Transit Line WIP - Production explained
I would like to give you an update on the delivery status. The estimated day of arrival in Hamburg is the 25th Feb. From there it often takes another 2 weeks to finally arrive in our warehouse in Kiel. The process and timing concerning the shipment to the US is pretty much the same. Every Kickstarter order will be processed immediately which means depending on your location it'll take another 2 - 10 days to bring things to your doorstep.
In short: Expect your items starting on the 8th of March.
Btw. If you are from around Hamburg or coincidental in the area you can send us a mail and we'll send your stuff to our store/office where you can pick it up. We'll make a little happening with drinks and stuff. Looking forward to put some faces to the names from the comments!
I also promised to give you some insights into our production and to show you some videos and pictures about how this works. This is a very very shortened version in every sense.
The right partner to work with.
Choosing a manufacturing partner is key and not easy at all. We now work with our partner for 4 years and know, that they are capable of building high quality products. They are in the business since 1992 and worked with some really good brands along the way. They care about their people and care about the environment and we consistently work on improving everything that affects our production. I have been there 2-3 times each year for the last 5 years and we are proud to say we produce in Vietnam.
Let's move to the actual production and start with a short explanation of how a product like the Travel Pack is made in most cases and in this specific one.
After countless prototypes and months, sometimes years, of testing, redesigning and sourcing it takes us about 14 month from the first sketches to the finished production. As soon as everything except the actual production is done and every single part of the pack is in the factory, they cut all fabrics, webbings and foam. Beside the Hypalon being laser cut, most fabric parts we use are die cut which means every pattern has a steel tool that cuts through several layers of fabric and ensures an always identical part.
Different stages of prototypes from late 2017 to late 2018.
These are some of the die cut moulds used for the Travel Pack.
The production is divided into lines. Depending on the complexity of the product the number varies. A line consists of 3 to maybe 15 workers with well oiled sewing machines who work in a row. At the end of the line you have a finished shoulder strap or the laptop panel. One person is constantly walking up and down checking each step by comparing them with the pre production sample - in case of any mistake this person can stop the whole production line.
This is the production seen from the 2nd floor where I do my work during my stay. Clean and organised - always a good sign.
Btw. sewing the Hypalon attachment points on the front takes ages...
In the second step each pre-product is brought to the finishing line. They assemble each previously made part and make it a complete product. After a general check of the supervisor and his small team it's one of our team who makes the final inspection. They then follow our packing instructions, attach the hang tags and pack the big cartons for the shipment containers. One to Germany and one to the US.
That's it so far.
Hope this is more or less what you are asked for. If there are any further questions, just leave a comment right here.
Thank you for your attention and have a nice day.