About this project
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Back in high school, I got a credit card sleeve from the bank. I would always take the credit card sleeve out of my wallet, remove my credit card to use it, then return the card to the sleeve and the sleeve to the wallet. The sleeve itself was made of a material that was so thin and so strong that it outlasted several wallets. So I wondered…why not just make a wallet out of the stuff the sleeve is made of?
Tyvek® is a product of USA and is technically a sheet plastic (HDPE):
- Used in mailing envelopes and house wrap for its strength to weight ratio
- 100% Waterproof
- 25% Post-consumer recycled content
- 100% Recyclable
Years later when trying to create my own thin wallet, I returned to Tyvek. I refined the Original wallet by creating over 100 prototypes, learning to sew in the process. Now the MICRO is redesigned from the ground up to still be a fully functional wallet, but with a smaller footprint.
- Hybrid ID Window/Slot (As introduced with V2 of Original SlimFold)
- Holds 8-12 Cards (Including interior card pockets)
- Money pocket holds US, Canadian, Euro (up to 20€ w/o folding) and Pounds (up to 10£ w/o folding)*
- Measures 3 15/16in x 2 7/8in (10cm x 7.3cm) when closed and 7 7/8in x 2 7/8in (20cm x 7.3cm) when open
*Hey! I live somewhere with taller bills! Why are you ignoring me?!
Actually, the Original was the first one I made and has a deeper money pocket. Check it out!
Made in USA
- Printing is done by a US printer who uses a press and ink specially designed to print on Tyvek
- Die-cutting is done by a local father-son embossing shop using a laser-cut die for ultimate precision
- Sewing is done by a sewing house in San Francisco who usually just does prototyping for high end bags, but I use them for production to improve quality
**Note: Color selection will be made via a survey you will receive after the end of the campaign (September 25th)**
NEW: KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION!
- Dozens of additional prototypes were made during the design of the MICRO (Sometimes the size was modified by just 1mm at a time to make the wallet as small as possible, but still function comfortably)
- Color studies for both printing and thread were explored to arrive at a good range of options
- Prototypes are back from the sewing house and everything is queued up to put in a larger initial order
- This will help bring the price down and in appreciation for your early support, the savings are passed along to you
Reviews (of Original Version)
The Original SlimFold (rear) has a larger footprint because it spreads the credit cards out next to each other. Here's some of the feedback from customers:
"Thanks for such a great wallet. It is amazing how much I can fit in it and it still be so slim. Like carrying everything in a moneyclip or a rubber band, but so much more secure and protected." -Bryan (California)
"I bought your Gray/Orange slimfold wallet around a year ago and absolutely love it! I have never gone back to a normal since (and don't intend too!)." -Steve (Australia)
"Okay, I've never received a product and then dropped everything to email the company to thank them for their product... so this is a first: W.O.W. Your SlimFold wallet is amazing. Now I want more in the other colors you offer… Keep up the great work... people like you should be sleeping well at night because you are making the world a better place through your creativity and ideas." -Paul (Canada)
See more reviews here: http://www.slimfoldwallet.com/pages/reviews
Risks and challenges
Making products is hard. Although I'm an interaction designer now, my original training is in Industrial Design and I've gone through the phases of making a similar product with the creation of the Original and V2 versions of the SlimFold. I've still done tons of prototyping to arrive at the finalized design and be confident enough in it to be eager to get it into your hands.
While I'll be using the same vendors to produce the MICRO as I've used for the Original SlimFold, there are always risks with relying on any outside suppliers. In the past they have all proven extremely reliable. Having worked with them, I have a good idea of quantities and schedules and will promptly communicate any issues should they arise.
I have a fulfillment house in place that I've been using for over a year to ship both domestically and internationally. I know first-hand how overwhelming it can be getting a huge backlog of orders and having to prepare and send all the packages myself. I quickly found a local fulfillment house who is extremely reliable and I'll be using them for this campaign.
Logistics and Communication
Honestly, this is my first Kickstarter campaign and I don't think there's any way to know about all of the logistics of one without doing one. I'm sure I'll learn a lot along the way. I'll do my best to answer your questions as they come up. Should Kickstarter not provide sufficient tools to manage the project, I may also use something such as backer kit, which would provide me with something of a back-end dashboard to manage things. I've also set up the email "kickstarter at slimfoldwallet.com" to manage any support issues that come up.
-Aug/Sep: Kickstarter campaign
-Oct: Production/Finalize packaging
For all shipping and customer service questions the best way to contact me is "kickstarter @ slimfoldwallet.com"
This helps me track your issue as an email thread, look up your info, and communicate with you. Doing this through the comment section will not be as efficient. Thanks!
Not to worry… you'll receive an email from Kickstarter after the end of the project (around September 25th) containing a link to a survey. Follow this link and you'll be able to indicate which color you prefer.
Kickstarter fairly recently set a rule that projects in the "product design" category are not allowed to offer more than one of the item they are producing as a reward. If demand is strong enough, there are some other options I could consider to facilitate multiple items, but for now I'm going to focus on making sure each person that orders one gets a high quality product. On time.
Since Tyvek is technically a sheet plastic, it's completely waterproof. It's HDPE like milk jugs so if it gets wet, you can just shake the water right off of it.
No, similarly to leather, Tyvek does not inherently block RFID. In fact, lots of people like putting RFID badges in the inside pockets so it's easy to badge into work or public transit without taking it out.
The best way to describe the wearing of the wallets is that it's like jeans. They wear in, but don't really wear out. Over time, the material can get a bit wrinkly and the printing can get lighter so the natural swirls of the material start to show through more. I've found that the biggest determining factor in how long it stays looking fresh is how much stuff is in it. The more full, the faster it will show signs of wear, but some people like how it looks more and more.
I also improved the printing between V1 and V2 of the Original style by finding a print house that specializes in Tyvek and the MICRO uses the same printer as I used for V2.
Yep. The sewing house I use typically just does prototyping for high-end SF designed bags, but I have them do my production even though it's more expensive. That ensures that almost every wallet is perfect and the stitching holds up for a long time.
Unlike the Original SlimFold, more than one card can go in each slot of the MICRO. So you can put up to about 4 in the front slots, then up to about 3-4 more in each of the internal pockets. The MICRO is fairly adaptable to holding more or less.
Yes, it's the same stuff, but actually a thicker grade. Plus, they're folded over double so are even stronger than a single sheet would be.
Sure! Please be in touch and we can chat about it. You can either direct message me using the link under my picture or send email to "wholesale at slimfoldwallet.com".
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