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How does the BAGVERTIBLE® handbag system work?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SINGLE MERGED INNER COMPARTMENT
SINGLE MERGED INNER COMPARTMENT

 

 

 

UK & PCT patent applications pending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The colour of detachable straps of any DUO or TRIO inner bag will match that of the topmost part of its inner bag.

With any 1, 2 or 3 of the SOLOS being the equivalent of a handbag, this collection represents a choice of 4525 unique handbags for each Kickstarter backer!

This collection consists of BAGVERTIBLE's SOLO handbags that are offered at these special introductory prices for a limited period only - SOLO handbags are expected to retail at £195 in the near future.

Number of Inner Bags You Will Receive

Every multiple of 3 SOLO handbags you pledge to receive will come inclusive of a TRIO inner bag and a DUO inner bag.

If after every multiple of three SOLOS you are to receive, you are to receive two more SOLOS, then you will also receive another DUO inner bag as your last inner bag.

 

 

 

 

                

 

                

 

What is a unique BAGVERTIBLE handbag? 

A BAGVERTIBLE DUO or TRIO handbag is unique if no other handbag is formed from the same identical set of two or three SOLO handbags.

1. Point of Sale Unique Selling Point.

BAGVERTIBLE's Kickstarter Collection offered here includes 30 SOLO handbags. Choosing any two or three solo handbags at a time one can form a total of 4495 one-of- kind DUO and TRIO handbags. Including the SOLO handbags that translates to a 'point of sale' choice of 4525 unique handbags. Put in other words, on average, every 4525 Kickstarter backers could each acquire a one-of-a-kind BAGVERTIBLE handbag. No other handbag purveyor in the world offers such a wide choice of handbags in one place.

2. Several Handbags in 1 

Each BAGVERTIBLE DUO and TRIO handbag is, respectively, at least 4 and 7 handbags in 1.

3. More SOLO Handbags = Many More DUO & TRIO Handbags

The more SOLO handbags owned the many more DUO and TRIO handbags can be enjoyed especially when the Bagvertibles are non-identical.

A TRIO Handbag that can 9 different handbags!
A TRIO Handbag that can 9 different handbags!

 

4 SOLO handbags for a choice of 16 different handbags!
4 SOLO handbags for a choice of 16 different handbags!

 

5 SOLO handbags for a choice of 27 different handbags!
5 SOLO handbags for a choice of 27 different handbags!

For a display of all handbags that result from a particular selection of 5 SOLOS please see Keepers & Jugglers below

6 SOLO handbags for a choice of 43 different handbags!
6 SOLO handbags for a choice of 43 different handbags!

For a set of 6 SOLOS for the price of 5 see 'HANDBAG-A-DAY FOR 43 DAYS!' rewards on the right. 

7 SOLO handbags for a choice of 65 different handbags!
7 SOLO handbags for a choice of 65 different handbags!

*These figures are accurate if none of the selected SOLO handbags are identical. 

If we assume half of Iceland's population (161,002) are women who each want a BAGVERTIBLE handbag that no one else in Iceland has, with just 99 of our unique SOLO handbags their wishes could be granted!

 

For your day at the office.
For your day at the office.

 

A handbag for your best friend's wedding?
A handbag for your best friend's wedding?

 

Red speaks for itself!
Red speaks for itself!

 

Is your grey handbag wearing pink lipstick?
Is your grey handbag wearing pink lipstick?

 

Summery?
Summery?

 

Jeans and T-Shirt day?
Jeans and T-Shirt day?

 

Your bag having a good hair day? Are you?
Your bag having a good hair day? Are you?

 

Definitely a conversation starter!
Definitely a conversation starter!

 

Pop art meets handbag!
Pop art meets handbag!

 

Is this a handbag or a work of art or both?
Is this a handbag or a work of art or both?

 

 

 

Both Jane and Imani happen to own the same set of 5 unique SOLOS shown above.
Both Jane and Imani happen to own the same set of 5 unique SOLOS shown above.

Enjoy BAGVERTIBLE handbags as a Keeper or a Juggler!

 

Jane owns the set of 5 SOLO handbags show numbered 1 to 5. Imani bought her own set of 5 SOLOS and, coincidentally, they happen to be identical to the ones Jane owns. With the inclusion of inner bags all 27 handbags that can be enjoyed with these 5 SOLOS are shown here. Right from the start Jane formed and only ever enjoys DUO handbag [15] and TRIO handbag [25]; she does not take either of these two handbags apart so as to take advantage of any of the other 25 handbags at her fingertips. Jane is a Keeper.

Imani takes full advantage of all 27 handbags that she has at her fingertips; on almost every day of each month, she is seen with a different handbag. Imani is a Juggler.

 

 

At the very beginning, as I set about developing this handbag system, I set myself two major conditions. Firstly, at the very least, whatever handbags I came up with had to have all the benefits one expects of handbags. Secondly, as much as possible, a handbag formed from two or three identical solo handbags was to be compact enough it stood a good chance of an unknowing party thinking it is a regular 'one piece' handbag.  

If you did not know beforehand you might not suspect this can be 7 different handbags!
If you did not know beforehand you might not suspect this can be 7 different handbags!

 

If you did not know better you might not suspect this can be 4 different handbags!
If you did not know better you might not suspect this can be 4 different handbags!

It soon became clear that I would be facing two main challenges. 

Challenge 1

How to make two or three compartments merge into a single bigger compartment? 

Zipper fasteners being used to allow one detachable bag to piggyback on another is clever and such bag configurations already exist. However such bag configurations are not a single bag because their individual compartments remain completely separate from each other. Two or more handbags can only truly become a single handbag if their individual compartments are merged into a single bigger compartment. For over a year, development was stalled because I could not figure out how to achieve such merging. Different design ideas were explored but to no avail, resulting in several prototypes being created and set aside. 

Then, one day, I was midair, flying back to the UK from Japan when BAGVERTIBLE's feature that,  I aptly, and love to affectionately call 'doggybone technology', due to its shaping, 'came' to me. 

Thanks to doggybone technology, handbag aficionados can easily and quickly merge the compartments of two or three handbags into a totally unhindered single compartment for a bigger handbag. 

Next, I had to work out how a merged compartment could be lined. The formed handbag also had to have straps/handles. 

As the system evolved, it soon became clear that the composite handbags will be formed from three main parts -  the system's smallest handbags; solo handbags, lining and straps. 

Challenge 2

How to thread a handbag together? 

The solo  handbags, lining, and straps had to come together in a manner that results in a compact handbag. Prototype handbags with lining held in place with push buttons were created but set aside because lining that could simply be pulled apart from the rest of the handbag was not good enough.

These prototypes were set aside mainly because their inner bags could be pulled apart from the rest of the handbag.
These prototypes were set aside mainly because their inner bags could be pulled apart from the rest of the handbag.

Again, for months I could not come up with the right method of adding lining. Then, as can be the case if one sets one’s mind to something for long enough, the notion of replacing lining with inner bags that have  their straps threaded through slits in solo  handbags came to me. 

With the resultant BAGVERTIBLE® handbag system, it could be said that it's handbags are formed by threading smaller handbags together.

UK & PCT patents pending. 

 

 A lot of my Meraki resides in the handbag system that is BAGVERTIBLE®. It is my little baby. However, I have not conceived this for myself but for women who I envision  using the system to form personalised handbags that they will love; handbags that are as restrained or as wild and eclectic as their hearts' desire. And in doing so I believe they will discover new ways to enjoy their handbags. 

Help me in my journey to make these revolutionary handbags available to all because this is as far as I can get on my own. Taking advantage of the rewards on the right to be one of the first to own BAGVERTIBLE® handbags will  go a long way to helping me complete  said journey. You can also gift your loved ones a set of Bagvertibles. Your support in spreading the word about this campaign can also help bring this product to market. 

Shina Xifregas

Early stage prototypes being created in a design studio in East London.
Early stage prototypes being created in a design studio in East London.

 

One of the models I created during the development of the system. Guess no one will give me a job as a model maker!
One of the models I created during the development of the system. Guess no one will give me a job as a model maker!

 

One of the First Sketches I Made of the Proposed System. I doubt anyone would give me a job as an illustrator!
One of the First Sketches I Made of the Proposed System. I doubt anyone would give me a job as an illustrator!

GIVEN THE CHANCE 

With your support, in the future, BAGVERTIBLE® could be a lot more.

1.

BAGVERTIBLE® would love to offer other similar lines of bags i.e a smaller baguette-sized line of ladies' handbags, a line specifically designed  for men, a luggage line etc.

2.

BAGVERTIBLE® would love artists to help it create beautiful bags. This handbag system was conceived so as to give lovers of handbags an unprecedented number of ways to create instantly personalised customisable handbags. Handbags that are fun. That is why the life-blood of this system is an inventory of SOLO handbags that, as much as possible, caters to all tastes - conventional and unconventional tastes. Some handbag aficionados are likely to find graphic SOLOS appealing.

That is why our Kickstarter Collection here includes four dual graphic SOLOS that include these .

These solos bear the first artwork specifically commissioned by BAGVERTIBLE®.
These solos bear the first artwork specifically commissioned by BAGVERTIBLE®.

Select artists could play a significant participatory role as BAGVERTIBLE® moves forward.

3.

Given the chance, BAGVERTIBLE® would love ladies that acquire its handbags to help create handbags they acquire! Interested parties, including ladies, that are not established artists could also have the chance to see their artwork become dual graphic SOLOS. The artwork of such parties will have to be uploaded to BAGVERTIBLE's website as candidate artwork.

Visitors to BAGVERTIBLE's website voting could  help determine which of all candidate artworks become actual dual graphic solo handbags offered to all for sale. Such voting will be another way to participate in the creation of BAGVERTIBLE® handbags.

Getting artists and other parties involved will require a user-friendly bespoke website. Given the chance, BAGVERTIBLE® would commission such a website as soon as possible.

4. 

A global superstar of a British bag company, that was launched  with limited funding less than a decade ago, serves as a very good example of where BAGVERTIBLE® strives to be in the longterm. Every day, at the company's UK factory, about 50 highly skilled workers manufacture about 1000 of its appealing bags that are then shipped all over the world to its anxiously waiting customers. Starting with handbags for Kickstarter backers being manufactured in the UK, BAGVERTIBLE® also plans to deliver handbags of the highest quality to its valued supporters and customers.

A big shout-out to our talented artist Remco van Dongen for the 'How does the BAGVERTIBLE® handbag system work?' animation.

Your continued support will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Risks and challenges

At this point, we are at the very final stages of our project and have overcome many of the hurdles and difficulties related to the design and manufacturing process.

That is not to say we are now being complacent. Preparations we have made for the final stages reflect our determination to decrease the chances of delays or hiccups.

We have partnered with a factory that manufactures handbags for some of the most well-known brands and designers in the UK.

Shipping products to customers all over the world is quite a complex challenge and BAGVERTIBLE® has never done this before. Which is why we have partnered with an expert team that for years, on behalf of the world largest e-commerce platform, arranged shipping of products to 1000s of customers all over the world.

We do not foresee any major problems but we understand that there is always the possibility of small delays and setbacks in the coming months. Transparency is key for us and we will notify all backers of our progress with regular updates.

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