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The JW Weekender looks great in the lobby of a 5-star hotel, can take a beating in the back of a Bangkok tuk-tuk, and cleans up easily.
The JW Weekender looks great in the lobby of a 5-star hotel, can take a beating in the back of a Bangkok tuk-tuk, and cleans up easily.
The JW Weekender looks great in the lobby of a 5-star hotel, can take a beating in the back of a Bangkok tuk-tuk, and cleans up easily.
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JW WEEKENDER | Your Perfect Travel Partner | 3-bags-in-1

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MONYKER is a no-frills bag company that delivers on superior quality at an affordable price by selling directly to the consumer (that's you!). The JW Weekender is our first baby: an ultra high-quality travel bag designed for jet-setting professionals.       

Your Perfect Travel Partner 

We wanted to make a travel bag that was extremely functional.  We knew it had to be high quality, durable, and versatile.  This was our idea:

We spent a year prototyping, evaluating, and testing.  Here is the final product...       

Introducing the most functional travel bag you'll ever own:

It can also be a backpack (because why not?)

Backpack straps can be hidden inside the zipper pocket when not in use
Backpack straps can be hidden inside the zipper pocket when not in use

        

You can also wear it as a crossbody bag
You can also wear it as a crossbody bag

        

And because we love you-- it's available in three (3) colors:

3 bags-in-1        

We decided, why stop at just one bag? The front pockets detach and become separate bags!  Now you have a weekender, a backpack, and a sling bag!       

Navy Ballistic Nylon
Navy Ballistic Nylon

 

Black Ballistic Nylon
Black Ballistic Nylon

         

Blue Casual Nylon
Blue Casual Nylon

 LIVE 

 WORK    

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  FINAL HOURS REWARD ADDED!!!

Because of our overwhelming success, we've added the option for ANY backer to pick up the JK Tech Attaché (a travel-friendly, business-style laptop brief) for $119 (no additional shipping charges) as a THANK YOU to our backers!

Our favorite things about the JK Tech Attaché:

The “Express Pass” laptop compartment that makes the JK Tech Attaché a checkpoint-friendly bag.  It lets you pass through airport security checkpoints without taking your laptop out of the bag.

Fits up to a 15" laptop
Fits up to a 15" laptop

 

Unzip the laptop compartment, spread the bag open, and lay the bag flat to go through security-check point
Unzip the laptop compartment, spread the bag open, and lay the bag flat to go through security-check point

3 exterior zip pockets in the front with organizational compartments inside
3 exterior zip pockets in the front with organizational compartments inside

 

Main compartment has 4 interior open elastic pockets perfect for laptop wires, mouse, etc...
Main compartment has 4 interior open elastic pockets perfect for laptop wires, mouse, etc...


The back of the tech attaché can fit through a luggage handle for easier transportation when you’re on the go.
The back of the tech attaché can fit through a luggage handle for easier transportation when you’re on the go.

 

The Travel Cord Organizer takes care of your wires. It helps you manage your earphones, chargers, hard drives, extra batteries, and anything that has a wire. It also has a small zipper pocket to store your USB flash drives.        

             

  

Travel Cord Organizer Interior
Travel Cord Organizer Interior

 

Examples of items that can be organized
Examples of items that can be organized

 

The Toiletry Kit lets you compartmentalize your bathroom essentials. There are open pockets for shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, whatever you want. The zipper pockets can hold floss, Q-tips, razor, extra pair of contacts, medicine, and more.       

  

  

Toiletry Kit Interior
Toiletry Kit Interior

 

Examples of items that can be organized
Examples of items that can be organized

 

     

 

  

 

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The JW Weekender was thoughtfully designed for the jet setting professional. There’s a pocket for everything.       

THE DETAILS 

The front pocket on the left has compartments for your cell phone, passport, pens, boarding pass, and e-reader.  

The front pocket on the right has compartments made to fit your extra battery, cigarettes, 360 degree camera, and flask.    

You can put magazines, file folders, notebooks, and newspaper on the top front pocket.   

  The back top pocket has a laptop sleeve that fits laptops up to 15".   

The main zipper closure can be secured with a TSA lock.  ***TSA lock not included.   

You can organize your boxers, t-shirts, socks, ties, and belts in the pockets inside the weekender.   

Unzip the interior left compartment, and there is space to organize folded clothes.   

The interior right compartment was designed to easily pack jackets, suits, and button-up tops or it's another area to organize folded clothes. 

The water repellent pocket can be used to separate the shoes or dirty/wet clothes.  

  Detach the front pocket on the right, and it becomes a sling.   

Detach the front pocket on the left, and it becomes a simple backpack with 12L of capacity.   

If the weekender gets too heavy as a crossbody bag or a hand carry bag, alleviate the the distribution of weight by transforming it into a backpack.   

The bag can also fit through luggage handles for easier transportation.   

     

         

JW Weekender
JW Weekender

         

Backpack from detachable pocket
Backpack from detachable pocket

        

Sling from detachable pocket
Sling from detachable pocket

        

  

Passes carry-on standard
Passes carry-on standard

 

The JW Weekender fits perfectly inside the overhead bin.
The JW Weekender fits perfectly inside the overhead bin.

                  

The JK Tech Attaché
The JK Tech Attaché

 

Travel Cord Organizer
Travel Cord Organizer

 

Toiletry Kit
Toiletry Kit

 

 

 

We developed our materials with the same suppliers that high end brands do business with to help ensure its quality and integrity.  Each material was tested, evaluated, and re-valuated.  No detail is too small.       

NAVY

BLACK  

BLUE 

BALLISTIC NYLON VS CASUAL NYLON

Close-up of the two nylon fabrics
Close-up of the two nylon fabrics

 

The casual nylon has a smaller weave than the ballistic nylon, but it is as durable and as abrasion resistant as the ballistic nylon.   We wanted a casual nylon because the fabric looks canvas-like from a distance, and it gives the JW Weekender a more carefree feel.

Shoe Bag inside JW Weekender
Shoe Bag inside JW Weekender

  

We have tested our bag to make sure the material and construction pass the normal wear and tear of everyday use, plus more.  

45lbs of weight was placed in the bag for below tests.

Both handle straps were jerked 1250 times together, and then each handle was jerked 625 times.  Jerked a total of 2500 times.  Test results:  hardware and handle straps were ok.  No breakage.       

Both backpack straps were jerked 1250 times together, and then each backpack strap was jerked 625 times. Jerked a total of 2500 times.  Test results: hardware and backpack straps were ok.  No breakage.       

Top handle was jerked a total of 2500 times.  Test results: top handle and seams were ok.  No breakage.       

Crossbody strap was attached to the weekender.  It was jerked a total of 2500 times. Test results: hardware and crossbody strap were ok. No breakage.


20lbs of weight was placed in the detachable backpack for below tests.

Top handle was jerked a total of 2500 times. Test results: top handle and seams were ok. No breakage.        

Both backpack straps were jerked 1250 times together, and then each backpack strap was jerked 625 times. Jerked a total of 2500 times. Test results:  backpack straps and seams were ok. No breakage.

 

 

 

 

While doing market research for our past jobs, what we noticed was that there weren't a lot of affordable, good quality bags available to customers out in the market. We are bag people, and we believe people deserve to have quality bags without having to break the bank. 

We have been in the design, product development, and production industries for 12 to 31 years. We have worked for department stores as well as high-end brands. Even though KickStarter is new to us, we know what we have to do to produce a bag from design to finished product.

Risks and challenges

While this is our first KickStarter campaign, you are not taking a risk on people who don’t know what they’re doing. With our team having had many years of experience in design, product development, and production with our current and previous jobs, we can confidently say that we are experienced in this process.

In preparation for this campaign, we have invested a year planning and prototyping. No detail is too small for us. We did 8 rounds of sampling just to get the zipper pull that we love, and the final zipper pull was not approved until after the campaign video was shot. We did 5 rounds of sampling for our weekender, and that doesn’t even include the initial 6 rounds of simple sampling (when only the outer shell of the bag is made) that happened when we lived in the factory for almost a month just to get the weekender rolling.

Unlike many crowd funding campaigns with only an idea, we have already secured partnerships and completed our final prototype with our manufacturer and suppliers. They are extremely professional and ethical, and they make beautiful products. Our manufacturer has more than 3 decades of experience making high-end men’s bags and luggage.

The next step is ordering the materials and producing the bags, and these two phases require huge down payments to meet the minimum order quantities from the suppliers and the manufacturer. We need your help to finance and kick start the MONYKER JW Weekender. We have spent the last year designing, sampling, testing, re-designing, re-sampling, and re-testing, and we believe we now have the perfect travel bag for the jet setting professional. We cannot wait to share it with the world.

Once our campaign is completed and funded, we are ready to go straight into purchasing all the materials from our suppliers and then into production with our manufacturer. We will keep our backers updated throughout the process of the campaign and production to ensure that we deliver the JW Weekender as on time as possible.

Thank you for believing in us and making the MONYKER JW Weekender a reality! We will work hard to deliver what we promise!

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    Travel Cord Organizer

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