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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/07/fashion/liberia-designer-ebola-survivors-archel-bernard.html?_r=0
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/07/fashion/liberia-designer-ebola-survivors-archel-bernard.html?_r=0
             

The Bombchel Factory is an African fashion wonderland that produces ethically made, high quality garments for sale in Monrovia, Liberia. With this Kickstarter, we're excited to finally expand and make our unique designs accessible to women all around the world, starting with you. We hire and train some of the most disadvantaged people of an already disadvantaged Liberia, with employees who either had Ebola or lost their spouses to the virus, and interns who are rape survivors or students from the Hope School for the Deaf. The mission AND the clothes are unforgettable, and through Kickstarter you will get a personalized, custom experience.

Meet Love, our first intern from Hope School for the Deaf
Meet Love, our first intern from Hope School for the Deaf

Our Driving Force: The Backstory

The Bombchel Factory was started by Archel Bernard, a Liberian-American whose parents fled civil unrest in the West African country. Archel came to Liberia to visit and ended up falling in love with her ancestral homeland. She was heartbroken by the poverty but inspired by the resilience of the people. Archel started contributing to Liberia by making regular donations to charities. However, she wanted to make a lasting impact. 

The Bombchel Factory is committed to training some of the most disadvantaged people and changing their lives. Our team of expert tailors and excited trainees can produce much more than we can sell locally, so we have set our sights on the rest of the world. This is not an NGO that is here today and gone tomorrow. We know Liberians don't want handouts.  Our trainees will develop a trade and a way to support themselves and their families, and we will create gorgeous, contemporary African fashions for a global market.

Dress Up and Change Lives: The Social Impact

Your purchase will bring opportunities of empowerment to young people who otherwise would not have a trade. We are not a charity. This is about being a good business, and we all know good businesses work to make money while at the same time building enduring institutions. The Bombchel Factory method is to invest in the future while striving to build people, and hopefully an entire society. 

Our goal is to create long lasting social impact through our company.  We train Ebola affected people, deaf students and rape survivors. Some of our trainees will stay with us after the training program ends but most of them will take what they have learned and start their own businesses. This will allow them to break the chain of poverty and become self-sufficient. To top it all off, the product is dope.

Beatrice making a Cold Shoulder Dress to wear for the opening of The Bombchel Factory
Beatrice making a Cold Shoulder Dress to wear for the opening of The Bombchel Factory
Blessing setting up to make a Midi Wrap Skirt.
Blessing setting up to make a Midi Wrap Skirt.

Design Description: The Goodies

By backing this campaign, you are purchasing the CUSTOM experience. Our official online store launches in September, alongside our New York Fashion Week event, but only you, our Kickstarter backers, will get to choose from several gorgeous patterns for your custom fitted item.

There isn't just one type of woman these clothes will look good on. Black, white, green, yellow, blue, the skirts TRANSFORM the women who wear them into vibrant, confident ladies. Trust us when we say everyone can be a Bombchel! 

Patchy Pouch
Patchy Pouch
The Goddess Hoops
The Goddess Hoops
The Goddess Hoops
The Goddess Hoops
The Super Mini Skirt
The Super Mini Skirt
The Classic Man Tie Set
The Classic Man Tie Set
The Classic Man Tie Set
The Classic Man Tie Set
The Dirt Off Your Shoulder Blouse
The Dirt Off Your Shoulder Blouse
The Power Pencil Wrap Skirt
The Power Pencil Wrap Skirt
The Power Pencil Wrap Skirt
The Power Pencil Wrap Skirt
The Glam Midi Flare Skirt
The Glam Midi Flare Skirt
The Regal Maxi Skirt
The Regal Maxi Skirt
The Regal Maxi Skirt
The Regal Maxi Skirt
The Resort Life Skirt
The Resort Life Skirt
The Resort Life Skirt
The Resort Life Skirt
The PatchWerk Blanket
The PatchWerk Blanket
The PatchWerk Blanket
The PatchWerk Blanket

 **Models not included.

Rewards Packs: The Fun Stuff


We put together some combination packs you may enjoy. Feel free to create your own combination by adding up the total price of what you want and backing with that amount. Before we create your looks we will be in touch to confirm your preferred styles and patterns.

The Accessory Pack
The Accessory Pack
 
The Twin Pack
The Twin Pack
The Power Twin Pack
The Power Twin Pack
 
The PatchWerk Pack
The PatchWerk Pack
The Date Night Set
The Date Night Set
The Bombchel Starter Pack
The Bombchel Starter Pack
The Everything Pack
The Everything Pack
The Bombchel Experience
The Bombchel Experience
The Stylist Experience
The Stylist Experience
The Custom Experience
The Custom Experience

Once the Kickstarter is complete, these styles will be available for sale on our website, but at higher prices and with only one or two color options. It is beneficial to get in The Bombchel Factory right away!

Contact Us at shopbombchel@gmail.com

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Much love to our supporters!
Much love to our supporters!

Risks and challenges

You will be able to choose your size(s) and cloth design(s) approximately a month after all the payments are processed. Accessory and blanket backers will only choose their base colors. We will be sending out surveys so you can customize your items.

While this isn't our first rodeo, due to volume we may experience a few challenges in delivering product:

We have never produced as many clothes as we are hoping to sell during this campaign. If our campaign is tremendously successful, we may need additional time to complete and deliver all rewards beyond our estimated delivery dates. We expect to begin delivery in July, but September is when we expect completion. All of our backers will receive weekly updates straight from the Factory, starting at the close of the campaign. We work with love and care, and will treat your rewards as if we are sending a gift to our best friend (or Beyonce).

There may be port clearance delays in West Africa (it happens sometimes), and there may be shipping delays to international addresses. All fulfillment will be done in the USA, so if you have any size or quality issues, we will be easy to reach and happy to complete exchanges!

We will keep you informed via email updates!

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    The START!

    THANK YOU! You will be added to our email list where you will receive exclusive updates on our company and our updated tour schedules!

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    The PHOTO!

    In addition to being added to our email list, you will receive a PDF photo of our employees thanking you from the factory in Liberia!

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    The POSTCARD!

    In addition to being added to our email list, we will mail you a handwritten thank you postcard depicting a fashionable scene from Monrovia, Liberia!

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    The PATCHY POUCH!

    This adorable, handy patchwork and fleece eyewear sleeve is all yours! Every time you pull out your sunglasses, you know you've supported our deaf internship program in Monrovia, Liberia. Each Patchy Pouch is one of a kind and one will be sent to you at random at the end of a successful campaign.

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    The GODDESS HOOPS!

    Make a statement in our best selling, 3 inch, cloth-covered hoops. Add some excitement to any outift by wearing our earrings and knowing you have benefitted our rape survivors.

    Pierced earrings only and you get to choose your base color (yellow, pink, blue, red, green) once the project is successful.

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    The SUPER MINI SKIRT!

    Break necks in this super frisky, 17 inch long, elastic-banded, high-waisted, flare skirt.

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes so you can customize your very own Super Mini Skirt!

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    The CLASSIC MAN TIE SET!

    We can't forget about our fellas! Make a power move in an African print cotton tie and handkerchief combo. Made from Woodin brand material to ensure a high quality, polished finish. Comes in standard tie size.

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches so you can customize your very own Classic Man Tie!

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    The ACCESSORY PACK!

    Choose a color for a custom pair of the Goddess Hoops! Comes with a one of a kind Patchy Pouch!

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with color options so you can customize your

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    The DIRT OFF YOUR SHOULDER BLOUSE! STRETCH GOAL!

    This one size fits most blouse (We've put it on size 0-18 clients!) is the best piece in our closets! Perfect with jeans, leggings, or nothing (depending on how you feel), we run to this blouse when we want to be comfy with extreme color.

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches. You can choose different patterns for different items. It's your world, bombchel!

    Adding this to your current order? Just increase your pledge by $70 and we will take care of the rest! Thank you for helping us reach our first stretch goal!

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    The GLAM MIDI FLARE!

    Always bold, never basic, this flare skirt is the perfect splash of color for work or play. Enjoy a comfortable fit with a 2 inch wide smooth waist band in the front with elastic in the back.

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes so you can customize your very own Glam Midi Flare Skirt!

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    The POWER PENCIL WRAP SKIRT!

    Two daring designs combine to make a flawless statement in this timeless piece.

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes so you can customize your very own Power Pencil Wrap Skirt!

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    EARLY BIRD -- The TWIN PACK!

    Two's a charm! You and a friend can break necks in this super frisky, 17 inch long, elastic-banded, high-waisted, flare skirt. You can choose the same cloth as each other or decide to spice it up. It's your world, bombchels! Get them early and save $20!

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes so you can customize your very own Super Mini Skirt!

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    The TWIN PACK!

    Two's a charm! You and a friend can break necks in this super frisky, 17 inch long, elastic-banded, high-waisted, flare skirt. You can choose the same cloth as each other or decide to spice it up. It's your world, bombchels!

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    The RESORT LIFE SKIRT!

    This unforgettable, double-split maxi skirt is our signature piece. Specially designed to hide what needs to be hidden while showing all the rest, you will enjoy a comfortable fit with a 2 inch wide smooth waist band in the front with elastic in the back.

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes so you can customize your very own Resort Life Skirt!

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    The REGAL MAXI SKIRT!

    Let this classic skirt bring out the queen in you. The perfect mix of fun and elegance, you will enjoy a comfortable fit with a 2 inch wide smooth waist band in the front with elastic in the back.

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes so you can customize your very own Regal Maxi Skirt!

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    EARLY BIRD -- The DATE NIGHT SET!

    Make your #relationshipgoals clear in a maxi skirt of your choice and matching Classic Man Tie Set. Early birds enjoy a $25 savings.

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes so you can customize your maxi skirt and tie!

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    The PATCHWERK BLANKET!

    Bring Bombchel to your home decor with this cozy and colorful African print blanket. It can go from the beach to your bed, or just cover up on your couch knowing you have benefitted our deaf student internship program.

    Lightweight and easy to wash. Each PatchWerk Blanket is one of a kind, and you can choose a base color (blue, brown, green, or red) once the project is successful.

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    The DATE NIGHT SET!

    Make your #relationshipgoals clear in a maxi skirt of your choice and matching Classic Man Tie Set.

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes so you can customize your maxi skirt and tie!

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    The POWER PENCIL WRAP SKIRT TWIN PACK!

    Who run the world? Girls! Two daring designs combine to make a flawless statement in this timeless piece. You can choose the same cloth as each other or decide to spice it up. It's your world, bombchels!

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes so you can customize your very own Power Pencil Wrap Skirts!

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    The PATCHWERK PACK!

    Bring Bombchel to your home decor with this cozy and colorful African print blanket. It can go from the beach to your bed, or just cover up on your couch knowing you have benefitted our deaf student internship program.

    Lightweight and easy to wash. Each PatchWerk Blanket is one of a kind, and you can choose a base color (blue, brown, green, or red) once the project is successful.

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    EARLY BIRD -- The BOMBCHEL STARTER PACK!

    Enjoy a combination of three essential skirts to carry you through the year like a bombchel! Customize a midi skirt ($75 pledge skirt) and a maxi skirt ($100 pledge skirt) of your choice to go with our Super Mini Skirt, and save $25 on the purchase of all three! Such a steal!

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes. You can choose different patterns for different items. It's your world, bombchel!

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    The BOMBCHEL STARTER PACK!

    Enjoy a combination of three essential skirts to carry you through the year like a bombchel! Customize a midi skirt ($75 pledge skirt) and a maxi skirt ($100 pledge skirt) of your choice to go with our Super Mini Skirt.

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes. You can choose different patterns for different items. It's your world, bombchel!

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    The EVERYTHING PACK!

    Every. Single. Skirt. and a PatchWerk Blanket. Entire package available at $35 savings.

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes. You can choose different patterns for different items. It's your world, bombchel!

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    The BOMBCHEL EXPERIENCE!

    Enjoy everything in The Everything Pack, and your name on the wall PERMANENTLY in The Bombchel Factory in Monrovia, Liberia.

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes. You can choose different patterns for different items. It's your world, bombchel! We will also make an appointment for a Skype consultation for the custom creation.

    $1,000 supports the program for 2 months!

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    The STYLIST EXPERIENCE!

    Enjoy everything in The Everything Pack, and then consult with The Bombchel Factory team on your personal style and allow us to make a custom outfit for you! Finally, we will add your name on the wall PERMANENTLY in The Bombchel Factory in Monrovia, Liberia.

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes. You can choose different patterns for different items. It's your world, bombchel! We will also make an appointment for a Skype consultation for the custom creation.

    $2,000 supports the program for 4 months!

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    The CUSTOM EXPERIENCE!

    Enjoy everything in The Everything Pack, and then consult with The Bombchel Factory team on your personal style and allow us to make a custom outfit for you! Allow us to add your custom style to our next collection and name it after you for your generosity! Finally, we will add and your name on the wall PERMANENTLY in The Bombchel Factory in Monrovia, Liberia.

    Once the project is successful, we will send you an email with cloth swatches and sizes. You can choose different patterns for different items. It's your world, bombchel! We will also make an appointment for a Skype consultation for the custom creation.

    $5,000 can double our class size and support the program for 6 months!

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    A LIBERIAN EXPERIENCE!

    Come visit The Bombchel Factory in Monrovia, where you can make the items of your choice alongside our team (or have them custom tailored for you), and enjoy an authentic Liberian experience. From food to sites to parties to our CEO's apartment, everything is covered from the time you arrive to the time you leave! And of course, we will add and your name on the wall PERMANENTLY in The Bombchel Factory in Monrovia, Liberia.

    Airfare/ visas not included. Scheduling confirmed on a first come, first serve basis.

    $10,000 will double our class size and support our program for a year!

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Funding period

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