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LECHE LIBRE IN THE NEWS
The NEW LECHE LIBRE PLUS COLLECTION is redefining the look of modern motherhood with STYLISH AND FUNCTIONAL body positive apparel, so moms of every size can integrate breastfeeding into our dynamic lives with ease and style!
“A must for any mother” –ROMPER
Where are the stylish breastfeeding clothes for PLUS SIZE mamas? New moms deserve clothing which makes them feel confident about how they look as well as gives easy access to breastfeeding so they can be the moms they want to be. The average American woman is size 18, so over half of US nursing women don't have any stylish clothing options! Leche Libre is here to change that.
I'm Andrea Newberry, founder of Leche Libre, and I'm beyond thrilled to announce the launch of the world's first ever fashion forward breastfeeding apparel line for plus size mamas in sizes 16W-26!
"You can have anything in life if you dress for it." - Edith Head
WHY LECHE LIBRE?
You all asked for plus sizes and I listened! I promised at the close of my successful campaign last year that I would be back with plus and HERE IT IS! The release of my plus collection is the culmination of the Leche Libre body positive mission to celebrate the power of our life giving bodies in every shape and form.
Zippers down the bust make for easy and discreet nursing access so you can confidently breastfeed in public shame-free.
Leche Libre gives you:
- BOTH stylish and functional nursing apparel designed to provide a chic and comfortable fit for plus size mamas
- Easy and discreet nursing access so you never have to worry about breastfeeding in public again.
- Versatile garments perfect for professional settings with easy pumping access!
- Styles that allow you to nurture yourself AND your baby at the same time so you can be the woman you are and the mom you want to be.
- Garments ethically manufactured in the USA to empower women on both sides of the transaction.
Up until now, plus size mamas have had zero options for stylish, breastfeeding friendly gear, so I've created a collection which is a one-stop-shop to cover all your bases. No matter what the social event may be, this collection has a go-to outfit ready for action.
From home to office to formal events, the three versatile looks of the Leche Libre Plus Size Kickstarter Collection will cover all your bases and allow easy breastfeeding wherever you might go in total comfort and style.
- The Little Black Breastfeeding Dress is the ultimate in sophisticated style, seamlessly transitioning from day to evening wear.
- The Reptile Tunic represents the edgy Leche Libre aesthetic and transitions easily from professional to casual wear.
- The Nursing Sweatshirt infuses an edgy aesthetic with maximum comfort for your go-to look for causal everyday wear.
Are you size 14 or 16 (or less)? Check out the options currently available for sale at LecheLibre.com.
WHY I NEED YOUR HELP
I'm a stay-at-home mom turned self taught fashion entrepreneur working hard to empower breastfeeding women across the globe.
Last year's successful Kickstarter put Leche Libre go into full production mode. After fulfilling orders and creating inventory, I funneled the remainder of the money into the development of this line. But I need money to produce the collection! The money raised from this Kickstarter will go directly toward buying material in bulk and meeting factory minimums.
With your support, we will create a whole new world of stylish plus size nursing clothes and empower women of every shape and size to confidently breastfeed wherever we damn well please in killer style!
So please, check out our reward tiers above on the right and support this kickstarter today! ------------------------------------------->
New to Kickstarter? Here is a guide on how to back this campaign!
The Leche Libre PLUS Kickstarter Collection features three versatile looks which cover all your breastfeeding bases. In addition to the three styles for women, I'm also featuring a 2 super cute Leche Libre Onsies for our introductory reward tier. Lets check them all out!
"The "Little Black Dress" is considered essential to a complete wardrobe. It is a "rule of fashion" that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion." -Wikipedia
If every woman needs an LBD, then every breastfeeding woman needs a Little Black Breastfeeding Dress!
True to the original intention of the Little Black Dress, I've designed my LBBD to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, and accessible. The stretch sateen of this dress creates a look ultimate sophistication in total comfort! And it has pockets! Need I say more?
Dress up and zip down for easy breastfeeding access whenever you want, wherever you go! Available in sizes 16W-26!
THE REPTILE PRINT TUNIC
This tunic, in the edgy Leche Libre aesthetic, allows you to represent badass womanhood in all its beautiful dichotomy: powerful and nurturing.
Be a hard-edged stylish woman AND be a nurturing mother, living your dynamic life and breastfeeding on the go.
This reptile print denim is awesome! It is stretch so you'll always be totally comfy. And don't worry animal lovers, its just a print so it's also vegan: no reptiles harmed during the making of this material!
The hoodie pocket is big enough to fit large phones, keys, goldfish cracker crumbles and whatever else you might need, so you can keep all your valuables close. Available in sizes 16W-26.
And NO, YOU DO NOT have to be breastfeeding to wear this!
THE NURSING SWEATSHIRT
This sweatshirt was designed to be your go-to nursing wear for everyday use.
I like to always have a sweatshirt I can throw on and wear everyday. A sweatshirt is the ultimate in versatility, and this sweatshirt with its 80% cotton fleece, was made to last.
Sweatshirt color options: Black and Plum
It’s classic raglan sleeve profile has been edged up with two square teeth zippers down the bust for easy nursing access. Sleeves feature extra long 4" cuff to fit any arm length.
Available in sizes 1X, 2X AND 3X.
THE LECHE LIBRE ONSIES
The name Leche Libre is a play off of Lucha Libre, the Mexican wrestling league. What better mascot for Leche Libre then a wrestling baby?
AND, In addition to our original wrestler, we've created a NEW special limited edition design just for this Kickstarter. Every heavy weight hero needs a villain contender! This naughty new addition to our family will make you yell boo and yay at the same time.
With the selection of this reward tier, you can pick which design you want. Can't choose? Don't worry, you can order both! Watch out, these kids mean business.
Available in sizes:
- 3-6 months
- 6-12 months
- 12-18 months
- 18-24 months.
GARMENT SIZE CHART
Don't worry if you do not know your size right now. Upon successful completion of the kickstarter, I will email you a survey in September/October where you can pick your size then.
Are you size 14 or 16? These sizes are currently in production and available with my straight sizes at LecheLibre.com
DEVELOPING THE COLLECTION
After my original plus fittings were total failures, I knew I would need help to develop a plus collection which would deliver the right style and fit I wanted. I got in touch with Casey Sunich, a technical pattern maker who specializes in plus patterning as well as plus stylist to the stars, Kat Eves, who could help direct me to make sure my collection would meet the needs of the plus community.
Kat advised me that women get frustrated when plus collections only offer watered down versions of their straight collections with cheaper materials to reduce costs. Plus size women want the exact same offerings, so we've kept all the style lines and materials the exact same as the straight sizes!
With Casey's help, we've adjusted the bust, hip and shoulder proportions as well as tested the patterns on a variety of body types to make sure our designs are going to give the best fit possible. Casey oversaw sample fittings in sizes up to 26 to make sure the patterns were made right and would grade up in a way which maintained our stellar standards of style and fit!
BACK THIS PROJECT
When you back this kickstarter, you can help create a whole new world of plus size breastfeeding apparel for women who currently have no options! Together, we can empower women everywhere to confidently nurse their babies with more ease and style than ever before, and support a world where women can feel like themselves when they breastfeed.
This is not my first rodeo. I learned so much from my successful Kickstarter last year. Even though I exceeded my goal of last year's Kickstarter by 250%, and experienced a few delays in back ordered materials, I delivered the majority of my backer rewards on time!
I will not get funded unless I reach my goal of $12,000 by the end of the campaign so please support me today! To support Leche Libre, just select a reward tier to the right and follow the prompts.
If you are new to Kickstarter, click here for a guide to walk you through donating or you can check the FAQs at the bottom of this page.
In reward for backing my Kickstarter, you'll get the first exclusive access to these three designs with massive discounts AND as a Kickstarter Bonus: FREE SHIPPING in the US. Here is a breakdown of the reward tiers. To purchase one, just click on the tier you want on the right and follow the prompts.
+$1: Donate to support Leche Libre's body positive mission!
$30: Leche Libre Onsie: your choice of design
$45: Get Both Lucha Libre Inspired Onsies (Buy 1, get 2nd 50% OFF)
$80: Nursing Sweatshirt (25% OFF)
$90: Little Black Dress (25% OFF)
$90: Reptile Print Tunic (25%OFF)
$160: Sweatshirt Collection (25% OFF)
$260: Base Leche Libre Collection (25%OFF)
$1000+: Get a garment from the next collection named after you or someone you love.
*Kickstarter Bonus: FREE SHIPPING within the US.
(Add $15 for shipping to Canada and $25 for International shipping)
GUILT FREE FASHION
As a brand which aims to empower women, having ethical business practices is crucial. I make conscious choices when making partnerships to create equitable relationships where everyone benefits. All my garments are ethically made in the USA. I am on first name basis with the women at the factory in Milwaukee, WI who will be sewing my Kickstarter collection. A Leche Libre garment will make you feel confident as a woman AND a consumer! As Moms, we know we're all in this world together and we need to work together to make a better future for our children.
I'm Andrea Newberry, a stay-at-home mom turned award winning, self-taught fashion entrepreneur. I live and work out of a funky two flat on the west side of Chicago with my partner in crime, Ira and our two kiddos, six-year-old Thora and four-year-old Otto. My work is inspired by my dedication to make mom’s lives easier and fueled by my rebellious punk rock aesthetic. When I’m not working, you can find me biking around Chicago with my crew, eating mango chili popsicles, wreaking havoc, and having a blast!
CONNECT WITH ME
The amount of help I've gotten to launch this Kickstarter has been staggering and humbling.
Thank you so much to:
Kat Eves of Style Ethic, there are not words enough to thank you for your amazing support throughout the course of this project. Your knowledge about the plus fashion as well as your dedication to empowering women made working with you an absolute joy!
Casey Sunich, this collection would not exist without you! You are amazing to work with the entire step of the way and your knowledge of plus patterning and fit is impeccable!
Meena Singh of Driftseed Productions, I can never thank you enough for the donation of this amazing video! The fact that I have a BFF who is as talented and skilled as you, make me one of the luckiest gals in fashion!
Sara Howard of Horizon Midwifery: A rad midwife and Lactation consultant in LA who helped us not only with modeling but with finding models as well. You're totally the tits, Sara and I'm so glad we connected!
Billie Natasha, Edrea Lara, and Sharon Thompson Padilla and Sara Howard, Thank you for your badass modeling! You all SHOWED UP in this shoot and rocked out with total confidence and swerve. Thank you for showing the world a view of rad mama's who don't let anything get in the way from living your awesome life with your kiddos in tow!
Rob Eves of Rob Eves Photography, Thank you for your awesome work on and off set. It was great getting to work with you on this project!
Nic Eve of Tarnish, Thank you for curating my favorite collection of Jewelry and accessories in the whole word AND for sharing them with me for this shoot! You're a rad lady!
Damara Kaminecki of Damara Does Design, thank you for the amazing onsie designs. You are an amazing artist and friend!
Jenny Addison of Lock and Key Press, Thank you for always being my rock, for your love, support and for your kickass graphic design help!
Rosalinda Chavez: Thanks for being a kickass intern who makes it easier for me to focus on the big stuff. I'm so glad to have you on my team!
Voyageurs for the use of their song Maximum Roadhead for the video.
Finally, thank you to Allison Rickard and Hillary Scharmann for being awesome friends and guinea pigs willing to put up with many fittings and pin pricks. I really appreciated your insight and your help throughout the process! You are both the best!
Risks and challenges
Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.
— Douglas Hofstadter,
As I said above, this isn't my first rodeo. I learned so much during the fulfillment stage of the first Kickstarter and I'm ready to optimize this time to make sure things go even more smoothly.
While I feel confident about my timeline, there can always be last minute snags which come up. Hofstadter’s law ain't no joke as I found out last year! If any hitches come up, I will update you as we go along to make sure you are aware of everything which is going down behind the scenes. Well maybe not everything. I’ll spare you how many quarts of sweat pour out of my body during the process, but please be rest assured, I am sweating to make sure you get some awesome garments to help you be your stylish self while being the best Mom you can be.
Thank you all for your love and support!
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