A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Tired of lugging different bags around?
Fathers looking awkward with a girly looking diaper bag?
Want daddies to be more engaged with kids, especially diaper changes? ;-)
Fancy a bag that you can still use for work and play, even after the kids have grown up?
Need a very functional & extremely durable bag but don't want to spend too much?
These are just some of the issues me and my wife faced during our parenthood journey.
What would you say if we designed an EVERYDAY bag;
especially great for working parents?
We know that balancing family, work and play can be challenging and we are not talking about the bees and flowers yet.
So we set out to design a convenient everyday bag that helps working parents!
Here are 5 reasons we think marlin would really help.
1. Family + Work + Play
Marlin gets you organized with these features:
Wide-mouth opening, "dura-bright" interior means you see & reach everything in a jiffy!
Colour-coded and customizable “Match and Slot” LIFE-PACKS helps organize items neatly, know where everything is, minimize stacking and rummaging through the bag.
Detachable, water resistant Diaper / Ground mat for diaper changes or just snoozing by the beach.
Wide mouth opening
"MATCH & SLOT" relevant life packs accordingly to your schedule.
Versatile uses of Marlin:
prototype shoe pack
prototype work/travel pack
Effective compartments ensure you always know where everything is
TRAVEL + PLAY MODE
Secret shoulder strap pockets for spare cash, cards, keys and ear phones.
2. Diaper Bag Convertible
Handling poop-filled diapers & a screaming baby isn’t a cup of tea.
We have streamlined diaper changes into Marlin's design, making it a quick and seamless process.
No more rummaging inside diaper bags, no more fumbling with wet wipes, nappy creams, diapers and poop!
Get the job done within a minute!
Diaper mat doubles up as a ground mat!
Front diaper pocket for quick access
EZ-Access pockets for wet wipes & rash cream - Gen 2 Marlin
3. Convenience + Speed
We have included several nice-to-have features for family, work and play in Marlin.
Everything you’ll ever need from a first aid kit, coins for ice cream, tablet for presentations or even a quick change of clothes after the gym can be easily organized & accessed.
Better be safe than sorry. Keep a first aid kit handy!
"Handy Pouch" for convenience items like coins & cards!
Secured key ring means no more misplaced keys!
4. Trendy and Unisex Design
Crafted with high-strength and tech fabrics means Marlin looks sleek and composed, even with screaming children!
Fathers can now avoid that awkwardness of carrying a girly-looking diaper bag with our unisex Marlin design.
Convert Marlin into a messenger bag, backpack and a carry all in a heartbeat.
Look good for work & no one would even notice Marlin is a diaper bag too.
5. Built Tough + Comfort
We designed Marlin from materials often found in military equipment:
Smooth shoulder straps for kiddo's comfort during carrying (above)
Just how tough is marlin?
Jeff Jude & Family, Educators - Ministry of Education , 3 kids
An impressive thought up design for a diaper bag which caters to the IMMEDIATE needs of a modern "on the go" parents!
Vern, Entrepreneur - CKC uniforms , 2 kids
Awesome bag! Well organized, no more stacking & digging inside the bag searching for stuffs! Love how I can use it for my daily work too!
Andy, Deputy secretary general - Singapore manual & mercantile workers' union , 1 kid
A multi-functional diaper bag that would be great for a day or oversea trip!
Kuanlin, Commercial pilot - Silkair , 2 kids
Very functional and stylish bag. Sturdy and organized. Great bag!
Help us unlock these stretch goals by sharing Marlin with your friends & family.
Personalize marlin with your initials - with goal of $10,000 reached!
A personalized gift always means more. We will monogram your desired initials on premium leather for FREE! (worth $23)
Life always seems easier when there is humor.
We are your honest hometown workshop that wants to solve problems by crafting thoughtful designs,
earning a couple of bucks along the way to send the kids to school.
Don't worry about us jacking up prices and splurging on ferraris. =)
Hi! I'm Eden & I started a small leather and fabric workshop in Singapore called "February 29" since 2006.
Like most entrepreneurs, I juggle almost everything from cleaning the office toilet, crafting, designing to planning of marketing strategies.
Most importantly, I'm also a father of 2 young adorable boys.
Looking after them has helped me to put the challenges I’ve experienced as a working dad into the design of Marlin to meet daily challenges.
Our ethics & skills built over the last decade would definitely come in handy to fulfilling our promises to our backers!
Take a look at what our Facebook supporters are saying about our work.
Why we need your help?
We're almost done with our Marlin prototype, but moving to the production phase requires significant capital and scale.
We need your help to finance the required materials and meet minimum order quantities.
We've spent months and months working out the details of this project, and are very excited about finally having the opportunity to bring Marlin to you.
A big thank you for checking out our Marlin and for your help in making it a reality.
Even if you can't support us with a pledge,
contribute to our project by spreading the word on social media.
Thank you to all of my friends, family, and backers who have supported and encouraged me throughout this whole process. I could not have done this without you! I would also like to thank the following people who have helped me throughout my campaign:
Model:Chris Bucko - Amazing talent that can pretty much take on any role you throw at him!
Alpha testers & "experience-sharers":
Kuanlin & Tareen
Andy & Family
Vern Tat Ng & Family
Jeff Jude & Family
Yee Qing Xiang
Dr Donny Soh - Qlipp
Grey Tan - Tinymos
Risks and challenges
We have been working with professional, organized factories that has decades of experience. However, there's always a risk that suppliers do not fulfill orders on time or the usual shipping rush for the XMAS season. We choose the best options we have at this moment. We've added buffers to the lead times just in case of Murphy's law.
Duty/VAT charges: “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except Death and Taxes” - Benjamin Franklin. Do check with your local customs & tax office.
Customs: Marlin looks awesome under the XRAY and you know how customs officers love awesome stuffs. Do allow more time if you know your countries' custom officers are working overtime on checks.
Acts of God: We are based in Singapore, a tiny red dot on the world map surrounded by seas and guess what? The island we are on is even smaller than New York City.
This means that we have pirates buccaneering off our coasts, heavy monsoons hitting our island every 3 days.
Whatever happens, we'll get Marlin to you. We promise. We'll update you frequently about our progress, and if there are any bumps along the way, we'll let you know!