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The Cass Clutch is a vintage inspired, suede and leather handbag.  
Classic, modern and made in California.
The Cass Clutch is a vintage inspired, suede and leather handbag. Classic, modern and made in California.
106 backers pledged $41,278 to help bring this project to life.

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The Cass Clutch's simple and flexible design allows it to transform smoothly from a stylish clutch to a useful tote or briefcase, easily holding a laptop as well as your everyday essentials. 

Worn as a clutch or tote
Worn as a clutch or tote

Naming the bag Cass, a nickname both my father and I share is a way for me to honor my past and create something classic, modern and a bit retro, if not downright nostalgic.

The Cass Clutch has a suede body measuring 18" x 18” with no center seams. This gives the bag a smooth finish allowing it to fold so it can be worn under the arm or rest on a table. The trim and handles are leather. The handles are reinforced with metal plates for structure and durability. 

COLOR SELECTION

The Cass Clutch will release in 3 colors, Lassen Black, Stinson Amber, and Big Sur Green.

The Cass Clutch In Big Sur Green
The Cass Clutch In Big Sur Green
The Cass Clutch In Stinson Amber
The Cass Clutch In Stinson Amber
The Cass Clutch In Lassen Black
The Cass Clutch In Lassen Black

COMPANION PRODUCTS

Laptop sleeves, pencil/pen pouches and business card cases. 

Companion pieces will be branded with the Cass logo and available in the same colors as the bags
Companion pieces will be branded with the Cass logo and available in the same colors as the bags

PRODUCT MANUFACTURING

All materials are sourced from California purveyors and every aspect of the Cass Clutch design and assembly takes place in California. 

Made in Berkeley, California
Made in Berkeley, California
  • By supporting the Cass Clutch campaign you will help meet the minimum quantities required to manufacture a first run of the bags, and the cost associated with product development, prototyping and leather-cutting dies.   
  • Your contribution also supports small businesses and fuels the collaborative, entrepreneurial spirit of our local community. 

HERE'S HOW TO DO IT

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  • Details, like shipping information and color preference will be collected via survey after the campaign has met its goal

Visit TheCassClutch.com and follow The Cass Clutch on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for campaign updates, clutch images and fashion inspiration.  

CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I could not have gotten this far with the realization of The Cass Clutch without the help of all of these generous and creative people — many, many thanks to all of you!

Videographers: Noisy Savage 

Model: Beverly Jane Peatross 

House:  Nina and Anthony R. 

Lincoln Continental: Skip Zimmerman 

Script: Noisy Savage and Jennifer Grizzard Ekzarkhov Good, Unlimited. 

Photo credit:  Jayson CarpenterLisa Fontaine, Debra Szidon

Industry Consultants: Bike Pretty and Sven Design

Logo And Website Design: Dabito from Old Brand New

Water Color Sketches: Annie Mathew 

Thank you,

Debra "Cass" Castellano Szidon

Risks and challenges

The Cass Clutch is poised for production when the campaign goal is fully met. All the leather cutting dies and logo stamps have been made and tested. A leather manufacturing studio has made market-ready prototypes and is standing by to make the first-run of Cass Clutches.

Cass Clutches and companion products are made from dyed leather hides where color and nap will vary from hide to hide.

If any unforeseen production challenges arise, campaign backers will be updated with a mitigation plan.

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    A Cass Clutch mood board, material samples and a $25 credit toward the purchase of one Cass Clutch good through May 2016.

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    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    A Cass Clutch mood board and a Cass card case or pencil/pen pouch in a color picked just for you.

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    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    A Cass Clutch accessory set with that includes a laptop sleeve (13.5 x 9 ), pencil/pen pouch and a card case each with the Cass logo. Choose from Lassen Black, Stinson Amber or Big Sur Green.

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    Pledge $395 or more About $395

    Early Bird Deal: One Cass Clutch with care card and campaign updates. Choose from Lassen Black, Stinson Amber or Big Sur Green.

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    Pledge $425 or more About $425

    One Cass Clutch, care card and campaign updates. Choose from Lassen Black, Stinson Amber, or Big Sur Green.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    The Clutch Deal: One Cass Clutch with one matching accessory set (laptop sleeve 13.5 x 9, pencil/pen pouch, card case), a mood board, care card and campaign updates. Choose from Lassen Black, Stinson Amber or Big Sur Green.

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    Pledge $875 or more About $875

    Two Cass Clutches with one accessory set (laptop sleeve 13.5 X 9, pencil/pen pouch and card case), mood board, care card and campaign updates. Choose your accessory set color, Lassen Black, Stinson Amber, or Big Sur Green.

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    Pledge $1,245 or more About $1,245

    The complete Cass Clutch collection with one accessory set (laptop sleeve 13.5 X 9, pencil/pen pouch and card case), mood board, care card and campaign updates. Choose your accessory set color, Lassen Black, Stinson Amber, or Big Sur Green.

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Funding period

- (40 days)