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Old world quality, subtle yet striking style, honest production and the most durable and functional leather goods available.
Old world quality, subtle yet striking style, honest production and the most durable and functional leather goods available.
Old world quality, subtle yet striking style, honest production and the most durable and functional leather goods available.
76 backers pledged CA$ 16,313 to help bring this project to life.

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Wallets, totes and backpacks By JJ Leathersmith

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Why Are we are we here at Kickstarter.

We have been working with leather and building this brand of JJ Leathersmith up since 2012. We have already been making all of the products that we are offering here on Kickstarter for years. Many of them are our the most tried, tested and loved products.

We are here to gain the capital to buy much needed tooling for our studio in order to help speed up our process and keep up to our much sought after creations. Right now the majority of the tools that we have where made by us.

You can know that the products that you get from us here are not a test nor a prototype. We know these are the best leather goods that you will find. That is why we offer a lifetime warranty on all wear and tear of the bags (patina not include, that you get to live with for the next 50 plus years!). Since we began we have offered this warranty yet we have still to have our first claim after nearly four years of creating.

In the beginning:

I have been working with leather and slowly it has began to build up into some what of a small brand. I really have been building this thing from scratch with no investment, no start-up capital. I started selling leather goods in Mozambique while I was living in a tent on a beach and was flat broke. $200, a visa to the country that was running out and no plane ticket out of Africa. I made myself a backpack with half of the cash that I had. 

The first few steps:

It was one of those hand-of-the-universe moments where I finished my bag and packed it up and really had no idea what my next step was going to be. When people started seeing my backpack they began to ask where I bought it. When I would tell them I was the one who made it they would ask if I could make something for them. Something small you know. So with the left over leather pieces that I had I made some small wallets and such. With the cash I made off of that I bought some more leather and headed to Zambia. 

Making our way down the path:

I spent three months sitting on the streets in Zambia making leather goods and selling them to passer-byers. This way I would always have a little bit of cash and as I sold something I would buy more materials and more tools. The money always went back into my work allowing for steady and organic growth.

Learning of the road:

This has been a rewarding route as it has taught me the lessons I've needed to learn in order to build a solid enough base enabling the company to handle the growth that we will surely experience.

Choosing our direction:

This is why I have chosen to run a Kickstarter campaign. It is a great way for us to gain the capital we need to grow the business while still keeping the core morals of what we do. High quality, no flash, no frills, hand-made leather goods. It is a slow process but what we make will surely last a life time.

This was filmed nearly thee years ago when I was still working, creating and selling on the street.

The Chas: Card sleeve. $27.00

 The Lucas:  Minimalist wallet. $50.00

The Linbaba: Passport wallet. $63.00 

 The Louise: Clutch $75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Retail Shop Starter Pack: $2500 US

 Retail Value $5450 US

  • The Chas x 5 
  • The Louise x 2 
  • The Aubrey x 2 
  • The Lucas x 5 
  • The Linbaba x4 
  • The Mowat x 2
  • The Finn x 1 
  • The Finn with pockets x 1 
  • The Nico x1 
  • The Julia x 2 
  • The Emily x 2 
  • The Robeson x 1

 The Strong Supporter Pack: $4000 USD

 Retail value: $9080 US

  • The Chas x 10 
  • The Louise x 4 
  • The Aubrey x 5 
  • The Lucas x 8 
  • The Linbaba x 8 
  • The Mowat x 5 
  • The Finn x 1 
  • The Finn with pockets x 1 
  • The Nico x1 
  • The Julia x 2 
  • The Emily x 2 
  • The Robeson x 1 
  • The Hills x 1 
  • The Christian x 1

The All-in Collaboration: $6200 US

Retail value over $14,000 US

  • Custom Design exclusively for your shop (with option to reorder) x 1 
  • The Chas x 15 
  • The Louise x 4 
  • The Aubrey x 10 
  • The Lucas x 20 
  • The Linbaba x 10 
  • The Mowat x 10 
  • The Finn x 2 
  • The Finn with pockets x 1 
  • The Nico x 2 
  • The Julia x 4 
  • The Emily x 4 
  • The Robeson x 1 
  • The Hills x 1 
  • The Christian x 1 

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Risks and challenges

We have been growing JJ Leathersmith since 2012 and have learning over the years that it is always best to plan the best you can but still be ready for the unexpected. We have spent years building relationship with our suppliers as well as honing in our processes. We have prepared ourself to be able to grow with the demand that this kickstarter will bring us. As always there well be some snags along the way with the growth but we are ready to find the solutions to any challenges that come our way.

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    The Chas

    The Chas is a super slim, gloriously simple billfold for storing away cards and cash. Easy to slide away in your pocket, the handmade dark-leather wallet can easily hold three cards and a couple of folded notes making it ideal for fuss-free, travel-light escapades.
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    The Lucas

    The Lucas
    The Lucas is a new take on the classic, handmade wallet for the no-nonsense spender. One of our proudest designs that blends simplicity, functionality and durability. Simple yet versatile with a smart arrow-shaped folding flap, it’s fitted with space for up to eight cards that can be distributed across the outer sleeve and the two inner compartments. The cards are not separated by leather to keep the wallet sleek and slimline. Hold the wallet vertically to easier access your cash. This version fits American notes, but may be too small for some other currencies.
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    The Lucas International.

    The Lucas
    The Lucas is a new take on the classic, handmade wallet for the no-nonsense spender. One of our proudest designs that blends simplicity, functionality and durability. Simple yet versatile with a smart arrow-shaped folding flap, it’s fitted with space for up to eight cards that can be distributed across the outer sleeve and the two inner compartments. The cards are not separated by leather to keep the wallet sleek and slimline. Hold the wallet vertically to easier access your cash. This version 8cm wide and is suited better for international notes (Euros, Pounds, Canadian Dollars, Aus Dollars and many more.)
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    The Linbaba

    The Linbaba
    The Linbaba will have you itching to hop on a plane to your next travel destination. Handcrafted in the finest leather, the elegant passport wallet comes with plenty of helpful slots to keep all your travel essentials in one place. As well as the internal passport pocket, there are two sleeves for cash, cards and other documents. The wrap-around outer strap will hold your boarding pass so you can breeze through customs fumble-free. When travels are over, the wallet can convert into a sleeve for a notepad for recapping your best holiday moments.
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    The Louise

    Good things come in small packages. Compact and oh-so glamorous, the louise is crafted to carry life’s little essentials, making it the perfect accessory to spontaneous evenings out or exotic travel adventures. The internal pockets are sized to stow away cards, cash and a smart phone with a subtle passport slot behind.

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    The Emily Early Bird $220

    The Emily
    Make a statement with The Emily, a carry-all tote bag that will ensure you’re well-equipped to juggle all sorts of daily demands. Its sleek, minimalist design has a pop-open roll-top for easy access and quick closure that is fastened neatly with copper rivets. The expansive interior has plenty of room to stow away groceries, a beach blanket, gym gear and other everyday paraphernalia. Crafted from the finest dark-tan leather, The Emily has a versatile and timeless look that will compliment both formal and casual occasions.

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    The Emily

    The Emily
    Make a statement with The Emily, a carry-all tote bag that will ensure you’re well-equipped to juggle all sorts of daily demands. Its sleek, minimalist design has a pop-open roll-top for easy access and quick closure that is fastened neatly with copper rivets. The expansive interior has plenty of room to stow away groceries, a beach blanket, gym gear and other everyday paraphernalia. Crafted from the finest dark-tan leather, The Emily has a versatile and timeless look that will compliment both formal and casual occasions.

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    The Nico Early Bird $385

    The Nico is a medium sized day pack with all of the space for organization to get you through your day in the city, university or work. Made with the finest cafe brown Ecuadorian full grain leather. The capacious interior is fitted with a laptop divider, three pen slots, passport pocket and a catch-all sleeve to keep odds-and-ends neatly in place along with all your day-to-day essentials from laptop and books to a change of clothes. The outer sleeve gives a comfortably accessible space to slip a paperback or a compact camera without opening the entire bag. The solid brass closure allows for quick access to the main compartment. The Nico has an easily adjustable strap for opening and closing and a roomy main compartment. The roll-top design allows the size of the bag to be adjusted; roll it all the way down when carrying less or expand it for bulkier gear.

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    The Nico

    The Nico is a medium sized day pack with all of the space for organization to get you through your day in the city, university or work. Made with the finest cafe brown Ecuadorian full grain leather. The capacious interior is fitted with a laptop divider, three pen slots, passport pocket and a catch-all sleeve to keep odds-and-ends neatly in place along with all your day-to-day essentials from laptop and books to a change of clothes. The outer sleeve gives a comfortably accessible space to slip a paperback or a compact camera without opening the entire bag. The solid brass closure allows for quick access to the main compartment. The Nico has an easily adjustable strap for opening and closing and a roomy main compartment. The roll-top design allows the size of the bag to be adjusted; roll it all the way down when carrying less or expand it for bulkier gear.

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    The Christian Early Bird $780

    The Christian
    Pack your bag, lace your boots and buy a one way ticket. The Christian – a full-sized, travel backpack spacious enough to fit everything you need to head out for a few weeks or a few years. The roll-top design allows the size of the bag to be adjusted; fold it down all the way when carrying less items or expand it to carry weightier gear or varied outfit options. The easy-to-access outside pocket is sized to hold smaller essentials such as phones, wallets, a compact camera or toiletries. This smaller outside pocket also has a division in the middle to help you keep your items neat and tidy.

    All of the connection points on the bag that will be receiving excessive stress have been reinforced.

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    The Christian

    The Christian
    Pack your bag, lace your boots and buy a one way ticket. The Christian – a full-sized, travel backpack spacious enough to fit everything you need to head out for a few weeks or a few years. The roll-top design allows the size of the bag to be adjusted; fold it down all the way when carrying less items or expand it to carry weightier gear or varied outfit options. The easy-to-access outside pocket is sized to hold smaller essentials such as phones, wallets, a compact camera or toiletries. This smaller outside pocket also has a division in the middle to help you keep your items neat and tidy.

    All of the connection points of the straps and any point on the bag that will be receiving excessive stress has been reinforced.

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    Shop Starter Pack

    Shop starter pack Retail Value $5450.US

    A great way to begin to build the family and make our work available to your customers. This is a small sample of some of our most popular items.

    The Chas x 5
    The Louise x 2
    The Aubrey x 2
    The Lucas x 5
    The Linbaba x4
    The Mowat x 2
    The Finn x 1
    The Finn with pockets x 1
    The Nico x1
    The Julia x 2
    The Emily x 2
    The Robeson x 1

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    The Strong Supporter Pack

    The Strong Supporter Pack Retail value $9080.US

    You and your shop love what we have going on and know so will your patrons. This pack covers the majority of our product line with enough quantities to keep you going for a while

    The Chas x 10
    The Louise x 4
    The Aubrey x 5
    The Lucas x 8
    The Linbaba x 8
    The Mowat x 5
    The Finn x 1
    The Finn with pockets x 1
    The Nico x1
    The Julia x 2
    The Emily x 2
    The Robeson x 1
    The Hills x 1
    The Christian x 1

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    The All-in Collaboration.

    Retail value over $14,000.US
    For the shop that knows that they love high quality handmade leather products and wants to build a long lasting family with us. With this pack you get everything in the photo as well as the opportunity to get one bag by you & Jonathan. This collaboration will be made exclusively for your shop.

    The Chas x 15
    The Louise x 4
    The Aubrey x 10
    The Lucas x 20
    The Linbaba x 10
    The Mowat x 10
    The Finn x 2
    The Finn with pockets x 1
    The Nico x 2
    The Julia x 4
    The Emily x 4
    The Robeson x 1
    The Hills x 1
    The Christian x 1
    Custom Design exclusively for your shop (with option to reorder) x 1

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