I started making backpacks out of recycled car upholstery on a whim as presents for friends. I got so much positive response I started sharing the idea with friends and relatives. Now, after countless conversations, design tweaks, and hours at the junkyard, I am ready to share my idea with the world, but it isn't always that easy. You need money to make money as the saying goes, and that's where you, the wonderful people on kickstarter, can help me. Reaching my goal will mean the ability to get a website up and get the rest of the cutting molds made for my new products. Beyond that, I have big, some would say HUGE, dreams as to what this business could become, and I have outlined a few of them in the stretch goals below, so don't feel that just because I have hit a number means that I don't need your help!
I like to think that rePACK bags are more than just a way to carry things from point A to B. Each bag is made up of materials hand picked from local junkyards. All the pieces are cleaned and cut down to size. I then hand-pick the pieces that go into each bag, making each bag indisputably unique. I then give the pieces to my friend Harry, who operates a company that has been in the leather business over 60 years! When I get them back I inspect each bag and give the seams and straps a few tugs to make sure everything has been constructed correctly and meets my high quality specifications.
The process to make each rePACK bag requires 10 hours, the end result of which is much more than a bag, it is a long lasting, wearable piece of art.
But you need more than just a backpack!! So I have been hard at work putting together designs for the other essential items you use to carry your stuff around every day.
Here is my new wallet design. This wallet is perfect for someone who likes a slim simple wallet, but wants some extra room in case you have a few more things to carry or fall into a large amount of cash one day. There is one large pocket for bills, one ID pocket, and one pocket for cards (this item will be made out of leather only -unless requested otherwise- so the pockets will expand to hold all your items with use). And if you like using a wallet chain, we can put a tab on there for you (and look out for a braided leather chain coming soon!)
I will be making 3 different sized phone cases to hold anything from an I-Phone to a samsung Galaxy Note. These cases are designed to hold your phone (with room for a thin silicone or plastic case) and a few cards or cash. There will also be 2 different sized tablet cases to carry a small Kindle/Nexus 7 tablet or an I-Pad (still with room for a thin case), and each case will have a large pocket on the front. All cases can be made with or without d-rings on back, but I can say from personal experience that it comes in handy more often then you'd think. (Check out the add-ons to come for complementary products and the updates for ideas on how the d-rings can be used!)
And the last new product, (for now!) is a wonderful tote bag. This bag is great for a man or a woman, and is designed with your daily needs in mind. At 11 x 14 x 4.5 this bag is perfect as a purse, computer bag, or man-bag.
And here we have our bread and butter. We call it a backpack but it is much more than that; with tabs at each corner, and detachable straps, this bag can be used as a backpack, messenger bag, tote, satchel, or whatever else you can think up (if you just want a backpack we can make it without all the tabs). These are great for anyone. Men love them. Women love them. Even the kids want to sport them at school.
I have six large bags!! These are prototypes I made but decided that because of how large the pieces are, it isn't possible to find enough upholstery pieces to make it viable to continue to make them. I have gotten a request to add a larger bag to the kickstarter so I am making these last six available!! The pictures are of the actual bags, which are 18 x 14.5 x 5.5. Whoever pledges at this level will get to choose their bag in order of when they pledged.
How Can You Help?
Any contribution you can make is appreciated and crucial in making rePACK happen. Even if you can't contribute money, I still need your help! I need everyone to get the rePACK word out there to the world in order to continue to grow my business. Share this campaign on your facebook, your twitter, your tumblr, your blog; lets make this go viral!
I will be updating as often as I can figure out ways to add to your rePACK experience. Please check back often! I will be putting up videos and pictures, giving you new ideas on how to use your new rePACK product, answering your questions, and putting up new products, perks, and add-ons. To do this I need you to engage. Ask me questions, give me ideas, give me feedback on my page, and tell me what you want.
How Will I Help?
I founded my business on three principles - recycle materials headed for the landfill, make everything locally, and make things to last. These principles are ingrained in how I do business, they are always the driving force behind my decisions. I believe that these things in and of themselves have positive effects. We need to start rethinking how we look at the world, let's take other peoples' junk and make awesome things, let's empower our local communities and bring back that great American craft tradition, let's stand by our work.
A portion of the money made on this kickstarter campaign will be put towards projects aimed at enriching my community here in the SF Bay Area.
Perks Levels Breakdown:
$5- Sincere Thank You and a Shoutout
$25- Handmade Earrings and a Shoutout
$35- Handmade Bracelet and a Shoutout
$45- Handmade Necklace and a Shoutout
$70- Small Phone Wallet and a Shoutout
$75- Medium Phone Wallet and a Shoutout
$80- Large Phone Wallet and a Shoutout
$90- Jewelry Combo and a Shoutout
$95- Wallet and a Shoutout
$115- Small Tablet Case and a Shoutout
$135- Large Tablet Case and a Shoutout
$250- Tote Bag and a Shoutout
$300- Backpack and a Shoutout
$1000- Custom Backpack HAND DELIVERED and a Huge Shoutout! (limited)
$2000- CUSTOM PRODUCT and a HUGE Shoutout! (limited)
MORE TO COME!!
$50- Videochat with me to pick out the pieces for your accessory
$100-Videochat with me to pick out the pieces for your bag
Add on these amounts to any item (add 1/2 of amount for any additional items)
MORE TO COME!!
At $10,000 I will be able to release more new products and get all the molds made.
At $15,000 I will be able to get a clicker press. This would be a huge help in streamlining my process and help to keep the creative and quality control in my hands.
I WOULD LOVE FOR THERE TO BE MORE TO COME IN THIS SECTION, BUT THAT'S UP TO YOU!!
Are you a Vegan? Just let me know and I would be happy to accomodate you by making your rePACK bag or accessory with only vinyl upholstery pieces.
Every rePACK product is unique, and while I love this about rePACK, it also makes pre-ordering a bit tricky. To this end we are developing a survey that will be sent to everyone upon successful funding of our campaign. It will confirm your product choices and based on the specific products you have it will ask for your color/material preferences. If you have any questions about how this will work feel free to contact me.
I am currently working out exactly what the warrantee will be, but I will promise that if I am in any way at fault in your product failing, I will fix or replace it for free. If something happens that is outside of what we will cover, we will still offer a repair service but it will be for a small charge.
I know I have said it before, but I just want to end by saying thank you. You are all incredible people and you are truly helping me out so much. I am so proud of rePACK and I am so happy for all of you wonderful people to have rePACK products.
Risks and challenges
I have been very careful in setting up my business so that it is a scaleable operation, and I have faith in the groundwork that I have lain, but kickstarter has the potential to stretch me to my limits in terms of production. To keep myself from being overwhelmed I am releasing everything in runs so that I can give accurate times for expectant arrival. I have also surrounded myself with an incredible support system between my family, friends, and incredible girlfriend, all of whom are helping me through this process and are on standby should anything go wrong.
All that said, I have every confidence that we will be able to meet or exceed all of your expectations.
- (30 days)