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Premium leather bags, belts and accessories, built to last and Guaranteed for Life. Proudly made in the USA.
Premium leather bags, belts and accessories, built to last and Guaranteed for Life. Proudly made in the USA.
181 backers pledged $36,069 to help bring this project to life.

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There is a belt that my father has had for the past twenty years. Over those twenty years it has aged with him. It has been scuffed, nicked and developed a dark patina as a visual testament to the work that it’s been through. That belt has always been an example to me of what it means to make something of quality. Something strong. Something reliable.

About a year ago, after visiting my parents and seeing my father’s belt again, I realized that it was about time that I found myself one of the same quality. Never being one to shy away from a challenge, I decided that I would make my own. After making that belt, I realized I wanted (and needed) a new bag for my laptop and a duffel I could use for whenever and wherever I travel. And with that, Kingsman Leatherware was born.

What started it all—My Father's Old Belt
What started it all—My Father's Old Belt

Our Process

I. Design:        

  • Sketch—First, we begin each and every design, whether it be a bag, belt or key strap, with a hand drawn sketch. Usually many sketches. 
  • CAD—(Computer-aided Design) Next, we create a digital design from our rough sketches and dimensions. Doing so ensures that all necessary panels to make each item have precise measurements that are laid out properly.
  • Hand Made Templates—Our digitally designed templates are then precisely printed out and transferred to heavier weight stock. These handmade templates are then used during the production of the next step.
  • Leather Prototypes—Step four. The templates are transferred onto actual leather hides of the same type we intend to use during production. The leather panels are then cut out by hand with an extremely sharp knife that is constantly sharpened. Every location for rivet holes and panel placement is laid out. The panels are then assembled to create a prototype. *In the event that something isn't quite matching up to how we want it to look and function, we start the process all over again to make the adjustment we need.
  • Metal Clicking Dies—Lastly, once we determine that everything is the way it should be, we take all of our digital template files and have clicking dies (cutting dies made of steel) produced to improve overall efficiency and precision manufacturing.

II. Leather:

This is the main component of everything you see here. Therefore, the most important part. The leather we use is vegetable tanned full-grain leather known as English Tan Dublin from Horween Leather in Chicago,IL.  Horween Leather is one of the oldest continuously running tanneries in the United States and produces some of the finest leather hides you'll find anywhere in the world (Hence the reason we use their leather). Every product you see here primarily utilizes thick 5-7oz. Dublin with certain areas using up to a 9oz. thickness. 

We refuse to use any of the cheap genuine or bonded "leather" that you may find being used by cost cutting manufacturers. Those types of"leather"are essentially compressed leather shavings and dust mixed with resin. You get what you pay for.

What is so special about the full-grain vegetable tanned hides that we use from Horween? First, being that they are full-grain, they are the uppermost part of the hide that is the strongest and aesthetically the best. These hides proudly display their scars and various marks, all of which helps to make every product completely unique. The best part? The longer you own and use these bags and belts, the better they'll look. 

III. Thread:

The thread we use is full polyester (size 207). It is extremely strong and extremely resilient. Polyester thread is not affected by UV rays like nylon which will become brittle over time with exposure. Polyester thread is also not affected by the acid levels in the leather like cotton thread is. 

IV. Hardware:

Our hardware is a major component that helps to hold everything together and make it all complete. Our buckles and clasps are solid and reliable made to last and function for life. They're simple, don't quit and get the job done every time.  

As for our rivets, we use only hearty copper. These rivets require a hole to first be made into the leather. The stem portion of the rivet must then be passed through the hole and a copper washer placed on top. The entire assembly is then carefully placed on an anvil and the copper washer is hammered down with a special setting tool. The excess copper stem is then snipped off and the process is finished by hand hammering the remaining stem into a dome shape locking the rivet in for life. 

Purpose of the Campaign

We are launching this Kickstarter Campaign for one main reason:

To bring these products and this business fully to life—By backing this campaign you are making it possible for us to grow as a company and manufacture these bags and belts on a larger scale for you and others who appreciate quality. 

Rewards:

Key Fob

  • Constructed from a single piece of 6-7oz. full-grain vegetable tanned leather folded over for a finished double-sided appearance
  • Hand riveted with a long lasting copper rivet
  • Stitched with polyester thread
  • Hand chamfered and acrylic dyed edges in black to compliment the Horween English Tan Hide
Key Fob
Key Fob

 Key Strap

  • Constructed from 9oz. full-grain vegetable tanned leather.
  • Hand set copper rivet
  • Hand chamfered and acrylic dyed edges in black to compliment the Horween English Tan Hide
  • Solid brass clasp with matte nickel finish
Key Strap
Key Strap

Card Slider

  • Constructed from a single piece of 6-7oz. full-grain vegetable tanned leather folded over for a finished double-sided appearance
  • Stitched with polyester thread
  • Hand chamfered and acrylic dyed edges in black to compliment the Horween English Tan Hide
Card Slider
Card Slider

Natural Belt

  • Lifetime warranty against material or manufacturing defects.
  • 9oz. full-grain vegetable tanned leather
  • Solid brass buckle
  • Two Chicago screws secure the buckle and keeper for superior strength and easy buckle change
  • Hand chamfered and burnished edges
  • Belt size is measured from the buckle to the center hole (5 holes at 1" spacing)
  • 1.5" wide
Natural Belt
Natural Belt

Double-Sided Belt

  • Lifetime warranty against material or manufacturing defects
  • Back-to-back 6-7 oz. full-grain vegetable tanned leather bonded and then stitched with polyester thread
  • Solid brass buckle
  • Two Chicago screws secure the buckle and keeper for superior strength and easy buckle change
  • Hand chamfered and acrylic dyed edges in black to compliment the Horween English Tan Hide
  • Belt size is measured from the buckle to the center hole (5 holes at 1" spacing)
  • 1.5" wide
Double-Sided Belt
Double-Sided Belt

Additional Belt Buckle Options

—Brass Standard—Nickel Roller—Brass Roller—
—Brass Standard—Nickel Roller—Brass Roller—

 *Please note, the three buckles featured above are available options other than the standard nickel buckle featured in the belt images.

You will be asked your size and buckle preference in a survey after the completion of the campaign
You will be asked your size and buckle preference in a survey after the completion of the campaign

Messenger Bag

 
  • Lifetime warranty against material or manufacturing defects
  • Interior organization for up to a 15" laptop, iPad Mini and pens
  • Constructed from 7 oz. full-grain vegetable tanned leather
  • Adjustable 9 oz. thickness shoulder strap with shoulder pad for added comfort
  • Quick-grab handle
  • Natural interior for long lasting durability and timeless character
  • Hand set copper rivets throughout
  • Solid brass buckle, D-rings and clasps
  • Hand chamfered and acrylic dyed edges in English Tan to match the hide for a more relaxed messenger feel
  • Dimensions: Width 16" X Depth 5" X Height 12"
Messenger Bag
Messenger Bag
Left to Right: Front—Side—Interior
Left to Right: Front—Side—Interior
 

 Double Gusset Brief

  • Lifetime warranty against material or manufacturing defects
  • Interior organization for up to a 15" laptop, iPad Mini and pens
  • Constructed from 7 oz. full-grain vegetable tanned leather
  • Adjustable 9 oz. thickness shoulder strap with shoulder pad for added comfort
  • Two removable double-sided straps that wrap around the entire brief
  • Natural interior for long lasting durability and timeless character
  • Hand set copper rivets throughout
  • Solid brass buckle, D-rings and clasps
  • Hand chamfered and acrylic dyed edges in black to compliment the Horween English Tan hide
  • Dimensions: Width 16.5" X Depth 5.5" X Height 12"
Double Gusset Brief
Double Gusset Brief
Left to Right: Angle—Front pocket—Open top
Left to Right: Angle—Front pocket—Open top
    

Duffel Bag

  • Lifetime warranty against material or manufacturing defects.
  • Interior zipper and open top pockets
  • Constructed from 5-7 oz. full-grain vegetable tanned leather 
  • Adjustable 9 oz. thickness shoulder strap with shoulder pad for added comfort
  • Natural interior for long lasting durability and timeless character
  • Hand set copper rivets throughout
  • Solid brass buckle, D-rings and clasps
  • Hand chamfered and acrylic dyed edges in black to compliment the Horween English Tan hide
  • Dimensions: Width 20" X Depth 10.25" X Height 11"
Duffel Bag
Duffel Bag
Left to Right: Handles—Base—Interior
Left to Right: Handles—Base—Interior
 
  

Production Schedule:

  • Late February: End of Kickstarter campaign. Order all necessary materials
  • February-March: Final preparations for delivery of hides & materials
  • End of March/Early April: Receive leather
  • April: Start cutting leather and manufacturing
  • May: Finish manufacturing and prepare to ship
  • June: Begin shipping to you!

Risks and challenges

We've been working hard to minimize and eliminate any potential issues. I definitely think we have most of the bumps worked out, but as you know, life is life and there is always an unexpected challenge or two that'll rear its head up. We've locked down various processes in supply and manufacturing to increase efficiency and continue to improve that efficiency in any area we can. The main risk we can find is unforeseeable delays in delivery of raw materials and production.

Rest assured, we are here to bring you quality products that you can use, enjoy and cherish for a lifetime. We have been and will continue to work tirelessly to provide you with quality you expect and more.

If for any reason you are unsatisfied with your product, you may return the item in its new and unused condition within 30 days.

Thank you for your interest, confidence and support.

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