About this project
Now, you can have the shirts and pants you’ve always wanted.
Hello and thank you for visiting our page. We have a great idea but we need your help.
1. Why does this clothing line have to exist?Because many women who don't fit into the societal "feminine" category have never been able to find clothing made just for them. There has never been a designer or clothing line that design for androgynous women. They have had to find substitutes and be happy with the limited items found in the boys or men's department. The existence of this clothing line will also bring awareness and make people more accepting of others.
2. Why are we the team to make it happen?
Because A Lee has experienced first hand what it's like when looking for neat, clean and simple clothing that fit. We understand the frustrations from the customers’ side and the design side. We also have the capacity for hard work (thanks to our mom) and determination to make this work. We're passionate and believe in this whole-heartedly.
3. Why should it be done now?
Because people have waited long enough. We think society is ready for a change.
4. Why is this clothing line significant? Why do people need to be a part of it?
Because it's greater than fashion or clothing. It's about challenging the gender roles societies have created and being true to yourself. It's about creating a movement that can influence people to be more open and accepting of others. It's okay to be different because that's exactly what makes you who you are.
Why we started androgynous? Instead of making compromises and trying to fit into society, we should embrace who we are and stay true to ourselves. Most people change to fit the mold the world has created because they fear rejection. But there are those brave and courageous souls that remain true to themselves. And they have been looking for a place that sells clothes that suit their personality for too long, to no avail.
As far back as I can remember, there was never a time when I was into women’s clothing. The button-down shirts just have too many “stuff” I couldn’t find purpose for. They’re tight and wraps around my body like I’m out to show my curves and to accentuate my breasts and hips…it’s like “LOOK! I HAVE BREASTS AND HIPS!”
But my biggest frustration of all – those two lines in the front of the shirt and the “cleavage” cut. And pockets that are not actual pockets.
I went on a search for men’s clothes that would fit my body. My search led me to a few websites that catered to tomboyish women. The only problem was that these sites all consisted of T-shirts, which I could find anywhere. I wanted button-down shirts, jackets and dress pants. I wanted the clothes from the men’s runway show.
On many occasions after I’ve exhausted my efforts at the women’s department, I would “drift” into the men’s and try to make it seem like I was just passing by. If I didn’t spot anything, I would then “drift” into the boy’s department and try my best not to look weird though I was very self-conscious.
Years passed and finally one day, it just clicked. Why don’t Vee and I just start a clothing line for androgynous people? Somewhere out there in the world, there must be people like me who spend days thinking of how they can take their wardrobe and magically turn it into something like high end menswear.
Vee and I spent many months searching for inspirations. We studied men’s fashion from the last 900 years. What I discovered was that fashion, particularly style, changes VERY slowly. My guess is that people conform to society’s views of what’s “normal” without questioning.
The designs we've come up with are not formfitting, don't taper at the waist and hips, and there no darts where the chest is. Simply elegant, classy, clean-cut menswear made to fit women.
We believe that a little weirdness, and a little “craziness” can cause big changes. And we believe that something as trivial as the clothes you choose to wear can change the way society thinks about what’s “normal”…especially what society thinks about what’s right or wrong.
Part 1. Rewards. Or, awesome garments at special prices before we launch the store.
If you would like a different combination that's not listed as a reward (such as a pair of pants and two designers and etc), please let us know. It's as simple as just adjusting your pledge amount :)
$5 or more: Your name will memorialized on our website, as well as all of our social media sites, and forever cherished, remembered, and etched into our hearts as one of our first beloved supporters of Androgynous. When we’re crippled, old, gray, and on the verge of non-existence, we’ll talk about the early days and cry uncontrollably about your support.
$10 or more: Bracelet, hand made from 48 threads. Choose your own color(s).
$15 or more: Handmade handkerchief embroidered with your initials. (New handkerchief, image will be available soon.)
$25 or more: You'll receive a limited edition Androgynous Kickstarter Project t-shirt. This will be a fashion fit soft light/medium weight ring-spun white t-shirt.
$35 or more: A designer tie (retail ~ $40).
$45 or more: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. A classic original white or black button-down collar shirt (retail ~ $55)
$50 or more: A classic original white or black button-down collar shirt (retail ~ $55)
$65 or more: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. A designer shirt (retail ~ $85)
$75 or more: A designer shirt (retail ~ $85)
$85 or more: A designer vest (retail ~ $100)
$130 or more: A classic original white or black button-down collar shirt, and a vest (total retail price ~ $155)
$160 or more: A vest and a designer shirt (total retail ~ $185)
$250 or more: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. A blazer and a white or black classic button-down shirt (total retail price ~ $305)
$275 or more: A blazer and a white or black classic button-down shirt (total retail price ~ $305)
$375 or more: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. A blazer, a designer shirt, and a vest (total retail price ~ $435).
$400 or more: A blazer, a designer shirt, and a vest (total retail price ~ $435).
$445 or more: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. A blazer, 3 designer shirts, and a classic white or black shirt (total retail price ~ $560).
$500 or more: A blazer, 3 designer shirts, and a classic white or black shirt (total retail price ~ $560).
$1000 or more: 2 blazers, 3 designer shirts, a white and black classic shirt, a vest, and 2 pants (total retail price ~$1,265)
$3500 or more: EXCLUSIVE. OFFERED ONLY ONCE VIA THIS CAMPAIGN. THE ONE AND ONLY. Why? Because supporters should have access to it if they want.Openness creates a space for ideas and leads to innovation and creativity. All the original artwork, sketches, and design concepts of Androgynous. Includes rough sketches, final sketches, notes, fabric swatch ideas, and other notes and drawings to be featured on Androgynous' future website. Done mostly in ink, pencil and watercolor. All original artwork will be hand bound with genuine leather cover. Contains 100+ drawings of original ideas. Size will be no larger than 8.5 x 11 in. Larger works will not be folded and will ship with the book.
I really want some Androgynous garments! It’s simple and here’s how:
- Sign-up or log-in to Kickstarter (link on the upper right)
- Select a reward on the level on the right
- Spread the world to all your friends
- We hand make and ship your Androgynous garments to your door
- You get it, wear it, and share your photos with us!
Part 2. Why should you help? Because...
- You are the kindest, most generous, and loving person in the world.
- You get awesome Androgynous garments (at a special value) in exchange for your support
- You want to take part in paving the way for a new way of thinking and how fashion is perceived. It’s time for a shift in fashion and inevitably, a shift in our society.
Other ways you can help
It’s easy! Please donate, forward and help spread our campaign. Just use the Kickstarter tools under the video on top to share via Twitter, Facebook or embed it on your blog.
Part 3. How will your contribution be used?
Our goal of launching in late August is about 40% completion. That which was done by a team of 3 thus far: myself, who is doing much of the design process; my sister, the business partner who wanders around aimlessly (not really); and my life partner, who has no choice but to help me. We are extremely excited, dedicated, and eagerly want to share Androgynous with the world.
Estimated 25% of pledged goal will go to: Our laboratory (Vee and A, 2 sewing machines, and 1 mannequin) is working on a slew of designs to supply our store with a wide selection of shirts, pants, jackets, sweaters, coats, and more.
- Hire an ambitious assistant to lend a helping hand.
- Purchase additional supplies, fabrics, and materials.
- And although we do like photography and making videos, we want more time to design and create for Androgynous, so we would like to commission photographers.
Estimated 10% of pledged goal will go towards:Our goal here is to be able to create a welcoming site that will make it easy to shop and find resources available for Androgynes.
- Website design/development.
- Optimization of website for search engine optimization (SEO).
- Online marketing, publicity and promotion.
Estimated 65% of pledged goal will go towards:
- Fabrics and materials to be used in production.
- Actual production, which includes clothing labels, grading (sizing), cutting, sewing, and finishing.
Our PledgeYour pledged contribution will not go to waste, that is a sincere oath from the depths of our hearts. We pledge to you that, with every ounce of our determination, we will work our butts off so that you can see the successful outcomes of this project.
Thank you so much for reading our story, and thank you in advance for your pledge.
Q. Do I pay for shipping?
The shipping is on us (within the United States). Just select your reward on the right and we’ll take care of the rest.
For international shipping. We need a bit of your help on international shipping. If you could kindly add the shipping amount below to your pledge, that would be great.
- Rewards between $25-$35: shipping is $6
- Rewards between $45-$99: shipping is $12
- Rewards between $100-$249: shipping is $18
- Rewards over $250: shipping is $25
We will send out a survey at the end of the campaign requesting shipping information. (Please spread the word. It'll help us fund this campaign successfully and get all the supporters reward to their door.)
Q. How do I choose my vest, shirt, or jacket?
We’ll contact you after the campaign ends and personally make sure you get what you want :)
Q.How do I choose my size?
We’ll contact you after the campaign ends and make sure you get the right size. For the Kickstarter campaign, we will be making sizes for men and custom sizes.
Q. Where are the garments produced?
Right in our studio, in LA, California.
Q. How is this different from just buying from the mens department?
When women buy menswear, the common problems: big shoulders, small chest area, length, big sleeves, large on the top and small on the bottom, small on the hips, too wide.
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