Dorothy Parker, considered one of America’s greatest writers and renowned for her wit, adored the finer things in life. She famously said, “Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.” This project is simple: to purchase Mrs. Parker’s vintage mink coat from a collector and bring it back to her hometown, New York. Backers can WEAR the coat.
Mrs. Parker wore this coat from World War II until her death on June 7, 1967 at age 73. Her furrier, J. Lichterman Furs of Philadelphia, monogrammed her signature inside it. The coat was sold at least three times after her death. The mink coat is currently being stored: this campaign is to “bring Dorothy Parker out of the closet.”
The project is to raise enough funds to purchase the coat, ship it back to New York, and have it professionally cleaned and stored. The coat will then be brought to the landmark Algonquin Hotel on special occasions. Backers (at certain levels) can wear the coat.
After it is returned, the coat will be used to raise funds for nonprofit organizations that help others. Mrs. Parker was deeply involved in charity work and social justice causes; she bequeathed her estate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Dorothy Parker Society will manage the care of the coat and bring it out to raise money in the spirit of Mrs. Parker for needy organizations that support women, minorities, and social justice. The fiftieth anniversary of Dorothy Parker’s death is in 2017 and we can use this coat for worthwhile causes. This Kickstarter is not to raise money for a charity, it's only to get the mink coat back.
Risks and challenges
RISKS: the only major risk is that if the project is not funded the owner will sell the coat on the luxury goods secondary market. Then the coat will go into someone’s closet and we’ll possibly never see it.
CHALLENGES: finding enough people that are crazy enough about Dorothy Parker that they want to be able to see, touch, and possibly even wear something that once belonged to her.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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