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This video is about bringing production back to America through support of small businesses who wish to produce domestically.

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Word of mouth is powerful, and I'd be so grateful if you share this link with others.  Post on Facebook, email it to friends, mention it to everyone you know.  Thank you so much! Don't forget to browse the pledges and rewards. Every bit counts. It's not about the amount of the pledge but the thought behind it. What's better, knowing you could have made a difference, or that you made a difference by your action.

This video is about raising awareness regarding production of clothing in America. It also is about a dare that changed the life of an individual (me). This dare altered the course of my life. I hope you enjoy the video it meant a great deal to be able to finally tell my story! Get to know Will Chandler and Dejamone a bit more by clicking on the link. http://youtu.be/bsyGJODQyEo

Dejamone Dezynz: Bringing Production Back Home!

Kickstarter Update #1 

From Concept to Finish Product Part 1

This video is a front row seat to those who are truly interested in the fashion process. What I hope people takeaway from this video is the extensive work that goes into custom designing, and therefore be more supportive of clothing line manufacturing companies in the U.S. such as myself.

Dejamone Dezynz: Bringing Production Back Home!

Hello Kickstarter Supporters,

Thank you so much for checking out my project. Have you ever been dared into doing something, and unknowingly altered the path you were on? Often times we have aspirations to do many great things, but lack the support and motivation to get the gears in motion.

I am Will Chandler, some call me the True Fashion Culprit, and I am the designer behind the Dejamone brand. Dejamone Dezynz is a start-up clothing line manufacturing company based out of Saint Paul, MN that's currently in it's start-up stage. Dejamone Dezynz plans are to bring production back to America and produce all garments domestically, which can ultimately lead to job creation. You are cordially invited to witness clothing with creative punch and flare come together before your eyes. I want to bring together the style and techniques of Couture Fashion with Streetwear Elements designed to provoke positive emotions.

This magical display of creativity is my Victory Collection in the making. Dejamone has been invited to showcase the Victory Collection in Baltimore Fashion Week in August of this year and has received an invite to Brooklyn, Boston and Phoenix Fashion Week. Dejamone Dezynz needs your support in helping us launch this Spring 2013 Collection. Your support will keep the momentum going after Baltimore Fashion Week. These events will showcase other designers from others regions and shed much spotlight on Dejamone Dezynz as well.

Your Pledges will help with the following:

  • Produce the actual collection pieces

  • Accessories artists will create for the show

  • The Show expenses, amongst them:

  • Models,

  • Hair and Make up

  • PR and video

  • Photographers

  • Rolling Racks

  • Trade show Participation

  • and more

Hows does KICKSTARTER works: 

Your credit card will only be charged if we reach our goal by the project's deadline. If we don’t reach our goal, we will lose all the money that has been raised :( 

The incentives will be shipped once we reach our funding goal and production is finished (International backers please add $25 extra, for shipping).

A little bit about me: I have been involved with fashion design for 9 years now, but my overall love for fashion has always been a part of me. I got involved with fashion design due to a dare, in which I thought was ridiculous at the time. However, this dare evolved into a challenge that put me on a path that has no end in sight. The name Dejamone comes from my daughter’s first and middle name. My daughter is close to 11 years old now, and she is a special little girl, who means the world to me.

I had no idea I would be designing clothes, but this is the power of will that guides my efforts. To this day, I have single-handedly won the hearts of many with my creativity, whether it was in the Midwest region, or Southwest, now I intend on making my presence known on the east coast. I am a one-man team, and this includes, concept development, garment construction, fitting analysis, pattern development, and more.



It’s been truly a challenge getting this far without help from others whether it was financial or moral support, but as I stated many of times believing in yourself resonates with others. Every garment created bares the creative craftsmanship and that special quality that a parent exerts to a loving child. I have a dedicated studio in my home in Saint Paul, MN, and this is where the magic begins. Here, I create pieces that inspire awe, with positive effects.



About the collection: This Spring 2013 collection will be the first collection since Dejamone redefined and developed its new image during Phoenix Fashion Week in 2011. This Collection is Victory for many reasons. The first reason is the will to live that stems from my daughter. She was born with developmental issues that kept her in and out the hospital for most of her life. She was born premature, and entered this world 4 months before her due date. The second reason I decided to go with Victory is, I have had my share of hardships as well, but I never gave up. For this reason “Victory is mine!” The third reason is, without true struggle there is definitely no gain.

Aside from making eye-catching clothing for men and women, I also want to bring back something we all miss and hope that it returns and that is production back on American soil. I want to create jobs through the success and growth of my business. I want to instill hopes of job security again. I also want to help those that enjoy fashion by educating them on the processes of fashion design and manufacturing. Lastly, I want people to be aware of small businesses such as myself, and lend a supporting hand, which in turn makes job creation possible, job security a reality again, ultimately reducing the unemployment rate that is currently at 8.1%.

Dejamone is more than a brand, but a way of life. Fashion will never be the same, and change is a part of evolution. From this idea and way of life, Dejamone rose from the flames like the Phoenix, to soar and maintain its will to overcome obstacles and spread its influence throughout the industry.

Dejamone embodies Couture Techniques and Streetwear elements and Graphic design principles to create the ultimate clothing experience. “This is truly not cha ordinary Dezynz!“ The future is near and a demand for unique and creative apparel is rising. Dejamone has heard the call for this creative movement, so I bring you Creative, Craftsmanship at it’s finest.

Producing in America isn't going to be an easy task. We need to generate funding in order to purchase fabric, trims, PR, travel, participation fees, and more. There are a lot of expenses to cover, but I know it can be done. I am draping, developing patterns and sewing each piece myself, so I will make sure each garment is made with supreme tailoring standards. Please "sponsor" a garment, and you will be able to keep that garment after the presentation! Also, I will name the garment after your initials. There will also be a mentioning of your sponsorship in the program. You will forever be a part of this Victory Collection at either Fashion Week I participate in!

What we want to do: We want to launch this Victory Collection during our debut in Baltimore fashion Week in August just to keep the momentum going. This first collection includes dresses, blouses, jeans, jackets,  but this exposure will be use to generate a buzz, for a possible debut in Brooklyn Fashion Week March of 2013 or Boston Fashion Week in Sept 2013.

How we plan to do it:
I have set out to create 30 plus garments, and during the process of production, I will take pictures and videos so that my supporters  can see every step. Each garment is made from a concept design, and refined along the way. All garments are made within 72hrs to 96hrs. It's all about fit, and that's the goal behind Dejamone Dezynz, create a unique fit using elements of design. Once the sample garments are created, models, photographers, stylist, bloggers will be contacted, so that we may put together a photo shoot and use the images for marketing purposes.


What the money is for:

  • Sample Cost: $6,000.00

  • Fabric/Trims: $3,500.00

  • Cut & Sew: $12,400.00

  • Pattern Development: $18,900

  • Marketing/PR: $5,000

  • Fashion Week Participation Fee: $3,000.00

  • Fashion Week Booth: $700.00

  • Trade Show Banner: $500.00

  • Giveaways/Rewards: $4,000

  • Travel to and from in preparation for the show: $2,500.00(Three Times)

Thank you so much for taking a look at Dejamone Dezynz project! We are so excited to move forward and share this Victory Collection with the world finally. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have regarding the line or my project.The newly revamped website is underway and the Victory Collection Look Book is coming soon as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks again!

FAQ

  • Well at the moment, I create all of my garments from my house, but I am having talks with manufacturers in the U.S. so that my designs paved the way for someone on American soil to have a job.

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  • Not at all. There just prototypes. They are used for fashion shows, photoshoots, and marketing purposes. If the color or fabric choice has a high demand, I will make sure that that color and fabric stays in the mix. The only thing I would like for people to really browse is the silhouette. The designs can be produced in any fabric.

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  • Well right now, I use two sizes to create my prototypes, and they are 36, 27, 36 and 38, 29, 38. This doesn't mean that other sizes are not available.

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  • Good question! Well, I haven't decided on the graphics yet, but I can tell you this much, it will be an exciting graphic on the very front of the shirt. Even though I prefer designing more detailed clothing, I do have a background in graphic and web design, so creating fun is what I am good at, you'll see. Thanks for asking!

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  • I was doing clothing design for men and women, but I wasn't getting as much support as I needed to continue designing for men. So now, I only design clothing for women, but maybe in the future, I will start designing for men, and add children as well.

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  • Well, that's a tough question! I really would like to be at both of them, but I guess if I were to choose, it would be Boston 1st, and Brooklyn 2nd. I feel Boston is a place where they embrace fresh designs and new fashion faces.

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  • That is very much possible, but keep in mind, there's a lot that goes into designing, and the most timing consuming part is building the first pattern. Three or more patterns must be complete before the actual construction can begin. Message me for more information regarding this matter.

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  • Absolutely! I will do a custom design for anyone, any day, but keep in mind, it takes a lot of time to build a garment and make sure it fits. So the cost is not the same as retail.

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  • That would be a yes. I do offer my services to others, but I mainly what to be known as a fashion designer many capabilities. If you want to know more, please message me regarding this.

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  • Well, I intend on using either Fedex, Ups or USPS. These are safer and faster.

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  • Yes, but there is an additional fee that must be added which in some cases can be as much as $100.00 depending on where you are in the world.

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  • You selected
    $5 reward

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    I know this may be a small pledge, that could've went toward a sandwich and some chips, but you decided to make a pledge for my cause, and for that, you will receive a graphic design name plate stating that you are a supporter of Dejamone. And unlike the chips and sandwich that you can only enjoy once, you can feel special and proud every time to see it! What do you say, make that pledge! It's better than that sandwich anyway! This will be sent you you via email.

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    $10 reward

    4 backers Limited (4996 left of 5000)

    Your name will be mentioned as a sponsor on the 2013 Victory Collection postcard. Plus you'll get one sent to you as well electronically!

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    $20 reward

    6 backers

    Your name will be mentioned as a sponsor for the 2013 Victory Collection postcard. You will also receive a thank you letter showing gratitude drafted by me personally via mail, or electronically.

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    $35 reward

    3 backers Limited (497 left of 500)

    Your name will be mentioned as a sponsor on the 2013 Victory Collection postcard. You will also receive a thank you letter showing gratitude drafted by me personally via mail, or electronically. Plus to make you feel more appreciated, you will receive a backer certificate created by me and a Limited Edition Competition is No, No, No T-shirt. There are only 50 of these remaining , get them while there still available. You'll be glad you did!

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    $50 reward

    4 backers

    You will receive the Spring 2013, Victory Collection postcard for Brooklyn Fashion Week March 2013 or Boston Fashion Week Sept 2013. Your name will also be mentioned as a sponsor for the collection. You will also receive a thank you letter showing gratitude drafted by me personally. You will also receive images and video from the show itself, sent to you via mail, or electronically.

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  • You selected
    $75 reward

    3 backers

    You will receive the official Spring 2013 Victory is Mine! t-shirt, and all of the above items. You will also receive a thank you letter showing gratitude drafted by me personally. You will also receive images and video from the show itself, sent to you via mail, or electronically. Plus to make you feel more appreciated, you will receive a backer certificate created by me.

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  • You selected
    $100 reward

    2 backers Limited (23 left of 25)

    You will receive the official Spring 2013 Victory is Mine! t-shirt, and all of the above items. You will also receive a thank you letter showing gratitude drafted by me personally. You will also receive images and video from the show itself, sent to you via mail, or electronically. Plus to make you feel more appreciated, you will receive a backer certificate created by me and last, you'll receive the Dejamone Competition is No, No, No T-shirt. There are only 25 of these available, get yours while the last!

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  • You selected
    $175 reward

    0 backers

    You will receive the official Spring 2013 Victory is Mine! t-shirt, and all of the above items. You will also receive a thank you letter showing gratitude drafted by me personally. You will also receive images and video from the show itself, sent to you via mail, or electronically. Plus to make you feel more appreciated, you will receive a backer certificate created by me, a Dejamone Limited Edition Fitted cap, and limited edition Dejamone Pen. There are only 45 of these caps left. Get yourself one, you'll be glad that you did!

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  • You selected
    $250 reward

    0 backers Limited (100 left of 100)

    You will receive a signed copy of the Spring 2013 Collection book including: photos of the collection, copies of the sketches, fashion illustrations, and designer bio. The above items are included as well.

    You will also receive a thank you letter showing gratitude drafted by me personally. You will also receive images and video from the show itself, sent to you via mail, or electronically. Just to show more appreciation, you will receive a limited edition Dejamone Competition is None t-shirt along with the Dejamone Limited Edition Cap. There are only 20 of these caps left! Get yourself one, and be Victorious!

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  • You selected
    $385 reward

    0 backers Limited (100 left of 100)

    You will receive a signed copy of the Spring 2013 Collection book including: photos of the collection, copies of the sketches, fashion illustrations, and designer bio. The above items are included as well. You will also receive a thank you letter showing gratitude drafted by me personally. You will also receive images and video from the show itself, sent to you via mail, or electronically. Just to show more appreciation, you will receive a limited edition Dejamone Competition is None t-shirt. Plus to make you feel more appreciated, you will receive a backer certificate created by me and limited edition Dejamone Pen.

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  • You selected
    $500 reward

    0 backers Limited (100 left of 100)

    You will receive a signed copy of the Spring 2013 Collection book including: photos of the collection, copies of the sketches, fashion illustrations, designer bio, and a video of behind the scenes production.

    You will also receive the official Victory is Mine! T-shirt, the postcard from either Brooklyn or Boston Fashion Week, and your name will be mentioned as a sponsor for the collection. As special incentive, you will receive a limited edition Competition is none Dejamone t-shirt.

    You will also receive a thank you letter showing gratitude drafted by me personally via mail, or electronically. Did I mention, you get all of the above as well?

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  • You selected
    $625 reward

    0 backers Limited (100 left of 100)

    You will receive a signed copy of the Spring 2013 Collection book including: photos of the collection, copies of the sketches, fashion illustrations, designer bio, and a video of behind the scenes production. You will also receive the official Victory is Mine! T-shirt, the postcard from either Brooklyn or Boston Fashion Week, and your name will be mentioned as a sponsor for the collection. As special incentive, you will receive a limited edition Competition is none Dejamone t-shirt. You will also receive a thank you letter showing gratitude drafted by me personally via mail, or electronically. Did I mention, you get all of the above as well? Plus to make you feel more appreciated, you will receive a backer certificate created by me and limited edition Dejamone Pen. It's not over yet! You'll also receive Victory is Mine! cup, so that you too can feel like a champion when you have completed a long day!

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    $750 reward

    0 backers Limited (250 left of 250)

    Want to own a piece? Get your hands on a garment from my collection before the actually launch! You will *own the piece after the presentation! The piece will be a custom blouse, a skirt, shorts, or jeans. This applies to men as well.

    You will either get a button down shirt, shorts or jeans made to fit you. A duplicate piece will be made according to your measurements (due to inventory of fabric, the color may change).

    You will receive a signed copy of the Spring 2013 Collection book including: photos of the collection, copies of the sketches, fashion illustrations, designer bio, and a video of behind the scenes production.

    You will also receive the official Victory is Mine! T-shirt, the postcard from either Brooklyn or Boston Fashion Week, and your name will be mentioned as a sponsor for the collection.

    As special incentive, you will receive a limited edition Dejamone Competition is None t-shirt. You will also receive a thank you letter showing gratitude drafted by me personally via mail, or electronically. Oh yeah, everything above is part of this as well!

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    $975 reward

    0 backers Limited (175 left of 175)

    Want to own a piece? Get your hands on a garment from my collection before the actually launch! You will *own the piece after the presentation! The piece will be a custom blouse, a skirt, shorts, or jeans. This applies to men as well. You will either get a button down shirt, shorts or jeans made to fit you. A duplicate piece will be made according to your measurements (due to inventory of fabric, the color may change). You will receive a signed copy of the Spring 2013 Collection book including: photos of the collection, copies of the sketches, fashion illustrations, designer bio, and a video of behind the scenes production. You will also receive the official Victory is Mine! T-shirt, the postcard from either Brooklyn or Boston Fashion Week, and your name will be mentioned as a sponsor for the collection. As special incentive, you will receive a limited edition Dejamone Competition is None t-shirt. You will also receive a thank you letter showing gratitude drafted by me personally via mail, or electronically. Oh yeah, everything above is part of this as well! This isn't done yet! Sure you'll get everything above, but with this, you'll a Victory is Mine! Stainless Steel Insulated Travel Mug. Victory will be yours as well!

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    $1,250 reward

    0 backers Limited (150 left of 150)

    Want to own a piece before the release? Get your hands on a garment from my collection before the actually launch! You will *own the piece (all of which are valued at $1500+) After the presentation; a duplicate piece will be made according to your measurements (due to inventory of fabric, the color may change).

    This includes a button down shirt for men, and jeans or shorts. For women, this means you'll get a blouse, and skirt or a dress. You will receive a signed color copy of the original sketch of your garment.

    You will also receive the look book, plus the Victory is Mine! T-shirt, signed postcard and your name will be mentioned as a sponsor for the collection.You will receive everything mentioned above.

    You will forever be mentioned as a supporter of Dejamone Dezynz on all social media outlets and my own websites. This includes, Twitter, my Personal Facebook page, and my Dejamone fan page.

    You have the option to opt out of having your name published, or better yet, your initials will be used. As an extra special thanks, you will receive a video of me presenting you with a flat sketch of the garment, a fashion illustration of the final design, and images of the finished garment on a mannequin so you may see the design in it's entirety.

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    $1,985 reward

    0 backers Limited (150 left of 150)

    Want to own a piece before the release? Get your hands on a garment from my collection before the actually launch! You will *own the piece (all of which are valued at $1500+) After the presentation; a duplicate piece will be made according to your measurements (due to inventory of fabric, the color may change). This includes a button down shirt for men, and jeans or shorts. For women, this means you'll get a blouse, and skirt or a dress. You will receive a signed color copy of the original sketch of your garment. You will also receive the look book, plus the Victory is Mine! T-shirt, signed postcard and your name will be mentioned as a sponsor for the collection.You will receive everything mentioned above. You will forever be mentioned as a supporter of Dejamone Dezynz on all social media outlets and my own websites. This includes, Twitter, my Personal Facebook page, and my Dejamone fan page. You have the option to opt out of having your name published, or better yet, your initials will be used. As an extra special thanks, you will receive a video of me presenting you with a flat sketch of the garment, a fashion illustration of the final design, and images of the finished garment on a mannequin so you may see the design in it's entirety. Everything, and I mean everything from above is included, but now with this pledge, you can finally have something to carry all of your stuff in. That's right a Dejamone Garment Bag to keep that well put together garment of yours!

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    $3,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (100 left of 100)

    You will own a piece before the release! Get your hands on a garment from my collection before the actually launch! The Value has been estimated to be (valued at $1500+) After the presentation, a duplicate piece will be made according to your measurements (due to inventory of fabric, the color may change).

    This includes a button down shirt for men, and jeans or shorts. For women, this means you'll get a blouse, and skirt or a dress. You will receive a signed color copy of the original sketch of your garment .

    You will also receive the look book, Victory is Mine! T-shirt, signed postcard and your name will be mentioned as a sponsor for the collection. You will also get a flight (up to $500) to either Brooklyn Fashion Week in March 2013 or Boston Fashion Week Sept 2013.

    You will also receive a thank you letter showing gratitude drafted by me personally. You will forever be mentioned as a supporter of Dejamone Dezynz on all social media outlets and my own websites. This includes, Twitter, my Personal Facebook page, and my Dejamone fan page.

    You have the option to opt out of having your name published, or better yet, your initials will be used. As a extra special thanks, you will receive a video of me presenting you with a flat sketch of the garment, a fashion illustration of the final design, and images of the finished garment on a mannequin so you may see the design in it's entirety. Don't forget, you get all of the above!

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    $5,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (200 left of 200)

    All right, this is the big one! For a donation of $5,000 you will receive all of the incentive items above and a flight (up to $500) to either Brooklyn Fashion Week in March 2013 or Boston Fashion Week Sept 2013 event with paid hotel room for the duration of the show.

    This includes a button down shirt for men, and jeans or shorts. For women, this means you'll get a blouse, and skirt or a dress. You will also receive a thank you letter showing gratitude drafted by me personally.

    You will forever be mentioned as a supporter of Dejamone Dezynz on all social media outlets and my own websites. This includes, Twitter, my Personal Facebook page, and my Dejamone fan page.

    You have the option to opt out of have your name published, or better yet; your initials will be used. As a extra special thanks, you will receive a video of me presenting you with a flat sketch of the garment, a fashion illustration of the final design, and images of the finished garment on a mannequin so you may see the design in it's entirety. This is the big bang for real!

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