Wednesday, December 8, 2010

American Duchess "October Foxhunt" Winter Coat Official Release!!!

(Click the photo here for more views of the coat)
Remember back when I was begging you guys to vote on some clothing designs on a website called Garmz.com?  Well one of the designs reached the #1 Most Voted slot, and was prototyped in record time, and has been released in the Garmz.com shop for sale!

I'm over the moon!  I worked with the Garmz team to choose a fabric (the russet wool wasn't available), find the right fur and buttons, and bring this little sketch to a full-fledged winter coat.  It's a nice warm tweed, with French faux fur that is removable (both collar and cuffs), and a slight Steampunk twist with the buttons.

I was inspired by 18th century riding habits, with the three big pleats in the back, and the large collar (think redingote).  I enjoyed working on this, and I hope you all enjoy the design and for those of you ordering it, enjoy wearing it!
This is the original sketch
Garmz.com is a European shop, so they sell their items in Euros.  For us 'Mericans, the pre-sale price is about $258, and the normal price (non-pre-sale) will be about $368, so you save quite a lot of money by ordering now, and if you're a fashionista, you'll be happy to know that this is a limited run, so you will own a completely original piece of clothing from an indie designer (me!).

Thank you all for voting for this design, and I'm so happy to present it to you!

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15 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS! How marvellous. You must be feeling over the moon. And they look like they have done justice to your design. Quite lovely. Did you get your name on it or anything???
    Enjoy!

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  2. Wow. Congratulations! I voted, I voted! :) Now, that pink raincoat... I'm very happy for you, it looks lovely!

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  3. Love it! I really like that the fur ont he cuffs is removeable. I will have to see if there are images of the coat sans fur!!

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  4. Beautiful! If you don't mind me asking, do you get a part of the sales?

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  5. What a feather for your cap! Congratulations on having your design brought to life.

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  6. Congratulations Lauren! It's a beautiful coat and I hope it does well! I'd like to see the raincoat next, that's been my favorite! :)

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  7. Congratulations! It's beautiful. *drool*

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  8. Congratulations! It's enchanting and sooo darling! I love it!

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  9. Thank you guys SO much! I know it is you all that made this possible, by supporting me and voting for my design (I'm sorry I bugged you all so much!).

    To answer the questions - yes, my label with "American Duchess" is sewn into the jacket, and I do get 5% of each sale of the coat, so I'm hoping it sells out! It's a very limited run, I think only 200 or may fewer, and hopefully Garmz will want to do the raincoat design at some point too :-)

    Thank you all again! <3

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  10. That is stunning! Congratulations!!!!

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  11. Oh, it looks amazing! I would totally buy it, but it looks like it will be a little small on me! Congrats though! :-)

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  12. Oh Man... I want it so bad, it's stunning and perfect! You are a great designer!
    <3

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