About this project
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 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 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.
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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