After more than 20 years as a free-lance costume designer, I established AJS Costumes in 2002. In 2006, I purchased Renaissance Dancewear and moved both businesses into our present location in Burbank. AJS Costumes has been proud to be a part of the Los Angeles theater community, offering creative resources, extensive stock, and diversity in design.
Today I find myself, my livelihood, and the future of my company impacted and at serious risk. That is why I am reaching out to friends, supporters, and clients of AJS Costumes for help with this GoFundMe campaign.
As you may or may not be aware, the live theater scene in Los Angeles has been going through an upheaval for the past several months. Changes in the local 99-seat theater community are causing many theater companies to be very conservative in selecting their projects. To avoid collapse, many theater companies are doing smaller productions, with less costume design needed, and fewer period plays. The rental business and costume design services of AJS Costumes has slowed to a trickle.
This downturn has been sudden. It has been unforeseen. It has been devastating.
Despite this crisis, we are continuing to serve our clientele and assure you that all outstanding orders are being fulfilled. But in order to survive, we must explore and secure new income options for our shop.
We want to launch an advertising campaign to make ourselves known to educational venues and corporate event planners. We want to improve the layout and access to our rental stock. We need to improve our rental check-out and return systems. We need to hire and train new rental staff. And we desperately need to create a new website for AJS Costumes. There are many other improvements we would like to make to the business, but we have to increase the business to justify many of these additional improvements.
These actions require funding, and so we are reaching out to you, our friends, our supporters in the theatre community, and our customers for help. We are asking for your financial support to enable AJS Costumes to expand, grow, and to continue serving your costume needs.
We are offering a variety of Sponsor rewards, and are open to considering other options that may fit your specific needs. Feel free to contact me personally with your suggestions.