Help create the manliest diaper bag you've ever seen.
In a way, this project started five years ago. My wife grabbed me by the hands, looked deeply into my eyes and told me two words that would forever change the course of my existence.
A few months later, I held an ultrasound photo in my hands and realized I already loved that kid to death. She wasn’t even born, but I was ready to do anything for her. I’d wrestle a rabid dog. I’d assemble her cradle with my bare, bloodied hands.
Little did I realize, much more was about to be demanded of me.
At a baby shower in our honor, we were given an oversized floral paisley printed diaper bag. While my wife could hardly contain her excitement I remember feeling like I’d received a kick to the groin of my manliness.
Now, if it was what the baby needed, I’d carry it. Heck, I’d carry it to Hades and back. But every time I took my kids to church, the park, or to grab a donut, I would find this paisley floral bag in my arms.
Coming from a background in selling briefcases and weekend bags for men at Buffalo Jackson (www.buffalojackson.com), venturing out into a new project---designing a diaper bag--seemed like a project that maybe new dad's and friends could rally behind. Why not a virtuous diaper bag a guy fit for a dad and his kids? And so well built that he could use it for tools and other projects down the road?
After working on this project for a while, I came up with a bag that I (and I think other dads) would be proud to carry. You can read the specs below, and see a photo of the prototype.
Waxed Canvas Body - As you can see in the prototype photos, I made the body out of waxed canvas that has its origins in being used as sails on ships. Not only is it a strong, last-for-decades material that can handle the full contact sport that is fatherhood, it's also water-resistant.
Full Grain Whiskey Leather - The diaper bag features full-grain leather trim and shoulder straps with nylon stitching. Not that pleather shiny junk. Full-grain leather is the absolute thickest kind of cow leather you can find. Nylon stitching is what the military uses. As you can see, I wanted it to be as tough and rugged as possible.
Quick Draw Diaper/Wipe Pockets - Any seasoned dad knows that when nature calls and the baby needs to be changed, you need access and quick action like Tony Stewart's pit crew. No fumbling through hair dryers and lotion pastes. We put two magnetic clasps that quickly open to the two outside pockets for diapers and wipes. It gets you in and out, and back in the hunt.
Ballistic Nylon Changing Pad - This is where most diaper bags go cheap. The changing pad is a necessity and while most companies manufacture a 7 cent foldable paper plate junk afterthought, we gave ours weight, added girth, and extra padding that will make your camping therma rest jealous and your baby smiling like their at a 5 star resort. Covered in ballistic nylon for easy cleanup, it folds together and stows in the side pocket and leather trim with velcro attached.
Leather Pull Tabs for Organization - This might be a little over done. But again, I'm picturing this in my garage one day with tools in it. And that endless black hole of spoons, powders, pastes, and toys that collect like a trash dump at the bottom of the bag was far too unorganized for me. I added leather pull straps.
Fishnet Bottle Holders - I enjoy a good day fishing as much as the next guy. Which is why I selected actual fishing net for the side bottle holders. It is the same net you’d use to land a host of 20 lb. King Salmon. And here, the leather trim ensures all your bottles stay safe & secure.
YKK Nickel Zippers & Nickel Finished Hardware - These are the best zippers and hardware… period.
Risks and challenges
About everything we do in life has a few risks, however, I’ve learned a lot from designing and manufacturing bags in the past. I’m confident that I can produce this diaper bag and get the rewards out to backers by the promised time. But I also know that sometimes things just go wrong. If that happens, I’ll fight through it to get the job done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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