Hi! I’m Antoine Malouin, founder of Les Ateliers Hervé. I’ve designed a bottle holder for bikes and when my friends saw the product, they thought I should definitely present it to the Kickstarter community. I was afraid to put myself and my creation out there, but since I started planning my Kickstarter, the feedback has been 100% positive.
Now that I have a full confidence in this campaign, the next step is to get YOU involved!
As I was looking for a clever way to carry a wine bottle or a beer on a bike, I quickly realized that the existing products were not matching my expectations. I started sketching and consulted a couple friends who constantly use their bike. Once the first prototype was completed, I gave it to a friend who toured Europe by bike during three months. His feedback was helpful enough to make the final adjustments and now you get to take advantage of all this process!
The bottle holder is made of two wooden pieces wrapped by stitched leather. Two leather straps allow you to put the bottle holder easily on your bike and the handle allows you to carry it by hand wherever you need. Leather and wood combined in a beautiful and useful product that will last.
Your pledge will help me buy materials in larger quantity and upgrade the tools I’m presently using to get more precise results at a faster production pace.
The ultimate plan is to set up my own workshop. I’m presently renting a woodworking shop far from home and I’m doing the leather work in my kitchen. The real deal for me would be to put back to life all my grand-father’s tools. We stored them when he passed away and since then, I’ve been dreaming of using these tools again to create my products.
These rewards are all products I created over the last years. I’m proudly sharing them with the world and I can’t wait to see you people using them!
1$ - Thanks for believing in Les Ateliers Hervé!
40$ - Personalized iPhone leather case
50$ - Personalized dog collar
75$ - Leather & jeans apron
95$ - The Bottle Holder
180$ - Pepper mill
225$ - Full leather package
500$ - Meeting & quote for a copper pipe lamp
Thanks to everyone who helped me during the preparation of the campaign and who provided insightful feedback on my prototypes.
Special thanks to:
- Raphael Jolicoeur from VIU MEDIA for making the video and the photography (www.viumedia.net).
- My boys for encouraging me to Kickstart my products.
- Cloé for her patience, support and precious feedback and Henri for being the most amazing son ever!
- THE KICKSTARTER COMMUNITY WHO GIVES HOPE AND MEANS TO YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR LIKE MYSELF!
Risks and challenges
Keeping a constant leather supply:
Since the exact quantity of leather I'll be buying is unknown until the end of the campaign, I made sure the leather I’m using can be provided in large quantity by the supplier. Leather color can vary from one skin to another, but we promise the best looking products either way.
One of the main challenges we might encounter is to face an overflow in demand. If we get more pledges than we expect, we will let you know what to expect in terms of delivery time. Communication is the key.
- (30 days)