Hi friends, I’m Deanna Marie Kuempel and I have had a 41 year life-long love affair with fashion! I began by making my own clothes throughout high school and later became intensely focused on health and physical training. In college, I started my first business in event planning and also offered personal training sessions, both very successful ventures.
I then met the man that would become my husband and best friend, Richard. Together, we built a business from the ground up expanding on his trade of remanufacturing automotive and heavy truck transmissions. As Vice President of Key Accounts and Business Operations, I secured several multi-million dollar contracts in the U.S. and Canada with some of the nations’ largest fleet operators.
In 2013, Richard became critically ill and we set out on a very difficult battle with his health, a battle that we would lose. Following open heart surgery and in need of a kidney transplant, I dedicated myself and my energies to caring for my husband, my best friend. Serving as a caregiver in those final days of the life of my husband was a true awakening for me. In an instant I realized the preciousness this life we are given, and that we all must live out our legend.
Richard died. I started over. Following my passions and talents, I designed my first collection in February of 2017 and had completed samples in September 2017 when I experienced my first live television interview, participated in my first runway show, and was named a finalist for Style Chicago’s Design Challenge Presented by Cadillac. I am very proud of this collection and have designed my next collection for FW2018 with the same intense pride.
My story is one of struggle, determination, fortitude and faith. I welcome you to take this journey with me!
When I began creating my first collection in February 2017, I used my own hard-earned money and resources. Along the way, I have driven for Uber, sold items on Ebay, and offered professional training and diet planning in addition to my full-time job. There has been no shortage of hard work and
I have just completed my second collection and have a need for capital to produce samples of the new FW18 collection. Feedback received on the collection has been remarkably positive and I believe we offer something for every woman, including classic pieces sure to become a staple in any woman’s wardrobe.
I love my first collection! It is beautiful. It is feminine. It is edgy but classic offering a modern twist. All pieces are made of the highest quality textiles, design, and construction. My pieces are built to last.
I have created this Kickstarter campaign and invited you on this journey with me to secure the capital I need to manufacture my second collection and continue living my legend. To show my immense gratitude for your support, I am offering pieces from my SS18 collection at various pledge levels.
If you like what you see in this first collection for SS18, you will love my second collection for FW18, which offers vibrant color with a lot of movement! Thank you for joining me on this amazing journey. With your support, I can continue to live my legend and create beautiful clothing to empower women.
I want to give a very special thanks to everyone who volunteered for this project!
(Left to Right)
Lisa Cisernos - Collaborator
Daniella Pulikowski - Collaborator
Warren Brewer - Web Design
Roberto Tito Ojeda - Videographer/Editor
James Uscila - Videographer
Sara Byrne - Photographer
Helene Rumoro - Hair & Makeup
Our Stunning Models! (Left to Right)
Very Blessed to Have J. Allen Powell, President advising us on this journey!
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Risks and challenges
With any project or risk comes challenges. Only challenge I foresee would be a delay in manufacturing and delivery of the pledges. I am very strong in communication and will notify all backers of any delay.
This is my first Kickstarter project, I do not have any pending prior projects. I look forward to making it a success! Thank you for your interest in my project!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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