About this project
See more M2057 by Maria Pinto and sign up for updates, please visit M2057.com.
Thank you to everyone for your support! M2057 will hit the streets in March 2014.
New Update: PUSH TO THE FINISH LINE GIFT!
We're in the home stretch and so appreciative of our backers, we're offering an additional item to a couple of our backer levels.
At any pledge of $500 or more, we'll add a circle scarf in the color of your choice. At any pledge of $1,000 or more, we'll add a shrug or wrap in the color of your choice. (And yes, this applies to those who have already backed at these levels!)
Thank you for all of your support for M2057!
As women, we all live in a fast-paced, crazy world, and we need fashion that keeps up with us and makes us feel beautiful. This collection is the nexus of form and function—clothes that have a high level of design, quality, versatility, and value. Inspired by the modern woman in the city, M2057 by Maria Pinto has an architectural energy, where the industrial meets the elegant.
By backing the M2057 Kickstarter, you are pre-ordering beautiful, high quality dresses, jackets, and wraps that will be available for delivery in March 2014. Pre-order now, and we'll follow up with you once the campaign closes for your order details (including size, style, and color selections).
I'm very happy to be able to offer my Kickstarter backers the special price of $250 for all dresses and jackets. Once the Kickstarter is complete, the regular price for dresses and jackets will be $275.
How to order: Simply select one of the backer gift levels. You'll be taken to an Amazon account page where you can sign in using a current account, or create a new account for yourself.
No need to make any decisions yet. When the campaign is completed on Oct 14, we’ll get in touch with you to find out your chosen style, color, and size. Domestic shipping is included in the backer gift price; for international orders, please add $30 to your backer amount.
Who Can Wear M2057 by Maria Pinto?
Everyone! We may have different lives and different styles, but what we all have in common is the need for things that are functional, affordable, beautiful, and that make us feel good.
Whether you’re the professional who needs something conservative for the office but wants to glam things up at night, or the downtown girl who wants something with a little more edge, or the working mom who doesn’t have five extra seconds in the morning to think about what she’s going to wear, M2057 pieces fit your life on your terms.
Fabrics + Construction
Getting the right fabric was especially important to me for this collection. The M2057 pieces come in one of two gorgeous Italian fabrics that have a high-tech quality, but still feel soft and luxurious against the skin.
Liquid: The "liquid" jersey flows and moves like water, for silhouettes that embody a chic but effortless style. Most of the dresses made from the liquid jersey have a “second skin” slip that “smooths out the bumps,” so you never have to worry about clingy fabric.
Form: The heavier, "form" jersey keeps a shape while still maintaining an incredible softness. With this fabric, I was able to design silhouettes that are a little more architectural and urban. Because of the thickness, you never have to worry about transparency issues, even in the light “Avalanche” shade.
I'm happy to say that the entire M2057 collection will be made in the USA at extremely reputable factories in Chicago and New York.
- Liquid jersey garments available in all colors
- Form jersey garments available in Black, Cargo, Avalanche, and Midnight
Along with a palette of lovely shades that will travel from spring to summer to fall, I'm excited to offer the liquid jersey pieces in a special "Kickstarter Red" exclusive to my Kickstarter backers, which I'll retire once the Kickstarter ends. I wanted to make something special for you, my supporters—everyone will notice you in this stunning scarlet shade, but no one will be able to get it after the close of the Kickstarter.
How to Order
Simply select one of the backer gift levels. You'll be taken to an Amazon account page where you can sign in using a current account, or create a new account for yourself.
When the campaign is completed on October 14, we’ll get in touch with you to find out your chosen style, color, and size. Domestic shipping is included in the backer gift price; for international orders, please add $30 to your backer amount.
Clothing will ship in March 2014.
Stay Connected with Me and M2057!
New Backer Gifts!
I've just added a few more backer gifts at the higher levels for those who want to get the real "fashion experience"—shadow me for a day and learn about the business, or get the chance to name a dress in an upcoming collection! Check out the full descriptions in the backer gift list on the right.
I'm also so excited to offer the opportunity to get a custom-fit version of a piece from my archives! Select from one of the pieces below, and I'll give you a selection of fabrics and colors to choose from. We'll do an initial consult followed by three fittings, so you can have a special, designer piece tailor-made to your body! This is truly a one-of-a-kind garment!
See Who's Talking about M2057!
- New York Times
- Huffington Post
- Chicago Tribune
- Crain's Chicago Business
- New York Daily News
Why Come to Kickstarter?
Part of the whole idea of M2057 is thinking outside the box and looking at what's next. What is the future of fashion, and how will technology play into that? With Kickstarter, not only can I give women beautifully designed dresses for a great value, but I get this unique opportunity to connect directly with women and build a community.
It's also a responsible way to start a line: The fashion industry is littered with waste, but with Kickstarter, I'll only produce what backers want, and backers' choices will inform future collections. I find this an incredibly exciting evolution for the industry and how it works. Moreover, in keeping with both Kickstarter and M2057 values, the collection will be manufactured in the USA at some of the country's most reputable, responsible factories.
What Happens at the End of This Campaign?
A successful M2057 Kickstarter campaign means we can cover production costs, and will get to work fulfilling all backer gifts. It also means I can start designing and producing the next M2057 collection that I plan to launch in spring 2014.
I've got some fantastic backer gifts in addition to the clothing. If you're more into art than fashion, you can get a signed print of my "Root Love" painting. Every Kickstarter backer will also receive a signed thank you note from me on a frameable notecard featuring my artwork, "M2057 Ginko," a painting I did that helped inspire the look of the entire collection. Additionally, all Kickstarter backers will be listed as special contributors on the M2057 website, and be given special access to online design previews of future collections.
At the higher levels, I'm offering some ways you can see what being a designer is really like: you can spend a day with me at my studio, or host a fashion party with me and 50 of your friends at one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago, Sepia.
Plus see the new backer gifts I've added, listed above!
My hope is that this is only the beginning! Thank you so much for visiting, and I appreciate all of your support!
A Little More about Me
I've always been passionate about designing, and I've been designing in one way or another for more than 20 years. For several years I owned and designed for a high-end store in Chicago, where I learned all about craft, quality, and high design standards. I closed my store a few years ago, but I never lost the love of designing unique and eye-catching fashion.
Closing my store gave me the opportunity to explore the other side of the industry. I worked as the Creative Director for the department store Mark Shale, where I led the buying team and curated the women's fashion collections. This gave me the chance to talk to women in a way I hadn't before—I got to listen to what they really needed in their wardrobes but couldn't find. It was a great experience, but I really missed designing—I realized that I could create a collection that fulfilled women's needs in fashion.
Women want pieces that can keep up with their busy lives, make them feel beautiful and confident, have a high design quality and durability, but are still a good value. That was my inspiration for M2057 by Maria Pinto—to create pieces that are extremely versatile, lasting, and chic. M2057 is really about the modern woman, and what she wants and what she needs.
Risks and challenges
Production + Timing
Because of the high quality fabrics and designs I'm using for M2057 by Maria Pinto, production will require 5 months from the end of the Kickstarter, hence the March 2014 ship date.
Fulfillment + Delivery
As an experienced designer, I'm very aware of the challenges associated with manufacturing. I have contracted some of the country's most reputable factories to ensure that all orders are met and shipped on time. Production and shipping dates will also be dependent on how quickly backers return ordering information, but I've built in extra time for information collection to guard against delays. If a high volume of orders or other unforeseen circumstances arise that may cause delays, I will communicate directly with all my backers and work to fix the problem. My customers' happiness and enjoyment of this experience is most important to me.
If you're not happy with your clothing purchase you will be able to exchange it for a different size. If we don't have the same item available in your size, we will work with you to get you a comparable item that you love!
Simply select one of the backer gift levels listed down the right side of the page. You'll be taken to an Amazon account page where you can sign in using a current account, or create a new account for yourself. You won’t be charged anything until the campaign reaches its goal and is considered funded.
You also don't need to decide what style or color you want yet! Once the campaign is funded, we’ll get in touch with you for additional information to complete your order (style, color, and size). Domestic shipping is included in the backer gift price; for international orders, please add $30 to your backer amount.
Yes! First off, I’m offering my dresses and jackets at a special price of $250 for Kickstarter—after the campaign ends, they will go up to $275. Second, I’m offering an exclusive color called “Kickstarter Red” that I’ll retire after this campaign ends. It’s a brilliant scarlet shade, but it will only be available to Kickstarter backers—after this, no one else will be able to get an M2057 piece in this gorgeous color.
I am so appreciative of every single person who backs my campaign. As a token of my thanks, each backer will get a signed thank you note from me on a frameable notecard featuring my “M2057 Ginko” painting. Moving forward, all backers will also be listed on a “Special Contributors” page on the M2057 website, and get access to exclusive online previews of future collections. Additionally, I’m offering some more experiential gifts at the higher backer levels, including spending a day with me in my studio or co-hosting a fashion party with me at Chicago restaurant Sepia.
Clothing is anticipated to ship in March 2014. This takes into account the time it will take to retrieve order information from all backers, plus production time for the collection.
If you're not happy with your clothing purchase you will be able to exchange it for a different size. If we don't have the same item available in your size, we will work with you to get you a comparable item that you love. Given the nature of the Kickstarter model, we unfortunately cannot accept returns.
Kickstarter manages transactions through Amazon. It’s a very safe, reliable way to conduct transactions and manage credit cards. You will not be charged until the campaign reaches its funding goal.
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