Schitbag™ by LeSchitte is an exceptional line of designer bags whose beauty matches their astounding functionality. The Original Schitbag™ is the ultimate hands-free waist or hip bag for people of all walks of life. Whether you're a fashionista, new parent, or traveler on the go; whether you're riding a motorcycle, bicycle, or on horseback; whether you're going dancing or just to the grocery store, you can bring everything you need in this sleek, compact bag. The Schitbag™ goes securely around your waist or hip and looks great with everything.
For the first time, a hands-free, shoulder-free belt bag has such impeccable style and unmistakable quality that it transforms any ensemble into high fashion. Form, function and fashion merge in The Original Schitbag™.
In contrast to the
bulging “fanny pack” of the 1980s, The Original Schitbag™ is a sleek packet that lies flat
against the body, allowing you to move in comfort and grace. Worn on a belt
around the waist or hips, The Original Schitbag™ contours to the curves of your body, becoming a natural asset instead of an appendage.
OUR GOAL: TO MAKE SCHITBAG™ ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE
We believe The Original Schitbag™ represents an
improvement in lifestyle and is a fashion
innovation that should be accessible to everyone.
From models to students to moms--everyone who has tried the Schitbag™ now swears by it! People love having it handy at the waist or hip and not having to rummage through a cluttered purse several times a day. They know their "stuff" is neatly tucked into dedicated compartments, where it is easily accessible. And doctors recommend this comfortable bag because there's no strain on the shoulders or neck.
We believe everyone should have at least one Schitbag™,
WHERE WE STAND NOW
Utilizing a factory renowned for its craftsmanship, we perfected The Original Schitbag™ in a small test run. Then we developed other highly evolved designs: a distinctive Messenger Bag, a Cross-Body U-Shape Bag, and a classic Tote, all designed to make life easier and look great.
Because the fashion industry works six months to one year in advance of each season, we are prepared to place a production order for our Fall 2013 line. However, the order must be prepaid and takes approximately four and one-half months to manufacture. We are asking friends of Kickstarter to help us finance this production run by pledging any amount they can in the hopes of reaching our $30,000 goal.
We are excited to offer the creative reward packages we've put together, including a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to model a Schitbag™ on the Times Square Billboard in New York, signed and numbered bags, a sprinkling of our caps and scarves, and the chance to name a Schitbag™ style after yourself or someone you love. One of our reward packages can be a delightful self-indulgence or a spectacular gift.
WE ARE OFFERING ALL OUR BAGS AS REWARDS FOR YOU.
All our bags feature:
The finest materials and craftsmanship
Exclusive high-fashion image plus streamlined
Organized compartments for quick access to the
tools of life
Impeccable detail, including topstitching,
contrast piping, frayed edges.
We invite you to combine any of our Rewards, or select from our creative packages, featuring unique modeling and once-in-a-lifetime gifting opportunities. For you, for your loved ones, for all--The Original Schitbag™.
If you have any questions, please let us know. We will answer you promptly. Please be sure to check out our FAQ section, where we provide many more details about the bags.
Sherry – inventor, lead designer, entrepreneur, all-around
Carol – artist and co-designer, fashion consultant.
Amy – copywriter.
James – MBA intern and total support
in so many areas, including helping to put the Kickstarter project together from
concept to finished project. We cannot
thank him enough.
Ellen – BFF.
Teri - Social Graces
Patsy - top dog, as seen in the video.
We want to thank our team for helping us take Schitbag™ to this point. Extra special thanks go to James for his tireless efforts in helping to put this Kickstarter project together.
AND SPECIAL THANKS TO KICKSTARTERS AND ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND SUPPORT.
Risks and challenges
When contracting with a factory, fashion designers face the challenge of quality control and possible delay.
After perfecting our products through test runs, we are confident that we have contracted with one of the most professional and reliable factory available. We have established quality-control procedures to ensure that our production run will yield the same perfect results as the test run. Our chosen factory prides itself on its top-level work standards, and its on time delivery. We plan for any contingencies by working further in advance. We additionally have a backup factory lined up, in the event of any emergencies.
No other waist or hip bag offers the simple elegance, versatility, and ease-of-use of the Schitbag™. Made of optimum-quality, sumptuous suede, gorgeous soft leather, or sturdy canvas in luscious, vibrant colors, it is both trendy and timeless, sophisticated yet practical. With special hidden compartments, the Schitbag™ liberates your shoulders and hands, yet it lies flat, conforming to your body and moving with you in comfort and grace. With the right model bag and color, the Schitbag™ also enhances any ensemble. The outside has a convenient cell phone pocket and a second pocket for driver's license, credit cards and more. No more carrying a bulky wallet! It also has a slot for easy access to lipstick liner and a pen or pencil. Inside is a dollar bill holder, key chain holder clip, and a lipstick slot. There's plenty more room for your other items and still not become bulky. This bag has a place for all your "schit", which is how it got its name.
Opposed to the old style "fanny packs, the Schitbag™, contours to the body with its sleek lines, and in some instances, even has a slimming effect. These bags act as natural assets to your body, offering the freedom and convenience of the fanny pack without the bulk. Schitbags™ come in many rich colors and high-fashion materials, so they can serve as wardrobe-enhancing accessories which you can wear either with trendy, upscale clothes, or with your everyday casual wear. Plus, the Schitbag™ has lots of special hidden compartments to hold all your “schit.”
There are no differences in the bag itself. The only difference is the additional belt. Both belts are removable. If you have a one belted Schitbag, your bag will be worn around the waist, period. If you have the two-belted version Schitbag, you can wear it around the waist, or as a cross-body messenger bag. You can also use both belts together, for a unique cool look, and double security.
You can wear the Original Schitbag™ around either your waist or hip. Our designer likes to wear it turned to one side around her hip, with most of her outfits. Some people wear it around the hip in the center of their front body. Others wear it higher, around their waistline, either in the center of their bodies or on the side. The great thing is that you have all these options to choose from! And if you choose to own the Schitbag™ with the additional second belt, you can even wear it across your body as a messenger bag.
This is an easy one. As it turns out, EVERYBODY. Schitbags appeal to teens, baby boomers, and beyond, all for a variety of reasons. It's not just the cool styling and versatility that makes their appeal so universal; ultimately, it's also their quality, usefulness, and convenience that make people fall in love with them.
There are no limits. Doctors like these bags because all weight is carried at the optimal place: the body’s center, which helps prevents neck and shoulder strain. Travelers appreciate the Schitbag™ because they don’t have to take it off on the plane or during their travels. With the Schitbag™ securely nestled against your body, you can carry valuables, including a passport, without fear of loss or theft. It’s also ideal for walking, jogging, horseback riding, motorcycle riding, bicycling, or a host of other activities. New mothers love the Schitbag™ because it leaves their hands free to carry the baby or push a stroller. Fashionistas love it because it can be worn with everything from jeans to an evening dress, and because each bag makes a fashion statement all its own. Because it's so useful and looks so great, you just don’t need a special reason to wear the Schitbag™.
These bags were designed with women in mind, but some men wear the Original Schitbags in black or brown. Plus, we actually have a new belted waist bag design in mind that is specifically for men. Men also like to wear the Messenger bags, which has enough space for a computer, books, cell phone, keys, and other items.
No. In fact, that was one of our main goals when we designed these bags. We figure, the lighter the bag, the better! The Schitbag™ keeps everything so organized and accessible, a separate wallet is not necessary. But of course, you can always throw one into your Schitbag™, if that's what you want.
Schitbags are made with the highest quality leather, suede, or canvas available. We require that all suede and leather bags have a special thickness in order to hold their shape, while remaining luxuriously soft and pliable. The canvas material we use is heavier than that found in most such bags – because we wanted maximum durability and form. It took a lot of trial and error to get exactly what we want. We are big on quality control and inspect all materials before any bags are manufactured. All our zippers are YKK and all our snaps are magnetic.
The waist belt comes in two sizes: Small/Medium which can be adjusted up to 41 inches, and Medium/Large which can extend to 46 inches. Please be sure to specify what size you want when ordering. The second belt (cross-body) is also adjustable and works for short or tall individuals.
Currently the leather comes in Blac and, Dark Chocolate. The suede comes in Black and Eggplant (dark purple). The canvas comes in Black and Khaki. (The Khaki is a cross between Brown and Olive and seems to change in different lights. We love this effect!). Note: As our business grows, we will create additional lines, colors, prints, and fabrics to keep up with the industry and demand.
We traveled wearing the Schitbag and tested it along the way. Here’s what we discovered: Travelers are particularly concerned about their passports, money, and valuables. The Original Schitbag™ is securely fastened to the body with a belt and metal buckle (sometimes two belts), so it is virtually impossible to steal, and you'd have to work really hard to lose it. Therefore, once frequent travelers discover the Schitbag™, they do not want to ever leave home without it.
We did some research on this and were told that it is up to the individual airline as you board. Schitbag™ can also give you the advantage of being able to bring more than two carry-on items aboard U.S. airplanes, because this bag may not count as a third carry-on, but rather as a wardrobe accessory because it is attached to the body. Our team has worn the Schitbags on airlines and still carried their other two bags on board, and it has never been an issue. But if airline personnel were to decide before boarding to count the Schitbag as a second carry-on, it is small and slender enough to slip into a carry-on suitcase at a moment’s notice.
This is the amount required for a small production order. If we receive more that this amount, we'll be able to order higher quantities, ours costs would go down, and thus grow our business more rapidly.
Our factory is an NS-EN ISO 9001:2000 certified company. The certification ensures a quality management system in the company. The products are made from the best quality materials by the best craftsmen in the industry. They have painstakingly organized the highest quality control practices in this manufacturing process. All the products undergo the strictest testing before they are delivered to us, the buyers. Consistent quality, competitive prices and punctual delivery are the basic objectives of the operation.
The response to the initial test marketing of the Original Schitbag™ was enthusiastic. Besides loving the bag, people loved the name and constantly made suggestions for other products with similar names. So while we were waiting months for our factory to complete the process of manufacturing our test run, we took the plunge and created Schithead™ caps, Schittee™ T-Shirts, and Schitte™ scarves.
There are three new styles of Schitbags™ that we can offer to you as gifts today (pictures above): (1) Our Tote Schitbag™ is made out of 16-ounce, 100% cotton canvas, fully lined, with handy compartments; it is 16" x 13", (2) Our Messenger Schitbag™ that holds your laptop, books, documents and other "stuff" is 18" x 11.5" and is made of 16-ounce 100% cotton canvas, fully lined, with many compartments, and (3) The Cross-Body-U Schitbag, an updated classic in 16-ounce, 100% cotton canvas with an adjustable web/cross-body strap and lots of special compartments, fully lined.
Each leather and suede bag comes with special care instructions in the front pocket.
Here’s what the leather care instructions say: Do not store in direct sunlight. To remove dirt, lightly moisten cloth with water and wipe gently. Do not use soap, detergent, or chemicals of any kind. May use professional leather conditioner. Test any method first on hidden area. For best results, take to professional leather cleaner.
Here’s what the Suede care instructions say: Allow suede to breathe. Do not store in plastic bag for prolonged time. Keep suede away from light (which can fade color) and dampness (which can encourage mold and mildew). Rub gently with suede brush to remove dirt or freshen nap. In case of wetness, soak up moisture with clean towel and air dry. Do not use heat. Before treating bag in any way, test method on hidden area. For best results, take to professional suede and leather cleaner.
We are totally committed, and we will persevere! It's a great product – people love it – and it's highly memorable because of the name. We think it'll be successful for the same reasons you're thinking of pledging right now. PLUS, we are totally passionate about the entire concept, and we're dedicated to making this company happen. We give it our all, work endless hours, put in tireless effort – and we know what it takes to make this happen. You'll see exactly what we're talking about the moment you receive your gift.
Wear the bag Forbes featured as “the new status purse”! This is The Original Schitbag belted waist bag in canvas, with one belt. (We also offer two-belted versions of all our hands-free bags.)
Available in Black or Khaki Brown. Specify size of waist belt: Sm/Med (up to 41”) or Med/Lg (up to 46”).
Any one of these high-quality, 100% cotton canvas bags would be a great choice (Choose one): (1) The Original Schitbag, two-belted version; (2) The Messenger Bag with adjustable cross-body web belt; (3) the spacious Tote with organizing compartments; or (4) the Cross-Body U-Shape Fashion Bag. Specify color: All bags in this category come in Black or Khaki Brown with silver piping and are fully lined. If ordering the Original Schitbag, please specify size of waist-hip belt: Sm/Med (up to 41") or Med/Lg (up to 46").
Our suede hands-free Schitbag made an impression when it appeared on the Times Square Billboard in New York. Now you can wear that same signature bag in your choice of sumptuous suede or buttery-soft leather! Each version comes with the traditional waist-hip belt. (Choose either suede or leather bag; specify color). Choice of colors: (1) Original Schitbag in suede -- Black or Eggplant; (2) Original Schitbag in leather -- Black or Dark Chocolate. Specify size of waist-hip belt: Sm/Med (up to 41") or Med/Lg (up to 46").
The Original Schitbag™ two-belted version. Choose either suede or leather. This bag is identical to our hands-free signature Original Schitbag™, but includes an additional removable popular European cross-body belt, which doubles as a shoulder strap. Choice of colors: (1) Original Schitbag in suede – Black or Eggplant; (2) Original Schitbag in leather – Black or Dark Chocolate. Specify size of waist belt: Sm/Med (up to 41”) or Med/Lg (up to 46”)
The canvas bag of your choice with your name hand-painted on it, signed by the designer. Choose from any of our canvas bags. A one-of-a-kind gift to yourself or to someone you love! Free shipping anywhere in the U.S.
JACKPOT! Receive a combination of items listed in Rewards #1 through #5 above. They include the following:
(1) The Original Schitbag belted waist bag in leather, two-belted version;
(2) The Original Schitbag belted waist bag in suede, two-belted version;
(3) The Original Schitbag belted waist bag in canvas, two-belted version;
(4) the Tote;
(5) the Messenger Bag;
(6) the Cross-Body U-Shape Bag;
(7) cap; and
Free shipping anywhere in the U.S.
We will rename a Schitbag style after you or your designated person. Great for those who have everything, or treat yourself to this rare opportunity. Each style will be reserved for the first one to select it. The name of the style would become, for example, The Original Schitbag--Ellen. These new bag names will be featured on our website, sales materials, product descriptions, hang tags--everywhere a bag name would go. You will receive one of the bags named after you or your loved one, with your designated name and the artist's original signature both hand-painted on it.
Names will be given to bags immediately upon funding and will appear in all materials as they are developed. Personalized hand-signed items will be sent out by May 2013. No charge for shipping anywhere in the world.
A priceless opportunity--Be our model! (Seven spots are available--for four women and three men.) Each model will represent one item. Our models will appear in publicity materials for one year, so they could very well end up in newspapers and magazines as well as our website, product catalogs, and other sales materials. We have a place for each of the following:
(1) a man for caps;
(2) a woman for caps;
(3) a man for T-shirts;
(4) a woman for T-shirts;
(5) one woman for the scarf category;
(6) one woman for all the bags combined; and
(7) one man for the Messenger Bag.
Acceptance of this prize requires a fully signed release.
PLEASE NOTE: Process will begin right after funding. We will coordinate a photo shoot date that works for the company, the photographer, and you. Please be available for photographing in Los Angeles prior to February/March 2013.
(Limited to two, a woman and a man): Make a statement to the world! Appear on the Times Square Billboard in New York City wearing one of our products. One woman would wear a Schitbag; one man would wear either the Messenger Bag or a T-shirt or cap. Our photographer will photograph you wearing the item, and we will pick the best photo to feature. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and an exceptional gift for someone you adore. Acceptance of this prize requires a fully signed release.
Delivery: We will coordinate a date that works for the company, the photographer, and you between February 2013 and March 2013. Shoot will take place in Los Angeles. Allow approximately one month after shoot for actual photo to appear on billboard.