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Make/100 hand-stitched rollerball and matching notebooks by Allegory. To remind us that sometimes it's better to do it the hard way.
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The Long Haul

We’ve all heard the axioms. The road less traveled… Good things come to those who wait… 

However you put it, sometimes the long road is the right one - a more rewarding journey that ends in a better place. That idea has always been central to Allegory. And make/100 is the perfect opportunity to express that in a limited edition. These pieces are designed to be a daily reminder to all of us not to get caught up in the rush of life, to take our time, to take the long haul.

Hand stitched rollerball pen with your choice of matching pocket journal or A5 mini-portfolio. Available in six curated colorways.
Hand stitched rollerball pen with your choice of matching pocket journal or A5 mini-portfolio. Available in six curated colorways.

Bonus Unlocked!

All backers above $50 will receive our slim Focus Wallet made with matching full-grain leather.

Minimalist wallet with pockets for cards and cash.
Minimalist wallet with pockets for cards and cash.

 Hand-stitched Leather Rollerball 

The Long Haul rollerball comes in six curated colorways. Check out the swatch sample a few sections below.
The Long Haul rollerball comes in six curated colorways. Check out the swatch sample a few sections below.
Each rollerball comes with a handmade sleeve in matching full-grain leather.
Each rollerball comes with a handmade sleeve in matching full-grain leather.
The 110 mm Euro rollerball is an extremely popular refill with lots of options for width and color. It provides an extremely smooth writing experience.
The 110 mm Euro rollerball is an extremely popular refill with lots of options for width and color. It provides an extremely smooth writing experience.
The chrome-plated hardware for the Long Haul rollerball features a sleek minimalist design and a cap that posts to the front or back with a satisfying click.
The chrome-plated hardware for the Long Haul rollerball features a sleek minimalist design and a cap that posts to the front or back with a satisfying click.

We’ve taken our most popular sleek, minimal rollerball and wrapped it in hand-stitched leather. We’ve named the collection after the stitch pattern we came up with for this work.

Specs:

  • Size: 5 inches total length with cap closed, 4.75 inches without cap, 5.5 inches with cap posted on back. Cap posts to front to close and back to write with a satisfying click of the pressure fit.
  • Weight: 1.2 oz capped and .8 oz uncapped.
  • Refills: Schneider Topball 850 rollerball refill included, but will also work with most standard 110 mm Euro rollerball refills including the Hi-Tec-C Cavalier micro rollers. To see the huge range of refill options check out our friends at Cult Pens.
  • Hand-stitched with sail-grade #69 poly blend thread.

Pocket Journal

The sleek pocket journal is lined with 12 oz. bull denim, has two card pockets, and is refillable with standard-sized pocket notebooks such as Field Notes.
The sleek pocket journal is lined with 12 oz. bull denim, has two card pockets, and is refillable with standard-sized pocket notebooks such as Field Notes.
The card pockets can hold credit cards, IDs, or business cards.
The card pockets can hold credit cards, IDs, or business cards.

If you’re a minimalist who doesn’t want to miss the important details, pair your limited edition rollerball with a matching pocket journal. The pockets for business cards, or even payment and ID cards, make this journal perfect for the office, a conference, or even an everyday wallet alternative.

Specs:

  • Size: The cover is 5.75 x 3.75 inches. The card pockets on the back fit standard ID, credit card, and business card sized cards.
  • Weight: 2.3 oz with notebook.
  • Refills: Fits most cardboard/paper covered pocket-sized (5 x 3.5 inch) notebooks including Field Notes pocket notebooks (included) and Moleskine Cahier notebooks. 
  • Lined with 12 oz. black bull denim.
  • Stitched with sail-grade #69 poly blend thread.

 A5 Mini-Portfolio 

The mini-portfolio is a compact but comprehensive solution for your daily carry.
The mini-portfolio is a compact but comprehensive solution for your daily carry.
Keep your notes, pen, phone, wallet, keys, notes, cards, and cables all in one compact and easy to carry package.
Keep your notes, pen, phone, wallet, keys, notes, cards, and cables all in one compact and easy to carry package.
The pockets on the inside cover are great for stashing business cards, post-its, and notes.
The pockets on the inside cover are great for stashing business cards, post-its, and notes.
The full-size pocket on the front of the mini-portfolio is a perfect place to tuck your phone, minimalist wallet, and other valuables.
The full-size pocket on the front of the mini-portfolio is a perfect place to tuck your phone, minimalist wallet, and other valuables.
The elastic bands built into the back of the pen case/closure make a secure spot for items like charging cables or headphones.
The elastic bands built into the back of the pen case/closure make a secure spot for items like charging cables or headphones.
The carry handle along the binding gives you an easy way to keep a secure hold on your mini-portfolio.
The carry handle along the binding gives you an easy way to keep a secure hold on your mini-portfolio.
Clip your keys, badge holder, or other quickly accessible items to the detachable key chain.
Clip your keys, badge holder, or other quickly accessible items to the detachable key chain.

If you want it all, but in a sleek package, the mini-portfolio is the perfect companion to your rollerball. Store your phone or other valuables, cables/headphones, your pen, cards & notes, and even your keys in this compact package.

Specs:

  • Size: 8.75 x 6 inches
  • Weight: 1 lb. 8 oz. with notebook.
  • Refills: Sized for a a Rhodia A5 Webbie (included). The "Webbie" hardcover notebook is a great choice for everyday note taking. Premium 90 g ivory paper is available in ruled, dot grid, or blank pages. We ship with ruled paper.

Six Curated Colorways

All rewards in your package come in your choice of the following leather/thread combinations.

Three leather colors, each with two stitching options. Get the perfect match for your style.
Three leather colors, each with two stitching options. Get the perfect match for your style.

Limited Edition Numbering

The first 100 backers will receive a limited edition number on all items in their package. Other backers can receive the same rewards, but without the limited edition numbering.

Limited edition serial numbering from 1 to 100. Based on backer number for first 100 backers.
Limited edition serial numbering from 1 to 100. Based on backer number for first 100 backers.

Full Grain Kangaroo Leather from Tasmania

Full grain kangaroo leather. Slim, strong, sustainable.
Full grain kangaroo leather. Slim, strong, sustainable.

The full grain leather used in this project comes from an unexpected source, but we think it’s among the most sustainable choices available. Here's why:

  • Due to human intervention, kangaroos have no natural predators and are in danger of destroying their own food sources and habitats due to overpopulation.
  • Quality of life is our primary focus when using animal products. Kangaroos live full lives in their natural habitat, similar to the whitetail deer in the United States.
  • None of the issues with large-scale animal farming apply such as habitat loss or pollution.
  • Some folks even practice an ethical eating regimen called kangatarianism, similar to pescatarians, for all the reasons listed above.

In addition to these ethical concerns, Kangaroo is also an extremely thin, strong, and conforming leather, making it ideal from a design perspective.  

About Allegory

Allegory was founded in 2012 with the help of a couple hundred awesome Kickstarter backers. Our mission is to raise the bar for what people expect from products and brands. We believe that products should be made to last, have a story you can be proud of, and have a positive impact on all the people they touch along the way. Here are some comments from past Kickstarter backers:

Cory:  Everything looks amazing. You guys do great work and the quality is always incredible. 

Jorge Casias:  Beautiful product. Good costumer service. 

Claudio Lardi:  Hi Chad & Co! The two wallets I ordered arrived in Switzerland. Wonderful, great, useful, nice... Thank you!

Christina Paine:  Received in UK , love it !! How can we order more please? 

DDSKI:  WOW. Seriously, just wow. Only way to describe the bag. Awesome work Chad. And Jose and company.

I ordered the mailbag. First - someone posted a comment about labels. They are one the inside. No place else. Next - craftsmanship. If your pens exhibit "the total story", this expands on that. (I've never owned something like this. Really.)

Functionality? It's now my MacBook carrier. Bar none. (And when moving papers (mail?) locally, ditto. Love the thoughtful pockets, Love the "uniqueness" of it. Great job!

The little things. Of course, the Macana design (just like I pictured). Same goes for the stitching. And I have to mention the "story" inside.... :-)

Seriously Chad. You just took Allegory to a whole new level. Great job!

Risks and challenges

Given that all of the rewards are made by hand, and by us, our challenges are very different from most projects. While many products are on Kickstarter so they can meet minimum order quantities from their manufacturer, we are here so that we can purchase equipment and materials we need to make the Long-Haul Collection.

Handcrafted work generally carries the same advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages
We are able to prototype quickly, and modify our process between small batches to improve quality and meet our deadlines. We can also rely on our craftsmen for solutions to minor problems, as opposed to halting a production line. All this means that rewards will start shipping almost immediately, and shipments will only get bigger each week as we refine our processes.

Disadvantages
The biggest disadvantage is that we can't scale for large quantities by simply ordering more from our manufacturer. To manage this, we will create a detailed production plan after the project closes and share it with all backers. We will also keep you informed of progress and timelines. Finally, we work hard to meet any needs for early shipment due to special occasions like birthdays or holiday gifts so keep us posted about those.

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Environmental commitments

Visit our Environmental Resources Center to learn how Kickstarter encourages sustainable practices.

Long-lasting design

Allegory products are guaranteed for life and designed to last. We use durable materials, and all of our products can be repaired. We put our heart into everything we make and never want to see them end up in a landfill.

Reusability and recyclability

Our packaging is extremely minimalist and recyclable. Sustainability permeates all aspects of our design; for example, making leather covers for refillable notebooks as opposed to making leather wrapped journals that must be replaced when the paper runs out.

Sustainable materials

As stated in the project, we believe our leather choice is among the most sustainable leathers on the market. We also used recycled paper for our packaging.

Environmentally friendly factories

All of our products are produced in-house so we can ensure the lowest environmental footprint possible for our manufacturing operations.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

By shipping raw materials directly to our studio and hand-packing each shipment to customers we eliminate the various logistic steps that can increase the carbon-footprint of a product.

Something else

While environmental sustainability is very important to us, we also place a premium on the experience of the people in our supply chain. Our Chicago-based team is paid living wages and is encouraged to have a healthy work-life balance.

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    Focus Minimalist Wallet

    Minimalist wallet made with our sustainable Tasmanian full-grain leather. Two card pockets and one for cash. Great for weekends, events, or every day for the minimalist. If all 100 limited edition rewards are sold, all backers of $50 and up get one for free.

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    Pocket Journal

    Pocket journal with two card pockets, refillable with standard 5x3.5 inch pocket notebooks like the Moleskine Cahier or Field Notes pocket notebook)made with sustainable full-grain Tasmanian leather.

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    Make/100 Hand-stitched Rollerball

    Premium rollerball pen, wrapped in our sustainable full-grain Tasmanian leather, hand-stitched with our long-haul stitch, and part of the Make/100 limited edition run. Cap posts to front or back with a satisfying click.

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    • Hand-stitched Leather Rollerball (Retail $100)
    • Leather pen sleeve (Retail $22)
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    Hand-stitched Rollerball

    Premium rollerball pen, wrapped in our sustainable full-grain Tasmanian leather and hand-stitched with our long-haul stitch. Cap posts to front or back with a satisfying click.

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    A5 Mini-Portfolio

    Leather hardcover A5 mini-portfolio designed to be a compact but comprehensive solution to your daily carry. It features a pocket inside the cover to carry your phone or other valuables, a pen case integrated into the closure, hidden elastics for charging cables or headphones, interior pockets for cards and notes, and a carry handle with a clip-on key chain. Made with our sustainable full-grain Tasmanian leather.

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    Make/100 Rollerball & Pocket Journal

    Premium rollerball pen, wrapped in our sustainable full-grain Tasmanian leather and hand-stitched with our long-haul stitch. Paired with a matching pocket journal with two card pockets, refillable with standard 5x3.5 inch pocket notebooks like the Moleskine Cahier or Field Notes pocket notebook). This set is part of the Make/100 limited edition run.

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    • Hand-stitched Leather Rollerball (Retail $100)
    • Leather pen sleeve (Retail $22)
    • Pocket Journal (Retail $50)
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    Rollerball & Pocket Journal

    Premium rollerball pen, wrapped in our sustainable full-grain Tasmanian leather and hand-stitched with our long-haul stitch. Paired with a matching pocket journal with two card pockets, refillable with standard 5x3.5 inch pocket notebooks like the Moleskine Cahier or Field Notes pocket notebook).

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    Make/100 Rollerball & A5 Mini-Portfolio

    Premium rollerball pen, wrapped in our sustainable full-grain Tasmanian leather and hand-stitched with our long-haul stitch. Paired with a matching leather hardcover A5 mini-portfolio designed to be a compact but comprehensive solution to your daily carry. It features a pocket inside the cover to carry your phone or other valuables, a pen case integrated into the closure, hidden elastics for charging cables or headphones, interior pockets for cards and notes, and a carry handle with a clip-on key chain. This set is part of the Make/100 limited edition run.

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    • Hand-stitched Leather Rollerball (Retail $100)
    • Leather pen sleeve (Retail $22)
    • A5 Mini-Portfolio (Retail $100)
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    Rollerball & A5 Mini-Portfolio

    Premium rollerball pen, wrapped in our sustainable full-grain Tasmanian leather and hand-stitched with our long-haul stitch. Paired with a matching leather hardcover A5 mini-portfolio designed to be a compact but comprehensive solution to your daily carry. It features a pocket inside the cover to carry your phone or other valuables, a pen case integrated into the closure, hidden elastics for charging cables or headphones, interior pockets for cards and notes, and a carry handle with a clip-on key chain.

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