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By Robin N Fator
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About this project

ABOUT ME

Hello Kickstarters!

My name is Robin N. Fator, I am the owner, operator, designer and sometimes model of the handmade women's wear brand Dark Pony Designs. 

Growing up, I never once thought I wouldn't live in Manhattan. I had no question about the kind of luxury car I would drive, the ivy league school I would go to, or the color of my Hermes briefcase. Once I reached high school I began to realize I was an artist, and not too long after leaving high school I got married and had a son. I didn't make it to Manhattan (I currently live with my husband and two children in Redding, California one of the least desirable places to live in America, see this USA TODAY article.)- my luxury car was a 1980 volvo station wagon, and my Hermes briefcase turned into a diaper bag.

After about 9 years and (2 children later) I woke up and realized I could be an artist again. And this time, I decided to follow my dreams of becoming a fashion designer. With no formal training I launched myself headfirst into the world of handmade fashion known as Etsy and proceeded to experiment with creating my ultimate wardrobe.

1000 sales later, I am ready to launch myself into the stratosphere of building a fashion brand and a team. With this kickstarter campaign I am attempting to show the world that when you work hard and ask for help, you can lift yourself up and become the person who lives the fantasy.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

This year I want to take Dark Pony Designs to the next level! Taking inspiration from the desperate need for a vacation to a tropical paradise (see my pinterest mood board), my goal is to create a 10 piece handmade capsule collection of glamorous resort fashion that includes hand painted rhinestone jewelry and accessories in bold tropical color combinations. As part this process I would like to be able to work with a pattern maker and sample sewer to help me create the vision I have worked out in my mind. So far every piece I have ever designed has been produced by me in my home studio. I am a one man band, and this kickstarter campaign will help me achieve my goal of building a team of talented people. Once successful this campaign will make it possible to buy the necessary fabric, pay pattern makers and seamstresses, style the shoot, and fund supplies. After all of the clothing samples and jewelry samples are created and ready to go we will have an August 2014 photo shoot. This shoot will involve amazing local artists, who have already made their commitment to this project and they include: videographer, photographer, textile designer, make up artist, hair stylist, and models. The setting will be a local outdoor location that we can dress up to feel like a tropical environment. After the shoot, the photos will be used to create a look book and for use in product listings. The video will be used on the Dark Pony website (www.darkponydesigns.com) and in social media promotion.

PRODUCTION: The collection will be made in America, and will be sold on Etsy.com and on Darkponydesigns.com and will also be available for wholesale. Each item will be made to order. The materials and supplies needed will be sourced from American manufacturers as much as possible.

To summarize, what will your dollars make possible?

  • Giving a hardworking fashion designer a chance to prove that you can over come the odds, make amazing art and dreams come true. 
  • A collaborative photo shoot that will feature the 10 pieces (shown in the sketches) and the rhinestone jewelry collection. The photos and video produced from this shoot will be used to create a lookbook, advertising for the collection, website design,Etsy listings, and PR. All of the local artists involved in the photo shoot will also be able to use the photo/video media for their own portfolios. 
  • Covering the cost of fabric and materials- Paying pattern makers and seamstresses- Any equipment need to complete the clothing and jewelry-styling of the models and location for the photo shoot-advertising the collection-the cost of the rewards offered to backers- and the bank fees associated with processing funds.

THE COLLECTION SKETCHES

copyright Robin N Fator 2014
copyright Robin N Fator 2014
copyright Robin N Fator 2014
copyright Robin N Fator 2014

These sketches will become clothing samples once this project is funded.

"BE BOLD,BE BRAVE,BE AMAZING"-Simon De Pury

My ultimate hope in creating this collection is that in the process, some really amazing art is born. Images and apparel that are beautiful, that tell a story, and inspire. I am some one who has a lot of ideas, who doesn't let money, or location, or background stop me from making my dreams come true. I can truly "Make it Work!" (Tim Gunn). I want to create an opportunity right here in my home town, where opportunities are few, to showcase the talent and potential that exists and needs to be nurtured. I would like to make some good news, and put this place on the map for reasons that could inspire other people in my same situation. With your help, I feel I can make that happen.

REWARDS

Every supporter will get their name on a special thank you list on www.darkponydesigns.com

At the $1 level- you get an email thank you card 

At the $10 level- you get a real paper thank you post card mailed to your mail box

At the $25 level- you get a laser cut Dark Pony Designs Paradise Logo necklace Gold tone chain, one size fits all. Arrives in a gift box.

At the $50 level - you get a pair of hand painted rhinestone earrings from the collection. Arrives in a gift box.

At the $100 level- you get a hand painted rhinestone necklace from the collection. Arrives in a gift box. 

At the $250 level you get a handmade knee length tutu in the custom size and color of your choice. Your true waist measurement is needed. Available in sizes 24"-45" in a standard 25" length.

choose your tulle color, sash color, and size
choose your tulle color, sash color, and size

 At the $500 level you get a handmade floor length tutu in the custom size and color of your choice. Your true waist measurement and length measurement is needed. Available in waist sizes 24"-45" Length from 26"-50"

choose your tulle color, sash color, and size
choose your tulle color, sash color, and size

 Thank you so much for checking out my project! Please support Dark Pony Designs and help make the Paradise Collection and collaborative photoshoot real. Even just $1 can make this Dream come true! xo

Risks and challenges

I am a very organized, reliable person and business owner so when I have a deadline or a project, I make it happen!
The only set backs I could see is if someone who is involved in the photo shoot or clothing production had to reschedule because of an unavoidable delay. If this were the case, the date would be rescheduled asap and I would post any updates to the campaign.

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