$2,742
pledged of 30.000 $pledged of 30.000 $ goal
19
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 11 2014 12:57 AM UTC +00:00
$2,742
pledged of 30.000 $pledged of 30.000 $ goal
19
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 11 2014 12:57 AM UTC +00:00

About

logo
logo

Hello Kickstarter Community & thank you so much for checking out my page!! I am a diaper bag/handbag designer and with your help I can produce my very first collection for Spring 2015, designed and manufactured right here in New York.

First a little background on myself. My name is Cathryn A. Fisfis, and I am the Owner & Designer of this company.  I've been drawing and painting since I was a little girl and the dream of one day having my own collection is finally becoming a reality.  Sometimes I still think I'm dreaming!  I graduated from the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, NYC, with a BBA in Fashion Merchandising in 2006; I also studied Fashion Design at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco before moving to New York.  I worked at both Barney’s New York, as an Assistant Stylist in their Studio Services department and Donna Karan Collection, as a Design Intern in the DKNY Footwear and Accessories Design Studio during my senior year at LIM.  I was thrust into the world of high fashion and loved every minute of it!  While living in Manhattan, I also worked for the Jenny Yoo Collection and got my first taste of the bridal market.  A position as Designer Department Assistant Manager, in Greenwich, CT at Saks Fifth Avenue became the next stepping stone in my career.  After two years at Saks, I took a job at Van Cleve – The Wedding Pavilion in Paoli, PA as the new Bridal Director.  I was able to take the small boutique from an empty building to a full blown bridal shop within 8 months.  However, my most important and most relevant job to date is Mom.

When I had my son 22 months ago, I realized the lack of options out there for new Moms. There were many diaper bags on the market but none that I felt were stylish.  I then looked to handbags to fill the void and couldn’t find one that was functional enough to use as a diaper bag. Thus my idea to create fashionable diaper bags began.  It was the perfect mix of my dream to have my own collection one day and my new role as a Mom!

I'm currently a one woman show  (with the support of friends and family!) and work on every stage of the design process from first sketches to overseeing production.  Although I love being so hands on, there is only so much that I can execute on my own.  Aside from launching my company and producing my first collection, I am also a full time working Mom.  So technically you could say I work three jobs, although it feels like a hundred some days! 

My son, crashing my very 1st photo shoot!  Wouldn't have it any other way!!
My son, crashing my very 1st photo shoot! Wouldn't have it any other way!!

I began working with Style n' Merchandising earlier this year and now I’m happy to say I have my first completed samples for my Spring 2015 Collection.  Aside from importing Italian leather, I made sure to work with vendors here in the US who provided me with my hardware and additional materials. Not only does producing here in the US help strengthen domestic manufacturing, but it also gives me the quality control that's so crucial.  I’m able to check up on progress at any time.

By using companies such as Made in NYC to source production, I can make sure that everything is done not only in the United States but within the five boroughs of New York City; something that has been extremely important to me from the start!  I understand that I will have to compromise on a few things as a new business owner and designer but that is one point I will stand my ground on!

Production Mtng. - Swatch Cards for S/S15 Collection..so exciting!!
Production Mtng. - Swatch Cards for S/S15 Collection..so exciting!!

Clutch NY is a great company that I just recently started working with to produce samples for a small Holiday 14/15' capsule collection as well as produce goods for MY S/S15 Collection.  Their passion for New York and products Made in the USA played a big part in choosing them to manufacture my very first collection available to the public. Not to mention that they offer a Lifetime Guarantee on the bags they produce!! How can you not love that?!

Clutch NY
Clutch NY

My customer is looking for a diaper bag that has function yet is still fashionable.  She wants something that doesn’t scream “diaper bag” but that has all the necessary compartments of one. The diaper bag is an investment tool a Mom will be using for years so quality is essential.  My clients are devoted shoppers of handbag brands that are known for their quality and craftsmanship.  She is not afraid to invest in a bag if she knows it will last her season to season.  Why shouldn’t she be able to feel the same way about a diaper bag?

These diaper bags have a leather exterior; mostly lightweight cowhide and water repellant linings, along with their complimenting changing mats/wipes cases. This is something that I believe has yet to be done effectively in the industry.  Even the high end designers that are producing diaper bags still make theirs out of nylon, therefore still screaming "diaper bag".  All of the accessories will also be made in the same materials; something that is also not done currently in the market.  Many designers have multiple accessories for mom but they are still in the same childlike nylon material that the bag is in.  Moms shouldn't feel embarrassed to carry a diaper bag, they should be proud!

Cathryn A. Fisfis aims to design & produce diaper bags that have the aesthetic of a high-end handbag and once you open the bag, realize it is a diaper bag; the perfect combination of fashion and function.

Spring/Summer '15 Collection

Samantha:

Samantha...large cowhide satchel w/ lambskin bow
Samantha...large cowhide satchel w/ lambskin bow
  • Can be worn on your arm as your favorite accessory or over the shoulder.
  • The wipe-clean contrasting lining makes items easy to find and helps protect against small spills or dirt that may come your way.
  • Large back pocket perfect for changing mat or tablet with magnetic closure as to not wake any sleeping little ones.  Soft, cushioned nylon changing pad included.
  • Two interior side pockets for bottle or sippy cup as well as an interior binkie pocket for easy access when you need it most.  As well as two additional exterior side pockets for anything else baby may need in a pinch.  Zip-top closure keeps everything safe.
  • Beautiful nickel details and piping throughout.  Sturdy bottom & five nickel feet keep your bag off the ground & scuff-free.
  • Size (inches): 16l x 8d x 13h
  • Target Retail Price $825.00
Wire frame opening at the top makes easy access to anything in the bag! - - - a key factor when designing this bag!!  The bag’s eleven pockets and compartments easily organize all of baby’s needs!
Wire frame opening at the top makes easy access to anything in the bag! - - - a key factor when designing this bag!! The bag’s eleven pockets and compartments easily organize all of baby’s needs!

Sabine:

Sabine...the little sister to Samantha, also made out of cowhide w/ lambskin bow.  With at total of ten pockets, this bag is not only a fashionable choice but a functional one at that!!
Sabine...the little sister to Samantha, also made out of cowhide w/ lambskin bow. With at total of ten pockets, this bag is not only a fashionable choice but a functional one at that!!
  • The wipe-clean contrasting lining makes items easy to find and helps protect against small spills or dirt that may come your way.
  • 43” long removable and adjustable shoulder strap; leave it attached for a messenger style bag or remove it for a cleaner look.
  •  Soft, cushioned nylon changing pad included.
  • Two interior side pockets for bottle or sippy cup as well as two interior binkie pockets for easy access when you need it most. 
  • Beautiful nickel details and piping throughout makes the bag that much more fashionable.  Sturdy bottom & four nickel feet keep your bag off the ground & scuff-free.
  • Size (inches): 10l x 5d x 14h
  • Target Retail Price $685.00
Sabine - large external back pocket perfect for changing mat or tablet with magnetic closure, as to not wake any sleeping little ones as well as external cell phone pocket for mom!
Sabine - large external back pocket perfect for changing mat or tablet with magnetic closure, as to not wake any sleeping little ones as well as external cell phone pocket for mom!

Vivianne:

Viviane...soft lambskin w/ gathered detail
Viviane...soft lambskin w/ gathered detail
  • This bag’s nine pockets organize all of baby’s needs while keeping mom fashionable in the process, including an interior personal zipped pocket just for mom. Two roomy interior side pockets for bottle or sippy cup. Zip-top closure keeps everything safe.
  • 43” long removable and adjustable shoulder strap; leave the shoulder strap attached for a messenger style bag or remove it for a cleaner look.
  • The wipe-clean contrasting lining makes items easy to find and helps protect against small spills or dirt that may come your way.
  • Soft, cushioned nylon changing pad included.
  • Beautiful nickel details and piping throughout. Sturdy bottom & five nickel feet keep your bag off the ground & scuff-free.
  • Size (inches): 19l x 6.5d x 12h
  • Target Retail Price $825.00
Viviane - gathered details..
Viviane - gathered details..

Emanuella:

Emanuella... medium cowhide satchel..  Eight pockets and compartments easily organize all of baby’s needs, including a total of two internal and external zipped pockets especially for mom!  Zip top closure keeps everything safe!
Emanuella... medium cowhide satchel.. Eight pockets and compartments easily organize all of baby’s needs, including a total of two internal and external zipped pockets especially for mom! Zip top closure keeps everything safe!
Emanuella..back view
Emanuella..back view
  • Available in two beautiful color ways.
  • 40” long adjustable shoulder strap; leave the shoulder strap attached for a messenger style bag or remove it for a cleaner look.
  • The wipe-clean contrasting lining makes items easy to find and helps protect against small spills or dirt.
  • Two interior side pockets for bottle or sippy cup as well as an interior binkie pockets for easy access when you need it most.
  • Soft, cushioned nylon changing pad included. 
  • Beautiful nickel details and piping throughout.  Sturdy bottom & four nickel feet keep your bag off the ground & scuff-free
  • Size (inches): 13l x 5.5d x 10h
  • Target Retail Price $595.00

Elsa:

Elsa...small cowhide satchel, little sister to the Emanuella
Elsa...small cowhide satchel, little sister to the Emanuella
Top view of Elsa.. eight pockets and compartments easily organize all of baby’s needs while keeping mom fashionable, including a total of two internal and external zipped pockets especially for mom!  Zip-top closure keeps everything safe!
Top view of Elsa.. eight pockets and compartments easily organize all of baby’s needs while keeping mom fashionable, including a total of two internal and external zipped pockets especially for mom! Zip-top closure keeps everything safe!
  • Available in two beautiful color ways.
  • 40” removable & adjustable shoulder strap; leave the shoulder strap attached for a messenger style bag or remove it for a cleaner look.
  • The wipe-clean contrasting lining makes items easy to find and helps protect against small spills or dirt.
  • Two interior side pockets for bottle or sippy cup as well as an interior binkie pockets for easy access when you need it most.  External back pocket with magnetic closure as to not wake any sleeping little ones.
  • Beautiful nickel details and piping throughout.  Sturdy bottom & four nickel feet keep your bag off the ground & scuff-free.
  • Size (inches): 9l x 4d x 7h
  • Target Retail Price $355.00

Nicole:

Nicole - large pebbled cowhide satchel
Nicole - large pebbled cowhide satchel
Nicole’s eight pockets and compartments easily organize all of baby’s needs, including a total of two internal and external zipped pockets especially for mom!
Nicole’s eight pockets and compartments easily organize all of baby’s needs, including a total of two internal and external zipped pockets especially for mom!
  • Available in two beautiful color ways.
  • 40” long removable and adjustable shoulder strap; leave the shoulder strap attached for a messenger style bag or remove it for a cleaner look.
  • The wipe-clean contrasting lining makes items easy to find and helps protect against small spills or dirt that may come your way.
  • Two roomy interior side pockets for bottle or sippy cup.  Zip top closure.
  • Beautiful nickel details and piping throughout.  Sturdy bottom & four nickel feet keep your bag off the ground & scuff-free
  • Soft, cushioned nylon changing pad included.
  • Size (inches): 16l x 8d x 10h
  • Target Retail Price $525.00

Octavia:

Octavia - cowhide clutch
Octavia - cowhide clutch
Octavia's contrasting lining & spring frame opening!
Octavia's contrasting lining & spring frame opening!
  • Gathered leather clutch
  • Available in two beautiful color ways
  • Interior back pocket for cell phone or lipstick
  • Size (inches): 11l x 5.5h
  • Target Retail Price $215.00

Juliana:

Juliana - large cowhide cosmetic case w/ wipe-clean contrasting lining & interior pocket!
Juliana - large cowhide cosmetic case w/ wipe-clean contrasting lining & interior pocket!
Juliana - side & back views..
Juliana - side & back views..
  • Available in four beautiful color ways
  • Size (inches): 9l x 3d x 5h
  • Target Retail Price $165.00

Lyndsey:

Lyndsey - small lambskin cosmetic case
Lyndsey - small lambskin cosmetic case
Lyndsey's contrasting, wipe-clean lining..
Lyndsey's contrasting, wipe-clean lining..
  • Available in four beautiful color ways
  • Size (inches): 6l x 2d x 3.5h
  • Target Retail Price $125.00

Maggie:

Maggie - large cowhide pouch w/ interior pocket..
Maggie - large cowhide pouch w/ interior pocket..
  • Available in four beautiful color ways.
  • The wipe-clean contrasting lining makes items easy to find.
  • Size (inches): 10l x 7.5h
  • Target Retail Price $135.00
Maggie & Lucy pouches..
Maggie & Lucy pouches..

Lucy:

Maggie & Lucy pouces - details..
Maggie & Lucy pouces - details..
  • Wipe-clean contrasting lining.
  • Available in four beautiful color ways.
  • Size (inches): 7.5l x 5.75h
  • Target Retail Price $110.00

Ryleigh:

Ryleigh - leather wipes case.. A fashionable way to use your wipes!
Ryleigh - leather wipes case.. A fashionable way to use your wipes!
Ryliegh - contrasting wipe-clean lining.  Hidden magnet closure for a silent opening when needed!
Ryliegh - contrasting wipe-clean lining. Hidden magnet closure for a silent opening when needed!
  • Available in three beautiful color ways
  • Size (inches): 9.5l x 1.15d x 6h
  • Target Retail Price $195.00

Sloan:

Sloan - "Diapering-On-The-Go"
Sloan - "Diapering-On-The-Go"
Sloan - cowhide body w/ beautiful jaquard trim detail..
Sloan - cowhide body w/ beautiful jaquard trim detail..
Sloan's interior.. wipe-clean lining & Velcro closure..
Sloan's interior.. wipe-clean lining & Velcro closure..
  • Diapering-On-The-Go is a portable kit of essentials to keep baby clean, dry and happy while Mom is always prepared. Drop it in any bag you currently own or into one of the matching diaper bags in this collection.
  • Holds up to four diapers, a wipes case, diaper cream and your changing pad.
  • Two interior pockets plus one spacious elastic pocket and one zippered compartment.
  • Size (inches): 18.5l x 11.5h when opened & 9.25l x 5.75h when closed
  • Target Retail Price $325.00

Olive:

Olive - cowhide diaper & wipes case.. Holds up to four diapers and wipes. Drop it in any bag you currently own or into one of the matching diaper bags in this collection!
Olive - cowhide diaper & wipes case.. Holds up to four diapers and wipes. Drop it in any bag you currently own or into one of the matching diaper bags in this collection!
Olive - wipe-clean lining & Velcro closure easy for Mom's use w/ one hand!
Olive - wipe-clean lining & Velcro closure easy for Mom's use w/ one hand!
  • Available in two beautiful color ways
  • Size (inches): 6.5l x 9h
  • Target Retail Price $115.00

Emerson:

Emerson -cowhide exterior with nylon lining and Velcro closure for easy access when mom only has one hand!
Emerson -cowhide exterior with nylon lining and Velcro closure for easy access when mom only has one hand!
Emerson - compact when folded and easily fits into any diaper bag!
Emerson - compact when folded and easily fits into any diaper bag!
  • Available in two beautiful color ways.
  • Size (inches): 27l x 27w x 27h when open & 9l x 9w x 9h when folded...The perfect size to follow your infant into toddler-hood!
  • Target Retail Price $155.00

Jensen:

Jensen - cowhide iPad case with flap, magnet closure and contrasting lining..
Jensen - cowhide iPad case with flap, magnet closure and contrasting lining..
Jensen iPad case
Jensen iPad case
  • Available in two beautiful color ways.
  • Size (inches): 11l x 9h
  • Target Retail Price $145.00

Taylor:

Taylor - cowhide iPad case..
Taylor - cowhide iPad case..
Taylor - interior details..
Taylor - interior details..
  • Available in two beautiful color ways.
  • Size (inches): 8.5l x 10.5h
  • Target Retail Price $125.00
Details that make these bags special!
Details that make these bags special!

What is the final pledge goal going towards?

Your generous pledge will go towards my very first production run!  Working within the US, with local manufacturers can be costly, however the end result is pure quality and supporting our own economy.  If I'm able to hit my goal, it will cover the cost of getting the necessary dies made, leather imported, materials & hardware sourced and secured for production, as well as go towards the labor cost of the manufacturer.

If I don't however, meet my goal...I get nothing!  Kickstarter works on an all or nothing basis so please pass the word and take a look at my project.. Every little but helps!!


Why support this project?

By supporting this project you are not only supporting a company that believes in the importance of American made goods and wants to give back to the local community but an independent female designer who stands behind her product!  

Risks and challenges

Delays and unforeseen obstacles are possible in any business. There are possible manufacturing delays, shipment issues and a slew of other things that could go array but the fact that everything is being done in the country, already gives me an advantage to correct the issue without the delay of travel, time-zones or language barriers. The only material being brought in from overseas would be leather, which is why I make sure to have it sourced with plenty of lead time.

The bags will be available in a variety of color options. The smaller the color story available, the less expensive it will be to produce the bags. If I can keep to the same materials for most of the bags it will save money in the long run. As much as I'd love to offer every bag in it's own custom color story, it's just not feasible in the beginning of this business.

That said, my community of supporters will be the first to know if anything unexpected happens.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Thank you so much for your contribution! Every little bit helps!! I'll hand-write you a thank you card showing my undying gratitude for your support!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    With your pledge you will receive your name on the cathryn a. fisfis blog as one of our generous supporters! This will be available for all those who visit the website to view and take notice of. You will also get a custom cathryn a. fisfis sticker showing your support!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    With this pledge you'll receive an environmentally friendly canvas tote bag with the company logo printed on it. As well as a hand-written you a thank you card showing my undying gratitude for your support!
    Bag size:14" x 14" x 3"

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    With this very generous pledge you will receive one of our Lucy Small Leather Pouches! As well as a hand-written thank you note showing my gratitude for your support!

    Pouch size: 7.5" x 5.75"

    (Please note that in order to produce these pouches for you, your support is needed. Once I am able to hit the minimum order to produce then I will immediately send out your pouch as a thank you. If it's produced sooner, then I'll mail it out right away to you.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $299 or more About $299

    With this very generous pledge you will receive one of our Maggie Large Leather Pouches! As well as a hand-written thank you note showing my gratitude for your support!

    Pouch size: 10" x 7.5" w/ interior pocket

    (Please note that in order to produce these pouches for you, your support is needed. Once I am able to hit the minimum order to produce then I will immediately send out your pouch as a thank you. If it's produced sooner, then I'll mail it out right away to you.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $499 or more About $499

    With you amazing pledge, this reward entitles you to name a bag in a future collection! It may be your given name or one of an immediate family member. You will also receive one of our Lucy Small Pouches! Pouch size: 7.5" x 5.75" (Please note that in order to produce these pouches for you, your support is needed. Once I am able to hit the minimum order to produce then I will immediately send out your pouch as a thank you. If it's produced sooner, then I'll mail it out right away to you.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    With this more than generous pledge you will note only be supporting this project but you will also get an exclusive invite to the first product launch event!! This invite will be for you and one other person to enjoy seeing the bags first hand and before they are available in stores! You will also receive a Taylor iPad Sleeve! iPad sleve size: 8.5" x 10.5" Pouch size: 7.5" x 5.75" (Please note that in order to produce these pouches for you, your support is needed. Once I am able to hit the minimum order to produce then I will immediately send out your iPad sleeve as a thank you. If it's produced sooner, then I'll mail it out right away to you.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)