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Providing fashion designers & seamstresses with the space, resources & support they need to move from the buzz of talent to the growl of success.

For those of you who've been watching me on Project Runway, you probably know by now that my favorite part of the experience has been the opportunity to work alongside so many incredibly talented designers. Something very powerful happens when you have the opportunity to challenge each other, to laugh together and to learn from one another. I truly believe that having all of those different perspectives and artistic voices around you help to make you a better designer ... and a better person.

Buzz & Growl is a way to keep that energy alive and to provide fashion designers and seamstresses with new opportunities for professional and personal growth. This unique co-op will provide designers, students, contractors and anyone with an enthusiasm for sewing with access to professional equipment. Equally importantly, it will create a supportive environment for continual learning and self-improvement through workshops, studio space and contract services for little to no charge.

Most designers don't have access to costly professional equipment or space to create proper, sellable work. Many of us end up sewing with improper tools, in cramped kitchens and bedrooms, and quite often working alone, with no feedback or assistance. So many promising designers' careers are stunted by this lack of resources.

But it doesn't have to be that way. I'm committed to seeing Buzz & Growl create new opportunities for designers and seamstresses not only in Cleveland but throughout the Midwest and beyond. Your generous support will help us cover the basic rent and utility expenses for Buzz & Growl during its first year so that we can concentrate our time and energy on making the co-op all that it can be: a truly inspirational place where members can work on their own projects, learn professional standards, develop sustainable business models and grow through collaboration.

I hope you'll join me in making Buzz & Growl a reality. Your contribution will make a very powerful difference in the lives of many, many fashion artists, as we work to build the buzz of their talent and aspiration into the growl of true success.

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    Supporter: My eternal gratitude. Every dollar counts to making Buzz & Growl a reality!

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    Makin' It Work: Thanks guys! You'll be listed as a supporter on the Buzz & Growl website.

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    Ascot Gavottin': No time to meet up at the racecourse, Eliza ... We've got to launch Buzz & Growl! But I will list you as a supporter on both the Buzz & Growl website and in a limited edition self-published book about the opening of Buzz & Growl.

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    Ready for a Billboard: I can't give you a Times Square billboard, but I will send you an original Yellowcake sketch, signed and dated by one Valerie Mayen, plus everything above. Note: Free shipping in continental United States; additional shipping charge may apply elsewhere.

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    Blueprint or Bust: We're drawing up our plans for Buzz & Growl, and your pledge just got us a little closer to reality. For that, I'm going to make sure you get all of the above, plus a new Yellowcake headpiece ... one of our hottest items this season! Note: Free shipping in continental United States; additional shipping charge may apply elsewhere.

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    Fashion Ninja: You're moving stealthy-like, helping us get there. For that, you get everything above, plus your very own Fashion Ninja doll, as seen on Project Runway. Fancy! Note: Free shipping in continental United States; additional shipping charge may apply elsewhere.

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    You're IN: So thankful for the support. And since you're officially in the Buzz & Growl family, you're going to get everything above, plus I'll send you a limited-edition self-published book about the opening of Buzz & Growl. Note: Free shipping in continental United States; additional shipping charge may apply elsewhere.

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    Love You Like David Bowie: Wow, thanks, man. For real, for real. That amazing $250 contribution earns you everything above, plus your name will be embroidered onto the "Founders' Fabric", which will hang proudly in Buzz & Growl ... probably somewhere near the David Bowie fan wall. How great is that?!

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    Truly Buzzzzworthy: Bees like you definitely belong in the Buzz & Growl hive! You'll get all of the above, plus a one-year membership in Buzz & Growl, taking effect from the date of our Grand Opening.

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    Pahtee Glittah Diva: Girl, you're the best. Help yourself to everything above PLUS your choice of a Yellowcake scarf belt or capelet (visit www.yellowcakeshop.com and click under "Accessories" for more information). If that doesn't say glittah, I don't know what does. Note: Free shipping in continental United States; additional shipping charge may apply elsewhere.

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    GROWWWLLLICCCIOUS: You are truly a Buzz & Growl pal. We couldn't start up without you ... which is why you'll be cordially invited to a grand opening party at Buzz & Growl. Help us break the co-op in with refreshments, entertainment and a toast to Buzz & Growl family (with a special thank you to you for making it happen). PLUS, and this is a big plus, we'll give you a new Yellowcake coat, so you can party in all temperatures. Please note: You'll be responsible for your own travel and accommodations while in Cleveland. Select styles of coats only.

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    THE CRAY-CRAY-CRAZIEST: With backers like you, Buzz & Growl can't fail! You get everything above, plus shopping and lunch with me ... Valerie Mayen! I'll give you fashion advice throughout the day and send you home with some Yellowcake goodies, plus I'll do some custom sketches that you can take with you as a future shopping reference. Please note: You'll be responsible for your own travel and accommodations while in Cleveland.

Funding period

- (60 days)