I am Adam David Vaught, founder and creator of Black Confederacy Clothing. My passion for clothing and design began at a young age, but did not materialize until well into adulthood. Growing up in the city of Detroit, becoming a fashion designer was not a picture of normalcy. Talking about patterns, stitches and design was not a topic of conversation among my peer group. For awhile, I followed the traditional notions of "getting a job" and living the status quo that is deemed acceptable by society's standards. However, it wasn't long before I had to break away from such limiting beliefs and follow my dreams - my true purpose.
I began sewing approximately 7 years ago. I started off taking a few classes, but realized I could teach myself and go much farther than what was being offered, so I sought to do just that and I am primarily self-taught. I constantly read and study the craft of design. I create my pieces from scratch, and I am a believer that the smallest detail can leave the most lasting impressions.
To date, I have made numerous custom and ready-to-wear pieces for clients near and far, ranging from jeans and denim shirts to dresses and handbags. I have never regretted taking the road less traveled because, in my journey, I have answered my true calling. And I will let my work ethic and passion speak for itself.
Description of The Black Confederacy Campaign and the Importance of My Mission:
The inherent nature of Black Confederacy invites questions and curiosity as to its derivation - mostly because many associate "confederate" or the "confederate flag" with racism, bigotry, and other negative connotations. However, the Black Confederacy name holds special significance to me because it was born out of the concept that you can take what many may view as a negative image and disarm it, as well as reshape it to reacquaint itself with its positive roots. 'Confederacy' simply means an alliance or union of people for a common purpose or cause. 'Black' has generally been associated with dark, mysterious things, or underdogs of our society. The Black Confederacy brand has bridged these two concepts together and brought it to the forefront that the underestimated or unexpected can come together for a common cause and that is the cause of FASHION.
MY BRAND. MY PASSION
This campaign is so important to me because I believe that it will allow me to take my business to the next level. The funds will help me to increase visibility to my brand as well as confirm my identity and credibility as a true designer who is serious about his craft and the vision of his brand.
I am so excited about Black Confederacy because it is the single greatest expression of who I am and what I believe fashion to be.
Magnitude of Contributors' Support:
I love to create, so with this campaign, I want to create customers, believers in the brand, fans, and quite possibly partners. The bottom line is that I cannot do this without you. You are my greatest asset. My goal is to have my clothing line in stores and online, and by helping me further my passion and make my dreams a reality, you invest in my life and there is no greater investment one can make.
What I Need & What You Get & Enjoy
The amount needed is $15,000. Your generous contributions will cover the cost of the following:3 new industrial sewing machines; fabric in bulk; various custom notions (buttons, rivets, more hang tags, and name tags); a newer more updated website; a new laptop with more storage capacity and better graphics for my pattern making software; a new camera for better quality pictures for next year's look book. A fabric saw for multilayer cutting and smarter production time. This money will also allow me to set up my fashion show/trunk show for late 2014.
And for helping me in such a generous and selfless way, you will be perked out with PERKS!!! (See below)
For a donation of $5: Pat on the b(l)ack and a sincere thank you!!! You are helping to make something great possible.Thank you in advance!!!
For a donation of $10: You will receive a Black Confederacy logo patch. Just like some people wear their heart on their sleeve, I would be honored if you wore my brand on yours! (Or anywhere else!!!)
For a donation of $25: You will receive a Black Confederacy logo t-shirt. You can share and wear the brand and the passion. It will be totally awesome to know that you see and wear the passion of the Black Confederacy brand. Thank you in advance!
For a donation of $50: You will be rewarded with a $25 voucher to use toward your purchase at BlackConfederacyClothing.com.
For a donation of $100: You will be rewarded with a $50 voucher to use toward your purchase at BlackConfederacyClothing.com.
For a generous donation of $250 or more: You will have the privilege of owning a pair of custom fit jeans for the men. For the ladies, you can accessorize and rock my signature over-sized military hobo bag. Two awesome perks from me to you for your generous contribution!
For a super generous donation of $500 or more: All boutique owners(*) will be gifted a digital look book for you to choose five pieces (of one style) for the F/W 2014 season. That's 5 pieces to display in your awesome boutique for a contribution of $500 or more.
*out of respect and fairness to the boutique/retail owners, proof of store ownership is required.
Of course, I hope to reach (or surpass!) my goal of $15,000, but if I don't, I am still humbly thankful and grateful for all of your help!!! Your contributions will help me in the building my brand and making future campaigns possible.
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute and that's ok! You can still help me by:
- Sharing my story with your family, friends, neighbors, EVERYONE YOU KNOW!
- Use the Indiegogo share tools!
Thank you EVERYBODY!!!!