Alright, so I’ve got a few of the bags made that I need to have done for my kickstarter. Expect a launch in two weeks. Pictures will be coming soon.
Slight changes to the plan though. Two colors will be available in four styles of bags. The two initial colors will be chestnut Dublin and brown chromexcel. Black chromexcel and some different colors in bullhide leather are planned for later this year.
There’s going to be four styles. An updated courier bag, a new foldover style tote, a smaller satchel, and a smaller yet crossbody/clutch. Also, there will be multiple new wallets a d card cases available.
I’ll be posting pictures within a few days to start building hype for the kickstarter. Please share them when they’re up!
Hey guys, it’s about that time.
I’m planning to launch a kickstarter soon to get a big push on funding some new products I want to make.
For anyone who loves good quality leather products, supporting small businesses, and saving a little bit of cash, this could be a great opportunity to help out an aspiring company.
Who are you?
My name is Glenn Cooper. I’m a full time student, a part time retail worker, and a leather worker. I picked up leatherwork as a hobby about four years back, and since have learned the old fashioned skills and techniques necessary to create products that are made to last a lifetime. I use age old methods that uphold the traditions of great American craftspeople.
I currently work out of my bedroom in my Dorchester apartment. I plan on expanding my workspace to a larger studio in order to get the clutter out of my home, and also make sure that I have the space necessary to create top quality products.
What I’ll be offering
So, you’re already familiar with my Courier bag. I’ve been making it, reworking it and refining it for a few years now, and it’s become easily one of the most comfortable, best quality bags that money can buy at any price point. I’m using the best quality materials already, but I want to make a big push in offering even higher quality materials with my upcoming bags.
I’ll be switching over to exclusively using Horween leathers for my upcoming bags, specifically their Dublin and Chromexcel leathers. I’m choosing these due to their beautiful textures and finishes in addition to the great way that these leathers wear and break in.
Horween is a very expensive leather company to order from, and they do scale their prices based on quantity. Thus, it will be much easier to order a large quantity of leather with some help from my supporters- you.
Okay, so what in particular will I be buying in to?
I am going to be making my courier bag, in Chestnut dublin leather. The straps will all be tone on tone, and every single detail will be refined. The straps will be double layered and stitched. It will feature the same front and back sleeve that the Courier has always featured, and will also be gaining an additional interior media area. A tablet sleeve, pen pockets and a cell phone sleeve, as well as a business card holder will be included in the new media area to help you organize your every day carry.
The straps will be made 1” thick for comfort and fashion. I’ll be putting together a well padded shoulder pad to help ease the weight of your belongings, making this a comfortable bag to tote around day after day.
Hardware will continue to be solid brass, you’ll still be getting all copper rivets. Most of the bag will remain handsewn, however the straps, some of the smaller details and the interior bits will most likely be transitioned to industrial machines. I love handsewing, but in order to up my production ability, I will need to sacrifice some handstitching. The main seams of the bag will definitely remain handsewn, so don’t worry about losing that key quality point.
And the cost?
Due to the increase in the cost of materials I’ll be using, the new courier bag will be shooting for a retail price of $550-600, depending on how low I can get my material cost.
For the kickstart supports?
If you’re willing to help back me up and get the ball rolling on this project, I’ll be offering $150 off of the retail cost. That means that if I’m retailing the bag for $600, you’ll be getting it at $450. That’s a huge saving on a bag that will already be in a league of its own in terms of quality and price.
Wow, that’s still a lot. Any other packages?
Absolutely! I understand that the price is still high, but using the best quality materials and construction doesn’t come cheap. At the same time, I’ll be offering a multitude of other funding packages for those who still want to support my endeavor, but cant quite swing the big price tag. On the plate will be a multitude of belts, wallets and other accessories, as well as possible merchandise credits for future purchases or gifts. There will also be some commercial and wholesale packages for stores that are willing to help fund my project.
What’s the timeframe?
I’m hoping to get the leather to make my initial sample in within a week, and will get to work on really figuring out my costs and the final details of the bag within the next two weeks. Expect to see the kickstarter launched by the end of the month.
And what’s the goal?
My minimum goal will be set at $8000. That’s just 16 bags, or a multitude of other wallets and belts. By helping me hit this goal, you’ll also be allowing me to buy into other quality materials, allowing me to bring great belts, wallets and other products to market.
And you’re still going to be making everything, right?
Absolutely. I have a commitment to keeping everything on a small enough scale that I can personally work on and oversee the production of every piece. I will likely be employing the help of some friends who I have been teaching my methods to over the past few years, but every single product will still have my stitching and personal approval. I won’t put my name on it if it’s not perfect.
Questions? Comments? Etc?
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit my website at cooperboston.com
Please share, reblog, like, comment. I’d love to hear your feedback. Looking forward to working with you guys, because I know that with your support, this could be a great opportunity!
Some very cool bags will be posted tomorrow, and a special deal for my tumblr followers.