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American Handmade bags + accessories. R. Riveter empowers military spouses by providing mobile employment!
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R. Riveter takes American Handmade to a new level by empowering military spouses to create classically beautiful bags from recycled military materials and leather.
  • What we do: R. Riveter makes handbags.  But as simple as that statement seems we’ve committed ourselves to a larger mission by empowering military spouses, reclaiming old military materials that are rich with history, and ensuring American Handmade is alive and well.
  • Our Team:  Our team is made up of military spouses, Riveters, stationed throughout the country in places like Dahlonega, GA, Fort Bragg, NC, Fort Drum, NY and several more.  We provide mobile employment as Riveters deconstruct old military tents and uniforms and begin the transformation into something new—an R. Riveter handbag.
  • Our philosophy:  A handbag is a personal thing.  Whether a simple clutch for an evening out or tote for weekend adventures, we carry the things we treasure with us as we go.  Why not treasure the bag as well?  Treasure the fact that each bag has a history and story. A story that is told through the handbag that was once a soldier’s shelter, or the personalized stamp of the Riveter who cut, dyed, and sewed each component. It is this story that we value most at R. Riveter—this and the knowledge that our bags are constant and practical reminders of what we stand for.
  • Our method:  Our model is unique in that we only have a centralized facility for final construction of our products.  Staying true to our mission, we’ve enabled Riveters to work from wherever the military deems necessary by drop shipping raw materials to their door.  They complete bag components based on our designs.  They are then shipped to our shop outside Fort Bragg, NC for final assembly and inspection. We outsource virtually nothing. Military spouses design the bag, prepare the raw materials, and place every cut, stitch, and logo by hand. 
  • What we need:  A larger space and more equipment.  

    R. Riveter is currently producing and selling our one of a kind bags, but we’re outgrowing our means.  We need more space and equipment to meet demand, but we need to make and sell more bags to afford the space and equipment—a classic catch 22.  We use two commercial grade sewing machines both built during the Korean War…yes, the 1950’s.  Additionally, though we’ve upgraded from the garage that got us off the ground, our 600 square foot facility we just moved into is going to be tight this Christmas season.  We need you, the Kickstarter community to help us reach our goals. Our target of $35,000 will go directly to these costs.  Any incremental funding after this will help us spread the word through marketing and provide us the ability to hire more Riveters to get the job done right.

    The jazz.
    The jazz.

    Our Rewards:

    In return for your generosity and support of our new line, the Reveille series, the gifts will be sent directly to your door when our campaign successfully closes!

    Orders going to military members and spouses of military members: Any Order sent to a military base (or APO) or a military spouse will receive a hand written thank you for their service to our country and an extra gift from R. Riveter! (Information about military affiliation gathered in survey at the completion of the Kickstarter)

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    Reveille Details
    Reveille Details
                                                                                          
    View More Photos- Cross Body
    View More Photos- Cross Body
    Woodland Crossbody
    Woodland Crossbody
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    Wool Crossbody
    Wool Crossbody
    Up-cycled USNA Academy Blanket
    Up-cycled USNA Academy Blanket
    Up-cycled USMA Academy Blanket
    Up-cycled USMA Academy Blanket
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    View More Photos- Large Tote
    American Handmade Legend - Level 1
    American Handmade Legend - Level 1
    Color options- After we meet our kickstarter goal, a email will be sent out to backers to select colors
    Color options- After we meet our kickstarter goal, a email will be sent out to backers to select colors
    Canvas options
    Canvas options
    The legend level jazz.
    The legend level jazz.

    First things first, our mission.

    We make handbags to employ military spouses, not the other way around. Our products are one-of-a-kind, and we stand by them 100%—but in today’s world that’s not a competitive advantage, it’s an expectation. Our mission and uncompromising adherence to the values from which R. Riveter was born create a company that is worth more than the sum of its components. Our Riveters are proud of who they are and what they do.

    R. Riveter Project timeline:

    Rock this Kickstarter + get funded on October 17, 2014

    Receive funds from Kickstarter by November10, 2014

    Begin the purchasing and installation of shop equipment and at-home packages

    Have the shop running like a well-oiled machine by December 15, 2014

    Net level Training and personnel development done by Jan 10, 2015

    And with four weeks for production our goal for the bulk of the product to hit the streets via the USPS is February 2015!!

    Backing our project will help achieve our goal by providing funds for tools, equipment and the raw materials to produce the Reveille line items. 

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges

We have successfully been designing and manufacturing handbags for the past three years; therefore we have trials and tribulations of becoming a proficient manufacturing of handbags behind us. During that time we have not taken a dime of debt or financing. In order to grow to our true potential we need the kickstarter community. Our business model will finally come together when we can bring more Riveters to full time positions. Bringing our business model to a much larger community will bring uncertainties. We will always be transparent with our community about challenges, including these:
Ship date: We have built in extra time for the manufacturing process and are confident we will ship by the projected dates, but there is always a chance that things will take longer than planned.
Product changes: As we refine the Reveille line from additional community feedback and more product testing, slight changes may be made. We'll only make changes that enhance the product functionality and aesthetic.

Suppliers: We have well-established sources for military materials and have the inventory already sourced. Our leather supplier is intended for large-scale production. The liner fabric and hardware are also sourced from well-established and credible suppliers that we have been working with for since our inception in 2011.
Large Demand- We don’t outsource anything, so every stitch that is sewn will be at the hands of our team members. Part of meeting our Kickstarter demand will include a well laid out growth plan for equipment purchasing and bringing on more Riveter team members. There is no question of being able to fulfill a kickstarter promise. The very things we are asking from the kickstarter community will help us to more efficiently produce our reveille line.

Variation in product - With a product that comes from so many different makers in many different locations, there will be a slight variation from handbag to handbag. Actual colors on the handbag may be slightly different from what you see on your computer monitor, smart phone, any device that you may be using to browse our website.
Each R. Riveter bag is truly one of a kind—no two will be exactly alike. The canvas that we use was once used by a soldier as a tent; we up-cycle the material by hand cutting, dying, pressing and eventually sewing into our products. We also use other items that were used in in the our Nation’s military, such as, blankets and uniforms. We have a strict guideline for assessing what materials can be made into bag. We embrace the character and individuality of the materials while still maintaining consistency and quality in our products.
Shipping and order fulfillment- We will be in constant contact with our backers throughout the kickstarter project.
For backers and shipping in the United States – shipping and handling are included in the price of the reward.

We will ship to APO.

For international backers - anytime you purchase a product from another country that product is subject to Customs, Duties, Taxes and Fees. These fees are applied once the product crosses into your country. We will still be shipping all products to the address you provide, but you may be charged additional CDT.
Here are some terms you may see.
VAT - Value added tax
GST- Goods and services tax
CDT - Customs duties and taxes
Please research your customs, duties, taxes and fees for your country. As an international backer you will be responsible for and to pay these fees, taxes, and duties.

We have tried to make it possible to ship our products to every corner of the globe, but unfortunately that is not possible. Here is a list of the Countries we do not ship to.
Iraq
Iran
North Korea
South Korea
Afghanistan

Special Thanks:
The entire R. Riveter Team!

Special thanks for video appearances by:

Amy, Hillary, Elizabeth, Claudia, Ali, + Hannah!

Our One of a kind Marketing team:

Abi, Colleen, + Laura!

Brandi Swarms Photography + we are especially grateful for Phil Toran - our video design and production genius!

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    American Handmade Challenge Certificate of completion!

    You rose to the occasion and rocked the American Handmade Challenge. You will receive a virtual certificate that you can share with family and friends to show that you were a part of something amazing!

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    $20 – T-Shirt. An American Apparel tee designed by a military spouse. Show off your American Handmade pride. Rise to the occasion, take the challenge and get an awesome t-shirt to prove it.

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    $55 – Reveille Dopp Kit. [Color options: Burgundy+Brown, Charcoal+Brown, Green+Saddle Tan, Blue+Saddle Tan]

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    $110 – Reveille Cross body. [Color options: Burgundy+Brown, Charcoal+Brown, Green+Saddle Tan, Blue+Saddle Tan]

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    The woodland cross body. This military chic is here to stay and for us it’s more than a trend. Be proud, rock the camo.

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    The winter wool + saddle cross body is the coziest edition to the Reveille line! The wool is cut from an Military Academy blanket. The perfect cold weather on the go bag. Add $25 to ship outside the US.

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    The winter wool + saddle cross body is the coziest edition to the Reveille line! The wool is cut from an Military Academy blanket. The perfect cold weather on the go bag. Add $25 to ship outside the US.

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    The Navy wool + saddle tan cross body represents the Navy in our Reveille line! The wool is cut from a USNA Military Academy blanket. The perfect cold weather on the go bag. Add $25 to ship outside the US.

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    The winter wool + saddle cross body is the coziest edition to the Reveille line! The wool is cut from an Military Academy blanket. The perfect cold weather on the go bag. Add $25 to ship outside the US.

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    $160 - Reveille Medium Tote. [Color options: Burgundy+Brown, Charcoal+Brown, Green+Saddle Tan, Blue+Saddle Tan]

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    $195 - Reveille Large Tote. [Color options: Burgundy+Brown, Charcoal+Brown, Green+Saddle Tan, Blue+Saddle Tan]

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    Reveille Dopp Kit + Medium Tote. [Color options: Burgundy+Brown, Charcoal+Brown, Green+Saddle Tan, Blue+Saddle Tan]. Perfect For him + For her option.

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    $260 - Get it first: First 20 to receive the Reveille Large Tote. [Color options: Burgundy+Brown, Charcoal+Brown, Green+Saddle Tan, Blue+Saddle Tan]. Goal to ship is December 2014 - Might just be the perfect gift this Holiday season!

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    Reveille Cross body + Large Tote. [Color options: Burgundy+Brown, Charcoal+Brown, Green+Saddle Tan, Blue+Saddle Tan]. This is the perfect duo; keep your cross body bag inside the large tote for a quick access, grab and go.

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    The winter wool crossbody (gray) + Large Tote Combo! [Large tote color options: Burgundy+Brown, Charcoal+Brown, Green+Saddle Tan, Blue+Saddle Tan],

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    Get it first: First 20 to receive the Reveille Dopp kit + Reveille Medium Tote + American Handmade T-shirt! [Color options: Burgundy + Brown, Charcoal + Brown, Green + Saddle Tan, Blue + Saddle Tan]. Goal to ship is December 2015 - Might just be the perfect gift this Holiday season!

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    $1000 – Get the full reward line up (fully customize- choose leather + canvas) and be an American Handmade legend! We will put a plaque up in your honor in the new shop (and on our website) so you will be forever remembered for being such a vital part of the American Handmade Challenge. Your bags will also come with custom American Handmade leather luggage tag personalized to your specification.

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    $1600 – Get the full reward line up (custom canvas color options) and be an American Handmade legend! (x2)!! We will put a plaque up in your honor in the new shop (and on our website) so you will be forever remembered for being such a vital part of the American Handmade Challenge. Your bags will also come with custom American Handmade leather luggage tag personalized to your specification.

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Funding period

- (35 days)