Another update for our Kickstarter campaign. We have 21 days to go and we're almost half way to meeting our goal. If you know anyone interested in androgynous fashion, now is the time to tell them about this. Share the link and help us spread it.
Posted on August 6, 2012
Posted on August 4, 2012
Posted on August 2, 2012
1. Why does this clothing line have to exist?
Because many women who don't fit into the societal "feminine" category have never been able to find clothing made just for them. There has never been a designer or clothing line that design for androgynous women. They have had to find substitutes and be happy with the limited items found in the boys or men's department. The existence of this clothing line will also bring awareness and make people more accepting of others.
2. Why does the clothing line have to be done by us?
Because A Lee has experienced first hand what it's like when looking for neat, clean and simple clothing that fit. And Vee is one of the most creative and promising designers out there that can solve any design problem, no matter how many constraints. Together, we can make clothing that addresses the problems androgynous women encounter while at the same time, make beautiful and awesome garments that make the wears feel and look great! They can finally be themselves in the clothes they wear. And feel good about it.
3. Why are we the one and only team to make it?
Because we're two individuals who believe beauty is in the detail and that only the best design is good enough. Vee has design training from Parsons, in New York City, and lifelong experience in the studio, behind the sewing machines, drafting tables, and design constructions. A Lee has logical thinking training as an engineer, and artistic training as a fine artist and graphic designer.
We understand the frustrations from the customers’ side, from the design side and have the abilities to solve them. We also have the capacity for hard work (thanks to our mom) and determination to make this work. We're passionate and believe in this whole-heartedly.
4. Why should it be done now?
Because people have waited long enough. We think society is ready for a change.
5. Why is this clothing line significant? Why do people need to be a part of it?
Because it's greater than fashion or clothing. It's about challenging the gender roles societies have created and being true to yourself. It's about creating a movement that can influence people to be more open and accepting of others. It's okay to be different because that's exactly what makes you who you are.
Posted on July 31, 2012
Now, you can have the shirts and pants you’ve always wanted at special prices before we open the online store. Offer ends August 28, 2012.
Androgynous is a clothing line that encourages you to stay true to yourself. You shouldn’t have to be anybody else to be accepted.
We have a great idea but we need your help. With your support, we can launch a new clothing line that will put a stop to the frustration experienced by so many androgynous women when they shop for clean, beautiful designs of shirts, pants, vest and jackets. They can finally say goodbye to shopping in the men’s and boy’s departments. Androgynous is created to celebrate the very thing that makes you different and sets you apart from the rest of the world. "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"
Androgynous is a clean, classy, and sharp “menswear” made for androgynous women. We need your support to successfully introduce the debut collection to the world. Our goal is to have the first collection live Fall 2012.
Why we started androgynous? It's simple, really. Instead of making compromises and trying to fit into society, we should embrace who we are and stay true to ourselves. Most people change to fit the mold the world has created because they fear rejection. But there are those brave and courageous souls that remain true to themselves. And they have been looking for a place that sells clothes that suit their personality for too long, to no avail.
Part 1. Rewards. Or, awesome garments at special prices before we launch the store.
NOTE: For the first 50 backers (of $75 or more): 15% off your order when we launch the online store.
$5 or more: Your name will memorialized on our website, as well as all of our social media sites, and forever cherished, remembered, and etched into our hearts as one of our first beloved supporters of Androgynous. When we’re crippled, old, gray, and on the verge of non-existence, we’ll talk about the early days and cry uncontrollably about your support.
$35 or more: A designer tie (retail ~ $40).
$45 or more: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. A classic original white or black button-down collar shirt (retail ~ $55)
$50 or more: A classic original white or black button-down collar shirt (retail ~ $55)
$65 or more: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. A designer shirt (retail ~ $85)
$75 or more: A designer shirt (retail ~ $85)
$85 or more: A designer vest (retail ~ $100)
$250 or more: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. A blazer and a white or black classic button-down shirt (total retail price ~ $305)
$275 or more: A blazer and a white or black classic button-down shirt (total retail price ~ $305)
$500 or more: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. A blazer, 3 designer shirts, and a classic white or black shirt (total retail price ~ $615).
$550 or more: A blazer, 3 designer shirts, and a classic white or black shirt (total retail price ~ $615).
$1000 or more: A light jacket, a blazer, 3 designer shirts, a white and black classic shirt, a vest, and 2 pants (total retail price ~$1,215)
I really want some Androgynous garments! It’s simple and here’s how:
- Sign-up or log-in to Kickstarter (link on the upper right)
- Select a reward on the level on the right
- Spread the world to all your friends
- We hand make and ship your Androgynous garments to your door
- You get it, wear it, and share your photos with us!
Part 2. Why should you help? Because...
- You are the kindest, most generous, and loving person in the world.
- You get awesome Androgynous garments (at a special value) in exchange for your support
- You want to take part in paving the way for a new way of thinking and how fashion is perceived. It’s time for a shift in fashion and inevitably, a shift in our society.
Other ways you can help
It’s easy! Please donate, forward and help spread our campaign. Just use the Kickstarter tools to share via Twitter, Facebook or embed it on your blog.
Part 3. How will your contribution be used?
Our goal of launching in late August is about 40% completion. That which was done by a team of 3 thus far: myself, who is doing much of the design process; my sister, the business partner who wanders around aimlessly (not really); and my life partner, who has no choice but to help me. We are extremely excited, dedicated, and eagerly want to share Androgynous with the world.
Estimated 25% of pledged goal will go to: Our laboratory (Vee and A, 2 sewing machines, and 1 mannequin) is working on a slew of designs to supply our store with a wide selection of shirts, pants, jackets, sweaters, coats, and more.
- Hire an ambitious assistant to lend a helping hand.
- Purchase additional supplies, fabrics, and materials.
- And although we do like photography and making videos, we want more time to design and create for Androgynous, so we would like to commission photographers.
Estimated 10% of pledged goal will go towards:Our goal here is to be able to create a welcoming site that will make it easy to shop and find resources available for Androgynes.
- Website design/development.
- Optimization of website for search engine optimization (SEO).
- Online marketing, publicity and promotion.
Estimated 65% of pledged goal will go towards:
- Fabrics and materials to be used in production.
- Actual production, which includes clothing labels, grading (sizing), cutting, sewing, and finishing.
We would surely fall into a deep deep depression if we can’t launch by late August to meet the aching anticipation of our fans, followers, and other unknown hopefuls aimlessly out there looking for a fashion line like Androgynous.
Your pledged contribution will not go to waste, that is a sincere oath from the depths of our hearts. We pledge to you that, with every ounce of our determination, we will work our butts off so that you can see the successful outcomes of this project.
Thank you so much for reading our story, and thank you in advance for your pledge.
Posted on July 28, 2012
Thank you to all those who supported and attended the fashion show in Long Beach. It was a blast.
I should have a video of the show up soon. But if you haven't seen it yet, watch our video on why we started Androgynous.
Posted on March 19, 2012
The first collection is almost ready. Thank you for your patience. We're doing the photoshoot at the end of May 2012 so we'll be able to post some photos after that. Thanks for all your support!
Posted on December 15, 2011
The most important thing to consider when buying clothes is your body type. It’s better to wear something that’s currently not hot but matches your personality and style. Wearing an item that does not match your body type makes you look out of place. You want your clothes to look like they’re made for you.
What should you avoid if your body type is bulky?
These are the essentials to looking good:
1. Avoid horizontal stripes...pants, shirts, slacks, blazers, jackets and any other major items.
2. When selecting a top and bottom, stick to only one or two colors that are close to each other.
3. Avoid turtlenecks. They are evil.
4. Stay away from stripe polos of complimentary colors, i.e., blue and yellow stripe polos.
Posted on December 15, 2011
Walk down any random street in New York City and you’ll see men in ties, usually those big and massive ties associated with executives. If you walk around 14th Street, you might see people sporting narrower ties.
The questions I used to wonder about is this, “If you’re a guy, do people automatically think you’re 70% gay if you’re wearing one of the narrower ties?”
What if you’re a woman and you want to wear a tie? What’s the width most suitable for you?
I would recommend going with the narrower ties because women have narrower shoulders compared to men. If you’re slim, the skinnier the tie, the more stylist you’ll look. If you’re bigger than the average woman, don’t go with just any tie from the men’s department. Find a narrow one - it’ll accommodate your proportions better.
Posted on December 14, 2011
Christmas is really just around the corner.
But buying Christmas presents isn’t really on my mind. I was actually panicking about another year gone by. Oh, how the years fly by...
I think I’m going to do something special for myself this year. I’m just going to spend a whole day with myself. Really. I can’t remember the last time I actually took a walk and reflected on my evil deeds and justifications for them. I’ve been so caught up with work and living, I almost forgot to enjoy it.
If you had a whole day to yourself, what would you do?
Posted on December 13, 2011
An article on Daily Mail states that Andrej Pejic is the ultimate insult on women. I don't know if the writer believes what she wrote or just trying to get attention.
It also goes on to say that the media, designers and fashion industry has put too much pressure how women should look, and designer no longer consider the physical features of women.
I feel that if a woman is under pressure from the media or any other source to look and behave a certain way then the problem isn't the media. It's the woman's decision to let herself be affected by external sources.
People can tell you what's they think is good, but only you can decide what's really good for yourself.
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