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The format is based on the layout of the Tyvek MICRO, but the best construction methods from fabric and leather are applied. Just in case you’re unable to trim you number of cards down, a couple millimeters were added to the width to make it more roomy at capacity. If you have just a few cards, you’ll enjoy a wallet that doesn’t weigh you down.
*Based on backer feedback, I've come up with a new FLAT logo design that goes on the interior. See this update for details...
This format places the cards next to each other resulting in the thinnest wallet possible. The footprint is a bit larger, but fits in both front and back pockets easily. Based on customer suggestions, the interior slots are spread out 1 per panel so the thickness of the wallet is more evenly distributed. Slots stretch so multiple cards can be placed in each one unlike the Tyvek version.
*Note: Unlike the Tyvek models, this one cannot be double-folded due to a thin reinforcement insert.
During prototyping, I sent some test models to previous customers… here’s an example from the feedback:
"I tested the prototype of the wallet you sent me in my summer holidays. I used it intensively, and the material does not show any trace of use. So I think that this is the perfect material." -António (Portugal)
Originally created for motorcycle wear, the material was subjected to 70mph crash tests using real pavement during development. Yet the thing I find most amazing is how soft it feels because its strength is derived by blending super-strong synthetics together at high weave densities. Like high thread count sheets, this stuff feels amazing.
- Stain resistant
- Machine washable (no fabric softener please!)
At less than .5mm thick, the material has enough body to be substantial, yet adds virtually nothing to your load. Like Tyvek, it can be cut without its edges fraying so the versatile card slot design can be carried over. This construction method contributes to the wallet being 2-3 times thinner than leather wallets.
The Original Soft Shell further reduces thickness by employing a side-by-side configuration. Instead of overlapping cards, two stacks are created which drastically reduces the overall thickness of a full wallet.
Bluesign® is a system of qualifying earth-friendly chemicals before use in manufacturing resulting in products that have a lower environmental footprint. Its used by some of the more progressive leaders in the apparel industry:
- Patagonia: Patagonia has worked with bluesign® technologies since 2000 to evaluate and reduce resource consumption in our materials supply chain, and to assist us with managing the chemicals, dyes and finishes used in the process.
- North Face: We are proud of the work we have done in partnership with bluesign technologies to achieve bluesign® approved fabric designation in a number of The North Face® products.
- Burton: In 2011, Burton engaged industry-leading bluesign® technologies to help us dive deeper into making our products and supply chain more friendly for people and the environment.
Made in USA
To execute a design like this takes a variety of partners and I’m happy to work with ones from the US, most of them local. Sewing is done in San Francisco by a shop that does prototyping for high-end bags, but I use them for production in order to achieve highest quality.
Fulfillment is executed by a family-owed San Jose warehouse, and other functions such as die creation are done by specialty shops around the country.
This is my second Kickstarter project and I’m incredibly thankful to all of the backers of the SlimFold MICRO Tyvek wallet. Despite the amazing response, I delivered all 5,000+ wallets on time (most of them early). Your feedback also enabled me to improve the product by adding reinforcement inserts, which dramatically improved durability. Based on that concept of a thin outer shell paired with built-in reinforcements, the Soft Shell line was born.
I’ve found the perfect material to use for the next SlimFold, but need your help to bring the project to life since it must be custom produced in large quantities. Take a look at the video above and information below and I hope you’ll support me in this next chapter. If you want to contribute, but are unable to become a backer, hitting the share button beneath the video is the next best thing.
Thanks for your support!
*Note: The North Face®, Columbia®, Gore®, Gore-Tex®, Under Armour®, Burton®, Mammut®, and Patagonia® are trademarks of their respective brands and not affiliated with this project.
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Risks and challenges
In my last project I said that my biggest challenge was likely to be the process of learning to use the Kickstarter system… and that turned out to be true. Getting familiar with survey processes, spreadsheet formats, and communication tools each had their own learning curves. I’m going to apply all of those learnings to this project to hopefully make things run even more smoothly.
Any project has risks though and the biggest dependency of this one is on the production and delivery of material. However I’ve done my best to make accurate projections. Risks to the actual creation of the product have been greatly reduced by prototyping not only the wallets, but the production processes that will be used. Real production samples have been created using the same people and processes that will be used when we ramp up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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