The Bracerlet is an arm mounted wallet, which can also hold a smartphone. It's changed my life, and I hope it will change yours too. Read more
This project was successfully funded on October 18, 2012.
About this project
The Bracerlet is a unique arm mounted wallet. It's an unusual take on how we carry the things we need on a constant basis. Honestly the idea is nothing new, but current arm wallets on the market didn't fulfill what I wanted.
My prototype has quite frankly changed my life. I never knew how much pain I was in until I ditched the back pocket wallet. Having my phone on my arm is a science fiction dream come true. The convenience of it is indescribable, and I love the look of jealousy on people's faces.
My ultimate goal is to make 1000 arm wallets. I feel that if I can make a thousand I can cause a change in the world around me, similar to the legend of a thousand paper cranes. Only instead of hopes and dreams, I will be crafting my wish with my very own hands. However, his is a very ambitious task. So to start, this project has been crafted with the goal of creating 100 unique Bracerlets.
Each basic wallet is made with of 100% cotton duck cloth. It is strong, comfortable, available in a huge supply of colors and it's not preshrunk. This allows you a chance to shrink it on your arm giving you a perfect custom fit.
It has two separate pockets with zipper enclosures, a variety of binding options, is machine washable, and has limitless potential.
What makes the Bracerlet different?
Unlike other wrist pouches and cell phone holders, the Bracerlet keeps dollar bills and checks flat. Not needing to fold your money allows the Bracerlet to be far more streamlined. I usually carry cash, cards, spare paper, and even a thin pen.
The Bracerlet is designed for casual day wear. I've found that similar products try too hard to be fitness oriented at the expense of comfort and utility in day-to-day life. Elastics are great for comfort, but don't supply the support for a wallet or an arm-based communication device. I made an all-elastic prototype that stretched to fit, but it was unmanageable and would simply slide in circles around the arm.
My humble little idea isn't perfect. It takes a certain level of involvement to integrate it into your lifestyle. Here are the things you need to be aware of:
- These are handmade by me personally, and I will strive to give you the best quality I can provide. If this Kickstarter campaign exceeds my goals, I may have others that will become involved in the manufacturing process. However, any backer may request to have theirs made personally by me.
- It is possible that a manufacturer may emerge to produce my wallets. I haven't been able to find a suitable one after months of searching. Again, any backer may request a handmade product.
- It will feel slightly unusual to wear at first, but this is generally true of all new accessories. After a few days of getting used to it, you will feel naked without it.
- While I've never had my phone stolen or damaged wearing my arm wallet, you need to be aware that this may make your phone and yourself a target to life. I am NOT responsible for damage or loss to your devices, or to your possessions.
Reward Options Breakdown
International Shipping - you will need to add $15 to your donation for shipping outside of the US.
Pocket-less Bracer - This is a small thank you to everyone that helped at the $15 level. It's double layered just like the Bracerlet and comes with the Basic bindings and cell phone snaps. Brony theme at the $20 level.
Colors - There are so many colors available that I'm going to leave it up to you as to what colors I get. For every ten requests by backers (even 1 dollar backer) I will unlock a new color.
- Default: Black, Brown
- Unlocked: Red, Grey, Purple, Yellow
(Unlocked for Brony rewards - Orange, White, Pink, Blue)
Tailored Fit - When the surveys are released you will be asked to measure your wrist and seven inches up the arm from the wrist. You can just supply your wrist size, but providing both will greatly help me and your final wallet.
When you get your Bracerlet you will need to shrink it and personally shape it to your arm for the most comfortable fit. Shrinking requires that you soak it in hot, but not scolding, water, and wear it until it dries. For the best results you will need to repeat this several times. This process is annoying but it's well worth it for the perfect, comfortable, custom fit.
Phone Snaps - I will place four hand sewn industrial snaps on the top of the wallet. These will be custom placed to accommodate your personal device. I will include adhesive tabs that lock with these snaps for you to attach to your phone or phone case. They may not work with all phones or phone cases. You must supply your own phone case."
Bindings - Zipper, Snaps, Lace-up Eyelets, Snaps with Lace-up Eyelets, Zipper with Lace-up Eyelets
Lace-up Eyelets - The eyelets allow you to open up the wallet and lace it up over a jacket. Some people have also expressed that they would like to bind the Bracerlet around their leg. This can also give you a great mid-evil or steam-punk look, if that's what you would like.
Embroidery Tier- This includes simple word or initial monogramming, and Image embroidery with over 2000+ images. Requests must be within reason. Excessive designs or custom designs may require additional charges. Embroidery may interfere with cell phone snaps.
Customization Tier rewards- If you donate $75 or more I will personally work with you and fully customize your Bracerlet to your liking. I'm not much of an artist, but I'm very crafty and have access to some great resources. There are also other people involved who are artists. We will do our best to make yours truly unique. EXPRESS YOURSELF!!!
I will contact you and discuss an estimate. You may need to pay more for your requests. This can be done through raising your donation or other payment methods.
These requests must be within reason. The cost of these customizations or the overhead cannot exceed your donation. The overhead, like materials and time, are major factors. Feel free to contact me before you donate if you would like to discuss customization.
(something to look at http://www.quadlockcase.com/, remember you would need to pay extra for a custom request like this.)
[Design] - This could include colored zippers, punk studs, hidden pockets, fanny lace, colors not unlocked, mixed colors, new designs, custom mountings, etc... This can also include custom phone/device mounting.
[Leather] - Unusual materials like plastic may fall in this category. Cost will depend on what you request. Tooling available. Does not shrink to fit. However, they will still be tailored to you and will "break-in" as leather does. Certain requests may be layered over top of or hybrid with a cloth Bracerlet. This what you have the comfort and functionality of a regular Bracerlet. If your just looking to have something unusual mounted on your order you may not necessarily need this tier. Please contact me with questions.
[Metal] - Example: Curved metal plates covering the entire Bracerlet, chain mail accents, scale mail accents, a crazy full metal sci-fi monstrosity, ect..These will be very labor intensive.Cost will depend on what you request. Does not shrink to fit. However, they will still be tailored to you. Certain requests may be layered over top of or hybrids with a cloth Bracerlet. This why you have the comfort and functionality of a regular Bracerlet. If your just looking to have something metal mounted on your order you may not necessarily need this tier. Please contact me with questions.
/)* Brony Rewards *(\
I have been wearing my arm wallet for about three years and nopony has been more interested and encouraging for my design than Bronies. As a special Thank You I will have Brony themed wallets for cheaper than the Embroidery Tier. I will create a cloth Bracerlet ($30 reward and up) or pocket-less bracer ($20 reward) themed after your favorite pony. (Twilight theme is best theme.)
The main six pony colors and grey will be available to the Brony themed wallets regardless of how a project ends. Cutie mark embroidery designs are by E the Pony. These themes take up the space of the cell phone snaps.
Current available marks: AppleJack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Princess Candice, Big Mac, Princess Luna, Princess Celestia, Bon Bon, Cherilee, Nurse Redheart, Derpy, DJ Pon3, Lyra, Pokey Pierce, Rose, Shining Armor, Silver Spoon, Tiara, Trixie, Spitfire.
(I also have generation 1&2 embroidery if your interested.. Yea, me nether)
Here is a FREE game I made called Equestrian Chess:
Brony On, my brothers and sisters!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $1 or more
Thank You for your support! You will get to play an active role in the shaping of my project! You will be able to vote for available colors, vote on any other decisions that I leave to backers, and give your suggestions!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
You will receive a tailored Bracerlet available in Black and Brown (additional color choices will be available at the end of the project). Choice of bindings. Optional cell phone case snaps (you must attach cell phone case yourself).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $30 or more
You will receive a tailored Bracerlet available in Black and Brown (additional color choices will be available at the end of the project). Choice of bindings. Optional cell phone case snaps (you must attach cell phone case yourself). Optional Brony theme.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $40 or more
You will receive a tailored Bracerlet, available in black faux leather, brown faux leather, black cloth, or brown cloth (additional color choices will be available at the end of the project). Your choice of bindings. Optional cell phone case snaps (you must attach cell phone case yourself). Optional Brony theme.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
Embroidery Tier - You will receive a tailored Bracerlet, available in black faux leather, brown faux leather, black cloth, or brown cloth (additional color choices will be available at the end of the project). Your choice of bindings. Optional cell phone case snaps (you must attach cell phone case yourself). Optional custom machine embroidered monogramming or images. Over 2,000 images available (monogramming or images may interfere with snaps).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $75 or more
Customization Tier (Design) - You will receive a fully customized Bracerlet! ***See Customization*** (Does not include different materials like real leather or metal. Customization requests must be within reason, and CANNOT cost more than the amount you pledged.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
Customization Tier (Real Leather) - You will receive a fully customized Bracerlet! Real leather and leather working available. ***See Customization*** (Does not include metal. Customization requests must be within reason, and CANNOT cost more than the amount you pledged.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $200 or more
Customization Tier (Metalwork) - You will receive a fully customized Bracerlet! Metalwork, real leather, and leather working available. ***See Customization*** (Customization requests must be within reason, and CANNOT cost more than the amount you pledged.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
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Customization Tier (Original Piece) You will receive a fully customized Bracerlet! Metalwork, real leather, and leather working available. ***See Customization*** (Customization requests must be within reason, and CANNOT cost more than the amount you pledged.) In addition, I have removed five one inch sections of fabric from my first prototype. If you wish, I will sew one decoratively onto your Bracerlet with the message "Thank You" in the center. That prototype is deeply personal to me, and for being such a huge support, I want you to have a piece of it. (The story is in my bio.)Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)