The MADE Collection by anne b

Make a pledge, receive a handmade bag, provide jobs for refugees, & support the development of a sewing school in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Sarah Burroughs
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Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
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I believe that in our modern world, sewing has become a lost art. As a passionate seamstress and simplistic fashionista, I want to help change that. That’s why I need your help with starting a sewing school here where I live in Salt Lake City, Utah, called Made. 

This school will be set up like a gym—where anyone can buy a membership, take individual classes, or bring in their own projects. It doesn’t matter if you have advanced sewing skills or if you’ve never even touched a sewing machine, anyone can come and learn stitching, mending, alterations, clothing construction, accessories, or home decor. Whatever you want to make — we’ll make it happen. 

About Me

My name is Sarah Burroughs. I grew-up in Virginia Beach, Virginia taking dance lessons, piano lessons, attending various art schools, participated in church and school choirs, and picked up sewing along the way. 

I'm practically a self-taught seamstress, initially out of frustration with tacky clothes and bags. I found that I enjoyed designing bags the most because I could make them my style statement piece. Then I began to consult with friends to design bags that fit their personal needs, taste, and style as well. I loved seeing how excited they got realizing they were essentially the designer—I just made the sketches and final product. 

Fast forward to 2014, after many years and many fails, I've developed anne b (middle name + last initial) into an authentic handbag brand that has experienced international sales and creditable local media recognition.

The MADE Inspiration

I was first inspired to create this sewing school while volunteering in Uganda last summer with HELP International. While there, I taught women and children skills like sewing, paper bead making, and marketing. Seeing how quickly they picked up these skills and their creativity was truly inspiring. When I got back to the States I knew I wanted to bring that same spirit of teaching, creativity, and innovation to the people around me.

Rewards

To show my appreciation for your support of Made, you will receive a bag from a special collection under my label anne b appropriately called - The Made Collection. These cosmetic bags and folded clutches are made from 100% leather, bold kona cotton prints, bright colored lining, leather trimmed pockets, and durable brass zippers. And be your own designer by selecting your outer print and lining color!

In staying true to the initial inspiration for this project, I have worked with local LDS and Catholic refugee organizations to identify skilled seamstresses who will then manufacture the bags and will be employeed through donations to this project. I will provide personal training and mentoring for the refugees to ensure quality craftsmanship.  This opportunity will empower the refugees with enhanced sewing skills for a greater chance at receiving full-time employment with anne b or with another employer. 

Choose Your Bag


Choose Your Print

Choose Your Lining

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

Those of you who live in northern Utah, you can reserve your spot in a sewing workshop to learn the basics, make a bag, skirt, or whatever it is you've been dying to make! Materials and machines provided for the workshops. Make a pledge and then I'll organize the various workshops according to your interests, skill level, and location. Invite your friends to register too!


HARRISON DOPP KIT

We did it! We made it to $7,500 and I've now released a reward level to claim anne b's first official men's product - Harrison Dopp Kit. Made from men's tweed coats, this bag provides the sophistication and durability needed for any of your travel needs. 

Also, there are only 5 dopp kits available in authentic Harris Tweed!

TWSS

"I'm so in love with it! I always shop for my boys so when I saw this.. I had to have it! Quality is amazing!" Susan @susiescustom // Maker of custom babies clothing

"It's the perfect size and the craftsmanship is fantastic. I'm not a big shopper and don't buy many new things, but I'm so glad I ordered this - totally worth it :)" Megan // First time buyer

"She is incredibly personable and has the creative vision needed to accomplish just what you want! I am a fan of all things anne b!" Laura  // Owner of an anne b custom bag

Funds

Your funds will go directly to the Made school to help pay for sewing machines, rental space, sewings tools and materials, and promotion throughout the valley.

Timeline

Funding campaign: June 26 - July 25

Initial training for refugees: June 30 - July 25

Customize your bag: July 26 - August 3

Materials purchased: August 4

Manufacturing begins: August  11

Rewards delivered by: September 30 

**Once we've reached $7,500 in pledges, I'll release anne b's first collection of men's dopp kits** WOOHOO!

Thank You!

I strongly believe that everyone has a spark of innovation and creativity in them no matter who or where they are. By supporting Made, you can help others realize their potential and maybe even help it come alive in you!

Thank you so much for all of your support! I’ve put everything into this project and even quit my job to make this idea come to life. Any sort of contribution through sharing and donating that you can make means a lot. Thanks everyone!

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Risk and Challenges

After trying to balance anne b and the dream of the Made school with a full-time marketing job, I left that position last month to dedicate everything to opening this school. And now, I've had the privilege of receiving help from several genius friends from my advertising days at BYU contributing their talents to this campaign.

I'm fully confident in this idea and with the quality and design of my products. If you experience any trouble with the products, I'll offer a complete refund, replacement or repair.

Our goal is to fulfill all orders 4-6 weeks after they're placed. If by chance there is a delay, we will keep you posted on the progress of your item.

And of course, after you receive your bag, come into Made and make your own!

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My video was made by Kickstarter Video - to learn more about getting your own crowdfunding video made, check out their site here: Kickstartervideo.net

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$10,318USD
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  • $35USD
    Featured
    Workshop Registration

    Let's get sewing! Anything from learning the sewing basics, to making a skirt, or making a bag, pre-register for a spot in a future sewing workshop! Package covers instruction, materials, tools, sewing machines at workshop, and instructor transportation. Workshops will be organized at the close of fundraising and with be held in August or September. Good for those living within 2 hours of Salt Lake City, Utah.

    9 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $5USD
    Thank you note!

    Thank you note with my personal appreciation for your support!

    20 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $25USD
    2 Leather Tassel Keychains

    Even the keychains are customizable! Choose from gold, coral, teal, or metallic leathers; straight or bias cut; and gold or rusted metal. *Please add $10 USD to ship outside the US

    13 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $45USD
    Earlybird Special!

    Any 1 Cosmetic Bag // Choose from 3 outer prints and 5 lining colors. To order more than 1, add $45 per bag to your donation. Offer good for multiple people. *Please add $15 USD to ship outside the US.

    15 out of 15 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $55USD
    Any 1 Cosmetic Bag

    Choose from 3 outer prints and 5 lining colors. To order more than 1, add $55 per bag to your donation. Offer good for multiple people. *Please add $15 USD to ship outside the US.

    4 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $65USD
    Travel Dopp Kit

    NEW REWARD! Made from men's tweed coats, the Harrison Dopp Kit also comes with a zipper closure, inside zipper pocket, leather loop, tab, and tassel. (Other variations subject to become available) Lining is customizable. To order more than 1, add $65 per bag to your donation. Offer good for multiple people. *Please add $15 USD to ship outside the US

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2014
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    $70USD
    Earlybird Special!

    Any 1 Folded Clutch // Choose from 3 outer prints and 5 lining colors. Plus, choose your strap color and length To order more than 1, add $70 per bag to your donation. Offer good for multiple people. *Please add $15 USD to ship outside the US.

    30 out of 30 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $75USD
    LTD Travel Dopp Kit

    NEW REWARD! Blown in from the Scottish Isles, these limited edition kits are made with authentic Harris Tweed and same convenient features as original. To order more than 1, add $80 per bag to your donation. Offer good for multiple people. *Please add $15 USD to ship outside the US

    3 out of 5 claimed

  • $80USD
    Any 1 Folded Clutch

    Choose from 3 outer prints and 5 lining colors. Plus, choose your strap color and length. To order more than 1, add $80 per bag to your donation. Offer good for multiple people. *Please add $15 USD to ship outside the US.

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  • $130USD
    Cosmetic Bag & Folded Clutch

    Make it a set of matching bags or choose 2 different combinations. Choose from 3 outer prints and 5 lining colors. For the clutch, choose your strap color and length. To order more than 1 set, add $130 per set to your donation. Offer good for multiple people. *Please add $20 USD to ship outside the US

    11 claimed

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  • $300USD
    Designer Status!

    Customize your print for 2 cosmetic bags & 2 folded clutches! I’ll help you find or create your very own print for 2 cosmetic bags and 2 folded clutches. It's a bag family! All bags will still come with British tan leather base, 2 leather trimmed pockets, and a YKK brass zipper. For the clutches, choose your strap color and length. Offer good for multiple people. *Please add $35 USD to ship outside the US.

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  • $350USD
    Sewing Workshop

    I'll teach you and 9 of your friends the very basics of sewing, how to make a bag, skirt, or whatever it is you've been dying to make! Pledge covers materials, sewing instruction, and transportation. Sewing machines also provided for workshop. Only available to travel within a 2 hour radius of Salt Lake City, Utah.

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $500USD
    My Hero!

    Not only will you get 4 cosmetic bags and 4 folded clutches, you will also be rewarded sewing instruction by yours truely via Skype! Choose from 3 outer prints and 5 lining colors. For the clutches, choose your strap color and length. Offer good for multiple people. *Please add $50 USD to ship outside the US.

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