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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.
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.
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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