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Impactful Eco-Fashion by Jacques Louis

Incentivizing BIPOC fashion consumers to adopt Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability through eco-centric design.

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Project Description

Our Mission

Jacques Louis is a sustainable clothing brand with a mission to raise environmental awareness among BIPOC consumers living in disadvantaged communities in the US and abroad. We aim to encourage consumers to adopt a lifestyle of health and sustainability. 

 

Funding will enable us to continue to implement free mentoring and design workshops that will ultimately help reduce poverty rates in underserved communities, alongside our nonprofit partnerships. We will also use this crowd funding to produce pieces and develop marketing strategies for black and brown consumers, which will lead them to adopt healthier habits. 

 

Problem? Solved.

Here's the problem: climate change and global warming disproportionately affect residents in disadvantaged communities. These communities lack the resources needed to survive natural disasters, to have access to healthy food, and adequate education. Subsequently, those living in low-income communities here in the US, for example, often live in overcrowded homes, lack strong structure and mobility. However, most sustainable fashion brands fail to market to these communities or address the direct effects of climate change here in the US. Not to mention low-income families earn less than half the desired salary to meet their most basic needs.

Not only does Fast fashion affect the environment, but the chemicals used in the production process are harmful to our bodies. Chemicals like formaldehyde and azo dyes are linked to cancer. Can you imagine how wearing clothing like this daily would affect the body? For low-income communities that lack funding and resources, consuming eco-friendly fashion should be a walk in the park. 

How can we encourage consumers living in disadvantaged communities and previous residents to be more aware of the health of their environment and the clothing they wear?

Our Solution

 

Regardless of your environmental, social, and physical attributes, one thing we all have in common is our love for design.  

Jacques Louis solves the problem above by providing a solution that:

1. Offers on-trend, high-quality clothing that is healthy for both our bodies and our planet. This enables residents of disadvantaged communities to bring environmentally conscious products into their homes. From a health and safety perspective, this helps balance out some environmental factors that disproportionately affect our communities.

2.  Builds transparent partnerships with community organizations allowing for the restoration of BIPOC communities both socio-economically and ecologically.

3. Facilitating free design strategy workshops and mentoring services for students and newly established business owners in disadvantaged communities, which would lead to the creation of a newly formed micro-economy in which creatives can have access to more economic opportunities. 

To date we have identified a market base that is interested in purchasing pieces from a brand whose products are healthy for the body, have a large product mix, bridge-luxury, cause-driven, and healthy for the environment.  Our brand is actively generating revenue and has worked with artists, activists and celebrity entrepreneurs.

 

Our Founder

Naika Colas is CEO and founder of the Jacques Louis fashion brand. She is a Queens, New York-based fashion designer of Haitian descent who holds the love for her parent's home in high regard when designing. Naika is a graduate of Pratt Institute and holds her Master's degree in Design Management. During her undergraduate studies, she studied biology and chemistry at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Naika has over 10 years of public and environmental health experience (working with government agencies in NYC). She has a wealth of knowledge about waste and health policies in NYC. This fall, Naika can be found teaching a design course at Parson's School of Design. She is a board member of a nonprofit organization in Haiti and mentors two college students in business and fashion design.

 

Her Caribbean roots and love of biological sciences have helped her remain environmentally sustainable, as she adheres to the ideals of supporting underdeveloped communities and developing economies. This clothing line is named after her deceased father, Jacques Louis Colas. The loss of her father, a poverty-stricken environment, and watching her immigrant single mother struggle as a child became the driving force behind her love of art and community development.

Our Target Consumer? Is that you?

Our customers are consumers who want to integrate environmentally sustainable practices into their lifestyle. They aim to support BIWOC-owned businesses, are interested in social activism, find it important to wear clothing made of natural fibers, are free thinkers, and vibrant millennials who work hard and love to dress to impress. (Consumer Empathy Map below)

 

Purpose-Driven Monetary Support

We are raising $20,000 on IFundWomen to finance our upcoming collections, branding efforts, and free business mentoring and workshops facilitated here in NYC and Haiti. This grant would allow us to continue to incentivize consumers living in disadvantaged communities to get familiar and comfortable with eco-solutions and waste management efforts.

 

Team:Work

 

  • Carly Joseph - Content Manager. Carly works to create strategies to engage and build our brands presence on social media platforms Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
  • Arissa Collymore - Design Assistant. Arissa assists our head designer with managing operations, key performance indicators and brand profitability.
  • Anna McCraney - Manages the production of our pieces from sample -> full production here in NYC.

 

Thank You!

We have some really cool rewards for you to take part in on our campaign page below. We are offering mentoring hours for small business owners, marketing strategies, screen printing services, high-level branding evaluations, fashion design consultations, tangible products, and tailoring services. Thank you so much for your support in helping Jacques Louis grow into a successful business that promotes job growth for people in my community.  My father would be so proud of this work.

 

Find us on Instagram @JacquesLouisJLC and share our campaign.  SIMPLY WANT TO DONATE? Choose the first reward. (CLICK THE REWARD TAB ABOVE)

Have questions about a reward, the brand or you'd like to collab? (We love collaborations by the way!) Send us an email info@jacqueslouisc.com.

(ALL CLOTHING FEATURED IN THIS CAMPAIGN WAS DESIGNED AND CREATED BY ME, NAIKA COLAS)

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can I start using my reward?

Immediately!!! Let's schedule a meeting.  Once you pick your reward, send me an email info@jacqueslouisc.com.

What publications has your brand been featured in? 

Check out Essence's 2019's Global Fashion Edition (Serena Williams cover). That year we had a great time working with Yandy Smith during the annual Essence Festival.

When will my pieces ship?

Within 7-10 business days.

Is there a portfolio that I can view to see how the founder will evaluate and advance my business?

https://linktr.ee/naikacolas

 

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Product Review and Shout!
$150
Dr. Htadra Jameison
08/02/2021
Monetary Contribution
$40
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07/22/2021
Divine Feminine/Masculine Energy T-Shirt
$48
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07/21/2021
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$50
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07/19/2021
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$50
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06/29/2021
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$150
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06/29/2021
Birthday Hug
$150
Nevita Bailey
06/28/2021
Birthday Hug
$150
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06/28/2021
Mend me baby!!!
$200
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06/18/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

5 Supporters
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1.00 USD
Anything helps!

Even if 1,000 people all donate just $1, that is still a lot a help that we can use towards our mission!

Share with your friends, we can all make a difference in changing lifestyles for the better!

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47.95 USD
Divine Feminine/Masculine Energy T-Shirt

“The Divine Feminine is the manifestation of the purest form of feminine expression. Because of the patriarchal system that has developed throughout time, the Divine Feminine has been degraded, looked down upon and oppressed. But as time passes and human evolution marches forward, there has been a rekindling in the need for devotion and commitment to the Divine Feminine. A balance of both inherent energies will be necessary to continue progress. And now, all men and women alike are called to empower the Divine Feminine”.

The pyramid represents Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. At your soul’s peak you discover self actualization. The symbol inside of the triangle represents the womb of a woman. The divinity of the root chakra placement, the vaginal opening.

Material: 90% airlume combed ring-spun cotton. Produced in the USA and printed with water based dyes in Brooklyn, NY.

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150.00 USD
Product Review and Shout!

Have a skin or hair care product that you are looking to get more consumers to purchase? Want to increase your reach and sales? I will review your skin (no face unless ingredients reviewed and approved) or hair care products.

2 Supporters
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200.00 USD
Mend me baby!!!

Mending those inner thigh jean blues.  Tired of losing your favorite pair of jeans? With this package I will mend up-to 8 pairs of jeans for you. You ship, I mend. Deal?

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300.00 USD
Tailor Made!!!

2 Months of up-to 6 tailoring services. This includes taking in pieces, shortening, and adding a custom touch to your piece (all to be provided by customer).

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350.00 USD
Fashion Brand Piece Review + Shout

Interested in getting more women like me to wear your clothing and post a review, but can't quite afford to pay an influencer to view your pieces? I will wear up-to 4 pieces of your clothing, or under garments and send you a review video for your follower's or web page. Subsequently I will shout you out on my Instagram stories.

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400.00 USD
LLC. Formation in Tri-State Area

Need help filing your Corporation or LLC. in your state? Not sure where to start? I will help you form your LLC. or Corp in your state.

I can also provide you with information on how to retrieve your EIN and Certificate of Authority for Sales Tax purposes. 

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1,000.00 USD
Website Design

I'll design your website for you whether it is for a product or service. I will design the Product Page, the Homepage, About Me page, Returns/Exchanges. I will also link all of your social media accounts to your website. 

Here's a website that I've designed www.jacqueslouisc.com

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1,200.00 USD
Screen Print Time!!!

As a thank you for supporting our mission we are extending our screen printing services and design expertise. We will create 1 logo for you along with 100 screen printed t-shirts of your desired colors and sizes.

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0 Supporters
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2,000.00 USD
Branding Session

This is a 1-2 week long 10 hour intensive look at your brand. Closely advising on product quality, market need, identifying your brands position in the market, your competitors, sales strategy and completing a design thinking check sheet making sure your brands strategy is up-to date.

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2,500.00 USD
Innovative Business Plan

Designing a business plan using key research and metric needed to scale your business. This plan will be designed to seamlessly allow the consumer to create a pitch deck. (This plan does not include a Marketing Strategy).

0 Supporters
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4,000.00 USD
Bring your Fashion brand to LIFE!

With this package I will help you start your clothing brand in 1 month. I will take you through the process of researching your competitors, solving a problem with innovation, research, building KPI's, advising you through a business and marketing plan, supply allocation and connect to key players in the industry needed for you to start your fashion brand. This includes User Journey Mapping, pain point analyses and use of various design thinking frameworks.

You will leave with a sample of your finished product. We will help you create, design and produce a sample piece of your choice.  (Additional fee's for intricate design samples may apply).

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0 Supporters
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Tell My Story

In collaboration with The Arte of Style LLC, we will create a professional video for your brand. Video, b-roll, strategy and editing services.

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About the Entrepreneur

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

5 Supporters
Select this reward
1.00 USD
Anything helps!

Even if 1,000 people all donate just $1, that is still a lot a help that we can use towards our mission!

Share with your friends, we can all make a difference in changing lifestyles for the better!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
47.95 USD
Divine Feminine/Masculine Energy T-Shirt

“The Divine Feminine is the manifestation of the purest form of feminine expression. Because of the patriarchal system that has developed throughout time, the Divine Feminine has been degraded, looked down upon and oppressed. But as time passes and human evolution marches forward, there has been a rekindling in the need for devotion and commitment to the Divine Feminine. A balance of both inherent energies will be necessary to continue progress. And now, all men and women alike are called to empower the Divine Feminine”.

The pyramid represents Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. At your soul’s peak you discover self actualization. The symbol inside of the triangle represents the womb of a woman. The divinity of the root chakra placement, the vaginal opening.

Material: 90% airlume combed ring-spun cotton. Produced in the USA and printed with water based dyes in Brooklyn, NY.

99 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
150.00 USD
Product Review and Shout!

Have a skin or hair care product that you are looking to get more consumers to purchase? Want to increase your reach and sales? I will review your skin (no face unless ingredients reviewed and approved) or hair care products.

2 Supporters
Select this reward
200.00 USD
Mend me baby!!!

Mending those inner thigh jean blues.  Tired of losing your favorite pair of jeans? With this package I will mend up-to 8 pairs of jeans for you. You ship, I mend. Deal?

29 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
300.00 USD
Tailor Made!!!

2 Months of up-to 6 tailoring services. This includes taking in pieces, shortening, and adding a custom touch to your piece (all to be provided by customer).

20 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
350.00 USD
Fashion Brand Piece Review + Shout

Interested in getting more women like me to wear your clothing and post a review, but can't quite afford to pay an influencer to view your pieces? I will wear up-to 4 pieces of your clothing, or under garments and send you a review video for your follower's or web page. Subsequently I will shout you out on my Instagram stories.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
400.00 USD
LLC. Formation in Tri-State Area

Need help filing your Corporation or LLC. in your state? Not sure where to start? I will help you form your LLC. or Corp in your state.

I can also provide you with information on how to retrieve your EIN and Certificate of Authority for Sales Tax purposes. 

20 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Website Design

I'll design your website for you whether it is for a product or service. I will design the Product Page, the Homepage, About Me page, Returns/Exchanges. I will also link all of your social media accounts to your website. 

Here's a website that I've designed www.jacqueslouisc.com

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,200.00 USD
Screen Print Time!!!

As a thank you for supporting our mission we are extending our screen printing services and design expertise. We will create 1 logo for you along with 100 screen printed t-shirts of your desired colors and sizes.

20 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
2,000.00 USD
Branding Session

This is a 1-2 week long 10 hour intensive look at your brand. Closely advising on product quality, market need, identifying your brands position in the market, your competitors, sales strategy and completing a design thinking check sheet making sure your brands strategy is up-to date.

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
2,500.00 USD
Innovative Business Plan

Designing a business plan using key research and metric needed to scale your business. This plan will be designed to seamlessly allow the consumer to create a pitch deck. (This plan does not include a Marketing Strategy).

0 Supporters
Select this reward
4,000.00 USD
Bring your Fashion brand to LIFE!

With this package I will help you start your clothing brand in 1 month. I will take you through the process of researching your competitors, solving a problem with innovation, research, building KPI's, advising you through a business and marketing plan, supply allocation and connect to key players in the industry needed for you to start your fashion brand. This includes User Journey Mapping, pain point analyses and use of various design thinking frameworks.

You will leave with a sample of your finished product. We will help you create, design and produce a sample piece of your choice.  (Additional fee's for intricate design samples may apply).

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
Tell My Story

In collaboration with The Arte of Style LLC, we will create a professional video for your brand. Video, b-roll, strategy and editing services.

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward