About this project
Funding has ended on Kickstarter, but you can visit us at mochibrand.com where we will be offering all of the goodies on our Kickstarter Page and far more color options and accessories in the near future.
Also, we are already working on several new lines of drawstring backpacks so please visit us often, subscribe to our newsletter, and stay in the loop regarding future product launches.
THANK YOU TO OUR BACKERS
To our amazing backers, we thank you. We couldn't have done this without you. You have made this long journey all worthwhile. We promise you the best in quality and craftsmanship and attention to detail in every mochibag we proudly make in the US and ship.
"Mochibag Aims to Reinvent the Drawstring Backpack"
"Mochibag Improves the Drawstring Backpack"
"They solved all the problems of the drawstring backpack..."
"Mochibag aims to reinvent the classic drawstring backpack"
Hi Kickstarters! Thanks for checking out our project. We are back with our new mochibag. It looks and functions better than ever before. Once again, we hope you support our mochibag project and help this idea come to life!
Mochibag is a reinvented drawstring backpack that features our patented Channel-Anchored Drawstrings™ and Easy Pull-Open Handles™
Here is our story.
We love drawstring backpacks, but they are not perfect.
We love drawstring backpacks.They are compact, lightweight, versatile, simple to use, and reusable. However, with repeated use, the lengths of the cords that form the shoulder loops become uneven and unbalanced. Also, there is not an easy way to open a closed bag. You have to dig-in your fingers to pull apart a closed bag.
So, we set out to solve these problems others ignored.
We were able to keep the cords to stay even and balanced by moving the anchor points away from the bottom corners, and by forcing even motions when opening and closing the bag. The lengths of our cords that form the shoulder loops will always stay even and balanced, 100% of the time, even after repeated opening and closing.
Well, we became experts on drawstring backpacks.
We learned about types of cords, ropes, and drawstrings. We learned about which kinds of cords and types of cord materials glide well thru which types of canvas or fabric, in order to create the most effortless opening and secure closing feel. We learned about balancing the weight and the thickness of our fabric vs. ease of opening and closing, and the shapes they would create when cinched at the top. Our list goes on and on. We needed to rethink the whole drawstring backpack from top to bottom. We made 31 prototypes of our bag to get to our last project. We made 39 more prototypes to get to where we are today.
We created something totally new.
We created something totally different.
Yes, we did. We created premium drawstring backpacks.
Our mission is simple. Make the best drawstring backpacks. Period.
We offer these killer looks and designer colors.
SNOW mochi (WHITE)
MARINE mochi (NAVY)
NINJA mochi (BLACK)
We are also offering these incredible looks for the trend setters and the jet setters.
SPECIAL EDITION - AZZURRO mochi
SPECIAL EDITION - NERO mochi
New Adventure Edition Mochibags
8 Feet of Paracord with 550 lbs of tensile strength. Made in the US. 14 Feet of Marine Rope with 2100 lbs of tensile strength. Made in the US. Drawstring Backpack designed with water repellent fabric of 245 lbs of tensile strength, constructed with Seam Strength of 86 lbs. Designed and Constructed in the US.
All Strength. All American. All Survival.
ADVENTURE EDITION - ORSO mochi
ADVENTURE EDTION - ORSO POLARE mochi
Our latest addition to the adventure edition. ALL BLACK, ORSO AMERICANO.
ADVENTURE EDITION - ORSO AMERICANO mochi
Named after American Black Bear. Every detail, in black.
Introducing New Slim Size
We are introducing Slim size option, available across all styles of mochibags found in our project.
We think we have found the sweet spot of a size that many can find better fit for their bodies and lifestyles. We have slimmed down the width and trimmed down the height, to give more stealthy, skinny, and lighter look. Slim sizes will stand 17 inches tall and 14 inches wide (Originals are 20 inches tall, 17 inches wide).
We will collect the size choices (Original or Slim) at the time of our survey. Thanks!
Announcing Stretch Goals and Rewards!
We heard you! It’s time for some stretch goals and rewards! We think these are the coolest additions to our mochibags!
FREE REWARD FOR EVERY MOCHIBAG PLEDGE
We found the perfect carabiner for the D-Ring. Aluminum. Matte black finish. Not for climbing. We will include this carabiner for every mochibag being shipped.
ADD-ON REWARD for $3, FOR EVERY MOCHIBAG PLEDGE
We custom designed a mountable Key Leash with D-Ring, made with one piece strap. Mounts internally to our anchor points. Please limit one per mochibag pledged.
ADD-ON Reward for $3, for the SPECIAL and ADVENTURE EDITIONS. Please limit one per SPECIAL and ADVENTURE EDITION pledged.
Summary of Our Goodies
We are ready. Join us!
Sourcing and Manufacturing
During the past couple of years of searching and testing different materials and components for our bags, we have worked with various vendors and now we have streamlined our relationship to a few outstanding U.S. suppliers and have chosen extremely capable local custom sewing manufacturer in Chicago, IL – USA, with decades of experience in delivering quality products. We will make sure our bags are manufactured to the highest standards.
We have made pre-production prototype bags with our manufacturer. We have featured our prototypes and near final versions of our bags in our photos and videos. We have completed our finishing touches around the zipper and we have finalized our tried-and-true production specifications. Final mochibags will feature zippers that match the color of the bags and will zip down for closure for added security. Our funding will be used to trigger purchasing of materials and mass production run. We are ready to mass produce!
We have carefully chosen our local manufacturer for their craftsmanship as well as for their ability to meet our production volume demands and fulfillment requirements. After final assembly and inspection from the manufacturing facility, the final products will be inspected again and packaged by me and my team. We wanted this final leg in the fulfillment process to be under our control and watch. Every shipment to the backers will be processed in our care.
We have set an aggressive time frame to produce and begin shipping by late summer of 2013. We will start producing as soon as the funding goal is met and start shipping as soon as the pledging concludes. We will take the necessary steps to expedite sourcing and production whenever feasible to meet the estimated ship time frames.
- We plan to end our campaign by August.
- As soon as our funding targets are met, with pledging continuing, we plan to expedite sourcing and manufacturing.
- We have secured all the materials needed for Sep shipments (1st Lot).
- We plan to manufacture Sep shipments (1st Lot) by the 2nd week of September.
- We plan to ship Sep shipments (1st Lot) by the 3rd week of September.
- We plan to source all the materials needed for Oct shipments (2nd Lot) by September.
- We plan to manufacture Oct shipments (2nd Lot) thru the 2nd week of October.
- We plan to ship Oct shipments (2nd Lot) thru the 3rd week of October.
- We plan to ramp up our production during the months of Sep, and Oct, and also Nov if needed. We will be able to ship 2000+ units thru the end of October.
In case we are above and beyond our estimates, our manufacturer has committed to provide additional production capacities at a sister plant during the next few months to meet our high volume requirements. Even with approximately 5000+ units, we are targeting to finish all shipments by November.
Thanks for your interest and support!
© 2013 Chila LLC. All rights reserved. Chila, Mochi brand, the Mochi brand logos, Channel-Anchored Drawstrings™, and Easy Pull-Open Handles™, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Chila LLC.
Risks and challenges
Process is my bread and butter. I have worked tirelessly in process improvements that involve Purchase to Pay, Production Planning, Materials Requirements Planning, and Order to Cash, for the past 17 years. I have been through numerous manufacturing facility and warehouse automation initiatives, and lived through multiple enterprise system go-lives that affect thousands of customers and hundreds of suppliers.
Given our current bill of material, component availability, sourcing and production lead times, we are confident that we will be able to execute our plans with our streamlined U.S. based suppliers and a local manufacturer, and produce and ship our rewards timely.
We understand that experience and knowledge alone can’t completely eliminate all the future risks. We will be ready to mitigate and react to the risks as they arise, and we will always be in communication about any options and our decisions along the way.
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