About this project
- $10,000 - Original Goal (DONE)
- $45,000 - Additional Colors (DONE)
- $95,000 - Left Handed Version, Microfiber Wipe and Extra D-Ring (DONE)
- Ditch the fanny pack Matthew McConaughey and back this project!
Thank you so much for your support. We did it!
What Backers are already saying:
"Cool bag. I'm glad I backed it. It really does fill a need. I've been looking for something like this but everything is too small, too tactical, too big, or a purse."
"EXACTLY what I need and I've been hunting for just such a bag since January!"
"Rarely back physical goods projects, but this is such smart design! Minimal and Perfectly Sized."
"Appreciate your quality made in USA work. Look forward to the bolstr. It's just what I've been looking for."
A Minimal Every Day Carry Obsession:
The pictures don't lie: Men are obsessed with their everyday carry (EDC) items. While "necessity" may vary from man to man, almost everyone tends to carry at least a smart phone, keys, and wallet. But sometimes we need more — sunglasses, a point-and-shoot camera, headphones, tablet, external battery, notepad, pens, pocketknife, or other "stuff."
Even with the convergence of technology (ie. smart phones), a few extra pockets can really make a difference for today’s Modern Man. Most of us do not want to lug around an oversized laptop bag, strap on a fanny pack, or carry some funky man purse, though, just to accommodate a few more EDC items — a particular hassle in warmer weather when the convenience of wearing another article of clothing for pockets is not an option.
Unsatisfied with other options available on the market, I set out to design a minimal, man-sized, everyday carry bag, somewhere between a laptop bag and a holster. After two years of prototyping and testing, the bolstr™ brand is ready to go.
bolstr Everyday Carry (EDC) Pouch
Bag-in-bag accessories are as boring as boxy laptop and tablet bags. Using the same asymmetrical bolstr Small Carry design approach, we came up with a clamshell Everyday Carry Pouch for cables, cords, extra batteries, a wallet or other other small items you want to keep tidy in your bag.
These clever pouches feature a snap pocket for fast access to headphones or charging cables. They also make for a fantastic transition item to help you stay organized between your bolstr Small Carry and a larger bag.
Available in Both Left and Right Sided Options:
The right sided bolstr Small Carry crosses over the left shoulder so the bag is on the right side (see the picture below). The opposite is true for the left handed bag. This is a well established industry standard, but ultimately it is a matter of preference. Therefore, we are making the bosltr Small Carry available is both options.
If you are unsure of what side you prefer, just throw on a messenger bag and then notice what side of the body it is on. It will be natural to you. Click here for a video explaining the difference between the two. NOTE: the bag used in the video is of the right sided variety.
Coming up with a simple everyday carry bag for guys was no easy task. The design considerations to get to something delightfully simple and functional seemed endless. Staying focused on the perfect, minimal everyday carry bag for guys and their smart phones, keys, wallets and just a few extras proved to a be a process of elimination more than anything else. If someone wants or needs more that just a few extra pockets, then bolstr probably is not for them. There are plenty of larger, boxy bag options already on the market; is there really a need to create another one?
It might be hard to tell by just looking at the bolstr Small Carry just how much thought went into the design of this bag, but once you put it on and start using it, it is sure to be appreciated.
Funds for this project will be used to produce the bolstr Small Carry Bag and EDC Pouch. Both products are available in two different colorways (Jet Black and Steel). Design and prototype work is complete, but we will need to purchase materials (i.e. fabric, zippers, etc.), and to cover labor costs for a large production run.
I worked with three different USA factories through the development and sampling process before settling on the one that meets our quality and turnaround needs. The manufacturer we chose is experienced with designing and making outdoor gear. I am confident that the bag you are getting is quality at its best. Importantly, I have worked closely with them on planning larger scale production and secured manufacturing time for this project. I am very pleased to have them on the team!
Upon the completion of this Kickstarter, bolstr will be sold online at Koyono.com and Amazon.com. I welcome opportunities to work with retailers.
Designed in Cleveland, OH and Made in USA.
Capacity and terms have been established with our manufacturer to have the first 1,000 bolstr Small Carry bags and EDC Pouches delivered in September (estimated). Once we clear our goal of $10,000, we will be able to start the manufacturing process. Please refer to the updates for further information on production with the new design changes and color options.
I will be sure to provide updates as the project progresses. That said, many wrinkles in the processes have been worked out and we are as ready as we will ever be to get your bolstr Small Carry bag to you!
I am a minimalist obsessed with transporting everyday carry stuff without overpacking and looking like a dork. In 2000 I started designing a travel coat concept (The BlackCoat) that has 14 pockets and is made from water proof materials mostly found in jackets made for outdoor activities. In 2003 I started Koyono.com to sell the BlackCoat, as well as a popular slim leather wallet known as the Slimmy®. It took a while, but I was able to develop an organic following, and went on to introduce several other minimal mobile lifestyle products.
Thank you in advance for supporting my Kickstarter project and I look forward to bringing you the very best everyday carry crossbody bag on the planet. Please be sure to spread the good minimalist word and help get bolstr on the map.
PS - I really was not streaking in the video and wore a very skimpy flesh colored Speedo for the shoot. It was all in the name of having good minimalist fun and I feel for streakers who need pockets too! But don't worry, I have no intention of trying to make Euro sunbathing attire mainstream in America... Taking on the man purse is where I draw the line.
HI-RES PICS ON GOOGLE DRIVE: HERE
Check out boistr in the local news:
Video Production: Purple Films, LLC
Copy, Bag Designer. Photography, Producer, Streaker: Jay Yoo
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge of the bolstr Small Carry project is getting our message out to as many Kickstarters as possible. It is humbling to be included with so many other amazing Kickstarter projects and I do not take the task of garnering attention lightly. While I am fortunate to have a loyal customer following for some of my other clothing and accessory designs, it has been a while since I have launched a new product that requires help beyond "the base." I am reaching out to friends, family, current customers and bloggers to get the word out about the bolstr Kickstarter.
I have been designing and manufacturing niche apparel and accessories for over 10 years. Most of the manufacturers I currently use do smaller run quantities. I also worked on larger scale projects in the past, and learned over the years how to maintain quality and hit deadlines. The company I am currently working with for the bolstr Small Carry Kickstarter I have been talking with for over a year, and am confident in the manufacturing process we developed together.
I know how important fulfilling orders in a timely manner is to the overall customer experience and have been using the same fulfillment company for close to 10 years. They ship reliably all around the world and we are confident in their ability to handle the bolstr Small Carry Kickstarter. If required, I and a small team are prepared to ship orders directly from the factory in order to decrease transit times.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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