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DEFINING CRAFTSMANSHIP || European Messenger Bags and iPad Sleeves Handcrafted with Premium French Leather and Australian Wool Felt

About this project

Craftwerk is a team of technology and fashion-conscious designers out to improve the daily experience of tech professionals. The foundation of our products is driven by a blend of innovative thinking and passion for technology, balanced with a high regard for quality. The outcome is designs that are unmatched in the industry. 

Back in June of 2013, backers on Kickstarter successfully funded our first campaign: The Aluminum Case for iPhone 5. We had a blast with the whole project and we are back to show the Kickstarter community our next innovation.

Our Story Begins

We absolutely love traveling to France.  In the past, we have been influenced by the culture, fashion and trends that exist within the beautiful country.  So, a few of us decided to travel there again to do some R&D last year.  

While exploring France, we noticed there has always been a long tradition of blending fine leather goods with other soft textured fabrics.  One combination that stood out to us was a felt material made of wool contrasted with fine French leather.  Through testing, we found this blend of materials keeps your technology safe from water and dust.

We fell in love with the combination of materials and wanted to build a collection of everyday accessories that we felt were in line to keen design and made with integrity and quality.

The Finest Details Matter

We have two main products in our Espelette collection, designed to exist as a crossover between fashionable appeal and technological versatility. We integrated the combination of French leather and Australian wool felt textile in this collection to create a sense of both sophistication and minimalism.

The Espelette Collection
The Espelette Collection

Craftwerk X Remy Carriat Tannery

View of the Remy Carriat Tannery
View of the Remy Carriat Tannery

While we were in France we came across a beautiful city called Espelette and immediately became inspired by this little town. We discovered Remy Carriat, a world-renowned tannery and was impressed by their high quality vegetable-tanned bull leather and decided to collaborate with them for our next product.  

While working closely with Remy Carriat, we discovered that they supply leather to the very popular Hermès and Louis Vuitton. We are very proud to be able to use Remy Carriat's leather in the design of our bags.  

Remy Carriat's Treated Leather Hides
Remy Carriat's Treated Leather Hides

Carriat’s method of “vegetable tanning” is both environmentally friendly and natural. They use natural tannings taken from assorted plants to create a more natural texture and color. Then, the process is spun in a wooden barrel, exponentially speeding up the leather’s development into the time-loved product that Remy Carriat is known for.

Australian Wool Felt

Roll of Australian Wool Felt
Roll of Australian Wool Felt

Our wool felt comes directly from Australia, and is designed to be both comfortable and durable.  Wool felt is a sustainable and renewable material, offering strength while remaining a soft touch.  The felt can easily be cleaned; a special treatment provides excellent anti-peeling properties and makes the sleeve water repellent.

A Flexible Design

One of the features we’re most proud of is our unique flap. The purpose of the flap, which can fold both forward and back, is that it gives you two distinguishing looks to match your mood. 

Leather side with flap down
Leather side with flap down
Felt side with flap down
Felt side with flap down

With our beautifully designed removable strap, it instantly becomes a portable sleeve for your Tablets and Laptops.  

We offer two color palettes, COGNAC or GRAPHITE, so you can wear our bag for any occasion.

Messenger Bag with strap removed
Messenger Bag with strap removed

Functionality with Personality

Messenger Bag with Daily Essentials
Messenger Bag with Daily Essentials
Our Espelette Messenger Bag will hold your laptop in a layered hug, which also functions as a beautiful and viable container for all of your technology. You name it,  we can carry it, all with our compact and lightweight design.  We also wanted to make it versatile so we added a removable shoulder strap and incorporated several pockets to keep your things organized. 

Premium Interior Lining with Zipper Pocket
Premium Interior Lining with Zipper Pocket
We designed two pockets on one end with magnetic closures that can carry your iPad Mini or any type of "Phablet" (Phone/Tablet).  On the other end is our Laptop compartment that will comfortably fit any 13" Laptop locked in with our leather strap closure.  The zipper compartment can hold any books, notepads, and your remaining daily accessories.  There are also two additional pockets inside to organize what you put in there based on your needs.

Specially Desgined Pockets for Laptops & Tablets
Specially Desgined Pockets for Laptops & Tablets

With our Flap Open, you can see our intricate design and how we incorporate the use of Remy Carriat's Leather and our Australian Wool Felt.

Messenger Bag 13 with Flap Open
Messenger Bag 13 with Flap Open

The Espellete Tablet Sleeve encompasses all the same design features of the Messenger bag except for the removable strap, making it more portable and practical. This stylish sleeve fits almost any modern tablet up to 10 inches in our specially designed tablet compartment with a leather strap closure.  There are also two smaller pockets with magnetic closures to carry your smartphone or writing utensils.  The zipper compartment can carry all your remaining daily accessories safely.

Sleeve with Daily Essentials
Sleeve with Daily Essentials

All these functionalities give you fashionable, flexible and creative potential. Our Espelette Collection has the capabilities for providing a stylish container for your digital life and for all occasions.

Each Messenger Bag and Sleeve Is One-Of-A-Kind

Leather is the classic fashion fabric that we keep falling in love with over and over. Investing on a leather good like ours is never a wrong move as it is a timeless and evolving material that embodies different fashion styles.

Leather Detail
Leather Detail

Our leather is known for its durability and its ability to change with time.  From the touch to the smell, leather is the simplest form of luxury.  With unique creases appearing along the way, it creates a special relationship between the user and the product.  It is the story that tells snippets and chapters of your life.

Casual Fashion Lookbook

Fold the felt side down for a more casual feel
Fold the felt side down for a more casual feel
 
Graphite with felt side shown
Graphite with felt side shown
Felt side folded and used as a sleeve-style bag
Felt side folded and used as a sleeve-style bag
Tablet Sleeve 10 in Cognac
Tablet Sleeve 10 in Cognac
 
Tablet 10 Sleeve in Cognac
Tablet 10 Sleeve in Cognac

Business & Professional Fashion Lookbook

Leather side folded down used as a sleeve-style bag
Leather side folded down used as a sleeve-style bag
Leather side folded down used as sleeve-style bag
Leather side folded down used as sleeve-style bag
Use as a sleeve-style bag for a versatile lifestyle
Use as a sleeve-style bag for a versatile lifestyle
Our bag goes with you on-the-go
Our bag goes with you on-the-go

The Espelette Collection

Macbook/Laptop Bag & Sleeve

  • MSRP - $249.99
  • 100% Genuine Leather from Espelette France
  • 100% Australian Wool Felt
  • Dimensions - 12.75" W x 10" H x 2" D
  • Weight - 1 lb 13 oz
  • Colors - COGNAC or GRAPHITE
  • Comfortably fits up to any 13" Laptop

Tablet Sleeve

  • MSRP - $119.99
  • 100% Genuine Leather from Espelette France
  • 100% Australian Wool Felt
  • Dimensions - 11" W x 8.5" H x 2" D
  • Weight - 9.6 oz
  • Colors - COGNAC or GRAPHITE
  • Comfortably fits up to any 10" Tablet

Rewards

Messenger Bag 13 Cognac
Messenger Bag 13 Cognac
Messenger Bag 13 Graphite
Messenger Bag 13 Graphite
Tablet Sleeve 10 Cognac
Tablet Sleeve 10 Cognac

Our sample for the Tablet Sleeve 10 in Graphite is coming VERY SOON!  We will update everyone with pictures as soon as we receive the beautifully handcrafted bag.

We Need You!

Now that you’ve seen our project, we want you to join us in making it. The Espellete Collection has so much potential for tech-users and fashionistas. But we need the help and financial support of men and women like you to get this project started.

You can be the first to receive our premium product and help bring this collection to the market. Not only will you have helped us make our project a reality, you will also be at the forefront of the new fashion trend in Technology.

$15,000 Goal

We need $15,000 in order to meet our MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity) to get started. We have worked with our world class manufacturer and they are very supportive in letting us make only 100 units per product to meet our target.

Expense Breakdown
Expense Breakdown

We have invested countless hours flying around the world to find the perfect materials for the product. The money we have spent along this journey has amounted to well over $30,000.

Projected Timeline

May 2014 - Production Begins

August 2014 - Completion of production

September 2014 - Early backer rewards begin shipping

October 2014 - Bulk shipment of remaining orders



Risks and challenges

We understand that as backers of Kickstarter projects, you are essentially investing your hard-earned money on products that are simply not out yet. We take this section very seriously and want to assure you that we have taken every step from sourcing, manufacturing and distributing into careful consideration so that our product can arrive at your doorstep on time and without any issues.

PRODUCTION
We are not strangers to challenges that come our way. Challenges have come time and time again for us to overcome and we are proud to say that for this project, WE ARE ALMOST FINISHED. We have saved up almost enough to meet our minimum order requirements, but we are still $15,000 away to make this collection a reality.

SHIPMENT DATE
Our factory is ready to manufacture the first production run of The Espellete Collection and we have given ourselves an adequate amount of time to meet the September 2014 shipment date. If all things run smoothly, you might expect to see yours before September! Let's hope for the best!!

FINAL PRODUCT
We have crafted many functional samples of the bag and have stumbled upon mishaps which required us to make many small alterations to our design. All the sweat put into this entire process resulted in an absolutely perfect Leather Messenger Bag and Tablet Sleeve for your valuable devices.

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FAQ

  • Yes and no. With our specially designed flap folded out, you can fit your 15-17" laptop in PORTRAIT mode through our middle zipper pocket. The sleeve pocket however, was only designed to fit 13" laptops in LANDSCAPE mode. Please check out project story for a more accurate representation of how laptops fit in our Messenger Bag 13.

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    A big THANK YOU for your support in helping us bring these innovative european bags to the market!

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    Our Gorilla Protection Tempered Glass Screen Protector for the iPhone 5/5S/5C. Retail $34.99. Free Shipping within the US.
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    EARLY BIRD ADOPTERS: Be the first to own The Espellete Tablet 10 Leather Sleeve in COGNAC. MSRP $119.99 FREE SHIPPING within the US.

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    EARLY BIRD ADOPTERS: Be the first to own The Espellete Collection Tablet 10 Leather Sleeve in Graphite. MSRP $119.99 FREE SHIPPING within the US.

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    The Espellete Collection Tablet 10 Leather Sleeve in COGNAC. MSRP $119.99 FREE SHIPPING within the US.

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    The Espellete Collection Tablet 10 Leather Sleeve in GRAPHITE. MSRP $119.99 FREE SHIPPING within the US.

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    EARLY BIRD ADOPTERS: Be the first to own The Espellete Collection Leather Messenger Bag 13 in COGNAC. MSRP: $249.99 FREE SHIPPING within the US.

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    EARLY BIRD ADOPTERS: Be the first to own The Espellete Collection Leather Messenger Bag 13 in GRAPHITE. MSRP: $249.99 FREE SHIPPING within the US.

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    Be the first to own The Espellete Collection Leather Messenger Bag 13 in GRAPHITE. MSRP: $249.99 FREE SHIPPING within the US.

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    Be the first to own The Espellete Collection Leather Messenger Bag 13 in COGNAC. MSRP: $249.99 FREE SHIPPING within the US.

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    THE COLLECTION: Be the first to own BOTH the Messenger Bag 13 AND Tablet Sleeve 10 in your choice of GRAPHITE or COGNAC. MSRP $369.98. FREE SHIPPING within the US. Color choice open to backers at the end of the Kickstarter project.

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