About this project
The "Elements" is a collection of handbags, gender neutral wallets and gender neutral travel duffles made with the inspiration of The Four Elements: EARTH | AIR | FIRE | WATER.
Each piece has been thoughtfully crafted with the best of sustainable materials and paired with quality vegan leathers. Ife Medow is where Made in the USA meets the African touch. Ife means “Love” in Yoruba, a Nigerian language, and Medow means “My Love” in Fanti, a Ghanaian language. I like to say Ife Medow pieces are made with LOVE.
In fact, our collection will retail for less than 25% of the price that luxury brands charge. We’re committed to offering stylish, sustainable options that protect your identity on-the-go.
With the funds raised from your backing we'll be able to produce our first run of production. And take these fabulous samples from concept to reality!
Each Elements keychain has been made with the complementary vegan leather from it's matching Elements bags and accented with the same hardware selection. The Earth and Air keychains come with antique brass hardware and the Fire and Water keychains come with nickel hardware.
Hey ya’ll, thank you for checking us out. I’m Toyin Ajayi, the founder of Ife Medow, a sustainable bags and accessories line that also spells luxury.
Inspired by my eclectic culture, Ife Medow is where Made in the USA meets the African touch. I’m half Nigerian and half Ghanaian. However, I was born in London, England and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Having such a diverse cultural background, I wanted to create a line that incorporates sustainable materials and pays homage to the places that have influenced and made me the woman I am.
With each piece in the Ife Medow line, it’s my aim to share my culture with you. With Ife Medow we hope you are inspired to live, travel and experience life in a luxurious, stylish, and eco-friendly way.
It's our mission to produce quality, affordable, sophisticated pieces made using sustainable materials. Ife Medow believes that you shouldn't have to sacrifice style for sustainability, why not have both? With Ife Medow, You can have that and much more!
1. Quality: We have selected the best of the best when it comes to sustainable materials and vegan leathers. We've also kept the protection of your valuables and information in mind. Each Ife Medow piece comes with RFID protection built in. Our wallets are RFID protected through out and our bags come with RFID protection pockets; perfect for credit cards, passports and more. **And to keep the value we'll be limiting the amount made of each piece.**
2. Affordable Luxury: With Ife Medow you'll be getting luxury pieces without the luxury markup. Our pieces are about 1/4 the price of most luxury brands because we've cut out the middle man.
3. Sophisticated Style: Ife Medow pieces are made ready for the runway, a sassy night out, or just owning the world in your everyday life. From the inside out Ife Medow pieces are sure to make a statement and even spark up a few conversations.
Do you know about RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)? RFID is the technology that allows an individual to simply wave their credit to complete a purchase, you may know it as "the chip". As more stores, passports, and credit cards begin to switch over to RFID technology, it's important that you protect yourself. Instead of the traditional swipe action that we have become so accustomed to, you can now have the ability to simply wave their card in front of a scanner which completes a transaction. But of course with every great technological advancement there is always going to be someone who wants to break the system.
Hackers with very minimal technical skills have created devices similar to the scanner which vendors such as grocery stores use. With these makeshift scanners, hackers can easily steal your personal financial information. Thus having the ability to make new credit cards based on your financial information. All the perpetrator needs to do is walk past an innocent civilian which then picks up the credit card signal embedded in the credit card.
**That's why our Ife Medow pieces have RFID blocking built in for your protection.**
We believe in honest work for honest pay and maintaining job sustainability, as well. Therefore, Ife Medow is a sweatshop free, or “people friendly,” brand. We are responsibly Made In America, so you can confidently ask #whomademyclothes?
We want to reduce waste with even the smallest details, so we’ve put great thought into everything we do at Ife Medow, and our packaging is not lost in this thought process.
Our shipping boxes and mailers are made with earth-friendly packaging that is recycled, recyclable, reusable, and even biodegradable, so you can toss them in your compost, if you want!
All of our paper goods are printed on recycled or plantable paper with vegetable based inks. Plantable? Yep, that’s right! Plant our hangtags, the paper portion will compost away, and the seeds will grow flowers, herbs, or vegetables - this will vary for each of our collections. No waste!
Even our dust bags are multipurpose and reusable.
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When it comes to our selections of quality, beautiful sustainable materials there are simply no shortcuts. Some of our custom fabrics, like our Cork and Salmon leather, have to be processed for at least 30 days to prepare for its lifetime with you. We appreciate your patience and look forward to getting our pieces to you pronto!
May 16: Conclude our Kickstarter campaign.
June 1: Receive funds from Kickstarter and place our fabric/materials orders.
July 1: Materials arrive at factory. Production begins.
September 1: Early VIP Production concludes.
October 15: Production concludes.
Ship to warehouse November 1: Begin shipping to backers.
Risks and challenges
Delivery time: In manufacturing, there's always a risk that suppliers do not fulfill orders on time. We're working with a very professional, organized factory that has decades of experience. We are working closely with them to make sure production goes smoothly. All in all, we will do what we can to deliver before the expected delivery dates!
Duty/VAT charges: If you live outside of the US, you will be responsible for any applicable duty/VAT charges.
Customs: Some countries are known for being very slow with customs, and you'll probably know if you live in one. We're sorry that we can't put a magic stamp on our packages to help them get through faster. But we'll do our best to take care of things that are in our control.
We'll update you frequently about our progress, and if there are any hiccups along the way, we'll let you know!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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