Crowdfunding Mailbox: Strathberry Luxury Bags, Light Adapting LCD Sunglasses & The Basics Notebook

crowdfundinsidermailboxSo what do you do when you have a successful luxury brand that makes high end accessories and you want capital to grow?  You could find an investor and give up some ownership, issue debt or do a rewards based crowdfunding campaign. Strathberry of Scotland has selected that last option and apparently things are going rather well.

According to their campaign page on Kickstarter, Strathberry is an independent brand and design house based in Edinburgh, Scotland, that has produced small, handmade batches of products that have previously sold only in high end retailers. This initial success has incentivized the company to broaden its reach and go global.

Strathberry Touch of RedNow I admit I know little about handbags and such. But the designs are very good (in my opinion) and the creators state they use only the very best materials – their most experienced designer is formerly of Louis Vuitton. Strathberry claims some very well known clients of their bags including Helena Christensen, Lily Alen, Paloma Faith and more. Prices are highly competitive. No worries if this Kickstarter campaign will hit its funding goal. It has already tripled its £25,000 target. You better hurry though, only 8 days left on this offer.

CTRL One SunglassesI bike frequently and I always wear eye protection – typically sunglasses. But conditions frequently change and when things get dark it becomes harder to see. What would be really practical are glasses that change tint automatically to accommodate the current environment… Well CTRL One – Light adapting LCD Sunglasses do just that.  These shades provide instantaneous tint on demand.  This product was originally produced for US Special Forces but the consumer market is far bigger and a crowdfunding push really makes sense. The tech has been developed by Alpha Micron led by CEO Bahman Taheri who is also a Professor of Chemical Physics at Kent State University, so he knows his stuff.  The early bird pricing was really great and quickly sold out. But you can still purchase the highest tech sunglasses around at a big discount on Indiegogo now.

The Basics NotebookI admit that I am totally digital. I try really hard to eliminate all that paper (but somehow it still creeps in to my work routine). I also recognize that for many people paper and pen will remain a permanent fixture in their daily existence. The Basics Notebook, designed by Jon Richards and Jacob Durham, has taken a simple concept and made it more functional.  There is elegance in the design and practicality in their product.  This is their second Kickstarter campaign. The first Basics Wallet raised an astounding $171,000.  The Basics Notebook has solid trajectory having tripled its $10,000 goal almost immediately.

If you are one of those people that carries an analog planner – the Basics Notebook is perfect for you.


Strathberry – luxury bags & accessories – Kickstarter

We’re a luxury brand & design house from Scotland. We produce a collection of beautifully made bags, purses and accessories.

Strathberry is an independent luxury brand and design house based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

We produce in small, handmade batches. Our most experienced designer cut his cloth at Louis Vuitton Group and we have an unwavering approach to quality, and match our designs with some of the finest materials and craftsmanship in Europe.

To date we’ve only sold via a small number of high end retailers, but with your help and support we’d love to take this Scottish brand all around the globe.

CTRL ONE: Light adapting LCD Sunglasses – Indiegogo

Instantaneous electronic Tint-on-Demand to protect your vision and enhance performance

Lighting conditions on a ride change fast – so should your sunglasses. The revolutionary e-Tint powered CTRL ONE is the world’s fastest tint changing sunglasses. Developed for the U.S. Special Forces and now adapted and optimized for anybody who wants to enhance performance.

The BASICS Notebook: Simplify and Improve Your Life – Kickstarter

An all-in-one notebook with a planner, lined paper, sketchbook, whiteboard paper, goal setting guide, checklists and so much more.

In October of last year we launched the BASICS Wallet (pictured above) here on Kickstarter, and with the help of 6,000 people just like you, we were able to raise $170,000 to bring the BASICS Wallet to life. The wallet now sales on our website at Check it out! We are excited to introduce the 2nd product in the Basics family, the BASICS Notebook!

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