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Pockets too full? Messenger bag too big? This unique cork bag provides a better way to carry your phone, wallet & keys or iPad mini.
Pockets too full? Messenger bag too big? This unique cork bag provides a better way to carry your phone, wallet & keys or iPad mini.
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Slim-fit trousers make it tricky to fit a phone, wallet & keys in your pockets. The Urbanite Mini Messenger bag solves this problem with style. Designed to be worn cross-body, the bag is made from an innovative, cork-faced textile. Cork is a waterproof, natural material which wears beautifully and gets better with age. The black nylon strap is adjustable to accommodate a range of heights and wearing preferences. An inner pocket permits easy access to a phone or pen, and the outer flap keeps everything secure with a low-profile Velcro closure. Dimensions are 8.5 x 6 x 1.5 inches, generous enough to fit a sketchbook or iPad mini. 

The Urbanite mini messenger bag lets you carry your essentials in comfort and style.
The Urbanite mini messenger bag lets you carry your essentials in comfort and style.

The story 

A few months back, my husband suggested that I design him a small bag for carrying stuff around town. His backpack was fine for weekday commuting with a laptop in tow, but on weekends, the backpack felt too big. And the pockets on his slim-fitting pants just weren’t cutting it either. I took on the challenge of creating a solution, and got to work sketching and sewing. After a few iterations, we had a bag he loved. When my fifteen-year-old son asked if I could make one for him too, I thought I might be onto something. And when fellow Chicago maker & Kickstarter veteran Joe Walnes saw it and offered me a hundred bucks for it, I thought maybe the Urbanite mini messenger bag was ready to be Kickstarted.

Getting to now

All designs come from humble beginnings—napkin sketches, rough mock-ups, and first prototypes. Here's how the Urbanite got its start.

Initial rough sketches of the bag and logo.
Initial rough sketches of the bag and logo.
Tracing and cutting early prototypes.
Tracing and cutting early prototypes.

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The Urbanite mini messenger bag.
The Urbanite mini messenger bag.
How about having your name laser etched onto the back of the bag?
How about having your name laser etched onto the back of the bag?
Want a bag like no one else? Get a just-for-you custom pocket in any textile you choose.
Want a bag like no one else? Get a just-for-you custom pocket in any textile you choose.
Not ready for a bag? Maybe an Urbanite keychain is the thing for you.
Not ready for a bag? Maybe an Urbanite keychain is the thing for you.

About the designer

Pam Daniels has a twenty-year background in marketing and innovation and a lifelong passion for design, which she is gleefully indulging as a student in Northwestern University’s Master of Product Design & Development program. You'll usually find her in the shop making something.  She has a patent pending on a luggage design which she hopes to Kickstart next.

Risks and challenges

I am committed to having the Urbanite mini messenger bag produced locally, and thanks to my MakerBiz group (you guys rock), PoCampo founder Maria Boustead, Biblio & Greater Good founder George Aye, David Boulay at IMEC, and Maker’s Row, I have identified several sewing contractors who can fabricate the bags here in Chicago. I will make the decision on which of these to use based on the final volume of bags to be produced. While production of any physical good is fraught with potential challenges, this bag is fairly straightforward: it involves sourcing just a few materials (using suppliers I have worked with in the past), cutting, sewing & shipping. Since production will be handled locally using vetted providers, we should be able to rapidly solve any issues which arise during manufacture. And just in case, I have allowed for a generous lead time to give the best possible chance of delivering on-time or ahead of schedule.

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    Get the Urbanite mini messenger bag personalized. We'll laser etch your name onto the back of the bag.

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    A just-for-you treat: Get the Urbanite mini messenger bag customized with the interior pocket fabric of your choice. We'll offer swatches for you to pick from or send us a favorite textile of your own to incorporate.

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    Have it your way. Mix & match any rewards or get them all: custom pocket, laser-etched name and a keychain too.

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