHEBAG
For those in the NYC area, you will be eligable for your very own street-style photoshoot with your new Niki English bag to be featured on our blog, #INTHEBAG. 

CUSTOMIZED VERTIGO COLLECTION
Work with Niki to customize your Vertigo collection. Choose any combination of the below fabrications and colors to customize each bag. For those in the NYC area, you will also be featured on our #INTHEBAG blog  with your new custom handbags. 

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CREDITS

VIDEO: Kyle Camerer

PRODUCTION: Sharman Ordoyne

HAIR & MAKEUP: Jazmine Lopez

MODEL: Natalie Devine

ADDITIONAL THANKS: Friends, Family and Supporters (New & Old)

Risks and challenges

We are allowing 2 months lead time for delivering the completed samples. This will give us enough time to order the materials, prepare the leather, and work with our manufacturer to produce all bags ordered. We already have space and time allotted with our manufacturer and production is ready to begin as soon as Kickstarter has finished.

If any unforeseen events occur in the production process, we will keep you informed of changes in delivery times if they are affected. We are working hard to ensure a positive experience for our customers.

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Rewards

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    Pledge $5 or more

    4 backers

    Personal Thank You Card & Follow on social media site of choice (i.e. Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest).

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    Pledge $25 or more

    6 backers

    Signed Lookbook, Personal Thank You Card & an invite to the NYC launch party (if we make stretch goal).

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    10 backers

    Custom Black Cotton Tote with White Graphic Logo.
    - Also Includes Signed Lookbook, Personal Thank You Card & and an invite to the NYC launch party (if we make stretch goal).

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    Pledge $95 or more

    4 backers

    Custom White Journal Stamped with Black Graphic Logo - Also Includes Signed Lookbook, Personal Thank You Card & and an invite to the NYC launch party (if we make stretch goal).

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $140 or more

    1 backer

    Custom Black Cotton Tote with White Graphic Logo AND White Journal Stamped with Black Graphic Logo - Also Includes Signed Lookbook, Personal Thank You Card & and an invite to the NYC launch party (if we make stretch goal).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $200 or more

    1 backer

    Grab drinks with the ladies behind NIKI ENGLISH at our favorite NYC spot. We will hand deliver your Signed Lookbook, Cotton Tote, Leather Journal & Personal Thank You Card. Also includes an invite to the NYC launch party (if we make stretch goal).

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    Pledge $400 or more

    6 backers

    VERTIGO Small Clutch ($495 retail value) in Choice of Black Tumbled Leather / Elephant tumbled Leather/ Arctic Embossed Snake
    - Also Includes Signed Lookbook, Cotton Tote, Leather Journal, Personal Thank You Card, & an invite to the NYC launch party (if we make stretch goal).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $700 or more

    0 backers

    VERTIGO Medium Tote ($795 Retail Value) in Choice of Black Tumbled Leather / Elephant Tumbled Leather - Also Includes Signed Lookbook, Cotton Tote, Leather Journal, Personal Thank You Card & an invite to the NYC launch party (if we make our stretch goal).

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $900 or more

    2 backers

    VERTIGO Large Carry All ($995 Retail Value) in Choice of Black Tumbled Leather / Elephant Tumbled Leather
    - Also Includes Signed Lookbook, Cotton Tote, Leather Journal, Personal Thank You Card & and an invite to the NYC launch party (if we make our stretch goal).

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,250 or more

    2 backers

    VERTIGO Small and VERTIGO Large each in your choice of color ($1490 Retail Value).
    - Also Includes Signed Lookbook, Cotton Tote, Leather Journal, Personal Thank You Card & an invite to the NYC launch party (if we meet our stretch goal).

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,850 or more

    1 backer

    VERTIGO Small, VERTIGO Medium, and VERTIGO Large each in your choice of color ($2,285 Retail Value).
    - Also Includes Signed Lookbook, Cotton Tote, Leather Journal, Personal Thank You Card & an invite to the NYC launch party (if we meet our stretch goal).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $2,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    VERTIGO Small, VERTIGO Medium, and VERTIGO Large each in your choice of color.

    - For those in the NYC area, additional personal photo shoot & feature on our blog, #INTHEBAG with your NIKI ENGLISH bag.
    - Also Includes Signed Lookbook, Cotton Tote, Leather Journal, Personal Thank You Card & an invite to the NYC launch party (if we make our stretch goal).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $4,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    Create your own custom VERTIGO collection with Niki English. You will get to choose your own custom colors and embossed leathers for all three bags. - Also Includes VERTIGO Small, VERTIGO Medium, and VERTIGO Large each in your choice of color, Signed Lookbook, Cotton Tote, Leather Journal & and an invite to the NYC launch party (if we make our stretch goal).

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

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