About this project
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Hey Kickstarters! It's West Coast Dave from Coffee Joulies. I'm back after two and a half years to bring you my next product, the Wrap Wallet by Thread & Leather.
I've spent the past year prototyping, designing, testing, and redesigning to make not only the best wallet available, but the best wallet possible. (patent pending)
The Wrap Wallet is better because it wraps your bills around your cards to create the smallest footprint possible. This eliminates extra layers of leather that would add bulk.
The Wrap Wallet is truly international, fitting all currencies. No "Euro" versions needed.
I prefer having my ID on the outside so it's easily accessible at airports, bars and clubs.
The Wrap Wallet can also be assembled so the ID is on the inside and the credit card pocket is on the outside for easy access - slide card out, swipe, slide back in.
Lin Câblé Linen Thread
I've found the finest linen thread in the world. Produced in France, Lin Câblé thread is made of three waxed strands of linen twisted and then retwisted for extra smoothness, then moistened and smoothed for maximum strength and durability. Thread diameter is 0.025" (0.63mm).
Bookbinding Goatskin Leather
I'm working with Richard E. Meyer and Sons Leather to produce the perfect leather for the Wrap Wallet. The Meyer family has been tanning leather since 1550 in Eisenburg, Germany. Production moved to Philadelphia in 1830, then North Bergen, New Jersey in 1856, and finally settled in Montgomery, New York in 1981.
We've selected bookbinding goatskin (also called "kidskin") for the wallet. Goatskins are harvested as byproducts of meat production. Goats are free range; because of this goatskins can have more natural defects, including scars, which lend character to the leather. Goatskin is tough and durable, able to withstand heavy use. This leather is tanned using a chestnut vegetable tannage and formulated to satisfy requirements for the bookbinding and conservation fields. Leather thickness is 0.031" (0.8mm).
The Wrap Wallet was designed with ease of assembly in mind.
The entire wallet is laser cut, including the stitching holes.
The leather pieces are so precise that you can easily sew them together yourself. We are using hand-sewn saddle stitching with back stitching because it is by far the best way to sew leather.
3-7/8" long x 2-1/2" wide x 1/4" thick x 1/2 oz
(9.8 cm long x 6.4 cm wide x 0.6 cm thick x 14 grams)
Only 1/2" longer & 3/8" wider than a credit card; 1/8" narrower than a dollar bill.
Up to 15 bills and 10 plastic cards plus a few business cards. No minimum number of cards or bills required.
I have two IDs, a Clipper card, a MetroCard, a AAA card, a health insurance card, two credit cards, one debit card, a Zipcard, two business cards and 14 bills in my Wrap Wallet right now. I'm not proud that I have this much crap in my wallet, but I am proud that this much stuff fits into the Wrap Wallet. Even with all this my wallet is ~3/4" thick.
With 4 cards and 5 bills the Wrap Wallet is only 3/8" thick (about the same as an iPhone with a thin case).
Wrap Wallet Kit - $29
For $29 you get a Wrap Wallet Kit in any of the standard color combinations. This includes the two pieces of leather, thread, and two needles so you can sew it yourself. Add $29 for each additional wallet kit of the same color combination.
For $39 you get a Custom Wrap Wallet Kit, including any standard color leather (you can mix and match the two pieces if you'd like) and any color thread. Add just $29 for each additional custom wallet kit. Please use this reward tier to pledge if you want multiple different standard color combination wallet kits as well.
Assembled Wrap Wallet - $59
For $59 you get an assembled Wrap Wallet in any of the standard color combinations. Add $59 for each additional assembled wallet of the same color combination. These wallets are all assembled with the ID pocket on the outside.
For $79 you get a Custom Assembled Wrap Wallet made of any standard color leather (you can mix and match the two pieces if you'd like), any color thread, and your choice of outside or inside ID pocket. Add just $59 for each additional custom assembled wallet. Please use this reward tier to pledge if you want multiple different standard color combination assembled wallets as well.
Limited Edition Kickstarter Green Wrap Wallet - $99
For $99 you get the Limited Edition Kickstarter Green Wrap Wallet, with the Kickstarter logo laser-etched into the leather. This color leather is being custom-made by the tannery just for this project, and will never be available as a Wrap Wallet again. Your choice of outside or inside ID pocket. Add $99 for each additional Kickstarter Green Wrap Wallet, $59 for each additional custom assembled wallet, and $29 for each additional custom wallet kit.
Note: because this color is being custom-made I can't guarantee delivery by the holidays (but I sure will try!). Any other wallets you pledge for in this reward tier will be delivered before the holidays.
Bespoke Stingray Leather Wrap Wallet - $999
For $999 you get a bespoke Stingray Leather Wrap Wallet made by me personally, designed to fit exactly what you want to carry.
Available in your choice of black, gray, light brown or dark brown.
Ships fully insured, in the USA via Priority Mail Express (overnight) and internationally via Global Express Guaranteed (1-3 days delivery). Add $999 for each additional Stingray Wrap Wallet, $99 for each additional Kickstarter Green Wrap Wallet, $59 for each additional Custom Wrap, and $29 for each additional Custom Kit.
Standard Thread & Leather Color Combinations
BONUS Thread & Leather Color Combinations
Who am I? I'm an inventor, teacher and entrepreneur. I have a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University with a concentration in Design Methodology. I'm currently teaching the Mechanical Engineering Senior Design class at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also co-founder of Coffee Joulies, a project that raised $306,944 on Kickstarter during April 2011.
Why am I making wallets now? Basically, I am trained to design creative solutions to difficult problems. I looked everywhere for a wallet that fit my needs, and when I couldn't find one I set out to make my own. My design background helped me come up with a unique solution that had never been tried before, and my engineering background helped me make prototypes and test materials to come up with the best wallet possible.
Risks and challenges
This isn't my first rodeo. Dave and I built an entire production line, tested, manufactured and delivered 40,000 Joulies to 4,818 backers during our last project. I've spent the past year designing, testing, and taking all of the risk out of this project and I have all my ducks in a row.
The tannery I'm working with already has lots of natural-color hides in stock and will begin dying leather as soon as I reach my goal. They can die enough leather for 300 wallets every two days using just one of their drums.
Evan at E&M Labs has successfully completed and fulfilled two Kickstarter projects already and will begin cutting leather on the laser as soon as it comes in the door.
My friend Jemma will begin sewing wallets as soon as the thread & leather gets to her home, and she has plenty of friends to help if this thing really takes off.
I only see two risks with the project:
1. The Kickstarter Green color is being specially developed for this project. If it doesn't come out perfectly I will need to find another source. The wallet in the video uses Italian sheepskin leather which can be a backup source, but would mean that the Limited Edition wallet is only assembled in the USA.
2. The Stingray Wallet. I will personally be designing, cutting and sewing these. Each one will be my highest priority, but if they are really popular it could become impossible to finish them all by the holidays. I'll be monitoring pledges and will do my best to create a new tier if I believe I reach a point where I can't guarantee delivery.
That's it. It's a Wrap.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
For kits, pledge for one of the colors that you want and just add $29 for each additional kit that you'd like, regardless of color. We'll sort out which other colors you want later.
For assembled wraps, pledge for one of the colors that you want and add $59 for each additional Wrap and $29 for each additional kit, regardless of color. Again, we'll sort out which other colors you want later.
Kickstarter doesn't provide a way to back more than one tier at a time, but we'll sort this all out later.
I'll be making an extremely detailed video showing you exactly how to sew up the Wrap Wallet. If you are reasonably coordinated and fairly detail-oriented you should have no trouble assembling a Wrap.
This has to be felt to be believed. The bills slide in and out very easily while the wallet is open, then when it's folded over they're held very securely. A single note can be taken out from the top, middle or bottom of the pile without moving the other bills.
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