A New Reward: The Versa Clutch
A New Limited Edition Reward
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We are excited to introduce AYK, a hand-dyed leather goods company based in San Francisco, CA. Designed for those who desire fashion, functionality and ease, AYK’s items feature a modern take on classic silhouettes and life-simplifying details. Our spirit is about taking in the beauty around us and taking on life’s adventures. Because of this we believe a well-worn bag is a life well-lived.
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Here's a closer look at the Rewards
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About our Funding:
This journey of starting AYK, and building a company based off of my passion, has been life changing. Your support will go into buying raw materials including: leather sourced from a local, family-owned tannery, high-quality, American-made hardware, and the gradient treatment dyes. We will also purchase two new pieces of equipment: an embossing and monogramming machine that will offer further personalization, and a spray booth & spray gun to make the dyeing process more efficient. Reaching our goal means we can get AYK accessories featured in more stores and will enable us to add additional products and color options. We greatly appreciate your support to make this dream a reality. Thank you!
Snapshots from the Creation Process:
About the Team:
Lastly, and Importantly, I want to give a special thanks to my team of wonderful friends who graciously offered their talents and their time to help me get this campaign together. It meant juggling AYK efforts with their full working lives to get every detail lined up. And there are countless others who sent lovely messages, offered a helping hand, and even prepared food for me :) I am so honored and grateful.
Ti Chang: Advisor
Emily Brouillet: Creative Writer
Cheryl Lee: Marketing Director
Yuki Kawai: Film & Production
Jason Yee: Video Editor
Michaela d'Artois: Brand Consultant
Priti Rao: Narrative Development
Annette Diefenthaler: Interviewer
Joerg Student: Studio Set-Up
Azin Rohani: Production Assistant
Rachel Frey: AYK Model
Brian Jacobs: Logo Identity
Charles Mastin: Web Developer
Kimball Le: Web Developer
Donald Chan: Lifestyle & Product Photographer
Christoper Hwang: Lifestyle & Product Photographer
Mom and Dad: Intense Critiquers & Eternal Supporters
Risks and challenges
LEATHER: The line is made from vegetable-tanned leather, which is leather tanned from natural tannins and vegetable matter. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and will have unique characteristics in the grain. Because this type of leather is left in its natural condition, it will pick up bits of wear from life; we embrace this.
COLOR: The tan dye used gives the natural peach colored hide a rich, sun-kissed look. Since vegetable-tanned leathers darken with age, the gradient treatment is meant to enhance the material's natural patina. As your leather darkens with sun exposure, it will softly blend in with the gradient over time.
TREATMENT: All of our hides have a wax treatment to help seal the color and condition of the goods. If for some reason your AYK item catches a spill, gently rub the area with water and a soft rag. Make sure to go light and in circular motions to preserve the gradient treatment. Often we see light stains gradually soften and even disappear, so don't fret too much!
DELIVERY TIMES: As you can see, there are many steps and pieces that go into creating your unique AYK piece. There may be times when vendors, materials, or shipping may be delayed. We are aiming to get your rewards to you by July if not sooner, but in the case of production delays, some items may be a little late.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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