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HK$ 260
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, June 5 2019 6:52 PM UTC +00:00
HK$ 260
pledged of HK$ 120,000pledged of HK$ 120,000 goal
2
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, June 5 2019 6:52 PM UTC +00:00

About

it is probably the most primitive project in Kickstarter

● a 1-man shop/ workshop 

● a second hand Janome sewing machine 

● all rewards are going to be handmade one by one from start to finish  

shop front from 2012
shop front from 2012
working corner
working corner

leathercraft has been my teenage passion and even though i had established career in journalism then marketing communication, i took chances to join fringe markets and give tuition from time to time to stay crafty and connected, and when eventually twist of fate did happen, i opened my little workshop by 2002, i am lucky to have hands-on experience in many types of skins from fish to springbok, they all have unique characteristics and charms

recent work with full skin
recent work with full skin
work with scraps
work with scraps

for more http://al-leathercraft.com/

my first experience making with crocodile skin was a caiman in 2007, since then from time to time with personal aspirations and custom orders, i have many chances handling big and small of the skins and got familiar with them, different species and any parts - they're all gorgeous, and trust me, not just the general favorite,  namely the bellies

in recent years extensive use of legitimate farmed crocodile skins in making big super pricey luxury items like handbags, coats and skirts, or cutting at the central part of bellies for pattern symmetry for mid-size items like wallets, clutch, has generated a lot of scraps which are so beautiful but considered costing too much manpower to deal with, as small items are of comparatively much lower prices, there are also grade B and C whole skins being sold at lower prices since natural scars and scratches spread over make them not qualified for making big items,  they are mostly in black and dark brown 


honestly my main objective is to raise fund for the sustainability of my workshop (yes, handicraft is never easy to survive as a business especially in an expensive cosmopolitan like Hongkong, but now it is even harder as people becomes more and more brand conscious and see values some different ways)

for those would like to encourage us lonely craft persons, fighting against the mass production giants, i prepare 2 rewards

first is my 6 issues of tutorial in pdf format, i they are bilingual in Chinese and English, completed by 2012, cover a wide range of leather bag styles and contain tons of grammatical mistakes

for a bigger pledge i would include one of my small works

for the key theme of the project, crocodile skin minimal wallets, i create 3 basic designs with variations in color, size, accessories in order to provide maximum custom choices within the project frame

material options for black/ brown rewards

              surface treatment   glossy / matt 

 zipper size   #3thin / #5thick

              hardware (snap button/ key chain/ zip teeth/ zip pull)   gold / silver / black

 material options for fancy rewards

              surface treatment   glossy / matt

 croc skin color   

              [1] RED (dark/ medium/ bright/ pastel)

              [2] GREEN (dark/ medium/ bright/ pastel)

              [3] BLUE (dark/ medium/ bright/ pastel)

              [4] GREY (dark/ medium/ bright/ pastel)

              [5] PURPLE (dark/ medium/ bright/ pastel)

              zipper size   #3thin / #5thick

              hardware (snap button/ key chain/ zip teeth/ zip pull)   gold / silver / black

 lining color   backer preferred

 zipper cloth color   backer preferred

structural options for black/ brown/ fancy rewards    key chain / card slot width / coin stopper / RFID film

miscellaneous ● goat/ calf skin lining  ● special Kickstarter logo with signature ● zippers: fine copper teeth ● all rewards will be shipped via registered airmail

SCHEDULE

MAY fund raising 

JUN fund collection / backers' data and requirement collection and consolidation / purchasing skins and other materials / shipping supportive rewards

JUL crocodile rewards production begins / delivery follows system backer order / estimated speed 15 pieces per week / i will do shipping weekly / first 200 pledges to be delivered before Christmas while backer#201 or later would need to wait longer

Risks and challenges

RISKS AND CHALLENGES (these are so important especially for those not a handmade or crafty person)
this project would be crucial to the sustainability of my workshop, which is a 1-man operation therefore if it's fortunately alive, i would unfortunately need to suppress my creativity and shift myself into the manufacturer mode for quite some time, even so nothing will be rushed to compromise quality as i cherish every piece of work i made, and i would still be taking custom orders, repairing and alteration jobs
● the featured skins are not easy to obtain therefore once the goal is reached i would need to reserve them and paid immediately when the fund is collected, it makes refund being impossible
● choices of skins and other materials: all backers are to choose color(s) but not species or patterns, for "fancy" pledges, colors of actual available skins might not be in the ideal expected shades but i will try my best to find the best matches (options: dark/ medium/ bright/ pastel)
● speed of production, provided that pledge requirements confirmed and materials at hand, would be 2-3 pieces per day, therefore any pledges intended to be gifts must not be ready as expected, while prior communication would definitely work out prompt delivery

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Long-lasting design

my designs are simple, practical and beautiful, making of best possible materials, both allow them to stand the test of time

Sustainable materials

the featuring material, crocodile/ alligator scraps are virtually abandoned by the big names, i am definitely small enough to use them

Environmentally friendly factories

all items made with basic techniques without fancy chemicals and skins and leathers all in natural appropriate thickness therefore no synthesized layer would be added (card slot openings however would needed to be strengthened with adhesive nylon sheet, but usage is minimal)

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    Pledge HK$ 20 or more About $3

    a thank you email and more

    a big thank you with a full set of my digital tutorials

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    further support

    full set of digital tutorials plus one previous small works: from crocodile hornback key pouches to quality leather phone pouch, all in different colors and patterns and individual measurements, first backer chooses first for reservation

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    the samples

    for the 6 samples i made to illustrate this project, their task here is finished and now they can go to you, mission accomplished (of course comes with full set of my digital tutorials)

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    2face BLACK

    if you believe simple is beautiful, it is for you (one of the featured samples illustrates this reward)
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    2face BROWN

    just too many black? this one is equally classy

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    2face FANCY

    2 faces, 2 colors, or more, why not? (one of the featured samples illustrates this reward)
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    Vzip BLACK

    hold more without complexity, only sleekness (one of the featured samples illustrates this reward)
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    Vzip BROWN

    again, no more black! ok! (plus full set of my digital tutorials)

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    Hzip BLACK

    H for horizontal, see how you like the zip turns (plus full set of my digital tutorials)

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    Hzip BROWN

    also available in brown (one of the featured samples illustrates this reward)
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    Vzip FANCY

    more colors, more fun! (one of the featured samples illustrates this reward)
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    Hzip FANCY

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Funding period

- (30 days)