A different minimalist wallet! 100% HANDWOVEN by artisans of Central America that's sure to capture your own unique style! Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on December 4, 2013.
About this project
PICK YOUR WEAVE THEN PICK YOUR BAND. OVER 450 DIFFERENT COLOR COMBINATION POSSIBILITIES!
The most unique minimalist wallet! The WeaveSleeve Wallet couples style with your individuality and is constructed of fabric that is 100% handwoven by artisans of Central America. That's right, your wallet will be HAND MADE! You'll be carrying a piece of art in your pocket! Each wallet is unique and one of a kind... like you!
SOMETHING THAT IS SURE TO PLEASE BOTH HIM AND HER!
Every single day before we head out the door for work, school or play, we grab our wallet, purse, shoulder bag, money clip, etc. We can't leave home without them because they carry items that we can't function without. Whether they carry our drivers license, credit cards, or cash, there will always be a need for something to slip these items into as we go about our everyday lives.
Each of us is unique, one of a kind, and different, and we wanted to create a new type of wallet that more fully expresses that uniqueness. Say hello to the WeaveSleeve Wallet, a wallet that captures our distinct personalities and is unique just like each one of us.
When developing our product, we wanted to come up with something that was: DURABLE, STYLISH, LOW PROFILE and something DIFFERENT (IT'S HAND MADE!) that SCREAMS YOU!
Durability - The fabric used in making these wallets is hand woven. It's thick, yet pliable, offering enough protection without the bulk.
Stylish -- (What we are most excited about) -- The possibilities with the color and look of the fabric we are using are endless! When something is woven, you get a look that is catchy and unique, and by adding color and a good design, you get a WeaveSleeve Wallet. We put a lot of thought into the color choices. There are enough color choices to surely capture your individual tastes. We have classy, we have bright, we have wild, we have something for you.
Low Profile - One of the things that the majority of those testing our product wanted was something that wasn't bulky, but was still big enough to carry around the essentials. The WeaveSleeve Wallet is just that! We took a minimalist approach with our design and couldn't be happier with the feedback we've been getting from those who have tested our prototypes.
Different - With all the wallets and card holders out on the market today, we wanted something that was different and that stood out. Well we have it! The look that the colorful weaves give our wallets, and the fact that they are made out of fabric, sets them apart. Our team has been using WeaveSleeve Wallet prototypes for a while now and it's so fun having strangers ask: "Where did you get that?" or tell us: "That is the coolest wallet I've ever seen!" Trust us, it happens a lot, and that gives us the confidence that you will be just as stoked on it when we get one in your hands.
It Screams YOU! - With all of the different colors we are offering of weaves and elastic bands, there are over 450 different combinations that are possible. Don't let us dictate whether a yellow band can go with a maroon wallet, or if coral and brown match! That's the beauty of it, we want you to get what screams you every time you reach into your pocket and pull out your WeaveSleeve Wallet.
We are normal everyday people just like you who wanted to design a wallet that was different. Every single day we all use some sort of wallet, purse, card holder or money clip. Those items have become part of us, yet, we felt that they just weren't "us." Of course, there are thousands of purses and wallets and other types of similar items out there to choose from, and we have always been able to find something we like. But for us it kept coming back to wanting something that more closely reflected our own personal style, and we could never really find that. Well, now we have it... and it's called the WeaveSleeve Wallet.
Over the past 10 years, Andy (one of the project creators) has used a little pouch with a zipper on it as a wallet. Andy lived in Central America for a couple of years and found these pouches there. Since he hadn't seen anything similar for sale in the U.S., he purchased dozens of these so he could be stocked up before he moved back. He had found the perfect sized wallet that fit his credit cards and could easily be carried in his front pocket.
Let's be honest, every time that Andy pulled out his money or credit cards from one of his pouches when he moved back to the U.S., it wasn't uncommon to have people snicker. The wallets were exactly the size he wanted, but they had two drawbacks. First, the material they were made out of was thin and wore out easily. Second, the pouches looked more like a small purse and not a wallet. Andy was okay taking the strange looks people gave him when he pulled one out because of the utility that these pouches provided. The title "murse" was finally given to the pouches which was short for "man-purse." That was a little better than hearing "purse," but still embarrassing. It motivated Andy to find something similar to what he was using that looked more masculine and didn't wear out so fast.
He searched and searched and searched, and he came up empty handed. There were similar sized wallets and cardholders available but he could never find anything made out of thicker fabric with the look of a wallet and not a purse.
During the past few years of searching, Andy discovered that there were other people who wanted the same thing. They told him if he found anything like he described that he should let them know because they'd want one. That motivated Andy even more, and he decided to pack up, go down to Central America, and search for the artisans that could make the wallet real.
Andy made a handful of trips to Central America over the past few years aligning himself with the artisans that were able to weave the textiles that could be used for the WeaveSleeve Wallet design. Not only did Andy finally have colors and designs that were more masculine, he was able to get the weave thicker, which meant more durability!
When Andy came back with the handwoven fabric which would later be used in what we know the WeaveSleeve Wallet as now, we were stunned by the beauty of the fabric and it's unique look. But that wasn't the best part, besides Andy finding what would work best for his wallet design, the fabric could finally be used to make minimalist wallets with colors tailored to not only males but females as well! Yay, finally a minimalist wallet that girls would be excited about!
With our initial designs, we found that the biggest things people were concerned about were simplicity, the orientation of the pockets, having something to secure cards in place, and having something that could be used as a money clip or phone holder. We listened and brought it all together to become what we know as the WeaveSleeve Wallet.
THE "WIDE SLIDE" POCKET - This pocket is also referred to by some as a horizontal pocket, but we like the way "WIDE SLIDE" rolls off the tongue! During the production of prototypes, we found that this was what the majority preferred with pocket placement. People are used to sliding their drivers license or credit cards in and out width wise. We decided that this pocket was a must.
THE "SIDE SLIDE" POCKET - Some may call this a vertical pocket but it depends on how you hold the wallet. While watching others test our wallet and handle them, they seem to hold it with the "vertical pocket" pointed sideways. Hence, the reason why it's called the "SIDE SLIDE." It wasn't always preferred over the "Wide Slide" pocket, but we wanted a second pocket, so why not have the placement different and please those that wanted a pocket that way?
When we added this pocket we found out quickly that the two pockets work well together. Store the things you want easier access to in the "Side Slide" pocket and the things that you want more secure in the "Wide Slide" pocket.
THE ELASTIC BAND - This is the feature that brought it all together and added the final touch that we were looking for to the WeaveSleeve Wallet. We wanted to appease those wanting something similar to a money clip and, most importantly, something to secure the contents of the "Wide Slide" pocket. The elastic band was the perfect thing! Especially, since it also comes in 15 different colors which can be combined with the weave colors to make each sleeve even more unique.
After months of working with the artisans in Central America, trying color after color, and asking others' opinions about what they would want, we have picked 32 color designs that are available to you as a backer.
INTERESTED IN OTHER COLORS NOT OFFERED?YOU CAN CHOOSE ONE OF THE LIMITED DESIGNER REWARDS TO MAKE YOUR WEAVESLEEVE WALLET THE COLORS YOU WANT, OR BACK US AND SHARE OUR PROJECT WITH OTHERS.... RELEASING NEW COLORS WOULD BE A PERFECT STRETCH GOAL!
OVER 450 DIFFERENT POSSIBILITIES COMBINING WEAVES AND BANDS!
CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE COLOR BAND AND PAIR IT WITH YOUR FAVORITE WEAVE FROM ABOVE
- MATERIALS - TEXTILE MADE FROM COTTON YARN AND BAND MADE FROM ELASTIC
- POCKETS - FEATURES 2 POCKETS, ONE SIDE POCKET AND ONE TOP POCKET
- CAPACITY - THIS IS MEANT TO BE A LOW PROFILE WALLET, BUT IT CAN EASILY FIT UP TO 20 CARDS IF YOU REALLY WANT TO CONTINUE WITH YOUR BULKY WAYS.
- COLORS - THERE ARE 32 DIFFERENT SLEEVE COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM AND 15 COLOR CHOICES OF ELASTIC BAND. DID WE MENTION THAT'S OVER 450 DIFFERENT POSSIBILITIES? YEAH WE DID, BUT THAT'S SO AWESOME WE HAD TO MENTION IT AGAIN!
- WEIGHT - LESS THAN 1 OZ
NOTE: THE THREAD USED TO SEW EACH SLEEVE MAY CHANGE IN PRODUCTION TO A COLOR MORE CLOSELY MATCHING THE SLEEVE. ALSO, WE MAY CHOOSE TO SEW A SMALL WOVEN TAG WITH OUR COMPANY'S LOGO ONTO THE FRONT OF THE WALLET.
WITH THE SUCCESSFUL FUNDING OF OUR PROJECT WE WILL HAVE THE CAPITAL TO TAKE OUR PROJECT FROM PROTOTYPE TO PRODUCTION. THE FUNDS WILL BE USED TO BUY ALL THE MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE EACH WEAVESLEEVE WALLET, PAY THE ARTISANS WHO WILL WEAVE THEM, COVER ALL SHIPPING COSTS, PURCHASE AN INDUSTRIAL SEWING MACHINE THAT WILL SPEED UP THE WORK, AND DEVELOP A WEBSITE.
The Production Plan:
END OF NOVEMBER:
- Elastic band and thread will be purchased for the first batch of WeaveSleeve Wallets.
- Surveys will be sent out to all backers to obtain all the information needed to start working on your WeaveSleeve Wallets.
- We will have our team in Central America start the weaving.
- Those backers who chose to design their own WeaveSleeve Wallet will be contacted immediately so we can nail down their design and have it woven.
- A member of our team will travel down to Central America to oversee the quality control of the handwoven fabric and start shipping it back when it becomes available.
- Upon arrival here, we will cut out the fabric and elastic band and start assembling the WeaveSleeve Wallets.
- First priority will be to fulfill the rewards for the "Dawn Patrol" reward level (200 possible backers) and fulfill the rewards for those designing their own weaves (15 possible backers).
- WeaveSleeve Wallets will start to ship out so that those promised their reward will receive it by months end. (We will do everything possible to have it to you before Christmas!)
- As more of the hand woven fabric arrives, more wallets will be produced and shipped out.
- This months priority is to fulfill the "Early Risers" reward level (750 possible backers). These backers will receive their WeaveSleeve Wallet this month.
- If the "Early Risers" reward level sells out (750 backers) and people have chosen the "On Time" reward level, production for those WeaveSleeve Wallets will begin.
- Although it says estimated delivery for the "On Time" reward will be in February, we will definitely start finishing some of the WeaveSleeve Wallets in this group before then and they will ship out.
- Now the focus is on the remaining backers that chose the "On Time" reward.
- Production for some of these WeaveSleeve Wallets may be fulfilled in January but the remaining ones will be produced and shipped out by months end.
EVERYONE WILL NOW BE A PROUD NEW OWNER OF A WEAVESLEEVE WALLET, AND WILL BE ABLE TO SHOW OFF THEIR PERSONALITY EVERY TIME THEY PULL IT OUT AND USE IT!
HUGE THANKS TO ROB JOHNSON, AN INSANELY TALENTED MUSICIAN. ROB LET US USE HIS SONG "THE WASP AND THE FLAME" WHICH WAS THE MUSIC TRACK IN OUR VIDEO. CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO OF HIM PLAYING AN ACOUSTIC VERSION OF IT BELOW, AND VISIT HIS WEBSITE TO CHECK OUT HIS OTHER AWESOME MUSIC!
Risks and challenges
We are so excited to finally be able to offer our product to you as backers, and we thank you for your support! We understand that you are placing your confidence in our team and want you to know that there are many people that will be working behind the scenes to get you your WeaveSleeve Wallet by the promised date.
This project has been about a year and a half in the making. We have taken the time to test our product, to get feedback on our design, to make necessary changes, and, most importantly, align ourselves with the right people that will make this project successful. From the artisans that will weave, to those sewing, all the way down to those that will package up your WeaveSleeve Wallet and send it out, we couldn't ask for a better team. Everything is set in place and ready to go, we just need your support as backers.
In the event that we exceed our funding goal, that could pose a challenge to the timely shipment of your WeaveSleeve Wallet. But rest assured, we already have other artisans that will weave, other people that will sew, and others that will handle the back end stuff, and all of them are standing by waiting for their cue. If we run into any issues or delays we promise to be transparent with you as backers and will fill you in on what is happening.
Now it is time to get this thing going! Help us by being a backer and spreading the word and we will reward you with putting the most unique, stylish and personalized wallet into your hands.....The WeaveSleeve Wallet!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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