*UPDATE: OUR NEW GOAL IS $7000 or Cody will be forced to shave his BEARD!
My name is Cody Vance and I am the founder of ML Leather.
ML Leather is a small local business that we run out of our house. We make all sorts of goods from wallets, travel bags, different nick knacks, and Jewelry.Every piece has a purpose and a story! One of our main focuses is usefulness and function combined with traditional craftsmanship.
In the fall of 2010 I had an idea to create products that was strictly hand-crafted using traditional tools of the trade.
By doing this, the product became something so much more than a profitable item. It became something personal; it became a piece of art that I put all of my physical and emotional energy into. I wanted to be able to create something with my own two hands that stood apart from the world I was surrounded by. I wanted to give something to people who could use and gain memories with. Leather over time ages, every scratch or distressed spot holds a story. A story that could easily be passed down to generations to come.
Why We need your help!
I work from home and my son River and my daughter Shady Grove are my most faithful helpers. Since 2010 we have been making do with a limited supply of leather, buying only the smallest shipments that we could save our money to afford. This worked for our previous product lines, such as The Artisan Line, where the smaller utility pieces required far less material. However, it became increasingly more difficult when we expanded into larger bags and packs. Being Parents, Travelers, and Professionals ourselves, we saw a need for a heavier quality of carriers, but were only able to meet a small demand. My hope is that with this Kickstarter Project, we will be able to get the materials to maintain a product line of heavy duty, heirloom quality gear. _______________________________________________________
OUR GOAL is to Raise $3500 in 30 DAYS!
The proceeds will be going to buy more material and a few tools to continue creating beautiful handcrafted goods.
What we are going to use this money for:
A 6 month supply of...
Full Grain Chrome Tanned Leather...the most durable material you can find in the "Leather World".
Hand-casted solid copper and welded stainless steel hardware. When developing our bags, we strategically placed rivets at their stress points making the bags more durable and incredibly tough. We also put extra D-rings and clasps on the exterior of the bags to increase their function and wear-ability.
Non-flammable nylon and Hand-spun linen threads. These threads are exceptionally durable and maximize our product’s ability to last. They are used on every leather good we produce. Even our smaller wallets and cases receive this attention, and are all hand-stitched.
These are things that most other leather companies don’t use or do, and it tends to increase the cost of producing a substantially more dependable product.
THE BEST PART is these materials come from family owned businesses, right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A.!
- S.B Foot Tannery located in RedWing, Minnesota.
- Weaver Leather Factory
1. The Nomad Back Pack 2. Travel Bag 001 3. Heavy Duty Lanyards
4. pocketBOOK Wallets 5. iPad Sleeve 6. Card Wallets
7. Slim Card Sleeve 8. The FisherMan's Wallet
Much Love Tote Bags - Printed on 100% Recycled Canvas with Soy Ink. A great tote to take to the beach, farmers market, or even to the next community gathering.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY, Together we could make a difference!
- (45 days)