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Can a backpack change the world? The Calvin conserves resources and helps our kids grow up healthy and strong.
107 backers pledged $15,352 to help bring this project to life.

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Looptworks and Claire Coffee (NBC’s Grimm) partnered to create her ideal backpack for The Power of the Purse, an annual fundraiser hosted by Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest. From the get go, the synergies between Claire and Looptworks’ design team promised a phenomenal end result. And The Calvin is just that: A bag that is light-weight, durable, designed for one-handed use, and looks great whether you’re running errands or going out to dinner. 

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A Partnership with Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest

The original backpack was created for the annual runway-style fundraiser, The Power of the Purse. Each year, Girls Inc. pairs “Purse-onalities” with designers to create one-of-a-kind bags, which are then sold at auction. Some of these bags bring in as much as $10,000 to support Girls Inc.’s mission of giving young women the tools they need to succeed.  For The Calvin, Claire Coffee was the "Purse-onality," Looptworks was the designer.

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest is a non-profit that gives young women the tools they need to be Strong, Smart, and Bold.  10% of the sale of each bag will go back to this incredible organization.
Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest is a non-profit that gives young women the tools they need to be Strong, Smart, and Bold. 10% of the sale of each bag will go back to this incredible organization.

Design Process

“From the get go, it was like Melanie and Tamara were finishing my sentences. Everything they did was so on point with what I think of as attractive and useful. The finished product exceeded my wildest expectations.”  

--Claire Coffee reflecting on designing The Calvin

We couldn't say it better ourselves.  From the 14 concept sketches, to the 4 prototypes, to the hours and hours of honing and fine-tuning, we are so excited about the end result of The Calvin Backpack.  Materials, features, pockets, hardware, weight, size, functionality--everything was taken into consideration to design the perfect bag for today's parents, though getting there was quite the process!

The Calvin underwent a huge number of iterations before it was just right. It was a pursuit for Claire's perfect bag as well as a labor of love.
The Calvin underwent a huge number of iterations before it was just right. It was a pursuit for Claire's perfect bag as well as a labor of love.
The final version of The Calvin backpack
The final version of The Calvin backpack

Features

  • 10% of the sale of each bag will go to Girls Inc., inspiring all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold.
  • Made with love and pride right here in the U.S.A.
  • Vegan synthetic leather option available.
  • Comes in two color ways: black on green and black on black.

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Risks and challenges

Looptworks will be handling production of the sticker, tee shirt, hoodie, and Calvin backpack. As upcycling experts, Looptworks has a ton of experience bringing projects to life on a timeline. This project is no exception.

Since everything Looptworks makes is upcycled from excess materials, we are occasionally limited by the supply of those materials. there is an unlikely chance that we will run out of the ballistic nylon material that The Calvin backpack is made from. We have secured enough material to cover our fundraising goal and then some, and this is only a risk if we wildly exceed our initial goal.

In that event, we are confident that we will be able to source another material that is similar in terms of color, composition, and performance, however, there may be slight variations from bag to bag. But hey, that's upcycling :)

We have reserved production with a manufacturing partner based on our fundraising target. In the event that our campaign greatly exceeds our fundraising target, we may have to transition to one of our other higher-volume partners, which may increase our fulfillment times. Looptworks maintains solid relationships with several domestic and international manufacturing partners, and we are confident that this will not cause unreasonable delays. But it is worth mentioning. All orders will be fulfilled on a first come, first served basis, with the exception of the "Mother's Day Special" tier.

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    STRONG, SMART, BOLD - STICKER

    Inspire all girls to grow up strong, smart, and bold. Show your support for this project and we'll send you an awesome sticker. Thanks for your support!

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    STRONG, SMART, BOLD - TEE

    An ultra-comfortable upcycled tee. Thanks for your support!

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    STRONG, SMART, BOLD - HOODIE

    A hoodie sweatshirt that is equal parts durable, comfortable, and upcycled. Thanks for your support!

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    STRONG, SMART, BOLD - LOOPTWORKS SPECIAL

    You get 1 sticker, 1 tee, and 1 hoodie. On top of that, Looptworks will kick in one of their Tiki iPad Sleeves. Each sleeve is upcycled from premium leather, conserving an estimated 600 gallons of water.

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    You get one Calvin backpack, our labor of love.

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    THE CALVIN - GIRLS INC. MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL

    You get 1 sticker, 1 tee, 1 hoodie, and 1 Calvin backpack. Plus, a lovely handwritten note from a Girls Inc. participant. Plus, an autographed thank you note from Claire Coffee. AND your order ships in time for Mother's Day. Makes a swell gift!

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    THE CALVIN - DINNER WITH CLAIRE SPECIAL

    You get 1 sticker, 1 tee, 1 hoodie, and 1 Calvin backpack. Plus, you and 5 of your friends get dinner with Claire Coffee in Portland, Oregon! (does not include travel expenses).

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    THE CALVIN - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    You get one Calvin Backpack at a special price. Early birds rejoice.

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Funding period

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