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Kid-crafted leather items that will last you a lifetime!
Kid-crafted leather items that will last you a lifetime!
Kid-crafted leather items that will last you a lifetime!
51 backers pledged $1,888 to help bring this project to life.

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The Leathercraft Kids

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 STRETCH GOAL HAS CHANGED ! SEE BELOW.

See the new stretch goal at the end! To support cancer patients we are now offering a check book wallet for the same price as the standard bi-fold wallet - AND WITH THE SAME GREAT OPTIONS!. Simply pledge the wallet of your choice and the survey we will send out at the end will let us know what you chose.

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50 BACKER GOAL:

When we get to 50 backers, everyone who has a reward with shipping attached gets a free keychain! LET'S GO - SHARE THE WORD !

In 1969, dedicated to ensuring that his daughter would not have to struggle when she grew up, Dave Thomas opened his first hamburger store and dedicated it to her. This small entrepreneurial act became the Wendy’s empire. I have always loved and admired this story and now I am attempting to do this for my kids with a leather business. Actually, it was their idea. They have been, for several years now, selling starter plants and grandma’s lemons and decided early on that they can do much better than the allowance based window washing around the house, with a little effort (along with parental encouragement and backing, of course). They are now doing their own accounting of gross, costs and finding what matters - their ‘net’. They are fabulously creative and give me a fresh perspective. To this end, all of our leather goods are designed and handmade by my kids (6 and 8) and myself. We have prototyped and re-prototyped and I believe we are finally ready to offer classic style and high-quality products where they can take the primary role.

As a craft child of the 1970’s, I have been carving leather for years. So far we have been working leather as a hobby, crafting items like western belts and wallets for friends and family. After a while, the kids worked out some projects they could handle like braided bracelets, coffee cup insulators and even tablet covers. My wife and I, inspired by their energy, helped with the prototyping and are donating all of the wallet rewards to their effort. So thanks for reading this far. If you are not interested in their products, or just don’t want to donate at this time, please pass the link along. We are trying to raise $1,500 for the kids to each have a set of quality tools, create a web merchant presence and buy bulk leather at wholesale prices so that they can have a vendor booth at the Brazos County, Texas Fair and Expo in October- they've already been accepted!. Thanks so much and we welcome a relationship with you in the near future!

The short story:

  • First and Foremost: Be a kid (unique and creative)
  • Obsess (DO sweat the little things)
  • Leave no trail (the Earth does not need our clutter)
  • Treat our customers with the utmost respect (you are the ones making it happen!)

A longer one:

The kids are very much into the environment, recycling and minimizing their footprint on this planet. To this end, leather attracted them as a way to avoid using disposable resources because it lasts and lasts. Even if it is a recycled paper insulator around your coffee cup, you use one every time you go to the coffee shop. Think of the paper you’ll save after 10 years of using a handmade leather one! Leather is timeless. Old world craftsmanship is also timeless. Everything we make uses traditional methods and hand tools. Every stitch is done by hand. No sewing machines or power cords. Just sweat equity, elbow grease, needles, and thread. We are dedicated to being a small family run business where we can bring back the traditional interactive experience you deserve. By focusing on the customer we can basically offer you just about anything, bringing back the way in which people used to relate to those who created their goods. Having something made especially for you gives you an amazing feeling and truly reflects our ideology, that the things you wear and use influence your attitude. Being unique in a world of mass-produced goods is definitely something great, which is why we love what we are doing.

Leather is a fabric that has been used to make clothes and accessories long before the concept of ‘fashion’ appeared. Leather is a comfortable, long-lasting, durable and flexible material and is therefore used for many practical reasons. Cows provide the bulk of leather used, while goats, pigs, and sheep supplement this to meet basic demand. The vast majority of this leather is taken from those who are raised for their meat.

The manufacture of leather does have an environmental impact in that not all of the inputs end up in the leather. Also, when leather is disposed of the product becomes a waste material. What seems to have evolved is that the measure of a leather's ‘eco-ness’ is scored by the absence of certain restricted chemicals, such as banned azo dyes, PCP, chrome VI, formaldehyde. In other words, the tanning method chosen. We start with only natural vegetable tanned leather that has been processed with tannin found in tree bark and other vegetable matter, but neither dyed nor oiled. When coloring the leather we use only low VOC natural dyes and finish it with natural organic vegetable oils (such as olive oil).

Most fake leathers, however, are made of some kind of plastic product which was almost always derived from petroleum products. Some faux leathers are even made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a product containing, among other things, phthalates. Noted by some in the shoe and boot industry, “while there are plenty of things to be concerned about in the leather-making process, from the resources that go into raising the cows to the industrial processes at tanneries, the products stand the test of time. Leather wins hands down over anything you can think of.” If you can buy a pair of boots that last twice as long as a synthetic alternative, you'll end up with half the environmental impact in the long run.

                    The Making of a Card Holder

The Design: We keep things simple and classic. By doing this we can ensure quality craftsmanship and not get lost in the ‘frills’. By keeping it pure and simple, we’ve done our best to keep our products reasonably priced without compromising quality. With that said, please share our link, especially if you like and are supporting us. It's in both of our best interests that we get funded.

Leather, as is the case for other products, are only as strong as their stitching. Skimping on stitching is a way commonly used to save labor and money. This is why we hand sew all of our products that require it with a traditional saddle stitch using 3 to 6 cord waxed thread (3 and 6 threads twisted together creating one very strong one). We will not attempt to save any effort in the stitching. It makes no sense. It takes more time but the quality is reflected in a stronger and more durable than any machine could match. We don’t believe in scrapping together a product when the leather alone could cost $100. 

Trust me, I could go on forever. The foundation is the most important part of any project and the quality of the leather is the cornerstone of our craft. There are ways to cut corners and misrepresent products, but using high quality leather has huge advantages. It is extremely durable, elegant, natural, strong and resistant. Bonded and patent leather are the leather industry’s equivalent of particle board and generally have more plastic than pure leather. While synthetics may cause rashes and skin itching, real leather is lint and dust free, resistant to fungal attacks and just plain smells good (unlike most synthetics). And finally, leather IS affordable. It is true that leather products cost more than synthetic products or other fabrics, but they last so much longer. This is why we always use real leather. Thick 4-9oz. (2-4mm) vegetable tanned leather. Always, always, always.

We are raising funding for logistics and supplies for manufacturing and packaging to get the Berkeley-716 Kids off the ground. This is where we need your support to launch this entrepreneurial endeavor and create a line of products and, more importantly, a business that my children can take well into their future. Your support for the production of these products will help to make this dream a reality. Thank you for taking the time to check us out.


The purpose of this campaign is to take the kids business into full production and that is set to begin immediately at the end of the funding period. You’ll need to be only a little patient for your products but it’s worth the wait. Ordering quality leather and supplies may take a few weeks. Then we have to manufacture, which could take one to two months. So in total it might be three months or so from the end of the campaign, but I’ll personally guarantee a quality product!

It’s simple: We will repair or replace any defects in materials or workmanship to your satisfaction or you will receive your money back.

We are so grateful for your support and can't wait to get off the ground running - and get these products to you

Keep in mind: We can't emboss or stamp initials in the exotics so choose the reward accordingly.

My kids are avid horse fans. They are taking riding lessons and learning to keep and care for horses. Our stretch goals have changed as follows: 

$2,500 is reduced down to $2,000: This will enable the kids buy extra leather and start making horse gear (except for saddles, they are not there – yet!). They will use the additional funds to buy extra heavy-duty leather for making tack - bridles, halters, reins, and harnesses – that sort of stuff. They also have some patterns for chaps and chinks and want to really get equipped for the fall Expo.

ANYTHING ABOVE $2,000: The L-C-Kids have decided saddle making school can wait and want to share their success. They are so happy with their community of backers that they want to become one too. Therefore, EVERYTHING THEY RAISE OVER AND ABOVE $2,000 WILL GO TO THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER helping the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life through 3Brothers Stables. And if they raise enough, 3Brothers Riding School will in turn donate lessons. So it's a win-win situation.

The kids are so excited about this opportunity that they have also joined the 'Kicking It Forward' program  (kickingitforward.org) and will invest back at least 5% of their profit to other projects. They will first focus on young entrepreneurs, if they are out there!

Risks and challenges

The challenges of the Berkeley-716 Kickstarter will be getting the word out, and convincing participation. I hope that my goal of securing my children’s future helps to that end. To reach as many people as possible, I am using friends, families, blogs and Facebook to help me spread the word.

Once the funding is in place, we will be producing (hopefully) a very large quantity of promised rewards so that our backers will not be let down. To ensure that we complete production on time and meet expected deadlines, I will personally be in charge of production and shipping. Depending on outside help is difficult. Fortunately, my children are extremely dedicated and I know I can rely on them without outside support. We will not outsource any work.

My children and I have been working through our designs and perfecting assembly for most of a year working out the kinks of prototyping. I think we have most of the bugs worked but there are always challenges out there jumping up. With our production schedule, we can absorb minor delays but there may be other unforeseen obstacles. We are determined to succeed, however, and we promise that we will get it done.

In the end, as a thank you for your interest, support and trust, if you do not like your order send it back in the same condition you received it and I'll either swap it out or refund your money. We pride ourselves in providing dedicated and frequent customer service and promise to communicate openly with you, so please support this project with confidence.

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    Standard Veg-tanned Wallet
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    Standard Veg-tanned Tablet Sleeve
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    Exotic Skinned Wallet
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    *KickStarter Only Package*
    Set of 5 coffee insulators with company or personal logo of your choice hand carved.

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    Business Package:
    Standard tablet sleeve, Standard wallet, 2 personalized luggage tags, Coffee cup insulator, 2 Cable organizers, Card holder

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