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A Modern 4 Piece Collection of Mixed-Material Everyday Carry Items: Bottle Opener, Key Hook, Mini Bottle Opener, Key Fob
A Modern 4 Piece Collection of Mixed-Material Everyday Carry Items: Bottle Opener, Key Hook, Mini Bottle Opener, Key Fob
202 backers pledged $8,025 to help bring this project to life.

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The Spencer Collection is our way to pay tribute to Brooklyn's dynamic and colorful past and present.

Brooklyn's rich industrial heritage is represented by simple and purpose oriented design while the beauty and elegance of its historical residential neighborhoods guided the selection of materials.

AS FEATURED ON

The collection is about creating a line of everyday carry accessories for men that is affordable without sacrificing the level of quality or sophistication. We also wanted to ensure that every piece and material is American made.

Our walnut lumber is supplied by a 200 year old company that was founded in 1812, in New York City. Our brass parts are sourced and machined by a family run company located just across the river in local New Jersey.  And finally, our leathers are supplied by a Chicago based company that has represented the finest in quality since 1905.

The result is collection of items that are lasting and age beautifully, making for timeless objects that their owners will keep for the rest of their lives. Backing this project will not only bring it to life, but will help keep American supplying & manufacturing alive and well.

Thank you!

For those that want to get more insight regarding our design and production process, feel free to check us out via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

ALL PIECES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN BLACK 

FATHER'S DAY

Our campaign is ending right before Father's Day,  and any piece of the Spencer Collection would make for a great gift. While we cannot speed up production in time, we can provide a placeholder for the gift to come. To that end, we have decided to add a gift card option stating that your loved one will be one of the first to receive a piece of the Spencer Collection.

To Receive Our Father's Day Card:

  • Add $2 to your existing pledge
  • Send us your mailing address immediately

Unfortunately, due to time restrictions this option is available for domestic backers only. We will be sending these immediately per request, until the end of our campaign.

STRETCH GOALS

PROCESS & MATERIALS

The inspiration for Spencer Collection came from our surroundings. We have lived in Brooklyn for a decade now and always found this place very inspiring. Walnut and brass architectural details such as hand railing, street lights, doors and window shutters are such a huge part of Brooklyn's neighborhoods like Fort Greene or Boerum Hill. These historical elements affected our selection of materials.

At the same time we wanted each piece of the collection to have fresh character of the new and transforming Brooklyn. We chose to juxtapose classic materials with minimal, asymmetrical modern lines.

Traditional machining was for the most part replaced by modern fabrication methods. Quarter inch thick solid brass and premium quality walnut were first laser cut by local fabricators and then hand finished and assembled in our studio in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Brass pieces are hand brushed, one at a time, to  guarantee unique and beautiful texture while walnut parts are stained and polished for rich depth of color. Every piece of Spencer Collection comes with a strap cut out of 4 ounce thick top-grain leather, finished with a brass rivet.

Each of the materials making up Spencer Collection carries an inherent variation in color and texture making every piece unique. Over time they will develop rich, burnished patina giving them even more character.

ABOUT DESIGN UNSANCTIONED

Design Unsanctioned launched almost one year ago with a goal of producing well designed, locally crafted high quality products. It was started by industrial designer Konrad Giersz, Polish transplant who moved to United States ten years ago and Brittany Dolence, art director, Ohio native and a Brooklynite for the past eleven years. Together they set to explore collisions between traditional materials, craftsmanship, functionality and progressive, modern technology.

Konrad is the guy who brings product design and production experience to the table. Having worked with companies such as Fisher-Price, K'Nex, Snapple, Dr.Pepper, Pepsi and many more he possesses knowledge necessary for developing and producing goods either abroad or locally.

Brittany's understated sense of aesthetic is what makes Design Unsanctioned so appealing. She is the person running everything from behind the scenes, from photography to packaging. Through working with brands such as Brooks Brothers, Free People, Anthropology, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom she has developed an impeccable sense for branding and art direction. 

QUESTIONS?

Feel free to email us at konrad@designunsanctioned.com and/or brittany@designunsanctioned.com

We are also available via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for those that want stay in touch and get more insight regarding our design and production process.

Risks and challenges

As with production of any type of goods there is always a chance of different kinds of problems. Fortunately producing goods in collaboration with local fabricators makes things much easier. By dealing with local people communication is much better and any problems can be addressed quicker.

We have done everything we could to cover all our bases and prepare for producing Spencer Collection. The designs were tested, production samples look great and all the materials are sourced. Still, as with anything else, if there is an opportunity for a problem, than there is a good chance that something will come around. The key is to anticipate and be prepared.

The main problems that we are anticipating are delays. Possible delays include:
-delays in delivery of raw materials
-delays in delivery of fabricated parts

Another problem that we could experience (and are actually hoping for) is that you guys fall in love with Spencer Collection the demand for it is overwhelming. We are a small company and are finishing all parts by hand in our studio. We do so to guarantee a high level of final product but in case that happens we will do everything in our power to meet our delivery dates.

IF ANY DELAYS DO HAPPEN WE WILL INFORM ALL OUR BACKERS AND ADDRESS ALL CONCERNS INDIVIDUALLY.

We want you to be updated on progress of Spencer Collection from the beginning of this campaign all the way to the delivery of each piece to your doorstep. If you ever have any concerns or questions please contact us.

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    Thank you so much for your support! Every dollar bring us one step closer and we really appreciate your help.

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    Get our Leather Key Fob. This piece helps you keep your keys conveniently hanging on your belt while looking classy. Its strap is cut out of 4 oz thick top-grain leather accented with solid brass stud button and large D-Ring. FREE shipping within United States

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    Get our Brass & Walnut Mini Bottle Opener. This piece is always there when you need it. Its compact size makes it a perfect addition to your key chain. FREE shipping within United States

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    Get our Brass & Walnut Key Hook. This piece is an elegant way to carry your bundle of keys conveniently hooked on a belt loop, always within your arms reach. FREE shipping within United States

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    Get our Brass & Walnut Bottle Opener. This piece is just as at home at the bar cart in your living room as it is at a rooftop party. An elegant addition to your bar-ware collection yet compact enough to be your every day carry item. FREE shipping within United States

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    Get our Ultimate Set. This set comes with 3 of our favorite pieces: both the pocket sized mini and full sized bottle openers, as well as the key hook. It also comes beautifully packaged in an elegant box complete with walnut insert.
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