About this project
Here is what people have been saying about The Bowden + Sheffield:
UBERGIZMO "...An iPad lover’s delight."
TECHCRUNCH "...Minimalist design and smart functionality"
TECHNABOB "...Offer good looking protection."
GEARHUNGRY "If dime-a-dozen flimsy plastic cases aren't your thing... we've got what you need."
IPADDISTI "...Ideato l'accessorio adeguato che combina un essenziale livello di protezione con la passione per un design elegante e l'impiego minimalista di ulteriori materiali."
CULT OF MAC "Tough, lightweight iPad cases for the minimalist hipster"
STUDIOCLUES "A perfect companion to protect your iPad for everyday use. I admire the attention to detail and the dedication to superior craftsmanship"
SUB-STUDIO "...Beautiful, minimalist iPad cases"
TECHNOLOGYTELL "...These two cases blend luxe materials with precision engineering"
DESIGNBOOM "Hand crafted with the finest materials"
HARDWARELUST "A very personal approach to the products they design"
SHAWNBLANC "These guys describe exactly my same situation and frustration in trying to find a case for my iPad"
TUVIE "Handcrafted from only the highest quality and natural materials"
EARTHTECHLING "Combines essential protection with our love of elegant design and low-impact materials"
GADEGTSBOY "Style, Safety and Productivity all in one!"
FRESHNESS "...A time comes when a group of designers come in and completely change the rules of the game"
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Hi Kickstarters and welcome to our project. We have two new products that we are really excited to show you!
Introducing the Bowden and the Sheffield.
These cases have been designed to fully protect your iPad during everyday use while not sacrificing the design and feel of the iPad itself. The idea was to build a case sturdy enough to take a beating, but sleek enough for any setting. Our focus was to create a simple, clean look, while using as many natural materials as possible. We wanted this product to be crafted of the finest materials right here in our home state because it just makes sense to build things close to home.
To pay homage to those who have come before us, we name every Fine Grain product after one of our ancestors surnames. Sheffield comes from Eric's family tree while Bowden and Palmer come from Levi's.
Both the Bowden and the Sheffield originate from the same design, with the only difference being the materials used. Both cases will fit the iPad 2 and new iPad, and measure 10 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches and only 3/4 inch thick. They both come equipped with a magnetic closure system to keep your iPad securely in place at all times. The lining is ultra-soft felt flocking that actually cleans your screen as it goes in and out of the case. If you use your iPad with the Smart Cover, the Smart Cover can lie on the outside of the case but securely underneath the leather or felt cover of The Bowden and Sheffield.
The video below demonstrates how the iPad goes in and out of the case.
The Bowden is milled from aircraft-grade aluminum, bead-blasted and hard-anodized for a long-lasting finish. This is the same process that Apple uses to achieve the beautiful finish you find on Apple's unibody Macbook Pro and iMac. The Bowden also features your choice of hand finished walnut or cherry hardwood and black or brown full-grain, chrome-tanned leather. This leather is the finest quality available, and will wear naturally with time, adding to the unique, natural look of your case.
The Sheffield is made of milled polycarbonate with your choice of either hand finished cherry or walnut hardwood. The cover is precision cut from 100% natural wool felt, which is incredibly strong and also wicks away liquids. Perhaps one of the most intriguing features of the Sheffield is its ability to be used as a dry-erase board. This makes the Sheffield perfect for anyone who needs to take temporary notes or sketches without the hassle of carrying around a separate notebook. The felt cover can also be used as a stand when you need to type, surf the web, or anything else.
We strive to make each product with locally produced materials. Most of the raw materials in both the Bowden and Sheffield are produced within 50 miles of our studio. All of our outsourced processes are performed locally as well.
The Palmer is the first case ever produced by Fine Grain. It is made from the highest quality full-grain, chrome-tanned leather and hand-stitched with durable waxed thread. The case will wear naturally with time, adding to its unique and natural look.
Fine Grain Artist Collaborative Microfiber Cloths are perfect for cleaning your gadgets, glasses, and pretty much anything else. We have four different designs pictured below. You will later vote to decide on which of these artworks end up being produced and sent to you. (Only one image will be produced). They measure 6 x 8 inches, will don the fine grain logo, and fit conveniently under the cover of your case.
Artist in order of appearance:
Our Funding Goal
Our funding goal is $20,000. If we hit our goal we will be able to produce the Sheffield and the Bowden in affordable quantities and purchase the tools required for production and assembly.
Thanks for checking out our project. We hope you have enjoyed it and we hope you back our project.
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
A Special Thanks to...
Kimmi, Sydney, Therin, Sheldon, Don, Daniel, Matt, and Prof. Morgan.
All cases fit both the iPad 2 and New iPad (aka iPad 3) (aka iPad HD)
The production Bowden should weigh in at about 27 ounces, imagine a soda or beer in a glass bottle, it's surprisingly light.
The Sheffield Will be around 20 ounces.
Individual weight may vary due to the hand made nature of the cases.
Why are the retail prices different for the $120 "Early Bird Bowden" and the $170 regular "Bowden" rewards?
That was an error on our part. We didn't notice it until someone had pledged for those rewards, so we were unable to edit it. The rewards for the "Early Bird Bowden" and the regular "Bowden" are exactly the same.
Yes. You will be able to choose between cherry or walnut hardwood.
Yes. You will be able to choose between brown or black leather and cherry or walnut hardwood.
Can the leather cover of the Bowden be rolled up and used as a stand like the felt cover of the Sheffield?
Yes it can!
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