The handmade leather bag we're about to share with you has been 11 years in the making.
Truthfully, we don't think this has ever been done before...
What we're talking about is a bespoke, hand-made leather bag with custom-made titanium buckles.
Before we continue:
This project is a collaboration between Kohi Point (launched three Kickstarter projects previously ...all high-end, hand-crafted leather goods) and Magnus (launched more than sixteen Kickstarter projects ...all made from titanium).
Kohi Point + Magnus Collaboration
For around 11 years Magnus has been looking for a particular style of leather bag (he knows it was 11 years ago because he saw the style in Wellington, New Zealand while travelling).
In all these 11 years he has never been able to find one that was exactly the style he recalls seeing.
But here's the thing:
There were a few features Magnus knew really made the bag close to the "Holy Grail":
#1 – It was big enough to hold a standard A4 (or the USA letter-pad size of 8.5" x 11") pad of paper …but no bigger (i.e. it is NOT a laptop bag)
#2 – There were no clips or magnets …just a large, simple flap that held itself closed with gravity
#3 – A clean and simple overall design
Eleven years later...
Meeting Steph at Kohi Point is the one single thing that has made this bag possible. Magnus has had the design in his head for years ...and now, together with Steph's leather-work experience, the bag design has come to life.
Not only that but,
Magnus is known as “the titanium guy” …and so it is a no-brainer to design and make ALL the titanium hardware for this dream bag (which, to be honest, is incredibly exciting).
Okay, enough hype. We present to you the Mahuta bag...
Having a large, simple flap on the front of the Mahuta bag was one of the "must have" criteria.
Not only is it minimalist and clean - but it's extremely function. Using the weight of the leather itself there is no need for magnets latches or buttons.
The "Goldilocks" Bag
We'll be honest here...
This is NOT a laptop bag.
The Mahuta can hold letter-pad sized paper, books and perhaps a tablet.
You may be able to fit a small laptop in there if you want - but, truthfully, that's not what we set out to make this bag for.
This is a mid-sized bag you can carry effortlessly without feeling "weighed down".
When we say the Mahuta is hand-made - we really mean it!
From cutting out the leather pieces... through to the final stitching... all done 100% by hand.
This bag really is crafted to last many lifetimes (not just one!).
While Magnus makes the titanium components, Steph is the "Needlework Ninja" and responsible for hand-crafting of the Mahuta bag itself.
We've designed the Mahuta with an adjustable strap so you can fit the bag to YOUR size.
Most bags require taking the bag off and 'fiddling' with the buckle to change the strap length - this is not the case with this bag. Magnus has found the perfect balance between effortless adjustment - and keeping the strap securely in place.
The adjuster buckle was designed by Magnus (after a ton of testing and tweaking) so you can adjust the strap with one hand.
After struggling to source Italian Leather locally here in New Zealand... We import directly from Italy ourselves.
This way we know 100% what we're getting.
Not only that...
We only use vegetable tanned leather because this is a 100% natural tanning process (with none of the chemicals used in other leathers).
We're not 100% sure, but...
This could be the world's first Titanium + Leather bag. The hardware consists of 3 x titanium buckles and 1 x titanium strap adjuster.
Each of the four titanium components are precision CNC machined by Magnus.
From raw titanium plate (again, as with the leather, directly imported by us) all the way through to finished components - It's all done in Magnus' workshop.
We've paid close attention to the details of the titanium components. We could have used, say, 2mm thick titanium (which would be more than strong enough) - but we didn't.
We opted for 6mm (1/4") because that's what was needed to match visually with the 'solid' and 'chunky' design of the Mahuta bag itself.
The Mahuta weighs in at around 800 grams (or 28oz).
The internal dimensions are around:
Height: 310mm (12 1/4")
Width: 225mm (9")
Depth: 75mm (3")
It will hold standard paper sizes (8.5" x 11" as well as A4).
3 x Leathers Available
As you have already probably seen in the photos so far..
There are three different leathers available to you:
- Black (left)
- Tan (middle)
- Brown (right)
Let's talk Rewards...
We are keeping the Rewards super simple for you.
Take a look below and select which Reward will work best for you:
Thank you for checking out our project,
Steph and Magnus
Risks and challenges
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