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69
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, May 25 2017 3:54 PM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

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Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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About

Camera Strap Display made from guitar wood left over from our neighbor who makes guitars.  We recycle and reuse at every opportunity.
Camera Strap Display made from guitar wood left over from our neighbor who makes guitars. We recycle and reuse at every opportunity.

 

Recycle.  Reuse.  We go to a local leather wholesaler and get the leather that wasn't used in large runs.  We use the leather left over that might have been thrown away.    Bike parts and guitar wood are often used to make displays.  We want to survive with the resources we have and try to be environmentally friendly.  Our own dyeing patterns make it unique.

Hand made leather mason jar mug.
Hand made leather mason jar mug.

 

Our leather goods are made individually by hand with a new dyeing method we created ourselves.   Each piece is designed by us, dyed, hand cut, hand sewn and hand riveted in Topanga, California at our bike shop.  

Repurposed Park Tools Truing Stand.  Recycle. Reuse.
Repurposed Park Tools Truing Stand. Recycle. Reuse.

We don't want to change the uniqueness or style, but we want to ramp up production to make it profitable for us to survive and thrive. We need a couple professional leather sewing machine, a couple clickers (to cut through more than one piece of leather at a time evenly.) a proper work bench for various people to work at the same time, equipment, leather, leather dyes and hardware.  We need to duplicate some of what we have to expand and grow.  

The funds will be primarily used for equipment, material and tools.   We need the following to produce efficiently:

Master Tools Leather Splitter.
Master Tools Leather Splitter.

 

Adler 869 Cylinder Arm Sewing Machine, Complete with Stand and Servo Motor
Adler 869 Cylinder Arm Sewing Machine, Complete with Stand and Servo Motor

 

Previous     Next  Click image to zoom Master Tools Mighty Wonder 4 Ton Hand-Operated Clicker
Previous Next Click image to zoom Master Tools Mighty Wonder 4 Ton Hand-Operated Clicker

 

Late night creative work.  After hours projects.
Late night creative work. After hours projects.

 In order to survive against Amazon, eBay and Craigslist, we found a solution.  Make our own products, create our own brand and go for it.    We have worked night and day to make this happen.

Rover's dog collar.
Rover's dog collar.

 We love making dog collars.

Mason Jar mugs we have made for ourselves and others.    Each one is different and unique.
Mason Jar mugs we have made for ourselves and others. Each one is different and unique.

 

Each on of these was cut with an razor blade.  We would like to be able to do this faster and more efficient.
Each on of these was cut with an razor blade. We would like to be able to do this faster and more efficient.

Each keychain and everything we do is a different design. We have our own leather dying technique that makes our work different every single time.

Bag example.  Everyone is different and includes a knife.
Bag example. Everyone is different and includes a knife.

The funds will be used to reach to keep a few of us going and we will continue to work with other bike shop owners and small businesses that benefit from small batches.   The funds will go to tools, equipment, general operations and production.

Being creative in a time of change.
Being creative in a time of change.

Retail is tough, like everything.   Running a bicycle shop while people have moved to making their purchases online has made it almost impossible to exist without getting out of the box and trying new things.    We have tried different things and the one that works for us is leather goods work.  We design a lot of products and they are often well received.

Dog collars made by hand by us.
Dog collars made by hand by us.

   Our momentum is strong and we are excited to grow this avenue.     We are already doing it and we want to help other shops that will benefit from the small batches that we can make them.    

Thanks so much.

Our shop and Rover, the shop dog.
Our shop and Rover, the shop dog.

 

Belt examples....
Belt examples....

 

Risks and challenges

Naturally our hope is that it a lot of people pledge and we have more orders than the time frame we have submitted. Our biggest fear is not getting the rewards to everyone on time. We will naturally communicate any information on timeframe as it occurs.

Getting stickers for everyone should be easy, but that is also a concern, just in case they run behind from what is quoted to us.

As we have said, we are still running the bike shop and it is where we spend our days, if the bike shop is very busy, it could also slow down my ability to have everything show up timely. We will communicate everything. Fortunately making everything in Topanga ourselves helps with time frame. Those are our concerns.

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    Acknowledgement and Updates. Thank you.

    Everything counts. Thanks for being a part of this new adventure. We will be updating everyone on our growth as we enjoy the future. we will also periodically have events and hope you can join us.

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    Rogue Journeymen Sticker

    Thanks for pledging. We will send you a special thank-you sticker. We also sincerely thank you. Plus, we will keep you updated on the progress and send you information on events so you can enjoy some of our activities.

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    Leather key chain with unique pattern.

    Thanks for being a part of this. Everyone who pledges at this level will get a key chain with a pattern that is different. No two will be the same. Giant thank you, acknowledgement and updates plus invitations to events.

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    Leather Dog Collar - Small Dog

    We hand cut and dye leather collars. Our shop dog loves his collar. Each one is unique and hand made with care. Spoil your small dog under 35 pounds with a one of kind dog collar.

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    Leather Dog Collar - Medium Dog

    We hand cut and dye leather collars. Our shop dog loves his collar. Each one is unique and hand made with care. Spoil your small dog between 35 -60 pounds with a one of kind dog collar. Our shop dog Rover wears a medium. He is 50 pounds.

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    Leather Dog Collar - Large Dog

    We hand cut and dye leather collars. Our shop dog loves his collar. Each one is unique and hand made with care. Spoil your small dog between over pounds with a one of kind dog collar. Our shop dog Rover wears a medium. He is 50 pounds.

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    Mason Jar Coffee Mug

    Our special leather dyeing method and own unique design mason jar mugs combined for a one of a kind mason jar mug. Carry coffee or cold beverages with a lid. Great for jumping in the car in the morning without spilling. Each on is hand made and unique. Includes glass jar.

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    Leather Camera strap with unique design

    We hand dye each leather item that we make and each one is different with a different pattern. We will add a wider piece of leather at the top for comfort. Thanks for getting this, we will include you in our updates plus include a thank you sticker. Plus, you get a lot of appreciation.

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    Size 30-32 Belt with unique design.

    We hand dye each belt and they are all different. The pattern will be fun and unique. We make the belts a tad bit longer to account for size nuances and Thanksgiving dinner. Plus, we can always swap out later. Thank you, Appreciation and a sticker is definitely included.

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    Size 33-35 Belt with unique design.

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    Size 36-38 Belt with unique design.

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    Size TBA Belt with unique design.

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    Banana Bread Mason Jar Coffee Mug

    A one time batch of leather mason jar mug coffee mugs. Thank you mug. Special Banana Bread Edition. Never repeated special one time design. Special thank you edition.

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    Set of 6 Mason Jar Coffee Mugs

    Our special leather dyeing method and own unique design mason jar mugs combined for a one of a kind mason jar mug. Carry coffee or cold beverages with a lid. Great for jumping in the car in the morning without spilling. Each on is hand made and unique. Set of six with different designs, patterns and logo. Logos are from Rogue Journeymen and our bike shop, Topanga Creek Outpost. Includes 6 glass jars.

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    Specialty Design Bag

    We will make a completely unique bag that is creative and different for you similar to the green and tan one in the pictures. This will be something totally different, creative and special. Naturally, we will also keep you updated on everything and send a sticker (or two).

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    Groomsmen Belts

    Up to 12 Belts of sizes you want with initials on each belt as gifts for groomsmen. The dye for the run of belts will be unique for the wedding and never repeated again. Stickers and thank you. And, a lot of appreciation.

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Funding period

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