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$3,046
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20
backers
20days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, December 31 2018 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Our Planet is sexy! Your bag should be too. 

As design professionals by trade, we've carried a LOT of different bags over the years. In our quest for a bag that does it all, we've bought all the trends– the gadget crazies, the techie fabrics, the pockets for days and dividers galore. It seems there is a bag for everything out there, so why couldn't we find one we loved?

So we stopped searching and started designing. Lyf Bags offers a collection that is down to earth, with premium, simple materials, gorgeous style and organization that is effective without being over-engineered. 

Skip ahead: Slim | Messenger | Case Deluxe | Print Options 

Why You Will Love Lyf

 WORK LIKE YOU WORK: Lyf Bags come in 3 different styles, plus 2 bag-in-bag combos. Each bag functions with effective simplicity, with common-sense pockets and dividers and soft wool lining to be kind to your laptop or tablet. Carry everything you want for the day without needing a spreadsheet to determine which pocket you put everything in.

 BE TRUE TO YOU: Lyf offers a LOT of different color combinations and beautiful, sophisticated imagery, so you can choose a design that makes YOUR statement. Each bag is printed with rich yet earth-friendly inks. Lots of sophisticated colors/styles to choose—from subtle textures to full-on glorious prints. 

 QUALITY THAT IS "GOOD": Lyf bags are made with earth-loving materials, premium cotton canvas with a subtle wax coating and lined with luxurious natural wool. Each bag is printed with rich yet earth-friendly inks. With sustainability as a guiding intention, Lyf Bags are produced and printed in North Carolina (our home) and are designed to be compostable, and with USA production. Love Your Footprint: That's the meaning of Lyf!

#sexybagsexyplanet Love Your Earth, and Look Good Doing It!
#sexybagsexyplanet Love Your Earth, and Look Good Doing It!

THE BAGS & THEIR DETAILS

Lyf Slim

The Lyf Slim is designed to fit what you need for that meeting down the street, down the hall or at the coffeehouse, without breaking your back or needing the overcommitted roll along. The main compartment fits a 15″ laptop, as well as a notebook (the writing kind). A pocket in front holds your pens, cords and other essentials. A secret open pocket hides your phone in an easy-access spot.

Carry it any which way, over the shoulder or cross-body. And make a statement with a fabulous print. The Slim is designed to fit perfectly inside the Messenger or Case, so you can take it all, and then lighten your load with just the Slim. 

Lyf Messenger

Modeled after the Lyf Slim, the Lyf Messenger adds depth for those times when you need to carry a little more. Carry cross-body, over the shoulder or as a handheld vertical briefcase – whatever works for you. AND, fit the Slim inside, and then take it out later, leaving the big bag in your office or hotel.

Lyf Case

For those times when you need to carry more, comfortably wear the Lyf Case Deluxe over the shoulder, handheld, or cross-body. Carry all the accoutrements you need throughout your day. The "deluxe" part of this case is the interior. A divider keeps an area reserved for the Lyf Slim or laptop sleeve so you never have to rearrange your whole bag just to get your computer in place. And there are pockets for all your essentials - even a place to keep your water bottle upright - but without being over-engineered gadget gear. 

FIT IT ALL!

Print Options

Our choices affect our future, and Lyf Bags are printed with that impact in mind. On-demand textile-printing enables us to offer countless print options without the risk or waste of creating inventory overages that are commonplace in fashion production. We print it when you choose it.

Distressed Solids | Sun Prints | Monochrome Earth | Bird's Eye  | Satellite 

Distressed Solids

Earthy colors with a distressed, natural look. Printed with sustainable water-based inks and on-demand (meaning after you order it, which eliminates the waste of inventory overages).

(shown on the Lyf Slim. Also available on the Messenger and the Case)

Sun Prints

We also created a collection of Sun Prints from wildflowers, leaves and roots we found right outside our door. Everything is beautiful – even weeds! – if you look at it with a new perspective.

(shown on the Slim. Also available on Case and Messenger)

Monochrome

What lens do you see through? Removing all the differences in color lets us notice structure and shape.

Birds Eye View

Ever wanted to be a bird? Seeing things from a different perspective brings a new awareness and appreciation for what is around us.

(shown on the Lyf Slim. These prints are also available on the Messenger and the Case)

Satellite View

(shown on the Lyf Slim. These prints are also available on the Messenger and the Case)

For our Earth Satellite Collection, we combed through a zillion (well, a lot anyway) of images. From this viewpoint, the landscape often looks more like an abstract painterly masterpiece than a real place. It is only upon looking more closely that the imagery becomes recognizable as a true representation of a moment in time. 

Lyf Bags are designed to go together! 

Have fun choosing compatible prints with your Slim + Case or Slim + Messenger Combos. Whether your method of pairing is by color, by related content (like leaf and tree), by contrasting content (like land and water) or by size differential (like sea and coral), Designing YOUR system is half the fun!

 Lyf. Love Your Footprint.

Lyf bags are beautiful, functional and great for both people and planet. Assembled entirely in the United States, Lyf Bags are made with awesome 100% cotton canvas and webbing. Soft, supple wool lines the interior. and premium metal hardware finishes it out. 

These bags are made with earth-friendly technologies, cradle-to-cradle inspired production, and design for disassembly so they can go back to soil rather than a landfill (remove any zippers first).

Our printing process does not use water, and we use non-toxic inks. On-demand printing enables us to offer countless print options without the waste of over-produced inventory. 

100% Durable and Tactile Cotton Canvas. No toxic tech materials.
100% Durable and Tactile Cotton Canvas. No toxic tech materials.
100% wool soft and supple  lining
100% wool soft and supple lining
Premium metal hardware
Premium metal hardware
Attention to Detail and Function, with Thoughtful Pockets and Organization Without Being Over-engineered.
Attention to Detail and Function, with Thoughtful Pockets and Organization Without Being Over-engineered.
Quilted Wool Lining and Extra Edge Padding for Added Protection
Quilted Wool Lining and Extra Edge Padding for Added Protection

Products Made for Lyf.

Today’s throw-away culture has resulted in a forced product design process— fast, cheap labor, readily accessible mass-produced materials and giant production facilities—to get a trendy, low cost, short-lifespan product into the marketplace. This also results in ultra high energy usage, mega-landfill waste, and fusing materials together in ways that prohibit getting them back apart to be recycled.

We believe there is another way. We believe there is demand for products made right. Products made with intention. Products made on-demand with health of the planet, producers and consumers in mind.  

Buy 1. Plant 5. 

We are inspired by our friends at WeForest. Working with them, we are committed, as an overall part of our business plan, to plant 5 trees in targeted reforestation projects for every bag we sell. 

Per Kickstarter guidelines, we are not using this campaign to raise money for or with WeForest. Just wanted to get our commitment out to all of our backers, so you know we got the planet's back.

ABOUT US

Supporting Creative Community and Driving Sustainability for over 20 Years.

Lyf Company is a consumer brand created by the product design and branding firm, Designbox.

Designbox, headed by husband and wife team Aly and Beth Khalifa, is a product innovation and brand strategy firm based in Raleigh, NC, and working with clients around the world. Throughout our client work, we have focused on design, materials and processes that better the planet. We have also invested time and efforts in local community, creating events, spaces and even a full fledged creative festival called SPARKcon to motivate, promote and connect disparate creative efforts in the area.

Lyf Company is a direct result of years of client and community insights. Through working with entrepreneurs of all sizes, we understand the challenges of making things that are “good.” Things that are useful, using production techniques that allow for low runs and product flexibility and customization, and materials that are pure, recyclable and put together with a design-for-disassembly intention.

Our Intentions:

• Create useful products that enable personal creative expression.

• Develop quality products with a sense of hand-built fine craft using natural materials that are friendly to both people and planet.

• Enable low production runs or even one-at-a-time on-demand production to reduce waste created by inventory overages and to, at the same time, increase choice for the consumer.

• Insist on process and materials experimentation to question, disrupt and propel   manufacturing standards into more sustainable approaches.

• Design for disassembly, with consideration of the end of a product’s useful life built into the product itself.

We are excited to begin this new journey with Lyf Bags and would love for you to join us.

Lyf. Love Your Footprint.

Risks and challenges

Designbox, our design firm in Raleigh, NC, has worked with clients and brands for years, designing and managing production of bags and backpacks. We understand the manufacturing process, and this understanding tells us that we are pushing the envelope by doing small batches with on-demand printing. We have tested this process and know it's quality is valid. This method enables us to order more "blank" bags as more are ordered, and also enables each customer to choose their print at the time of purchase. This method also creates the risk of time vs demand. As demand gets higher, we can purchase additional printers and hire additional people, but in between those growth goals will be the challenges of maintaining timely production. These challenges prevent big brands from developing with a small-batch intention. These challenges are the reason we as a society are in the unsustainable predicament in which we currently find ourselves. This kickstarter campaign is designed to start challenging those challenges.

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