A year ago you helped us bring our first ever custom tweed to life. Now we need your help to make three brand new travel bags: a holdall, a backpack and a briefcase.
They take inspiration from the handbags and accessories we already make: classic traditional styling but with modern materials and features. And they work for men and women alike.
We’ll make them from two of our exclusive tweeds: our London-inspired Tower Bridge tweed and the russet-brown Edinburgh Castle tweed.
Commute during the week, then climb a mountain at the weekend! Our backpack is inspired by early alpine climbing packs, but adds much-needed modern features like a padded laptop sleeve and internal pockets.
- Inside: two pockets, two pen holders. padded laptop compartment (28cm x 38cm, fits laptops up to 15" depending on model)
- 30cm wide, 41cm high, 20cm deep (11.8", 16.1", 7.9")
- 800g (1lb 12oz)
- Made in England
Whether it’s a country retreat or a few days away for work, our holdall is a generous size that still works as carry-on luggage.
- Inside: slip pocket
- 45cm wide, 30cm high, 24cm deep (17.7", 11.8", 9.4")
- 1150g, including detachable shoulder strap
- Made in England
Emma's perfect tweed work bag. She wanted something that made it easy to keep on top of everything she does, so she added plenty of compartments and dividers.
- Inside: folder holder, 2 pockets, 2 pen holders, padded laptop compartment (28cm x 38cm, fits laptops up to 15" depending on model)
- 41cm wide, 29cm high, 8cm deep (16.1", 11.4", 3.1")
- 1000g, including detachable shoulder strap
- Made in England
We base all our tweeds on inspirational British landscapes. That means discovering colours, patterns and textures that really bring a place to life, then finding the yarns to capture that right feel.
Then we work with our tweed mill in Scotland to design a weave that looks just right on our bags.
Our Edinburgh Castle tweed is a classic Herringbone tweed using mottled brown yarns, with a rich and vibrant coloured overcheck.
Our Tower Bridge tweed is a rich grey twill with an overcheck in three different shades of blue.
We laminate our tweed before we use it to make bags. We use a three-layer construction, which means we sandwich a waterproof layer between tweed on the outside and hard-wearing cotton liner fabric.
We’re very particular about the specifics. We only use full-grain vegetable-tanned leather which gets better and better with age. Our buckles, rivets and D-rings are all solid-brass, cast in England’s Midlands. Our zips are YKK’s top-of-the-range Excella – we simply haven’t found any better.
…and a great factory
Our bags are made just outside the English Lake District by world-renowned bag-makers Chapman. No other factory we’ve worked with has been able to make our bags to a standard this high – and so much of that comes down to the skilled workers with years and years of experience.
Now we’ve funded the campaign, we’ve added a couple of stretch goals.
£8,000 - personalisation
If we reach £8,000 we’ll add personalised leather embossing to every reward if you want it. That means all three travel bags and the zip case, washbag and shopper bag too.
We’ll do it by embossing the leather with up to four characters, using the press in our workshop. We’ve looked at loads of different fonts, but we’ve settled on Gill Sans in 20pt, which looks great on our leather. We’ll get in touch to ask for your personalisation details after the campaign finishes.
£10,000 – matching key fobs
If we reach £10,000, we’ll make a matching key fob for every single reward. We make them by hand from the same vegetable-dyed leather as we use on the bags, and they look and feel great for years of use. We’ll match the leather colour to the leather on your reward.
Zip pouch — £25 / $36 / €32
Wash bag — £39 / $56 / €50
Shopper bag — £75 / $108 / €97
Backpack — £194 / $279 / €250
Briefcase — £215 / $310 / €277
Holdall — £215 / $310 / €277
(Dollar and Euro prices are approximate, based on the current exchange rate. We'll take payment in GB pounds.)
Fancy a little something extra? Maybe a matching zip pouch or washbag?
No problem. Anything on top of your pledge level is called an 'add-on', and they're simple. First of all, you need to have already made a pledge. Then if you just:
In the example above, you'll see I've already pledged for a Holdall at £215. I decided to add a matching wash bag, though, so I added £39 as an add-on. Grand total: £254. And they'll look great together.
Even better, you can add an add-on at any time before the end of the campaign, and you can add as many as you like. We'll check the details by email when the project ends.
We simply can’t put these new bag designs into production without your support. There are two main things we need you to help cover:
Minimum order: our manufacturers Chapman have minimum order quantities for new products, and for a small business like ours they can be a big stretch. That's why we need your help. We've set our goal based on the minimum order we need to place.
Bag materials: we also need to pay for our materials: the tweed, zips, brass, full-grain leather and so on are significant costs to cover up front before an order.
This is how it breaks down:
All this comes to a total of £6,000, which is why we need your help.
There's a lot to do to make a bag, so we've planned out our project for a November dispatch date:
We’re sure you’ll love your bag. If you don’t like it when it arrives, though, that's no problem. Just get in touch and you can send it back unused within a month. We'll give you a refund or you can swap it for a bag of equal value from our stock at the time.
We really want you to take a chance on us. We offered this last time we ran a Kickstarter project and no-one took us up on the offer, but we're so confident in our bags that we want to give you the option.
I started making bags three years ago when I couldn’t find the bag I wanted. I knew exactly what I was looking for so I taught myself to sew on Youtube and made myself that bag. Friends started to ask if they could have one for themselves, and things snowballed from there.
We still make all our bags and accessories in Britain, with help from Chapman in Carlisle and another workshop down in Devon. It's a lot simpler now I don't make them all in the spare bedroom!
Our successful Kickstarter project last year gave us the funds and confidence to go from using other people’s tweeds to designing and weaving our own. We now only make bags from our own tweed designs - and people tell me they love them!
Risks and challenges
As we've successfully run and fulfilled a Kicksarter project on schedule before, we have a good idea of what to expect and the challenges we might face.
We're happy we've got this covered. We've been working with our bag manufacturer for the last year or so, and they've been accurate, reliable and a pleasure to deal with. Their sample bags are great, and we know they'll keep the same high standards in production.
We already have suppliers we know and trust for all the different parts that go into our bags. Our weavers have custom woven six different tweeds for us in the past year. YKK always supply the zips on schedule. Our supplier holds our English-made brass parts in stock. We haven't had any issues getting materials for our previous production runs, so we don't anticipate any problems here.
Loads of orders
It's always hard to predict how successful a project will be, but our manufacturer regularly fulfils orders far bigger than ours. We're confident that we'll be able to scale production up by carefully staging the order.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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