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KAWA Pro Strap is made with genuine leather built for Comfort, Style & Durability. It exhibits simplicity with functional design.
146 backers pledged AU$ 19,314 to help bring this project to life.

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KAWA Pro Strap

KAWA Pro Strap - Built for Comfort, Style and Durability
KAWA Pro Strap - Built for Comfort, Style and Durability

With its modern design, KAWA Pro Strap exhibits sleek sophistication. It doesn't have unnecessary hanging straps that gets in your way, but still having seamless functionality.

Simplicity with Functional Design
Simplicity with Functional Design

The cool thing about leather as it wears in time, is that it gives you that beautiful and distinct character. KAWA Pro Strap becomes your own unique leather camera strap. Unlike other synthetic materials which eventually becomes obsolete in style, KAWA Pro Strap stays ageless, classic and stylish for the longest time.

Becomes your own unique leather camera strap
Becomes your own unique leather camera strap

Product's Unique Features

Comfort - When photographing long hours most leather camera strapstarts to dig in to your shoulders causing an irritating pain. We've added soft yet strong materials to give extra cushion to the shoulders. It is remarkably comfortable.

Modern Style - Made for simplicity with fashionable and sleek design.

Modern Style - Fashionable and Sleek
Modern Style - Fashionable and Sleek

Durability - A Camera Leather Strap reinforced with unique materials for durability and lasting quality.

Can easily carry 20 kilos of weight
Can easily carry 20 kilos of weight

With it's Ergonomic Design it conforms and adjusts to any body type for an excellent fit.

Ergonomic Design
Ergonomic Design

How It Works

While developing KAWA Pro Strap the main three objectives were meticulously taken into account - Comfort, Style and Durability. Being a professional photographer, I know my equipment really well and how it should perform during a photo shoot for peak performance. And this is what the product is all about - Simplicity with Functional Design.

With quick camera grip access
With quick camera grip access
Easy glide feature
Easy glide feature
Helps capture moments with ease
Helps capture moments with ease

Product Specification

KAWA Pro Strap is designed to give you that excellent fit. It comes with two different sizes for you to choose from after backing this project. Both sizes can still be adjustable. The smaller size can fit from 4' feet to 5' 3" in height and the larger size can fit from 5'3" to 6'3" in height. And we will be happy to make a perfect fit KAWA Pro Strap for you.

Product update - Screw Mount with Locking System - 15.01.14

We are proud to say we made a break through design when it comes to screw mounts system that attaches from the strap to the camera. A seamless design that allows you to simply screw the strap directly to your camera as a one unit. One amazing feature that we manage to incorporate is the locking system it LOCKS/HOLD and STOPS your camera to the strap from swinging around your hips which can be very annoying. This is the 1st prototype and it will come in black metal finish. One last thing, it is made of aluminium metal which is very light in weight but very durable. 

KAWA Pro Strap - Screw Mount with Locking System
KAWA Pro Strap - Screw Mount with Locking System

Product update - KAWA Pro Strap Threads - 29.01.14

Each day draws us closer to the project kick-off and we are so excited to start the ball rolling, at the same time we are continuously coming up ways to improve the strap and each day is a discovery and we are learning so much going through the process. Today we tried to do some tests using a thicker thread which we believe would ad more character to the KAWA Pro Strap. Just to show everyone the thinner thread over the thicker thread. The thicker thread looks awesome, solid and uplifts the character of the leather. Plus we will be using nylon threads for the final design. It surely lives to our standard - "KAWA Pro Strap with lasting durability." 14 DAYS TO GO! I encourage everyone to please tell all your friends to take advantage on the Kickstarter Exclusive Offer. Spread the love guys! Many thanks :)

KAWA Pro Strap - Thread Update
KAWA Pro Strap - Thread Update

Our Story 

Based in Sydney where I call home
Based in Sydney where I call home

Being a fashion and portrait photographer I've always thought of having a fashionable leather camera strap. Through the years I've been on the lookout but with no luck. Then out of frustrations I decided to do my own design instead. 

Early KAWA Pro Strap Concepts
Early KAWA Pro Strap Concepts

From concept drawings, it grew to a personal mission to produce not only a sleek and fashionable camera strap but also thought it must be functional at the same time. So I came up with three main objectives - The leather camera strap must have Comfort, Style and Durability.

Early sketches then evolved to a working prototype
Early sketches then evolved to a working prototype

Lately I've been coming back and forth to my birthplace, the Philippines, to hold photography workshops. It was only during mid this year that I got the chance to stay a little longer. So I explored the idea of procuring all the materials locally and start having the leather camera strap produced locally. It consumed most of my time staying for two months and I became so passionate about it. Having to develop the idea from paper to the tangible product was not a walk in the park. It was a nightmare to tackle from place to place finding the right materials and a skilful artisan, but at the same time we were fortunate to stumble unto all the supplies needed to develop the product into a prototype.

Proud first owner of KAWA Pro Strap
Proud first owner of KAWA Pro Strap

It was an endless series of disappointments to be honest. I never thought how a simple design can be very complex to sew and construct. Leather has a different character compared to other materials and needed someone who knows leather really well. I have tried several very optimistic craftsmen to make the product yet many have failed. I was close of giving up until I met Ervin.

Meeting Ervin - a gifted artisan 

The naturally shy master craftsman
The naturally shy master craftsman

During college years I used to do missionary work and have been assigned to southern parts of Cebu Philippines where Ervin lives. It was nostalgia. I remembered if I have to find a skilful artisan, then I need to go a place where there's a known history of leather artisans. We drove hours away from the main city of Cebu and headed to the birthplace of many artisans. But as soon as I got there nobody cared to help till I made a random visit to one leather store, and they mentioned this guy's name whom they believed could help me with my project.

Also a farming community where Ervin lives
Also a farming community where Ervin lives

Ervin grew up surrounded with leather makers of shoes and bags but he slowly specialised in gun holster for the local police and private gun owners.

Everything was timely. His livelihood is slowing down since heaps of product imports are much cheaper than having it made locally. Leather gun holster is also becoming obsolete since there's an introduction of newer materials for it such as hard plastics and carbon fibre materials. Having him to produce the KAWA Pro Strap gave him new hope for his future and his livelihood. I couldn't be happier not only to provide him with new financial opportunity but also to give him new spark on his passion for leather craftsmanship.

The skilful artisan at work
The skilful artisan at work

Ervin and I clicked in an instant as if we already have worked together. The feeling was mutual. I have so much respect on him being such a meticulous artisan and at the same time he has so much respect on my passion on designing the KAWA Pro Strap.

Coming from a graphic design background, it's always satisfying to come up with concept ideas on paper and make a design out from it to be used for advertising campaigns but I've never had the chance to sketch an idea and come up with a tangible product... considering how it feels like, how it works, and what materials to procure.

KAWA Pro Strap is such an exciting project to do. I could only speak highly of it because meeting the three objectives was a huge task to follow. There have been endless frustrations and almost reached a borderline to give up, but now we believed we've accomplished the task to do so.

Project Requirement 

Developing the product - Such an amazing journey
Developing the product - Such an amazing journey

To produce the KAWA Pro Strap there are few specific materials we need to buy in bulk which is the bigger investment. Cowhide Leather, Round Buckles, Rivets and Strap Adjuster.

We have chosen the type of leather that we needed and to produce a minimum quantity requirement of 100. This will give us enough to fund the first batch and to help us produce for future growth. We have sourced out and proud to say that 100% of raw materials come from my own country of birth, Cebu, Philippines. 

The Process

Production process
Production process

The production process is broken down into two parts: Pattern Tracing/Cutting and Assembly. Preparing the components and parts was a challenging task, making sure it is done efficiently without wasting any raw materials with optimum time of production. During the assembly all components are put together both hand and machine sawn.

KAWA Pro Strap
KAWA Pro Strap

Rewards - Kickstarter Exclusive Offer

$1 or more - A list of contributors will go to our website page. You will be highly regarded for the support you made. A big THANK YOU! 

A Big THANK YOU from KAWA Pro Gear
A Big THANK YOU from KAWA Pro Gear

$19 or more - Limited Print (40 sets only) - For this amount, we will give the first production on limited prints. A set of x8 prints of my personal travel with insights and engaging story on each photo. Each photo worth sharing.

Limited Print - Each with a unique story and insights
Limited Print - Each with a unique story and insights

$99 or more -KAWA Pro Strap - Exclusive Offer to Kickstarter Backers - Made with genuine leather built for comfort, style and durability. It's modern design exhibits sleek sophistication, with ergonomic design that conforms to any body type for an excellent fit. Plus, it's reinforced with strong materials for lasting durability. 

KAWA Pro Strap
KAWA Pro Strap
KAWA Pro Strap
KAWA Pro Strap
KAWA Pro Strap
KAWA Pro Strap

$159 or more - KAWA Pro Strap + The Minimalist + CF/SD Card Wallet (Limited to 50 backers)- Combining these three products makes a complete essential to those who care about Simplicity with Functional Designed products.

KAWA Leather Camera Strap + The Minimalist + CF/SD Card Wallet
KAWA Leather Camera Strap + The Minimalist + CF/SD Card Wallet
The Minimalist Wallet
The Minimalist Wallet

$199 or more - Personalised Engraving KAWA Pro Strap + The Minimalist + CF/SD Card Wallet (Limited to 50 backers) - Having the complete essentials with personalised engraving makes your KAWA Pro Strap unique like no other. Your branding is the fabric of who you are - your authentic you. 

KAWA Pro Strap w/ Personalised Engraving + The Minimalist + CF/SD Card Wallet
KAWA Pro Strap w/ Personalised Engraving + The Minimalist + CF/SD Card Wallet
Custom Engraving - Jan Gonzales, Fujifilm Ambassador
Custom Engraving - Jan Gonzales, Fujifilm Ambassador

Risks and challenges

In any project, it always involves some risks and challenges but we are hopeful the project will run smoothly.

• We need to buy the leather materials in bulk and that needs funding to do so. With leather material when produced in batches and in volumes it can have a very minimal colour shifts. But most likely if the manufacturer runs another batch of the same colour it will be as close as to what you see at the prototype. We were assured the colour shift will be very minimal and the naked eye wouldn't see the difference.

• Another challenge is the production time. At the moment we have one artisan. We timed how long for us to make per day the number of KAWA Pro Strap. Ervin is capable of doing 10-12 KAWA Pro Straps per day. So looking at a month of production we will be able to produce 200-220 KAWA Pro Straps. As of now, we are already looking at the possibility of getting another artisan to help us produce the product so it will help our production at a double rate.

These challenges are part of putting up a very unique project. With your help, we can't wait to start the ball rolling and get this product out in the market.

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    LIMITED PRINT - For this amount we will give the first production - a set of x8 prints of personal travel with insights and engaging story on each photo. Each photo worth sharing.

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    KAWA PRO STRAP - An exclusive offer to Kickstarter backers. Made with genuine leather built for comfort, style and durability. It's fashionable style exhibits sleek sophistication, with ergonomic design that conforms to any body type for an excellent fit. Plus, it's reinforced with strong materials for lasting durability.

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    KAWA PRO STRAP + THE MINIMALIST + CF/SD CARD WALLET - Combining these three products makes a complete essential to those who care about Simplicity with Functional Design products.

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    KAWA PRO STRAP with PERSONALISED ENGRAVING + THE MINIMALIST + CF/SD CARD WALLET - Having the complete essentials with personalised engraving makes your KAWA Pro Strap unique like no other. Your branding is the fabric of who you are - your authentic you.

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