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Richard BowmanBy Richard Bowman
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Richard BowmanBy Richard Bowman
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$275
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 2 2014

About

"To us, leather is more than a fashion, its a passion"

Hammersmith Leatherwerks is a company that is about pride. We take pride in what we make, and the business philosophy that makes it possible. 
WE DO;
  • Make top quality leather apparel and accessories
  • Guarantee our products unconditionally for life
  • Use the best quality materials money can buy
  • Treat our customers with respect and professionalism 
  • Treat our employees with honor, like valued partners
  • Base our business philosophy on sound principals 

Our Business Model

I have been making custom leather items for a little over 6 years. During that time I owned and operated a computer service business. For 16 years I worked directly with clients to solve their technology issues and help them when they needed to improve their technology platforms. 

A year ago last January, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Lymphoma Cancer. I was at stage 4 and we were losing hope. Luckily I found a specialist in the area of Lymphoma treatment and through treatment I made a full recovery. As of July 1 2013 I am Cancer free!

The Cancer was gone, but there were some lasting effects to my body that were making it all but impossible to get back to work in my technology company. I knew I needed a change, and my love for leather work drew me right in. 

If I was going to change careers I needed to pursue this like a business not like a hobby. The first order of business was to create a workable business plan. With the help of a lawyer friend and a couple other brilliant minds a new concept was born. 

You see, this new company was created so I would have a way to work around the physical challenges that Cancer had left me. What I came to realize is that there are many people who would love to get back to work but they have challenges to overcome too. 

One friend in particular is a single mom that I have known for a few years. She works 2 full time jobs to make ends meet. What really shocked me is that she works one of the jobs just to pay for daycare for her child. She is gone an average of 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. she is home just enough to see her kid for an hour or two, and sleep. This is just not acceptable. I want to put her to work in her own home so she can raise her child and make ends meet with a reasonable time investment. 

How this will work is actually quite simple. I will form a base warehouse and manufacturing facility in our hometown. This will employ standard shift workers and produce the leather parts that comprise our products. I will have an in-house courier who will deliver these parts to our home bound workers on a regular schedule. At the same time, this courier will pick up the finished products from the same home bound workers and bring them back to the warehouse facility for quality inspection and delivery to the customers., 

I dont know how big this will become or how many others like myself will find employment suited to their life, but if I can help just one person, it will be worth it. To make this happen I need your help. With the support of the Kickstarter backers this vision of mine can become a reality. Join me if you will to create something new and different from the norm. 

With one change to the standard manufacturing process, Henry Ford revolutionized the automobile industry. His process has been in use for 101 years. Small changes to a business model can have monumental effect on an industry. The effect we want to achieve is to better the lives of those we employ and their families. 

The business plan (nuts and bolts)

The business needs are pretty straight forward. I have the equipment I need already to produce my goods. The need here is to generate enough money to make a large leather order. Why is this important? When you want to procure the finest leathers you have to go to the big name producers. I happen to have one just about an hour south of me in Chicago. Unfortunately they have a minimum order of $3000. So with that order, additional materials, and the domestic shipping we will be covering, I need a minimum of $5000 to make this plan work. 

By achieving the $5000 minimum I can get the ball rolling pretty well and have enough material on hand to fulfill 3x what I will need for my kickstarter backers. That means I can create an inventory and start selling through my retail and online channels without needing to seek more money. The down side is that this will only support me, and I will not yet be able to bring anyone else onboard.

I have crunched numbers, looked at projections, and taken educated guesses. What I believe is that for every $10,000 we raise on this kickstarter, I will be able to bring one more person into this company. Each $1.00 increases the company's long term ability for production and growth from the very start. Each time we reach another $10,000 that potential makes it possible to confidently employ another person and get the additional manufacturing equipment to supply the demand.

The Re-Design

So when I decided to redesign all my products so they could be assembled by just about anybody in their home, I had some doubts as to whether I could do it. I also feared that it would increase costs of manufacturing. Well, I'm happy to say I was wrong on both counts. The redesigns actually increased profitability by reducing manufacturing overhead. Sometimes things just work out... This was one of those things.

Our Rewards

"Bright Ideas" Leather Keyfob

  • Available in Natural color or Black color
  • Made of quality 7-8 oz Top Grain leather
  • Fob measures 3" x 2" 
  • Ships in Natural color unless specified by backer

Leather Luggage/Gear Tag Custom Engraved

  • Available in Natural color or Black color
  • Made of quality 7-8 oz Top Grain leather
  • Tag measures 3" x 6"
  • Ships in Natural color unless specified by backer (recommended)
  • Includes Name, Address, Phone number, and Email address
  • Optionally Backer can choose 5 lines of text with 40 characters/spaces per line
  • Comes with leather attachment strap/nickle plated buckle

Leather Minimalist Wallet Custom Engraved

  • Available in Natural color or Black color
  • Made of quality 4-5 oz Top Grain leather
  • Measures 3.5" x 4"
  • Riveted design - Nickle plated stainless steel rivets
  • Ships in Natural color unless specified by backer
  • Includes free engraving of name( 7 characters max) or Initials. Backer must specify engraving choice when ordering.

Leather Bi-Fold Wallet Custom Engraved

  • Available in Natural color or Black color
  • Made of quality 4-5 oz Top Grain leather
  • Measures 4" x 4.5"
  • Riveted design - Nickle plated stainless steel rivets
  • Ships in Natural color unless specified by backer
  • Includes free engraving of name( 7 characters max) or Initials. Backer must specify engraving choice when ordering.
  • Available without engraving of logo and/or Name (initials)

Leather Valet Custom Engraved

  • Available in Natural color or Black color
  • Made of quality 8-9 oz Top Grain leather
  • Measures 10.5" x 10.5 " x 2.5" depth
  • Custom engraved 2 lines with 12 Characters per line
  • Custom engraved framing options 
  • Engraving options need to be specified by backer at time of order
  • Upper and lower decorative designs are optional and both designs are available in both the Natural Color and Black Color Valets.
  • Ships in Natural color unless specified by backer
  • Stainless/Nickle hardware

Leather Steampunk Fan Engraved

  • Available in Natural color or Black color
  • Made of quality 8-9 oz Top Grain leather
  • Measures 15.5" x 9.5"
  • Ships in Natural color unless specified by backer
  • Stainless/Nickle hardware

Leather "Hipster" minimalist satchel/purse Custom Engraved

  • Available in Natural color or Black color
  • Made of quality 8-9 oz Top Grain leather
  • Measure 10.5" x 5.5" (main Body)
  • Adjustable leather straps
  • Straps fit womens (US) size 0 to size 20
  • If a larger size is needed please specify size in US sizing when ordering.
  • Pocket size is 4" width x 5" height (internally)
  • Fits most standard cell phones
  • Available engraved with steampunk design or plain. Ships plain unless otherwise specified at time of order.
  • Ships in Natural color unless specified by backer
  • Stainless/Nickle hardware

Hard Leather Corset with available Custom Steampunk Engraving

  • Available in Natural color or Black color
  • Made of quality 6-7 oz Top Grain leather
  • See sizing chart for details on choosing your size
  • Ships medium size unless specified at time of order
  • Available engraved with steampunk design or plain. Ships plain unless otherwise specified at time of order.
  • Ships in Natural color unless specified by backer
  • Stainless/Nickle hardware
  • Comes with 3 back center sizing panels. Panels can be added to increase corset size by 2-8 inches and are very stylish. Ordering a size smaller and adding the correct additional panel is recommended. 
  • Corsets come with 2 sets of laces

Soft Leather "All Day" fashion corset in 16 colors

  • Available in 16 colors - See color chart for options
  • Made of quality 6-7 oz Top Grain leather
  • Soft leather fashion corsets can easily be worn all day in total comfort. 
  • See sizing chart for details on choosing your size
  • Ships medium size unless specified at time of order
  • This item is not engravable due to the softness of the leather
  • Ships in White color unless specified by backer
  • Stainless/Nickle hardware
  • Comes with 3 back center sizing panels. Panels can be added to increase corset size by 2-8 inches and are very stylish. Ordering a size smaller and adding the correct additional panel is recommended. 
  • Ex-Small Fits US size 0-8 (Waist 20-28)
  • Small Fits US Size 6-14 (Waist 24-32)
  • Medium Fits US Size 12-22 (Waist 28-36)
  • Large Fits US Size 20-28 (Waist 32-40)
  • X-Large Fits US Size 26-34 (Waist 36-44)
  • XXL Fits US Size 32-40 (Waist 40-48)
  • Please inquire about sizing if unsure
  • Corsets come with 2 sets of laces

Color Chart For soft Corsets

Fonts Chart

Risks and challenges

Every endeavor has challenges. The one we face, and have faced, relates to our limited production. Higher production means being able to purchase extremely high quality leather hides from sources that only do business in large quantity. When purchasing leather for creating products, consistency is a top priority. When you can buy several or even hundreds of hides from one manufacturer you have a much higher consistency with grain, thickness, and color. We want every piece we produce to be the best quality possible. The way to ensure this is by obtaining leather from highly reputable sources.

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    Early Bird Special - Corset - Soft Leather. NOTE THIS ITEM CANNOT BE ENGRAVED! Please specify size with order. Each corset comes with 3 different back center panels for added sizing options. Available in 16 colors. Item will be shipped in white Color unless specified with pledge. Free shipping within the United States. International orders will add $45 for shipping and handling.

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Funding period

- (30 days)