Michelle Obama's Go To Dress Designer to Launch Affordable Line -- With Your Help
Maria Pinto Has Taken to Kickstarter to Get Her New Designs Funded
Then in 2010, thanks to the tanking economy, Pinto, like so many of us, took a major hit and was forced to shutter her tony Chicago boutique and cease production of her line. ''After 20 years of pursuing my greatest passion and striving to build a successful high-end fashion business, the time has come for a new chapter in my life," she said at the time.
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Now, the new chapter is upon her. Taking to Kickstarter -- the online funding site that has helped little-engines-that-could companies get the seed money they needed to get rolling -- Pinto is looking to secure $250,000 within 45 days to fund her new, affordable, M2057 line.
The new offering, priced from $75 to $250, includes seven dresses, two jackets, a shrug and two scarves -- all made from fine Italian jersey.
So far, 5 days into the effort, with $16,485 pledged, Pinto has reached 7 percent of her funding goal.
The way it works is that, "By backing the M2057 Kickstarter, you are pre-ordering beautiful, high quality dresses, jackets, and wraps that will be available for delivery in March 2014. Pre-order now, and we'll follow up with you once the campaign closes for your order details (including size, style, and color selections)."
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You can check out the entire M2057 line here and, if you're so inclined, help to make Maria Pinto's second chapter a worthy read.