About this project
Wally Case is a classic, protective snap-on case with a twist: His integrated leather pocket secretly holds your must-have items right on the back of your iPhone. But what makes Wally Case better than what's out there? Beyond the genuine leather and über slim construction, the magic is that your stash stays hidden out of sight until you pull on the ribbon!
Do you pop off your case to hide a card or cash underneath – but are tired of the hassle? Or maybe you bought a wallet/case thingy – but are finding it too cumbersome and bulky? Well, earlier this year when we created the original Wally the Stick-On Wallet, we heard real demand for a case version. We heard you, so world, meet Wally Case, brought to you by the folks who know Wally best!
- Secret Holds your cards without looking like a wallet!
- Slim Snap-on shell case adds protection, not bulk
- Access Pull-tab conceals and reveals your contents
Instead of holding a wallet up to your ear, just hold your iPhone. Crafted using premium leather from Argentina, Wally Case wears beautifully over time, just like your favorite leather wallet. Luckily, Wally just looks like a handsome leather iPhone case.
Instead of advertising the contents of your wallet, Wally keeps your cards and cash hidden. Access your stash simply by pulling on Wally’s integrated pull-tab; pushing your cards back in retracts the tab.
Minimize your daily carry with apps like Lemon to digitize what you want to have with you but don't really need to have physically on hand. More info below in the FAQ...
Don't really need a Wally Case, but want to support this Kickstarter? Perhaps you have a body that you'd like to put a t-shirt onto!
Does Wally Case work with the new iPhone 5S?
Sure does! Show off that champagne gold iPhone 5S -- or heck, any iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S for that matter, Wally Case fits them all like a glove.
What's Wally Case made of?
The case is solid polycarbonate (same thing race car windshields, the new iPhone 5C, and Chris Sabo's goggles are made of) plus a scratch resistant anti-yellowing UV-coating. We sourced vegetable-tanned leather, a premium, soft leather with a smooth finish that not only stands up to daily wear and tear, but will develop a handsome patina, just like your old wallet.
How many cards can I carry? We've come to really appreciate the flexibility (literally) that leather allows. While the leather can stretch to accommodate more, we recommend carrying 3 credit cards or a similar sized load, such as:
The supple leather holds your contents securely, barring any excessive flailing (which folks tend not to do with their iPhones). Wally Case can carry a bit more than the original Wally. And just like Wally, you can adjust the fit by lightly wetting the leather with a damp sponge: Add another card to damp leather to stretch it and carry more, or remove everything and lightly dampen to shrink the leather and carry less!
How do I get my cards out?
Remember pop-up books as a kid? We use a fine grosgrain ribbon and that same pop-up book pull-tab action for the same magical reveal. It's low-tech, but it works! Watch:
How can I slim down my wallet?!
It's really easy, just three steps: 1. Lemon App, 2. Wally Case, 3. Live the Dream --
How are you bringing Wally Case to life?
Great question, and a big reason we love Kickstarter -- it gives us the chance to share the behind-the-scenes development with you. Here are some snapshots of the Wally Case journey thus far --
Timeline We are ready to produce the Wally Case! As you can see, we've gone through many prototypes and now we have off-tool samples in hand. Off-tool means it has come off the mold. It was a major investment, but we wanted to be in a good position to deliver quickly. We had to make a few adjustments but we're now ready to produce because the mold is perfect. Nate is with our vendor so we can pull the trigger on production as soon as we reach our goal on Kickstarter. We will be able to begin fulfilling orders within 30 days of starting production. We've worked with this manufacturer in the past and we're confident they can deliver. All the parts are in place, we just need your help for that initial order! Help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.
Here's a screenshot from our timeline on Team Gantt showing when we started and all the steps we've had to complete to get where we are. The process always includes more steps than you think!
What will my iPhone look like in Wally Case?
We have a few prototypes on hand, enough to hack together almost all the combinations and share with you some pics from our kitchen studio:
Speaking of 'hack away at the inessentials'... Lindsay hacked together these samples in order to help you decide which pledge to go for, not to show what the final Wally Cases will look like.
Please remember: With Kickstarter you're backing a product that hasn't been made yet -- in fact, it can't be made without your help and your faith in us to deliver a product to you that we're proud of!
Risks and challenges
As with bringing any product to market, surprises can pop up along the way. You can rest assured by taking a look at our track record of successful launches. The photos you see are of off-tool samples, which means he's ready to go into production. We're seeking the funding needed to cover the cost of tooling (creating the mold), fine vegetable-tanned leather, and manufacturing our first production run (and also Kickstarter and Amazon fees, as much as 10%).
We have many years of experience in creating iPhone and iPod accessories for big-name brands like DLO and Philips, and have many reliable contacts in the industry. Check out a small fraction of what we've done over on our website – http://www.distilunion.com/pages/pastfolio
As for Kickstarter experience, we learned a whole lot on our first successful Kickstarter for Snooze, the iPhone alarm dock with snooze bar: http://www.distilunion.com/snooze
We applied what we learned to our second successful Kickstarter, which was for Wally, the stick-on iPhone wallet: http://www.distilunion.com/wally (which we were able to ship ahead of schedule). Both of these Kickstarted products are now alive and well and available online, thanks to the generosity and gumption of the Kickstarter community. If you dig Wally Case, help us bring yet another successful Kickstarter product to market!
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