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A sleek clutch for uncompromised style and function, on and off your bike. Proudly made in the USA from upcycled materials. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on October 13.

A sleek clutch for uncompromised style and function, on and off your bike. Proudly made in the USA from upcycled materials.

About this project

We met our original goal in only 2 weeks, so now we are trying to double it! If we do, we will send everyone who backs the project a free zipper pouch (made from bike inner tubes) with any pledge over $10. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support.

It's a sleek, sensible purse that attaches to your bike, allowing you a smooth ride without adjusting your purse straps or hauling around your bike gear.

The Athena Clutch is made in the USA from repurposed materials, so by supporting this project you are helping to reduce landfill waste, boost the local economy, support fair wages, and encourage style while biking.

Traditional purses slide around while riding, leaving you distracted and riding one-handed while you adjust. Stuffing your purse inside a bike bag leaves you hauling around bulky gear at your destination. Many bike bags are too casual for work or out on the town. 

The Athena Clutch addresses these frustrations with an upscale appearance and simple bike attachments that don't look like gear. It was designed and tested by cyclists who bike year-round, and who were tired of compromising style for function. 

The Athena Clutch quickly clips to your handlebars, top tube, or rear rack with two reflective straps that stay on your bike. Simply drop the clutch's metal rings onto the straps' clips. 

The straps are designed to fit nearly every bike on the planet. We’ve tested them on handlebars of all shapes and sizes, a variety of rear racks, and on top tubes ranging from skinny road racers to jumbo cargo bikes. Because you can adjust both the straps’ circumference and distance from each other, you can customize the setup to perfectly fit your bike and your style.

Primarily upcycled materials that would otherwise go to the landfill: 

  • Retired bike tubes, collected from local bike shops 
  • Colorful vinyl from banners and billboards, collected from local businesses 
  • Discarded scrap fabrics from the local banner printing industry 
  • Reflective leftovers from street signs

For the clutch's closure, we chose a heavy duty zipper that won't wear out or split open. The flap closes with gentle magnets to keep the profile neat and sharp. 

The bags will be built entirely in Colorado, USA. Go 'Merica! 

Because we use upcycled fabrics, no two clutches are exactly the same. Choose from an exterior made from (1) black bike inner tubes, (2) banners in warm color tones, or (3) banners in cool color tones. Interior colors also vary.

The interior fabric on each Athena Clutch is upcycled and one-of-a-kind
The interior fabric on each Athena Clutch is upcycled and one-of-a-kind

This clutch is unique on several counts. It is:

  • Locally manufactured in the USA
  • Made from upcycled, repurposed materials, lowering the clutch's environmental impact
  • Sophisticated and functional
  • Works on any bike, from skinny road bikes to monster cargo bikes 
  • Works with any outfit, dressed up or down 
  • Rugged and resistant to the elements 
Off the bike, the stylish bags don't look like gear
Off the bike, the stylish bags don't look like gear

The Athena Clutch is loaded with sweet features:

  • Reflective triangle for visibility while biking at night (or in the club!)
  • Two metal rings- for attaching the clutch to your bike- tuck behind the hand strap when not in use
  • Magnetic flap closure
  • Zippered main pocket 
  • Interior sleeve pocket with two compartments for cell phone and keys
  • Hand strap for an easy, secure grip
The divided sleeve pocket protects your phone and separates small items from the main compartment
The divided sleeve pocket protects your phone and separates small items from the main compartment
The reflective accent creates a safer ride
The reflective accent creates a safer ride

Check out the photos to see our progress so far. The production model will be an improved, polished version of our fully functional prototype.

We already have great local partners in place for sourcing the upcycled materials and sewing the bags. All we need is your support to make The Athena Clutch a reality! 

Many months of experimentation, testing, tweaking (not twerking), and good old trial-and-error led us to our current prototypes. 

Sketching and sewing clutch ideas
Sketching and sewing clutch ideas
Preparing to sew a prototype
Preparing to sew a prototype

Your much-appreciated support through Kickstarter will help generate resources to cover development, production, and outreach for The Athena Clutch. Funding these hard costs will allow us to launch this by-women, for-women product.

We've poured our hearts into the development of this bag. You'll receive not only rad rewards for supporting us, but also major good karma. Throughout the process we will be updating with pictures of the project's development so you can see the process first hand, illustrating the effects of your investment.

Check out the column on the right for details on our rewards packages. Images of each reward are shown below. For more details, message us or check out GreenGuruGear.com

Kyla designed the Athena Clutch with the valuable input of Davidson Lewis, the founder of Green Guru and Ecologic Designs, and by incorporating suggestions from fabulous ladies who bike. Special thanks to the wonderful Jezryl Castelo, who lent an invaluable hand every step of the way, and to Rob Quinn for our fine video. Thank you for pouring your time, energy, and heart into this project. Thank you also to Jillian Betterly for snapping stellar photos, to Sarah Nicholson for helping out with our logo, to Andrea Flanagan for business planning and marketing direction, and to Bonnie Shoup for design insights. It takes a village!

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Risks and challenges

TIMELINE
Once funded, we will incorporate your feedback from the project over two weeks to perfect the design. We'll then build The Athena Clutch through our local Colorado manufacturer for 60 days. Once the manufacturing is complete, it will take up to two weeks to package and ship the rewards. We'll keep you updated throughout the process, so there won't be any surprises.

RISKS AND CHALLENGES
We’re dedicated and prepared to launch the The Athena Clutch. Production and fulfillment are ready to go, so we need only your support of the project to make this idea a reality.

While our manufacturers are prepared for high demand, there are always unforeseen circumstances that could result in a later delivery. That being said, we're all in this together. We want to make sure you're well-informed as things progress.

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FAQ

  • Athena was the goddess of intelligence, skill, and peace. She was also the goddess of battle, so she must have been a bit saucy, too. We designed the clutch to reflect these qualities.

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  • The straps are designed to fit nearly every bike on the planet. We’ve tested them on handlebars of all shapes and sizes, a variety of rear racks, and on top tubes ranging from skinny road racers to jumbo cargo bikes. Because you can adjust both the straps’ circumference and distance from each other, you can customize the setup to perfectly fit your bike and your style.

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  • The Athena Clutch holds up to bumpy rides, abrasions, and storms. Check out our video to see our tests in action.

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  • Please shoot me a message under “contact me.”

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  • Your Athena Clutch will be a completely unique blend of colors and patterns. For the clutches made from banners, you can choose from color schemes generally in the warm or cool color categories. The interior fabric in both the tube and banner clutches will vary.

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  • On Kickstarter, it is only possible to pledge to each project once from a single account, so backers can only choose one reward tier per pledge. Hopefully this is something Kickstarter will change soon.

    In the meantime, if your friend isn't able to make an account, the best go-around is selecting the reward you want and writing in the amount to cover you both. Shoot us a message confirming this is what you want to do, and we will get back to you with a confirmation letter once we have added you to our special request spreadsheet.

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Rewards

  • You selected
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    0 backers

    DONATE ONLY: If you, your girlfriend, your neighbor, and your aunt already have the Athena Clutch and you're interested in simply donating, thank you! Select this reward and simply enter whatever amount you're comfortable with.

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    Pledge $10 or more

    4 backers

    A REFLECTIVE PIN: We'll be sending you a reflective pin in the shape of a cloud, made from upcycled street sign scraps. Add a subtle accent to your gear and stay visible at night.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    7 backers

    CARD WALLET:
    We'll be sending you a slim, durable card wallet made from inner tubes. Made in the USA from repurposed materials.
    FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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    1 backer

    ADD-ON to the Athena Clutch: Select this reward to pair with your clutch (clutch not included). An understated, removable shoulder strap that clips onto your clutch when you want to go hands-free, plus a sassy tassel to use as a zipper pull or accessory. Made in the USA from repurposed materials. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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    Pledge $25 or more

    6 backers

    BIKE TOP TUBE BAG:
    We'll be sending you a compact bag that attaches to your bike's top tube. Made of bike inner tubes and upcycled colorful banners, each one is unique and one-of-a-kind. Made in the USA from repurposed materials.
    FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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    7 backers

    BIKE STEM BAG:
    We'll be sending you a colorful bike stem bag, which works as your bike's glove compartment and holds a smartphone in a clear window. Made in the USA from repurposed materials. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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  • You selected
    Pledge $58 or more

    54 backers

    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, in COOL banner color tones: KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE PRICE. This is it! The banner version of the Athena Clutch is all yours, and you're going to rock it for years, on and off your bike. Because we use upcycled materials, no two clutches are alike, so please select this reward if you'd like a clutch with mostly COOL TONES (blues, greens, purples, etc.). Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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  • You selected
    Pledge $58 or more

    27 backers

    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, in WARM banner color tones: KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE PRICE. This is it! The banner version of the Athena Clutch is all yours, and you're going to rock it for years, on and off your bike. Because we use upcycled materials, no two clutches are alike, so please select this reward if you'd like a clutch with mostly WARM TONES (reds, oranges, golds, etc.). Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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  • You selected
    Pledge $64 or more

    10 backers

    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, made from bike inner tubes: KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE PRICE. This is it! The inner tube version of the Athena Clutch is all yours, and you're going to rock it for years, on and off your bike. Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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  • You selected
    Pledge $87 or more

    1 backer

    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, in WARM banner color tones + A CARD WALLET + A REFLECTIVE PIN: We'll be sending you a slim, durable card wallet made from inner tubes to slip inside your beautiful Athena Clutch. Add a subtle accent to any bag with the reflective cloud pin. Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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  • You selected
    Pledge $87 or more

    0 backers

    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, in COOL banner color tones + A CARD WALLET + A REFLECTIVE PIN: We'll be sending you a slim, durable card wallet made from inner tubes to slip inside your beautiful Athena Clutch. Add a subtle accent to any bag with the reflective cloud pin. Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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  • You selected
    Pledge $93 or more

    2 backers

    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, made from bike inner tubes + A CARD WALLET + A REFLECTIVE PIN: We'll be sending you a slim, durable card wallet made from inner tubes to slip inside your matching Athena Clutch. Add a subtle accent to any bag with the reflective cloud pin. Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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    Pledge $115 or more

    1 backer

    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, in COOL banner color tones + A CARD WALLET + A TRAVEL KIT: We'll be sending you a slim, durable card wallet made from inner tubes to slip inside your beautiful Athena Clutch. We'll also send you an endlessly useful travel kit for your toiletries, electronics cords, art supplies, tools, or whatever else you can dream up.
    Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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  • You selected
    Pledge $115 or more

    3 backers

    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, in WARM banner color tones + A CARD WALLET + A TRAVEL KIT: We'll be sending you a slim, durable card wallet made from inner tubes to slip inside your beautiful Athena Clutch. We'll also send you an endlessly useful travel kit for your toiletries, electronics cords, art supplies, tools, or whatever else you can dream up. Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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  • You selected
    Pledge $120 or more

    1 backer

    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, made from bike inner tubes + A CARD WALLET + A TRAVEL KIT: We'll be sending you a slim, durable card wallet made from inner tubes to slip inside your beautiful Athena Clutch. We'll also send you an endlessly useful travel kit for your toiletries, electronics cords, art supplies, tools, or whatever else you can dream up. Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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    Pledge $215 or more

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    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, in COOL banner color tones + A CARD WALLET + A TRAVEL KIT + A MESSENGER BAG: We'll be sending you the Athena Clutch in cool banner colors, a sleek card wallet, an endlessly useful travel kit, and a low profile messenger bag. Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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  • You selected
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    2 backers

    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, in WARM banner color tones + A CARD WALLET + A TRAVEL KIT + A MESSENGER BAG: We'll be sending you the Athena Clutch in warm banner colors, a sleek card wallet, an endlessly useful travel kit, and a low profile messenger bag. Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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  • You selected
    Pledge $220 or more

    3 backers

    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, made from bike inner tubes + A CARD WALLET + A TRAVEL KIT + A MESSENGER BAG: We'll be sending you the Athena Clutch, a sleek card wallet, an endlessly useful travel kit, and a low profile messenger bag. Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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    Pledge $365 or more

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    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, in COOL banner color tones + A CARD WALLET + A TRAVEL KIT + A MESSENGER BAG + TWO PANNIERS: We'll be sending you the Athena Clutch in cool banner colors, a sleek card wallet, an endlessly useful travel kit, a low profile messenger bag, and two colorful bike panniers. Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, in WARM banner color tones + A CARD WALLET + A TRAVEL KIT + A MESSENGER BAG + TWO PANNIERS: We'll be sending you the Athena Clutch in warm banner colors, a sleek card wallet, an endlessly useful travel kit, a low profile messenger bag, and and two colorful bike panniers. Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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    Pledge $370 or more

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    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, made from bike inner tubes + A CARD WALLET + A TRAVEL KIT + A MESSENGER BAG + TWO PANNIERS: We'll be sending you the Athena Clutch, a sleek card wallet, an endlessly useful travel kit, a low profile messenger bag, and and two colorful bike panniers. Made in the USA from repurposed materials. Includes two reflective straps for clipping to your bike. FREE SHIPPING TO U.S. ADDRESSES

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  • You selected
    Pledge $520 or more

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    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, in COOL banner color tones + A CARD WALLET + A TRAVEL KIT + A MESSENGER BAG + TWO PANNIERS + A BIKE PARTY WITH OUR TEAM + A HAND-DRAWN ILLUSTRATION OF YOU: You'll receive everything in the $365 pledge tier, plus an evening of drinks and biking with our team in Boulder, Colorado, plus a goofy portrait featuring you by the designer.

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  • You selected
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    0 backers

    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, in WARM banner color tones + A CARD WALLET + A TRAVEL KIT + A MESSENGER BAG + TWO PANNIERS + A BIKE PARTY WITH OUR TEAM + A HAND-DRAWN ILLUSTRATION OF YOU: You'll receive everything in the $365 pledge tier, plus an evening of drinks and biking with our team in Boulder, Colorado, plus a goofy portrait featuring you by the designer.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $525 or more

    0 backers

    THE ATHENA CLUTCH, made from bike inner tubes + A CARD WALLET + A TRAVEL KIT + A MESSENGER BAG + TWO PANNIERS + A BIKE PARTY WITH THE DESIGN TEAM + A HAND-DRAWN ILLUSTRATION OF YOU: You'll receive everything in the $370 pledge tier, plus an evening of drinks and biking with our team in Boulder, Colorado, plus a goofy portrait featuring you by the designer.

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