V22LA AND SONS OF ANARCHY: If you have ever wanted one of the amazing wardrobe or jewelry pieces as seen on SONS OF ANARCHY, now is your chance to get it at a ridiculously low price. We are offering these rewards as a very heartfelt THANK YOU to our backers, as well as fabulous rewards not associated with the show.
V22LA was approached in our first year by the wardrobe department of SONS OF ANARCHY, at which time we provided (and continued to provide) prolific pieces that became very well known and were used as regular wardrobe on the characters for the duration of the character or the show.
We have partnered with SOA to work with Veterans charities, including donating our loft for the BOOT CAMPAIGN BOOT BASH, and even donated apparel, worn by certain stars on other shows that were later auctioned off in a celebrity auction to raise even more money for Veterans.
Finally, SOA, filmed the GREENSLEEVES episode of the final season in our loft.
V22LA Is an established line of high end street-wear and luxury apparel that is nothing like anything else in the marketplace today.
V22LA IS A 100% MADE IN AMERICA LIFESTYLE LINE founded by Frankie and Angela Rodriguez 4.5 years ago with a mission to always keep production in America and create jobs for our community. We decided early on, that the mission had to be about more than the line itself, we needed to have not only the most prolific, sexy, well made and original collection available in the marketplace, but we felt in our hearts that we needed to be able to help people at the same time.
With very humble beginnings we started in a small, cramped apartment in North Hollywood California and ran the company from there for 3 years, until we were able to make the leap to a 7000sq foot compound/Showroom.
After we began to be seen on SONS OF ANARCHY, it opened up many doors for us, as these pieces became well known for being part of each characters wardrobe, and are very recognizable and very specific to each character.
Our goal with the line, was to create a collection with an amazing fit, out of the finest fabrics, supremely comfortable and amazingly flattering silhouettes. The kind of apparel that makes you happy to get up in the morning and get ready for your day.
AMERICAN MADE....Did you know that less than 2% of AMERICAN DESIGNERS actually produce in AMERICA, and out of that 2% about half only partially produce here in order to SAY they are American Made, but they technically are not..WE, at V22LA have never lost the motivation behind what we do, which is to create jobs, and to be at the forefront of generating awareness to the importance of creating jobs for veterans.
We have never outsourced and never will.
We believe that clothing should not last only one or 2 washes. Some apparel does not even outlast one wearing, then ends up in landfills, it is bad for the environment, and you pay more in the long-run buying 10 or 20 cheap articles of apparel, rather than 1 really nice, well made piece that is built to withstand not only trends, but time.
How many times have you said, or heard the term 'THEY JUST DON'T MAKE THINGS LIKE THEY USED TO?" Well, WE DO!! All of our apparel is not only trendsetting, with a flawless fit and unparalleled craftsmanship but most of all ....it is BUILT TO LAST.
We Honor GOOD OL' AMERICAN INGENUITY, and are so confident in what we do we offer a LIFETIME GUARANTEE on all of our leather Goods and Jewelry.
So, not only do you receive an amazing reward, you get to feel good about your purchase, and for backing a project that not only will help us realize our dreams, as well as creating jobs for Veterans, we are Fashion with Compassion.
Our Dream is to produce as much as we can IN-HOUSE, ultimately we would like to produce everything in-house. By doing so, this would create many jobs that we would be offering to VETERANS returning home from active duty as well as Veterans who are disabled as a result of their service. Any veteran would be welcome to apply, as well as spouses of active duty veterans.
We cannot express enough, how much this means, not only to us, but to so many in need out there, I look on the streets outside of our loft, and they are alive with mentally ill, and homeless, jobless Veterans, while the buildings above them buzz with activity and the sound of working machinery. The very men and women who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms that we take for granted are not supplied with the one thing that would would help them so much...A JOB.
I, Angela, through unfortunate circumstances, found myself to be homeless and alone at the age of 12 . I remained this way through most of my teen years. Unless you have been homeless yourself, its is almost impossible to know what it is like. This is one glaring reason that I will always have a special place in my heart for any homeless person, especially our veterans, who have sacrificed so much, and so many have nothing. Once I was able to get on my feet, I dedicated as much time as I could to helping the homeless, including feeding people on SKID ROW, (which I do to this day) and I also became involved in helping Veterans in any way I could.
Everyday is heartbreaking and unacceptable to know that this is the case across this great land of ours, and that 22 of our most precious resource, our Veterans, who should be honored, are taking their own lives at the rate of 22 per day.
In every movement, someone always needs to be the first to take a stand. WE are the first in the fashion industry to do anything like this, and our KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN is unprecedented.
We cannot express enough our gratitude for your consideration in backing our project, even if you do not back us, we still did a good thing by bringing awareness to one more person as you read this..
Upon the success of this campaign, we would have immediate job opening for 20 to 30 Veterans and our hopes are to multiply that number 10 fold in the coming 18 months to 2 years.
These jobs would obviously provide them with financial security, but it would also give them the camaraderie they are used to by being around other veterans, as well as a sense of Pride and Purpose.
V22LA has been involved with veterans charities since before it's inception, and continues to be as we partner with specific charities for veterans to at the end of this campaign we will be donating 20% of the proceeds from the SOA collection forever.
They are the reason for everything we do.
We KNOW we have a good thing going, Celebrities from A-Z buy our pieces, we are selling in the boutiques we are in, and have a retail store in Japan (where we EXPORT to them, rather than import like everyone else). Even though we are an established brand, we are still a family owned company with only 3 employees, Myself, Frankie, and my 18 year old step son who just started helping out part time. Bottom line: 2 PEOPLE, AND 2 ALONE, CREATED ALL OF THIS.
It is time to move forward and expand beyond what the 2 of us are capable of doing alone.
We need machinery and equipment to fill the empty compound, sewing machines of all types, tumblers, mold making machines, cutting tables and more. This is where the jobs for Veterans comes in... for those who have given so much to allow us to have the FREEDOM to follow our dream
Even though we have all the celebrities and editorials to back our name, we need HELP to take V22LA to the next level. This requires SALES REPS, Publicity, a Public Relations Firm.
The only way to get PRESS out there, for people to see, and KNOW who we are, and what our plight is, is to hire people to come on board and fill the positions that will take us to the next level. We have done as much as 2 people can do, and what we have accomplished by ourselves is nothing less than MIRACULOUS! Imagine what we could do with funding? THE SKY IS THE LIMIT, and so many jobs would be created.
What good does it do us if celebrities are buying and wearing our apparel if no one knows about it?
We also hope, that other AMERICAN designers will follow our lead, and bring production BACK to the U.S.A,
Risks and challenges
"IT'S BETTER TO BE LOOKED OVER, THAN TO BE OVERLOOKED"
- Mae West
Considering that we are already a working and functional brand, we have had all of our manufacturing impeccably perfected and maintained for the past four years. All of the 'bugs' have been worked out early on, and we deal with any issues as they arise (which are seldom) and make sure that they are swiftly and calculatedly remedied.
We have relationships with CONE DENIM, the finest supplier of American Denim. Among all of our suppliers for other fabric and trim, we choose only the highest quality fabrics from our suppliers, we handpick each and every skin and pelt relative to leather goods. Our fit is unparalleled,
We use professional fit models for all garments, to ensure a supreme fit.
We are confident enough in the line that we offer a LIFETIME WARRANTY, and I can say with all honesty, I have NEVER HAD A GARMENT RETURNED, except once due to the client ordering the wrong size. Pretty good odds.
Not missing a single thing, we engineered the line to leave nothing to chance, from deeper pocket lining in the mens jeans for a discreet "adjustment" to double sewn belt loops to insure they never pull out, we have thought of everything.
As a LIFESTYLE LINE, the pieces in our collections work seamlessly together, to create a look THAT GETS LOOKS!
Even our labels are sewn so as not to cause any discomfort.
Our relationships with our leather cobblers, jewelers, and suppliers are like family.
We have no challenges to speak of, our ONLY challenge is getting funded.
The risks we have already taken, and since we are in 3 stores already, and are seen on today's hottest celebs as well as having a flagship in Japan, we know we have a marketable line.
Our goal is to become an AMERICAN ICON like Levis, continuing to make apparel THAT LASTS, and an entity that outlives us.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support, and your time, and if we have touched you, for your donations to our cause.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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