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ARGENT is a fledgeling t-shirt company that delivers handprinted designs by Brooklyn based Illustrator, Adrien Dacquel.
ARGENT is a fledgeling t-shirt company that delivers handprinted designs by Brooklyn based Illustrator, Adrien Dacquel.
214 backers pledged $10,600 to help bring this project to life.

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ARGENT started over coffee one saturday morning in Washington Square Park between my friend John and I. We got to talking about our experiences post-graduation and were feeling despondent about our careers. We decided to take our quarter-life crises early and pursue what made us happiest, regardless of the risks.

John Barnes : Cofounder
John Barnes : Cofounder

I had been setting aside money working full-time as a graphic designer for a t-shirt company in Manhattan but I knew I would never be completely satisfied until I was my own boss. With savings in hand I decided it was now or never, took a leap of faith and started out on my own.

I spent the first couple of months drawing and trying to figure out what I wanted to design, who my demographic was, and how to best approach starting a small business. After I had a couple of images solidified I began silk screening samples.  

I messed up a lot. I had taken a silk screen course as an undergrad but had never printed on fabric. There was a slight learning curve but through trial and error I got the hang of it.

King of Wolves : Test Print
King of Wolves : Test Print

Once I was more comfortable with the technique I began to balance designing and printing and before I knew it I had a nice group of designs and several samples.  

Bat : Test Print
Bat : Test Print

I began to notice people lingering over my work. People at the print shop started to ask me where they could pick up a shirt or tote and I was humbled and excited with the feedback I was getting! I happily sold a few of my test prints and gained confidence with every purchase. 

Later, I dropped by a tattoo shop that my friend worked at to show her my designs and she bought a couple of shirts to support me. She texted me a few hours later telling me that a few of the guys at the shop wanted to place orders as well. Adding social media to the mix brought more sales and really convinced me that I was on to something; people wanted my product! 

Becca in Krampus Tee
Becca in Krampus Tee
Shawn in X.O. Bunny Tee
Shawn in X.O. Bunny Tee
Camille with King of Wolves Tote
Camille with King of Wolves Tote
Alex in Coils Tee
Alex in Coils Tee
Sergio in Rose Tee
Sergio in Rose Tee

Initially, I planned to launch my collection with my own funding; however, I underestimated the cost of starting a business. Many unforeseen variables entered into the equation as I progressed and the savings that I had amassed depleted rapidly. But I knew I had a product and that there was a demand, which is when I remembered Kickstarter!

“Kickstarter” is a creative funding platform. It acts as a virtual soap box and allows you to get your vision to the masses, putting you and those interested in your project together on a global scale. People who want to donate to your project become “backers” and with their "pledges", help bring your idea to fruition.

I helped fund projects through the platform and saw their success, so I realized that I could use it to reach a wider audience and get support to launch my brand!

In order to reach my goal I am offering Temporary Tattoos, Prints, Tote Bags and T-shirts as incentives!  All designs are printed on American Apparel 100% cotton t-shirts. 

Please use the sidebar to determine which pledge package suits you and send me a personal message with the design, size, and color (black/white) you would like!

Temporary Tattoo : Flash Sheet
Temporary Tattoo : Flash Sheet
Sizing Chart : U.S. Sizes
Sizing Chart : U.S. Sizes
Strong Man
Strong Man
Strong Man / Coils : All totes are 13x15.5in and also available in Black
Strong Man / Coils : All totes are 13x15.5in and also available in Black
Coils
Coils
Keyhole
Keyhole
Bettie
Bettie
Rose
Rose
King of Wolves
King of Wolves
KOW / Tiger
KOW / Tiger
Tiger
Tiger
Bat
Bat
Bat / Krampus
Bat / Krampus
Krampus
Krampus
X.O. Bunny
X.O. Bunny
Miss Kitty
Miss Kitty
Pin-up
Pin-up
Beat it, Creep!
Beat it, Creep!
Boxer
Boxer
Poison / Lucifer
Poison / Lucifer
Flies
Flies

*** I have also designed this exclusive Sampaguita Tee! The proceeds of which will be donated to TIGRA for post-Typhoon Haiyan relief.***

Typhoon Haiyan Relief : Sampaguita
Typhoon Haiyan Relief : Sampaguita

 ** ADD-ONS **

Add an extra $10 and receive the temporary tattoo flash sheet in addition to your order!

Add $15 for a print of your choice!

Add $25 for an extra tote of your choice!

or $35 for another t-shirt!

Risks and challenges

One of the largest challenges I face is getting rewards out to backers in a timely fashion. I will personally be printing, heat setting, packaging, and shipping every reward.

I will work as quickly and diligently as possible without sacrificing quality, and ask for your patience if I do fall behind schedule. I will do my best to keep you up to date should any mishaps occur.

Thank you very, very much for your support!

Humbly,
Adrien

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