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We’re taking art off the walls and into your wardrobe! Merging fashion with art in a uniquely inspired brand.

OUR STORY

VōTLO Couture is a passion project that merges my 30-year career in art, fashion and design with my belief in the power of art to awaken not only your wardrobe, but your dedication to a more just and peaceful world.

What women wear speaks volumes - and our spectacular collection turns up the volume on empowering girls and women around the globe through inspiring imagery and stories that we think you will want to wear and share.

Now that's a power tie!

OUR PRODUCT

We've partnered with renowned American artist Janet Taylor Pickett (artist video below) to create a gorgeous line of scarves, wraps and garments, from original works of art, in luxurious fabrics that are a delight to wear. Printed and Made in the USA, we support manufacturing right here at home. 

Janet's work is exhibited around the world. Using the garment as a metaphor for women, she fills her stunning paintings and collages with rich and complex symbols that convey a very simple message: the power of love to heal and the profound interconnectedness we share as human beings.

Each design we make delivers a powerful message that will inspire hope in a brighter world and ...

MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE A WORK OF ART!

WHERE WE ARE

Wow - we've been busy over the past 18 months...and have accomplished a whole lot. Our design technician has meticulously translated fine art into printable digital files and has created a catalog of artworks technically prepped for production. We've mastered the printing process and sourced the perfect fabrics on which Janet's artwork comes to life. A notable  NYC designer is now on board - just take a look at what she has done with the garments! We've secured a printing operation and garment production facility in New York (Made in the USA!). Both are known for making top-tier U.S. luxury brands. We've produced gorgeous prototypes, including grading for sizes, and have tested the fabrics for wear. We've held numerous photo shoots, both still life and with models, and now have a catalog of product shots to translate into a website, and use for sales tools.

The feedback has been exceptional - from art clients, museum shops and boutiques across the country...

WE ARE MOVIN' & GROOVIN'!

HERE'S WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO

With your support we will be able to print and manufacture our first large production run. Our costs include fabrics, printing and finishing garments, upgrading our online marketplace and creating the sales and marketing tools necessary to get this collection into boutiques across the country.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We are counting on you! There are many ways you can help insure VōTLO Couture successfully raises our Kickstarter goal. If you are familiar with Kickstarter, you know that we don't get a cent of what's pledged unless we reach or exceed our goal. So in addition to donating what you can, please spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, and by telling your friends, family and colleagues about us. Tell everyone you know to pledge early and pledge often.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

I have represented Janet Taylor Pickett for seven years and have followed her career for many more. I am drawn to an authentic presence in the work that makes me feel more deeply connected to the world, and that is full of joy. Janet is able to tap into universal truths through very personal means. Accessing a wide range of artistic inspiration - from Matisse to ancient Ethiopian scrolls- Janet’s unique visual language weaves a collage of nature, memory and words that become globally meaningful and empowering. VōTLO Couture is honored to be trusted with translating her remarkable works onto our inaugural line of scarves, wraps and garments. It is a rare thing to experience the transformative power of art. We are happy to share that beauty, power and inspiration with the world. THANK YOU JANET!

Janet in the studio speaking about her work:

OUR REWARDS

What makes a Kickstarter project better? A variety of Rewards. Please remember, if the project isn’t fully backed during the Kickstarter campaign, you won’t be charged (and our beautiful things won’t be produced). You can always go back to change your reward before the campaign ends. If you’re unfamiliar about how Kickstarter works, please click this link to find out more.

We've got some fabulous rewards for our supporters, and we hope you'll give us the opportunity to return the generosity to you. And best of all - you will know that you have helped bring a dream to life - and isn't that what it's all about?

Pledging at different tiers that offer different rewards:

You can pledge the cumulative amount for the different rewards and then shoot us an email and we will take care of it.

kathy@votlocouture.com

$10: Set of three (3) notecards

$15: Set of six (6) notecards

$25 KACI'S SUNFLOWER SCARF

We've made a one-time souvenir size of Kaci's Sunflower so that everyone can spread the joy and our wish for girls everywhere! 100% silk charmeuse, 10" x 10"

$40 Your choice of one of two LIMITED EDITION SCARVES:

Primavera 100% Silk, 20"x20"          Artemesia 100% Silk, 20"x20" 

$80  Your choice of one of two LIMITED EDITION SCARVES:

Roots Of Intention & Desire 100% silk charmeuse, 40" x 40"

Know Your Garden 100% silk charmeuse, 40" x 40"

$95 VōTLO POWER TIE - You will want to frame yourself when you wear our Power Tie! 

VōTLO POWER TIE is gorgeous! Three intertwined scarves, secures with a woven hook and eye closure. 100% silk charmeuse.

$100 THE ART BOOK: Janet Taylor Pickett

40+ images of Janet's work in a beautifully bound art book. Includes images of the artist at work, the stories behind each work, and a critical essay by a major museum curator.

$125 GAUGUIN'S BUTTERFLY CONVERTIBLE WRAP

Gauguin's Butterfly convertible wrap looks great as shoulder wrap or around your waist with leggings and a tank. Fastens with a unique dragonfly button closure. Made of 100% silk chiffon, 30" x 70"

$220  VELVET WRAP

Our Blue Dragonfly Velvet Wrap = Pure luxury. This printed silk wrap with black velvet backing, and vintage french tassels is a stunner - any way you wrap it! 33” x 70” 

$225  ASYMMETRICAL TOP - Your choice of one of two designs:

Gauguin's Butterfly Asymmetrical Top is our most popular garment - it flatters every body! Made of 100% silk charmeuse, SIZES: S,M,L,XL

Blue Dragonfly Asymmetrical Top is our most popular garment - it flatters every body! Made of 100% silk charmeuse, SIZES: S,M,L,XL

$230  KAFTAN - Your choice of one of two designs:

Vessel of Things Less Ordinary kaftan is simple and elegant. Pair it with jeans or a long skirt and you are good to go for any occasion. Made of 100% silk charmeuse, Sizes: S,M,L,XL

Roots of Intention and Desire  kaftan is simple and elegant. Pair it with jeans or a long skirt and you are good to go for any occasion. Made of 100% silk charmeuse, Sizes: S,M,L,XL

$275 LIMITED EDITION ART PRINT AND A SCARF

Persephone's Pomegranate Scarf & Limited Edition Signed Art Print

$500 ORIGINAL ART AND A UNIQUE SCARF

Blue Dragonfly scarf and original watercolor and collage on paper, 12"x10" Framed

$1,400 TRUNK OF THINGS LESS ORDINARY 

Hand crafted wooden trunk, upholstered with Janet's art and filled with every scarf in the collection (ten) and we'll throw in the six pack of cards! (Trunk dimensions 22" x 9" x 10")

$1,500 ONE-OF-A-KIND GARMENT DESIGNED JUST FOR YOU!

Visit our studio, choose one of Janet's artworks, and work with our super-talented designer Teri Okumura, who will create A ONE-OF-A-KIND GARMENT just for you.

Thanks! To all you kickstarters for supporting this project and to everyone who dedicated their time, energy and good mojo towards helping me get this up and running!

Special thanks to:

  • Chris Gatti, photographer extraordinaire, designer, technician, and my support system from day one. 
  • Julie Gang who photographed all the kids - you are exquisite! 
  • Aran Roche of smART grants, Kelly Ziek our publicist, & Jon at E.P. Media Design. YES - I won the trifecta!

FAQ

Can I pledge for different tiers that offer different rewards?

YES - You can pledge the cumulative amount for more than one reward and then shoot us an email and we will make sure you get all your rewards.

What does the company name mean?

We love our name!  VōTLO is an acronym for Vessel of Things Less Ordinary, the title of a work by Janet Taylor Pickett. Janet explains the title by saying "because as women we are the vessels through which life flows.” 

Girls and women throughout history have been referred to as "vessels" in a derogatory manner. We want to turn that negative connotation on its head and celebrate all females as extraordinary vessels who carry within us the power to transform ourselves, our communities and heal the planet!

How do I choose my size?

Our cuts are generous in the garments because they are made of silk and meant to drape and not hug the body.  Small fits sizes 2-6 , Medium fits sizes 8-10, Large fits sizes 12-14, and Extra Large fits size 16.  If you want a smaller or a larger size we are happy to make it for you.

What if I order the wrong size?

You can send it back to us, we will pay postage and will replace it with the right size for you.

Can I alter the garments?

You can, if you want it to be shorter, but we think you will be happy with the length, as most women wear the garments as a longer top or a short dress.

Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

kathy@votlocouture.com

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The major challenges of a company like ours (one that merges art, fashion and manufacturing) is to make sure: 1) the production quality is high; 2) the products remain true to the artist's intention; and 3) we continually introduce fresh design ideas.

We are more than prepared! We have spent 18 months testing designs, fabrics, printers and manufacturers who make garments for top-tier designers. In preparation to fulfill the super-large orders we expect from Kickstarter in a timely manner, we've vetted, tested and added a second printer who is on stand-by. As for creativity and implementing fresh ideas - I have 30 years of business experience working with artists, designers and photo crews. Our roster of experienced talent awaits our call to get this inaugural collection in production once we achieve our Kickstarter goal.
Here at VōTLO Couture, the integrity of our product is our priority. We guarantee our garments and scarves meet the highest standards for artistry, quality and depth of meaning. We are ready and excited to fulfill the awesome rewards you and other Kickstarters have earned. Now it’s your turn to pledge today!

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    NOTECARDS: Write in style with a set of 3 notecards featuring artworks by Janet Taylor Pickett, and we'll wrap you with our heartfelt thanks for supporting our project! Printed on recycled paper, envelopes included. Domestic Shipping is included.

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    MORE NOTECARDS: Double the pledge, double the fun: Enjoy a set of 6 cards with Janet's beautiful work. Printed on recycled paper, with envelopes, and we'll wrap you with our heartfelt thanks for supporting our project! Domestic Shipping is included.

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    KACI'S SUNFLOWER SCARF. Some small things are larger than you can ever imagine. Like the little girl who inspired it - there is pure magic in this scarf! I wear mine on my wrist for inspiration... Made of 100% silk charmeuse, 10" x 10" Domestic Shipping is included.

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    SMALL SQUARE SCARF. Your choice of two limited edition designs: "Primavera" or "Artemesia" Made of 100% silk chameuse, 20" x 20" Hanging on your wall or tied around your neck - you will be inspired! And we'll throw in the set of 3 cards. If we could find 75 people to pledge just $40, we’d be 10% closer to reaching our goal. That’s the beauty of crowd fundraising. It’s an affordable way support projects that show great promise. Domestic Shipping is included.

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    NEW OPTION (10/26): SPREAD THE JOY WITH 3 KACI’S SUNFLOWER SCARVES. This one is by popular demand! BONUS: We’ll throw in a 3 pack of art cards. One scarf for you and two for brightening someone else’s day.

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    "Roots of Intention and Desire" SQUARE SCARF Made of 100% Silk Charmeuse, 40" x 40" Yes - it also comes with a book of tying ideas - super fun! Of course you also get a set of 3 cards, and everything comes wrapped in our heartfelt thanks. Domestic Shipping is included.

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    "Know Your Garden" SQUARE SCARF made of 100% Silk Charmeuse. 40" x 40" We supply you with a book of tying ideas - fun! We'll also throw in a set of 3 cards, and wrap you in our heartfelt thanks. Domestic Shipping is included.

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    VōTLO POWER TIE is gorgeous! Three intertwined scarves, secures with a woven hook and eye closure. You will want to frame yourself when you wear this piece! We'll also throw in a set of 3 cards and yes - a really big virtual hug! And gentlemen - Velentine's Day is right around the corner! Domestic Shipping is included.

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    SPECIAL EDITION ART BOOK. A beautifully bound art book of Janet Taylor Pickett's work, 40+ images, along with photos of the artist working, stories behind each work of art, and a critical essay by a major museum curator. Good good stuff - this is a book you will enjoy for a lifetime! Plus it comes with a surprise scarf insert!! Domestic shipping included.

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    "Gauguin's Butterfly" CONVERTIBLE WRAP. Made of 100% Silk Chiffon, 30" x 70" This piece does double duty - wear it as a shoulder wrap or around your waist with leggings and a tank. Fastens with a unique dragonfly button. Guys - this is a perfect gift for all the ladies in your life! And we're throwing in a set of 3 cards. Domestic Shipping included.

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    NEW OPTION (10/26): 3 SCARVES IN 3 SIZES. A make-your-own collection bundle. You get 3 GORGEOUS SCARVES: 1 “Kaci’s Sunflower” 10” x 10”, you choose 1 of the 20” x 20”, and 1 of the 40” x 40” scarves. BONUS: We’ll throw in a 3 pack of art cards. This is the perfect way to begin your collection of artist scarves and/or share the joy with friends and family.

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    NEW OPTION (10/26): ART BOOK & POWER TIE & KACI’S SUNFLOWER. This is a great combo - something to wear, something to share and something to spread the JOY! BONUS: We’ll throw in a 6 pack of art cards too.

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    "Blue Dragonfly" VELVET WRAP = Pure Luxury. Our "Blue Dragonfly" silk wrap with black velvet backing and vintage french tassels is a stunner - any way you wrap it! We'll also throw in a set of 3 cards. And gentlemen - this one will make a wonderful gift for that special woman in your life! Domestic Shipping included.

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    ASYMMETRICAL TOP: "Gauguin's Butterfly" Made of 100% Silk Charmeuse. This is our most popular garment. Every body looks amazing in this style! Sizes: S,M,L,XL (see fit info under questions) And you get the beautiful set of 3 cards. Domestic Shipping included.

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    ASYMMETRICAL TOP: "Blue Dragonfly" Made of 100% Silk Charmeuse. This is our most popular garment. Every body looks amazing in this style! Sizes: S,M,L,XL (see fit info under questions) And Yes - you also get a set of 3 cards. Domestic Shipping included.

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    KAFTAN: "Vessel of Things Less Ordinary" Made of 100% Silk Charmeuse. Our easy to wear kaftan is simple and elegant. Pair it with jeans or a long skirt and you are good to go for any occasion. We're also throwing in a set of 3 cards. Sizes: S,M,L,XL (see fit info under questions) Domestic Shipping included.

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    KAFTAN: "Roots of Intention & Desire" Made of 100% Silk Charmeuse. Our easy to wear kaftan is simple and elegant. Pair it with jeans or a long skirt and you are good to go for any occasion. Oh yes - we include a set of 3 cards. Sizes: S,M,L,XL (see fit info under questions) Domestic Shipping included.

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    NEW OPTION (10/26): CONVERTIBLE WRAP & THE ART BOOK & KACI’S SUNFLOWER. Wrap yourself in “Gauguin’s Flower” CONVERTIBLE WRAP, immerse yourself in the ART BOOK & spread the joy with KACI’S SUNFLOWER SCARF. BONUS: We’ll throw in a 6 pack of art cards too. This is the perfect wear and share option.

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    LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED PRINT AND A SCARF: beautify your walls and your body with this duo of a fine art print "Persephone's Pomegranate" by Janet Taylor Pickett, and our Silk Chiffon extra large rectangle scarf 37" x 72" Domestic Shipping included.

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    NEW OPTION (10/26): VELVET WRAP AND CONVERTIBLE WRAP. We’ve got you covered for every season with our “Gauguin’s Flower” sheer CONVERTIBLE WRAP and “Blue Dragonfly” VELVET WRAP. BONUS: We’ll throw in a 6 pack of art cards. Perfection!

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    ART AND A SCARF: Right off your wall and onto your body! One of a kind original artwork by Janet Taylor Pickett and a silk scarf made from it. "Blue Dragonfly" watercolor and collage on paper, 12" x 10" Framed, AND Silk Chiffon extra large rectangle 37" x 72" And we'll add a set of 6 cards! Domestic Shipping included.

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    TRUNK OF THINGS LESS ORDINARY. Hand-crafted wooden trunk upholstered with Janet's work and filled to the brim with every scarf in the collection (10 scarves). And we'll throw in two 6 packs of cards. You know the saying: "You can't take it with you" - we think you'll try with this one! Domestic Shipping only.

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    A VERY UNIQUE PLEDGE AND A VERY UNIQUE REWARD. You are invited to visit our studio, choose one of Janet's artworks, and work with our super-talented designer Teri Okumura, who will create A ONE-OF-A-KIND GARMENT just for you. We've never had more art in the studio as Janet prepares for an important show in 2013. This will be an experience of a lifetime!

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    EXCLUSIVE: A DAY OF ART WITH KATHY AND JANET As a thank you for your $5,000 pledge, we will fly you to either NYC (where Kathy lives) or LA (where Janet lives) and take you to our favorite museum and then to dinner. Wow - this is a good one! Not only will you get two really great museum guides, and a fabulous dinner, you will also be listed on the VōTLO Couture home page as a Gold Backer (only 5 entities will be given this home page placement, ever). And you will have your choice of 5 scarves, and a garment. (**48 contiguous USA states only, please)

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    TRES CHIC: As a thank you for your $10,000 pledge, we will fly you to Paris and Janet and Kathy will join you for a day at the Musse d’Orsay. A retired professor of fine art, Janet’s knowledge is extensive and she will relate to you how the past influences the present in art. After the museum we will head to Le Marais, Paris oldest neighborhood and Kathy will take you to some of her favorite boutiques to check out the vibrant fashion scene before we head to dinner. You will also be listed on the VōTLO Couture home page as a Platinum Backer (only 2 entities will be given this home page placement, ever). And you will be the first to see the Spring line and choose 8 of your favorite scarves and 3 garments.

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