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Our Kickstarter Mission

Feel Handmade is ready for the next business step, we are ready to expand. In order to do so, we need to get our products into the hands of the wholesale buyers. We need them to feel the buttery soft leather and see the impeccable quality of each piece. 

The only way to make this happen is to participate in trade shows. The cost of a NYC wholesale show is very high. Booth fee, shelving, lighting, signage, marketing materials, seasonal collection and travel expenses all get factored in. BUT the rewards will launch our company into the exposure and awareness that it deserves. With your love and support we can make it happen! Thank you for taking the time to check out Feel's kickstarter.

Our Story

Feel's mission is to hand make beautiful Earth conscious products while loving our creative process. We flow with the seasons gathering inspirations from nature to create our collections. Each handbag is built mindfully with our hands, using eco-certified leather and sustainably sourced materials. 

We want to give back to the world so we make necessary choices to work WITH our planet. The materials we use is our first step. Reducing our carbon footprint is additionally a key factor in our line. To actually make this possible we modernized traditional construction methods, use hand tools and minimal machinery. The finished work is then shipped directly to our clients.

In a world flooded with mass produced products, we have a strong desire to stand out and show our unique personality...and sure there is a need for the simple jeans and T'shirt look....Feel designs with that in mind. We create the beautiful template for you to build your own eco-style, personalized by (or for) you. You pick your style, color and bronze art to make your own unique statement. 

High polishing a bronze FEEL logo
High polishing a bronze FEEL logo
Drilling holes in a bronze Seahorse
Drilling holes in a bronze Seahorse
Hand-stitching a white Tote
Hand-stitching a white Tote

Our Leather

We strive to use sustainably sourced materials that are free of toxic chemicals, heavy metals and dangerous pollutants. Our Italian leather is eco-certified from a tannery that is backed with a history and commitment to produce in harmony and respect to the Earth's natural eco-system. Our full grain leather is hand finished leaving its natural, buttery soft beauty. 

Top to back: Vintage Red with bronze FEEL logo, White, Latte, Stone, Grassy, Aqua, Marina and Chestnut
Top to back: Vintage Red with bronze FEEL logo, White, Latte, Stone, Grassy, Aqua, Marina and Chestnut

The Feel Handmade Rewards

$20+ Pledge: The Bracelet: each beautiful single or double wrap bracelet is handmade from our eco-certified, hand-dyed Italian leather. The closure is a solid hand cut bronze charm. These will be designer selected as a special surprise THANK YOU to each backer (value $35)

Seahorse wrap bracelet
Seahorse wrap bracelet
Box wrap bracelet
Box wrap bracelet
Anchor wrap bracelet
Anchor wrap bracelet

$30+ Pledge: The Zip Wallet:  each wallet is handmade from buttery soft Italian leather with our heat embossed FEEL Handmade logo on the front. This wallet is the perfect size for your cards and some cash. Compact enough to fit in your pocket. Size: 3.5"h x 5"w (value $43)

You pick your leather color: chestnut (photo), latte, stone grey, grassy, vintage red, white (photo) or aqua 

Zip Wallet: White
Zip Wallet: White
Zip Wallet: Chestnut interior
Zip Wallet: Chestnut interior

$45+ Pledge: The Small Utility Pouch: Handmade from eco-certified Italian leather with shiny brass hand-polished Excella zipper. Heat embossed FEEL Handmade logo on the front. Perfect for pens, brushes or cosmetics. Size: 3.75"h x 9"w (value $54)

Choice of colors: aqua, grassy green or white 

Front to back: Grassy, White, Aqua
Front to back: Grassy, White, Aqua
Small Utility: Aqua interior detail
Small Utility: Aqua interior detail

$60+ Pledge: The Medium Utility Pouch: Handmade from our eco-certified Italian leather with shiny brass hand-polished Excella zipper. Heat embossed FEEL Handmade logo on the front. Padded with a 100% wool felt insert. Sized and designed to fit the Mini iPad. Size: 9"h x 7.25"w (value $81)

Choice of colors: chestnut, grassy green or white 

Front to back: Grassy, White, Chestnut
Front to back: Grassy, White, Chestnut
Small Utility: Chestnut interior
Small Utility: Chestnut interior

 $75+ Pledge: The Large Utility Pouch: Handmade from eco-certified Italian leather with shiny brass hand-polished Excella zipper. Heat embossed FEEL Handmade logo on the front. Padded with a 100% wool felt insert and sized to fit the large iPad. Size: 11"h x 9.75"w (value $99)

Choice of colors: vintage red (photo), grassy green or white 

Large Utility: Vintage Red
Large Utility: Vintage Red
Large Utility: Grassy Green with embossed FEEL logo
Large Utility: Grassy Green with embossed FEEL logo
Front to back: Grassy, Chestnut, Vintage Red
Front to back: Grassy, Chestnut, Vintage Red

$100+ Pledge: The Wristlet: a simple yet lux wrist must have! Handmade from our eco-certified Italian leather, lined with durable, soft silk. Designed with an expandable bottom gusset, you will fit your keys, phone, cards and cosmetics....with room to spare. Each wristlet has an interior slide pocket that has been heat embossed with our FEEL logo. Size: 4"h x 7"w x 3"d (value $144)

Choice of color: chestnut, stone, latte, grassy green 

Front to Back: Grassy, Latte, Stone, Chestnut
Front to Back: Grassy, Latte, Stone, Chestnut
Chestnut Wristlet interior
Chestnut Wristlet interior

 $145+ Pledge: The Wristlet with Metal Art: a simple yet lux wrist must have! Handmade from our eco-certified Italian leather, lined with durable, soft silk. Designed with an expandable bottom gusset, you will fit your keys, phone, cards and cosmetics....with room to spare. Each wristlet has an interior slide pocket that has been heat embossed with our FEEL logo. Size: 4"h x 7"w x 3"d (value $178)

Choice of color/bronze: aqua/bee, stone/logo, grassy green/butterfly 

Butterfly on Grassy Green
Butterfly on Grassy Green
FEEL Logo on Stone
FEEL Logo on Stone
Aqua Wristlet with Bee
Aqua Wristlet with Bee

 $195+ Pledge: The FEEL Handmade DUO: The Small Clutch with Metal Art, this clutch is a beautiful accessory for your night out, this will be a conversational piece. Handmade from our buttery soft leather, lined with silk. Interior slide pocket is a great size for your phone and keys. You pick the color, you pick the bronze art...also the choice along with your small clutch...do you match your zip wallet with your clutch or pick a pop of contrasting color? Clutch Size: 6"h x 9"w x 3.5"d (valued at $243)

Choice of color/bronze for the Small Clutch: chestnut/owl, latte/seahorse, stone/logo, aqua/butterfly 

Please see above photos of zip wallet: color choices: chestnut, latte, stone, aqua, grassy, vintage red 

Small Chestnut Clutch with Owl
Small Chestnut Clutch with Owl
Small Latte Clutch with Seahorse
Small Latte Clutch with Seahorse
Small Stone Clutch with FEEL Logo
Small Stone Clutch with FEEL Logo
Small Aqua Clutch with Butterfly
Small Aqua Clutch with Butterfly

 $245+ Pledge: The Tote: "sooo soft and smells delicious, you know it's amazing leather", "beautiful, fits so perfectly on my shoulder", "wow, so light, this bag won't break my back" ...just some of the comments this shoulder tote gets. This may be a casual bag, but it will get endless compliments. Designed with an open top for easily accessing your daily necessities and a thick leather bottom so this piece will stand up when you put it down. Our large interior zip pocket with heat embossed FEEL logo is perfect for your smaller items so they never get lost. Size: 13.25"h x 16"w x 4"d (valued at $288)

Choice of color: Grassy Green, Chestnut, Latte 

**Additional options that you can pick: do you want matching shoulder straps or a contrasting pop of color? We can talk about it....

Grassy Green Tote
Grassy Green Tote
Chestnut Tote
Chestnut Tote
Latte Tote
Latte Tote

 $245+ Pledge: The Large Clutch and Zip Wallet Combo: Do you like to show your unique style? Well....who doesn't? Elegant with clean lines...this handmade beauty will speak to your eco-luxury and artistic side. Don't hold back, show who you are! Made from our buttery eco-certified leather, this clutch is a great size with an interior slide pocket for your phone and keys. Paired with the zip wallet to hold your cards and cash, what else do you need? We are giving you the option of color and bronze art, match your zip or pop with a contrasting color. (valued at $288)

Choice of color/bronze for the Large Clutch: latte/skull, stone/owl, aqua/FEEL logo 

Please see above photos of zip wallet: color choices: chestnut, latte, stone, aqua, grassy, vintage red 

Large Latte Clutch with Skull
Large Latte Clutch with Skull
Large Stone Clutch with Owl
Large Stone Clutch with Owl
Large Aqua Clutch with FEEL logo
Large Aqua Clutch with FEEL logo

 $285+ Pledge: The Tote with Metal Art: How could this tote be any more YOU? Add the beautiful touch of hand-cut bronze art! The same size as our casual tote, the same interior zip pocket and flat bottom, but with this pledge we give you the option of art in the color/bronze choice that YOU want. Handmade from our eco-certified Italian leather, lined with silk. Size: 13.25"h x 16"w x 4"d (valued at $326)

First, pick your color: aqua, grassy green, latte

Second, pick your metal art: skull, mermaid, butterfly, FEEL logo

Aqua Tote with Butterfly
Aqua Tote with Butterfly
Grassy Tote with Skull
Grassy Tote with Skull
Latte Tote with Mermaid
Latte Tote with Mermaid
FEEL logo on Aqua
FEEL logo on Aqua

$385+Pledge: Clutch + Wristlet Combo: The Large Clutch with Metal Art, of course handmade from our beautiful eco-certified Italian leather and personalized with a piece of hand-cut solid bronze. Each bronze design is molded, fired, polished and sealed by hand. We never use molds so each piece IS one of a kind. Size: 8.5"h x 13"w x 4"d

Pick your color: stone, chestnut, white or grassy. Pick your bronze design: FEEL logo, owl, butterfly, bee

The Wristlet with Metal Art: to be used with your clutch, keeping your smaller items separate...or elegantly hanging from your wrist. Size: 4"h x 7"w x 3"d

Please see above wristlet photos for colors, you pick: stone, chestnut, latte or grassy green along with the bronze: FEEL logo, skull, bee or horse (valued at $421)

Stone with FEEL logo
Stone with FEEL logo
Chestnut with Owl
Chestnut with Owl
White with Butterfly
White with Butterfly
Grassy Green with Bee
Grassy Green with Bee
Horse on Chestnut
Horse on Chestnut

 $585+ Pledge: The Nesting Bags: Have fun creating your 3 pieces!

Start with the Tote...will you go with: Vintage Red, Latte, Grassy Green or Chestnut? See above tote photos for more color options. 

Next, the Large Clutch.... color options: Vintage Red, Grassy Green, Latte or Chestnut with your pick of bronze art. Will it be: Butterfly, Bee, Seahorse or FEEL logo? 

It's not over, you still get to pick your Wristlet! We are giving you lots of options...you can either match or go with a fun pop of color. Choices: Vintage Red, Aqua, Marina (below photos) Stone, Chestnut, Grassy Green, and Latte (see photos above)

Vintage Red
Vintage Red
Aqua and Marina
Aqua and Marina
Vintage Red Tote
Vintage Red Tote
Top view of Large Clutch
Top view of Large Clutch
Large Vintage Red with Bee
Large Vintage Red with Bee
Seahorse on Latte
Seahorse on Latte

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Risks and challenges

There are always going to be little bumps in the road, perhaps even larger bumps…
but that is life and most certainly will not stop me from achieving my goals. As the owner and designer of Feel Handmade, I would not have made it into my 14th year of hand making handbags & accessories if I was faint at heart.
This will be my first trade show in front of wholesale buyers, yet I have a well thought out plan.
All details are important; I picked the trade show based on years of experience, artist success stories. the appearance of my booth, my READY & beautiful Fall 2014 collection, printed materials, signage, lighting, who will be helping me, and most importantly who will be watching my son for the 4 days that I will be sharing my work with the world.
Bumps…I am not worried about, my multitasking brain will make it work.

AND if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!!

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    The Bracelet:
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    The Zip Wallet:
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    The Small Utility Pouch: everyone needs a special pouch for their delicate paint brushes and writing pens. This beautiful pieces is a perfect gift for that creative soul. Handmade from our eco-certified Italian leather with shiny brass hand-polished Excella zipper. See details for photos and color options. (valued at $54)

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    The Medium Utility Pouch: make your mini-ipad super cozy and happy with our handmade zip pouch. Always made from our eco-certified Italian leather with shiny brass hand-polished Excella zipper. Padded with a 100% wool felt insert. See details for photos and color options. (valued at $81)

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    The Large Utility Pouch: if you think bigger is better, you need to go with this piece. Our largest pouch sized to fit the original iPad. Handmade from eco-certified Italian leather and padded with a 100% wool felt insert for extra protection. See details for photos and color options. (valued at $99)

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    The Wristlet: a gorgeous accent to any wrist and it's functional. You actually will be shocked by how much you can fit in this small bag! Designed with an expandable bottom gusset, you will fit your keys, phone, cards and cosmetics....with room to spare. Handmade from our lux eco-certfied leather. See description details/photos for more info and color choices. (valued at $144)

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    The Wristlet with Metal Art. Everything we love about the casual Wristlet with the added touch of hand cut bronze. Speak your style with a pop of personality. Will it be the aqua with bronze bee or grassy green with butterfly or stone grey with FEEL logo?
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    The Feel Handmade DUO: The Small Clutch with Metal Art and The Zip Wallet, a match made in handmade heaven. This elegant clutch is an eye catching piece with a handmade touch of bronze art. Match your zip wallet to your clutch or pick a cool contrasting color. See description details/photos for more info and color choices. (valued at $243)

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    The Leather Tote: This lightweight all leather tote will never want to leave your shoulder. So soft and perfectly sized for every woman. Casually styled for everyday use, this tote has a large interior zip pocket and a flat bottom so that it stands up when you finally put it down. See description details/photos for more info and color choices. (valued at $288)

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    The Large Clutch and Zip Wallet Combo: maybe you're a clutch girl and prefer this pairing. The large clutch is quite the statement with your pick of metal art....are you a little edgy? Go with the skull...maybe a little more wise, pick the owl....or do you want to show off your FEEL clutch? Perfect, go with the FEEL bronze logo. This piece does have a nice size slide pocket inside, but with the zip wallet you can have a little more organization. See description details/photos for more info and color choices. (valued at $288)

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    The Tote with Metal Art: everything about the lovely casual tote with the added beautiful touch of hand cut bronze art. Made from our eco-certified Italian leather, lined with silk... a handbag you will want to use everyday. See description details/photos for more info and color choices. (valued at $326)

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    Clutch + Wristlet Combo: The Large Clutch with Metal Art is a beautiful handbag that should be used any day for any occasion. Dress up, dress down...we think it works. Handmade from eco-certified, hand-dyed Italian leather, you get to pick between 4 colors and 4 hand-cut bronze designs. Along with the clutch you get to create a Wristlet that represent YOU. 4 colors and 4 bronze designs. See description details/photos for more info and color choices. (valued at $421)

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    The Nesting Bags: Why just pick one? You don't need to ...this killer trio includes The Tote, The Large Clutch and The Wristlet. You KNOW every woman can utilize each of these bags in a single day...we do have that much stuff to carry!
    Have fun creating your collection: Tote with 4 color options, the Large Clutch with 4 color and 4 metal art options and the Wristlet with 7 color options.
    I look forward to seeing what you pick!
    See description details/photos for more info and color choices. (value $675)

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