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Jesica Milton

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Hi friends! I would like to raise $9,500 to put toward the cost of taking my Fall 2011 line to a trade show in February.

As an independent designer based in Seattle (not exactly a fashion mecca), I've had to get creative to succeed in this industry. I've worked my butt off to get into the handful of stores that carry my line, but I need more wholesale business to sustain and grow my company!

Since I launched my line 2 years ago I've had to email & call store owners regularly to ask for sales appointments. Taking my line to a trade show would allow me to get my clothing in front of hundreds of boutique owners in the course of just a few days. Buyers often attend these shows to scout new talent to carry in their boutiques. Awesome, right?! Unfortunately participating in a trade show is insanely expensive for a small, one person business. I know that I'm ready for this next step, but right now all of my profits are re-invested into fabric for production and new collections.
Here is exactly how the funds will be spent:
$6,000 = Fee to participate in the show
$1,000 = Two roundtrip tickets from Seattle to NYC (I will need a set of helping hands)
$400(ish) = Hotel stay for 4 nights near the venue
$900 = Approximate funding fees from Kickstarter + Amazon
$1200 = Printing costs for marketing materials + cab rides + those misc fees that you always fail to think of beforehand

If I can be thrifty (and I promise I will try), any extra money will either be put toward the cost of production OR saved so that I can do this all again the next season!

Cummerbund Belt


Creating a beautiful, high quality product is the core of sustainable design. Jesica Milton clothing is designed to be trendless & versatile, allowing our garments to last you through the seasons.

All of our garments are manufactured locally in Seattle, Washington. Fabric used for production is often surplus stock bought from larger manufacturers.

To further reduce our impact on the environment we've instituted a textile recycling program. Fabric left over after garment production is sent away to be recycled into paper, mattress batting, and carpets. Larger pieces are given new life as cummerbund belts.


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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00 USD

    Social media madness! I'll give a shout out to you, your blog, or your company on my facebook and twitter.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10 USD

    Join the backers only mailing list and get a sneak peek of the collection you’re sending to the trade show. Includes a snapshot of my Fall 2011 moodboard… see what my collection is all about before it’s even finished! Then follow my progress as it goes to market. Every backer will receive this level of reward.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25 USD

    I will mail you a hand drawn and signed fashion illustration along with a sincere thank you note. (each one is a unique artwork)

    3 backers
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    Pledge $50 or more About $50 USD

    I’ll mail you a CUSTOM fashion illustration of yourself or a loved one! (Great holiday gift idea)

    Send me a photo and I will make a fashion character of you wearing one of my garments. Men, don’t worry, I won’t put you in drag (unless you ask nicely)… I will dress you in a look from my make-believe menswear line. Includes a sincere thank you note.

    4 backers
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    Pledge $100 or more About $100 USD

    Receive a sustainable cummerbund belt + a hand drawn fashion illustration and sincere thank you note.

    1 backer
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    Pledge $250 or more About $250 USD

    Your choice of any garment from my spring 2011 collection! Plus everything from the $100 reward tier.

    1 backer
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    Pledge $500 or more About $500 USD

    Become immortalized in fashion history!

    I will name one of my Fall 2011 garments after you (or a loved one) and send you a custom fashion illustration of your wearing the garment. Includes ongoing updates on the journey of your namesake piece (boutiques that buy it, press it receives, fashion shows in which it appears).

    ADDITIONALLY you will get your choice of 2 pieces from either the spring 2011 or fall 2011 collection!

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

    Designer VIP experience: I will design a custom piece just for you! We'll work together to combine your ideas with my design skills for your very own one-of-a-kind garment. Then you will get to watch your custom piece come to life via photos and videos of its creation on my blog.

    Then when the anticipation is almost too much to bear, I'll mail you the garment along with a fashion illustration of you wearing your custom design!

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