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KANCHA DesignBy KANCHA Design
First created
KANCHA DesignBy KANCHA Design
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€12,540
pledged of €50,000pledged of €50,000 goal
71
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, March 1 2016 11:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

"The Grid" is yet another high quality accessory sustainably crafted by the KANCHA nomads. Have a look at the complete range of products on kancha.de/en or stay up to date on facebook.com/kanchadesign

The Grid allows you to combine style with function at all times and is suitable to pretty much every situation. Through different pockets and colors you can create over 35.000 variations of this backpack! It is crafted by hand out of premium leather and canvas from organic cotton.
You can combine pockets of different size & color - over 35.000 variations are possible!
You can combine pockets of different size & color - over 35.000 variations are possible!

We are talking about the first backpack that is as much a nerd as it is a fashionista – a product that is not a compromise, but perfectly fulfills high aesthetical expectations as well as as functional innovation. The Grid lets you swap the attachable pockets just as you need it everyday. Like all KANCHA products, it is handcrafted in a sustainable production process with real leather and canvas from organic cotton.

Play around and find a unique way of wearing The Grid
Play around and find a unique way of wearing The Grid
The Grid protects your laptop well and has 3 different compartments
The Grid protects your laptop well and has 3 different compartments

 We all are urban nomads, yet we are all different. Let's celebrate this diversity! The Grid is designed for artists and businessmen alike. Use your imagination and create your very own bag!

For us, few days are alike – so why should our backpack be? Hence, we developed a simple modular system that gives you the freedom to rethink everyday what you really need to carry around and what not. Furthermore you can use the different pockets individually too, as a wallet or belt-bag for example. The strict and sleek design takes its inspiration from the Fibonacci system – what else combines function and beauty better? At KANCHA, social impact is the core of all our activities: we produce in a fair and responsible way in our workshops in Kyrgyzstan to maximize local value creation. All of this combined, we duely believe, kicks ass!

Yes.

The detachable pockets seem to give the impression that they are easy targets for pickpockets, simply rip and run. But The Grid's pockets are attached with a metal rivet that requires clipping the pockets carefully on and off, and pulling it in public space would not lead to them coming loose. Have a look.

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The Grid with its different pockets and colors gives you more than 35.000 possibilities to create your bag. Not saying you should try them all, but it does give you extensive space to improvise and adapt it. And on top of that, you can get the "creative cord" made out of leather that gives you an infinite number of possibilities to attach bottles, rackets or an axe...check out the different urban nomads below to see what’s all possible!

Attaching the pockets by pulling the straps through the loop
Attaching the pockets by pulling the straps through the loop

The pockets of course work for themselves as well. Use them on your belt, on the bike, in the bathroom, get craaaaaaaazy!

Use the pockets individually the way you like
Use the pockets individually the way you like

Quality craftsmanship is one of KANCHA’s core values, and The Grid will also be carefully handcrafted in our workshops. Our attention to detail and decades of experience of our craftspeople in leather processing guarantee a long life for this bag.

Snapshots from our leather workshop led by Artur
Snapshots from our leather workshop led by Artur

 At KANCHA, we personally get all the raw materials from source. Merino wool, which will be processed to protective felt, leather from Kyrgyz cow herds, and canvas from organic cotton, grown in the south of Kyrgyzstan.

Overview of our raw materials
Overview of our raw materials

The main motivation behind KANCHA is to develop and produce innovative useful accessories and thereby creating sustainable social impact in our production country Kyrgyzstan. By doing so, we set an example of how we believe a business in a globalized world should be run - leading to more equality.

We are creating employment paying fair wages, offer addtional services which typically are not available in Kyrgyzstan, such as free healthcare support and provision of microloans, and support youth entrepreneurship through coaching and financing. We constantly improve our footprint along the triple bottom line with the main premise of maximizing value creation in our production country. Each of our products - so far we offer tech sleeves, wallets and photography accessories - comes with a handmade label signed by one of our crafting nomads to which you can directly connect if you like. Check our homepage for more background → www.kancha.de/en

Impressions of Kyrgyzstan
Impressions of Kyrgyzstan

Below you see co-founder Tobias visiting sheep herds in rural Kyrgyzstan from where we source our raw merino wool.

Jonas - design nomad, Sebastian - chief nomad, Aigul - operations nomad, Oskar - operations nomad, Josua - assistant design nomad, Ksenia - photo nomad, Helen - marketing nomad, Jade - marketing nomad, Armin - operations nomad, Tobias - impact nomad, Eliza - crafting nomad, Artur - crafting nomad, Valera - crafting nomad, Kalila - crafting nomad, Nazira - crafting nomad, Lydia - crafting nomad, Andrey - crafting nomad, Random Cat - just to catch your attention

We would be nothing without our mothers. And without the wizards from STARK Films that created our video! And wonderful photographer Ksenia Les hat shot The Grid from all angles! And the nomadic Mary Zweifel that filmed for us in Kyrgyzstan!

Risks and challenges

For over 9 months now we have tested and prototyped "The Grid" until we got a more than satisfying result. Our aim with this campaign is to enable us to produce a larger series in our workshops: for this we need to buy big quantities of material, fly in our designer Jonas to Kyrgyzstan and have him assist our crafting nomads to get 120% out of our awesome prototype. It's the same approach with which we mastered our first 2 crowdfunding campaigns, making our backers happy and content nomads, therefore we are more than confident that it will work this time too!

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    Pledge €10 or more About $11

    With love from Kyrgyzstan
    ~USD 11
    Receive a personal postcard from Elniza, Artur, or one of our other craftspeople from our workshops in Kyrgzstan. We truly thank you for your support!

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    The creative cord
    ~USD 21
    A soft leather cord with a metal rivet that allows you to attach many many things to "The Grid" - bottles, rackets, be creative!

    Handmade from real Kyrgyz leather.
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    The mini pocket
    ~USD 32
    Get a mini pocket for „The Grid“. Attach it to the backpack or use it as a wallet by itself, even clip it to your pants if you like.
    Available in blue-brown or black-black.
    Dimensions: 16x11 cm / 6x4 In
    Handmade from real Kyrgyz leather and canvas.
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    The medium pocket
    ~USD 43
    Get a medium pocket for „The Grid“. Attach it to the backpack or use it by itself.
    Available in blue-brown or black-black.
    Dimensions: 22x16 cm / 8,5x6 In
    Handmade from real Kyrgyz leather and canvas.
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    The large pocket
    ~USD 53
    Get a large pocket for „The Grid“. Attach it to the backpack or use it by itself – perfectly works on your bike’s handlebar too!
    Available in blue-brown or black-black.
    Dimensions: 32x22 cm / 12,5x8,5 In
    Handmade from real Kyrgyz leather and canvas.
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    Pledge €99 or more About $112

    The pocket set
    ~USD 109
    Get a set of a large, medium and mini pocket and save some cash. Combine them with "The Pure Grid" or use them by themselves.
    Available in blue-brown or black-black.
    Handmade from real Kyrgyz leather and canvas.
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    Pledge €129 or more About $146

    "The Pure Grid" - Early Bird
    ~USD 140
    Future retail price: USD 189

    Get the body & core element of this backpack and combine it with the pockets you need!

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    Pledge €139 or more About $157

    "The Pure Grid"
    ~USD 151
    Future retail price: USD 189

    The body & core element of this backpack:
    - Stow your laptop (up to 15“) to be fully protected by felt and canvas from all sides.
    - A zipper pocket inside lets you hide valuables such as keys, phones or gold.
    - The grid system allows you to attach different pockets (see above), or be creative with the leather cord or whatever you can think of.

    Available in blue-brown or black-black.
    Dimensions: 45x32x12 cm / 17,5x12,5x4,5 In
    Handmade from real Kyrgyz leather and canvas.
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    Pledge €159 or more About $179

    "The Easy Grid" - EARLY BIRD
    ~USD 173
    Future retail price: USD 219

    A combination of the pure grid and a large pocket.
    Available in blue-brown or black-black. Indicate color of pocket and body separately, please.
    Handmade from real Kyrgyz leather and canvas.
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    Pledge €179 or more About $202

    "The Easy Grid"
    ~USD 195
    Future retail price: USD 219

    A combination of the pure grid and a large pocket.
    Available in blue-brown or black-black. Indicate color of pocket and body separately, please.
    Handmade from real Kyrgyz leather and canvas.
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    Pledge €209 or more About $236

    "The Smart Grid"
    ~USD 228
    Future retail price: USD 259

    A combination of the pure grid, a large and a medium pocket.
    Available in blue-brown or black-black. Indicate color of pocket and body separately, please.
    Handmade from real Kyrgyz leather and canvas.
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    Pledge €249 or more About $281

    "The Full Grid" - EARLY BIRD
    ~USD 272
    Future retail price: USD 329

    For 120% flexibility: the pure grid + 2 mini pockets + 1 medium pocket + 1 large pocket (variations possible upon request).
    Available in blue-brown or black-black. Indicate color of pocket and body separately, please.
    Handmade from real Kyrgyz leather and canvas.
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    Pledge €269 or more About $304

    "The Full Grid"
    ~USD 293
    Future retail price: USD 329

    For 120% flexibility: the pure grid + 2 mini pocket + 1 medium pocket + 1 large pocket (variations possible upon request).
    Available in blue-brown or black-black. Indicate color of pocket and body separately, please.
    Handmade from real Kyrgyz leather and canvas.
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    A true nomadic adventure
    ~USD 3.272
    Get fully equipped with the KANCHA gear of your choice (see www.kancha.de) and explore the beauty and mountains of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. You will fly to Kyrgyzstan and get to know the craftspeople and founders behind KANCHA. We will organize a full 10 day trip for you, including flights, accomodations, tours and food!
    Timing and details will be according to your preference.

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