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We believe in the wild idea that where you choose to shop can change people’s lives.
We believe in the wild idea that where you choose to shop can change people’s lives.
We believe in the wild idea that where you choose to shop can change people’s lives.
110 backers pledged $22,075 to help bring this project to life.

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Wild & Free Supply Leather Messenger Bags

$22,075

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NOTICE: After the Kickstarter has ended visit http://wildandfreesupply.com/kickstarter/ for updates on the production status and information on extended pre-orders. 

UPDATE: We hit our first stretch goal, so now both the Cognac AND Rustic Brown bag colors are available to all past and future backers! 

At some point in their life, everyone looks for that perfect leather bag. The bag that you will live with as you go to work, get coffee with friends, or discover the world. That bag needs to be the one. A simple extension of yourself that represents who you are and what you stand for. A cheap mass market bag that easily falls apart with wear and tear will only let you down.You need a bag that wears IN instead of wearing OUT. With rustic full grain leather that tells a story. With solid brass buckles, you can count on. You need a bag that feels like an old friend.

Medium Messenger Bag Cognac
Medium Messenger Bag Cognac

 

Medium Messenger Bag Cafe
Medium Messenger Bag Cafe

Our bags are designed with the same intentionality you use to make the other important decisions in your life. We’re creating quality bags that you’ll be proud to live with. Not only because of their stylish functionality but also because you are helping empower the person behind the product.

Wild & Free Supply is a company that’s changing lives in Honduras. We believe in the WILD idea that where you shop can make a difference. By creating fair wage jobs in scarcely resourced areas we are spreading hope and FREEDOM to each person we employ.

As our bags become a part of your life, you can feel good knowing that you’re part of something bigger. Something you can tell your friends about. Because our story has now become a part of YOUR story.

Click the video below to watch a short message from one of our founders with more about: this campaign, our new products, how we started, and our mission:

 

 About Our Products

We believe products should be made with quality material that lasts. That’s why we use full-grain leather and solid brass hardware. It’s not the cheapest, but it is the best.

Check out the below video for a little more info about our mission and product quality. 

 

So Why a Kickstarter?

We just finished up the prototypes for our newest small and medium messenger bags and the quality is way beyond anything else we have done! In fact, we feel like you would be hard pressed to find a bag with this much real leather anywhere else. You definitely won't find bags like this in department stores.

We've gotten some great feedback and a lot of people requesting to buy them, but to get the price down and start producing them in larger bulk quantities we need your help. 

We need to be able to:

  • Upgrade many of the hand tools we have been using to more durable efficient professional versions. 
  • Upgrade our artisan workstations. 
  • Purchase a new set of modern sewing machines.
  • Hire and train some more people in Honduras.
  • Purchase the raw leather and brass in discounted bulk quantities. 

This is where you come in. By backing this campaign you’re helping us move our mission to the next stage. In return, as a reward, you get early access to our new wallets & bags at a discount far below our listed retail price. Everyone wins!

The medium & small messenger bags.
The medium & small messenger bags.

The Medium Messenger Bag

 

 

Rustic Brown (left), Cognac (right)
Rustic Brown (left), Cognac (right)

 

Medium Messenger Bag
Medium Messenger Bag
  • Sized to fit the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13”, iPad, iPad Pro, Kindle, or any other computer or tablet 13” or smaller. 
  • 100% Full-grain 2-3mm thick cow leather from top to bottom, inside and out. The bags are NOT sanded or imprinted with fake textures. They include all the scars, scrapes and marks from the original hide, making each bag unique in grain and texture.
  • With plenty of pockets and inside space, this is the perfect versatile bag for taking with you on the go. Laptop bag, diaper bag, carry-on bag, this bag is for everyone. 
  • Solid brass hardware. Our designs use non-breakable parts like halter clips, buckles, and rivets. The bags DON’T use snaps, zippers, magnets or other breakable parts. 
  • We use a single continuous piece of belt leather with no seams or break points the entire circumference of the bag to make sure it stays securely closed when buckled.
  • The bags are coated in water-resistant wax. 
  • Each bag is made by artisans on our staff that we personally know and support in Honduras. Not only are they are paid fair wages, but we are including them in each step as we build this business, teaching them how hard work, planning, goal setting and perseverance can bring an idea to reality. Additionally, each person we employee is committed to pursuing their education as well as using their free time to give back to their community.

10 total pockets:

  • 1 large main inner compartment. 
  • 3 inner slip pockets (for an iPad, tablet, phone, notebook, or other smaller thin items) 
  • 2 front slip pockets (for a pen, notebook, phone, or other quick grab items). 
  • 2 front saddle bag large pockets (for battery chargers or power cords, wireless mouse, smaller personal items, pens, and accessories) 
  • 1 side slip pocket (for a flashlight, pens, tools, or pocket knife) 
  • 1 large back slip pocket (for easy access to your smartphone, notebook, or snacks) 
  • Interior Dimensions 13.5” Wide, 9.5” High 2.5” Deep 
  • Exterior Dimensions 14.5” Wide, 14” High, 6” Deep
  • Weighs 3.8 pounds when empty.  
  • Adjustable 35”-55” strap with shoulder pad. 
Please tell people about this bag and project on Facebook!
Please tell people about this bag and project on Facebook!

 

 

The Small Messenger Bag

Small Messenger Bag
Small Messenger Bag

 

 

Small Messenger Bag Cafe
Small Messenger Bag Cafe

 

Rustic Brown (left), Cognac (right)
Rustic Brown (left), Cognac (right)

 

Small Messenger Bag
Small Messenger Bag
  • The main compartment holds 9.7” iPad pro, standard iPad (or any similar sized tablet), iPad mini, any kindle, most books or book size notebooks, a water bottle, thermos, sweater, accessories, power cords, or it works great for your lunch. 
  •  100% Full-grain 2-3mm thick cow leather from top to bottom, inside and out. The bags are NOT sanded or imprinted with fake textures. They include all the scars, scrapes and marks from the original hide, making each bag unique in grain and texture. 
  • Solid brass hardware. Our designs use non-breakable parts like halter clips, buckles, and rivets. The bags DON’T use snaps, zippers, magnets or other breakable parts. 
  • We use a single continuous piece of belt leather with no seams or break points the entire circumference of the bag to make sure it stays securely closed when buckled.  
  • The bags are coated in water-resistant wax.
  • Each bag is made by artisans on our staff that we personally know and support in Honduras. Not only are they are paid fair wages, but we are including them in each step as we build this business, teaching them how hard work, planning, goal setting and perseverance can bring an idea to reality. Additionally, each person we employee is committed to pursuing their education as well as using their free time to give back to their community.

5 Total Pockets 

  • 1 large inner compartment.
  • 3 small inner slip pockets for a thin notebook, pen, passport, wallet, lip gloss, phone charger cords. make-up, smartphone, etc. 
  • 1 outside back pocket great for a quick place to stow your phone, charger, or notebook.
  • Interior Dimensions 9.5” Wide, 8” High 2.5” Deep 
  • Exterior Dimensions 10.5” Wide, 11” High, 4.5” Deep 
  • Weighs 2.2 pounds when empty.
  • Adjustable 35”-55” strap with shoulder pad.
Please tell people about this bag and project on Facebook!
Please tell people about this bag and project on Facebook!

 

Interested in how many pockets are in the bags? This video is a little tour of all the pockets and what they are for. 

 

                                                    

 

The Minimalist Wallet

 

 

Minimalist Wallet
Minimalist Wallet

 

Imagine the smell of leather and the authentic texture of real materials every time you pull your wallet out of your pocket. Our stitched rustic wallet is made using only three ingredients: Full-grain leather, waxed thread, and a solid brass snap. We believe that "simple" not only looks better and lasts longer, but makes you feel freer as well.

The wallet holds approximately five cards and five bills, or eight or nine cards with no bills. The wallets are 3.75" tall, 2.75” wide, and about .75” thick with cards inside. The leather is 3mm thick (that’s about the same thickness as a standard belt).

If you're not sure if all your stuff will fit in this thin little wallet, take a second to check out our Thin Your Wallet guide teaching you how to trim down the contents of your wallet and make your life just a little simpler.

Because we use unsanded, unstamped natural leather, each wallet is unique in grain and texture and might vary slightly from photos.

If you have a minute you can learn about Our Labor vs. Slave labor here, the difference between Good Leather vs. Bad Leather here, or check out some of our videos on how our products are made.

Please tell people about this wallet and project on Facebook!
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 Leather Types

Have you ever wondered about the difference between good leather types and bad leather types? Check out our video here. 

 

   

How We Started

Here at Wild and Free Supply, we believe where you shop makes a difference. We started in 2015 when our founders (Lukas & Suzy VanDyke) decided to take a few months of their personal time to go down and volunteer in Honduras. On that trip, they met many people in need of work. Specifically, people who wanted to pursue education and in turn give back to their local communities. Wild & Free Supply was born as a way to give some of those people training and a regular job so they can develop skills and work ethic that will last a lifetime.

In return, our artisans are able to create products that you can love for their quality and looks, but also for the mission behind them. By creating jobs in scarcely resourced areas, we are providing hope and freedom for each individual person we employ.

Lukas and the original team in Honduras
Lukas and the original team in Honduras

 

                                                    

Extras

Logos: All bags come with the Wild & Free Supply logo on the front unless you specifically request a generic "no logo" bag after the project is funded. All backers who choose rewards of 5 bags or more will have the option of the Wild & Free Supply logo, generic bags with no logos, or their choice of any single custom logo, emblem, family crest, or graphic that fits in the 2” x 2” logo square.

 

 Leather Types

Stretch Goals

We custom order and make all our full-grain leather from scratch using a local Honduran tannery (check out a behind the scenes video here). To enable us to offer multiple colors we need to hit a certain threshold to meet minimum bulk quantities. If we meet our initial goal we will make all the bags in our best selling cognac color. Each stretch goal we reach will enable us to add more colors.  By helping share this campaign with your friends and family you are unlocking more options for your bag. All backers will get to choose the color bag they want based on the options unlocked by meeting stretch goals. 

Stretch Goal Levels
Stretch Goal Levels

Stretch Goal #1:  If we hit $20,000 we'll add the option for a Rustic Brown bag and wallets in addition to the initial Cognac one. All backers will have the opportunity to choose which color they want. 

Stretch Goal #2: If we hit $30,000 we'll add the option for a blonde bag and wallets in addition to the initial Cognac one, and the added Rustic Brown one. All backers will have the opportunity to choose which colors they want. 

Stretch Goal #3: If we hit $40,000 we'll add a FREE wallet to EVERY bag order. In other words, every bag will come with a matching wallet as well! 

Timeline

After the campaign ends Kickstarter takes 2-3 weeks to process payments. During this time we will be lining up all our orders, and equipment upgrades as well as starting production. Late June production will ramp up to full force and we anticipate starting to ship orders early July. Depending on the scope of the campaign it could take until late August or early September to ship all the product. 

 

Have additional questions? Interested in a custom reward level? Don't hesitate to email us hello@wildandfreesupply.com and we'll see what we can do! 

 

Risks and challenges

Ever since the launch of Wild & Free Supply, we have faced the challenges of working in a dangerous country with a corrupt government, inefficient systems, and lack of concern for quality.

In the process, we have forged through using education to work with our locals suppliers as well as the workers we employ. We've found that education helps people get on board with our mission, improves the quality of their work and helps them feel good about what they are doing.

Depending on the scope of this campaign acquiring raw materials (e.g. leather and brass) could cause some minor delays. But we don't anticipate that below the $40,000 level.

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