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Make quality, sustainability & personalization the norm. It starts here with the only glasses case you'll ever want or need.
Make quality, sustainability & personalization the norm. It starts here with the only glasses case you'll ever want or need.
72 backers pledged $5,379 to help bring this project to life.

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Further Details

Fits most spectacles and most sunglasses up to the size of an Aviator style frame, which includes Wayfarer style glasses too. Measures approx 2.7in high x 5.8in long and 1.7in deep (68mm x 147mm x 43mm). Comes beautifully boxed.

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Text & Fonts

There is a great selection of fonts to choose from, if you choose text as a customization option. When it comes to laying it out, you'll be given a range of options again, such as justification/alignment (in some cases), otherwise you'll also be able leave it to our Graphic Designers to work their magic. Please note that not all fonts have all regular punctuation and extras - please limit your text to only the most common when necessary i.e !@$&%#*. Numbers are available in each font, however fonts listed in capitals do not have lower-cases.

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Monograms

You’ll have plenty of different monogram options to choose from once the campaign ends and we send out surveys. You’ll be able to choose the font and a maximum of 3 letters to be made into a stylish looking mark by our talented Graphic Designers. Above are some of the examples that we’ve used on our products so far. 

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Logos & Artwork

If you plan to use a logo/artwork or graphic on your reward, please be aware that there are certain guidelines you'll need to follow, and not every bodies graphic will be suitable straight away. The most common issue people may encounter is having too much detail in their graphic - we'll clearly explain this when you place your order, but as a rule of thumb, refer to all our images above to get an idea of the maximum detail we're capable of and try to imagine your artwork on The Shepherd  when viewed from an arms-length away - if you can't make something out then chances are it's too detailed. We require Hi-resolution images in black & white (monochrome) Bitmap format. We'll provide extensive instructions and visual tutorials on how to convert your graphic into this form when we send out your online order form, but really it's not that difficult - Microsoft Paint can even do this for you.

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Our Story

We're on a mission to bring about a change in the way we buy - a change that moves us away from mass-production, towards a more local, ethical, sustainable and better form of consumer culture, where everything can be tailored to you - the technology and know-how are here, so it's time. All our products are made in-house from locally sourced materials by a small team of designers and craftspeople using traditional and modern technologies together - we're offering personalization not just because we can, but as a way to add meaning to these things beyond their look and function. This, coupled with great natural materials, a focus on quality, and local production mean we'll be able to buy less and get more for our money in the long run.

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Taking & Processing Backers Orders

If successful, we'll send each backer an online form specific to their pledge. This form will contain all the necessary fields that will help them tailor their order exactly, and will include all the "Options" listed in the reward section above. In many cases there will be even more options to choose from, such as text alignment, size, location and some fancy extras! You'll be able to attach any necessary logos/artwork via this form too, and all options will be clearly represented visually with examples of "Option A vs Option B". This online order form system is something we've used for a long time, so we know it works. All are already created and ready to go, and take about 5 minutes to fill out.

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The Team

Angus Deveson - Production manager, Dan Sutherland - Lead Designer, Dylan Murray - Operations Manager, Nathan Kaw - Industrial Designer, Olivia King - Graphic Designer, Tim Veron - Marketing & Social Media. Scott & Matt Triana - Business Development, Dave Foster - "Shepherd" Graphic Artist.

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Risks and challenges

We've personally been on the receiving end of some terribly run crowdfunding campaigns and we're often left wondering where the money went - not this time. We've set our prices at a point that covers our costs and gives enough space to be able to expand to just the point where we will ensure orders are fulfilled quickly, and all enquiries/concerns/issues are dealt with - we don't plan to profit, we plan to run an exceptional campaign right up to the last order - we'll spend what it takes to ensure that.

In terms of our ability - we already produce similar items for our clients at Bespoke laser (http://www.bespokelaser.com/) - our custom laser cutting studio that has been operating successfully in Sydney for over a year. We have two laser cutters, a fully equipped workshop, a team of 5 who can operate everything expertly, and a strong operational system in place to handle orders. We have combined years of experience in product design and manufacturing, especially for laser cutting. We know exactly how to make all of these products - and we control all aspects of the production from our Sydney studio. Every single product you see above was produced in our workshop by us - at the current funding target, we can fulfil that amount of orders within the space of about 5 weeks without needing to change or up the way we currently operate or our rate of output.

That being said, we may experience a significant increase in volume past our stated goal. We have planned for this, and many combinations of scenarios. We already have contingency plans in place that include the lease of additional space in Sydney, the purchase and operation of additional laser cutters and machinery. In addition, we're already part of a strong community of local manufacturers here in Sydney that we can call on to assist if all else fails.

Our materials suppliers are all competent, aware and reliable, eliminating the risk of materials shortfalls. We will be processing orders as soon as we reach our funding target to reduce lead time.

We know we are amongst the most capable to deliver this project properly and on time - we wouldn't have embarked on such a big project if we thought otherwise. Check out our business mentioned above if you still have doubts.

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    Get Bespoked - Spend a day with us at our Sydney based workshop where you'll get your Shepherd case made right in front of you, on the spot, just the way you want them and before all the other orders. We'll even go all out and provide a full lunch spread and plenty of time to chat to the founders about any of your own ideas. Must be able to make your own way to Sydney on a weekday of your choosing in 2013.

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