Now that we have a successfully funded the project and thousands of customers eager to receive their Pakt One, our team and partners are pushing full speed ahead with our larger production order. Ensuring a product of the highest quality, produced in facilities and with materials that meet our high ethical standards, and delivering on time are our top priorities. The manufacturing process is intensive and requires a lot of work to do it well– work by both the factories’ labor force and management by our team.
We created this section as a window into the process that many brands don’t share and most customers never see. We invite you to follow along and encourage you to ask questions.
As the process progresses, we will continue to update this section as well as posting updates to our backers.
Update #1 - The Team and Design Details
December 21st, 2017
We had a great trip to Vietnam to work with our manufacturing partners last week. The trip accomplished everything we had hoped and more–and it was a lot of fun too!
While it is possible these days for a brand to develop and manufacture products without ever traveling to their manufacturers, it’s not the way to get the best product. We also knew seeing everything with our own eyes was the only way to truly guarantee that all of the suppliers and factories were ones that we could be proud of. Basically, we want to know that we would have no problem with any of our backers walking in and seeing everything for themselves. We’re beyond satisfied with everything we saw and everyone we worked with.
Being there during production planning is also a great opportunity to improve upon little details before mass production, which we did as well.
Below is a look at the trip and process. Many more details, info and videos to come.
Update #2 - Materials
January 4th, 2018
We’ve strived to source materials for the Pakt One that are environmentally responsible, incredibly durable, and also met our high standards for both aesthetics and “hand feel”. When we traveled to Vietnam, we were able to see these materials in person- not only to see how they looked, but how they felt, and how they performed under different durability tests.
We made some big changes, and others more subtle. One of the more subtle changes involved Malcolm and Anders carefully inspecting the thickness of the semi-rigid insert that is sewn into the bottom of the bag to give it structure. It was an hour long (seriously) debate that required different samples to be constructed on the spot.
We’ve also completely overhauled the Navy bag, leaving Vietnam with a completely different bag than the original sample we were sent. The new navy bag now features a custom dyed coated canvas for the exterior, and a premium sand/gold color lining. Our design partner Anders has a real eye for color and material finishes. For what it’s worth, the man’s a fan of pink scarves and he wears them well. A lot of the credit for the navy bag refinement and details goes to Anders and we’re all pretty ecstatic with the results.
Here are a few of the considerations and decisions around materials:
We decided long-ago (back with Malcolm’s original bag line) to use only non animal-based materials. The reasoning being that there are materials that perform as well or better than leather and we have the ability to monitor the origins and working conditions throughout the entire process. Also, some of us (and many of you) prefer vegan products, so it’s a win for all.
Next, when it comes to selecting a synthetic, leather-like material the majority of options available are PVC (Polyvinylchloride) based. We opt to use more expensive PU (Polyurethane) materials because their production and eventual disposal is more environmentally friendly. PVC is cheaper and more readily available which is part of the reason you find it on many products.