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Sustainable womenswear clothing line, made in Michigan.  Inspired by natural and botanical elements. Ethically manufactured.
Sustainable womenswear clothing line, made in Michigan. Inspired by natural and botanical elements. Ethically manufactured.
127 backers pledged $10,911 to help bring this project to life.

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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.)

Sizes: XS-2XL

(If you want the Amelia Dress in multiple sizes/colors, back $250 x amount wanted.)

Sizes: XS-2XL 

(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.

xo, Chelsey

Instagram: @poppythings 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/poppythings

Website: www.poppythings.com

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: chelsey@poppythings.com

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    A Big Hug

    It means so much to me that you're here, trying to help make my dream happen! Every amount counts, so please know that I am sending you the warmest virtual hug. You're amazing, thank you so much!

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    Farmer's Market Pin + Handwritten Thanks

    You're awesome! And because you're awesome you'll recieve my limited edition Farmer's Market Pin and a handwritten thank you note. Who doesn't love a handwritten thank you? The pin is 1.25" x 1.5"

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    Leelanau Pin & Handwritten Thanks

    For the Leelanau lovers and locals- the Leelanau Peninsula golden pin and a handwritten thank you note.
    Gold enamel pin: .5" x 1"

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    Limited Edition Farm Market Tea Towel

    16" x 24" Limited Edition Farmer's Market Tea Towel. Made from a durable linen cotton canvas. Original artwork by Chelsey Sawallich. Handmade in my studio in Suttons Bay,

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    Limited Edition Petoskey Stone Tea Towel

    16" x 24" Limited Edition Petoskey Stone and Leland Blue Tea Towel. Made from a durable linen cotton canvas. Original artwork by Chelsey Sawallich. Handmade in my studio in Suttons Bay, MI.

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    Petoskey Stone & Leland Blue Unisex Tank

    Petoskey Stone & Leland Blue Unisex Tank, original artwork by Chelsey Sawallich. Once the campaign is successful, you can choose your size from XS-XL, as well as your color choice of Oatmeal or Indigo. They are triblend and are incredibly soft! Women may want to size down for a more fitted tank!

    (Not included in Michigan Wildflower Collection.)

    50% Polyester/25% Cotton/25% Rayon

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    Farmer's Market Unisex Tank

    Farmer's Market Unisex Tank, original artwork by Chelsey Sawallich. Once the campaign is successful, you can choose your size from XS-XL, as well as your color choice of Oatmeal or Indigo. They are triblend and are incredibly soft! Women may want to size down for a more fitted tank!

    (Not included in Michigan Wildflower Collection.)

    50% Polyester/25% Cotton/25% Rayon

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    Farmers Market Tote, Pin, Thank You Note

    Original artwork by Chelsey Sawallich printed on a sturdy cotton canvas tote, perfect for the Farmer's Market or carrying around town! Accompanied by a matching enamel pin and a handwritten thank you note.

    Tote: 100% Cotton Canvas
    Dimensions: 14 ¾” x 14 ¾” x 5”, Reinforced bottom with 22" handles.

    Farmer's Market Enamel Pin: 1.25" x 1.5"

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    Petoskey Tote & Leelanau Pin

    Original artwork by Chelsey Sawallich printed on a sturdy cotton canvas tote, perfect for rock hunting or carrying around town! Accompanied by the Leelanau Peninsula enamel pin and a handwritten thank you note.

    Tote: 100% Cotton Canvas
    Dimensions: 14 ¾” x 14 ¾” x 5”, Reinforced bottom with 22" handles.

    Leelanau Peninsula Enamel Pin: .5" x 1"

    Includes:
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    • Hand Written Thank You
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    Poppy Bouquet Flowy Long Sleeve

    A relaxed women's cozy long sleeve tee, with Poppy Bouquet original artwork by Kristin Sturdy.
    Once the campaign is successful you can choose your size: S-XL

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    • Poppy Bouquet Women's Long Sleeve
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    2 Limited Edition Tea Towels, Market Pin

    Both 16" x 24" limited edition tea towels, handmade in my studio in Suttons Bay, MI, as well as the limited edition Farmer's Market Pin! Original artwork by Chelsey Sawallich.

    Printed on Linen Cotton Canvas.

    Includes:
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    • Farmer's Market Pin
    • Petoskey Stone Tea Towel
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    Petoskey & Leland Blue Unisex Hoodie

    For the rock hunters! Original Petoskey Stone and Leland Blue artwork by Chelsey Sawallich. A soft and comfy unisex hoodie with a hood, and cuffed long sleeves. Once the kickstarter campaign is successful you can choose from sizes S-2XL.

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    Driftwood Cardigan + Early Bird Special

    From the collection: The Driftwood Cardigan. Cozy and oversized with pockets, made from bamboo knit. Once the campaign is successful, you will be able to pick your color and size. You will also receive 20% off your first Poppy Things item of choice!

    Colors available: Lake Michigan, Dune Berry, Moss.
    Sizes available: S/M, M/L, XL/XXL

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    Leelanau Local's Pack

    All of the limited edition items in one package! Limited edition Farmer's Market enamel pin, Leelanau Peninsula enamel pin, Petoskey Stone Tea Towel, Farmer's Market Tea Towel, Petoskey Stone Tote, and Farmer's Market tote, and a handwritten thank you!

    Includes:
    • Farmer's Market Pin
    • Farmer's Market Tote
    • Leelanau Peninsula Pin
    • Petoskey Stone Tea Towel
    • Petoskey Stone Tote
    • Farmer's Market Tea Towel
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    Amelia Dress + Early Bird Special

    From the collection: The Amelia Dress- the dress everyone wants. Once the campaign is successful, you will be able to pick your color and size. You will also receive 20% off your first Poppy Things item of choice!

    The Amelia Dress is made from a lightweight silk chiffon, fully lined.
    Colors Available: Poppy House Print, Orchard Print, Michigan Wildflower Print (wildflower print available upon successful campaign.)
    Sizes Available: XS-2XL

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    Le Voile Skirt + Top + Special

    From the collection: Le Voile Button Skirt and Wave Blouse. Once the campaign is successful, you will be able to pick your color and size. You will also receive 20% off your first Poppy Things item of choice!

    Le Voile Button Skirt is made from sturdy woven fabrics.
    Colors Available: White Eyelet Cotton, Indigo Tencel
    Sizes Available: XS-2XL

    The Wave Blouse is made from a lightweight silk chiffon, fully lined.
    Colors Available: Poppy House Print, Orchard Print, Michigan Wildflower Print (wildflower print available upon successful campaign.)
    Sizes Available: XS-2XL

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    • Printed Top
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    3 Pieces of Collection

    Choose any three pieces of Chelsey's collection! Once the campaign is successfully funded you will be able to choose your size (XS-2XL) and print/fabric of choice! You will also receive a handwritten thank you from Chelsey. Upon the successful campaign you will receive photos of your color and fabric options, as well as a size chart.

    Includes:
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    • Driftwood Cardigan
    • Le Voile Button Skirt
    • Hand Written Thank You
    • Printed Top
    • Pantelon De Flux
    • Halter Top
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    Brunch for You & a Friend with Chelsey!

    **Award is valid up to one year after end of Kickstarter campaign. For Michigan residents or backers willing to travel to Traverse City, Michigan. Travel and accommodations are not included in reward.**

    Chelsey can make a mean mimosa, okay? Your support will earn you and your BFF a mimosa brunch using Leelanau County's finest sparkling wine from L. Mawby Vineyards and food prepared by Chelsey herself. Be welcomed into Chelsey's charming Suttons Bay home for an afternoon filled with conversation, laughter, and a private look at her design process and a sneak peek into her current projects.

    You will also receive any one clothing design of choice, tote of your choice, both the farmers market and peninsula pin, and tea towel of choice!

    If the kickstarter campaign is successful, you will then be able to set up a time to enjoy your reward! Dietary restrictions are no problem and Chelsey will work around them!

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    • Leelanau Peninsula Pin
    • Farmer's Market Pin
    • Tote of Choice
    • Tea Towel of Choice
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Funding period

- (35 days)