Stitched handbags merge fine art and everyday necessity. Each bag is hand-painted making each bag a unique piece of art.
WHAT IS STITCHED?
Stitched is the unique hand-bag company founded in 2009. Our goal is to offer gorgeous, durable, non-disposable fashion accessories that move the world to a better place with every purchase.
As one-of-a-kind pieces of functional fashion, Stitched handbags merge fine art and everyday necessity. Each bag is hand-painted in a process that makes the fabric as unique as a fingerprint. This fabric is then cut, assembled and hand-stitched into a variety of bags, pocket books, and clutches.
Stitched Hand-bags are fun, durable, sexy, playful and come in virtually limitless exterior/interior color and pattern combinations. Here's a sample of one Clutch design:
WHY STITCHED HAND-BAGS?
Each bag is different from the next.
They combine the originality of art with the stylishness of design & color with a promise: We promise that everyone involved, from the consumer to collaborating artisan, benefits in a way the makes our world a better place to live, love and learn in.
Made in sweetshops not sweatshops, Stitched handbags transcend their pragmatic purpose combining wearable art and social responsibility. Designed with imaginative care these bags are inspirations and not just disposable fabrications.
WHAT'S THE PLAN?
Stitched bags are assembled and stitched by collaborating artisans from all over the world. With this Kickstarter project, we are expanding our model for empowerment collaborating with Y.U.M. in Indonesia on a Limited Edition series of custom Stitched bags.
Y.U.M. is a foundation that works to improve the life of the poor and destitute in Indonesia. By making a pledge to this project, you'll not only receive a limited edition, hand-crafted, stylish hand-bag, you're helping the artisans who hand-stitched them toward economic empowerment, self sustainability and a better life for them, their families and their communities.
Be among the first to get your hands on this limited edition line of Stitched bags and literally kickstart this program into a sustainable future.
HOW IS A STITCHED BAG MADE?
1. All of the bag exteriors are hand-painted by Houston artist Whitney Riley. Whitney is a multi-media artist, painter, sculptor & sketch artist. You can see samples of her work at: whitneyriley.com.
2. Whitney then combines the exterior, interior and stitch color of your choice for your own personal, custom hand-bag.
3. Artisans in communities all over the world hand-stitch the bags providing valuable capital working toward sustainability and a better quality of life.
Watch the process in :35 seconds:
WHAT WILL WE DO WITH THE MONEY?
Money from this Kickstarter project will go towards:
1. Buying canvas, paint, latches, zippers & fabric in enough bulk to make this Limited Edition set of hand-made bags.
2. Setting up the streamlined, cost-effective collaborative process between the artist/designer and the artisans to produce these bags in large quantities, helping the artisan community toward self sufficiency.
DESIGN YOUR BAG
There are over 20 different rewards to choose from. Once we reach our Kickstarter goal (with your help!), we will send you a survey for you to pick the exact exterior, interior and stitching color for the bag(s) you've chosen creating a one-of-a-kind, personal fashion-art piece. The possibilities are (almost) endless! Here are some of the options including the Limited Edition Exterior Palate and a sampling of interior choices for this Kickstarter project.
THESE ARE SOME SAMPLES OF THE EXTERIOR & INTERIOR COLORS/PATTERNS
(Order your reward now; We'll send you a survey to choose your colors after this camaign is completed)
Below are samples of the design and shape of each bag type. All bags and reward products for this project are custom orders with interior, exterior and stitching colors chosen by you!
JUST ORDER THE BAG STYLE(S) YOU WANT AND WE'LL SEND YOU A SURVEY TO PICK YOUR COLORS.
REWARD #1 MEDITATION
REWARD #2: THE KOOL KEY FOB
REWARD #3: THE CLASSIC CARD CARRIER
REWARD #4: THE MAX WALLET
REWARD #5: THE SEXY CUFF
REWARD #6: THE POLLY POCKETBOOK
REWARD #7: THE LISA CLUTCH
REWARD #8: THE RAVEN WRISTLET
REWARD #9: THE WHITNEY BAG
REWARD #10: THE MARILYN CLUTCH
REWARD #11: THE GINA SLING
REWARD #13: THE HOLLY ROUND
REWARD #16: THE MEIKE BAG
REWARD #17: THE STYLISH ERIN SHOPPER
REWARD #18: THE EDDIE MESSENGER
REWARD #19: THE TARA TOTE
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I've been making Stitched bags for over 4 years and am confident in my ability to deliver. One of the ongoing challenges is that Stitched is a Brand but there are many, many products that are all co-designed by the individual who buys them. For some, that is a creative and fun challenge, for others it can seem like a lot. We've tried to make it as clear as possible and will provide a clean, clear survey for all backers to make their specific orders.
I'm also confident in my Christmas deadline of delivery. However, there are 2 potentials challenges here:
1. An overwhelmingly positive response.
2. An unpredictable delay to supply chain and manufacturing processes.
My partner in Indonesia, Y.U.M. and I have a plan for expansion if the project is vastly more successful than anticipated and we have lined up additional artisans to adjust in case their are more than 1500 orders.
In either case, Stitched will communicate with you fully at all stages of manufacturing and any unforeseen delays in stated delivery times.
After the funding period ends I'll reach out with the official KickStater rewards survey. You can specify the exterior colors and interior fabrics there.
Just like a painting on your wall, the bags are made of hand-painted canvas.