I'm Mónica Juvera, welcome to my first project on Kickstarter. I'm so happy you are here because I really need a 'kick' so I can develope other projects like this one. Thanks a lot for your time, and remember I will ship all over the world, just add $7 to your pledge.
the one piece bag
This project talk about practicity, geometry and structure: PRACTICITY because this bags let you be 'handsfree' taking care of your most important belongings. GEOMETRY because this is an exercise of a 2D design that joins a 3D object. STRUCTURE because'the one piece bag' is Loope's contribution to the evolution of the traditional japanese furoshiki. It mantain the concept of the pouch made from a single piece, but instead of ussing knots to close, it use a zipper. The simplicity of the original design is coupled with the effectiveness of a completely closed bag. A teaching of the past to suit our current needs.
This is the little sister of 'the one piece bag' series. It's a patented design and comes in three sizes: park, party and coin. It's constructed from one rectangle for the outside, one for the interior, and one zipper with two pulls. In the first two sizes the zipper is both handle and closure of the bag. The little one comes with an optional double side velcro.
This collection is made in tyvek®, a synthetic paper super resistant, ultra ligth, durable, waterproof, with silky touch and 100% recyclable. Above this, there were two reasons that made me decide to use this material: its connection with architectureas it is used in construction as permeable barrier, and because it has memory, it usage leaves traces on its surface creating a wrinkled patina on it, just as paper and people. This two conditions mean beauty for me.
pattern, color, size and weight
There's two patterns in three colors, all of them in three sizes. That means you have 18 alternatives.
The PATTERNS are scale to fit each size. The one with big triangles mark curved lines when the bag is closed, because it has more continous lines. Small triangles focus the attention on the color gradient.
The COLORS make a sutil gradient from dark in the corners to light in the middle, so when the bag is closed similar gradients touch each other. Follow this encounters is a good way to understand how geometry is being transformed from 2D to 3D.
The SIZES and WEIGHTS
park: 25x25x39cm, 60gr
party: 16x16x29cm, 30gr
coin: 10x10x10cm, 20gr
how to use it
The concept is 'handsfree', and because it is light and foldable there's so many ways to use it, both for men or women. The long zipper is perfect to find whatever, you don't have to empty your bag looking for your keys anymore. The way of hanging on the wrist is very secure, for exemple when you are making tourism in a big city (like Barcelona). It's also easy and comfortable to hang on the bike or motorcycle.
Another thing is the loopita coin, because it can be secured to the wrist with velcro (included), or put it out and be used folded like a square into a pocket. When the prisma is totally open fits perfectly inside the park and party bag, letting space for the rest of your belongings.
what you can put inside
park: iphone (it has an open pocket inside), keys, small bottle of water, a scarf, makeup, a loopita coin with your money and cards,...
party: iphone, keys, lipstick, credit cards, a loopita coin,...
coin: money, keys, credit cards, lipstick, usb memory...
The charm of using tyvek for this collection is that the bag keeps it soul and durability every moment in a different way. The visible first change is that it wrinkles, the more you use the bag the more soft it will be. Also continued use changes the colors, making a patina similar than happens with leather but in less time. This collection gives the opportunity to meet another kind of beauty, the one that enjoys the passage of time.
In the image above it can be seen three bags that I used for one year and a half, specialy the little one that I was using every day. The patina is more visible on dark colors and less in light colors. In the case of multi coloured bags, the gradient will be also in the patina.
taking care of it
The interior and exterior material resists perfectly humidity and sun, so the best way for cleaning it is with a damp cloth and let it dry naturally. Also it could be washed on the washing machine with cold water, but consider that when it finish it will be totally wrinkled.
Risks and challenges
After one year of producing my designs I encountered that this project is not easy to execute. Thats why I looked a team in Barcelona for the production, because on that way I could personally do the quality control. Now I can tell you I found one of the most experienced skill labor team in town, and also formal with deadlines. All of us are ready to begin production on January 2013 if this project becomes successful.
The risk and challenge for this project is the same: sometimes Kickstarter makes projects be tremendously effectives. We are prepared to produce 1.000 pieces in two months, that means four times my goal. If I need help, I have a net of professionals ready to work on.
The velcro pass in between the two layers of tyvek. Both materials, velcro and tyvek, are tremendously resistant and nothing happens if someone pulls off the bag. The system also functions very well used on the belt.
Big and bulk? Maybe, but not heavy.
Big and bulk? Maybe, but not necesary heavy and uncomfortable. It will depends on what you put inside.