We did it!! We made our goal with a few days left to spare!!
If you wanted to take part in this campaign there's still time!
Any extra funds will go towards:
- A fall/winter line
- Booth fees to sell more to you in person
- New sewing equipment
Hey! Thanks for being here. I am SO thankful that you're even taking the time to read about my project. So let's get to work. First things first, why do I need Kickstarter's help?
While there are a couple different routes that I could have taken to find funds to help make my dream a reality, bringing this project to the community seemed to make the most sense. While I was reluctant at first because I do not like asking for help, I felt better knowing that those who choose to help fund my project will receive rewards in return. Having graduated from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, MI less than a year ago, the thought of taking out another loan on top of my massive student debt was soul crushing. And although I am a recent female college graduate, there are currently no grants that I qualify for. So, as I am building Poppy Things around community, ethics, and sustainability, Kickstarter felt like a fitting platform to try to achieve this goal through.
What is Poppy Things? And who the heck are you?
I'm Chelsey Sawallich, and Poppy Things is the brand that I've been developing since I was twelve. I grew up on a cherry and cattle farm in Cedar, MI in the beautiful Leelanau County. I was spoiled growing up in the 'Land of Delight,' living a bike ride away from Lake Leelanau and a car ride away from Lake Michigan, Historic Fishtown, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Traverse City- the Cherry Capital of the World.
I first discovered poppies when I was twelve. There is an enchanting vacant farmhouse down the road from the house I grew up in that has been for sale as long as I can remember. Although no one has tended to its garden for decades, poppies still grow there every year. I was in awe of their silhouette and their striking color- and although they appear delicate, even in fierce winds they remain strong.
I've always had a colorful imagination and an eye for composition. Although the prospect of "art school" seemed risky, my dream of someday having Poppy Things clothing in a storefront didn't seem possible without refining and perfecting my craft. I excelled in the Fashion Studies program at Kendall College of Art & Design, truly finding my voice in fashion and my aesthetic. I obtained my BFA in Fashion Studies in December 2017.
As I approach my 25th birthday, I realized that I have over 11 combined years of retail, fashion merchandising, and fashion design experience. From my first job at a fudge shop, to my five years managing 3 locations of a popular local brand, to designing and working as a product developer for a company in Grand Rapids. All of these experiences have helped shape my brand into what it is and have reinforced my vision of being part of the Northern Michigan community as a small business and artisan, as well as a company that believes in ethics and sustainability.
What will the money from this project be used for?
- Start up costs for my first sellable XS-2XL womenswear collection.
- Creating jobs and paying fair wages to happy sewists in Lansing, Michigan, who will create my garments with care and craft them to last.
- Sourcing eco-friendly fabrics that are organic or created from recycled materials and only sourcing with fabric mills that are striving to reduce collective impact on the environment and are committed to creating safer working conditions for all employees.
- Allow a budget for inclusive sizing. While it would be easier to stop at size Large, not all of our bodies work that way. Since getting a clothing collection off the ground is hard enough, this funding will help me to fulfill my promise of offering extended sizing.
What makes Poppy Things clothes different?
- The materials.
In addition to sourcing fabrics that are strong and will stand up to your laundry cycle, I am also striving to use natural and sustainable fabrics. Some of these fabrics include: Tencel, Bamboo Knit, Hemp, Cotton, and Silk. Not only do these fabrics have a low environmental impact, during manufacturing our patterns are placed to produce very minimal waste. Any salvageable fabric scraps will be turned into accessories such as scarves, headbands, or even napkins.
- Size inclusiveness.
Every BODY is beautiful. There's been too many times where I've walked into Target and felt left out. Even their "bigger" sizes aren't true. As a curvy size 14 woman, my only options shouldn't be a potato sack from the mall, or something that's going to fall apart after the first wash. While sizes XS-2XL aren't covering all of the bases, it's a good place to start. You deserve to wear nice things. You deserve to feel beautiful.
- How they're designed.
When I'm designing a garment I am always thinking of how I can accentuate certain parts of the body (or not accentuate), what pieces can go with others, the comfort level of the fabrics I'm choosing, and so much more. Throughout my years as a clothing store manager, stylist, pattern maker, and into designing production runs, I've figured out the "true to size" formula. While it's still smart to look at any company's size chart before ordering, you shouldn't have to pull out the measuring tape every time you want to shop. I want to make your favorite shirt. Your favorite dress. Those pieces you want to wear over and over.
- Where they're made.
I've always patterned, cut, and sewn everything for my brand right here in Michigan. Now that I'm working towards releasing larger volumes of clothing it is simply impossible for me to do everything myself, especially when I'm a one woman show. Manufacturing in the U.S. is important to me, but manufacturing in Michigan is even better. If this campaign is successful I will be able to produce my collection in Lansing, Michigan. Manufacturing through this company in Lansing will create jobs, continue to provide work for their seamstresses, continue to help them pay their workers living wages and work under ethical conditions, and helps me to be close and involved in every step of the production process. Making sure the garments being made are quality is my priority.
The collection being funded is pictured below with pictures as well as digital mock-ups.
Even more Poppy Things vibes here.
For helping this dream come to life, you get a prize!
Once this campaign is successful, I will email each individual backer so that they can select their item, size, or colorway accordingly. If you wish to have multiple items, simply multiply your contribution by the amount you'd like. For example: If you want the Driftwood Cardigan in two colors, multiply that reward by 2. You will be able to specify your size and color after the campaign.
Your credit card will NOT be charged:
- Until the campaign is over (if the campaign is successful.)
- If the campaign is unsuccessful, you will not be charged.
- Kickstarter is an all or nothing campaign, so if my goal is not reached by March 6th then I do not receive any funding.
**Refer to REWARDS tab at the top of your screen (for mobile users) or on the right side of your screen (for desktop users) for full descriptions of rewards!**
(If you want multiple pins, back $25 x amount wanted.)
(If you want multiple towels, back $30 x amount wanted.)
(If you want multiple sizes/colors, back $50 x amount wanted.)
(If you want multiple tote/pin combos, back $60 x amount wanted.)
(If you want multiple sizes, back $60 x amount wanted.)
(If you want multiple pins and tea towels, back $70 x amount wanted.)
(If you want multiple hoodies, back $75 x amount wanted.)
(If you want multiple sizes/colors and additional discounts, back $150 x amount wanted.)
(If you want multiple Leelanau Local's packs, back $200 x amount wanted.)
(If you want multiple skirt & blouse colors/sizes, back $250 x amount wanted.)
(If you want the Amelia Dress in multiple sizes/colors, back $250 x amount wanted.)
(If you want more than 3 sizes/colors, add $158 to $475 per item.)
Mimosa Brunch + Rewards listed below, as well as any 1 piece of clothing collection.
If this campaign is successful, when will you receive your reward?
Aside from the rewards that include the collection being funded, all rewards will be shipped by April, 2019. If your reward includes clothing that is in the collection being funded, your reward will approximately ship in June/July 2019. It will most likely be June, but the latest would be July.
A MILLION KISSES TO YOU for sharing, backing, and loving my project. You truly have no idea what it means to me that you're here.
I love you. I appreciate you. I thank you.
Risks and challenges
Our team has decades of experience in the retail + fashion industries, so we're familiar with the challenges involved in completing this project. With any product manufacturing there is the possibility of unforeseen obstacles or delays- We are confident in the team we have assembled to meet these challenges. However, if there are any delays, you will be the first to know as we want to be as transparent in our production as possible. Should any concerns arrive, please reach out to us at: firstname.lastname@example.orgLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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