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There are simply moments when your bicycle helmet should not be part of the conversation.  Enter the helmet tote by Henry Liz.
There are simply moments when your bicycle helmet should not be part of the conversation. Enter the helmet tote by Henry Liz.
125 backers pledged $22,799 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi Kickstarter! We are coming to you with an elegant solution to a practical problem for the style-conscious urban cyclist:  where do you put your helmet when you are not on your bicycle? Whether going on a date or heading to a business meeting, there are simply moments when having a helmet with you should not be part of the visual conversation.

Enter the helmet tote (patent pending), a hybrid bag that helps you discreetly shift between safely riding your bicycle (helmet on head) and whichever activity follows (without a helmet dangling on your arm). The helmet tote comes in two designs.

The Bedford Bag
The Bedford Bag

The Bedford Bag is a peppy, vibrant, unisex bag made of waxed canvas with leather details and solid brass hardware. It can be worn as a cross-body, a backpack, a hobo, or a slanted tote. The main compartment is constructed to store your everyday essentials, and the lower compartment is specifically crafted to store your bicycle helmet (any standard helmet will do). The compartments are separated by a liner, which extends to the bottom of the bag when you remove your helmet.  This allows for the utmost use of space and makes inserting and removing your helmet a cinch; it allows for your stuff to fit neatly inside the helmet when you are off your bike. There is also a handy diamond pouch inside the main compartment for your keys & mobile phone.

The Bowery Bag
The Bowery Bag

The Bowery Bag is a deluxe, more compact version of the Bedford, hand-sewn from rich, textured cowhide. It has the same two compartment; the pouch for the phone, the various ways it can be worn…. And it has a sexy leather strap with a zipper running its length so that when you wear the Bowery Bag as a backpack, you look outright hot!

We have done our market research, slaved over 50+ samples in four months, and offer these helmet totes to you first, Kickstarter, because we admire your sense of community and unfettered style. We plan to produce our helmet totes right here in Brooklyn and to keep our prices competitive. We need your help to raise the money to finance this first round of production!

Fundamentally, the helmet tote is about the freedom to ride safely and segue seamlessly into whatever is waiting for you once you get off your bicycle. Knowing this community, we’re sure it’s something fabulous.

Thank you,

Mara & Megan

Risks and challenges

Something truly unexpected could always come up, but we have worked really hard to diagnose potential problems and streamline our operation. We have a great relationship with our manufacturer who constructed our prototypes (he has 30+ years of industry experience & frankly impeccable taste). Our distribution channels are industry standard. We have straightforward orders in place for materials. And we have aggressively stress-tested the helmet totes through friends and the odd husband, so we feel completely confident in their performance. We simply need you to put these babies on and have fun!

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    Handwritten THANK YOU from Megan and Mara!

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    Waxed-Canvas Pouch -- stylish diamond shape, perfectly sized to carry keys & mobile phone

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    Black Leather Pouch -- stylish diamond shape, perfectly sized to carry keys & mobile phone

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    Funded Special Mystery Bedford Bag. Now that we are funded, keep your friends and family safe with a mystery color Bedford Bag! Like the Dum-Dum lollipops of your youth, though, you won’t know which bag you receive until it arrives on your doorstep!

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    The BEDFORD BAG in Charcoal Waxed Canvas with Black Webbed Strap.

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    The BEDFORD BAG in Tabasco Waxed Canvas with White Webbed Strap

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    The BEDFORD BAG in Military Olive Waxed Canvas with Hot Orange Webbed Strap

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    The BEDFORD BAG in Charcoal Waxed Canvas with Neon Yellow Webbed Strap

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    KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION! The BEDFORD BAG in Slicker Yellow Waxed Canvas with Electric Blue Webbed Strap.

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    The Incomparable BOWERY BAG in Luxurious Black Leather! You'll be the hottest biker in town.

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    The best of both! You get one BOWERY BAG in black leather and one BEDFORD BAG in charcoal waxed canvas. For the ultimate cycling chameleon!

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    The WHOLE COLLECTION! You receive one BOWERY BAG and all five models of the BEDFORD BAG, along with a note of deep gratitude from Megan and Mara. Keep your loved ones safe and stylish!

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    Make your very own custom made BOWERY or BEDFORD BAG with Mara! Choose your materials, colors, and size!!

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