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M2057 by Maria Pinto is a new line of womenswear inspired by urban architecture and design.

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.

To celebrate reaching our Kickstarter goal, we held a fashion show featuring archived Maria Pinto and new M2057 pieces. From left to right: Midnight Isabella Dress, Avalanche Gia Dress + Squares Wrap, Black Franca Dress, Oxblood Jesse Dress
To celebrate reaching our Kickstarter goal, we held a fashion show featuring archived Maria Pinto and new M2057 pieces. From left to right: Midnight Isabella Dress, Avalanche Gia Dress + Squares Wrap, Black Franca Dress, Oxblood Jesse Dress

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. 

The Dresses

Sleeveless shift dress with a funnel neck and cut edges / Form jersey / Waist to hem: 25" / Shown here in Midnight / $250
Sleeveless shift dress with a funnel neck and cut edges / Form jersey / Waist to hem: 25" / Shown here in Midnight / $250
Sleeveless dress with a fitted bodice and flowy circle skirt that falls below the knee / Liquid jersey with “2nd skin” slip / Waist to hem: 30” / Shown here in Radar Blue / $250
Sleeveless dress with a fitted bodice and flowy circle skirt that falls below the knee / Liquid jersey with “2nd skin” slip / Waist to hem: 30” / Shown here in Radar Blue / $250
Shift dress with a bateau neckline, sculpted sleeves, and cut edges / Form jersey / Waist to hem: 25” / Shown here in Black / $250
Shift dress with a bateau neckline, sculpted sleeves, and cut edges / Form jersey / Waist to hem: 25” / Shown here in Black / $250
Two dresses in one! Can be worn as either a V-neck or Bateau neckline / Liquid jersey with “2nd skin” slip / Waist to hem: 25” / Shown here in Midnight / $250
Two dresses in one! Can be worn as either a V-neck or Bateau neckline / Liquid jersey with “2nd skin” slip / Waist to hem: 25” / Shown here in Midnight / $250
Sleeveless dress with a fitted bodice and asymmetrical neckline, layered skirt has a side slit / Liquid jersey with a “2nd skin” slip / Waist to hem: 25” / Shown here in Kickstarter Red / $250
Sleeveless dress with a fitted bodice and asymmetrical neckline, layered skirt has a side slit / Liquid jersey with a “2nd skin” slip / Waist to hem: 25” / Shown here in Kickstarter Red / $250
V-neck shift dress with ¾ sleeve / Liquid jersey with a “2nd skin” slip / Waist to hem: 25” / Shown here in Midnight / $250
V-neck shift dress with ¾ sleeve / Liquid jersey with a “2nd skin” slip / Waist to hem: 25” / Shown here in Midnight / $250
                  
Draped V-neck dress with long sleeves, can be worn as a mini-dress or tunic / Liquid jersey / Waist to hem: 17” / Shown here in Avalanche / $250
Draped V-neck dress with long sleeves, can be worn as a mini-dress or tunic / Liquid jersey / Waist to hem: 17” / Shown here in Avalanche / $250

The Jackets

Jacket with raglan sleeves, front patch pockets, and cut edges / Form jersey / Shown here in Avalanche with the Reverse dress / $250
Jacket with raglan sleeves, front patch pockets, and cut edges / Form jersey / Shown here in Avalanche with the Reverse dress / $250
Long jacket that hits about at the knee, with long raglan sleeves and cut edges / Liquid jersey / Shown here in Oxblood with the Reverse dress / $250
Long jacket that hits about at the knee, with long raglan sleeves and cut edges / Liquid jersey / Shown here in Oxblood with the Reverse dress / $250

The Accessories

Wrap with slits for arms to slide through and cut edges / Can be worn as a wrap or large scarf / Form jersey / Shown here in Cargo with the Reverse dress / $175
Wrap with slits for arms to slide through and cut edges / Can be worn as a wrap or large scarf / Form jersey / Shown here in Cargo with the Reverse dress / $175
Geometric design made of five interlocking squares and cut edges / Can be worn as a wrap or large scarf / Form jersey / Shown here in Avalanche with the Sophia dress / $175
Geometric design made of five interlocking squares and cut edges / Can be worn as a wrap or large scarf / Form jersey / Shown here in Avalanche with the Sophia dress / $175
Long sleeves / Perfect layer to wear with a sleeveless dress / Liquid jersey / Shown here in Cargo with the Sophia dress / $175
Long sleeves / Perfect layer to wear with a sleeveless dress / Liquid jersey / Shown here in Cargo with the Sophia dress / $175
Narrow tube scarf / Can be worn as a scarf or collar / Liquid jersey / Shown here in Oxblood with the Reverse dress / $75
Narrow tube scarf / Can be worn as a scarf or collar / Liquid jersey / Shown here in Oxblood with the Reverse dress / $75
 

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.

Colors

  • Liquid jersey garments available in all colors
  • Form jersey garments available in Black, Cargo, Avalanche, and Midnight

“Kickstarter Red”

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.

Nina Dress shown in Kickstarter Red
Nina Dress shown in Kickstarter Red

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!

Choose from:

Fall 2009 - Natasha jacket + Talia Skirt
Fall 2009 - Natasha jacket + Talia Skirt
Fall 2009 - Lola Coat
Fall 2009 - Lola Coat
Spring 2010 - Gardel Dress
Spring 2010 - Gardel Dress

See Who's Talking about M2057! 

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.

Backer Gifts

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!

Root Love, by Maria Pinto
Root Love, by Maria Pinto

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 Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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.

Exchange Policy
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!

FAQ

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    THANK YOU GIFT. Thank you for supporting M2057 by Maria Pinto! Receive a thank you note from me on a framable notecard featuring my "M2057 Ginko" painting. Your name will also be listed as a special supporter on the M2057 website and you will get special access to online previews of future seasons.

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    CLOSET CONSULT + LOOKBOOK. Get a personal closet consult and styling session with me. I'll come to your house for a 4-hour session, and we'll go through your closet, put new outfits together with the pieces you have, get rid of stuff you don't wear or like, and identify what gaps need to be filled. Afterward I'll send you an electronic lookbook of your best outfits. You'll never say, "I have nothing to wear" again! You'll also receive 2 DRESSES of your choice and the THANK YOU GIFT. ___________________________________ *Backer must live in the Chicagoland area or cover transportation costs for Maria to travel to his/her location.

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    MENTOR WITH MARIA. Spend a day shadowing me and learn what it takes to be a fashion designer. We’ll consult ahead of time to make sure you get the most out of your visit, whether it’s learning how to make a pattern, select fabrics, fit models, or other facets of fashion design. If you have a portfolio I’ll review and critique it with you, and answer all your questions about designing and the fashion business. You’ll also receive 2 DRESSES of your choice and the THANK YOU GIFT. ___________________________________ *Backer must cover transportation costs to Chicago for themselves.

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    CUSTOM-FIT DESIGN FROM MARIA PINTO ARCHIVE. Choose from one of three designs from my previous collections (see options at left, toward bottom of page) and I’ll make you a custom-fit version! I’ll give you a selection of fabrics and colors to choose from, and we’ll do an initial consult followed by three fittings, so you can have a special, designer piece tailor-made to your body! You’ll also receive 2 M2057 DRESSES of your choice and the THANK YOU GIFT. ___________________________________ *Backer must cover transportation costs to Chicago for fittings.

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