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My goal is to deliver my brand of bold, globally-influenced prints and classic designs into your hands!
150 backers pledged $16,180 to help bring this project to life.

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A Leap of Style is my dream of being a designer come to life. That dream began with a pair of cloud printed pants crafted carefully on my mother's Singer sewing machine (those pants subsequently ripped in the butt when I bent down to grab books from my locker) circa 1999. But, sometime after that I let the dream go. It wasn't until recently that I decided to take a leap of faith and chase that dream down. 

Since last April, I've been a one woman machine, working day and night to crank out designs for my growing number of customers. That list of customers even includes a boutique here in Houston.

I've experienced some early success with A Leap of Style in the last year, and now I am ready to produce a full collection with your help! I've worked with a professional pattern maker and sewing contractor to bring these samples to Kickstarter. Backing this project will take A Leap of Style to the next level by allowing me to produce more pieces, faster.

A Leap of Style pieces are designed to be super-wearable, and to most importantly be flattering to a variety of figures all while incorporating vibrant, globally inspired prints. A Leap of Style is a brand for the woman who wants to add some interesting, versatile pieces to her closet that make her feel beautiful and feminine.

I source fabrics from around the globe to bring those elements of print and color to the line. The Blue/Bird Collection is a Kickstarter exclusive and features Ankara fabrics, which are experiencing a global revival. Ankara is a type of wax-printed fabric, similar to batik, that is traditionally found in West African countries. 

The Blue Print
The Blue Print
The Bird Print
The Bird Print

The Blue/Bird Collection and features a bright, bold blue print as well as a more subtle print of birds aligned in circles. Feeling daring? Go for The Blue Print! Want to test the waters? Leap with the birds!

I've also incorporated this beautiful, drapey Solid Ink (navy) fabric in this collection for backers who aren't ready to take the print leap just yet (but I bet you'll want to soon!)

Either way you'll look amazingly classy in an A Leap of Style design because I've focused on a fit that is timeless.

Each piece in the collection was tested for fit at least twice before I considered it production-ready.

The dresses, skirt, and blouse in this collection are cut to keep you feeling beautiful, playful, and maybe even a little racy - but always classy. Each piece is designed to flatter a variety of shapes and to give a classic backdrop to the print.

My current customers come for the prints and return for the consistent fit - I'll make you a believer, too.

Street Style 

Premium unisex fit T-shirts, custom designed by Karissa just for this campaign. Available in sizes S, M, L, XL. Add $2 for XXL-3XL. / Available in White (shown) or Black 

Such a Gentleman

These bow ties are being custom made by Urbane Threads for this Kickstarter campaign and are perfect for the fellas or for the ladies who are into the whole menswear trend / Adjustable strap up to 17" neck circumference / add $2 for sizes above 17" / Available in Blue or Bird Print 

The Shift Blouse

The Shift Blouse is cut in a comfortable, modern style and looks great with a pair of jeans or your favorite skirt / Available in Bird Print or Solid Ink / Size Small measures approximately 23" 

The Full Leap Skirt

The Full Leap Skirt is a midi length skirt with box pleats in the front and back and on-seam pockets / Invisible zip closure at back / Measures approximately 30 1/2"

The Vixen Dress

The Vixen Dress is a fitted, long-sleeved, knee-length sheath / Available in Blue Print, Bird Print, and Solid Ink / Invisible zipper closure at back / Measures approximately 41 1/2" 

The Von Me Dress

 A Leap of Style's bestselling dress, The Von Me Dress, is a long-sleeve fit and flare, skater style dress / Available in Blue Colorblock, All over Bird Print, or Solid Ink / Invisible zipper closure at back / Measures approximately 34 1/2" shoulder to hem / Long sleeves

The Maximizer Wrap Maxi Dress

The Maximizer is a wrap maxi dress with oversized collar, unattached belt, and princess seamed bodice / Available in Blue Print, Bird Print, and Solid Ink / Measures 42" from waist to hem

The Just Jump-suit

The Just Jump-suit is a one-piece pull-on jumpsuit with faux wrap front collar, elasticized waist, Blue Print cuffs / Available in Solid Ink with Blue Print Cuff / Inseam is approximately 34"

I've got some pretty awesome friends/supporters who have already helped make this campaign come to life! Special thanks go to:

Jazmyn Davison – Model

Mercy Harper - Model

Lindsay Minton – Photography

Ashley Long - Videography

Double Dutch, Inc. - Makeup artists

The Summit Houston – Amazing shooting location

And the myriad of others who donated their time, talent, and resources to getting this dream up on this page.

FAQ

Q: I didn't see a place to select my size/print/style. Am I doing this wrong?

A: Nope! Once the campaign is fully funded, I'll send out a survey asking for info for all of this info, as well as your mailing address. 

Q: When will my account be charged?

A: Your account will only be charged on May 30 when the campaign reaches its goal. If for some reason the campaign does not reach its goal, your account will never be charged. 

Risks and challenges

A Leap of Style will be turning 1 at the start of this campaign, and we may be young, but we’re ready! Over the course of the last year, I have launched two small collections that have been met with local success. I have consulted, and continue to work with several industry professionals who have guided my management of this process. However, as with any project of this scale there are risks involved. The first major challenge is that I use fabrics that are so unique they may go out of print before I get a chance to fulfill all orders. If this happens, I will provide backers with a choice of alternative, equally bold and beautiful prints that still meet the design aesthetic. The second risk is of course in timing of delivery. I've allowed a window of nearly 4 months to completely source fabrics, go into production, and ship out to you. I think this is plenty of time, but you know what they say about the best laid plans. Again, I've done most of the upfront legwork to prevent timing issues (i.e. 50% of fabrics sourced, contractor ready to go, fulfillment folks ready to package and ship) as well as given a pretty large cushion. I don't anticipate issues here. I'll do my very best to communicate any issues that may arise.

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    THE THANK YOU GIFT:

    A Thank You Card with a Fashion Illustration of one of the A Leap of Style dresses from the Kickstarter collection.

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    STREET STYLE:

    WHITE OR BLACK A Leap of Style T-shirt with custom designed graphic print.

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    SUCH A GENTLEMAN:

    A custom, handmade bow tie crafted exclusively for this Kickstarter campaign. Perfect for the fellas or for the ladies who want to channel the menswear trend + THANK YOU GIFT.

    Available in Blue Print and Bird Print.

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    THE SHIFT:

    One shift blouse in Ink or Bird Print + THANK YOU GIFT.

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    THE FULL LEAP:

    One full skirt in your choice of Blue Print or Bird Print + THANK YOU GIFT.

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    THE FULL LEAP:

    *International Backers* One full skirt in your choice of Blue Print or Bird Print + THANK YOU GIFT.

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    THE BESTSELLER'S LIST

    *Early Bird Special*

    A Leap of Style's Best-selling Von Me Dress in Blue Print, Bird Print, or Solid Ink, or the new Vixen Dress in Blue Print or Bird Print + THANK YOU GIFT.

    Retails for $170

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    THE MAXIMIZER:

    The Wrap Maxi Dress in Ink, Blue Print, or Bird Print + THANK YOU GIFT.

    Retails for $200

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    *International Backers*

    THE BESTSELLER'S LIST *Early Bird Special* A Leap of Style's Best-selling Von Me Dress in Blue Print, Bird Print, or Solid Ink, or the new Vixen Dress in Blue Print or Bird Print + THANK YOU GIFT. Retails for $170

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    THE JUMPSUIT: One-piece, faux wrap front jumpsuit in Solid Ink silky faille material, accented with Blue Print cuffs.

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    *International Backers*

    THE MAXIMIZER The Wrap Maxi Dress in Ink, Blue Print, or Bird Print + THANK YOU GIFT.

    This tier includes $25 for international shipping.

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    THE STYLISTA:

    Any 2 pieces in the collection in your choice of prints or solids + THANK YOU GIFT.

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    *International Backers* THE TRIPLE: Any 3 pieces in the collection in your choice of print or solid.

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    MISS BRAND NEW:

    Any 3 pieces PLUS a styling session with me to incorporate them in your wardrobe, makeup and hair done by the style team, and photo shoot by our photographer. Photos of your new look will be added to the website!

    *travel not included if you are not local to Houston

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    TAKE A LEAP OF STYLE:

    You can have it all! All 6 pieces in the collection in your choice of prints and solid combinations. Save a total of $75 off the retail price - that's an entire piece free! This is a definite Kickstarter exclusive! + THANK YOU GIFT.

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    *International Backers" TAKE A LEAP OF STYLE: You can have it all! All 6 pieces in the collection in your choice of prints and solid combinations. Save a total of $75 off the retail price - that's an entire piece free! This is a definite Kickstarter exclusive! + THANK YOU GIFT.

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    THE TRIPLE:

    Any 3 pieces in the collection in your choice of print or solid.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Work with the A Leap of Style team to design a dress made for you, named after you, and in your closet before anyone else sees it. This dress will be included in our SS15 Collection. Plus receive 5 of your favorite pieces from the current collection + THANK YOU GIFT.

    *this option only available to US backers

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Funding period

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