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By Fraser Kit Co
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About

STORY

In today's world, products that are created to last are increasingly rare. Our goal is to create a beautiful weekender using the best materials that will last a lifetime.

Are you frustrated with the lack of options to accommodate a short trip or weekend away? We created a stylish solution to replace ugly rollers, oversized duffels and cramped backpacks.

Inspired by functional military bags and parachute equipment, we combined simple construction with honest, durable materials to create a product that will stand up to any adventure.

Unlike a standard duffle bag, we created a bag that has a unique profile and proportions. The Aviator has clean lines with rich layers of overlapping texture and memorable color accents. The interior is filled with modern lifestyle features as well as distinctive details.

If you appreciate meaningful design that is meticulously constructed, ages gracefully, and gets better with use, you will love this bag.

FEATURES

Work: Traveling without a laptop or tablet has become increasingly rare. That’s why we have designed a plush 100% wool felt sleeve to accommodate your laptop, tablet, notebooks, pens and tech accessories.

Shoes: Whether you’re bringing your dress shoes or an extra pair of sneakers, you don’t need them mingling with your clean clothes. A dedicated mesh compartment keeps a proper barrier between your clean clothes and shoes.  

Watches: We love watches. We know you need options for the right adventure. Whether you’re bringing a GMT, chronograph or your favorite vintage diver, these thick, 100% wool compartments were designed to keep your watches safe and scratch-free.

Wet Clothes: Get wet? No problem. We have a dedicated water-resistant compartment to store your swim trunks or wet clothes.

Exterior pockets: The exterior has both a zipped pocket as well as a non-zipped pouch designed so you can easily access your essentials. Need a safe place for your ID, phone or keys? No problem. We’ve got you covered.

MATERIALS

The exterior of the Aviator is constructed from thick, waxed canvas with a premium leather wrapped bottom and nylon handles. The interior sports a Scottish tartan lining, black wool sleeves and foam padding for drop protection.

Tartan Lining:  The interior features a distinctive Tartan wool lining. Tartan speaks to our brand DNA as well as our Scottish roots.

DETAILS

Numbered edition: Each bag in this edition has its own unique laser-engraved stainless steel tag to commemorate its place in the series. This will put you in a small club of very discerning individuals.

Riri zippers: Details matter. That’s why we sourced the smoothest metal zippers we could find. These are top of the line in both quality and durability.

Military hardware: Inspired by vintage military bags and parachute equipment, we sourced our very own parachute clips for the shoulder strap. These are authentic, military-grade, steel black phosphate parachute clips.

CAPACITY / DIMENSIONS   

  • 16" x 9" x 14"
  •  2016 cu. in 
  • 33 Liter capacity

WHAT FITS INSIDE?

The bag itself has the perfect capacity for 2-4 day trip depending on how efficiently you pack. The Aviator capacity is larger than a standard backpack and slightly less than an average duffle.


SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Thick, waxed, duck canvas
  • Premium top grain leather   
  • Smooth nylon handles   
  • 100% pressed wool sleeves
  • Individually numbered, laser engraved steel tags
  • Metal Riri zippers
  • Braided Paracord zipper pulls
  • Wool tartan lining
  • Black phosphate parachute clips  
  • Detachable shoulder strap
  • Separate watch compartments (3)

DESIGN 

The creation of the Aviator involved a long and iterative development process. We meticulously crafted every detail and touch point. Achieving the best possible design required that we make numerous samples for evaluation. Upon perfecting the Aviator, we located a domestic (US) manufacturer who we believe can deliver our vision. Pre-production is in full swing and we feel confident in replicating the Aviator on a larger scale.

REWARDS

TIMELINE

GUARANTEE 

At Fraser Kit Co we believe in the craftsmanship and quality of the Aviator. If you are not satisfied with your bag you will be given a full refund. Each bag comes with a lifetime guarantee. Should any of the materials or hardware fail due to normal wear and tear we will happily repair your bag free of charge.

IMPACT

By contributing you not only secure your very own Aviator bag at the lowest possible price but you also help us to meet the minimum ordering quantities necessary to start production. We need to secure at least 100 orders in order to meet our goal ($40K in contributions).

A good Kickstarter response also helps us build a community of like-minded, design driven enthusiasts to engage with on follow-up projects. Yes, this is just the beginning we have much more to come.

 

TEAM

Fraser Kit Co was started as a creative outlet for Ink Studios founder and principal designer Colin Jackson. Colin has a rich history of industrial design consulting.    

Fraser Kit Co is company which believes firmly in meaningful, long lasting design. Honest materials, obsessive details and hand crafted construction are values that we cherish. We craft our products in small limited collections and sell them direct to individuals that share our own share our own discerning tastes. 

Risks and challenges

Our main challenge is to meet our funding goal of $40K in contributions. This guarantees the minimum ordering quantities necessary for starting production.

We have secured a domestic (US) manufacturer and sourced all of our materials. Now all we need to know is how many to build, and this depends on you.

Our final challenge is to work with our manufacturer to ship these to you as soon as possible. We anticipate completing the orders in 6-8 weeks. We know the Aviator would make a great holiday gift and we will make every effort to meet this milestone.

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  1. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $299 or more About $299

    Super early bird

    You will receive an Aviator at an amazing 48% discount. This is an extremely low price for a bag of this quality.

    Features:

    - Thick, waxed, duck canvas
    - Premium top grain leather
    - Smooth nylon handles
    - 100% pressed wool sleeves
    - Individually numbered, laser engraved steel tags
    - Metal Riri zippers
    - Braided Paracord zipper pulls
    - Wool tartan lining
    - Detachable shoulder strap
    - Black phosphate parachute clips
    - Separate watch compartments (3)

    Size/ Capacity:

    - 16" x 9" x 14"
    - 2016 cu. in
    - 33 liter capacity

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    Pledge $399 or more About $399

    Early bird

    You will receive an Aviator at a tremendous 30% discount. This is an amazing price for a bag that will last you a lifetime.

    Features:

    - Thick, waxed, duck canvas
    - Premium top grain leather
    - Smooth nylon handles
    - 100% pressed wool sleeves
    - Individually numbered, laser engraved steel tags
    - Metal Riri zippers
    - Braided Paracord zipper pulls
    - Wool tartan lining
    - Detachable shoulder strap
    - Black phosphate parachute clips
    - Separate watch compartments (3)

    Size/ Capacity:

    - 16" x 9" x 14"
    - 2016 cu. in
    - 33 liter capacity

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    Pledge $499 or more About $499

    Kickstarter exclusive

    You will receive an Aviator at a substantial 13% discount. This is a great deal for a premium canvas and leather bag that is packed with unique features.

    Features:

    - Thick, waxed, duck canvas
    - Premium top grain leather
    - Smooth nylon handles
    - 100% pressed wool sleeves
    - Individually numbered, laser engraved steel tags
    - Metal Riri zippers
    - Braided Paracord zipper pulls
    - Wool tartan lining
    - Detachable shoulder strap
    - Black phosphate parachute clips
    - Separate watch compartments (3)

    Size/ Capacity:

    - 16" x 9" x 14"
    - 2016 cu. in
    - 33 liter capacity

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    Pledge $950 or more About $950

    Double duty

    You will receive (2) Aviators at a 17% discount. You will also get the additional perk of choosing your own lucky edition numbers. Numbers will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Features:

    - Thick, waxed, duck canvas
    - Premium top grain leather
    - Smooth nylon handles
    - 100% pressed wool sleeves
    - Individually numbered, laser engraved steel tags
    - Metal Riri zippers
    - Braided Paracord zipper pulls
    - Wool tartan lining
    - Detachable shoulder strap
    - Black phosphate parachute clips
    - Separate watch compartments (3)

    Size/ Capacity:

    - 16" x 9" x 14"
    - 2016 cu. in
    - 33 liter capacity

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    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
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Funding period

- (30 days)