About this project
Join me in creating a world of expression through garments that you can truly live in and love with. Celebrate individuality. Embrace meaning. Contribute to the culture around you.
-I am an artist with a vision. I see clothes not as a product to market and sell, but as an opportunity to let my artistic voice be heard. A deep passion for the rich history and craft of making beautiful garments is at the core of all I do, and this love is always present in the designs I make. Learn more in my bio and by visiting my website.
-This isn't just fashion. It is passion. It is heart and soul. It is a lifestyle and a frame of mind that believes that clothes matter. They matter not because some brand or label is trying to shove them down your throat, they matter because they help us feel good, they help us express who we are, and they help us participate in our culture in a way that really works - using the clothes on our backs.
-It’s happening locally. The garments will all be made locally and under my guidance and my highly experienced team. No factories overseas. No underpaid labor. This isn’t just about making clothes: it’s about building strength in our local economy and culture.
-My standards are high. I believe that clothes should last, they should carry meaning, and they should help you be the best version of yourself you can be. MC designs use the best materials. My fabrics and materials have the same integrity that my design team does. I source all my fabrics with quality in mind, making certain the materials I work with will last and not leave an ugly footprint on the earth.
-Momentum is building. I have been featured in nearly every regional magazine in and around Seattle, the New York Times, FiberArts Magazine, Surface Design Journal, and have exhibited in New York, London, Athens, Tokyo, Luxembourg. Celebrities are starting to take note too: Drew Barrymore fawned over MC pieces during a Seattle visit, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will be wearing MC in a spring editorial for OUT Magazine.
-MC is no longer a one-man-band. I have created a team of talented pattern makers, tailors and seamstresses to bring my designs to life. Business consultants, accountants, production experts and retailers are standing by, ready to partner with us in this new venture.
-The designs are nearly complete and this Kickstarter campaign will provide the resources to finish them all. This includes finalizing the designs, sewing finished samples and preparing patterns for production so that these designs can soon be out of the studio and available to YOU!
- MC LOVES YOU -
$1 Pledge will get you an electronic thank you and video message from me, sent directly to your inbox anywhere in the world!
$10 will get you a hand-written thank you card from me, sent to anywhere in the world! MC loves you, and this is one of many ways I'll show that to you.
$20 will bring you a Full Color Poster featuring the design wall of my studio. This wall is the true epicenter of my creative process - where all ideas and inspirations manifest and keep me working. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do. This poster is 11x17" and printed on fine quality card stock, signed by yours truly.
$35 will bring you this set of 2 MC bandanas. They measure 20"x20" and are made from carefully selected 100% cotton ikat cloth, woven in India. Tie them on your head, around your arm, fold them into a hauler top or wipe your brow with them after a hard day's work.
$60 or more will bring you one MC Silver/Copper pin. These are the result of my work with a silversmith collaborator. Each is 100% handmade and entirely unique. See image for size details.
$75 will bring you this set of 4 MC bandanas. They measure 20"x20" and are made from carefully selected 100% cotton ikat cloth, woven in India. Just like the ones above - only 4 of them.
A pledge of $95 will bring you this beautiful set of 5 MC Bandanas. They measure 20" x 20" and are made from carefully chosen 100% cotton ikat cloth, woven in India. This set includes blue, red, natural, charcoal and brown. Also included will be one additional token from MC - a special bonus that you will discover when your package arrives.
$149 will get you one MC Seminole Scarf from my new collection. This scarf measures 14"x60" and is constructed from blue and charcoal variations of this beautifully patterned 100% cotton ikat cloth woven in India.
$149 - The blue version was such a hit, I've added the MC Seminole Scarf in Red/Gold - a new design that is now also available! This scarf measures 14"x60" and is constructed from blue and charcoal variations of this beautifully patterned 100% cotton ikat cloth woven in India.
$249 will bring you this beautiful MC Wrap. This piece features the signature fabric of my 2013 collection and is hand-woven in Sri Lanka by women working with US designers helping weavers earn good living wages to continue their craft. This colorful piece measures 26"x72" and is 100% cotton.
A pledge of $249 will bring you this pair of MC Pentagon Cufflinks. Like the MC Lapel Pins, these are the result of a collaboration I am doing with a local metalsmith. They are Sterling Silver and Copper and measure approx 3/4" in diameter.
$495 will bring an autographed copy of a MC MONOGRAPH/LOOKBOOK and the MC Wrap (above). This limited edition publication features not only the new MC 2013 Collection, but also my complete artistic vision including the new works featured in the BAM Craft Biennial Exhibition and others traveling Europe in 2013. Every copy will be signed by me. I want this to be extra special, so we're only offering 100 of them.
A $1000 pledge will bring DINNER FOR 4 at my studio and 2 MC Seminole Scarves (above). We'll clear the cutting table, break out the silver, prepare a feast, and treat you to night at my creative headquarters. You bring yourself here, I'll take care of the rest and give you a special behind the scenes look at how things happen - from inspiration to runway!
$2000 will bring a reward with a legacy of its own: have a garment in the MC 2013 Collection NAMED AFTER YOU. I will call you personally to thank you for your pledge and chat a bit about the collection to get a feel for which design is best suited to carry your name. You will also be given the design bearing your name, in your size, ready to include in your personal wardrobe. Your name will also be printed in the MC Monograph/Lookbook of my work, and a personalized copy of the book will be sent to you with an inscription from me.
But wait....there's more with this one!
This $2000 pledge will also get you front row seating for 2 at the upcoming event to showcase the MC 2013 Collection with complimentary cocktails and the opportunity to meet me and my team at the event. This Runway Showcase is tentatively scheduled for Summer 2013 in Seattle, WA.
A contribution of $5000 will bring you the full parade - one of each of the gifts listed above: a HUGE thank you, all handkerchief options, 2 MC Seminole Scarves scarves, 1 MC Signature Wrap, 1 Signed Monograph/Lookbook, and 4 front-row runway seats and VIP privileges at my showcase event in summer.
Risks and challenges
Running a business is a risk. Being an artist is a risk. Doing them both at the same time and counting on them as your livelihood is a challenge and risk like none other, and one that I have done successfully for 5 years.
Taking this next big step forward is a whole new challenge. Production hurdles will certainly happen, snags will arise, and questions will come up that I have not previously considered. If and when these arise and affect my Kickstarter supporters, I promise to communicate openly about any changes along the way, do everything in my power to keep the promises I committed to from the start, and – most important of all – stay true to the goal and vision of this project.
I am not in this alone. While the name "Michael Cepress" will be sewn into every design in the end, none of this can happen without the assistance, guidance and consult of the dozens of others in my close-knit network of people ready to give this collection its legs. I will meetwith them regularly and trust their expertise to guide me through the challenges and changes as they happen.
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