Kickstarter Consideration List – September
Here are the projects I’ve currently got saved up on Kickstarter and the on-going debate (with myself) as to whether I should pitch in or not.
Our brand is about blurring the lines between convention and expression so you can wear a sneaker to work with a suit and still look professional. Designed for both work and play, we make comfortable yet versatile shoes for the entrepreneur, the creative and the modern professional. Dressy sneakers that are great looking, multi-purpose, super comfortable and of the upmost quality.
Given that I’m not in any way fashionable, or even that interested in the topic, I do seem to have an inexplicable thing about shoes and an even bigger thing about boots. I clicked on this for no other reason than I liked the photo – sneaker or otherwise – and I’ve not really given it any more thought than that. They look cool, if they’re sneakers than presumably, that means they’re comfier than normal shoes but then if they look like normal shoes then you can’t wear them any differently….which sort of makes them what…..fancy orthopaedic shoes? Pretty sure I just talked myself out of them. Oh, and they’re £115. I do wish I was brave enough (and cool enough) to wear the Noble Blue & Grey Suede ones though.
We are helping to reignite British shoe manufacturing; combining our design experience with the specialist expertise of small artisanal manufacturers across England. Together we are producing stylish, comfortable and fit-for-purpose shoes and boots, sustainably.
British manufacturing blah blah…..family business yaddy yadda………Design Museum zzzzzzzzz……….bespoke yaawwwwnnn…..
Sod all that – just look at them!! B-E-AAAAAA-UTIFUL. In all seriousness, the design and manufacturing side of them does sound fantastic and for no good reason, I do find that it adds to the allure. £225 though……….
Like the Mark cardholder wallet, we wanted a bifold that is simple, yet sophisticated. Something subtle yet stands out as a conversation starter. A wallet that is functional yet practical to carry everywhere you go. The perfect minimalist wallet worthy to be your companion.
Certain things seem to really resonate on Kickstarter and I haven’t yet figured out why. Given the platform was built to launch the next great invention without the need for Dragon’s Den style investors it feels ever so slightly disappointing that some of the most popular projects are enamel pins, seemingly random scenery for table-top war games, card games and wallets. So it is with shameless hypocrisy that my next backing is very likely to be just that -a wallet. But it’s blue, and slim, and it has a pretty logo, and an unnecessary pocket for a SIM card (who carries those around?).
I’m in the market for a new one anyway and the variety on Kickstarter is hard to beat and Mark Bifold hits the…….mark….for what I’m looking for so for about £24 it’s probably worth a shot.
Pimax 8K is a cutting edge virtual reality device designed for VR futurists. Our goal is to create an intuitive VR without the shade of the headset, and sharp enough that you won’t be disturbed by pixels.
It’s a….high…res….extra wide POV…..VR…..headset and…….ring on a stick…..thing…..that costs about £520 (yeah, loving that exchange rate. I’m looking at you Brexit.) and I don’t even know if I bought one whether I could actually play anything on it. But I don’t care. I want one.
Awl & Sundry, a New York City based custom shoe brand is joining forces with professional football athletes and style connoisseurs, Nate Burleson, Rashad Jennings, Marcel Reece and Eric Weddle to create a one-of-a- kind collection of luxurious, affordable and handmade shoes for the everyday gentleman and beyond.
Now look here. It may be called Kickstarter but it’s not a bloody shoe shop ok? So just give it a rest with the footwear, got it? Good. I have absolutely no idea who Nate, Rashad, Marcel or Eric are and the fact that for every pair bought a pair of shoes (presumably more practical ones) is donated to children in a Kenyan school is highly irrelevant. So just shhh. No more shoes.
(They’re about £140 and I WANT them.)
This is an appalling list. Basically anything made from shiny or blue leather plus an expensive gadget I don’t understand and won’t pay for. Note to self: get a grip. I hear-by vow that October’s list will have no, zero, nil shoes/boots/leather goods of any kind (because who am I kidding – I won’t pay more than £4.99 for shoes anyway) and it will be filled with the bleeding edge of 21st Century innovation and technology. And maybe a nice pin.