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NZ$ 8,696
pledged of NZ$ 60,000pledged of NZ$ 60,000 goal
48
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 26 2018 9:11 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 7, 2018

Marlowe Baby Bags

Sustainably sourced, ethically produced baby bags, designed in New Zealand, made in Nepal

Marlowe Baby Bags

Sustainably sourced, ethically produced baby bags, designed in New Zealand, made in Nepal

NZ$ 8,696
pledged of NZ$ 60,000pledged of NZ$ 60,000 goal
48
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 26 2018 9:11 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 7, 2018

About

Sustainably sourced, ethically produced baby bags designed in New Zealand, made in Nepal

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Designed for the conscious parent & caregiver —Marlowe baby bags promise:

To support the planet — sustainably sourced  

Each Marlowe bag and accessory has been crafted from sustainable, quality materials. The outer fabric is a plant dyed organic cotton canvas. The lining is derived from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and the handles from chrome free, vegetable tanned leather. 

To create opportunities for marginalised people — ethically produced

Marlowe bags are produced by a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), Purnaa. A Nepalese company based in Kathmandu, they are a world class ethical garment and accessories manufacturer providing work and life chances for the most marginalised. 

To align style and function — practical & stylish

Why should your baby bag compromise your style? Too often practicality outweighs aesthetics or vice versa. Marlowe bags are designed for practicality and usability with a minimalist, effortless look in 2 neutral colours - black and cream. They are unisex and usable well beyond the baby years.

The Marlowe Kit

 

Marlowe Tote The main tote bag is large — needed for all your baby’s belongings! Its lining is divided into two parts and is detachable making it easy to wash after spills. It has several pockets including a zip pocket for your phone, keys and more.

Marlowe Clutch The clutch is designed for ease when only a few items are required or to separate certain items. It was originally designed with reusable nappies in mind so also has a detachable, washable liner and an inner fleece liner made of a blend of organic cotton and bamboo to trap odours.

Marlowe Change Mat The foldable change mat is double lined with a fleece comprised of bamboo and organic cotton to make it beautifully soft for your wee one to lie on when changing on a hard surface such as a floor.

Marlowe Bottle bag The bottle bag is designed to carry your expressed breast milk or infant formula and has a bamboo/organic cotton thermal lining to keep these cool or warm. It can also be used to store breast pump parts for expressing on the go.

Marlowe Wipes Holder The wipes holder is designed to keep your wipes handy and to lock in their moisture with a strong dome.

Marlowe Tinkle Tents The 5 pack of reusable tinkle tents is designed to cover your wee boys bits as we all know how far and wide that stream can go! A bit of a novelty!
  

Behind Marlowe

Hi, I'm Miriam. Babies have been my lifelong passion. My mama says I have wanted one since I was two! So it was no surprise I went on to work with them, becoming a midwife, maternity nurse and nanny. I developed Marlowe after difficulty in finding a stylish, practical baby bag that was ethically produced. During my career I used many baby bags but none that I would want to purchase when I became a mama! Now that time is here! I am very pleased I can both use and share the product.

The Journey

Essentially, I wanted the Marlowe products to be ethically produced. I then came across Purnaa — a social enterprise based in Nepal with ethical and sustainable production that empowers its workers. After liaising with them over skype I knew I had found a manufacturer with the same goals that were important to me — positive social impact and environmental sustainability. 

After partnering with Iona Woolgrove - a creative local pattern maker from Umsiko —  my partner Matt and I visited the Purnaa team in Kathmandu in September 2017. We got to see for ourselves the great work they and other social enterprises in Nepal do. All while in the first trimester of pregnancy which made for some interesting times!

We returned home feeling humbled and satisfied. The final samples followed a few months later. Which is where we find ourselves now — ready to 'kick start' production! Purnaa require a minimum order quantity — so that's the goal!  

The Rewards

Thanks for your support! 

It means the initial production of Marlowe baby bags can come to fruition! As a backer you will receive a Marlowe baby bag at an exclusive kickstarter price plus be helping to showcase this product to the world!

 Pledge $279 NZD or more — early bird!

The first 30 backers will receive a Marlowe baby bag in your colour choice — black or cream — preference stated at the end of the campaign. Includes a Tote with 5 accessories. Special early bird price of $279.00. RRP $399.00.

Pledge $299 NZD or more — Kickstarter exclusive!

A Marlowe baby bag in your colour choice — black or cream — preference stated at the end of the campaign. Includes a Tote with 5 accessories. Exclusive kickstarter price of $299.00. RRP $399.00.

Pledge $578 NZD or more — Twin pack!

Two Marlowe baby bags in your colour choice — black or cream or both— preference stated at the end of the campaign. Includes 2 Totes, each with 5 accessories. Twin pack price of $578.00. RRP $798.00.

 Pledge $10 NZD or more - Thanks for your support!

Not in the market for a bag? But would like to contribute to the Marlowe campaign? Every pledge given without purchase will still go towards buying further full Marlowe kits. On completion of a successful campaign, when these are delivered in December, I will send an email update asking for names of mothers whom these could be donated to - women who may have had a rough start to motherhood or who deserve a pick me up or recognition.

Production Timeline

Shipping and colour selection

The cost of shipping 1 tote with all accessories is NZD $10.00 within New Zealand, NZD $25 to Australia and NZD $40.00 to the rest of the world. We will ask for your shipping address via a survey at the completion of the successful campaign. This is also when we will ask you to state your colour choice - black or cream or both (if a twin pack was purchased). 

Thank you team!

I'm thrilled to be able to share a product I feel both very passionate about and proud of! I couldn't have done it alone so big shout out to this amazing crew, 

Iona Woolgrovewww.umsiko.co.nz — pattern maker

The team at Purnaawww.purnaa.com — manufacturing 

Ashley Churchwww.dinosaurtoast.comLouise Hatton - www.louisehatton.com — photographers

Whitney Nicholls Potts and Wiremu Hall — models

Finn O'Connorwww.ckfilm.nz — video director 

Harry Luxtonwww.harryluxton.com — graphic & web design + direction

Tom Taylorwww.tomtaylor-dev.com — web development

Matt Stevens — side kick, baby daddy, number cruncher and emotional support!

Risks and challenges

Production timeframe - My manufacturer, Purnaa, is a growing social business that works with people from all over the world so they need to schedule production for each brand approximately 4-5 months in advance. Currently they have allocated time from September until November for the production of the Marlowe products. I would therefore anticipate delivery of the bags in December. The time between now and production allows for finalising invoices, sourcing materials from Nepal, India and China, cutting, embossing and preparing materials and any possible delays. They have then allowed time after production for finalising invoices and shipping. Given Nepal is an emerging economy there may be delays but these will be worked through promptly and transparently, keeping backers updated. There is also a possibility it could take less time than anticipated so your bags may be delivered sooner than stated too!

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    Twins? BFF also pregnant? Two grandchildren on the way? Two Marlowe baby bags in your colour choice - black or cream or both - preference stated at the end of the campaign. Includes 2 Totes, each with 5 accessories. Special twin pack price of $578.00. RRP $798.00.

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