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Handcrafted in Canada - A single piece of full grain leather wraps within and around itself to create the definitive LEAN™ wallet.
A single piece of full grain leather wraps within and around itself to create the definitive LEAN™ wallet.Handcrafted in Australia.
A single piece of full grain leather wraps within and around itself to create the definitive LEAN™ wallet.Handcrafted in Australia.
443 backers pledged CA$ 25,675 to help bring this project to life.

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The LEAN™ Essentials Wallet from Raphael Quality Goods Co.

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lean /lēn/

Noun. A slant or inclination away from the vertical.

Adjective. lean.er, lean.est - Containing little or no fat, excesss or waste.

Synonymsverb. Angle - Slope  adj. Thin - Slim - Skinny 

FRONT CARD SLOT

Keep your most frequently used card ready to go in the 'Front Card Slot'.
Keep your most frequently used card ready to go in the 'Front Card Slot'.

CENTRE CARD SLOT

Store up to four less frequently used cards in the 'Centre Card Slot'.
Store up to four less frequently used cards in the 'Centre Card Slot'.
This well worn 'Natural' LEAN™ Essentials Wallet has developed a beautiful tan and demonstrates how using a 'PRESS - PULL - PUSH' action allows for easy access and storage of the less frequently used cards.
This well worn 'Natural' LEAN™ Essentials Wallet has developed a beautiful tan and demonstrates how using a 'PRESS - PULL - PUSH' action allows for easy access and storage of the less frequently used cards.

BACK CASH SLOT

The LEAN™ design wraps around on a leaning angle, creating a perfectly sized 'Back Cash Slot'.
The LEAN™ design wraps around on a leaning angle, creating a perfectly sized 'Back Cash Slot'.
Measuring less than 5mm thick when empty, The LEAN™ Essentials Wallet is virtually invisible in the front pocket of even the slimmest trousers.
Measuring less than 5mm thick when empty, The LEAN™ Essentials Wallet is virtually invisible in the front pocket of even the slimmest trousers.
This Brown LEAN™ Essentials Wallet pictured with an iPhone, illustrates the scale of the LEAN™ design.
This Brown LEAN™ Essentials Wallet pictured with an iPhone, illustrates the scale of the LEAN™ design.
 
AVAILABLE: Each backer will have the option to select from the two above branding styles for their LEAN™ Essentials Wallet.
AVAILABLE: Each backer will have the option to select from the two above branding styles for their LEAN™ Essentials Wallet.
AVAILABLE: Each backer will have the option to select from the two above lettering styles for the included personalized laser engraving of their LEAN™ Essentials Wallet.
AVAILABLE: Each backer will have the option to select from the two above lettering styles for the included personalized laser engraving of their LEAN™ Essentials Wallet.
 
 

THE REWARDS

REWARD #1 - LEAN™ KEY FOB - $35
The LEAN™  Key Fob incorporates a button stud and swivel snap, allowing it to be used with or without a belt.
The LEAN™ Key Fob incorporates a button stud and swivel snap, allowing it to be used with or without a belt.

- Made by Raphael Quality Goods Co. in Vancouver, BC.

- 4/5 oz. 'Oil Finished' Full Grain Vegetable Tanned Leather.

- Pull Tab Emulates the Leaning Angle of the Wallet.

- Raphael Quality Goods Co. Logo on Reverse Side.

- Nickel Silver Swivel Snap and Button Stud.

- Expected Delivery: January, 2014 

REWARD #2 - ORIGINAL OWNERS - $44 (ALL GONE!)

The LEAN­™ Essentials Wallet is now available to all backers in Natural, Medium Brown, Dark Brown and Black
The LEAN­™ Essentials Wallet is now available to all backers in Natural, Medium Brown, Dark Brown and Black

From the 'First Run' of LEAN™ Essentials Wallets;

- Handcrafted by Raphael Quality Goods Co. in Vancouver, BC.

- 2/3 oz. Full Grain Vegetable Tanned Leather.

- 65mm x 95mm x 5mm. 

- Burnished and Waxed Edges.

- Hand Sewn Waxed Nylon Thread.

- Raphael Quality Goods Co. Logo on Front Card Slot.

- KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: Includes Personalized Laser Engraving of up to Three Initials on Back Cash Slot.

- The LEAN™ Essentials Wallet Will have a retail price of $60 if the project is successful.

- Expected Delivery: January, 2014 - Limited to 200 pieces.

FROM LEFT: My personal wallet and examples of the personalized laser engraving of up to three initials on the Back Cash Slot.
FROM LEFT: My personal wallet and examples of the personalized laser engraving of up to three initials on the Back Cash Slot.

REWARD #3 -  LEAN™ ESSENTIALS WALLET - $49

From the 'Second Run' of LEAN™ Essentials Wallets;

- REWARD #3 Includes all of the details from REWARD #2 above, excluding the expected delivery.

- The LEAN™ Essentials Wallet will have a retail price of $60 if the project is successful.

- Expected Delivery: February, 2014 - Limited to 220 pieces.

REWARD # 4 - TAKE TWO - $88 (ALL GONE!)

From the 'First Run' of LEAN™ Essentials Wallets;  

- REWARD # 4 Includes all of the details from REWARD #2 above for two LEAN™ Essentials Wallets.

- Expected Delivery: January, 2014 - Limited to 20 pieces/10 Backers

REWARD # 5 - TAKE TWO #2 - $98 

From the 'Second Run' of LEAN™ Essentials Wallets;  

- REWARD # 5 Includes all of the details from REWARD #2 above for two LEAN™ Essentials Wallets.

- Expected Delivery: February, 2014 - Limited to 80 pieces/40 Backers

THE LEAN™ DESIGN

In recent times, how and what we carry has been re-imagined and prioritized. An astonishing number of wallets have surfaced, promoting ideas of "Minimalism" and "Simplicity". However, these same wallets include excessive features such as bottle openers and screw drivers or are made from multiple pieces of materials like elastic bands, rubber and metal plates, all in all there is a lot of repetition.

The LEAN™ Essentials Wallet combines the modern concept of carrying less, with the traditional concept of how something should be made. To use only the finest materials and craftsmanship to create something of quality that is not only functional, but original.

As the LEAN™ design wraps within and around itself to create the three slots, it also creates curved vertical edges that fit the shape of your hand when held.
As the LEAN™ design wraps within and around itself to create the three slots, it also creates curved vertical edges that fit the shape of your hand when held.

TECHNOLOGY MEETS TRADITION

The LEAN™ single piece design must be perfectly aligned when layered, in order to create the three slots. To realize this, each wallet is laser cut to exacting standards with technical precision and accuracy, that simply can not be replicated by any other method. 

The laser cut patterns prior to being hand sewn.
The laser cut patterns prior to being hand sewn.

Inversely, the right angled L-STITCH™ that securely holds these layers together is performed by hand using the traditional Saddle-Stitch. One of the oldest and proven to be one of the strongest stitches in the world, that can not be replicated by machine.

The hand sewn Saddle-Stitch is additionally reinforced at two points for added strength and durability.
The hand sewn Saddle-Stitch is additionally reinforced at two points for added strength and durability.

THE LEATHER - MADE TO BE BROKEN IN, NOT BROKEN

To realize the form of the LEAN™ design, a leather that had the perfect weight and temper was required. It needed to be firm enough to hold its shape, yet lightweight and flexible enough to form to the contents of the wallet and soften with use. 

A brand new 'Natural' LEAN™ Essentials Wallet set against the same wallet after approximately two months of use.
A brand new 'Natural' LEAN™ Essentials Wallet set against the same wallet after approximately two months of use.

Every LEAN™ Essentials Wallet will be handcrafted right here in Vancouver, BC. from full grain, vegetable tanned leather. 

Full grain leather is the absolute best quality of leather, as it is not split or separated from the top grain, it is the strongest and most durable leather available. 

Unlike engineered leathers, this rugged durability is accompanied by authentic character, irregularities such as scrapes and scratches and other marks are common. They express the true individuality of each hide and as the patina develops create a truly unique accessory.

My personal LEAN™ Essentials Wallet - Carried everyday, the 'Natural' vegetable tanned leather has developed a beautiful patina.
My personal LEAN™ Essentials Wallet - Carried everyday, the 'Natural' vegetable tanned leather has developed a beautiful patina.

YOUR SUPPORT

I am fortunate enough to already own a laser cutter, it is an amazing tool that allows me to achieve incredible accuracy and efficiency in addition to being able to individually personalize any piece. To date, making all of my pieces primarily from home, I have not been able to have a permanent set up for my equipment.

With your support, I will finally be able to set up a dedicated workshop space that will allow me to efficiently produce the LEAN™ Essentials Wallet and many more Raphael Quality Goods in the future.

The custom packaging prototypes emulate the LEAN™ design.
The custom packaging prototypes emulate the LEAN™ design.

If successful, the backing from Kickstarter will also provide the funds to meet the minimum order requirements to have the leather produced to my exact specifications, increasing efficiency and reducing production time. Funds will also be used to produce custom packaging that will enable me to deliver your very own LEAN™ Essentials Wallet to you.

TIMELINE

NOVEMBER 13, 2013 - Campaign closes.

NOVEMBER 14- 31, 2013 - If successful, in addition to my endless gratitude, I will be sending you surveys and collecting all details and information relating to your pledge.

DECEMBER 1, 2013 - If successful, funds will be cleared and materials, packaging, air extraction system and work benches will be purchased.

DECEMBER 2 - 13, 2013 - Workshop set-up.

DECEMBER 14, 2013 - Production of the 'First Run' of LEAN™ Essentials Wallets begins.

DECEMBER 25, 2013 - Merry Christmas

JANUARY, 2014 - 'ORIGINAL OWNERS' and 'LEAN™ KEY FOB' backers will be receiving their rewards. Production of the 'Second Run' of LEAN™ Essentials Wallets will continue.

FEBRUARY, 2014 - 'LEAN™ ESSENTIALS WALLET' backers will be receiving their rewards as the project reaches completion.

Risks and challenges

All projects have associated risks and challenges, the advantage of being both the designer and manufacturer is that the potential for delays and possible problems is reduced as much as possible. Of course unforeseen challenges and hurdles may still occur, but having the production plan and process refined and the advantage of tried and tested prototypes, I am confident that any possible setbacks will be overcome.

Each reward level has been created with an honest and realistic estimated delivery date. Should the project surpass it's goal, appropriate pledge levels will be created to ensure that all backers receive their rewards in an expeditious manner.

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    REWARD # 2 - ORIGINAL OWNERS - Be one of the first to own one LEAN™ Essentials Wallet, in your choice of Natural, Brown or Black. Includes Personalized Laser Engraving of up to three initials. Shipping within Canada included.

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    REWARD # 3 - LEAN™ ESSENTIALS WALLET - Receive one LEAN™ Essentials Wallet from the 'Second Run', in your choice of Natural, Brown or Black. Includes Personalized Laser Engraving of up to three initials. Shipping within Canada included.

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    REWARD # 4 - TAKE TWO - Receive Two LEAN™ Essentials Wallets from the 'First Run', in your choice of Natural, Brown or Black. Includes Personalized Laser Engraving of up to three initials. Shipping within Canada included.

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