About this project
“Travel the world, but keep your belongings”
This was the original thought as I left my comfort zone to travel the world. The problem I faced at the time was that most of the travel accessories I needed didn't really distinguish by design or style, plus I didn’t want to run around with anything that points me out as a tourist right away.
Therefore I started out creating my own little travel gadgets. Within a short amount of time the wrist wallets become the new IT piece among my traveling friends, and even at home they grew into a solid accessory for every festival or party.
The name meerkats and the idea of establishing my own business developed during my trip, but telling the truth after you return from a world trip there are hardly funds left on your bank account. Therefore I went back to my normal job and started meerkats together with a friend on site. During my trip I already visited several suppliers, leather companies and production facilities, but wherever I went I was never completely convinced by the production conditions or the quality of the finished product. So our first challenge become to find a company that produces within a quality ranch we agree to and preferable in Germany or Europe. I never expected it to become so difficult. We overcome the challenge and today we have our suppliers for accessories and for production all lined up, so that we are also able to produce larger quantities.
At the end of 2014 meerkats launched its first wrist wallet campaign, which was separated into three lines
Chop&Suey Rock&Soul Hide&Seek
The start was amazing and we directly sold several wrist wallets to family, friends and others, but we underestimated the marketing budget it takes to push the brand beyond the extended circle of friends. Plus, we wanted to start producing new wallets for our already existing lines and starting new lines such as
Slim&Sassy (a line that fits to fancy clothes and high heels)
Rip&Curl (a water proofed line that can be taken out into the ocean, kite-surfing or rafting)
Mice&Men (a men line which looks a little more masculine and comes in XL and XXL sizes as well)
With your contribution you help us to broaden our wrist wallet portfolio and to push our marketing actions at the same time. In this way we are able to reach out beyond our extended circle of friends and make meerkats a well-known travel accessory brand.
If your interest and contribution exceeds our goal, you give us the possibility to start new product lines with all kind of sneaky pockets next to the wrist wallets.
Reward 2 Early bird special 20€
1 x Chop&Suey wrist wallet in red-passion, black or brown
Reward 3 - Early bird special - 30€
One wrist wallet in
- Rock&Soul- brown or black
- Hide&Seek- rockable brown or black
Reward 4 - Customize your own - 30€
Pick the color combination you like and create your own Chop&Suey wrist wallet.
Color choice and size will be collected via email after the kickstarter campaign has finished.
Reward 5 - Mice&Men - 30 €
Guys we have thought about you as well, therefore be the first to get one of our men wallets.
- Mice&Men - Kalahari brown
- Mice&Men - Serengeti black or brown
- Chop&Suey - black or brown
Reward 6 - Bestseller - 35€
Get one of our Bestseller
- Hide&Seek - Time is what you make of it
- Rock&Soul - black or brown
- Hide&Seek - Rockable black or brown
- Hide&Seek - Dream
Reward 7 - Slim & Sassy - 39€
Be one of the first to get our newly designed Slim&Sassy wallets. They come in two different designs and look great to every outfit.
- Slim&Sassy - New York
- Slim&Sassy - Vancouver
Reward 8 - Pick 4 for 120€
Pick any 4 meerkats wallets and have a fitting wallet for every occasion.
Reward 9 - get 10 for 280€
Get 10 meerkats wallets and surprise your friends with a great gift.
Reward 10 - get 25 for 500€
Get 25 of your favorite meerkats wallets and offer them in your store or online .
Reward 11 - Get 150 for 2500€
Get 150 wrist wallets in one design with your own logo on one of the buttons and have a perfect giveaway on your next exhibition.
Experience: I started designing and sewing the first wrist wallets 4 years ago. From that time on I keep on improving quality and design constantly, so by now we can offer you our best collection.
Design: The designs developed over years, there are more than 250 prototypes in different designs, forms and materials already on the market. The designs we offer today are all produced out of European leather tanned in compliance with European AZO regulations.
Manufacturing: Part of the manufacturing takes place in house. For the sewing part we found a great company in Germany who is able to do excellent sewing work. We visited them a few times during our first production run. They are ready and waiting for our production order.
Packaging: The package is the only part we order from a production company in China. We wanted to have our own design for the boxes and it was just way more economically to purchase it directly in China.
Distribution: We are working with one of the main German distributor and till now they always delivered the packages successfully. So we are confident that they are also delivering your package on time.
15. October: Launch of Kickstarter Project
15. November: End of Kickstarter Project, collecting customers product choice(s), color choice(s) and size(s) via email.
30. November: Receiving fund from Kickstarter
15. December: Sending out all early bird orders to their new owner.
15. January : All needed materials are in house. Production begins
28. February: Shipping to backers begins.
Thank you very much for your help and we wish you tons of beautiful adventures together with your meerkats wrist wallet.
Risks and challenges
Delivery time: In manufacturing, there's always a risk that suppliers do not fulfill orders on time. We are working with different supplies that all have been in business for decades. We made extremely good experience with all of them during our trial production run and are confident that material delivery and manufacturing runs smoothly.
However, there will always be unknown risks in the manufacturing process, a delay can occur, or an error could happen in the Meerkats process. We will communicate with our backers from start to finish and keep everyone informed and up to date on our progress.
Duty/VAT charges: If you live outside of the European Union , you will be responsible for any applicable duty/VAT charges.
Customs: Some countries are known for being very slow with customs, and you probably know if you live in one of these. We're sorry that we can't put a magic stamp on our packages to help them get through faster.
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