We are Andrew and Alex, good old friends and neighbours since the age of 5! We are now graduates of architecture and international business and we knew it was time to design and create something that we love, we’re 100% involved in and hopefully something that you guys could feel just as passionate about!
Like many other projects on kickstarter, it all starts with a need… more exactly the need to have one bag that is truly versatile. Versatile in the way you can wear it, the styles of clothes you can match it with and last but not least the occasions you can take to!
Let’s be honest, you don’t buy as many bags as you do t-shirts, so doesn’t it make sense to have one or two bags that you can rely on? The kind of bag that’s got your back on any occasion and why not make you stand out from the crowd, the right way!
The problem we found when looking for a bag on the high-street, is that you can never find a bag that combines all the characteristics that we thought were most important, such as:
- Functionality; it can protect gadgets… laptops, tablets, chargers and so on.
- A pleasant design that is elegant, but casual so you can take it anywhere from the office, university to a walk in the park.
- Made from a high quality material like leather.
- It’s big enough to carry pretty much anything you want.
It was time to create the ideal bag and this is how the concept behind the Chivote Boombox leather bag was born.
Made from the same types of leather as the 'Boombox Bag', the new 'Timeless Backpack' has a simple and timeless design that is ideal for the commuter that is seeking comfort with a touch of elegance.
The backpack comes with adjustable leather straps and 3 interior compartments:
1) padded compartment reserved for your 15" laptop
2) padded compartment for your tablet
3) a larger pocket for books, documents, clothing or anything else you may wish to carry.
The 'Timeless Backpack' will be made available if pledges reach £17.500 at £199.
We wanted to redesign the exterior and give it a fresh, out of the box look but yet we wanted to have a starting point to which we could all relate. That was the Boombox… or the jambox, the boomblaster or whatever you prefer to call it!
We felt that the rectangular, right angle dominated aesthetic of the status symbol boombox of the 1980’s, could be freshened up to make it into a 21st century classic, yet modern design that would resonate among all generations… from those with childhood memories to those that see it for the first time.
Because we all like to carry our bag in different ways, we made it versatile so you could mix it up and carry it the way that suits your style!
The messenger - … for the times you need to have quick and easy access to your things.
The backpack - … ride a bike with it, or just carry something heavier.
The briefcase - … when you’re on the move, pick it up and put it down in a flash.
The clutch - ... it just looks good : )
15inch compartment to fit your MacBook Pro/Air (…& most 15inch laptops)
Rear compartment to fit your iPad (or similar sized tablets). The zip is specifically made out of plastic so that it doesn’t scratch your gadgets... that’s the last thing anybody wants.
Front pockets are ideal for your chargers, external hard drives, keys etc. That way in objects that could scratch your gadgets stay away as far as possible and additionally it means there are no bulges on the back that could make the bag uncomfortable to wear!
Large interior pocket for your books, folders, clothing, pack lunch, you name it! The interior is lined with a sleek black impermeable material that makes it very easy to pull out and clean.
Every minute detail, from the design aspects, sketches, product stencils, initial prototype, marketing, photo shoots, video editing to the design and creation of our website is done by Andrew and I (even the presentation video was shot using our iPhones).
Every single accessory and very importantly, every piece of Italian leather used is inspected and hand chosen by us. Nubuck, black full grain and brown vegetable tanned leather… three high quality leathers that offer a perfect blend of colour, feel and rich texture.
All this means two things: Firstly you can be sure that no detail or leather is chosen by chance and secondly that we can offer you a very high quality leather good at a price much lower than that of large corporations. This is because the expenses are directed to where they should be, and that is into the product itself; not on administrative expenses, exclusive offices, huge marketing budgets and so on.
We are proud to show you the two main artisans behind the craftsmanship of all our leather goods. With over 60 years of experience between them, Madalin and Nelu have worked with some of the most exquisite brands out there. It is the partnership with their workshop that makes it possible to translate our concept and design into a product that we trust and love to share with you. This collaboration between us and the artisans is the inspiration behind our motto: ‘Modern Craftsmanship’.
At the end of the project we will send out a survey for you to choose your favourite type of leather.
Personalise any bag. Now you can be sure the bag you pick up at the airport is the right one. Available in Wheat Nubuck, Black Full Grain and RedRum Vegetable Tanned Leather.
The thought behind it…
Keep it simple. We emptied our pockets of the bulky wallet, the phone, its cover and asked ourselves how many of these we really need to carry around. Not that many really. We figured that a few cards, the good old cash and of course, the phone, would get us smoothly through the day.
Because less is more, why not carry everything in this sleek, beautifully hand crafted leather phone cover. An original design with the craftsmanship you expect from us. Every edge is carefully painted by hand; every stitch has its story.
The thought behind it…
On the move, that’s how we spend our lives. Sometimes we need to carry more while others not quite, so why not have a stylish leather bag that does both? It has the versatility you are used to from Chivote. Small enough to protect your laptop for when you choose to use it as a cover and place it in a larger bag… yet big enough to carry most of the gadgets that we love.
Stand out from the crowd through its minimalist design, padded interior, fine leather and handmade craftsmanship whether you carry it as a clutch or shoulder bag. Because we don’t make compromises, your shoulder strap is 100% leather.
Height: 2.5cm 0.98”; Length: 37.5cm 14.76”; Width: 26.5cm 10.43”
The Boombox leather bag simply can’t become available unless we surpass our goal of £15,000. As much as we have tried to save money all the way throughout the process by doing almost everything ourselves, we have unfortunately reached a barrier.
Craftsmanship and the quality of leather are crucial characteristics and by no means are we asking you to support us so that the Boombox bag can be mass produced. If anything, we want our artisans to enrich even further the goods through hand crafting every detail.
What we do need your support for is to be able to overcome the minimum quantity needed to place an order for the accessories and high quality genuine leather which is often 100m2, per type of leather, per shade.
For more information please visit our website: www.chivote.com
Risks and challenges
We have done our best to reduce the risks of possible delays so that you can enjoy your new Chivote goods as soon as possible.
We have worked with our leather suppliers and artisans on several occasions before and we are firm believers in their ability to deliver the highest quality, handmade products in accordance to our confirmed production schedule.
The entire process to reach this point has required a lot of effort and time, but equally it has been a remarkably enjoyable team working experience based on friendship.
We would like to thank you all for your support and if you can spread the word to any of your friends it would really mean the world to us!
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