First things first.
Thank you so much for checking out our campaign.We really appreciate it.
The why and how of this campaign.
The goal of M.Bastiaans Leathercraft is to offer handmade quality products, with a special focus on personalisation, at prices that everybody can afford. For this we need tools & materials that come with a pricetag. A pricetag that for a small business like ours is quite hefty. So although it might seem that our funding goal is quite low, for us it will be of great use. These tools will make our production process faster and our prices lower without giving up on quality and will give us the opportunity to expand in personalisation options. In return for your help we offer you "The Nomad". This handy leather notebook sleeve & travel wallet is one of the products we offered in our first campaign and was in fact the most reclaimed reward. Sadly that campaign wasn't succesfull enough to have us reach our goal, so a lot of backers ended up without their desired Nomad. To respond to the interest shown in this product, we decided to offer it again, but with some added extras. The funding gathered in this campaign will allow us, on top of free initials and a Moleskine Cahier Notebook, to offer you the Nomad in more colour combination (21 before, NOW 32!) and at a lower pledge level. Your backing will give us the hardly needed funds to invest in the tools and materials that will make this campaign possible. We ask for your help to keep old craftsmanship alive, to keep on creating sustainable products and to let us make something great that will last you a lifetime, just for you.
The Nomad Leather Notebook & Travel Wallet
Made to last you a lifetime of travels.
Made of all natural materials. Full grain vegetable tanned leather and the best linen thread we could find, make the Nomad a trusty travel companion.
The Nomad Notebook & Travel Wallet has room for everything you might need on the road. Notebook/journal/diary, passport, cards, cash, tickets and pen, this wallet holds all.
32 different colour combinations for you to choose from.
For further personalisation and to make your reward truly yours, add your initials free of charge.
Choose up to 3 initials in the following font:
And so you can start to use it right away we include a Moleskine Cahier Notebook with every Nomad.
Full Grain Vegetable Tanned Leather
Full grain leather is the strongest leather you can find. It is the outer layer of the hide where the fibers (the grain) are the tightest, the layer that needs to protect the cow from exterior treaths. It is also the most beautiful leather you can get, which will obtain a rich patina over time. There might be some minor marks from scars, insect bites, etc., as a reminder of it's former owner, but which gives every hide its own unique caracter.
We source all leather locally from a traditional tannery. The hides are tanned by using naturals extracts from trees like Quebracho or Mimosa. This is a slower process than chrome tanning, but it respects the enviroment and permits to give colour‚ elasticity and strength to the leather. Afterworths the hides are submitted to a traditional oiling process where one by one layers of naturals oils and fats are applied by hand. This fundamental difference‚ compared to industrial tanned leather‚ gives the hides a unique flexibility and texture and makes that they are free of heavy metals or any other substances that could be toxic for the human skin.
High Quality Linen Thread
The thread used to hold everything together for many years to come is the famous Lin Câblé from Fil au Chinois. This french brand has been making thread since 1847. It is widely considered to be the best linen thread around and is used by luxury leather brands like Louis Vuitton or Hermès. It is a wonderfully smooth thread that comes in a range of beautiful vibrant colours. The thread is corded which means that, unlike many other linen threads, it is twisted together two times what makes it very strong and wear resistant, guaranteed to last a long long time.
How Your Reward Is Made.
All Nomads are entirely made by hand. No power tools, no heavy electric machinery, just handcraft. The leather is cut, then glued, after which we eliminate any residue of glue or slight differrencences in the line up of the pieces of leather by sanding them down by hand. Then we mark and prick the stitching holes after which we go on to the most time consuming and difficult part of the whole process.
Handstitching the item.
Getting the basics down maybe not that difficult, but obtaining the skill to produce a stitch that looks good at the front as well as on the back, not damaging the thread when stitching and getting the tension just right, is a whole other story.
Why do we stitch everything by hand?
Hand stitching is different in that it uses two needles that cross each other in every hole working therefore seperately of each other to keep the layers together. This in contrast to the lock stitch produced by sewing machines which interconnects in every hole. This fundamental difference makes handstitching the strongest technique to stitch two or more layers of leather together.
M.Bastiaans Leathercraft is a small workshop located in Santiago the Compostela, Spain. We create durable leather goods with the best materials around. Products with a functional and timeless design made to withstand whatever you throw at them. This small operation is run by Matthijs, a leather craftsman, certified by the regional government of Galicia and member of their brand Galician Crafts.
Matthijs started his workshop with the idea to make goods the same way as when craftsmanship, creativity and quality where paramount. That is why all products are made by hand. No power tools or heavy duty machinery are used in the production process, just human-powered tools.
We want our goods to spread the enjoyment we feel while making them, and every stitch and cut to show that it was deliberately and mindfully made, to be in control every step of the creative process and to craft a more sustainable, ethical and ecological product.
So it might be that no two items we make are exactly the same, that there are slight differences between all of them, but to be honest this uniqueness is just what we were looking for.
Risks and challenges
Delivery time: We have been making leather goods for quite some time now and we know our limits, therefore we offer only a limited quantity of Nomad Notebook & Travel Wallets. This keeps quality up and delivery times down. Nobody likes to wait. So if everything goes as planned you should receive your reward right on schedule.
Duty/VAT charges: If you live outside of the European Union, you will be responsible for any applicable duty/VAT charges.
Customs: Customs in different countries work at different velocities and in some countries this velocity can be quite low. Keep this in mind.
If it turns out that we run out of rewards before the campaign ends we will offer more, but with a later delivery date. So first come first served.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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