When I couldn’t find a wallet thin enough to go in my front pocket with a phone, I went back to my Industrial Design roots to create my own. During the process, i created over 100 prototypes and created the world’s thinnest wallet.
2009: Design Fairs
As something on the side, I initially just sold the wallet at San Francisco street fairs such as Renegade Craft Fair and Urban Air Market for several years. It was here that I realized how many other folks had the same problem as me and support for the product grew. A few boutique design stores around San Francisco started to sell the wallet as well.
There was a small online presence, mostly through ETSY but when a few blogs took notice, things started to pick up steam. Eventually, I needed to expand production beyond the seamstress in San Francisco who was sewing them part-time, but I keep production in San Francisco by finding a high quality sewing house who usually only does prototyping for high end soft goods products.
2013: MICRO Kickstarter
For the second version of the Tyvek wallet, I turned to the Kickstarter community to help fund production and was blown away by the response! Over 5,000 backers helped raise over $100k and the ball was rolling on the MICRO.
2014: Soft Shell Kickstarter
In order to custom produce this amazing material, I came back to Kickstarter in order to help meet the huge minimum order required. Both old customers and new backed the project and it was funded in 12 hours!
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