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Cody Jepson, fresh from a collaboration with G-Shock Premium and recently featured in GQ Magazine launches his first collection.
Cody Jepson, fresh from a collaboration with G-Shock Premium and recently featured in GQ Magazine launches his first collection.
184 backers pledged £20,026 to help bring this project to life.

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British GQ - 'We love the latest in the Cody Jepson line of bench-made leather goods, originating in his Devon micro studio...'

Men's File magazine - 'Cody's fine leather-work ideas is laced with great design...'

Slow made goods.

My name is Cody Jepson and I'm about to launch my first collection of ‘slow made leather goods'. It's the culmination of seven years spent developing my skills, brand and personal style and I'm really excited about getting this collection off the ground with your help.

My business started with an old man who didn't want his craft to die. He taught me to appreciate two things, leather as a medium and the satisfaction I can get from making something I’m proud enough to put my name to.

I've been developing the business slowly and have now turned to my fellow Kickstarters for the support needed to kickstart it with a full commercial collection. Your pledge will help get me one step closer to reaching my minimum goal of £5,000. It'll allow me to pay for some essential pieces of kit to speed up my production and bring this kind of quality craftsmanship to you at an affordable price.

I love what I do. I just hope you love my stuff as much as I do and will do everything you can to spread the word, get some of these lovely slow made leather goods out there and enable me to earn my living doing something awesome. Thanks for all your support guys.

Bespoke 

My bespoke pieces have been some of my favourite designs. It's fantastic because there's just so much free reign and I can tap into my clients own creativity which is an awesome collaborative process. I recently made an art satchel for a graphic designer that I just didn't want to sell once it was finished.  

I love products that are honest and aren't trying to be something they aren't. So I design my goods in a 'exposed' way. For example the leather I choose has to be more than good enough to be unlined, the stitching methods I choose, which may seem a small thing, are all visible. So it has to be done perfectly. The workings of my products are completely transparent. If I can scale something back and remake it better, more honest and with a new cut then I've achieved my goal. It's because of these factors that my goods tend to talk to people who appreciate this type of work.

If you'd like a carry unlike anyone else's have a think about a bespoke option. It's admittedly an investment in money, time and energy but you'll end up with a piece that will last your lifetime and you'll love every minute you carry it.

The bespoke set comes complete with your choice of my 3 wallets and a key lanyard in the leather of your bag.

STRETCH GOAL #1 - £8000 REACHED

ALMOND UNLOCKED!!

The £8000 goal has been reached for the almond, wow. You guys are going to love this. Harley satchels, The Ozzy, Whitworth, Billy and key lanyard are all available in this colour way. Choose any of these pledges and add an extra note with your almond preference and that's it. 

Almond stretch goal!
Almond stretch goal!

STRETCH GOAL #2 - £20,000

Kickstarter Green Option

Kickstarter Green Leather Option available on all wallets and keyrings if funding reaches £20,000.

Kickstarter green colour way!
Kickstarter green colour way!

The Harley

My take on the versatile satchel. All in veg tanned leather as standard. This bag has taken me 22 prototypes until I came to the right proportion, colour combination, size, hardware and cut. Featuring clean modern lines but with its heritage still perceptible. I am personally in love with the Harley and still carry the first prototype from 4 years ago. It's an accumulation of countless large and small tweaks. 

The front small pocket is designed for quick and smooth access to your smartphone. To the back of the inside main pocket is another slim line pocket for your tablet computer to keep it from flapping about in your bag getting old chewing gum on it. The Harley is as at home free wheeling on your old bicycle as it is turning up to a meeting.

The Harley. Almond
The Harley. Almond
Side, inside, back angle shots
Side, inside, back angle shots
The Harley. Black
The Harley. Black
The Harley. Brown.
The Harley. Brown.

Features

Wallets: 

The exposed push up corner gives easy access.

Ozzy: Carries 5-8 cards plus folded notes.

        Fits in jacket/front/back pockets or purses with minimal profile.

Whitworth: Carries 10-16 cards, 5-8 in each wing plus notes.

Billy: Carries 11-14 cards. 5-8 in the front pocket, 3 in each of the 2 extra                wings plus folded notes.

All Products:

Every piece sent out is bench made.

Everything is made from veg tan or chromexcel leather which develops a rich patina from natural oils in your hands.  

No elastics/felts or other man made materials are used in the making. It's all leather.

The heat branded logo doesn't fade.  

Heavy duty bonded nylon is used for stitching.  

Everything is reinforced hand backstitched.

Each piece of leather is cut & polished by hand. 


The Ozzy 

The slimmest of the wallets. Designed for a minimalist approach to your daily carry. It slips into your front jean, jacket pocket or purse with a minimal profile showing. Easy to find in your bag it snugly fits 5-8 cards plus folded notes. The cut away corners are designed for clean and simple access to all your cards. Made for people who want to do away with all the unnecessary clutter. A small luxury show piece.

Ozzy. Minimalist wallet. Almond, Oxblood, Brown, Black (from top left clockwise)
Ozzy. Minimalist wallet. Almond, Oxblood, Brown, Black (from top left clockwise)
The Ozzy. Almond color detailing.
The Ozzy. Almond color detailing.

The Whitworth

The bi-fold wallet of the collection for your everyday carry. Its asymmetrical design incorporates the Ozzys's styling but with double the capacity for those who want that extra space. Each wing fits 5-8 cards plus your notes, 10-16 cards total. To avoid the frustration of finding a birds nest of headphones in your bag, the Whitworth features a headphone organiser making everything that bit smoother. The cut away corner on each wing allows for clean, easy push up access to your cards and notes. 

Whitworth bi-fold wallet. Almond.
Whitworth bi-fold wallet. Almond.
Whitworth bi-fold wallet. Brown.
Whitworth bi-fold wallet. Brown.
Whitworth bi-fold wallet. Black.
Whitworth bi-fold wallet. Black.
Whitworth bi-fold wallet. Oxblood.
Whitworth bi-fold wallet. Oxblood.

The Billy

The tri-fold is the daddy of the wallets. If you're a believer in every eventuality, the Billy is the one for you. It does everything the Whitworth does and more with 3 card and cash compartments. It's the only wallet featuring two easy access butterfly compartments that close tight when folded up. While the third neatly holds those cards you don't use as much. As with the other wallets it's cut away corners make getting your cards in and out easy, because you don't want to be fumbling over your wallet with a massive queue behind you!

The Billy in British Dark Stain
The Billy in British Dark Stain
The Billy. Oxblood chromexcel.
The Billy. Oxblood chromexcel.

The Alfie

The Alfie belt is made using leather from the last oak bark tannery in England. The site has been a tannery since Roman times. In a nut shell, they really know what they're doing. It takes 18 months to finally soak up the colour from progressively stronger oak tanning pits. I personally select each hide I use from the tannery so you get the very best of the best. This is a heavy duty leather and when it's worn in you'll be so attached that there is no way you will ever want to change it. Specifications: 1.25 inch wide. Available in sizes 28" to 42". Perfect for all occasions fitting most jeans, chinos and cords. 

Oak Bark Leather
Oak Bark Leather

The Tate

The Tate key lanyard features a secure nickel plated snap hook. Held tight with screw studs. Perfect for snapping on to your belt loop for security when you're on the go.

Pictured here in Oxblood
Pictured here in Oxblood

Benefits 

Everything is British made & designed.

Products are slow made with a huge amount of care. They're going to last.

The rich patina the leather develops looks even better over time.

You're buying something you can pass on to your children.

You have a chance to show your support for artisan crafting but with modern styles.

A slim wallet keeps your bum looking sweet!

As an added bonus, get a special rate as a thankyou for your kickstarter backing.

Why leather?

Many man made materials try to be as good as natural substances like leather. Put simply though, they never will be because unlike other materials, leather looks better with age. While elastics, felts and other materials look good initially, they lose their attraction rapidly. Leather if anything becomes more of an integral part of your daily carry over the years, part of your personal style signature. It's easy to let go of an old saggy elastic wallet but try getting rid of a leather wallet you've had for years and it's not so easy.

 Leather carries the story of our lives, a story that becomes more interesting with each scratch and mark. 

Tools from my teacher he passed on to me. Will pay it forward and do the same one day!
Tools from my teacher he passed on to me. Will pay it forward and do the same one day!

Risks and challenges

I am solely responsible for production and this keeps my product quality top notch. It also means that if my project is well backed I will be working very hard for the next few months.

To ensure things run smoothly I have very carefully planned my Kickstarter rewards and capped them at a level that allows me to fulfil all my obligations personally. My delivery dates are also at the most conservative end of the spectrum to allow for any hiccups along the way.

Not only that but l've lined up a great bunch of friends and family to help out with packing and posting so I can get on with crafting your goods.

Thanks for your help guys

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    A big thanks from me and a high quality wallpaper image emailed to you for your enjoyment.

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    A full set. The Harley satchel, The wallet of your choice and the Alfie belt at early bird prices with The Tate keyring thrown in for good measure in your choice of available leather colours. (Alfie only available in oak bark).

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    A full set Rerelease! The Harley satchel, The wallet of your choice and the Alfie belt still at early bird prices with The Tate keyring thrown in for good measure in your choice of available leather colours. (Alfie only available in oak bark).

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    Bespoke Bag Set. A custom bespoke bag in Cody Jepson style with your choice of Cody wallet and a Tate key lanyard in your leather option. Designed with you to perfectly fit your life and aesthetic. Pre design consultation with me either via skype or in my favourite cafe. Up to 3 proof designs prior to the making. Made in your choice of available leathers.

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    Exclusive use of Cody's skills and one shell, 3 square feet, of rare Cordovan leather to make a selection of small leather goods of your choice. With either a personal or skype consultation depending on your location.

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    Distributors pack. 3 satchels, 5 of each wallet model, 5 belts and 10 key rings all at extra early bird prices in any of the available colours.

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    Host our launch party. I will arrange a collection launch party with welcome drinks for up to 20 people at a cool venue near you. I'll include a full set for you as set out in reward #13 branded with your name as well as up to 20 Ozzy wallets and up to 20 Tate Keyrings as favours for your guests. I'll be joining you along with my posse and I can talk as much or as little as you like about leather! Uk only. For international pledgers add £5000 to ship me and my helpers to a location near you.

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    Become a Patron. Have a gushing paragraph of thanks on my website. Have a complete set; satchel, one of each wallets, a belt, a keyring and a bespoke bag, all personalised with your name or personal logo. Have a product in my next range named for you and the first prototype of that product sent to you ahead of production along with design sketches etc.

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