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Black Turtle: Laptop Sleeve + Battery + Cord Organizers

Top-grain leather laptop sleeve with ultra-slim battery pack & cord organizers. Also doubles as business folio for meetings.

Black Turtle: Laptop Sleeve + Battery + Cord Organizers

Top-grain leather laptop sleeve with ultra-slim battery pack & cord organizers. Also doubles as business folio for meetings.

$2,401
pledged of $ 20,000pledged of $ 20,000 goal
30
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 25 2015
Last updated June 25, 2015

About

Protect and carry your laptop with better design, function, and style.

Coming in 15" and 13" inch versions, the Black Turtle Sleeve is a modern and stylish leather case for your laptop. With inside pockets to carry a pen, notepad, and tablet - It can also double as a folio for business meetings.

Crafted with beautiful and supple leather, it's guaranteed to make a lasting impression. An ultra-slim power bank is also included that can recharge your devices on the go. Cord organizers are also included so that earphones and USB cables stay tangle-free.

If your laptop is an industry standard 13” or 15” model, it will be alright to fit in either version of the Black Turtle Sleeve. If you happen to have a 11" or 14” model, you’ll just have to get the slightly bigger sleeve.

The best way to check is to measure the screen size diagonally minus the border. Below are the dimensions of a laptop that can fit in the sleeve:

  • 13” Inch: Up to 13.3” diagonal screen size 
  • 15" Inch: Up to 15.6" diagonal screen size

The beginnings of the Black Turtle Sleeve started many years ago when I was a junior salesperson on the trading floor of a large bank. I had just been given more responsibilities, and this involved going to more business meetings with clients, colleagues, and senior management of the company.

However being in my mid-20s, most of the bags and accessories I owned were worn out and unpresentable for most business settings. I also didn’t want to spend my hard-earned money on overpriced luxury items, so all I had was a boring, plain, and dull laptop bag.

For many client-facing businesses the way you carry, present, and dress yourself is a key part of the job. It’s a reflection of your inner identity and if you’re sloppy, unorganized, and unpresentable - it can reduce the perception in your ability to get things done.

In late 2013, I left the world of finance after realizing my life goals didn’t involve sitting on a desk for the next 20-30 years. I saw the damage it did to my older colleagues on their health, family, and relationships. While some saw it as a glorious sacrifice to trade your health for multiple zeroes in the bank doing something you don't like, I thought it was f#&king stupid. #rebel

So I threw everything away and started over from scratch. Most people including my conservative Asian parents thought I was crazy to throw away a job that thousands of finance students or MBA grads would kill for. After all, my college GPA was only a mediocre 3.0 and somehow I waltzed into finance. Would I be lucky enough to have lightning strike again?

Being in my late-20s with no children or debt, I figured this was the best time to start my own business and take such a risk. The window wouldn't stay open forever and since death, dismemberment, and destitution were all very unlikely - I took the leap. So instead of waiting for lighting to strike again, I'll just tell it where to hit...like a boss.

In early 2014, I started my own line of men's minimalist leather wallets and started iterating from there. It was a rocky start, but it showed me the ropes of taking an idea and turning it into a real product that somebody could buy and use. The Black Turtle Sleeve is the next iteration as we expand into new product lines.

The Black Turtle Sleeve is a nice looking and elegant solution to carry your laptop. It also doubles as a business folio that can carry a pen, business cards, papers, or other useful items like an iPad to meetings.

The sleeve is carefully constructed top-grain leather, along with extra canvas inside for added protection. Two colors of leather are used to add a distinct look. Whether you are in a suit or dressed casually in jeans on the weekend, the Black Turtle Sleeve can easily match your style.

The zipper includes a leather handle and rivet for extra durability. This allows it to match the feel of the sleeve, making it more presentable and comfortable to touch. The sleeve also offers side-loading functionality, providing easy access to all your belongings.

  • Comes in 15" and 13" versions for most laptop sizes
  • Doubles as a folio for business and professional meetings
  • Side-loading functionality for quick access
  • Beautiful and stylish top-grain leather 
  • Slim profile that fits in any briefcase or bag 
  • Leather pull on zipper with a sophisticated touch
  • Pen pocket for convenient storage and access
  • Pocket for papers, tablet, or other useful items

In Chinese astrology, the sky is divided into four regions with a mythological creature assigned to each direction. These are known as the Four SymbolsBlack Turtle of the North, Azure Dragon of the East, White Tiger of the West, and Vermilion Bird of the South.

Animals, plants, objects, and colors are often used as symbols to represent values and ideas in Chinese culture. In old folklore, the turtle helped the first Emperor tame the Yellow River from floods and destruction. As a reward it was granted a lifespan of 10,000 years.

The ancients also believed that there were no male turtles so the female had to mate with a snake. Since then, they've been depicted together in illustrations and popular culture. You'll often see the Black Turtle in temples, manga, video games, or movies. As symbols of longevity and stability, this creature was the inspiration behind our name.

Included with the collection is an ultra-slim mobile power bank that can recharge your phone or tablet. It's easy to blow through your battery before the day is over, disconnecting you from family, friends and the entire world. 

The Black Turtle Power Bank can recharge your phone 2-3 times with 6,000 mAh capacity. Thinner than a slice of bread at 10mm (0.39 inches), it fits easily into any jacket, pocket, or bag. That makes it a great balance of power, convenience, and portability compared to other "brick" solutions.

No longer will you be stuck on a plane with no music, lost in the city without GPS, or go MIA with your friends on a night out. The LEDs tell you how much power remains in the battery so that you'll never have to play a guessing game.

From the 15", 13", and the latest 12" MacBook model announced in 2015 - manufacturing multiple products for each size isn't practical for a small startup. To move forward, we want to involve the Kickstarter community to help figure out which sizes are the most popular and finalize the design. 

We have prototyped the 15" laptop case that's pictured in this campaign and still have some more work to do on the 13" models. We are working directly with the manufacturer on the design and production of the Black Turtle Sleeve. This removes retail markups and other costs so that we can bring it to you at an affordable price.

Traditionally, retail outlets will add a 50% markup (or more) on all products because there are rent, operations, insurance, and other costs. In the end that money comes out of your pocket. By going direct we are keeping it simple, while allowing you to save money. Just buy us a beer the next time we meet. #cheers

USA: FREE SHIPPING. We will be using USPS which should take around 5-7 days to arrive from our announced ship date in November 2015.

Canada: +$10-15 USD. Please keep in mind your customs may levy import taxes that you will be responsible for. We will mark all international shipments as a gift to reduce the chances of this happening.

International: +$20-25 USD. International mail can take 14-31 days depending on where you live. Your customs may levy import duties that you will be responsible for. We will mark all international shipments as a gift to reduce the chances of this happening.

Target Ship Date: November 2015

This isn't our first rodeo in manufacturing and we've been working with the same supplier for over two years. Our supplier is a small boutique leatherworking shop that doesn't mass produce for any large retail brand.

We've visited their production facility last year and walked through the process of manufacturing, packaging, and shipping with our current line of wallets - so we know what's coming ahead.

Initial Sketches: Over 20 Different Versions
Initial Sketches: Over 20 Different Versions
First prototype of the sleeve...it wasn't quite there yet.
First prototype of the sleeve...it wasn't quite there yet.
Laser engravings of the power bank and some early samples.
Laser engravings of the power bank and some early samples.

Funds raised on Kickstarter will be used for finalizing the prototypes, manufacturing, packaging, and shipping so that we can deliver this product straight to your door. Your support will also make it available to everyone, but you will be the very first to own it

If our campaign is successful, you'll be able to choose from 15" and 13" inch versions of the sleeve for your laptop. Depending on feedback from the community, we might look into designing one for the new 12" MacBook just released in 2015. 

Our target ship date is in November 2015.

I'm Terry.

Growing up I followed the typical life path of going to school and getting a job. A few years of working in finance taught me that career success on paper and happiness aren't always the same thing. In fact, I think that's the biggest illusion of our generation.

So in late 2013 I opted out of that life script. I quit my job and started a brand of minimalist leather wallets. Once I realized that you could build things for other people to purchase and use, I was never the same person again. 

The Black Turtle Sleeve is the next interation of the product line. Thank you for taking the time to read this page and I'd be honored to have your support. For media and press inquiries, click here to access our high-res product photos and talking points.

Risks and challenges

If this project gets funded, we will have to make sure everything goes according to plan to meet the promised deadlines. There could be possible delays if the quality or packaging does not meet the requirements after production. Port strikes can also cause delays with ocean freight and customs that create situations out of our control.

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