Beautifully natural minimal cork wallet
Practice discipline for your daily carry. Durable, Natural & Harmless. Designed & Made in California.
Carry the essentials and simplify your life. Available in two versions, and two types of cork. Both can hold 1-10 cards and cash, however, the cards + cash version has 3 separate compartments. Cork is as durable as leather but water resistant, and harmless. Cork oak intakes 5x more CO2 when regenerating harvested bark.
Our philosophy evolved during our time at Wurster Hall while studying architecture at UC Berkeley. We fell in love with the cad/cam lab and the endless possibilities that the right tools can provide. Studio allowed us to be completely focused on design. Now that we have graduated, we want to make products that are beautiful, functional, & harmless.
We strive to provide design solutions that embrace harmless materials, which is why we fell in love with cork. The perfect, long-lasting substitute for leather. The cork that we use is upholstery grade and is rated to be as durable as leather. No animals are harmed, and no trees cut down. In addition, cork is non-toxic and germ-repelling.
To regenerate the harvested bark, the cork oak absorbs up to five times as much CO2 as an untouched tree.
Cork comes from the cork oak tree, Quercus suber, and can be harvested every 9-12 years by removing the outermost layer of bark called the cambium, making it an invaluable renewable resource. No harm is caused to the tree during the removal of bark, and the process can be sustained throughout the 200+ year lifetime of the tree.
We need to purchase a laser cutter to kickstart our design venture. With an in-house laser cutter we can make prototyping and productions much faster, not just for the wallets, but for future projects as well. With the funding we can purchase a small laser cutter and materials necessary to make these wallets.
How Kickstarter works.
The following is taken from Kickstarter's info page.
Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others.
Thousands of creative projects are funding on Kickstarter at any given moment. Each project is independently created and crafted by the person behind it. The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control and responsibility over their projects. They spend weeks building their project pages, shooting their videos, and brainstorming what rewards to offer backers. When they're ready, creators launch their project and share it with their community.
Every project creator sets their project's funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.
Backing a project is more than just giving someone money, it's supporting their dream to create something that they want to see exist in the world.
Risks and challenges
Being that this is our third time launching this project we are more than ready to start production. We have secured a cork fabric manufacturer and have found the perfect laser cutter for the job. The risks are minimal but here is what can happen:
The laser tube breaks during delivery...
If this happens, we will have to buy a replacement tube and this could delay our delivery maximum by 1 month.
The laser cutter breaks...
There are lots of moving parts on a laser cutter. Fortunately every part can be replaced and we're both mechanically inclined. If things get to complicated Arash's brother/mentor/mechanical engineer can help us.
- (31 days)