We created this project with a tight-knit group who shared a love of travel and a passion for the high quality crafts found at local market places around the world. We created Antigua Leather after being captivated by the quality of craftsmanship produced by leather artisans in Guatemala.
We built a relationship with a small group of exceptional artisans in Antigua, Guatemala who have honed their skills for generations, and together designed and crafted these beautiful products. We have combined traditional manufacturing methods while still maintaining style and functionality, to create products that can withstand the strenuous life of a traveler while suiting the needs of a student or businessman.
Our goal is to start this project by bringing handmade, authentic leather bags and cases from Guatemala to Kickstarter backers around the world. Kickstarter funding will cover the production costs and shipping.
Our designs, production and shipping plans are finalized and are ready to go into action the moment our project is successful.
This project represents an excellent and beneficial opportunity for the Kickstarter backer, as our backers will not only receive one of our excellent leather products, but will additionally be supporting a new opportunity for hardworking, talented artisans in Guatemala.
Many "high end" designer bags on the market are only exceptional in price, not durability or design. Antigua Leather bags offer impeccable design and construction at a fraction of the price of a designer bag. Our motto: Pay for the bag, not the brand. These bags are durable, beautiful, and are fashioned from natural, pure leather instead of highly processed or synthetic materials. Antigua Leather presents to you three high quality, stylish items made specifically for the modern electronics you use everyday.
The Antigua Leather messenger bag is designed for modern laptops and tablets. We offer a 13", 15" and 17" option to house your laptop and iPad with room to spare. Our iPad and iPhone leather cases provide a safe way to protect your device with a simple, durable leather sleeve.
Our bags are designed in a minimalist style with the traveler, student and professional in mind. These bags will endure the daily stresses of the trail, and the office, while showing off a unique, authentic and timeless style.
Constructed of full grain 3/16” thick leather, the durability of these bags is one of their strongest assets. They feature alloy buckles and thick, sturdy stitching. These bags are tough and we are confident it will stand up to your high demands. The leather is rugged and will resist crumbling and tearing far better than most highly processed leathers on the market, but will also conform to your body shape and become more pliable with use.
Each bag will be inspected for quality by hand before it is delivered. Quality, craftsmanship and backer satisfaction is our number one priority.
Why Antigua Leather?:
Coming from a world dominated by big-box stores and the convenience of cheap, disposable products, we wanted to break the trend of cheap, mass-manufactured goods.
We focused on providing cases for modern electronics that form the daily toolset of the modern student and businessman. We have worked closely with the artisans to design these high quality, unique products for the modern market.
We created a great line of tough, stylish bags that combine the craftsmen’s traditional workmanship and quality with modern needs for durability, style and functionality. We hope you will support our vision and support this project. We look forward to sending you a unique, hand-crafted, quality leather case that will last you for years to come.
Making a Pledge to Antigua Leather:
Thank you for choosing to make our project a reality! Over to the upper right hand side of our project page, there are several different pledge tiers available with Rewards.
If you choose to pledge for the Bundle Pack, that includes one 15" or 13" Messenger Bag, one iPad sleeve and one iPhone sleeve, we added a discount if you order all three of our products together rather than individually.
Lastly, as you may have noticed, the Antigua Leather Signature Messenger Bag comes in two colors; Light Brown and Dark Brown. The iPhone and iPad cases come in three different colors; Light Brown, Brown, and Dark Brown.
Immediately following the conclusion of our successful campaign, we will request your shipping address and also your preference for color. (This way you don't have to choose which color right now).
Thank you for being a part of Antigua Leather, this is a great first step towards breaking the trend of cheap, disposable, mass-manufactured goods.
Thank You Kickstarter Backers!
Our bags are designed with a minimalist style. The main interior pocket is a single space with no interior pockets or divisions.
All dimensions listed are (Width x Height x Depth). Main pocket interior dimensions:
13” bag: 13” x 9” x 3” (approximately 33cm x 23cm x 7.5cm)
15” bag: 15” x 10” x 3” (approximately 38cm x 25.5cm x 7.5cm)
17” bag: 17” x 11” x 4” (approximately 43cm x 28cm x 10cm)
The full exterior of the bags in about 1 inch (2.5cm) taller and ½ inch (1.5cm) wider and deeper.
Front pocket: 8” x 6.5” x 1” (20cm x 16.5cm x 2.5cm)
Side pocket: 2.5” x 6” x 1” (6.5cm x 15cm x 2.5cm)
Within our Kickstarter video, both sizes are shown. The dark brown bags carried by the two actors are both the 15” model. In the final shot of the video both sizes are pictured side by side.
We are exploring additional colors for the future, but for our Kickstarter campaign we can only offer the light and dark brown as shown.
We will be sending a survey to our backers to establish their color preference.
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Our bags are constructed of 100% 3/16” thick full grain leather.
Our bags will be marked as “Made in Guatemala” on the inside of the flag as per USA customs regulations, but otherwise will carry no mark or logo.
These bags are rugged and durable and do not require much maintenance. Like any leather product, they are best stored in a non-humid, ventilated area. To get extra luster, you can apply a little baby oil or mineral oil to the outside. Most importantly, use them! The more you use these bags, the more pliable and conformed to your particular body shape they will become, just like your favorite pair of shoes.
13": 2lb 11 oz (1.2kg)
15": 3lb 6 oz (1.5 kg)
17": 4lb 1 oz (1.8 kg)
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