"You can add them to any sweater for that straight-off-the-runway touch […] it looks like dickeys are back in season.” – Corie Hengst, Brit+Co, This Kickstarter Company Will Make It Easier to Layer Your Clothes.
"For women who love layering, this little shirt is perfect for you. For most, you want the perfect collar, a crisp button-down and just the right amount of shirt peeking out from under your sweater or dress." – Yap Yen, DesignTaxi, Figure-Flattering, Versatile Little ‘Shirt’ Lets You Layer Clothes Comfortably
"Now there is new kind of dickey—Le Cou—and it will surprise and delight you with its ability to totally change your preconceived ideas about what dickeys are and can be, and how they have subtle yet immense power to transform your most boring outfits into stunners that are much, much greater than the sum of their otherwise dull parts." Natalie Rinn, Brooklyn Magazine, Le Cou is the Fashion Dickey You Never Knew You Needed
WE'VE REACHED OUR STRETCH GOAL! With your support, we reached our $20k Stretch Goal, and we are now offering Olympia in Black & Cream Gingham! (In the above photo, the model on the left is wearing Olympia in White.) THANK YOU for backing and sharing our campaign!
We love a good layered look. The perfect collar, a crisp buttondown, just the right amount of shirt peeking out from under your sweater or dress... but for most women, this look is easier said than done. Wearing a button-down under another layer or two is rarely comfortable, often unflattering and just way too hot. Until now. Introducing the Le Cou dickey: It's the holy grail of layering.
With this Kickstarter, we’re launching Le Cou, a women’s apparel company dedicated to reintroducing this revolutionary little shirt as a beautiful, practical and chic wardrobe basic. We think it’s going to be the best little shirt you never knew you needed.
It’s the best part of the shirt! A dickey is a versatile article of clothing that, when worn under another layer, gives the impression of a full shirt – without adding unwanted bulk to your figure.
Is it a thing? It is. But don't just take our word for it: Dickeys are an emerging trend in fashion, popping up in print and online, from style magazines to business journals. Who knew?! Le Cou knew.
"...we have a feeling that it's only a matter of time before they become a closet staple." – Michelle Persad, The Huffington Post
"For working wardrobes, they’re genius. Tucking a collared shirt under a sweater or dress adds polish. It also adds bulk. And sweat. And for a larger-chested lady, it’s impossible to find a blouse that doesn’t gap across the front. A dickey solves these problems." – Emma Rosenblum, Bloomberg News
We think of the Le Cou dickey as both less than a full shirt, and more than a full shirt: it’s the perfect shirt. It’s everything you want in a shirt, with nothing to get in the way of achieving your perfect, polished you. It's the solution to our common challenge of getting dressed every day.
Here's what a Le Cou dickey does do:
Here's what a Le Cou dickey doesn't do:
As we’ve worked to develop this wardrobe solution and bring it to market, we’ve always gone back to three core ideas about what we want our product to provide to women. This is our promise to you.
Like a traditional shirt, a Le Cou dickey adds polish to your look and style to your wardrobe. But! – unlike a traditional shirt, a Le Cou dickey won’t add any unwanted bulk to your waist or arms. It won’t gap across your chest or mid-section, or bunch under a fitted sweater, or leave you feeling overheated.
Simple math: Add one dickey. Instantly elevate your look. From weekend to work in a snap!
Adding this level of refinement has never been so easy. Our finely tailored shirts, made with high-quality cottons and silks, will add polish to your day-to-day look. The pieces you’ll find in our collection add just what you need – a refined statement, a quiet complement, an unexpected pop – and nothing you don’t.
We're also excited to introduce our exclusive line of Le Cou bows & ties. Our first bow – the Le Cou Anika in Black – is in production, available now only on Kickstarter. Double your pleasure, and your polish, with a dickey and a bow!
All of the look and none of the bulk. That’s how we find ourselves describing one of the benefits of the Le Cou dickey, over and over again. The unwanted bulk and bunching that comes with layering a traditional shirt leaves many women feeling over-stuffed, over-heated and unattractive. Not anymore!
Add dimension to your look – not your waist. As sworn believers of the “look good, feel good” philosophy, we designed Le Cou dickeys to help you feel fantastic in your own skin.
- When’s the last time you popped a collar under a little black dress? We’re guessing not lately... because who wants to rumple the silhouette of a perfectly good LBD? No one! That’s who. And with a Le Cou dickey, you don’t have to. THIS (look down!) is what what we mean when we say figure-flattering:
Closet full of clothes but nothing to wear? Enter Le Cou. These revolutionary little shirts breathe new life into your basics, and expand the wardrobe you have – giving you options, options, options. Le Cou dickeys make getting dressed in the morning a whole lot easier. Priceless, right?
Let's take the black sweater, a classic layering basic, and add versatility. Layering our 100% silk Miette in Black under your sweater creates a look that's opera-ready. Or, contrast your black sweater with The Wakefield in White for the perfect amount of polish and prep.
Go on to inspire new combinations by pairing our modern and classic collars with unexpected pieces. Truly pret-a-porter – ready-to-wear – Le Cou introduces a line of wardrobe essentials designed to give you options to refine, elevate and enjoy your existing wardrobe.
Dickeys: Top row, left to right: (1)The Wakefield in White, (2) Olympia in Chambray, (3) The Wakefield in Chambray, (4) Uma in Onyx. Bottom row: (5) The Wakefield in Geometrique, (4) Uma in Onyx, (6) The Wakefield in Midnight, (7) Olympia in Black & Cream Gingham - our 1st stretch goal! (Items 3, 4 and 6 available soon at Le Cou online; item 4 is part of our African Waxprint Edition, limited quantities available soon at Le Cou online. Sign up for Le Cou News at our website for new product releases and promotions.)
We've thought about it (a lot), and we just can’t name one other article of clothing that gives you quite as many options to define your look. Well… maybe your favorite pair of perfectly worn-in jeans. And the good news is: you can wear them together!! Le Cou dickeys and jeans are a perfect pair.
Denim on denim...The new Canadian tux?
Ever have the feeling that your body isn't right for today's clothing? That if your arms were a tad thinner, or your bust smaller, or if you could just lose 10 pounds, that everything would fit better... be better? Trying on clothing often sends us the message that our bodies are the problem, that we should tailor our bodies to fit into clothing. Instead, Le Cou offers clothing tailored to fit your body.
We've designed our shirts to work with all of our beautiful variations and still give you style, comfort, versatility and fit. You can check any of the boxes below, and you'll still have access to fashion that fits.
You’ll never have to wait to wear a Le Cou dickey until... until you lose 10 pounds, until you’re not pregnant anymore, until you find something to go with it, until... none of the above! Le Cou dickeys are designed to fit the body you have right now.
We've customized our three Le Cou sizes to span U.S. women's sizes 0–20. Our dickeys accommodate a full range of body shapes and sizes, and provide adjustability where we need it most (in the middle!) — without sacrificing style, comfort or fit.
The Fit, Explained
Finally, we've added little straps that do the big work of keeping our shirts in place, while giving us the look we want and the versatility we need. Just like adjusting a bra strap.
Contact us if you have any questions about sizing, fit, style or anything else. We're happy to help!
+ Le Cou Adds Up: TOP TEN Reasons +
1. Options, Options, Options. Le Cou dickeys maximize your wardrobe. Yes – the one that's right in your closet.
2. This is not aspirational clothing. It's NOW clothing. You already have the perfect body to wear a Le Cou dickey.
3. Investment Piece? Yes. Investment Price? No. The CPW (Cost Per Wear) might leave you speechless... but not penniless.
4. Beautiful Fabrics & Top-Notch Craftsmanship. Commitment to quality is part of our DNA.
5. Secret Society Membership. No one will know you're not wearing a full shirt, unless you're shouting from the rooftops about how great it feels to wear a Le Cou dickey. In which case, please take a selfie and hashtag #lecou #freedom.
6. No Debt, No Dust. Super affordable and infinitely wearable, Le Cou dickeys are a guilt-free purchase. They won't run up your credit card bills or collect dust in your closet. You will not have to Marie Kondo your Le Cou dickey.
7. You get to say the word dickey. You're welcome.
8. Space Saver. Your bag just got a whole lot lighter packing for that work trip. Bring more dickeys. See Item 1: Options.
9. Cartwheels. At work. It's just SO much easier to do a cartwheel when you're in a Le Cou dickey.
10. The No-Brainer. You can buy two or three Le Cou dickeys for the price of one finely tailored shirt.
Still aren't sure what a Le Cou dickey can do for you? From Portland to New York, listen to what these real women have to say.
#NoFilter. There's no staging in this video. Just real ladies, wearing their own clothing, plus the Le Cou dickeys they loved best, and sharing how they felt wearing them!
We have worked hard to source beautiful and high quality fabrics for all of our Le Cou products. Our dickeys are made from high quality shirting fabrics in 100% silks and 100% natural cottons.
And, we are proud to say that all of our Le Cou pieces are expertly crafted in the USA. We've partnered with manufacturers who have long-standing commitments to exceptional craftsmanship and quality. Le Cou dickeys are made by a family-owned business, dedicated to making beautifully tailored clothing for nearly a century. Le Cou bows & ties are manufactured by a woman-owned and -run factory, operating for over 30 years in New York City.
From menswear to womenswear, a brush with sartorial extinction and now appearing the fashion lexicon once again, this time to stay, the dickey’s history is long, and its reputation nothing if not colorful. Originally a false front for men’s tuxedos in the late 19th century, the dickey quickly made its way into women’s wardrobes as an article of clothing that lent an air of formality, frivolity, and at times modesty. An accent to femininity and a woman’s personal aesthetic, beautifully designed dickeys could be found in silks, linens, and cottons – their collars richly detailed with embroidery and lace.
Through the '30s, '40s, '50s and '60s dickeys grew in popularity, evolving with the styles of each decade. However, as fashion aligned with the cultural and political attitudes of the early '70s, women began to shift from buttoned up to buttoned down and even to bras off. With this shift the dickey was without a place in this new women's world. For the next thirty years the dickey would be all but forgotten, pushed to the back of the closet... until now.
For details about the dickeys included in our Kickstarter rewards, refer to the handy chart below. Learn more about each style and fabric. When you place your order, you'll specify which reward level you're purchasing – then we'll follow up with an email after the Kickstarter is over to find out exactly which style(s), color(s) and size(s) you'd like.
Le Cou is a small apparel company co-founded by long time friends Jessica Wingate and Elizabeth Azen Andia. Based in Portland and New York respectively, we work in a coast-to-coast collaboration to design and produce the Le Cou Collection and Le Cou Editions.
Today, Le Cou is the result of Jessica and Elizabeth's combined love of fashion, design and retail. But without the wise words of Jessica's mother, Aileen Winge, this company would never have come to be. After listening to Jessica complain about not fitting into her preppy button down shirts after the birth of her daughter, new-grandmother Aileen matter-of-factly suggested "What you need is a dickey!"
But every new idea has its detractors. Elizabeth's aunt offered the kind of support every entrepreneur needs to make the fire burn that much brighter:
We are very excited to share our Kickstarter with you, and to launch our company. We hope you'll support our campaign by choosing any of the rewards above. We'll continue to work hard to ensure quality and on-time delivery. We know you're going to love your Le Cou dickeys, bows and bags. Click the green button to make your pledge, and please share widely with your networks on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. We appreciate it a LOT! Sign up online for Le Cou News for promotions and updates. Thank you for your support!
Jessica Wingate has spent her career working with $200M+ high-end retail brands as a Buyer, Business Consultant, Product Development Specialist and Director of Sales. She is a strong believer that new is not always better and often times the simple ideas are the ones that mean the most in our lives. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her artist husband Hannes and their daughter Ivy.
Elizabeth Azen Andia is a New York-based Design Director, Brand Strategist and Designer, with a client roster that ranges from Nokia, to Princeton University, and The Getty Museum. Elizabeth founded her design studio, EA Projects, in 2005, and brings over two decades of form-making and cultural production to this endeavor. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Ramuntxo, and their two young boys, Wren and Dashwood.
Risks and challenges
We've completed multiple sampling rounds with our manufacturers, and are confident in our designs, materials, and our manufacturers' capacity to accommodate production as we scale up.
Both of our manufacturers have proven histories of successful long term relationships with their clients. We're thrilled to be working with established manufacturing companies with over 130 years of combined experience.
Meeting manufacturer minimums is often a challenge for apparel start-ups. Our manufacturers have very manageable minimums, and by successfully funding our Kickstarter, we will be able to place our first production order and deliver Le Cou dickeys to you.
We will be fulfilling the Kickstarter orders and shipping the products ourselves. This is an area we feel it is important to keep within our control, to ensure the delivery of Le Cou product to our Kickstarter backers. Our campaign will close as the holiday season begins, so we have padded our lead times to allow for that. Our hope, as ever, is to under-promise and over-deliver!
During and after the campaign, we will provide you with updates about production and shipping – on the Kickstarter platform, as well as via social media.
We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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