I was tired of sitting on a wallet so I decided to do something about it. My wallet was too big to fit in my front pocket, so I needed to design something completely new. One day, I stumbled upon the 5th pocket in my jeans and wondered if a credit card would fit in it, and it did! I decided to design a wallet that was so slim that it would fit in the fifth pocket of my jeans.
I started sketching, but quickly went to prototyping and testing. I sewed a lot of the prototypes myself with the help of my mom and mother-in-law. After making and testing multiple prototypes I realized that the best solution was the simple solution, a clean rectangle. Hence the name "Clean-Cut." By using a simple rectangle we were able to reduce waste and cut costs. In other words, we cut everything but style and function.
After we had the design down I found a local manufacturer and we started working on the leather version. After a couple of samples we got it right and decided to do a small production run to understand manufacturing time.
SAVE YOUR BACK
Save your back and stop leaning. The Clean-Cut Wallet is the slimmest leather wallet yet. It's safer to sit on than other wallets and it's so minimal that it will fit in the fifth pocket of your jeans. The fifth pocket is also called the coin or watch pocket. It's the small pocket found above the front-right pocket on most jeans.
The wallet is a product we all use multiple times a day. It's an extension of who we are; we don't leave the house without it and it goes with us everywhere we go. With so much use the wallet should not only be functional but also feel great to handle. While we recognized elastics' functionality we wanted to create a better looking and a better feeling wallet. Therefore the design of The Clean-Cut Wallet is a unique and stylish combination of two materials: genuine leather and knit elastic.
- 100% vegetable-tanned European soft cowhide. This leather will wear naturally with time, adding to the unique, natural look and feel of your wallet
- Durable knit elastic
- Securely holds as few as 2 cards up to as many as 10 cards, plus a few bills
- The slim design is barely noticeable in the front or rear pockets of jeans/slacks, or shirt pockets
- The tab at the top of the wallet makes it easy to access your wallet when it's riding shotgun in your front pockets
- Dimensions: 3.875" tall by 2.375" wide, and 0.125" thick
- The wallet weighs in at an incredibly light .35 oz.
- The genuine leather smells amazing
With your pledge, we will be able to acquire the tooling and materials needed to produce The Clean-Cut Wallet in affordable quantities.
9/26/13 - First production run of 100 wallets done and done
9/27/13 - Start marketing efforts to generate interest in the project
12/9/13 - Kickstarter launch, here we go!
1/10/14 - Campaign ends, survey is sent out.
1/20/14 - Money raised is deposited. Purchase order is submitted and bulk production starts. Packaging is purchased and prepared.
2/3/14 - First batch of wallets are ready to ship.
2/10/14 - First delivery of Clean-Cut Wallets.
2/24/14 - Last wallets sent out.
MADE IN USA
We researched numerous manufacturers until we found the right one. We're very happy with our choice. Our manufacturer is literally 8 blocks from where I live so I've been able to be very hands on in the manufacturing process. They have over 30 years experience working exclusively with fine leather so you can rest assured that their products are quality made. And producing large quantities of orders is nothing foreign to them. Thus if we're lucky enough to reach high numbers we won't run in to big delays like other projects have. Finally, by backing this project you're supporting local business and American manufacturing.
Thank you for checking out our project and helping us fund it. You're awesome!
Risks and challenges
The actual manufacturing of the wallets will not be a big challenge. We've already done our first production run of 100 wallets to make sure everything is just right, and it is. What's more, our manufacturer is literally 8 blocks from where I live so I'm able to pick up the finished products, which allows me to ship them to you faster.
This pre-launch work has allowed us to plan and prepare to deliver on schedule, which might be our biggest challenge only because we don't know how many wallets we will need to produce. My goal is to get your rewards to you within one month of the campaign's end. My team and I will work as hard as we can to make that happen, but we are adding in some wiggle room in case lead times are lengthened because our production run is larger than expected.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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