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Bring poet Dorothy Parker’s actual vintage mink coat back to New York. Support the project and you can wear it.
Bring poet Dorothy Parker’s actual vintage mink coat back to New York. Support the project and you can wear it.
27 backers pledged $2,685 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

The mink coat.
The mink 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. 

Dorothy Parker signature embroidered inside.
Dorothy Parker signature embroidered inside.

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.

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    Wit Level

    Thank you! You'll receive Kickstarter backer updates (digital) as your reward. You get the satisfaction of helping to bring the coat back to be used for fundraising.

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    Poet Level

    All of the rewards above and you will receive a shout out on Dorothy Parker social media with your message to fellow fans. We will send you a video of the coat making its return to New York.

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    Vicious Circle Level

    xAll of the rewards above plus you will be taken on a VIP walking tour of Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table haunts and hangouts in Manhattan, led by Kevin Fitzpatrick, author and president of the Dorothy Parker Society.

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    Vogue Level

    All of the rewards above and you WEAR the coat! You can try Dorothy Parker’s mink coat on for size and pose for selfies in front of the Round Table in the lobby of the Algonquin Hotel!

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    Vanity Fair Level

    All of the rewards above and you WEAR the coat outdoors and receive professional photographs of you taken in front of the Algonquin Hotel (time restrictions apply). You’ll stand in Dorothy Parker’s footsteps!

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    Just a Little One Package

    All of the rewards above and you can wear the coat out to a restaurant or bar in the city (cost of meal and beverages not included). Wear the coat for up to three hours (restrictions apply).

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    Ziegfeld Package

    All of the rewards above and you can wear the coat to attend a Broadway show (cost of tickets not included). Just as Mrs. Parker attended hundreds of shows as a critic, you can now walk in her footsteps from the Algonquin to the theater and back. Wear the coat for up to six hours (restrictions apply).

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    Big Blonde package

    All of the rewards above, plus includes one night overnight stay in the Algonquin Hotel (restrictions apply/must coordinate with hotel). You can wear the coat for 24 hours and keep it overnight in your room at the landmark hotel.

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Funding period

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