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A drawstring backpack with high quality leather and canvas with a purple colour changing monocrane pattern. Designed & made in Toronto.
A drawstring backpack with high quality leather and canvas with a purple colour changing monocrane pattern. Designed & made in Toronto.
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The Monocrane Reversible Leather Book Bag is your daily bag that gets better with age. 

The Book Bag is 100% designed and manufactured in Toronto, Canada. 

Made for women and men, the Book Bag is a reversible, drawstring, high-quality leather, and canvas design that’s been silk-screened with photochromic ink, revealing a pattern when exposed to UV light. When designing the bag, we wanted to introduce a technological accent that manifested in the form of a beautiful colour changing print pattern.  The crane is the signature twenty2b design mark.

The Monocrane Book Bag does what twenty2b does best - merging art, design and technology. The design is a fashion-forward, truly unique leather bag with colour changing cranes that move with you, into the light, out of the shadows, able to carry your valuable possessions and make sure that you look damn good doing it. Stand out with the Monocrane Book Bag as it transforms its appearance throughout the day.

Canvas side with photochromic Monocrane pattern.
Canvas side with photochromic Monocrane pattern.

Our studio is located on Ossington Ave. in Toronto and we wanted to celebrate our new home and release by shooting our neighborhood with local barber/model Madison Skye.  All photos (except prototype gallery & where listed) shot by Jayscale.

What is photochromic ink?  

Photochromic ink changes colour with the light. When it's bright outside, the ink's design pops off the fabric, creating a deep purple crane pattern charged up from the light source. The light acts like coffee for photochromic ink, waking it up and bringing it to life. 

Get fresh at Barber & Co
Get fresh at Barber & Co

Move back into darkness and the design fades away, ready to emerge at the first sign of brightness. Regardless of which side the bag is on, the strong canvas and leather are tough and naturally resistant to rips and tears.  Clippers scratching the bag will only add to its beauty.

Canvas side, indoors photochromism in off state
Canvas side, indoors photochromism in off state

Side Storage

Each bag has a single suede lined pocket stitched into the side seam for easy access and secure storage. The side pocket is perfect for your keys, pens, cellphone with London Tribute case etc.

Suede Leather Lined Side Pocket
Suede Leather Lined Side Pocket

Main Storage

The bag opening is 28 mm (approx. 11") across when flat easily fitting most laptops up to 46 mm (18") diagonal or a 4 pack of Jutsu's.

Monocranes starting to fade, storage size example
Monocranes starting to fade, storage size example

Reversible Design

The straps are designed to be attached to either side.  If you want to flip the bag, just unclip each strap, pull the bag inside out and re-clip the straps on.  

Canvas side, clips visible on the bottom of the bag
Canvas side, clips visible on the bottom of the bag

 

Leather Side, Re-attaching the clips
Leather Side, Re-attaching the clips

 

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Closing the Bag

When ready to leave, just pull the straps tightly and draw the bag closed.  At first the quality materials are stiff and tight, but ease and build character over time.

Leather Side, Drawn Closed
Leather Side, Drawn Closed

Materials

Black Eclipse Caress Leather
Black Eclipse Caress Leather

 

Brown Bronze Caress Leather
Brown Bronze Caress Leather

"The Caress leather is a sophisticated natural oil pull up leather, rich and infused colours.  Caress's unique finishing classifies it as a more natural version of a patent leather.  Matte finish with a firm, strong character upon upholstery, Caress can add structure to any look and imparts a tailored appearance in any environment or style, modern or traditional."

-CTL Leather

  • Content: Full Grain, Aniline
  • Finish: Solid, Oil Pull Up
  • Raw Material: European
  • Avg Hide Size: 50 Ft2
  • Clean: Soft Cleaner, protect with protection cream and rejuvenate w/ Oleosa

 

Monocrane Reversible Leather Book Bag in Black
Monocrane Reversible Leather Book Bag in Black

 

Monocrane Reversible Leather Book Bag in Brown
Monocrane Reversible Leather Book Bag in Brown

 

NOTE: Leather is a natural product. Distinctive markings and nuances in its texture and colour are natural in occurrence and a testatment to its authenticity. Expect slight color variation from dye lot to dye lot. Many monitors also cannot display colors accurately. Due to color variations on different monitors and color printers, image shown may not be a 100% true reflection of final delivered product.

Our canvas is a tight, double weave, 10 oz unprimed cotton duck canvas, silkscreened with a Photochromatic Purple Ink.  After silkscreening, we treat each canvas with a dust and rain resistant spray.

10oz Canvas with Clear to Purple Photochromic Ink Silkscreen
10oz Canvas with Clear to Purple Photochromic Ink Silkscreen

Design

Initial Design and Colour, Material and Finish Exploration
Initial Design and Colour, Material and Finish Exploration

 

Bag Detail Design
Bag Detail Design

 

Final Feature Design Direction
Final Feature Design Direction

Stretch Goals

When the campaign reaches 10k all backers will have the option of selecting White Leather for their Monocrane Book Bag purchase!

 

Monocrane Reversible Leather Book Bag in White
Monocrane Reversible Leather Book Bag in White

Team

Founded in 2014 in Toronto, twenty2b is a creative design firm operating at the intersection of art, design and technology. twenty2b has designed products and concepts for world-class brands and entrepreneurs, merging wearable fashion with the latest technological innovations.  Some work we can chat about, like the full line of action cameras for Drift where our Ghost 4K design is currently on the market and our Compass design won a Red Dot Design award for product design (Ghost 4k being submitted for this year ;) ).  Some work we can't talk about, like when we made the ******* *****.  That was dope.  In our hearts we just love to create, whether it's action cameras, wearable tech jewelry, ******* *****, phone cases paying tribute to our favorite places in the world or inventing new systems for personal security wearables.  We love the game, and are proud to give back with our latest lifestyle creation, the Monocrane Reversible Leather Book Bags.

If you live in Toronto and want to drop by the studio, say hi, and pick up your bag, we will offer a 100% shipping refund on your order.

Here are some pics of our other products released last year at our pop up xmas store.

Monocrane Pendant, photo by Jayscale w/ Jayemkayem
Monocrane Pendant, photo by Jayscale w/ Jayemkayem

 

Hong Kong Tribute Phone Case, Iphone 6/6s, Photo by Christopher Lim w/ Jayemkayem
Hong Kong Tribute Phone Case, Iphone 6/6s, Photo by Christopher Lim w/ Jayemkayem

 

London Tribute Phone Case, Iphone 6/6s Plus, Photo by Christian Cassiel w/ DH
London Tribute Phone Case, Iphone 6/6s Plus, Photo by Christian Cassiel w/ DH

Why are we on kickstarter?

Initially we were making the bags in our studio, but we have reached the limit on how many bags we can produce under our roof directly.  With our new partnership we will be able to produce consistently high quality units with factory precision through the use of die cutting machines, and a factory line for production including sourcing materials, cutting, silk-screening,  sewing/stitching and quality control.  Kickstarter allows us to reach this goal by crowdfunding the costs of our tools and initial product runs.

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Risks and challenges

There are very few risks and challenges left that would jeopardize our backers receiving their products as we have already produced and sold initial versions of the Monocrane Book Bag.

The Kickstarter campaign is allowing us to automate part of the process, as well as move manufacturing to a larger production house our output and product consistency will increase as a result of the new production line.

We need to create die-cut tools in order to use the automated cutting machines. There is potential for the tools to be manufactured out of design specification tolerance. Should this occur, there could be a 2-week delay as we get new tools made to spec, but this is highly unlikely as our tool maker is very experienced at this exact job. Other potential issues could result from a leather supply shortage of our exact type. This is also unlikely to occur as we specifically selected leather that should be in ample supply for the foreseeable future with our new manufacturing partnership. We are very experienced at delivering products of various types, and we are committed to being honest and communicative of any issues that we might run into as they happen to our backing community.

Lastly, should this campaign exceed our expectations, there is the risk that our delivery times will be pushed out to accommodate. In this case the first that come, will be the first to get their product and we will produce and deliver on an on-going basis versus waiting until we produce everything to deliver to everyone.

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    2017 Monocrane Reversible Leather Book Bag LookBook shot by Jayscale w/ Madison Skye. The LookBook tells the story of the Book Bag shot around Ossington Ave. in Toronto, Canada, where our studio calls home. Shipping not included in pledge amount, thank you for your support!!

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