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Have you heard of the website KICKSTARTER? It’s a specially curated platform for creative minds to kick start their dreams by seeking donations— anywhere from $10 to $1000, and in return, you’ll get special treats from the artist if they reach their goal.

I heard of KICKSTARTER through a musician friend of mine who was raising money to create a special album. As I well know, financing your own line, album or career for that matter, can be difficult, and at times, seemingly impossible. KICKSTARTER creates a platform to raise money for artists involved music, design (fashion, product, game, app, etc), film/video, food, journalism, and other projects that spring from the imagination. Certain donations win your special perks— that is, if the artist reaches his or her monetary goal.

A friend of mine recently told me that she is doing KICKSTARTER for her clothing line, and I thought that was so interesting. Being a fashion designer without an investor or business partner is hard. Meet Gerlan Jeans “a sportswear brand for men and women, dedicated to making the world a brighter place, one colorful print at a time”. Gerlan, the colorfully vivacious gal behind this collection has rainbows of inspiration. Her clothing is full of humor and fun. When I first met Gerlan, her white/blond hair was pulled back in a top knot and wrapped in fluorescent bands— she was wearing many colors and had been working in textiles. When she emerged with her own collection a few seasons later I was thrilled— the essence she possessed in her style & personality had been translated into prints and clothing and it was unreal.

If you’re interested in supporting young designers like Gerlan Jeans, or perhaps want to launch your own line, you should visit this site and see what’s out there. You’ll truly be inspired.


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    Aug 24, 2010, 10.23 PMby bola

    Cool thanks Alison- you always post such useful stuff!

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    Aug 24, 2010, 09.34 PMby tambasmall

    This is an awesome idea for designers to get their stuff out there. We need more websites like that.

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    Jul 28, 2010, 04.32 AMby guerillaembroidery

    what a fantastic idea – and thanks for the link to Gelan Jeans, the label is right up my street!

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    Jul 24, 2010, 02.09 PMby amy-jade

    This is a terrific idea, but is there an age limit on it, im 16 and definitley would like to be a part of something like this! Also, if you guys are on facebook, you should check out this new fashion app called FashionBeat, I find it a great way to find out the new up and coming trends and share them with your friends! Check out my closet…http://fashionbeat.itemcaster.com/my_product.php?asin=2997&link_id=3334&vendor=#IC-TOP let me know what you think! have i got potential?

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    Jul 24, 2010, 02.07 AMby mlssfshn

    I got approved last week now looking for an intern to help me with this! I’ve also applied to Fashion Stake and Style Trek . If your in the UK there is Catwalk Genius

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    Jul 23, 2010, 08.00 PMby alisondahl

    there are so many talented designers out there and this stuff is especially cool. it’s just so alive. <3

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    Jul 23, 2010, 07.26 PMby dschudie

    cool stuff, very interesting and inspiring! thank you so much for sharing. that´s future!

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