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£3,398
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63
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, July 12 2015 11:38 AM UTC +00:00

About

Kiss Me Deadly is a tiny, independent British brand who have spent nine years making vintage-inspired lingerie for people who prefer Film Noir to cupcakes. For the last three of those years, we've also produced swimwear.

This year we developed and sampled some cracking new styles, not to mention some insane notions about sharks, and all of you Deadlies LOVED them!

Usually we raise the money to put things into production through selling to stores. But this year, my, the stores are boring! No sharks, it's all about the pollock for them. They just want the same thing as last year, but in taupe.

So we thought, why not ditch the stores, and give you the power to get exactly what you want made!

Check out the top voted of our new styles, all made in size S-XL (roughly a UK8/US4 to a UK18/UK14. Swimwear sizing is flexible).

All of them would normally sell at £75 plus shipping, but you wonderful Kickstarter pledgers can start at £69 and free shipping anywhere in the world!

The Designs

The Leopard Print Deluxe Swimsuit - a full cut retro bathing suit with contrast trim and halter ties over a padded, underwired cup.
The Leopard Print Deluxe Swimsuit - a full cut retro bathing suit with contrast trim and halter ties over a padded, underwired cup.
The Black and Ivory Lauren Bikini, based on a 50's-style (bodycon isn't a modern invention!). Ruched ivory skirted style bottom with a soft padded halter tie top in ivory with black contrast trim.
The Black and Ivory Lauren Bikini, based on a 50's-style (bodycon isn't a modern invention!). Ruched ivory skirted style bottom with a soft padded halter tie top in ivory with black contrast trim.
An all new playsuit option - for lounging, not swimming! Tiny floral flamingo print on a blue background, shirred elasticated back with a zip opening, and ribbon trim - all based on a genuine vintage style.
An all new playsuit option - for lounging, not swimming! Tiny floral flamingo print on a blue background, shirred elasticated back with a zip opening, and ribbon trim - all based on a genuine vintage style.
Our exclusive Leopard print, in a brand new high waisted bikini style with a soft padded bikini top, black halter ties and black trim.
Our exclusive Leopard print, in a brand new high waisted bikini style with a soft padded bikini top, black halter ties and black trim.

Our minimum simply means that if you pledge for a swimsuit or bikini, you'll get it - you choose the size and style!

But the more pledges we get, the more chances that we can make extras to sell later - handy if you think you might need to change your size, or can just get one now but would love the others at a later date.  Or if you just want to see Deadlies take over the world. The most we will ever make of a style is just 200, though. That's pretty exclusive!

We could even extend the range to the three extra styles we developed - the Marmite-y (love or hate) Flamingo Swimsuit, a gold swimsuit you can ONLY see if you watch the video, or, if we make it all the way, the lace bikini!

The Stretch Goals

A stretch goal swimsuit - are you full on for flamingos or is this just too cheerful for your deadly self?
A stretch goal swimsuit - are you full on for flamingos or is this just too cheerful for your deadly self?
At the very top of our stretch goals is this lace bikini.
At the very top of our stretch goals is this lace bikini.

The Pledges

£1 - Ta, love! We'll email you a thank you, possibly involving some sort of fish-based bad puns.

£10 - Ta Muchly: We'll thank everyone by name on the Kiss Me Deadly diary, and email you all an illustration of a retro bikini-wearing shark by Chris Wylie of Puppetuity.  Here's an example of his work:

What, pin-up sharks weren't a thing in your head?
What, pin-up sharks weren't a thing in your head?

£30 - Happy Shark Print: We'll thank everyone by name on the Kiss Me Deadly diary, and will physically post you all a limited edition A4 print of an illustration of a retro swimwear-wearing shark by Chris Wylie of Puppetuity.

£50 - All the Happy Shark Prints: We'll thank everyone by name on the Kiss Me Deadly diary, and will physically post you all either all four limited edition A4 prints of an illustration of a retro swimwear-wearing shark by Chris Wylie of Puppetuity, or one poster sized version.

£69 - The Basic Swim: We will post you ONE of the four main designs (your choice of style and size). Choose from the Leopard print Deluxe swimsuit, the Leopard Print Cora Bikini, the Lauren Ivory and Black Bikini, or the Flamingo Playsuit.

Please note - shark fins, weapons and accessories not included!

£89 - The Deluxe Swim: Your swimwear PLUS a KMD swimbag and KMD water pistol. We will post you ONE of the four main designs (your choice of style and size). Choose from the Leopard Print Deluxe swimsuit, the Leopard Print Cora Bikini, the Lauren Ivory and Black Bikini, or the Flamingo Playsuit.

£250 - The Full Monty: All four designs PLUS a KMD swimbag and KMD water pistol PLUS a shark print. We will post you ALL of the four main designs (your choice of size), the Leopard Print Deluxe swimsuit, the Leopard Print Cora Bikini, the Lauren Ivory and Black Bikini, and the Flamingo Playsuit.

£2,500 - The Custom Swimmer: Lyzzy Beswick, our technical designer, will hand make - to your custom measurements - our extremely exclusive vintage-inspired swimsuit with the very high tech addition of laser-cut PVC flowers and accessories. You will also get all four designs PLUS a KMD swimbag and KMD water pistol PLUS a shark print PLUS a shark fin float of your very own. Please note - weapons still not included!

Custom made vintage inspired swimsuit with laser cut flowers embellished with Swarovski crystals by Lyzzy Beswick (with thanks to Pimoroni)
Custom made vintage inspired swimsuit with laser cut flowers embellished with Swarovski crystals by Lyzzy Beswick (with thanks to Pimoroni)

Update: Stretch Goals


A few people have asked for clarification on stretch goals so here it is; if you want to see us make the flamingo swimsuit, help us hit £10,000!

For the gold swimsuit we need to hit £15,000.

And for the lace bikini, £20,000.

That's because the factory has already been very nice about making very small quantities and we need to bump up seriously to get them to make more designs.

Risks and challenges

Because we've been running for nine years and sending products direct to you for six of them, everything is in place and ready to go - it's just funding and getting scheduled in!

Of course there are always things that can go wrong along the way - just read the blog entry about why you can't count your knickers until they are hatched. But we have an established logistics and fulfillment place (run by a family in Bristol, who seem very amused by our crazy pants), our patterns are all finalised and ready to go complete, we have a good relationship with the factory that's manufacturing them, and the more we can order the faster they will put us into production!

Should anything go wrong? We have back-up factories. And we're insured against things going missing between the factory and us. So, we're pretty confident.

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    The Deluxe Swim
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    The Double Deluxe
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    The Full Monty
    All 4 designs PLUS a KMD swimbag and KMD water pistol PLUS a shark print.

    We will post you ALL of the four main designs (your choice of size), the Leopard Print Deluxe swimsuit, the Leopard Print Cora Bikini, the Lauren Ivory and Black Bikini, and the Flamingo Playsuit.

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    The Custom Swimmer

    Lyzzy Beswick, our technical deisgner, will hand make - to your custom measurements - our extremely exclusive vintage-inspired swimsuit, with the very high tech addition of laser-cut PVC flowers and accessories.

    You will also get all four designs PLUS a KMD swimbag and KMD water pistol PLUS a shark print PLUS a shark fin float of your very own.

    We will post you ALL of the four main designs (your choice of size), the Leopard Print Deluxe swimsuit, the Leopard Print Cora Bikini, the Lauren Ivory and Black Bikini, and the Flamingo Playsuit.

    Please note; weapons still not included!

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