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Escape Average - A Premium Wood Smartphone Case made just for you... crafted with exceptional care and attention to detail.
Escape Average - A Premium Wood Smartphone Case made just for you... crafted with exceptional care and attention to detail.
315 backers pledged CA$ 10,849 to help bring this project to life.

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Premium Wood Phone Cases - for iPhone and Samsung

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Backing this project will help take all our products to the next level.  

Premium Wood Phone Cases

We are two brothers dedicated to designing and handcrafting unique wood products that excel in both form and function.  

Information about this campaign, the inspiration behind wood phone cases, as well as some details about us can all be found below.  

Thanks for checking out our project, don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions! 

 - Owen and Kevin Alto

                                                                               

Wood Phone Cases? 

We came across the idea for much the same reason we choose to make anything... it was really hard to find a decent phone case, let alone a case with a high quality wood aesthetic.  So we decided to make an initial prototype (pictured below) with some extra thin veneer we had in our shop, leftover from making longboards.  Showing this wood backed phone to friends at a party, and seeing their excitement, inspired us to keep iterating.

The very first time we put wood on an iPhone... it just felt natural.  This phone is sitting on a mousepad we had just made prior, using wood leftover from making longboards.
The very first time we put wood on an iPhone... it just felt natural. This phone is sitting on a mousepad we had just made prior, using wood leftover from making longboards.

We took the idea and ran with it. After a year of refinement we launched our first Kickstarter to help get our first wood phone cases off the ground. That was a year and a half ago and we have improved at a rapid pace ever since, thanks in large part to the support we received from backers here on Kickstarter.

Some of our Kickstarter supporters used their cases so much that there was barely anything left. Looking at them after such extensive use allowed us to see where the most wear and tear was occurring and as a result, improve the overall process and design.

For this Kickstarter we have created a real wood case that will truly last. Pictured below are just a few recent customers who couldn't wait to make the switch to something more natural.

Escape the Average phone case!
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Here's a behind the scenes look at how we will precisely make your premium wood phone case.

A peek inside our process to make these one-of-a-kind phone cases.
A peek inside our process to make these one-of-a-kind phone cases.

We will build and ship your new case as soon as possible!

About us:

Alto Collective was co-founded in 2011 by the Alto brothers, Owen and Kevin Alto. After graduating with degrees in Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering, we worked at various jobs but quickly discovered our passion for woodworking and decided to start a business around it - creating functional wood products that enhance your everyday life in ways you would have never thought. We handpick all our woods from local lumberyards and mill it to exacting specifications to create unbelievably intricate, heirloom quality designs. But don't let this fool you, durability is our #1 focus. We design all our products to withstand an incredible amount of abuse... because what's the point of building something that won't last?

Kevin on the left, Owen on the right.
Kevin on the left, Owen on the right.
Owen on the left, Kevin on the right
Owen on the left, Kevin on the right
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Risks and challenges

We have been in business since 2011. About a year and a half ago we launched a Kickstarter campaign to help get our first line of wood phone cases off the ground. Thanks to the amazing support we received, we have been able to make incredible strides.

We are on Kickstarter now with an entirely new line of our most advanced and widest selection of smartphone cases to date.

We are also providing the ability for up to 50 individuals to submit their custom designs to us. This will certainly be one of the biggest challenges we face having never dealt with so many individual custom orders at the same time. This is exactly why we are on Kickstarter though, to be able to understand and work through these issues with those who support us at that pledge level. The information and experience we gain through this campaign will be invaluable to us as we understand all the ways to improve our custom creation process.

Overall, there are certainly many risks and challenges associated with offering a natural and handcrafted product to the world. That said, our experience making wood products and phone cases in particular means we are confident in our ability to deliver on everything we are promising.

- Owen and Kevin Alto

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    First dibs! Get a spot right at the front of our production. Receive a NATURAL or an ENGRAVED case of your choice.

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    Receive one natural wood phone case - you will be able to choose your wood and phone type at the end of the campaign.

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    Receive one engraved phone case with a special Kickstarter flag design - you will be able to choose your flag, wood, and phone type at the end of the campaign.

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    Receive one engraved phone case - you will be able to choose your design, wood, and phone type at the end of the campaign.

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    Cutaway design with gold metallic underneath.

    Receive one Limited Edition phone case, featuring a special Kickstarter Exclusive design.

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    #altoCustom

    Submit your own artwork and we will work with you to craft a case that's truly your own.

    **Designs must be black & white, high quality, and you must own the image rights.**

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    #altoEdition_MapleStripe

    Receive one Limited Edition phone case, featuring a handcrafted solid wood combination of walnut and maple.

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    #altoEdition_BeachStripe

    Receive one Limited Edition phone case, featuring a handcrafted solid wood combination of exotic woods. This case was designed to showcase some of the most colourful and eye catching woods we have worked with.

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    #altoEdition_SideStripe

    Receive one Limited Edition phone case, featuring a handcrafted solid wood combination of exotic woods... precisely inlaid sideways to provide another dimension of complexity and style.

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    #altoEdition_SideStripeXL

    Receive one Limited Edition phone case, featuring a handcrafted solid wood combination of exotic woods.

    This full centre inlay of sideways woods provides even more exotic woodgrain to drool over.

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    3D Marquetry with Atlas Checker and Birdseye Maple

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    #altoEdition_The Atlas

    Receive one Limited Edition phone case, featuring a handcrafted solid wood combination of walnut and mahogany. This inlay has defined the Alto brand from the time we first introduced the Atlas Longboard in 2012. The time, skill, and attention detail that is required to produce this design is exactly what sets us apart from everyone else.

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