What is Vinca?
Since 2006 Vinca has been creating funky, quirky jewelry for the weirdos of the world right in the middle of Austin, Texas. Bomb pop earrings? We got 'em. Hologram unicorn earrings? We got 'em! What about broccoli earrings? Yep, got those too.
But definitely our favorite new concept is Fur-Baby Baubles! Our designer Amanda will draw your pet's portrait and create a one-of-a-kind piece for you to wear!
All our designs are original artworks by our founder Amanda Dimova. They are all cut in house on our own laser cutter by Kristin Manrique, and they are all hand-assembled by our one-woman production team Megan Dalehite (soon to be Megan Hart, congratulations Megan!) We've worked with tons of fun people and companies including Sanrio (Yes! Hello Kitty!) Care Bears, Buxom Cosmetics, ModCloth, Dolls Kill, Museum of Ice Cream, and more. Most wouldn't guess this operation is run by only three people, but that's the truth, we just kick a lot of butt.
What are we doing?
We've grown over the past 12 years from a one-woman show in a 400 sq ft garage to a three-woman show...in the same garage. We've always known we would have to move into a bigger space.
It is important to us to stay in Austin and, as we all know, Austin is expensive! Our current workshop is too crowded, and more importantly, not zoned for a retail space.
For the past several years we've been keeping an eye out for good opportunities in Austin for a move. In 2016, a brand new building was just breaking ground at 4th and Chicon at the site of an old warehouse with commercial space on the 1st floor available for sale. We put some money down to hold the space for us until completion. Nearly three years later, the building is ready to move in! Aw we wish... the building is ready to do what's called "finishing out" which brings us to:
How the money will be used
We haven't signed a lease, we bought the space, which is quite rare and difficult in Austin! But the loan to purchase the space did not include an allowance for finishing out the space, called "shell condition", meaning there is no drywall, electrical, or plumbing. It's a lot of work, and we've planned to ease into it as finances allow.
But you know what would help us finish construction and move in faster? You!
Below are just some of the costs that we will incur, and it's way more than our Kickstarter goal. We just want, you know, a little kickstart!:
- Architectural and Engineering. $5000
- And more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Some of the costs have already been covered through loans or out of pocket, such as the architectural and engineering fees.
We have some great perks available, including limited edition pins, keychains, and custom items. Why so many random rewards? We do a lot of random stuff, and love spontaneously creating whatever comes to mind. This is just a sampling of our broad range and once we get our new bigger space, we can make even more funky stuff!
Support Handmade Pin! $5
Give us a hand and we'll give you a little one back! Just $5!
Hand Pin + Sticker Sheet! $10
Oh sheet! Have you seen our stickers? They're shiny and colorful and amazing.
Hand Pin + Sticker + Keychain! $15
The trifecta of magic! You need it, you want it!
Earrings + Pin + Stickers $20
Get a pair of our world-famous knife earrings, holo stickers AND support handmade pin for just $20. Lookin' sharp!
Iridescent Insane Cocktail Ring + Sticker Sheet $25
Make 'em wish they put a ring on it with our virally popular holo teardrop ring. Real sassy Swarovski crystal in a white acrylic bezel. Available in sizes 4-10 US whole sizes.
More sizes and colors coming if we meet our goal!
"I Do Stuff Here" Desk Sign + Sticker Sheet $25
Yep, we can make just about anything. Tell 'em who's boss!
I Voted Because I want a better life for my cat brooch $25
Rainbow Necklace + Pin + Sticker Sheet $30
Get a great deal on our popular rainbow necklace AND a pin and sticker sheet.
Custom Name Necklace
We're bringing these back, baby! We made these years ago and are keen to bring them back, made to order, in our new shop! Pick from 6 funky fonts and over 15 colors!
$60 Gift Card (for $50)
Can't decide? Just get this deal on a gift card.
$100 Gift Card (For $75)
Can't decide? Just get this (even better) deal on a gift card.
Your Pet as Brooch or Necklace! $120
Amanda will personally draw your pet and assemble its face into a brooch or necklace! Paws-itively too cute!
Your Pet as Earrings! $150
Amanda will personally draw your pet and assemble its face into a pair of XL earrings for a look that is fur-ocious! About 3" x 3".
Super Bundle! $200
The super-califragilistic bundle includes stickers, pin, our gorgeous iridescent cocktail ring, tiny knife earrings, a rainbow necklace, and a custom name necklace!
You might notice we have a ton of diverse rewards. That's because we can make anything! We love exploring new ideas, spontaneously designing weirdness, etc.
We are honored to be your choice of the quirkiest, dare we say weirdest, Austin-made jewelry. We hope that you will choose one of our awesome, silly perks so we can transition to our new space at lightning speed and continue to do great things such as create hamster combs!
Risks and challenges
We've been in business for over 12 years and have had our share of risks and challenges. The biggest challenge for us on this project has been waiting for our space to be ready. We have already been waiting two years, just to be able to get a key to our space and start finishing it out. It has been a long wait and we are having a hard time waiting any longer.
After the store front is complete, our biggest challenge will be getting the word out so people know about us.
As Kristin and Amanda's backgrounds are advertising and communications, we have devised our own campaign strategy to spread the word.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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