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We combine heritage materials and heirloom quality with technical features to create a backpack, slingpack and wallet.
233 backers pledged $38,634 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi Kickstarter! Thanks for checking out our project. With your help, we hope to bring our dreams to reality.

*** If you are backing us as a gift for someone, e-mail us and we will e-mail you a card to print off for the holidays ***

 

We are Mike, Patrick, Tony, Taylor, and Lorris. Together we’ve started Modern Industry, a collective of designers, artists, and misfits hell bent on developing new ideas that not only create cool stuff, but ultimately give back to our community. 

Over the past 8 months, we’ve been working on something very near and dear to us as city dwellers, the bag. It’s the first thing we grab on the way out the door and is easily our most used commuting tool. It’s with us all day, every day.

We’ve all used a lot of great bags over the years, but when looking for a well-made, dependable bag, it’s always a choice between heritage and technical. This is where we think we can do better. The bags have been optimized to carry all the modern day essentials...everything from laptops to 13x19 pads of paper. By finessing the construction we’ve created a pair of bags that appear compact, but can hold far more than you’d expect. With the pursuit of minimalism in mind, we’ve also created a high quality, slim front pocket wallet.

We’ve made countless prototypes and established partnerships with manufacturers and materials suppliers to finalize our designs. Now we need your contributions to fund our first production run.

A Conversation

There is a lot of skepticism about sustainable products these days and with good reason. Is a 100% sustainable product possible? Probably not. But here at Modern Industry we scoff at the impossible. 

We want to engage those around us in a conversation. We are going to be totally transparent so you can see what we are doing and judge for yourselves. Who knows you might even have suggestions for how we might do better. 

At Modern Industry, we strive to produce sustainable products from local materials to be a part of a healthy and diverse natural and industrial ecosystem. We want you to choose our products because you like how they look and work, but we also want you to feel really good about that choice from an ethical standpoint. 

We've spent countless hours meeting with fabric manufacturers, buckle manufacturers, and leather suppliers...all within the United States... with the goal of minimizing our environmental impact and maximizing our contributions to our community.  

Our Products

Magnitude Backpack  

Our Magnitude Backpack is designed to meet your extreme urban carrying needs. It has a large main pocket, a padded laptop sleeve, and three accessories pockets allowing for maximum usability and functionality.

The closure allows the pack to expand and contract as your carrying needs change through the day. The laptop sleeve has been moved away from your back for improved comfort, while the bag's large footprint and slim profile offer the best combination of stability and storage space. 

Materials 

The bag is constructed of a combination of Martexin Original Wax 10.10 oz. Army Duck and vegetable tanned Horween leather. The bag is lined with bright green cotton canvas that helps you see your belongings.

Our polyester webbing provides the best combination of strength, durability and easy recyclability. Our high quality waterproof zippers keep your belongings dry. We use custom designed aluminum buckles that are both incredibly strong and environmentally friendly. 

Dimensions 

  • Expanded 20.5" x 13.5" x 5.75" 
  • Contracted 16.25” x 13.5” x 5.75” 

Features 

  • Large Main Pocket 
  • Computer Sleeve ( Fits a 17” MacBook Pro) 
  • 3 Accessories pockets 
  • Flap system fits pack size too carrying needs 
  • Ergonomic Shoulder Straps 
  • Side Cinch Straps 
  • Carrying Handle 
  • Supportive, Ergonomic Back Panel 

Conduit Sling Pack

The Conduit Sling Pack is a multifunctional product that redefines an existing category by introducing a professional appeal. This bag can carry your essentials or function as a stowable tote bag for groceries. It features a removable strap that allows you to adjust the bag’s fit based on your carrying needs. Conduit has a large main pocket perfect for a laptop or jacket and an exterior accessories pocket for quick access to your personal items.




Materials

The bag is constructed by a combination of Martexin Original Wax 10.10 oz. Army Duck and vegetable tanned Horween leather. The bag is lined with bright green cotton canvas that helps you see your belongings. Our polyester webbing provides the best combination of strength, durability and easy recyclability. The high quality waterproof zipper keeps your belongings dry. We use custom designed aluminum buckles that are both incredibly strong and environmentally friendly


Dimensions

  • Expanded 18.5" x 10.5" x 4"
  • Contracted 9.25" x 10.5" x 4"

Features

  • Large main Compartment
  • Exterior Accessories Pocket
  • Adjustable Closure Height for Versatility
  • Removable, Multi-functional Shoulder Strap

Deviation Wallet

The Deviation front pocket wallet strikes the perfect balance between minimalism and functionality. Constructed of the highest quality vegetable tanned leather, Deviation features a card slot on either side with an interior partition for your cash. The wallet is hand sewn with burnished edges that are conditioned with beeswax for durability.  

Materials

Our wallets are made of the highest quality vegetable tanned leather from Chicago’s Horween leather company. All of our leather comes from American cows and is a byproduct of the food industry.

Dimensions

  • 3.125" x 3.875" x .25"
Features

  • Two Card Slots
  • Interior Cash Pocket
  • Interior Embossed Logo 

Additional Rewards

Art Print

These limited edition 8"x10" art prints are hand printed by us with water based inks and soy based cleaners on recycled paper. Each design represents a member of Modern Industry through our tools. We will print only 50 of each design and reveal the next design as they sell out. Above is the first print design. 

Sticker

The stickers are printed in L.A. with soy based inks and are biodegradable. 

It’s all coming together. The vision is now tangible and sewing machines in beautiful Spokane, Washington are standing by, but we need your help to complete this project. The funds raised here through Kickstarter will help us purchase the valuable materials needed to build bags for you. Your contributions will allow us to meet both the materials and manufacturing minimums required to bring our dream to reality.

For more information about who we are and what we believe in, please check us out at the theModernIndustry.com.

Project Timeline - 3.5 Months

Month 0-1.5: Order and Receive Custom Materials and Hardware

Month 1.5-3: Produce Product 

Month 3-3.5: Deliver Product 

Risks and challenges

Developing a new product is inherently risky. We have been working diligently to ensure that we are developing the right products with the right features for the right market.

Because we are a small company, we don’t have much leverage with our materials suppliers. We must work on their timelines. In order to address this risk, we have spent the last few months working to develop relationships with our suppliers. These relationships will help to ensure timely delivery of the highest quality materials and components we could find.

Similarly, we are partnering with a Spokane, Washington based manufacturer to develop our bags. While they are ready and waiting to begin production, we must work within their timelines in order to get the bags made. There is of course the possibility of production delays. While we hope that this will not be the case, we have built a cushion into our timeline so that you do not have to feel the impact.

We plan on manufacturing the wallets in house. This gives us greater control over production, minimizing risks associated with outside manufacturing. The months and months we’ve spent prototyping and developing our design has allowed us to shape our manufacturing process to the point of perfection.

Finally, if we are successful we must face the challenge of delivering the final products to you. The more success we have, the more difficult this becomes. Our collective retail and management experience makes us confident that we will be able to deliver quality products on time.

For more information about who we are and what we believe in, please check us out at the theModernIndustry.com.

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    Modern Industry stickers and a PDF of our process book full of great behind the scenes images.

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    Stickers + a limited edition 8"x10" art print. Original screen print design by Mike in collaboration with the Modern Industry peeps. Each design will be limited to 50 prints. When this sells out a new poster design will be released.

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    A super slim Modern Industry front pocket wallet, hand sewn by us in San Francisco, CA using the best quality vegetable tanned Horween leather.

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    Refined and low profile Conduit Sling pack. A single strap day pack made out of Martinex waxed canvas and Horween leather.

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    Refined and low profile Conduit Sling pack + super slim Modern Industry front pocket wallet + stickers + limited edition 8"x10" art print.

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    Modern Industry's flagship backpack, the Magnitude. A flexible, high volume pack to meet your daily urban carry needs.

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    Modern Industry's flagship backpack, the Magnitude + super slim Modern Industry front pocket wallet + stickers + a limited edition 8"x10" art print.

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    Be the first to have the entire Modern Industry collection! The Magnitude backpack + low profile Conduit Sling pack + super slim Modern Industry front pocket wallet + stickers + a limited edition 8"x10" art print.

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    Receive numbered(1-15) and signed backpack, sling pack and wallet. Also receive all five 8"x10" Kickstarter edition art prints and a sticker pack. An invitation to come pick up your rewards and have a beverage with us at Modern Industry HQ or we will ship your rewards. Flights to San Francisco and Accommodations are not included.

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    Receive numbered(1-15) and signed backpack, sling pack and wallet. Also receive all five 8"x10" Kickstarter edition art prints and a sticker pack. We will organize a San Francisco weekend for you including, a tour of Modern Industry HQ, a 5 course dinner prepared by us (mostly Lorris), and a personalized SF bar tour based your tastes. Flights from anywhere in North America and two nights accommodation included.

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