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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 1 2014 4:00 AM UTC +00:00
$20,499
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170
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 1 2014 4:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Although our Kickstarter did not fund, we have set up our store and are TAKING ORDERS NOW!

You can still get your PACT gear at KICKSTARTER PRICES until Aug. 3rd, 2014. 

We were also able to work out MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING than is listed here!

So head over to pact.cm and shop now!

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What is PACT?

We helped jumpstart the "leather goods for digital devices" trend back in 2009. And now, after years of refinement, we're making a comeback. We may be a little late to our own party, but we think it's time to breathe some new life into this industry. 

We are two designers interested in moving leather craft forward. We use innovative techniques that result in functional leather pieces that have a timeless quality yet are very much informed by technology. 

About the COLLECTION

Composed of five principal pieces, this collection is focused on items you'll use everyday. Having benefitted from over five years of constant refinement, we think these are the epitome of minimalist modern leather craft.

Threadless, Glueless Construction — We use lasers to cut extremely precise patterns, and then weave, fold and finish each piece by hand. These innovative connections are strong and durable and involve only leather. No thread. No glue. No buckles, clasps, or zippers. Just premium vegetable-tanned leather and good design.

The PactMark — We're big on individuality and our minimal ethos runs deep. So we decided not to put our PACT logo on any of our pieces. Instead, each piece will be unique to you. Each one is inscribed with a discrete pattern comprised of 28 open or filled circles. The visual pattern is different for every PACT member and is yours for life. If you acquire multiple PACT pieces, they will bear only your unique mark. Some of our reward levels include the ability to even design your own PactMark. There are exactly 268,456,435 unique visual patterns possible so you are sure to find one that you'll like. If you choose not to customize your PactMark, a random one will be generated for you at the time of purchase. PactMarks will be registered and transferable. 

Heirloom Quality Leather — We use only the finest quality vegetable-tanned leather from Horween and other USA tanneries. These pieces age beautifully and develop a rich natural patina. (See below for example of how the Natural leather changes with age.)

Made in the USA, Guaranteed for Life — PACT products are proudly hand-crafted in Spokane, WA and built to last. We will repair or replace any defects in materials or workmanship.

The REWARDS:

The PACT Wallet is the ultimate minimalist wallet. A single laser-cut piece of premium leather, burnished and assembled by hand without thread or glue. Designed to carry 3-5 cards and a few bills of cash, it is ultra slim and feels incredibly good in your hand.

The PACT Phone Wallet is exactly what its name implies—a minimalist wallet that doubles as a phone case. Engineered with tolerances down to the half-millimeter, this single piece of laser-cut leather is hand-burnished and then folded into itself using tension to make sure everything fits just right. Perfect for the person who carries a few cards, a small stack of cash, and a phone. This will become the one trusty case you carry everyday.

AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING PHONE MODELS!
- iPhone 5, 5s, 6
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- HTC One (M8)

The PACT Tablet Sleeve is an elegant leather sleeve for carrying a tablet. This precision-crafted case eschews stitching and glue entirely, and instead utilizes our unique tabbed seam construction to create a form-fitted envelope out of a single piece of leather. The front flap can be conveniently rolled and placed under the tablet as an angled rest.

AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING TABLET MODELS!

- iPad Air, iPad (choose "Large")
- iPad Mini (choose "Small")
Samsung Tab S 8.4 (choose "Small")
- Amazon Kindle HDX (choose "Small")
- Amazon Kindle Fire (choose "Small")
- Samsung Tab S 10.5 (choose "Large")
- Surface Pro 3 (choose "Large")

The PACT Portfolio enables you to carry your notebook computer, important documents, or just your sketchbook, in style. Precisely constructed of a single large piece of premium veg-tanned leather and accented with a tightly integrated strap, this piece is a joy to hold and carry and will last and be useful long after your computer has become obsolete.

The PACT Satchel is a simple and classic everyday shoulder bag. It is constructed of literally nothing but leather. No buckles or knobs or latches. No thread and no glue. Just premium 7.5oz veg-tanned leather, cut with extreme precision, and tightly woven together with its own adjustable strap. The Satchel is offered in 3 sizes. The two largest utilize an asymmetric strap system which helps the bag to drape nicely while worn cross-body. Both are sized to be laptop-friendly (13-inch and 15-inch). The smaller Satchel is great for tablets or 11" computers. Also, because both ends of the strap connect at the top, it makes a great all-purpose purse/shoulder-bag.

A Note On The "Natural" Leather

(This applies to all products.) Our "Natural" leather will change dramatically once exposed to moisture, humidity, dirt, and your body's natural oils. It will also darken when treated with most oils or conditioners. With time, these changes will produce wonderful results, but honestly it may feel somewhat disconcerting at first. Be sure you're prepared for the whole process if you want the Natural look. See side-by-side photo below for a good example of the color change.

On the left: the PACT Satchel in our "Natural" un-dyed leather. On the right: the same type of leather, but after 5 years and neatsfoot oil treatment.
On the left: the PACT Satchel in our "Natural" un-dyed leather. On the right: the same type of leather, but after 5 years and neatsfoot oil treatment.

Pledging for MULTIPLE REWARDS

If you would like to pledge for more than one non-Early Bird reward, just add up the total cost for the rewards you'd like, enter that as your pledge, then choose the most expensive item as your reward. Once the campaign has been funded you will be able to add the additional rewards to your cart at the same time you choose your colors or other options. Note: International customers must add and additional $10 USD for each additional item for shipping. 

We will be using a great tool called BackerKit to manage to manage your pledges and allow for much more flexibility than what Kickstarter provides. It also allows you to increase your pledge, choose multiple rewards in more of a "shopping cart" environment, and choose which leather you would like for your reward(s). BackerKit also interfaces with our fulfillment partner, Fulfillrite, to help streamline the shipping process.

Why KICKSTARTER?

We need your help to raise the funds necessary to procure the specialized equipment needed to create these pieces. Because of the precision required, they simply can't be efficiently cut with traditional techniques—we need CNC lasers. We have also learned from experience that in order to be efficient and to achieve the level of quality we are committed to, we need to control the entire production process.

The $50,000 goal is set with these needs in mind. With a successful campaign here on Kickstarter, we will be able to outfit a workshop with the necessary equipment to bring these products to life. And we'll be able to do so without incurring debilitating debt.

Also, this is just the beginning! We have a some amazing ideas already in development that we can't wait to fully explore. A successful Kickstarter will enable us to continue to develop these and many more new ideas. We appreciate your support!

Our STORY

Darrin's Five-Year-Old Satchel. Natural un-dyed leather + patina.
Darrin's Five-Year-Old Satchel. Natural un-dyed leather + patina.

The ideas behind this collection were developed five years ago. Darrin couldn't find a iPhone case that appealed to him. At the time, he was researching the intersection of origami and digital fabrication in architecture. He had the idea to apply this research at a smaller scale by developing a case for his iPhone that would also serve as his wallet. He gave himself a few strict design constraints:

  • Create structural integrity using only the properties inherent in the leather.
  • Avoid using traditional fastening techniques such as thread or glue.
  • Create a design that is beautiful and something one would enjoy handling everyday.

Shortly after, Darrin shared the case with Ben, who encouraged Darrin to sell them online. Ben took photographs and developed a blog and an online store for the endeavor and it was a modest success. Darrin developed the satchel and several other cases over that time period as well. However, after his wife began attending grad school, the online business became too overwhelming for Darrin to handle by himself while also teaching full time. He wasn't able to give his customers the service they deserved, so he decided to shut down the business. 

Ben was a constant design interlocutor helping perfect the designs and coming up with new ideas. Last year, Ben was looking for a new entrepreneurial opportunity, and approached Darrin about starting up the leather business again, but this time in a more sustainable way. After several discussions, the outline for PACT was in hand. 

Many lessons have been learned from the success and failures of both of our previous entrepreneurial experiences and have shaped our business plan. The partnership allows us to complement each other's strengths. We are committed to building a viable and responsible business that employs people who are dedicated to our vision of quality and customer service.

Risks and challenges

Any endeavor of this nature comes with risks. Having produced similar products in the past, we have a good idea of what could put our timeline for delivery at risk and we also have addressed those issues in the following ways:

1. Delays in equipment arrival. Our main goal for kickstarter is to fund our acquisition of the machinery for us to do our own cutting. Some of our equipment has 6-8 week lead times. There is the possibility that our equipment might be delayed passed the 8 week range or arrive broken. We have built in a two week setup period to account for some of these possibilities. Based on our previous experience we also have a couple of back up cutters ready to cover us in order to keep our commitments.

2. Delays in Horween leather arrival. Horween also has a 6-8 week lead time for leather. Delays from this will push back the schedule for the Horween leather products but not for the other leathers. We have two sources for the USA tanned natural veg tanned leather and each have shorter lead times.

3. Crazy Kickstarter success. We have set our goal at the minimum level we need to get rolling, but although it may sound a bit immodest, we have planned for a much more successful campaign. If it exceeds our lofty expectations, we have planned for additional resources that that will allow us additional production capacity. Hyper success might cause us to have to tier our deliveries past the 3rd week of Novermber, but we will do everything in our power in order to deliver in time for the Holidays, but there is the possibility for some orders to arrive later. If we do push delivery we will be filling orders in the order that they come in. Early supporters will be the first to receive their goods.

4. Studio setup. Our studio was previously a woodworking shop, so the basics are set. The electrical service is already set for heavy machinery, so our main remodeling will be to add storage infrastructure, exhausts and a super efficient heat pump to keep our machines happy in both cold and hot weather. We will be doing this while we are waiting for the equipment and leather to arrive. Due to the lead times of leather and equipment, there will be few weeks of additional time to make up for any delays.

5. Fulfillment. We will be using BackerKit and Fulfillrite to process our orders and to ship our products. They are proven partners to help ensure accuracy in your rewards and to keep us sane. There are always risks that rewards might be lost or damaged in transit or we screw up a reward. We are committed to our backers and will do everything we can in conjunction with our fulfillment partners in order to rectify any situation that may arise. Please see our shipping section for more details.

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Funding period

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