19th Amendment, Supporter of Indie Design, Is Crowd-Funding

The work of Emily Sawich, an example of a 19th Amendment designer

The work of Emily Sawich, an example of a 19th Amendment designer

Wednesday, July 3, 2013, by Susie Kostaras: Boston is putting itself on the map as fashion-meets-tech innovation hub. From Kendall to Fort Point Channel, here are the start ups that caught our attention.

The work of Emily Sawich, an example of a 19th Amendment designer Parsons grad Amanda Curtis encountered major hurdles when she set out to launch a clothing line with a sizable sum granted in what she calls a “Cinderella story.” The realization that her design background lacked practical training in how to actually produce a collection didn’t defeat her—rather, she embarked on a mission to build a platform for other designers in the same position. From there, 19th Amendment was born with co-founder Gemma Sole, which currently is running an Indiegogo campaign to progress from pre-beta to the highly anticipated beta launch later this month.

Noting that there are more design schools in Massachusetts than in New York, Curtis felt it was important to root her concept in Boston’s tech scene. While Boston has a smaller fashion community, its edge over New York lies in innovation. And innovate is exactly what 19th Amendment is doing. Essentially, 19th Amendment highlights a portfolio of area designers, asking viewers to crowd-fund their favorite designs, subsequently turning them into built-in customers. In return, the team handles some operational elements of producing a collection (marketing, manufacturing relations), minimizing the substantial risk involved in launching a line, which can take four or five seasons to raise investment and actually turn a profit.

The platform’s designer roster is a mix of currently students, new grads, and seasoned designers looking for new exposure. These creative entrepreneurs often butt heads with US manufacturers, as they can only afford to order small runs of their merchandise and manufacturers require constant, large orders. 19th Amendment steps in and negotiates on behalf of a cluster of designers, thus handling the business part of building a line and ensuring the domestic manufacturers receive a steady stream of jobs.

At this point, the push toward American-made goods is crystal clear—though the prospect of doing so for large retailers, like Zappos, is not quite plausible yet. The small manufacturers stateside need to grow into medium-sized ones, a task that 19th Amendment is excitedly taking on so that they can eventually take on gigantic orders from the retail giants. If this way of building an economy seems familiar, it’s because fellow Massachusetts-based retailer The Grommet is doing something similar, making them an appropriate advisor to Curtis and her crew. They both revolve around e-commerce that tells a story.

Whether you believe in supporting small designers, harboring the concept of domestic production, or both, the 19th Amendment Indiegogo campaign should grab the attention of your pocketbook. Eighteen days remain to reach their $19,000 goal, and the new site will launch shortly thereafter.
· 19th Amendment [Official Site]
· 19th Amendment [Indiegogo]
· The Grommet CEO Discusses Makers and Somerville [Racked Boston]

Source: Boston Racked – Susie Kostaras
Link: http://boston.racked.com/archives/2013/07/03/crowdsourcing-design-platform-19th-amendment-is-crowdfunding-indiegogo.php


ForbesHow One Startup Raised 10 Times Its Original Crowdfunding GoalForbesRunning a successful crowdfunding campaign isn't easy. The odds are heavily stacked against you, as very few end up succeeding. "Statistically, up to 89% of campaigns fail. Kickstarter has the highest [...]

ForbesThe Ultimate Pre-Launch Crowdfunding ChecklistForbesCrowdfunding is not limited to the platform where you launch your campaign. Instead, it has become a valuable way to transform your idea into a mainstream business. In order to head in that direction, you must execute a number [...]

Eater LondonFat Macy's Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Open Restaurant in PeckhamEater LondonFat Macy's — a food social enterprise which aims to train young Londoners living in temporary housing — have launched a crowdfunding campaign. Their aim is to raise £55,141 to fund a [...]

Realnoe vremyaEveryone pools: Elvira Nabiullina to look closer at crowdfundingRealnoe vremyaIts Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors Yulian Lazovsky told Realnoe Vremya that crowdfunding platforms will need to create a capital of at least 10 million rubles within the cooperation [...]

Crowdfund InsiderStartwise, a New Crowdfunding Platform using Reg CF Goes Live with Revenue Sharing OfferingsCrowdfund InsiderToday, Startwise, the newest FINRA approved Reg CF platform, has officially launched a marketplace where you can invest in companies you care about for as litt [...]

U.S. News & World ReportNo Cash for Hate, Say Mainstream Crowdfunding FirmsU.S. News & World ReportThe block on mainstream crowdfunding is just the latest blow to far-right activists operating online. In the last 24 hours, neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer had its domain regi [...]

TechCrunchUK's Prodigy Finance raises $240M to crowdfund students from emerging marketsTechCrunchUK fintech startup Prodigy Finance has raised a whopping $240 million funding round, certainly one of the largest by a UK company this year. The company provides loans to internationa [...]

Devon LiveCrowdfunding campaign launched to save adopted Romanian puppy who needs £8000 for vital surgery to save its lifeDevon LiveSam has started a crowd-funding campaign to try to help meet the £8000 cost of the surgery. It's a tall order, but every little helps. Sam had been [...]

DreamHost Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Cover Legal Costs in DOJ FightWeb Host Industry ReviewDreamHost has set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise $10,000 for its legal fight against the U.S. Department of Justice. The DOJ is attempting to force DreamHost to provide it with websi [...]

Crain's Cleveland Business'Smaller' gifts can go long way for Clinic's crowdfunding platformCrain's Cleveland BusinessFor an institution accustomed to securing multimillion-dollar donations, Cleveland Clinic's latest fundraising effort has some relatively [...]

CFB Finance

Lst Val
+/- Val
+/- %


  • Crowdfunding
  • Crowdfund
  • Peer to Peer Lending
  • FinTech
  • Reg A+
  • Reg CF
  • Crowdfunding USA

Press Release

Live Crowdfunding .tv

What's Next Step in Regulation A+ JOBS ACTS Title IIII :L Interview : Steve Cinelli with Brian Korn Securities and Crowdfunding/Peer-to-Peer Lending Lawyer, Watch more video library | Conference | Interview | Campaign Showcase | Research | Education |