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Wellington & Cromwell's Rugged Luxury Safari Backpack built for Adventurers and Explorers. Guaranteed for Life.
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Wellington & Cromwell proudly presents the Cecil Safari Backpack, a commemorative tribute to Cecil the Lion of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe who was tragically killed on July 1, 2015.

Cecil
Cecil

Cecil was the best-known animal in the national park and was identifiable by his majestic black-fringed mane. The lions in the park, including Cecil, are being studied by scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University.

Embroidered Lion Head and Inscription
Embroidered Lion Head and Inscription

The embroidered lion head and inscription inside the flap of the Cecil Safari Backpack reads: "I believe that the worldwide engagement with Cecil’s story transcends the tragic fate of one lion, and sends a signal that people care about conservation and want it to be reflected in how humanity lives alongside nature in the 21st century." Professor David Macdonald, Oxford University Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

Professor David Whyte Macdonald, Oxford University Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
Professor David Whyte Macdonald, Oxford University Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

The Cecil Safari Backpack was designed and developed in house by Wellington & Cromwell in Ithaca, New York.  The Backpack is crafted from heavy duty 24 oz. wax cotton canvas, a super rugged fabric custom sourced for Wellington & Cromwell and finished with full grain cowhide and treated brass hardware.  The interior is lined with durable cotton twill.

The grommets are functional double sided
The grommets are functional double sided

The Cecil Safari Backpack measures 17.5" x 12.5" x 6.5" for the main body. The three external pockets, two on the sides and one on the front are 1.5" deep.

15" macbook in padded laptop pocket
15" macbook in padded laptop pocket
all buckles are real and functional, not fake buckles with magnets or button snap closures
all buckles are real and functional, not fake buckles with magnets or button snap closures

To stitch the backpack we use an extra-thick spun nylon that won't snap or fray, and our craftsmen ensure that each and every piece is stitched to our exacting standards. A careful review of any two parts of a Wellington & Cromwell piece will reveal exactly the same number of stitches per inch, a requirement for anything that leaves our workshop. The placement of these stitches is equally exact, precisely laid out to the millimeter to ensure that every bit of leather and canvas is assembled to last a lifetime.

The Wellington & Cromwell Logo

The Wellington & Cromwell logo is based on the 8 Escudos Spanish Doubloon, also known as Piece of Eight.

Pirate Treasure Arrrrrrrrr!!!
Pirate Treasure Arrrrrrrrr!!!
Each Wellington & Cromwell bag is imbued with a sense of history and adventure
Each Wellington & Cromwell bag is imbued with a sense of history and adventure

Meet the Project Creator

My experience in footwear and apparel was working as in house corporate attorney at the world's largest athletic footwear company. I worked and lived inside giant factory compounds in Taiwan, China, Vietnam, and Indonesia for four years where I learned how to make things and became an expert in Sustainable Manufacturing and Sourcing.   

I used that experience to create Wellington & Cromwell, a rugged luxury lifestyle brand that incorporates sustainable manufacturing philosophy with the Lean production system to create beautiful heirloom quality goods at an fair price point.

Wellington & Cromwell's innovative business model doesn't compromise on quality design, materials, and craftsmanship to compete on high volume margins but it isn't a ridiculously priced luxury brand. The plan is to disrupt the luxury goods industry with a direct to consumer business model that embraces sustainability, transparency, and fair pricing.

Funding Wellington & Cromwell  

Wellington & Cromwell has an experienced workshop, allowing us to eliminate unnecessary costs and maintain an accessible Kickstarter reward price. We are allocating backer funding towards the highest quality materials and ethical sustainable manufacturing and sourcing.

LEAN manufacturing facility
LEAN manufacturing facility

Project Timeline

NOV15-APR16 Real world testing (see photos above)  

APR16 Begin 1st production run (deposits self funded)

MAY16 Launch Kickstarter campaign

MAY16 First production run complete  

JUN16 End Kickstarter campaign and 2nd production run if needed

JUN16 Ship first production run to Kickstarter backers

JUL16 Second production run complete

AUG16 Ship second production run to Kickstarter Backers

Risks and challenges

This is our second Kickstarter. Our first campaign was successfully funded and delivered. All our backers loved the Professor Jones Duffel, a luxurious leather weekend bag.

Wellington & Cromwell was featured by Cornell University's Dyson School, http://eship.dyson.cornell.edu/blog/2016/02/29/adventure-ahead-edward-and-rachel-chang-16-and-wellington-cromwell/

and nominated by Entrepreneurship at Cornell for Student Business of the Year 2016.

We have scalable manufacturing with output capacity of 3000 units per month so we are ready to deliver on a $2000 to $10 million campaign.

We will respond to all email communication within 48 hours.

***In the event of Zombie Virus Outbreak, Alien Invasion, or Elon Musk's Gigafactory becoming Skynet and declaring war on humanity, delivery of the Cecil Safari Backpack will resume after we have secured the continuity of the human species.***

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