Hello - my name is Candi Obrentz. Thank you for visiting my Kickstarter site! I am very excited to introduce you to RestoPresto™!
RestoPresto™ is a portable, compact, water-repellent mat. It is a 3-in-1 solution that you can sit ON, sit UNDER and believe it or not you can even WEAR it!
It is the ultimate on-the-go product for spontaneous and planned events.
Where and how would you use RestoPresto™? Please keep reading to find out!
What does “RESTO PRESTO” mean? When translated from Italian to English it means “I remain ready”. I affectionately call it “RP”.
The design of RestoPresto™ is unique. When stored in its compact, stretchy self-closing pouch, RP fits in an adult hand and weighs about 8 ounces. When open, the mat measures approximately 56 inches long by 31 inches wide (about the size of a beach towel). There is a loop on the exterior of the pouch so that it can be hooked onto something like the outside of a backpack or stroller. I suggest using a carabiner, which you will receive with your “first edition” RestoPresto™ at certain donation levels (please see the Rewards Section).
The mat is easily pulled out of the pouch for quick access. The pouch then forms a pocket as part of the mat. So, the exterior of the pouch is now the interior of the pocket. To stuff the mat back into its pouch, simply flip the pocket inside out and stuff away. There is no folding necessary and there is no right way or wrong way to do it. You can see the cool design of the pouch becoming the pocket and vice versa in the video.
There are snaps along the long ends of the mat to provide numerous configurations. This is where the “sit on, sit under and wear” comes into play.
You can create different sized pockets which are perfect for tucking your feet or making a pillow (particularly when traveling). Unexpected chill in the air? PRESTO: you have a scarf or you can make a shrug by covering your shoulders and snapping the front. Do you prefer sleeves? Snap the short ends and use the drawstrings to create the size sleeve that you want. Unexpected rain without an umbrella? A handsfree head covering can be made in an instant with snaps or drawstrings to get you from point A to point B.
Windy day? No problem! Just secure the loops at each of the four corners. I suggest using golf tees as stakes, which you will receive with your “first edition" RestoPresto™ at certain donation levels (please see the Rewards Section). The loops are quite versatile and can be used for hanging as well.
On average, 3 adults can sit side-by-side and 1 person can recline on RP. If you need more space, just snap 2 or more together to fit your group.
Another huge bonus, is the ability to express individuality and build a brand by customizing your RP with initials, monograms, names, teams, schools, companies and logos!
The following RestoPresto™ products are covered by patents or patent applications in the U.S. or elsewhere.
RestoPresto™: Patents Pending (2 U.S. provisional applications and 1 U.S. design application) This is intended to comply with the virtual patent marking provisions of 35 U.S.C. § 287(a) and any comparable laws outside the U.S.
RestoPresto™ is that clean, extra layer available when you need it the most!
The material of the pouch is a mix of nylon and spandex. The mat fabric is 100% polyester with a soft sanded finish on one side and a soft shiny finish on the reverse side. Both sides have DWR (durable water repellency), so either side can be up but most people prefer to have the sanded side against their skin when sitting on, sitting under or wearing RestoPresto™. The DWR allows water to be repelled. As an FYI: water repellent repels water more than a water resistant item but less than that of a waterproof item.
The snaps are metal, the drawstring is a stretchy cord and the cord stops are elastic. The mat is machine washable, but it is strongly recommended to hand wash cool and hang dry to preserve the DWR.
Most people do not carry around a beach towel or picnic blanket! With RP you are ready for an impromptu trip to the beach or park! Perfect for your spontaneous situations!
Easy in and easy out! With RP, there is no wrong way to stuff it!
Solo? Duo? Trio? Quartet?
You get the idea! With RestoPresto™ you have options!
Restrictions on what you can bring to an event? Did your hike turn into a trip to the beach?
With RestoPresto™, you have a compact, portable solution that you can sit on, sit under or wear!
- Travel: planes, trains & automobiles
- Hotel Room
- Play space for children indoors & outdoors
- Baby Care
- Sporting event
- Privacy Screen
- Satchel or sack
- Swimsuit cover
- Scarf, shrug or head covering
I cannot wait to hear how YOU RestoPresto™!
Hello - it’s Candi again! Thank you for reading this far - I know that there is a lot of information. I truly appreciate your interest in my product.
Becoming an inventor was the result of 100% demand and 0% supply. I was looking for a portable, multi-functional mat on the market. When I realized that the product I wanted to buy was not available, I began the rigorous process of bringing my idea to life.
I am thrilled that I can now share RestoPresto™ with you and hope that you will consider supporting my fundraising campaign.
Here is a brief history of the evolution of RestoPresto™:
Spring 2013 - Sheep Meadow, Central Park, New York
- Gorgeous day. A desire to lounge in the grass. Without a blanket or towel the choice is made to sit on my jacket
- Jacket gets damp & messy (yuck), had to wear same jacket the rest of the day
- Wrote “find a portable mat” on my “TO DO LIST”
- No luck finding a product online OR in stores?!?!
- THUNDERBOLT IDEA: create IT myself!
- Formed CEO Enterprises LLC
- Filed Trademark Application for RestoPresto™ with the USPTO
- Collaborated with a fantastic and talented FIT educated designer in New York to make the first, usable prototype
- Experimented with fabric, trims and designs
- Many designs....many many designs to improve prototype
Filed provisional utility patent with the USPTO
- Attempted to source wholesale materials
- Searched for US-based manufacturers willing to produce a small run
- SURPRISE: these are BIG challenges for a first time inventor!
- Engaged an industry expert in Colorado to bridge the gap that was created by these BIG challenges
Spring - Summer - Fall 2014
- Industry expert connects me to pros in the business
- Finalizing prototype and creating patterns/blue prints/teck packs
- Accessing ethically sourced wholesale materials
- Meeting manufacturers who will work with a first timer
- Filed second provisional patent and design patent with the USPTO
From the beginning I wanted to create a high quality, multi-functional product. I invested an enormous amount of time searching for the right fabric that met my criteria: soft, flexible, ability to repel water and durable.
Eureka! I have found a fantastic fabric which will make it convenient for you to seamlessly carry or store RestoPresto™ so that you can sit on, sit under and wear it whenever and wherever you need it!
Boosting the hard-hit manufacturing sector in the US is important to me. Therefore, I have engaged manufacturers based in the US that support small businesses and are willing to work with creators on first production runs.
I believe that building a strong relationship with future customers is paramount. For those who know me, I am tenacious, reliable and keep the promises that I make. Therefore, I am working diligently to ensure that I manage the overall process of order fulfillment to you, my customer, to the best of my ability.
Minimum orders of production units, fabric and trims must be met in order to maintain reasonable costs. This is where YOU come in.
I am reaching out to the Kickstarter Community (YOU) to help fund my first production run in the US to achieve the goal of getting RestoPresto™ into the hands of consumers!
If you would like to be an integral part of launching RestoPresto™ to the world, please consider supporting this fundraising campaign. With your generosity, I can kick start the production process so that YOU can REMAIN READY with your own RestoPresto™.
Here is a list of the rewards that I am offering to my ORIGINAL, wonderful supporters. Your contribution, at any level, will be greatly appreciated!
Pledge $10 or more
BRONZE SUPPORTER! Thank you for your help. Your name will be listed as a BRONZE SUPPORTER on the RestoPresto™ website & you will be kept up-to-date on the project.
Pledge $25 or more
SILVER SUPPORTER! Thanks very much for your help. You will receive an original RestoPresto™ t-shirt; your name will be listed as a SILVER SUPPORTER on the RestoPresto™ website & you will be kept in the loop on the project.
Pledge $40 or more
GOLD SUPPORTER! Thank you for being golden! You will receive your own “first edition” RestoPresto™ mat (we choose the color); a branded carabiner to hook on the outside of your RP; a set of branded mini-stakes to secure your RP when it is windy; your name will be listed as a GOLD SUPPORTER on the RestoPresto™ website & you will be kept up-to-date on the project.
Pledge $80 or more
PLATINUM SUPPORTER! Thank you for your valuable contribution! You will receive TWO “first edition” RestoPresto™ mats (we choose the colors); 2 branded carabiners to hook on the outside of your RPs; 2 sets of branded mini-stakes to secure your RPs when it is windy; your name will be listed as a PLATINUM SUPPORTER on the RestoPresto™ website & you will be kept up-to-date on the project.
Pledge $150 or more
EMERALD SUPPORTER! How fantastic that you will remain ready with RestoPresto™ - thank you! Your “I REMAIN READY PACK for 2” includes 2 “first edition” RestoPresto™ mats (YOU choose the colors); 2 branded carabiners to hook on the outside of your RPs; 2 sets of branded mini-stakes to secure your RPs when it is windy; 2 original RestoPresto™ t-shirts; your name will be listed as an EMERALD SUPPORTER on the RestoPresto™ website & you will be kept up-to-date on the project.
Pledge $250 or more
DIAMOND SUPPORTER! Thank you so very much for shining with RestoPresto™! You will receive a “CUSTOMIZED DELUXE DUO PACK” including TWO “first edition” RestoPresto™ mats (YOU choose the colors) EACH with personalization of your choice (3 initials or a one-word name); 2 branded carabiners to hook on the outside of your RPs; 2 sets of branded mini-stakes to secure your RPs when it is windy; 2 original RestoPresto™ t-shirts; your name will be listed as a DIAMOND SUPPORTER on the RestoPresto™ website & you will be fully informed of the project progress.
Pledge $500 or more
DOUBLE DIAMOND SUPPORTER! Oh! The shine you emit is SO bright that I need a RestoPresto™ for shade! You will receive a “CUSTOMIZED DELUXE QUARTET PACK” including FOUR "first edition” RestoPresto™ mats (YOU choose the colors) EACH with personalization of your choice (3 initials or a one-word name); 4 branded carabiners to hook on the outside of your RPs; 4 sets of branded mini-stakes to secure your RPs when it is windy; 4 original RestoPresto™ t-shirts; invitations to a private RestoPresto™ Launch Party (details to follow at a later date), your name will be listed as a DOUBLE DIAMOND SUPPORTER on the RestoPresto™ website & you will be updated on all project details and progress.
Pledge $1,000 or more
RestoPresto™ CIRCLE OF FRIENDS PATRON! To thank you for your incredible generosity, a special edition RestoPresto™ will be named after you! Thank you, thank you. You will receive a CUSTOMIZED DELUXE QUARTET PACK including FOUR “first edition” RestoPresto™ mats (YOU choose the colors) EACH with personalization of your choice (3 initials or a one-word name); 4 branded carabiners to hook on the outside of your RPs; 4 sets of branded mini-stakes to secure your RPs when it is windy; 4 original RestoPresto™ t-shirts; VIP invitations to a private RestoPresto™ Launch Party (details to follow at a later date), an opportunity to collaborate with Candi to design a special edition of RestoPresto™ that will be named after you; PLUS I will dedicate a blog post to you on “The Candi Dish”; your name will be listed as a CIRCLE OF FRIENDS PATRON on the RestoPresto™ website & you will be kept closely up-to-date on the project.
Pledge $2,500 or more
RestoPresto™ HALL OF FAME SUSTAINER!
You are truly a RestoPresto™ BESTO! I extend enormous gratitude to you for your substantial contribution. In honor of your generosity, you are cordially invited to spend an exclusive day with me in NYC, which will include a “RestoPresto™ Magical History Tour” followed by a special dinner to celebrate you and your generous support of my project. You will also receive a CUSTOMIZED DELUXE QUARTET PACK including FOUR “first edition” RestoPresto™ mats (YOU choose the color*) EACH with personalization of your choice (3 initials or a one-word name); 4 branded carabiners to hook on the outside of your RPs; 4 sets of branded mini-stakes to secure your RPs when it is windy; 4 original RestoPresto™ t-shirts; 2 invitations to a private RestoPresto™ Launch Party (details to follow at a later date), I will dedicate a blog post to you on The Candi Dish, your name will be inscribed as a RestoPresto™ HALL OF FAME SUSTAINER on the RestoPresto™ website & you will be an official insider for all news and updates.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COLOR OPTIONS WILL BE DETERMINED TOWARDS THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN AT WHICH TIME YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CHOOSE!
Please like RestoPresto™ on Facebook; follow @RestoPresto on Twitter and tag #RestoPresto on Instagram.
A special thank you to Rick Lockridge, Owner of Vee Media Farm for generously donating time, energy and stellar media services for my Kickstarter Video. veemediafarm.com
Credit for photo of Candi on “About You” page: Beth Babicz
Risks and challenges
I am delighted to announce that RestoPresto™ is at the pre-production stage. The design is finalized and any tweaks to the product would be minor improvements. I am happy to report that I have more than one option for a US manufacturer and have access to wholesale sourcing.
Throughout my 30-day Kickstarter campaign, I will be managing numbers so that once I know the quantity for the first production run, I will be able to place the order for materials and schedule the manufacturing. My campaign will conclude at the end of October and my goal is to fulfill orders by January 2015.
I understand that with any great endeavor, there are potential obstacles, risks and challenges.
So based on this, here are my commitments to you, as a prospective supporter of my fundraising campaign and future RestoPresto™ consumer:
1) I will be transparent, communicative and responsive.
2) I will do my best to mitigate the risks and challenges of this project.
3) I will inform you of each timeline update, change to the project and any product adjustment. This is a journey and I intend to keep you apprised along the way.
4) I will continue to work tenaciously to bring the best version of RestoPresto™ to you by ethically sourcing materials and ensuring high production standards. Should I not be able to achieve these aspects of the process due to unforeseen circumstances with sourcing or manufacturing, then I will delay the process until we get it right. While I do not expect that there will be a postponement, if there is then I will advise you right away. Managing your expectations is key.
Thank you for your consideration in supporting my fundraising campaign for RestoPresto™. If you have any questions or comments, I welcome you to contact me. I look forward to working with you.
All the best,
- (30 days)