Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter on May 29, 2012.
About this project
You're not going to believe this.
Just a few weeks ago, while reading on my iPad in bed, I dropped it, and annoyed, fashioned a handle out of a plastic file folder and a sock. The next day I took it to my friend, Tim, a master leather craftsman, who made a gorgeous Original Leather Handle for iPad, from a lovely vegetable-tanned hide.
People started stopping me in the library, in restaurants, even in the Apple Store, saying, "What's that? Where did you get it?"
FROM ZERO TO APPLE IN 4 WEEKS!
The Original Leather Handle for iPad holds the incredible iPad securely, and protects it. No more dropping your iPad. No more letting it slip out of your hands. It's perfect for commuters, for presentations, for students, for physicians, for taking notes in meetings and classes, for teachers, for reading to children, or reading at the beach, or, shhh...for reading in bed!
With a simple flip, the iPad is protected while travelling, and even protected when placing it screen-down on a surface, so no more scratches on your iPad screen.
I kept going back to Tim to order 10 at a time. Then my husband raided his savings account to order 200 more! Can you imagine how it felt to have his confidence in me and my handle?
And, here's the part you're not going to believe....While sitting at my desk a few days later, the phone rang, and a voice said, "This is D.... from Apple in Cupertino, California..." Before he could go any further, I laughed out loud, thinking it was one my many friends who would pull such a prank. It wasn't a prank! Three days later I was sitting in a glass room at Apple headquarters, nodding and frantically taking notes while he cheered us on, used words like 'brilliant' and 'ingenious', told me the simplicity of my design perfectly matched the iPad, and gave me all the information we needed to, as he put it, "get your product to market."
Based on what I learned at Apple, we're setting up a production line at Tim's 9200 sq. ft. workshop, a family owned and operated business. We already have a contingency plan for a second and a third shift to meet the demand for the Original Leather Handle for iPad, and have even put plans in place to expand to an additional leather workshop.
But, and here's where you come in, we need to purchase hides. And lots of them - and they are expensive.
To produce the Original Leather Handle for iPad we use high-quality, vegetable-tanned hides, which are readily available from several suppliers. Our leather suppliers have been put on alert for delivery of hides for this Kickstarter project.
In these few weeks, we have gone from initial prototype, to test marketing, to perfecting the design, to packaging, to patenting, and now are starting to produce the Original Leather Handle for iPad. We are already beginning to stock our warehouse with our projected Kickstarter quantities (Thanks, Apple), so we'll be ready to meet the demand. We also have a fulfilment company on board, who will manage all ordering, packaging, warehousing and shipping.
Funds raised through Kickstarter will be used to purchase hides and additional equipment, which we've already found and are just waiting to order, so we can get our production line running to full capacity.
We live in Melbourne, Florida, on the Space Coast, where the out-of-work space industry employees need jobs. We think we can put 30 people to work on this project.
We think you'll love it... But, more than that, we hope you will BELIEVE IN YOU...
The iPad handle off to Cupertino
- (30 days)