STRAP ON VAN BRUNT HOLSTER
Van Brunt Holster allows you to free up precious pocket space by stowing your
telelectromobile tool (iPhone) on your belt. Constructed of the highest quality
waxed canvas with a custom printed lining, Van Brunt offers an industrial
inspired, minimalist take on the iPhone holster.
Brunt Holster now fits iPhone 5 along with iPhone4/4S and iPhone 3 with or without a slim
protective case. Features include simple one–snap closure, double–stitched belt
loop attachment, and headphone port for on–the–move action. The initial
production run will offer Van Brunt Holster in Brush Brown or Black colorways.
IT STARTED AS A GIFT
I came up with the idea for Van Brunt Holster & Container about a year and
a half ago. I had just purchased an iPod as a gift for my brother–in–law, who
is a hard working electrician and overall man–on–the–move. I wanted to build
him a rugged container he could strap on his belt that would withstand the daily
abuse he would dish out. So I dug out my sewing machine, cut up some old jeans
and started building prototypes out of any scraps of fabric I found around my
apartment. I finally settled in on a high quality waxed canvas for the outer
shell and a printed lining to finish the aesthetic.
The first few holsters I made were gifts for family and friends, and the
response has been incredible–to the point that I can't keep up with the demand.
I come from a graphic design background with no formal sewing training, just a
few basics from Mom, and the fact that sewing is in my blood passed down from
my Grandmother. Each individual holster is a very time–consuming,
labor–intensive endeavor for me alone. That is why I am having a run produced
locally in Brooklyn USA. Staying local, right here in the USA, made to the
highest quality standards is extremely important to me. I want to be able to
meet the demands for these holsters, and get them onto your belts. I want to
make room in your pockets for the important stuff.
Located exactly 224 paces from Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn USA, and given the
fact that it is one of my favorite streets in the city, the name seemed the
perfect fit. Inspired by the hand–painted signs on the warehouses scattered
around Red Hook, I decided to go the hand–lettered route for the Van Brunt
Logo. I researched the processes of sign makers from the past and after many
revisions ended up with the custom hand–lettered Van Brunt wordmark.
every step of the process building Van Brunt Holster & Container, I have
stayed true to a handcrafted, hands–on, DIY approach. From using a vintage
machine, to the logo process, to drawing patterns by hand, I have tried to adhere to
time–tested techniques and not rely too greatly on new technology. Another fun
hands–on aspect of the project was digging out my guitar to write and record the music for the video.
Big thanks to Ben at Bangbang for recording, mixing, and laying down the drums.
Blood, sweat, stitchin’, and strummin'!
MAN VS. MACHINE
About three holsters in, I realized my beginner sewing machine just wasn't
cutting it with the layers of heavy fabric. I researched heavy–duty industrial
machines and found a gorgeous 1957 Singer Model 201. It was purchased online
and arrived a little banged up, so my mom told me she knew a local guy who
could look it over–and this is where it gets cool. My grandmother was a
seamstress and worked in a sewing factory years ago, and it just turns out the
man who was fixing my machine, was the repairman at the factory she worked. So
there was a nice family connection, old stories shared, and he treated the
newest member of my family (my 201) with much care. The first holster on the
new machine was a dream!
FABRIC CONQUESTS I
located my supplier of waxed canvas early on in the process, but for the rest
of the items necessary I dove deep into the bowels of NYC's garment district. I
have been in weird basements; lost in mazes of fabric; in deep dark corners
hidden far from the rest of the world; and have even been on a private tour of
a new restaurant being constructed by a fabric dealers’ brother. The garment
district is a world of its own, go explore and get lost there sometime
NOTE: The interior lining of the production run holsters will be a custom hand–drawn screen–printed pattern, similar in color and style to the pictured toile print in the sample holsters, but completely proprietary to Van Brunt Holster & Container.
Jump up–and–down, dance, hoot, holler, and scream real loud to celebrate the successfully funded Kickstarter project!
Wait for up to 20 days for funds to clear, setup production schedule at manufacturer, get non–holster rewards ready to roll.
Week 1: Place order for materials/finalize production schedule
Weeks 2–4: Holster production
Week 4: Rigorous quality control check
Week 5: Package holsters for shipment
SHIP! We expect to start shipping orders LATE NOV/EARLY DEC in plenty of time for the holidays!
Huge thanks to Ben at Bangbang for all of the recording expertise.
VAN BRUNT HANDI–CRAFT: Handcrafted thank–you note and other goodies, along with Facebook, Twitter, and vanbruntholster.com holler + the Stick–Up + the Electro Prize Pack. Shipping included in US (International orders add $5.00 shipping).
VAN BRUNT HOLSTER FLEA–BAG: A pair of first–edition production run Van Brunt Holsters, one BRUSH BROWN and one BLACK, plus some hand–selected goodies from the Brooklyn Flea (or one of my other inspiration spots). Shipping included in US (International orders add $10.00 shipping).
iPHONE 5 VAN BRUNT HOLSTER FLEA–BAG: A pair of first–edition production run Van Brunt Holsters, one BRUSH BROWN and one BLACK, plus some hand–selected goodies from the Brooklyn Flea (or one of my other inspiration spots). Shipping included in US (International orders add $10.00 shipping).
VAN BRUNT HOLSTER CUSTOM: One custom Van Brunt Holster handmade by yours truly. These are NOT part of the production run. They will be sewn in my "workshop" on my 1957 Singer 201 machine while I sip on a can of Sixpoint. Your choice of BRUSH BROWN or BLACK with a french toile lining and hand–stamped Van Brunt logo. Note: These holsters have a very authentic handcrafted aesthetic with slight imperfections–they're handmade. Shipping included in US (International orders add $15.00 shipping).
VAN BRUNT HOLSTER SIXER: A six–pack of first–edition production run Van Brunt Holsters, three BRUSH BROWN and three BLACK (or mix 'n match your choice). Shipping included in US (International orders add $12.00 shipping).
VAN BRUNT HOLSTER FUR–BALL CUSTOM: These are gonna be ridiculous and tons–o–fun! I will collaborate with you to select a faux–fur exterior and animal print interior and then make a furry holster for you to rock into the night. Maybe we add eyes; or ears; or teeth; or make a monster? The possibilities are limitless! Shipping included in US (International orders add $15.00 shipping).
VAN BRUNT HOLSTER GIMME TEN: A ten–pack of first–edition production run Van Brunt Holsters, BRUSH BROWN and BLACK, you choose color/quantity/iPhone model(s). One–stop gifts for the fam, friends, or office! Shipping included in US (International orders add $20.00 shipping).
THE VAN BRUNT EXPERIENCE: A day of fun, food, and bar–hopping (provided you are of age 21+) with the Van Brunt Holster team–exploring all of the hidden gems on Van Brunt Street right here in Brooklyn, NY. Includes a Custom Van Brunt Holster along with a six–pack of production run Van Brunt Holsters accompanied by a great big bear hug! Transportation not included, unless you're in the NYC area, in which case I'm happy to give you a swipe at the subway.