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$12,150
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 1 2014
$12,150
pledged of $33,000pledged of $33,000 goal
152
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 1 2014

About

 *BACKERS: on Nov. 1st you will receive an email with a survey - this is where you will be able to select your color way for the NOMAD as well as confirm your shipping address. Thanks for your support & please don't hesitate to email us with any questions! 

Hi I'm Tess Johnson. After years of designing and working with brands such as Marc Jacobs and Victoria's Secret, and even launching Tess Johnson Design, which has been featured in British Vogue, Lucky, Elle, and In Style to name a few, I have a bigger mission in mind, and it starts with The Nomad!

Making women's wear and creating one-of-a-kind runway pieces is great, but as a young fashion entrepreneur I wanted to transition into something that is accessible to everyone worldwide, and even those in need! Through The Nomad line of backpacks, not only can you have function, style, and an affordable product all year round, the bigger picture is what it will do for underprivileged children yearly who may not be able to afford a quality backpack and school supplies.

 Through your support, this is just step one in the production and development of a great new backpack line and beyond. I want you to be a part of the journey, a TessJohnson community of fashion game changers.

Change your silhouette
Change your silhouette

Carry a lot of gear? Or just a few items for your night out? The NOMAD can be expanded for traveling or for when you're carrying a bit extra. Fold in the sides to have a sleeker, more streamlined silhouette for work or a night out. 

Side Access Zipper!
Side Access Zipper!
Zipper Access & Laptop Pocket
Zipper Access & Laptop Pocket

  A separate back pocket provides a space for your laptop, magazines, or notebook, and keeps your stuff safe and organized. And, Instead of having to take off your backpack to access all your gear, you can just swing it off one shoulder, and unzip the side to grab your wallet, or anything else inside the main compartment.

Innovative Strap Pockets
Innovative Strap Pockets
Strap Pockets
Strap Pockets
 

There are 2 pockets on the straps. One pocket gives you easy access to your subway card, money, or photo ID, and keeps them secure with an invisible zipper. The opposite pocket is perfect for your sunglasses or phone, while still allowing you to listen to music and easily check for messages.

Inside View with Accessories
Inside View with Accessories

The strong front snaps ensure your backpack can hold everything you need, while still being quick and easy to open and close. 

Circle Pocket & DRIFTER Pouch
Circle Pocket & DRIFTER Pouch

The interior circle pocket for your umbrella or water bottle can be easily snapped out for cleaning, or to give you more space inside.

A lobster hook makes rummaging for your keys a thing of the past. It’s also perfect for attaching our DRIFTER pouch for your smaller items. 

NOMAD and accessories
NOMAD and accessories

The shell is made of the finest quality Nylon found in many designer bags and the trim is made of high end, genuine, leather. The lining is custom printed, and the straps and back pocket are padded to protect your laptop and add comfort. The zippers, as well as the shell & lining, are water resistant giving you a backpack that keeps everything safe from the elements. 

Colorways
Colorways

The NOMAD is available in 6 awesome colorways. All you backers: be sure to pick your colorway in the survey! 

  • Classic (all black)
  • NOMAD Map Print w Yellow
  • Purple w Brown
  • Classic w Pink
  • Blue w Sky
  • Grey w Yellow
all 6 NOMAD color ways
all 6 NOMAD color ways

With your support the NOMAD can start it’s first full run production, and be available world wide in just a few months. We can’t do this without your help; so please share, like, email, and support the Nomad!

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Risks and challenges

As with any production of goods, there are many risks when producing products that intermix functionality, design, and style. We work very closely with the factory and are super vigilant to make sure everything gets done at a high quality and on time. Unfortunately, there are some things we can’t always control - for example: maybe we dye some fabric and the color is a few shades off or maybe a whole lot of zipper is backordered. We are doing our best to avoid these risks by building in some “buffer” time to our timeline but of course, things happen. There were definitely some challenges when it came to creating and producing the 2D image we dreamt up to a 3D product, but after months of design and technical changes and adaptations, we have worked through all the challenges that arose from creating the Nomad. We adapted the circle pocket to be just the right size, we moved the strap placement to be more comfortable for the wearer, even lengthened them so the strap pockets hit the right places. We changed the zippers to be smoother, we changed some hardware so the Nomad can carry more weight. We are striving to make the most functional, best version, of the backpack that we can make and will do our best to provide you with the most well designed backpack out there!

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1.00

    [WE LOVE YOU] Thank you for supporting us and helping get this project off the ground. With your donation, you will get bragging rights, our undying appreciation for you, and e-mail updates through out the NOMAD journey.

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    [THANK YOU] Get a copy of the original sketch of the NOMAD with a signed thank you note from the designer herself!

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    [The DRIFTER] Get in on the NOMAD action by getting your very own DRIFTER pouch! Available in the NOMAD exclusive MAP PRINT!

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    [The Nomad EARLIEST BIRD] Your very own NOMAD backpack for only $59! Available in all 6 color ways, take your pick in the survey. You'll get the circle pocket, the DRIFTER pouch, and of course, e-mail updates through out the NOMAD journey.

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    Pledge US$ 69 or more About US$ 69

    [The Nomad EARLY BIRD] Your very own NOMAD backpack for only $69! Available in all 6 color ways, take your pick in the survey. You'll get the circle pocket, the DRIFTER pouch, and of course, e-mail updates through out the NOMAD journey.

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    Pledge US$ 89 or more About US$ 89

    [The NOMAD KICKSTARTER SPECIAL & SKETCH] Your very own NOMAD backpack for only $89! Available in all 6 color ways, take your pick in the survey. You'll get the circle pocket, the DRIFTER pouch, and of course, e-mail updates through out the NOMAD journey. ALSO: Get a copy of the original sketch of the NOMAD with a signed thank you note from the designer herself!

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    Pledge US$ 190 or more About US$ 190

    [Double Double Combo Pack & Sketch & LOOKBOOK] Lucky you! TWO Kickstarter exclusive DRIFTER Pouches, and TWO NOMAD Backpacks! These will ship in early December, so it’s the perfect reward – one set for you and one set to give to a loved one!
    ALSO: Get a copy of the original sketch of the NOMAD with a signed thank you note from the designer herself!
    AND: A printed 8 page NOMAD lookbook with YOUR NAME printed on the "thank you" page!

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    [Meet our HEAD DESIGNER] Spend the day (in New York City only or via Skype) with our head designer TESS JOHNSON. Ask her anything, pick her brain, spend those hours talking about fashion, design, the Nomad, production, whatever! If you are in the city, go fabric shopping in the famous Garment District with the designer. Also, you will get a lookbook, signed original sketch and, of course, a NOMAD backpack with all the accessories!

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    [YOU DESIGN!] With this reward, YOU will get the chance to be the designer! Join the NOMAD team (in New York only or via Skype) for the day and YOU GET TO DESIGN THE COLOR WAY! You will pick the shell color, the accent color, and all the trims & details for the accessories. You get to the name the color combo you create and it will be an official color way offered to all the backers! You will get your very own NOMAD in your color, as well as a signed original sketch & lookbook. You will also get to spend the day with the head designer, and have your color way exist in the NOMAD 2014 collection forever!

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