Project image
)}
£30,480
pledged of £38,000pledged of £38,000 goal
136
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 5 2014 9:25 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 8, 2015

Dappercap - a new range of stylish cycle helmets

Designed in London. Made in Cornwall.

Dappercap - a new range of stylish cycle helmets

Designed in London. Made in Cornwall.

£30,480
pledged of £38,000pledged of £38,000 goal
136
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 5 2014 9:25 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 8, 2015

About

The 4 colours we're launching with: Grey, Orange, Camel, Blue
The 4 colours we're launching with: Grey, Orange, Camel, Blue

WHAT WE’RE DOING

We’ve been admiring all the beautiful hand-made bikes, leather saddles and great cycle bags around… but where are the gorgeous helmets? So we decided to create something that we’d feel happy to be seen sporting in public. 

Wearing a Dappercap helmet is all about loving the journey. Taking it easy. Getting from A to B. We’re supporters of the global Slow Bicycle Movement, so it’s about making the ride part of the fun. And looking stylish when you’re doing it.

You can secure your bike but your helmet gets carried round to meetings. We wanted to design something you wouldn't try to hide away.
You can secure your bike but your helmet gets carried round to meetings. We wanted to design something you wouldn't try to hide away.

All our helmets are designed and made by hand in the UK using high-quality materials and tested to European standards. We source components made here too, as far as we can (though sometimes it’s just downright impossible). We want to keep the helmets hand-made and produce a well-crafted, high-quality piece of British design.

dappercap specification
dappercap specification
In future there'll be a range of bands to customise your dappercap with
In future there'll be a range of bands to customise your dappercap with

So, each helmet will be hand-made down in sunny Cornwall by people who make safety helmets for the coastguard and police. That’s good enough for us.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

We’ve spent most of our working lives working on brands for other people. Between us, we’ve researched markets, identified innovations, designed, written and worked for some of the biggest brands on the planet.

One day we were enjoying cocktails and watching the London 2012 Olympics. We decided then and there that we wanted to get out of the nine-to-five. We wanted to stop talking and make something. To manufacture in the UK. To start a company that supports job-sharing, flexible working, social enterprise and manpower over cheaper mechanised processes. Even if the profits are smaller.

When we look back, we want to see that whenever there was a choice, we took the ethical and sustainable route. The right one. This is what’s driving us.

Florence founder of Petalon: Bouquets by bicycle
Florence founder of Petalon: Bouquets by bicycle

Why We Need Your Support

After more than two years of designing, testing and sourcing materials – all from our personal savings – we are nearly ready to bring our Dappercaps to market, road and cycle lane.

We’ve prototyped a Medium size shell testing it to EN1078 (European Safety Standard for Cycle Helmets) and we have since registered the design & shape. We now need to manufacture a liner that is as slim as possible but still provides the necessary shock absorption to pass all safety tests. We have designed and prototyped this, but we need to invest in tooling for all 3 sizes.

We also want to sell our cycle helmets to the world. This means testing to CPSC & the Australian Standard for starters...

The liner that requires tooling
The liner that requires tooling

With your support, we hope to:

  • Manufacture moulds for Small and Large Sizes
  • Design a range of cushioning pads for extra comfort and close fit.
  • Test to official safety standards in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (each size has to pass its own test so this costs ££££s) 
  • Produce a branded drawstring bag to act as packaging, that keeps your dappercap pristine

Rewards for Pledging

A complimentary black band is included with every helmet order. We’ll contact you for your size and colour choice when Kickstarter campaign closes. Choose our Christmas Gift card and we’ll send out in mid December!
A complimentary black band is included with every helmet order. We’ll contact you for your size and colour choice when Kickstarter campaign closes. Choose our Christmas Gift card and we’ll send out in mid December!

Christmas Gift Card

Our helmets won't be ready for delivery until Spring 2015. But pledge for a Dappercap helmet during our November Kickstarter campaign and we'll send you a gift card that you can give to a loved one on the day. It promises receipt of a helmet in the New Year with a jaunty Seasonal Message. The perfect way to support a new British Brand and not be empty-handed under the tree.

Want to give a helmet as a Xmas gift? No problem, we'll send you a gift-card in December for you to customise for a loved one. They will have until Jan 31st to choose their size and colour.
Want to give a helmet as a Xmas gift? No problem, we'll send you a gift-card in December for you to customise for a loved one. They will have until Jan 31st to choose their size and colour.

Timing We aim to have our helmets ready for delivery in the UK and Europe during Spring 2015. We have built our helmet to EN1078 specifications we hope to test to CPSC & the Australian Standard in February 2015. We could & should pass immediately, in which case it'll be first pledged, first served! But delivery in those markets could be up to 6 months later if any element needs re-designing following safety testing.

SizingWe are launching with 3 initial sizes:
Large: 59cm-60cm
Medium: 57cm-58cm
Small: 55cm-56cm

When the Kickstarter campaign is over we will contact backers for their colour and size choice.

In future we hope to have an extra-large size and a children's range.

Kickstarter Photography, Video & Music Credits

Beautiful photography by James Bedford www.jamesbedford.com
Filming & Editing: Thanks again Mr James Bedford!
Additional founder footage: Janet Hodgson
Thanks also to The Towpath Cafe, Hackney for letting Janet film us there Music: The Creek by Topher Mohr & Alex Elena

Thanks so much to our friends for modelling:
Florence Kennedy of www.petalon.co.uk
James Kennedy of www.KennedyCityBicycles.cc
Mike Radcliffe, Chris & Jaiye
and apologies to the friends we didn't ask, we just assumed you wouldn't get out of bed for less than £10,000 per day

Risks and challenges

Risks & Challenges

We have been developing & prototyping the dappercap for over 2 1/2 years now.... After 4 design iterations, we are very happy with the finished shell. The shell, which is a registered design, has been tested to EN1078 for medium size. We now have to test the new liner that we will be producing with Kickstarter funding. Every size in the range has to pass its own safety test, so any issues that arise when the design gets resized could cause delays. If so, Small & Large sizes could take up to 12 weeks longer to produce.
Medium size helmets will be delivered earliest.

Safety Testing outside of Europe
We’re using Kickstarter to fund international safety testing in February 2015 (CPSC & the Australian Standard) in addition to EN1078.
Our helmets could pass their tests immediately, but if they don't, we'll have to re-engineer the product and this could take up to 6 months to achieve.
The appeal of Kickstarter for us is a community of backers, if a non-European test picks up something that EN1078 hasn't, we'd want feedback about whether it's something that European buyers want incorporating into the whole range.

Other challenges
There's always the danger that the surf will be great for the next 6 months, in which case we'll get down to our factory in Cornwall and confiscate their surfboards, to ensure you get your helmets on time.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge £1 or more About $2

    Bramble our dapper mutt-scot will tweet you a high paws to thank you for your gracious support.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    10 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge £8 or more About $11

    Light up your life – and your front wheel – with our bike spoke LED lamp, looks a bit like Bramble is running along with you.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    8 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Be a Dappercap-branded buddy. Our black cotton drawstring bags are 460x360mm and smugly proclaim our company logo in pristine white for swanning around the farmer's market

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    15 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge £100 or more About $130

    The Early Bird*
    200 lucky backers can snap up the 1st helmets to leave our workshop in one of our four colours, including a black band for extra panache.
    Want to give it as a Christmas gift? Next best thing, we'll send you a gift card in early December that you can give to your giftee on the day, promising delivery from the first production run.

    Colour: Grey, Camel, Orange or Blue
    Size: Small, Medium or Large
    We'll contact you for size & colour choice
    *Estimated Retail Price £150

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 81 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge £110 or more About $143

    The Later Bird*
    Hardly tardy as you can still snap up a helmet in one of four fabulous hues, including a jaunty black band.
    Want to give it as a Christmas gift? Next best thing, we'll send you a gift card in early December that you can give to your giftee on the day.
    Colour: Grey, Camel, Orange or Blue
    Size: Small, Medium or Large
    We'll contact you for size & colour choice
    *Estimated Retail Price £150

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge £300 or more About $388

    Flock to the Founders.
    Meet the duo who started the Dappercap revolution for a bike ride and refreshments along the Regent's Canal in lovely London. We can even lend you a bike if you like (transport to London not included, sorry!). Includes a moleskin helmet in Grey, Tan, Orange or Blue.
    Size: Small, Medium or Large
    We'll contact you for size & colour choice

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United Kingdom
    Limited 1 backer
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,293

    Flying high.
    Love the helmet but don’t have the bike? Well, we’ve sorted it for you. Come to London and have a consultation with Kennedy City Bikes, who will hand make a bike for you; plus we'll make you a Dappercap customised in any Pantone colour of your choice. And hang out for refreshment with the founders. We’re apologetic that transport to London & accommodation isn't included.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United Kingdom
    Limited 2 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £250 or more About $324

    The Bird of Paradise.
    Choose a luxurious moleskin helmet in any colour you like and we'll make it for you! Who knows, if we love it maybe we'll roll it out one day and name the range after you....Additional helmets in the same colour can be ordered for £110 each (postage tbc depending on amount ordered)
    Want to give it as a Christmas gift? Next best thing, we'll send you a gift card in early December that you can give to your giftee on the day.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £500 or more About $647

    Watch the Birdie!
    Come and meet with us. This pledge includes a moleskin helmet in any colour you like - bring it along to a London photoshoot with a real live Condé Nast photographer. Your pic will end up on our lovely website, and you'll take away your own set of prints to show off

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United Kingdom
    Reward no longer available 2 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)