About this project
Most of us have one bag for work, and another bag for play. Carrying multiple bags to the office is inconvenient and unprofessional. So wouldn’t it be better if you had one bag that adapted for both work and play? A bag that you can take to work, and instantaneously transform for play whenever you need it. We couldn't find this bag, so we decided to make it.
INTRODUCING THE 7VEN MESSENGER
The 7ven Messenger is specifically designed for you - the digital nomad, the professional, the entrepreneur, the adventurer, the creative, and the athlete. It is created for people that are passionate and motivated to pursue their life dream. With the capacity of a duffel bag, the style and functionality of a messenger bag and the professionalism of a briefcase, the 7ven Messenger is three bags merged into one. The minimalist external design and its endless versatility makes the 7ven Messenger a bag that you can use every day of the week, for WORK & PLAY.
DESIGNED FOR WORK
SIMPLE AND ELEGANT STYLE
The simple and elegant black design means you won't look out of place even when you are in your full work attire.
THREE MODES OF CARRY
You can change between three modes of carry (shoulder, messenger, or carry) by using the quick adjusting shoulder strap.
TOUCH OF CLASS
HASSLE FREE TRAVEL
ORGANISED FOR THE DIGITAL CENTURY
DESIGNED FOR PLAY
ALPAKA 7ven Messenger is designed to reduce shoulder load when used in messenger mode. Apart from the wide, padded shoulder strap and body-hugging shape, we also designed a revolutionary new Mag-lock™ magnetic chest strap (with one finger operation magnetic locking), which allows significant weight to be distributed evenly across the back.
ADAPTABLE STORAGE SPACE
The unique triangular shape of the 7ven Messenger means it will adapt to your load by simply changing its shape. The bag also has an unique OVERLOADABLE design that increases internal storage space by more than 30% when you need to overpack your bag.
GREAT FOR ANY ACTIVITY
The 7ven Messenger's body-hugging shape and Mag-lock™ magnetic chest strap ensure that the bag is stable enough for any activity. Whether you're riding a bike, or free-running through your urban environment.
We love riding our bikes to work, so we understand the importance of having a dedicated storage pocket for U-lock.
ZERO EFFICIENCY DRAG
7ven Messenger is designed for pure efficiency. On average, when using the 7ven Messenger every day of the week (when compared to other messenger bags), you can save up to 10 minutes a day. That's over an hour a week and more than 50 hours saved in a year.
If you earned $10 USD a hour, a saving of 50 hours a year is equivalent to saving of $500 USD a year.
We chose the highest quality and most durable materials possible, because we wanted to create a product that's durable. We're not a fast fashion company. We're here to make stylish and functional products that are long lasting.
The 7ven Messenger's unique triangular shape has several advantages over traditional rectangular messenger bags:
- It won't tip over.
- This shape also allows the bag to sit closely to your back for a more ergonomic feel.
- The triangular shape makes the bag look less bulky and keep a slimmer look even when it is full.
- Greater storage capacity.
TESTED BY US
TESTED BY OTHERS
As part of our commitment to achieve our quality goal, we sent many pre-production 7ven Messenger prototypes for testing and evaluation by different people and organisations.
Are you an urban traveler that loves travelling light? But still want to have all the essentials like phone, camera, passport, wallets, keys, etc., with you at all times?
This is why we created the Go Sling, a small sling bag that is designed to hold all your travel essentials in a light, sleek, and secure bag.
When we designed the Go Sling, we imagined it as a travel sling bag that will go everywhere with you. With this in mind, we designed the Go Sling to be modular with a removable and reversible strap (for both left and right hand use), so that it will fit perfectly inside the 7ven Messenger. We also added a flexible and quick adjusting shoulder strap, which allows you to have many different wearing styles for maximum comfort and security.
It's Dimensions are:
- 28cm Width
- 16cm Height
- 12cm Depth
TECH DOPP KIT
The Tech Dopp Kit is designed to keep all your personal digital gear organized every day of the week. It features specially designed compartments for all your digital gear.
Many people prefer to go to the gym before they go to work and then head to work straight after. But taking your used gym clothes in your work bag for whole day is not ideal, due to the strong odor. This is why we designed the 7ven Gym Cube, which can absorb most of the strong odors from used gym clothing.
MADE IN JAPAN ODOR ABSORBING MESH
We worked with a Japanese fabric manufacturer to develop a special mesh fabric that absorbs almost all the strong odors associated with dirty gym clothes, whilst still offering strong breathability of mesh fabric.
REUSABLE and WASHABLE
The smell absorbing mesh can be washed to recover the smell absorbing function.
The design and prototyping process was a long, expensive and life-learning journey. It took us more than a year to get from the initial design sketches to the final pre-production prototypes. Sometimes we had to work more than 100 hours a week to ensure that our prototyping milestones were met.
Every aspect of the bag design was tested and scrutinized for usability and quality. We worked with many international companies to ensure that the we have the best processes in place for the manufacturing of the 7ven Messenger bag.
Finally, we were able to produce more than 50 (fifty) 7ven Messenger bags prior to the Kickstarter campaign to ensure that we can achieve our promised production schedule and quality target.
7ven Messenger is a duffle bag, a briefcase, and a messenger bag all rolled into one. How much would you expect to pay for a high quality messenger bag, a briefcase and a duffle bag?
ALPAKA company motto: "Anything is possible"
ALPAKA was founded in 2013 by two friends. We share a passion for fashion, technology and design. We also love to travel and explore the world, but at the same time we are young professionals who are immersed in the modern digital culture of the 21st Century. With this in mind, we realized that the current range of carry products (i.e. bags) have not really kept up with the world we live in, nor are they suitable for those who are looking to use one bag for both work AND play. So we decided to design an everyday bag that you could use for both work & play. This was how the 7ven Messenger was born.
As part of our ethos, we believe that every product that we design and make, is done with both environmental and workplace sustainability in mind.
In keeping with our workplace sustainability goal, we pay higher wage directly to the craftsmen who make the bags. After all, great products are only made by people who love what they do, and you can only love what you do, if you are paid fairly.
HOW IS THE MONEY SPENT
We believe in making high quality products that stand the test of time, this is why we chose only the best quality fabrics, and parts for the 7ven Messenger. However, we also believe that quality products should be affordable.
In keeping with our philosophy for quality and affordable prices, we negotiated hard with our suppliers to make sure we get the best possible prices for all the materials and parts we use in our bag. We then passed these cost savings directly to our Kickstarter supporters.
We're almost there. Everything is set and ready to go now that we have the full support of the manufacturer. Since we are a small team, we’ve done everything within our capacity to get ALPAKA to where we are now. We’ve already invested over $35,000 of our own funds to create the best product possible, but we can’t launch ALPAKA on our own. To reach the minimum order quantity at the factory we're working with, we're asking you to join our movement.
If we hit our fundraising goal, we’ll be able to bring the 7ven Messenger to life and launch a new brand committed to making amazing and innovative products for the modern lifestyle. This is just the beginning of a long and exciting journey to come. Thanks for your support!
Risks and challenges
If the 7ven Messenger is successfully funded we are confident we will be able to produce the bag and have it delivered to backers by January – 2017. We have full support of the manufacturer and all parties involved are set and ready to go.
The funds raised are going directly into the production/manufacturing of the bag. Even though we do not see any direct risks, there are always unforeseen circumstances that may present themselves during production. If this were to occur, we will always be 100% transparent with you and communicate this to you right away. Our goal is to get you an awesome, high quality bag you are excited about, and we will do everything we possibly can to make that happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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