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$4,519
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
72
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 4 2013

About

Etxe what? 

Etxe (ech-ay) means 'house' in Basque. Much like Basque explorers and traders, we'll design world-class mementos, inspired by different cities around the world. Each product will be handcrafted by local artisans and we'll share behind-the-scenes product development and travel tales on our blog

The project

To raise enough money to produce the first two products, a black leather wallet inspired by and made locally in San Francisco and a grey wool baseball cap inspired by and made locally in Seattle, as well as blog about the whole process and about each city.

The mist in the air, the constant need for layers, the anticipation that the sun could stay a while more and the wind just might die down, the way the city looks coming inbound on the J Church, Dolores park on your right. You think about jumping out to gaze at the city lights, dense all the way to the Bay Bridge. But you're on your way, you made that train, and the fog is rolling in. 

The San Francisco Wallet. 

(read behind-the-scenes here) Inspired by the constant use of public transportation in San Francisco, this simple wallet is perfect if you want to tap and go. Just put your card in the pocket, and never worry about losing it. Works with any card that you can tap (yes, works through the leather!), like the Clipper card, Zipcar card, medical or office buildings cards, or any contactless smart cards used in public transportation systems worldwide--including Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, London, Hong Kong, Paris, Nigeria, the Netherlands and Portugal. 

Perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle, so you have more time to enjoy the city and don't have to waste it fumbling around for your Clipper card. 

Handcrafted exclusively for Etxe at Western Storex, Bay Area leather experts since 1909. 

The Emerald City, she laughs, all that lush green sitting pretty, the parks, the gardens, the countless bodies of water. She's ready to try any kind of adventure in this urban forest, just make sure there's a good book, a hot coffee, and warm cap on her head. They say there might be rain. 

The Seattle Cap.

Inspired by the 90s grunge and rainy weather of Seattle, this wool flannel baseball cap is perfect for outdoor adventure anywhere.

Suitable for any climate, it's perfect for a hike or snuggling up in a cafe to read a book. 

With a black leather adjustable strap and hand-stitched quality construction, it's comfortable for any man or woman to wear all day or night. The palm trees remind you it's always sunny somewhere, and that you determine your own idea of paradise--forces of nature can't ruin your trip.

Handcrafted in Seattle, Washington exclusively for Etxe by Ebbets Field Flannels, the authority in baseball cap craftsmanship. 

The Death Valley Sidewinder Shorts.

We teamed up with InYo to create these high-waisted yoga shorts. Inspired by the sidewinder of Death Valley, these beauties have the same second-skin feel, strength and quick-dry properties of InYo shorties, with a print that will make you want to slither.

Hand sewn in San Francisco as it is simply too hot in the desert. As with all Etxe products, these are limited edition and only available if we reach our goal!

What's in it for you?

By backing this project, you are not only kickstarting ETXE, but supporting local craftspeople and artisans all over the world. You can choose one of the rewards on the right and be the first to own our products, follow our journeys, and let us know where we should go next! To support this project, scroll up, click the green “Back This Project” button on the top right of this page and choose your reward.

What are these funds going toward?

We are committed to producing locally in the place of inspiration or in San Francisco and only using the best craftspeople and the highest quality fabrics. The first tier goal of $10,000  will allow us to meet the production minimums and produce the first two products locally (in San Francisco and Seattle), cover product development and filmmaking costs, and keep the project evolving to new places of inspiration. This will get us started, anything over our goal will fund future product development for future locally-inspired, handcrafted products!

That means more classic, functional, world-class mementos you will want to take with you everywhere. The ETXE blog will take you behind-the-scenes and to future destinations*, so you can go where we go.  

I am an experienced traveller and fashion designer based in San Francisco. I've created hundreds of crazy products for Betabrand! My favorites are: the Executive Hoodie, Sweat Pant Dress Pants, Polkaflague, Disco Fanny Pack, Bike to Work Jacket, Brawl Bunyan SOBs and Japants. I have strong working relationships with many industry professionals including pattern makers, fabric vendors, sew shops, cutting services, and other areas. Etxe combines my love of traveling and experience as a fashion designer to bring you one-of-a-kind, handcrafted world-class mementos you will want to take with you everywhere you go. 

We want to bring the world to you. No matter where you are or what you do, you can come with us and follow our journey. We'll make friends, meet artisans around the world, create products, speak different languages, learn and explore. 

Risks and challenges

Once ETXE is funded, then we'll make sure everything goes according to our plan to meet the deadline date. As soon as funding is done, production of ETXE products will start. Expected shipping dates are approximately November, 2013.

Working in the garment/product design industry on so many different types of products, we are aware of all the complications that can come up and we are prepared to deal with any production issue. We have prototyped both products extensively, landed production materials and manufacturers and are ready to start production. We are using only the best local (to SF or Seattle), expert manufacturers that know their field inside and out and have been around for decades (Or over 100 years!). We have many other industry contacts including manufacturers, fabric vendors, pattern makers, sample sewers, etc. that we've worked with for years ready to start on future product development and manufacturing when we reach our stretch goal to expand the project. We also have friends around the world that will support our project internationally (with a couch or contacts ;).

Thank you for your support!

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    Thank you for your support! You'll get an ETXE vinyl sticker + updates about my travels and product development! We'll also put your name on our website!

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    ETXE West Coast Starter Collection: Everything! sticker + postcard + t-shirt + hoodie + San Francisco Memento: ETXE Wallet + Seattle Memento: ETXE Wool Cap + thank you on our website!

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