We are so excited we reached our initial funding goal - THANK YOU! - and we can't wait to bring you these next items once we reach our stretch goals!
Stretch Goal #1 - $60,000 - ACCOMPLISHED!!
Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our first stretch goal! After polling our supporters on which item they wanted us to prioritize at this level, nearly 75% of you asked us to prioritize our Train Collection, so that is what we will do!
Stretch Goal #2 - $75,000 - Underpants!
Girls shouldn't have to wear boy undies just to have the things they like! If we raise $75,000, we will add underpants in our first three prints (Apatosaurus, Space, and Trains)!
We tell our girls they can do anything. Be anything.
So, why is it so hard to find clothes for young girls who want to explore the universe or dig for dinosaurs?
buddingSTEM is ready to change that -- with a complete line of girls' clothing celebrating space, dinosaurs, and other things all kids love!
We've spent the last year designing our own prints and working with a textile designer to bring them to life. We have manufacturers ready to go in Los Angeles and Seattle. We are ready to start production as soon as we are funded. Once our clothes are made, we will open our e-commerce store at buddingSTEM.com, and we have a solid business plan for getting our products into stores.
With your help on Kickstarter, we can bring these designs to market!
The buddingSTEM Story
buddingSTEM was born out of our own experiences.
In October 2013, Jennifer's young daughter wanted to be an astronaut for Halloween -- until she saw the costume catalogs that came in the mail. They only showed boys dressed for outer space. But after seeing photos of Sally Ride, Joan Higginbotham, and other female astronauts, she made a great astronaut for Halloween.
A few months later, Malorie's daughter asked for train underpants. What she wanted could only be found in the boys' section.
We decided if we couldn't find what our girls wanted, we'd just have to make it ourselves! We've spent the past year establishing our business, creating designs, making samples, and setting up our production process and logistics.
With your contribution, we will start producing our clothing line of t-shirt dresses, leggings, t-shirts, and infant bodysuits. During our Kickstarter campaign, we are also offering adult t-shirts and tote bags among our rewards. (Check out the size chart below for available sizes.)
Dresses and leggings are available in both our Apatosaurus and Space Collections.
Both designs are available in navy blue with a pink print, as well as teal with a heather gray print.
Unisex t-shirts for adults and kids, as well as infant bodysuits for babies, are available in pink, yellow, and kelly green, each with a navy blue rocket, dinosaur, train, or railroad crossing print options. Shirts and infant bodysuits are screen printed in Seattle.
In addition to the clothing items above, we have a cream color cloth tote bag printed with either a navy blue rocket or navy blue dinosaur, as well custom satin ribbon featuring dinosaurs that is perfect as a bookmark or hair ribbon.
Rewards: Thank you for your support!
Please see column on right hand side of screen for a description of our rewards.
Where does your contribution go?
We have worked hard to keep costs as low as possible. But since no fabric like this exists, we have to print our own, which adds a bit of expense. The contribution levels in our Kickstarter campaign will allow us to bring these designs to market and send out rewards.
Here's a quick breakdown of where your contributions will go:
We have other prints ready to go, as well as underpants! Once we are funded, we will announce our first stretch goal...and trust us, you'll LOVE IT!
Risks and challenges
There are always risks with starting any new venture -- but we've worked hard to mitigate those risks. The more support we get, the easier it will be!
We have an amazing team helping us, including experts in supply chain and logistics, business and marketing consultants, and a savvy manufacturer. We are confident that we are prepared for the road ahead.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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