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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, February 14 2016 7:49 AM UTC +00:00
$1,095
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
11
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, February 14 2016 7:49 AM UTC +00:00

About

The Buckle Locket is an innovative belt buckle. It integrates a conventional buckle with an industrial display case.

No more ordinary stamped-out, one-dimensional, or tacky resin buckles. The Buckle Locket is sophisticated, yet durable. Its window feature showcases a person's individual uniqueness with three-dimensional design. Dressing up or dressing down, the Buckle Locket's frames and interior Design Holsters are quick to interchange so you can do both!  

The idea came to me in 2011 when I received a necklace pendent made with a stained glass type of application. 

Two buckle models later and after returning back home from the US Air Force Metals Technology Apprentice Course, in 2013, I started working on my 3rd buckle prototype. The training gave me insight and skills to develop a better Buckle Locket model. Working closely with my product engineer, I created the 3rd buckle design with tighter tolerances. Thanks to the brilliant late Steve Jobs, I was inspired to replace the original model's tempered glass window with an industrial material; this material has created better safety, durability, and clarity of my products.

The North American Brown Bear (approximately 3.50" diameter) is the first of four Buckle Locket models to be introduced to commerce.

I have debuted The N. A. Brown Bear Buckle Locket, and there are many opportunities! These opportunities include, but are not limited to, having a Blue Ribbon Buckle Co. ecommerce, going national with major retailers, showcasing my buckle in the Los Angeles Swarovski® showroom, Federal, State, and local government contracting, selling locally and abroad to select boutiques, rodeos, festivals, wineries, and potentially develoing private labels.  

Having dedicated over 4 years into creating the Buckle Locket, it's been one process, subcontractor, supplier, and manufacturer after another. As with most inventions, getting it right the first time is seldom, if ever, the case, and ingenious problem solving is key! 

The first two buckle models were hand designed and were manufactured through the centrifugal casting process. Since this 3rd buckle model design incorporates additional parts, centrifugal casting proved to be an inadequate process in keeping within the specified tolerance; die casting is necessary.

It takes more than ingenuity, long hours, and gallons of coffee to fuel this project; I turned to Kickstarter as a community to raise funds to take the Buckle Locket from its prototype state to production! In order to launch the Buckle Locket into the accessory market, the following basic requirements are needed: equipment, supplies, tooling and dies, castings, manufacturing, metal stamping, plating/finishes, printing, fabrication, design textiles/mediums, and the fulfillment of marketing areas.

In addition to my relentless dedication and your financial backing, I have the added support from individuals at the Small Business Development Center of Fresno, CA., Small Business Administration of Fresno, CA., Swarovski - Los Angeles, CA., The Rosie Network, VWISE (Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship), and I couldn't have made it this far without my inner circle of family, military family, and friends to help see "the dream" through. 

Dreams don't become reality by one alone, and doing unto others just as you have done unto me - WE get to not only market an innovative product, WE get to fulfill my company vision: To be a brand recognized as an advocate of creative empowerment contributing to positive national and world change; 10% of Blue Ribbon Buckle Co.'s net monthly proceeds will go to help create this change. Thank you for being one in the Cord of 3. -wjo

  

Risks and challenges

I have built trusted working relationships with both stateside and overseas manufacturers and suppliers, and have had over 4 years to study and troubleshoot the processes and applications of my product. Since there are mating parts, cavities, and inner/outer diameters in the buckle design, it is critical for tolerance measurements to be on point. In the case of tolerance issues, there will be a longer lead-time for production and fulfillment. If more time is needed, I will contact my Backers in a timely manner with an updated production and delivery time.

Launching a campaign on Kickstarter, the experience and opportunity is to be a positive one...for both you, the Backer (my customer), and myself; Blue Ribbon Buckle Co. is committed to making sure you are happy and satisfied.

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    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    NEVER ENOUGH MAGNETS!
    You'll get two (3" Diameter) original Blue Ribbon Buckle Co. magnets personally designed by...yours truly!

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    MAKE YOUR STATEMENT for being original!
    You'll receive a BRBCo. iron-branded "Be Your Own Jones." genuine leather key fob with an attached BR logo metal silver-finish embellishment.

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    Pledge US$ 55 or more About US$ 55

    STAY ORGANIZED! with a Blue Ribbon Buckle Co. embroidered messenger bag; it's generous in size (11.5" H X 15.5" W X 4" D), has a side mesh pocket, a zippered front pocket, adjustable shoulder strap with matching color shoulder pad, zippered main compartment, inner panel organizational pocket, and a removable padded 15'' protective laptop case. Color: Royal blue and black.

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    SUPPORT THE AMERICAN DREAM!
    You'll receive your choice of one Siam red or Navy blue genuine leather adjustable bracelet. Leather bracelet is adorned with an antiqued silver Blue Ribbon Buckle Co. charm and red, white, and blue multifaceted crystal beads from Swarovski®.

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    Pledge US$ 110 or more About US$ 110

    Our heartfelt "THANKS A MILLION!".
    You'll receive the Blue Ribbon Buckle Co.'s brand ambassador, Vicki Lynn, printed on a 16" L X 20" H stretched-canvas with coordinating colored sides. Each print is hand-signed by the artist, Ashley Smith.

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    Pledge US$ 210 or more About US$ 210

    A NOTEWORTHY INSCRIPTION.
    Available exclusively to my Backers of Kickstarter; you'll receive a North American Brown Bear Buckle Locket (buckle case including The Standard frame) with your choice of plating finish (Antiqued Gold, Antiqued Silver, or Polished Nickel). You'll get a custom engraved industrial glass (the window of your buckle) with the inscription - "THANKS A MILLION FOR BACKING THE BUCKLE." -BR encircling the outer edge of the glass. With your $210 pledge, you'll also receive an interchangeable Design Holster with an embroidered Blue Ribbon Buckle Co. logo on taupe-colored brushed suede.
    Buckles need belts. Add $50, and you'll get one genuine full-grain leather belt in your choice of color (Matte black or Coffee Bean brown) embellished with (2) BR metal snap buttons. Metal hardware comes in your choice of color plated finish (Antiqued Gold, Black Nickel, or Polished Nickel).

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    Pledge US$ 270 or more About US$ 270

    YOU ROCK!
    You'll get a North American Brown Bear Buckle Locket (buckle case including On the Rocks frame) with your choice of color plated finish (Antiqued Gold, Antiqued Silver, or Polished Nickel). The On the Rocks frame comes in your choice of Crystal Rocks® colors from Swarovski® (Metallic Light Gold, Golden Shadow, Silver Shade, Jet, or Cornet Argent Light) to compliment your plating finish. *Buckle Locket is also available with The Standard or Orion's Belt frame. With your $270 pledge, you'll also get a custom Design Holster containing an embroidered monogram (one letter in your choice of select letter styles - monogram stitched with satin or high-gloss black thread) on your choice of select canvas prints.
    Buckles need belts. Add $50, and you'll get one genuine full-grain leather belt in our choice of color (Matte black or Coffee Bean brown) embellished with (2) BR metal snap buttons. Metal hardware comes in your choice of color plated finish (Antiqued Gold, Black Nickel, or Polished Nickel).

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    BEVS & BUCKLES!
    Let's get more acquainted. With your pledge of $415, The Blue Ribbon Buckle Co. team will meet you for an evening of beverages, dinner, and conversation. Bev & Buckle Backers will also receive one North American Brown Bear Buckle Locket with your choice of one interchangeable buckle frame (The Standard, Orion's Belt, or On the Rocks) in your choice of color plated finish (Antiqued Gold, Antiqued Silver, or Polished Nickel), one interchangeable Design Holster created especially to commemorate our evening together, & one genuine full-grain leather belt in your choice of color (Matte black or Coffee Bean brown) embellished with (2) BR metal snap buttons. Metal hardware comes in your choice of color plated finish (Antiqued Gold, Black Nickel, or Polished Nickel). The Bevs & Buckles Reward does not include travel or hotel accommodations.

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Funding period

- (37 days)