Hey, my name is Kevin, and I started Fides as a leather goods company that would give you affordable, yet durable, and most importantly, well made products.
The wallets and accessories are designed to look good, and to age well with use. Like most genuine leather items, they'll look better and take on character the more you use them.
The funds from this campaign will go primarily towards better tools, as well as obtaining a wider variety of leathers to offer more variation in the range of products offered in the future.
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For my products, I've spent a considerable amount of time trying to source the best materials I could find. For these products, I decided to start off with Natural Vegetable Tanned Leather, mainly for its durability, timeless look, and the well-known way in which it takes on "patina," or the well-worn look often seen on older leather goods. It starts off a creamy honey color, then darkens in shades of brown. I source my leather from the Hermann Oak tannery in St. Louis, MO, which has been at work in the United States for well over a century. The thread I use is called Fil au Chinois Lin Cable, and is a multicorded waxed linen thread imported from France. The very same thread is used by well-known companies such as Hermès. All edges on all of the wallets are burnished by hand, then painted with Acrylic Edge Paint imported from Fenice of Italy.
The term "handmade" has become ambiguous in modern times, which was the reason why I chose to outline the process by which I make my goods in the video above. I'm transparent about my work, which I believe establishes a better level of trust with the customer. All steps, from cutting, trimming, sanding, burnishing, painting, and saddle stitching, are done entirely by hand, by myself. Though no doubt time consuming, it is a process that I enjoy!
While products made by hand might never reach the precision of those made by machines, I still strive to ensure that my product is one that the user will be proud of. I believe that the label of "handmade" should not be a scapegoat for messy stitches or poor craftsmanship. I take pride in my work and hope the customer will feel the same.
Please Note: For all the wallet models, I've placed the logo on a discreet location that usually won't be seen when the product is in use. However, if you would prefer that the wallet did not have the logo, I could certainly accommodate that. Simply state that you would prefer not to have the logo on the survey that will be sent out to all the supporters after the campaign is finished.
These key holders will loosen up your pockets and provide a stylish and sleek way to hold your keys.
For all the key loops, 2 sizes of brass screws will be provided, a small and a large. the small screw can fit up to 4 keys, and the large can fit up to 7. Also, two small leather spacers will be included with each key loop in case you would like to use them with just a few (1-3) keys.
Please Note: For the key loops using the brass screws, most keys will fit, but some keys with smaller holes may not. If you wish, you can use a drill or rotary tool to drill a larger hole in the keys that don't fit. Please keep this in mind before choosing them.
A simple strap of leather looped around, with a brass screw that secures your keys in place. With the short screw, it will hold up to 4 keys comfortably. With the long screw, it can hold up to 7 keys. Fits comfortably in your pocket, and the keys can swing out to make usage a breeze. The tight screw keeps the screws from moving about in your pocket.
A more traditional key ring that can be latched onto the belt slot of your pants. Can hold as many keys as will fit!
Solid Brass Hardware
Another one for the belt. This one features the same design seen in the smaller key loop, but can be latched onto your belt. The tight screw keeps the screws from moving about while you walk. With the short screw, it will hold up to 4 keys comfortably. With the long screw, it can hold up to 7 keys.
For those who prefer the minimal approach. Made of premium Vegetable Tanned Leather, and Waxed Linen Thread. Features a front smaller pocket, and a back pocket. Holds 4 cards comfortably, and a few folded bills. Will expand to hold more with use. A sleek and slim way to store your cards.
The Fides Logo has been stamped in an area that won't be seen when cards are present. (Logo is optional, please see note in the "Details" Section)
Measures 4.25" x 2.5" x 0.3" when full.
For those who prefer to keep it slim, but still want to carry a few more bills with them. Holds 5 cards and several folded bills. Will hold expand to hold more after the break-in period.
The Fides Logo has been stamped in an area that won't be seen when cards are present. (Same area as the Cardholder) (Logo is optional, please see note in the "Details" Section)
Measures 4.25" x 3.0" x 0.3" when full.
For those who prefer the traditional approach to carrying their valuables. Holds 8 cards and many bills. Will expand to hold more after the break-in period. Features 4 Card Pockets, 2 Hidden Pockets, and a roomy bill compartment.
The Fides Logo has been stamped inside the bifold on the bottom right corner. (Logo is optional, please see note in the "Details" Section)
Measures 4.25" x 3.2" x 0.71" when full.
$4000 - I will source several different shades of English Bridle Leather from another well-known American tannery, Wickett and Craig, and will make these color choices available for all the products. Also, two additional thread color choices will be added.
$6000 - Several types of leather will be made available from the distinguished Horween Tannery of Chicago.
May - Will keep an eye on the campaign. If it appears to be well on its way to being funded, I will begin production immediately.
June - Campaign is finished! Surveys will be sent out, and Key accessories will be mailed out. Production will begin on Cardholders and Flap Wallets.
July - Finish up remaining Cardholders and Flap Wallets, and have them mailed out. Begin production of Standard Bifold Wallets.
August - Mail out remaining wallets.
Risks and challenges
The only foreseeable risk with this project is if it were to be funded much higher than the stretch goals. Since I am a one-man operation, production has its limitations. This is mainly why I've placed a smaller cap on my products than you might see in other campaigns that recruit manufacturing teams.
Since I have reliable sources for leather and hardware, obtaining materials will not be a problem.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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