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Unique apparel and good mental health … or ...good apparel and unique mental health

Berwick, ME Design
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Stylish, fun and comfortable graphic apparel by Erin Duquette and Elisabeth Menter, designed to look and feel good… daring you to open a conversation about the stigmas of mental health.  

We hand select soft, washable and wearable fabrics for our original prints, and only use updated styles and materials from labor friendly manufacturers. All the printing or dyeing is done locally, or by hand in our seasonal studio space (Later Fall) in Southern Maine.

With a successful Kickstart, Erin and Lis will be able to complete a LOOKBOOK of their 2014 designs for web and print and bring you along for the entire process!  www.kissmydisorder.com is the website in progress, be sure and take a peak!

"Erin and I met in our neighborhood when I bought an anxiety shirt from her and we started a conversation about how we both had suffered from anxiety and depression and we became instant anxious friends." - Lis

for a $25.00 pledge - you can choose a super soft flowy boxy T with our original Anxiety Crows design across the front.  Also available in a basic cotton T in light gray

After selling our first few Anxiety and Antisocial shirts out of the trunks of our cars, Lis and I joined forces to make it a regular project.  We realized that there was something happening...our inboxes were flooded on social media, the phone was ringing and everyone was telling us what their own own disorder was, and they wanted their own t shirt...so we set out to make a graphic for every disorder we could think of. -Erin

for a $25.00 pledge - you can get a super soft mens T with our original Anxiety Crows design across the front - this will be your new favorite T!

"I originally designed Kiss My Disorder apparel for a large scale art installation, which I would still love to see complete. With every shirt we print, we're that much closer to fulfilling the complete vision of the concept." - Erin

for a $30.00 pledge - you can pick a super soft long sleeve T with our STARVE Skull design in a soft touch ink

The library of Kiss My Disorder graphics has grown in just one year from one anxiety shirt made from clip art doves...

... into a very large library of original inter-changable designs and language.  With our printers, manufacturers and studio space all lined up, and the one year market test period complete, we are now ready for the next steps to fully develop our style and ideas.

With a successful $2,600 kickstart, we will be able to go to the next level of this project organically by updating and adding new samples, photographs, and further development of a website and add some basic equipment to our studio for in-house printing.  We will develop a lookbook of our 2014 designs to share with you and bring you along for the entire process with us through social media and blogging!

 for a $65.00 pledge - you bring home a comfy zip-up drawstring hoodie with our original ADHD Spins design, and an ADHD font drop on the hood.

  for a $145.00 pledge - you can stylize and customize your order!  you can get 2 short sleeve t shirts, 1 long sleeve t shirt and one zip-up drawstring hoodie with your choice of designs.  Choose from ADHD Spins, STARVE Skull, Anxiety Crows or our classics, Anxiety Doves or Antisocial Skull.

We know if you come along for the ride with us for our Kiss My Disorder LOOKBOOK project that you'll have fun along with us, we are simply hard working artists and moms from Maine - laughing, stumbling and smiling our way through all the disorders that family life and creative projects bring. - Lis & Erin

links:

Our website in progress is www.kissmydisorder.com 

You can find Erin's original artwork at www.erinduquette.com 

Our favorite apparel manufacturer is bella+canvas www.bella.com 

The Design Studio:  www.laterfall.com

Here are some photos of our first round of print & sample runs

model Janna C. in KMD Antisocial v-neck T
model Janna C. in KMD Antisocial v-neck T
model Stefanie L. in our super soft Anxiety doves v-neck
model Stefanie L. in our super soft Anxiety doves v-neck
we tested every apparel option we could to find the perfect fit and feel
we tested every apparel option we could to find the perfect fit and feel

HOW FAR WE HAVE COME!!!  We spent last year testing, and retesting fabrics, manufacturers, printing techniques, models and local shops and we are very ready to take this project to the next level and spend the summer producing our LOOKBOOK and sharing the process with YOU! 

If you'd like to get to know us better, you can hang out with us on Facebook too…

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kiss-My-Disorder/571136616239385

now that you have made it through all of that... you are rewarded with an embarrassing video of Erin tripping over a pile of shoes…

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 Be sure and introduce yourself, and let us know what YOUR disorder is...(in case we don't have a design for it yet!) we are looking forward to getting to know you and your five other personalities this year while we work at vastly improving our video appearances and camera shyness!

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ps...we are aware of a recent minor controversy over designs inspired by mental illness, we are in no way trying to start a movement, we are not generating a get rich quick plan, nor are we mental health professionals.  We are simply two artistic moms from Maine with a sense of humor about real life & we love to create and share.  Kiss My Disorder apparel is only one of many cool things that come out of our studio in Maine!

Risks and challenges

There are many many apparel companies, projects and designs that come out everyday, all over the world. With our experience and background in both art, project management and most importantly in the apparel industry, we will easily be able to overcome the stumbling blocks that many similar projects encounter … overcoming potential issues like single shirt production, creating an impressive lookbook, putting together models, testing fabrics and printing processes…we are fully practiced and ready to persevere through any road blocks to finish our full lookbook of disorders and designs! Our long term connections in the industry will also be available to us for consultation should we encounter an issue we do not know how to tackle, we literally have experts on call for us and fully cheering us on for success!

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FAQ

  • We are confident that we have allowed plenty of time from a successful kickstart, to when our apparel goes to print, and we will contact all pledges soon after the goal is reached to insure that you get the exact size, style and graphic that you want!
    We will also let you know any info that you may need (for instance, does that shirt run smaller than you expect?) and we will even work with you on alternative options if needed, for instance, you would like a alternative color or style, or a change in the graphic. The distributor we work with has many options, colors and styles for us to choose from, it never hurts to ask us "do you offer that in a v-neck?" We will let you know our limits of what we can produce in the run!
    Thank you so much for your support!
    Erin

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  • We have had some interest from countries outside of the US, and the answer in most cases is YES.
    It may require a slightly larger pledge for some countries, please contact us directly through a message and let us know where you would like your reward shipped, and in most cases we will say YES!
    Thank you!
    Erin

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  • When making a pledge on kickstarter for Kiss My Disorder, your pledge info may show up as "The Butterfly Patch" which is another project Later Fall had worked on two years ago on the same account…We want to assure you that it IS going to the correct project on kickstarter, and it is the same account, we are working with Amazon payments to correct the glitch and we apologize for any confusion this is causing! THANK YOU so much for your support!

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Rewards

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    13 backers

    a KISS MY DISORDER sticker or magnet and our everlasting appreciation!

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    11 backers

    one super soft and comfy ladies ANXIETY CROWS flowy boxy t - sizes S-L - made by a labor friendly manufacturer and printed or dyed local. Offered in dark gray or light gray.
    (Starve Skull and ADHD Circle also available on boxy T)

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    11 backers

    one super soft ANXIETY CROWS mens t - sizes S-2XL - made by a labor friendly manufacturer and printed or dyed local. Offered in charcoal or antique denim.
    (Starve Skull and ADHD Circle also available on mens T)

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    9 backers

    one STARVE SKULL ladies long sleeve t - sizes S-2XL - made by a labor friendly manufacturer and printed or dyed local. Offered in black, dark blue or dark red
    (Anxiety Doves and ADHD Circle also available on long sleeve)

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    6 backers

    one ADHD spins super comfy mens or ladies zip up drawstring hoodie - made by a labor friendly manufacturer and printed or dyed local. Offered in black- sizes up to size 5XL.
    (Starve Skull and Anxiety Doves are also available on hoodies)

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    8 backers

    2 short sleeve t shirts, 1 long sleeve t shirt and 1 hoodie. Choose from Anxiety Crows, AHDH Spins, Starve Skull designs, our classic Anxiety Doves or Antisocial Skull for each one.

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    The Stalker Reward: We work directly with you (either in person, or remotely) to design the art and produce a custom disorder T shirt and hoodie, add it to our catalog and name it after you! You come away with a personalized T shirt and hoodie of your very own and mad street cred.

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Funding period

- (30 days)