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AYK is a hand-dyed leather goods company where modern classics are made personal with a one-of-a-kind gradient treatment. #LIVETHECRAFT
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A New Reward: The Versa Clutch

The Versa Clutch: 12.5” wide x 8” tall,  The Mini Versa Clutch: 10.5” wide x 6.5” tall
The Versa Clutch: 12.5” wide x 8” tall, The Mini Versa Clutch: 10.5” wide x 6.5” tall

A New Limited Edition Reward

Mongoramming: 2 or 3 Initials in Gold Foil
Mongoramming: 2 or 3 Initials in Gold Foil

AYK Recent Press

7x7 "Angie Kim, the line's founder and designer, embodies the brand's image, sharing her belief in living the craft."

VÉRITÉ "...the customer should be the one to see the process and feel the heart behind their purchase."

Racked SF "We're especially smitten with AYK's bucket bag..."

Humin "The only way to have the future you want is to start creating it now." 

RUE "...the ever-elusive, perfect handbag, we think we may have found it."

Hello Kickstarter!

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.

Living Leather 

The durability of leather and its ever-evolving condition through time and wear is the inspiration behind the gradient look. A unique dye process was formulated to highlight the beauty of the material’s aging process.
The durability of leather and its ever-evolving condition through time and wear is the inspiration behind the gradient look. A unique dye process was formulated to highlight the beauty of the material’s aging process.

One-of-a-kind 

Every pattern piece is hand-painted, each one receiving up to a 100 layers of color to bring to life a gradient that captures the calming magic of a California sunset.
Every pattern piece is hand-painted, each one receiving up to a 100 layers of color to bring to life a gradient that captures the calming magic of a California sunset.

Just enough and not too much

Any unnecessary flourishes have been eliminated to create simplicity and fluidity. The bags' classic silhouettes allow the hardware, the details and the gradient to be front and center.
Any unnecessary flourishes have been eliminated to create simplicity and fluidity. The bags' classic silhouettes allow the hardware, the details and the gradient to be front and center.

Here's a closer look at the Rewards

For more details behind the products, visit: www.shopayk.com
For more details behind the products, visit: www.shopayk.com

And one more

2 or 3 Initials in Gold Foil
2 or 3 Initials in Gold Foil

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.

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    The Keychain Tassel:

    Attach this sassy tassel to your keychain to give it a bit of movement, personality, and fashion sense.

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    The Ever Journal:

    Give your most precious thoughts and sketches the love they deserve by slipping on this leather cover. Comes with a Muji journal to get you started. Dimensions: 4" x 6" x 1/2"

    Retail Value: $75

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    The Minimalist Wallet:

    Keep your life uncluttered with the ultimate holder for the basics -- your cards and cash.

    Retail Value: $80

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    The Ever Journal with Monogramming:

    Give your most precious thoughts and sketches the love they deserve by slipping on this leather cover. Comes with a Muji journal to get you started. Dimensions: 4" x 6" x 1/2". Make it extra personal by getting your initials monogrammed outside in gold foil (2 or 3 Initials).

    *Note: Please email info@shopayk.com after purchase with your Full Name, Order Number, and Initials for monogramming.

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    The Minimalist Wallet with Monogramming:

    Keep your life uncluttered with the ultimate holder for the basics -- your cards and cash. Make it extra personal by getting your initials monogrammed inside in gold foil (2 or 3 Initials).

    *Note: Please email info@shopayk.com after purchase with your Full Name, Order Number, and Initials for monogramming.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    The Mini Versa Clutch:

    A polished clutch; also the perfect size to hold your iPad mini or travel needs.

    Retail Value: $205

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    The Mini Versa Clutch:

    A polished clutch; also the perfect size to hold your iPad mini or travel needs.

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    The Versa Clutch:

    A polished clutch; a little larger in size to hold your iPad or for a night out in the town.

    Espresso-Colored Cotton Lining
    12.5” wide x 8” tall

    Retail Value: $220

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    The Envelope Wallet:

    This low profile wallet has everything: card slots, space for your cash, passport or phone, and a removable coin purse.

    Retail Value: $250

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    The Envelope Wallet:

    This low profile wallet has everything: card slots, space for your cash, passport or phone, and a removable coin purse.

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    The Bucket Bag:

    Our chic, crossbody bag is roomy enough for daily essentials, but elegant enough for wherever you go.

    Retail Value: $620

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    The Bucket Bag:

    Our chic, crossbody bag is roomy enough for daily essentials, but elegant enough for wherever you go.

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    The Bucket Bag:

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    The Simple Tote:

    The tote’s tall and distinct profile neatly fits and organizes all of your stuff, including your 15" laptop.

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    The Simple Tote:

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    AYK Bucket Bag Suite:

    Includes: The Bucket Bag, The Envelope Wallet, & The Mini Versa Clutch

    This trio of goodness ensures you always have the right accessory day or night.

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    AYK Bucket Bag Suite:

    Includes: The Bucket Bag, The Envelope Wallet, & The Mini Versa Clutch

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    AYK The Simple Tote Suite:

    Includes: The Simple Tote, The Envelope Wallet, The Mini Versa Clutch, & The Tassel Keychain

    Be the ultimate AYK connoisseur; these four items have you covered from keys to computer.

    Retail Value: $1,325

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    AYK The Simple Tote Suite:

    Includes: The Simple Tote, The Envelope Wallet, The Mini Versa Clutch, & The Tassel Keychain

    Be the ultimate AYK connoisseur; these four items have you covered from keys to computer.

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