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CrowdFunding promotion Libre: Bags & Accessories that Carry Freedom

posted Jul 2, 2015, 12:13 PM by J Shaw   [ updated Jul 2, 2015, 12:13 PM ]



A fusion of liberation + style. A collection of bags & accessories that embodies the struggle to end child slavery in Haiti.

About this project

Life is filled with hope and hardships, adversity and advantages, wonders and worries. We as human beings always persevere and push onward. Being resilient individuals we find ways to strap up and get around these obstacles. 

We "Embark" on the journeys and "Go" get what we pursue. 

Our line of travel accessories is a personification of these ideals. Our wares are essentials that enable you to get up and go at a moment's notice, while carrying your weight (challenges) towards the next level (blessings).

Libre, MBARQGO’s newest collection, will help bring awareness to one of the greatesthumanitarian crises of our generation, Restavek.

Restavek” is the word for modern-day child slavery that exists in Haiti. Meaning “to stay with,” Restavek is the system by which children in Haiti are taken from their families and sent to fulfill the labors of an adopted family who does not consider the boy or girl as their own and treats them accordingly. Their position in the household is simply to serve and they are often the recipients of harsh punishment, abuse, and scorn.

Restavek meets the global definition of modern day slavery and child trafficking. Human trafficking is a worldwide problem and often times hidden. A victorious battle anywhere brings us a step closer to winning the war for human rights everywhere. As Sun Tzu says in the Art of War, "Never venture, never win" and the time to venture is—NOW.

SO WHAT DOES FASHION HAVE TO DO WITH SOCIAL CAUSES, LIKE THE RESTAVEK CRISIS?

The dynamic changes in technology and communication mediums have made people more aware of the world around them. More thoughts are given to what we wear and why we wear what we wear. Clothing and accessories can often hold meaning due to why it’s made, how it’s made, and who makes them. Overcoming hardships and obstacles is something that fascinates us at MBARQGO. 

In 2012, we embarked on a partnership with Restavek Freedom Foundation and began the process of furthering this social cause by fusing it with our brand. In the process we have met many former children living in Restavek and continue to be inspired by their stories.

We put together an original collection that intersectes betweenliberation+style and struggle+storytelling. It is the MBARQGO embodiment of the fight for freedom. 

"The difference between mediocre and memorable is the details. And the reason why they are there gives the meaning."

DETAILS

 

FORMER CHILDREN TRAPPED IN THE RESTAVEK SYSTEM ILLUSTRATE FREEDOM ON THE FABRIC

We commissioned the children from Restavek Freedom Foundation to do illustrations of what freedom meant to them. The MBARQGO tradition is to create pieces that embody the theme of the offering and use them to illustrate the linings (soul) of the bags and other accessories. In regards to the harsh lives and traumas that the children have gone through, we weren’t sure what would materialize, but we were blown away by what we received. Below are some of the paintings along with the explanations.

These masterpieces have been sublimated into the lining of the bags and scarves.

 HAITIAN METAL ARTWORK TAG

Due to limited resources, Haiti is known for a unique kind of metal artisan work derived from used oil drums. The process is quite amazing. First they burn off the left over sludge, then pound the drums into flat sheets, then hand cut and etch out their designs, and lastly hand stain and finish their masterpieces. We partered with the local artisans to replicate this process with the small Libre placards that are attached to each bag. We strongly feel these details capture the blood, sweat, and tears of the undertaking.

Libre means "free" in both French and Spanish hence the reason why we chose it as the name for this collection.

 *EARLY BIRDS SPECIALS*

Early Bird Price $120 — Estimated Retail Price $229Early Bird Price $120 — Estimated Retail Price $229
Early Bird Price $140  —  Estimated Retail Price $269Early Bird Price $140 — Estimated Retail Price $269
Early Bird Price $230 — Estimated Retail Price $436Early Bird Price $230 — Estimated Retail Price $436
Early Bird Price $250 — Estimated Retail Price $476Early Bird Price $250 — Estimated Retail Price $476
Early Bird Price $420 — Estimated Retail Price $755Early Bird Price $420 — Estimated Retail Price $755

 LE JOURNAL-FREEDOM SCARF

Kickstarter Price $50 — Estimated Retail Value $79Kickstarter Price $50 — Estimated Retail Value $79

NAME IN THE NEWS

Visualization leads to manifestation. Customize the Le Journal Freedom Scarf by adding a personal dream or goal to the story. Only available on Kickstarter $180Visualization leads to manifestation. Customize the Le Journal Freedom Scarf by adding a personal dream or goal to the story. Only available on Kickstarter $180

LE TRIOMPHE-OVERSIZE TOTE

Kickstarter Price $175 — Estimated Retail Price $269Kickstarter Price $175 — Estimated Retail Price $269

LE LEGIONNAIRE-CONTEMPORARY BANDOLIER

Kickstarter Price $150 — Estimated Retail Price $229Kickstarter Price $150 — Estimated Retail Price $229
Wear it many different waysWear it many different ways

THE unBOUND

Kickstarter Price $40 — Estimated Retail Price $69Kickstarter Price $40 — Estimated Retail Price $69

ITSAWRAP

Kickstarter Price $30 — Estimated Retail Price $59Kickstarter Price $30 — Estimated Retail Price $59

 LIBRE PROPAGANDA STENCIL

Don't say it SPRAY it! Only available on Kickstarter $35Don't say it SPRAY it! Only available on Kickstarter $35

THE POSTCARDS

Only Available on Kickstarter $15Only Available on Kickstarter $15

BUNDLES

Kickstarter price $230 — Estimated Retail Price $436Kickstarter price $230 — Estimated Retail Price $436
Kickstarter Price $288 — Estimated Retail Price $476Kickstarter Price $288 — Estimated Retail Price $476
Kickstarter price $480 — Estimated Retail Price $755Kickstarter price $480 — Estimated Retail Price $755

 *STRETCH GOALS*

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If we reach $18,000 we will be able to release two more colorways to the Le Journal freedom scarf. Newspaper sepia and Loden green.

Kickstarter Price $50 — Estimated Retail Price $79Kickstarter Price $50 — Estimated Retail Price $79

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At 25,000 we will be able to release our DeeDay Field Satchel which feature art work from Rose who was a victim of the earthquake in 2010. And as a special thank you for making this happen we will offer this great piece at the same Kickstarter price as Le Triomphe Oversize Tote.

Patterned after a vintage WWII ammunition pouch with thoughtful upgrades for today's modern carry. Mahogany & Ash colorway, repurposed oil drum metal Libre placard. Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 9.5cm. Kickstarter price $175 — Estimated Retail Price $299Patterned after a vintage WWII ammunition pouch with thoughtful upgrades for today's modern carry. Mahogany & Ash colorway, repurposed oil drum metal Libre placard. Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 9.5cm. Kickstarter price $175 — Estimated Retail Price $299

"It ain't no fun if everybody can't have none"

1. You are provided with goods from this one-of-a-kind collection at 30-50% off the retail price that will be on our website and in stores. These pieces are sure to turn heads and start conversations. By simply wearing the collection you become a fighter for freedom.

2. The heroes in all of this, the children, gets the experience of being recognized for something that will be celebrated and talked about around the world for its beauty, uniqueness, inspiration, and soul.

3. Restavek Freedom Foundation receives a portion of the proceeds from each sale which goes towards education, housing, food, medical, and mentoring for the children, as well as the ability to rescue more children from human trafficking.

4. The metal artisans receive some much needed business and great world wide exposurefor their craft.

You might ask: "But can this even make a dent in human trafficking worldwide?"

We had similar questions in the beginning, but while working on this project we did some research regarding Haitian history. We came across the fact that Haiti liberated itself from the colonial powers in 1803. The only nation in the Americas to precede them in this was the U.S. Once freed, Haiti trained other nations to do the same and liberate themselves from oppression. 

We believe that if Restavek is ended in Haiti, that example can echo around the world and bring similar outcomes elsewhere.

Conversations lead to actions, actions lead to change. When you wear and use this collection you create conversations which will ultimately result in the betterment of all of us. To get the production off the ground we need your help. To wear/share the story we need your help. 

Let's make history together! We are free...nous sommes Libre.

Thank you for your support!

 

Special thanks to:

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY

  • Yvon Vilius - https://yvonvilius.wordpress.com/
  • Kahreh- thewurfestates@gmail.com
  • Allycin Powell-Hicks- allypowellhicks@gmail.com
  • Aaron Lacy- info@aaronlacy.com
  • Theo Brown- theobrown@gmail.com

MUSIC

  • "Go" Song: Written, played, produced and mixed by Keith Tutt II- @keithtuttii / keith@keithtuttii.com

GRAPHIC DESIGN

  • Steeve Dorsan- steeve.dorsan@gmail.com
  • Andre Loftis- andre@andreloftis.com

PR

  • Suite Public Relations- Jeannelle Langford- janelle@suitepublicrelations.com

Risks and challenges

We travelled to Cincinnati, Ohio the stateside headquarters of Restavek Freedom Foundation August of 2013. We then travelled to Haiti July of 2014. During these trips we were able to see first hand the good work they were doing which reconfirmed the decision we had made to join them in the fight.

To avoid production delays we have spent time building relationships with our suppliers, hammered out prototypes, and have made production timeline based on our experience that will keep us on track.

If there are any delays in our schedule you will be the first to know.







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CrowdFunding promotion The Pledge Tour Antibullying Campaign For Schools

posted Jul 2, 2015, 12:07 PM by J Shaw   [ updated Jul 2, 2015, 12:08 PM ]



Aspire for greater for students everywhere. Donate today!

About The Pledge Tour
 

The Pledge Tour, founded by singer/songwriter and motivational speaker Torrey Mercer, is a character-building concert assembly program for schools that challenges K-12 students on a long term basis to "take the pledge" to be kinder, more tolerant, positive individuals, and to make a difference in their lives. 

The program addresses topics such as bullying, cyberbullying, kindness, diversity/tolerance, and giving back. Our program includes all of the following: 

  • Music performances from "The Pledge Tour" artists that are relevant to the subject material. 
  • Address of particular subjects based on school demand (a customizable feature).
  • Personal stories told by "The Pledge Tour" artists, and guest speakers for inspiration for the students.
  • Interactive activities to make the subject material real for our students.
  • Asking students to take "The Pledge". 
  • Follow-up lunchtime meetings with students. 
  • A development of a year-long programming calendar blueprint for schools to address the themes of "The Pledge Tour" year round. 
  • Parent nights at school to give them ways to look for the signs of bullying/cyberbullying, and encourage positive behavior. 

What We Need & What You Get

As we officially make "The Pledge Tour" it's own company, it is going to need start up funds. Like any other company, a significant amount of work goes into launching it, and getting it off the ground, and it's with your help that we will have what we need to ultimately make the impact on thousands of students lives. Contributions can come in many sizes, big or small. We are grateful for your support regardless. 

What (specifically) your contributions will do

  • Allow The Pledge Tour to bridge larger connections with retired superintendents, curriculum writers, educational consultants, and other important team members to get our program off the ground in the most affective way possible.
  • Give The Pledge Tour "start up" money for travel expenses, and to host assemblies for schools that may not otherwise be able budget for our program. 
  • Allowing The Pledge Tour to attend educational conclave's to make connections with principals, assistant principals, and superintendents. 
  • Creating a direct bridge for us to be able to affect as many student lives as possible.

OUR GOAL: $5,000. 

OUR DEADLINE: AUGUST 11TH, 2015 BY 11:59PM PST (60 DAYS). 

    Your Impact

    The Pledge Tour has already seen change in the eyes of thousands of students. We've watched students of all ages apologize for their previous behavior on a microphone in front of their entire school, and we've seen long term changes in schools because of the work we've done. Bullying can lead to higher drop out rates in school, and higher suicide rates. By contributing to our cause, you will be contributing to lowering these numbers, and to helping schools to realize that they can be their own forces of change, and have the power to change the climate of their school. 



    CrowdFunding promotion Wise Orchard: smart watering for your garden

    posted Jul 2, 2015, 11:55 AM by J Shaw   [ updated Jul 2, 2015, 11:56 AM ]



    The sprinkler valve that makes watering easy and optimal, helping plants thrive while saving you time and water. Make it real with us.

    About this project

    Making gardening easier and better

    Wise Orchard is a smart irrigation system that automatically adjusts your watering schedule for you and helps you take better care of your plants. No more guessing the right watering schedule every time the weather changes. This also saves you money and helps conserve precious water. Wise Orchard is remotely accessible on the Internet, super-easy to use, affordable and smart, granting you an unprecedented level of automation and control over your watering. Simply attach it to your standard tap or hose and you're good to go.

    How it works

    Wise Orchard pulls local weather data automatically from multiple weather forecast services and thousands of weather stations in order to create and adjust your personalized watering plan in real time. It can also take information on soil types at your location from publicly available databases and it comes with a temperature sensor as well.

    With all that information, together with the information you provide on your types of plants and soil, it estimates evapotranspiration, runoff and other relevant parameters that help it better determine what your plant’s needs are in order to adjust your watering schedule automatically and provide you with tips on how to better take care of your plants.

    What Wise Orchard can do for you

    We designed Wise Orchard with both novice and expert gardeners in mind. It simplifies taking care of your garden if you don’t know how to water or can’t afford to spend the time to make manual adjustments as the weather changes. It also lowers your water bill and helps conserve more water. Being based in hot southern Europe, we know a thing or two about drought and water conservation. For expert gardeners, we offer an unprecedented level of customization that will let you take your garden care to the next level.

    Wise Orchard will not only automate your watering, it will also use its plant database to offer you tips on how to better grow your plants:

    • Get advice on what to plant and when to plant it based on your local weather and conditions
    • Get advice about when it's time to prune, when it's time to harvest, etc.
    • Get warned if temperatures are about to drop below freezing, to protect both your plants and your irrigation system
    • Get warned in advance of floods, heavy rain, high temperatures and other natural phenomena that can cause you trouble
    • You can toggle alerts to receive only the ones you're interested in

    Wise Orchard technology

    Key Wise Orchard valve features:

    • Connected to the Internet via Wifi, with OTA (over-the-air) software updates
    • Automatically waters your plants when they need it using artificial intelligence algorithms that adjust your watering schedule intelligently. It can also be configured manually.
    • Plant database to better plan your watering schedule and help you take better take care of your plants
    • Easy to install (drop-in replacement for your current irrigation timer / programmer)
    • Compatible with most drip irrigation and garden hose-fed sprinklers.
    • Fits standard pipe threads in the US and Europe: Garden Hose Thread (GHT 1 1/16th") for USA and BSP ¾’’ for Europe (we’ll send the one appropriate for you based on your location).
    • Measures ambient temperature and it warns you when temperatures go near freezing so you can choose to winterize your irrigation system so that pipes don’t burst
    • Requires household water pressure 
    • Powered by 4 AA batteries
    • Backup: your watering schedule is stored on the device so it will keep working even when there’s no Internet connection.

    Key Wise Orchard mobile app and online website features:

    • Manual or custom watering schedule, controlling the Wise Orchard valve remotely
    • Lets you set periods of time when it’s ok or not ok to water. Wise Orchard will automatically decide when to water within the allowed intervals.
    • Lets you do all the configuration from your smartphone
    • You can snooze watering for the day or for any period of time with the touch of a button, so you won’t be bothered when it’s inconvenient to water
    • Control as many zones / valves as you want from the app
    • Lets you activate alerts to receive tips to help you take care of your plants

    Prototype

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    Production timeline

    We plan on posting regular updates as we progress towards delivering the product to you. We'll let you see every stage of the process and keep you posted about any issues we find.

    Our team

    Alvaro Salmador, founder
    I am a software engineer and gardening enthusiast and I’m always looking for ways to make things better through the use of advanced technologies. I’ve worked on modeling & simulation research at Indra and I have extensive experience in several fields including machine learning and machine vision. I have designed consumer electronics products before (a softair shooting chronograph) and I’ve also created a face recognition engine and mobile app, so I’m aware of the challenges hardware start-ups face. I have a master’s degree in computer science.

    Andrés Díaz, consultant on design and manufacturing
    Andrés is a professor at UPM, with extensive experience in design and manufacturing, plastic injection molding, micromechanical systems and bio-compatible devices. He’s an invaluable resource for designing for manufacturabilty. He’s published many scientific papers and books.

    Cristina Coello, operations and supply chain 
    Cristina has a decade of experience in operations and supply chain management and will help us make sure we’ll manufacture our product and get it to our backers without issue.

    Why Kickstarter

    We are currently testing several working prototypes in the field and we need your help to finish the engineering work and manufacture our first production run. We’ve chosen Kickstarter because we want to interact with users and let them have an impact on our product. We want you to have a say and provide feedback to make Wise Orchard a better product. We hope you’ll help us make our system more accurate and useful for everyone else. 

    Risks and challenges

    Over the past six months we’ve put a lot of work on this project. We have created the industrial design, engineered the electronics and found reliable partners for sourcing the necessary parts and manufacturing the product.

    From the start, we designed the product with manufacturing in mind, following established engineering practices and established manufacturing processes, so our prototypes are the closest approximation to the final product. With your help, if we reach our Kickstarter goal we’ll have enough funds for tooling and production of our first batch.

    We’ve built and tested prototypes that are now providing us useful data to complete the software development. While it’s impossible to plan for every risk, with our highly experienced team we’re confident that we can deal with the delays and setbacks that might occur during manufacturing so that there won’t be a negative impact on the project schedule.


    CrowdFunding promotion Moksha

    posted Jul 2, 2015, 11:37 AM by J Shaw   [ updated Jul 2, 2015, 11:37 AM ]


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    Handcrafted Retro and Vintage Style Goat Leather Sling, Messenger, Satchel and Duffel Bags.

    Moksha

    [mohk-shuh] 
     Free, let go, release, liberate.

    Moksha is the inspiration born through our admiration for unique, custom made accessories for men and women across the globe. Accessories that have their one of a kind look, appearance just like the one who owns them. Accessories that could become just a part of the normal routine like they were never added. We present our retro style, vintage leather satchels, bags and backpacks. An essential accessory for the modern men and women, available in different designs and sizes our satchels are what you need to give yourself a stand out from the crowd look.


    What We Need & What You Get

    In order to turn this dream of ours in to a reality, we need your support. Not only does this mean pledging & purchasing one of ours awesome bags, but also sharing the movement with your friends.
    We need your Support!
    To raise the funds we're opening up our range for pre-order at a discounted rates between 30% to 50%. Our products price range starts from $25 to $45. Once available to public, they will retails between $40 to $90.  
    The perk, along with a thank you letter from our team, will ship as soon as production has finished. Each and every bag is handcrafted and hand stitched by an expert artisan.  We will also email a discount coupon of 30% off, thru which you guys can shop any number of products from our Facebook Store for a span for 2 years. 

    Our Products/Perks

    All of our distinctive bags & satchels are handmade.  Rajasthan ‘The land of kings’ has been the home of leather craftsmen for hundreds of years and our aim is to blend this Indian craftsmanship with international standards. 

    The extraordinary ability of our skilled artists can be seen in each one of our fine masterpieces.

    We use the best of the best full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather, original YKK zippers, Brass rivets and buckles.

    The range of bags is designed for day to day use and the person who wants practical but affordable leather bags.

    Each bag is individually handmade made using goat leather by experienced artisans which results in a unique product every time. The bag gets better and better with the time as the leather softens. The leather does not receive any chemical treatment.  Each bag has its charm and style and a very special earthy smell that will assure you it’s real leather. Its lightness, flexibility and durability will not make you regret your purchase.


     Cross body Gypsy Satchel(For Women)
    $25

    Colour: Brown
    Leather: Goat Leather
    Dimensions in inches: 9(H) * 8(W) * 3(D)
    1 Front Pocket
    3 Internal Compartments
    Adjustable shoulder strap

    MEN SLING SATCHEL

    $25

    Leather: Goat Leather
    Colour: Brown
    Dimensions in inches: 10(H) * 9(W) * 3(D)
    1 internal compartment 
    1 internal zipper pockt
    Adjustable Strap

    UNISEX SLING SATCHEL

    $25

    Colour: Brown and Black
    Leather: Goat Leather
    Dimensions in inches:  10.6(H) * 9.4 (W) * 2.4(D)
    2 Internal Compartments
    Adjustable Strap

    BROWN LEATHER EVENING HANDBAG

    $35

    Colour: Brown
    Leather: Goat Leather
    Dimensions in inches: 13(H) * 10(W) * 3(D)
    1 Front Pocket
    2 Internal compartments
    1 Adjustable Shoulder strap

    LADIES LEATHER MESSENGER BAG

    $35

    Colour: Brown
    Leather: Goat Leather
    Dimensions in inches: 11(H) * 15(W) * 4(D)
    2 Front Pockets
    3 Internal Compartments
    Middle compartment walls are cushioned to keep the laptop
    1 Zippered pockets on the internal wall of the bag
    Additional zippered pockets on the back side of the bag
    Adjustable strap with Max Length 55 Inches


    INDIANA JONES LEATHER SATCHEL 

    $35

    Colour : Brown
    Leather: Goat Leather
    Dimensions in inches: 13 (H) * 10(W) * 4(D)
    3 Internal Compartments
    Middle compartment walls are cushioned to keep the laptop/ipad/tablet
    2 Zippered Pockets on the internal wall of the bag
    Adjustable Strap with Max Length 55 Inches

    HANDMADE LEATHER BACKPACK

    $35

    Colour: Brown
    Dimensions in inches:  16''(H) 
    1 Front pocket
    Adjustable backpack straps


    VINTAGE MESSENGER BAG 15"

    $35


    Colour: Brown
    Leather: Goat Leather
    Dimensions: 15 (L) * 11(H) * 4(D)
    3 Internal Compartments
    2 Zippered Pockets on the internal walls of the bag
    Full flap cover which fastens down via magnetic buttons
    1 Adjustable Strap with Max Length 55 Inches


    LEATHER BUSINESS BAG FOR WOMEN
    $40

    Colour: Brown
    Leather: Goat Leather
    Dimensions: 16(H) * 12(W) * 5(D)
    Fit for 13" and 15" Macbook
    2 Large pockets, one on each side of the bag
    Inner wall cushioned to keep laptop
    1 Zippered pocket on the inner wall of the bag
    1 Mobile holder, 1 Key chain holder, 3 pen holders
    1 Adjustable shoulder strap with Max Length 55 Inches


    VINTAGE MESSENGER BAG FOR MEN

    $40

    Colour: Brown
    Leather: Goat Leather
    Dimensions in inches: 15 (W) * 13(H) * 4(D)
    2 Internal Compartments
    Compartment walls are cushioned to keep the laptop/ipad/tablet
    1 Zippered Pocket On Mid Wall
    Half flap cover
    1 Adjustable Strap

    SOFT LEATHER MESSENGER BAG

    (VINTAGE STYLE)

    $40


    Colour: Brown
    Leather: Goat Leather 
    Dimensions: 15 "(W) * 13"(H) * 5"(D) 
    Fits a 13'' and 15" Macbook
    3 Internal compartments
    1 Small pocket in front
    Middle compartment walls are cushioned
    Adjustable strap with max Length 55 inches

    RETRO MESSENGER BAG

    $40

    Colour: Brown
    Leather: Goat Leather
     15 "(W) * 13"(H) * 5"(D) 
    Fits a 13'' and 15" Macbook
    2 Internal Compartments
    Compartment walls are cushioned to keep the laptop/ipad/tablet
    1 Adjustable Strap

    THE ROLL TOP BACKPACK

    $40

    Colour: Brown
    Leather: Goat Leather
    16"(H) * 12.5"(W) * 5"(D)
    1 Front pocket
    2 Pockets on each side
    Adjustable backpack straps

    VINTAGE BROWN SATCHEL

    $40

    Colour: Brown
    Leather: Goat Leather
    Dimensions in inches:  15(h) * 13(W) * 5(D)
    Front 2 Small Pockets
    2 Internal Compartments
    2 Zippers
    Compartment walls are cushioned to keep the laptop
    Adjustable Strap

    LEATHER DUFFEL BAG FOR WOMEN

    $40

    Colour: Brown
    Leather: Goat Leather
    Dimensions in inches: 11(H) * 12(W) * 20(L)
    1 Pocket on front side
    Handles to carry the bag
    1 Adjustable shoulder strap



    LEATHER MILITARY DUFFLE BAG

    $45

    Colour: Brown
    Leather: Goat Leather
    9.5"(H) * 22"(W) * 7.5"(D)
    1 Front pocket.
    2 Additional pockets, one on each side.
    1 Adjustable Shoulder strap.
    Carry Handles on top


    RETRO MAN DUFFLE BAG

    $45

     
    Colour: Brown
    Leather: Goat Leather
    9.5"(H) * 22"(W) * 7.5"(D)
    1 Front pocket
    2 Additional pockets, one on each side
    1 Additional pocket on top flap dd
    Adjustable backpack straps


    Disclaimer: 

    Genuine Goat Leather by its nature has some scars (due to markings/cuts on goat skin) which reconfirms that its 100% pure and gives it a perfect vintage look. Also, each bag has different colour shade and it might be a little different from given pictures which makes each bag unique. Each bag is specially fresh made for you so there might be a little different smell of leather. It any which way fades away within 3-4 weeks of regular use.


    FAQ's

    My bag has a distinctive earthy smell. Will this fade over time?

    Yes. Because we use no harsh chemicals or dyes, your leather does not give off that “new leather smell.” Instead, each piece initially has a genuine earthy aroma that is characteristic of the natural tanning process. This scent begins to dissipate as soon as the bag is removed from its packaging, and fades entirely in 2-6 weeks.

    How will my bag hold up over time?    

    We want you to enjoy your handmade bag for a lifetime. For this reason we invest in the very best leather and fittings. Your straps are double stitched for strength. Your buckles and rivets are made of corrosion-free brass, not nickel, which is why they are stronger and will not rust, tarnish or leave black marks on your leather.


    Order Fulfillment?

    Our team has an extensive history of working with e-commerce retail stores which made us perfectly suited to designing and creating these bags. It has also provided us with the ability to package and ship with your order with speed and professionalism. 

    Challenges?

    The greatest challenge we face is raising awareness and making noise to bring our dream to life. We are going to do everything we can to spread the word but we need your help. If you could do something as simple as tweeting about and/or sharing this page with your Facebook friends, it can go a long way. Simply click the Facebook tab at the top page.



    From everyone here at the Moksha team, THANK YOU so much for your time and your support.







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    Corporate enterprise CrowdFunding - Sony launches crowdfunding platform for its own new products

    posted Jul 1, 2015, 1:02 PM by David Khorram   [ updated Jul 1, 2015, 1:03 PM ]



    \Sony has launched a new crowdfunding platform designed to find and finance projects developed by Sony employees. The platform, called First Flight, is part of an effort by the Japanese company to promote new business ideas as it tries to drive itself back to profitability. In addition to crowdfunding new projects, First Flight will also let backers directly buy and pre-order new devices developed by Sony workers.

    First Flight currently offers pre-orders for two Sony-affiliated projects — the MESH Smart DIY kit, and the FES e-ink watch. A third, a sleek all-in-one remote called the HUIS Remote Controller, is already 20 percent of the way to its 5 million yen (about $40,820) crowdfunding goal. Each project has a Kickstarter-esque introductory page with videos, pictures, and product information, in addition to an "episodes" tab that functions like a blog, allowing backers to keep tabs on the status of the projects. For now at least, the platform is only available to Japanese customers. Of the devices on offer, it's the gorgeous FES watch that's the most appealing, but for now it — and all of the products on the site — are only available to Japanese consumers. They'll be able to pre-order the watch for 29,700 yen (about $242), with shipping due in October.

    We first saw the FES watch last November. The stylish e-ink device appeared to be the design of new Japanese startup Fashion Entertainments, but it was revealed soon afterwards that the new company was a subsidiary of Sony itself. Under CEO Kaz Hirai, Sony has increasingly given its employees more freedom to innovate on new products and devices as the company's mobile and TV divisions suffer heavy financial losses. It's tempting to ask why Sony as a vast conglomerate can't simply fund exciting new projects itself, but First Flight is at least an attempt by the Japanese firm to focus on the kind of innovative design that originally made it great.

    Posted from:http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/1/8874943/sony-crowdfunding-platform-first-flight-launch 

      CrowdFunding promotion Colloidal Silver Atom Health Research

      posted Jun 18, 2015, 12:41 AM by J Shaw   [ updated Jun 18, 2015, 12:41 AM ]


      COLLOIDAL SILVER ATOM PARTICLE TESTING FOR HEALTH - THE NEW WAVE IN MEDICAL RESEARCH

      Short Summary


      The rate of disease and killer viruses around the world has been increasing since time began. Every generation faces a new outbreak and a new challenge in the world of human viruses and disease. Everything from HIV, various forms of cancer and even Ebola have all taken center stage causing huge distress, loss of lives and frustration within the medical and healing professions.

      Highly regarded Medical Researchers have reported that Viruses and Bacteria have been mutating into organisms that are resistant to all modern antibiotics; it would seem that humanity is fighting a losing battle in the war no disease.

      This Crowdfunding campaign has been launched to fund research into the properties of Silver Atoms.  Silver is already known to be anti-viral and anti-bacterial in nature,  no studies have ever been done on Atom Particle Colloidal Silver.  We believe that silver atoms will pave the way in the fight against the emergent strains of the most common viruses.   


      The Company

      GoldenGevity, a company that has been in research and development of the properties of noble metals since 2005, has put this campaign together. As a company we have operated in this space for over 10 years and we are in possession of a proprietary process that can produce atom particles in distilled water without chemicals.

      Early on the company carried out research on metals that were anti cancerous and found that Silver, Platinum, Iridium and Ruthenium were used to treat Cancer by Healthcare Professionals, and further research uncovered that silver had been reported to kill well over 650 different viruses including the HIV virus.

      By testing the efficacy of Silver Atoms and other antioxidant metals, against viruses and bacteria’s the company will be able to produce "medical grade", colloidal silver atom products which are  already known to be anti-viral and anti-microbial in nature, for the medical profession and consumers alike, which may lead into further studies on how to apply these products against stubborn viruses and bacteria of which some also cause cancer and other life taking illness's that are caused by stubborn viruses and bacteria.

      This campaign will raise funds to achieve FIVE very important goals:

      1.)  Carry out antimicrobial efficacy testing on 5 to 10 common viruses

      2.)  Carry out antimicrobial efficacy testing on 5 to 10 common bacteria.

      3.)  Carry out Time Analysis of effectiveness of the 10 common Viruses and Bacteria.

      4.)  Carry out antimicrobial efficacy testing on HIV, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis along with the Time Analysis of effectiveness of the HIV and Tuberculosis and Hepatitis viruses.

      5.)  Expand the production capacity of the company by securing larger facilities, and update the corporate branding with web development and marketing activities

      Even small donations — $10, $25 or $50 — can add up to big numbers if we all pull together.

      Larger amounts like $100, $250 or $500 would help us get there even faster and will get you your very own high quality Colloidal Silver products that you can try out for yourself – check out our perks on the right

      Won’t you donate what you can today and spread the word to your family and friends?

      GoldenGevity’s ground breaking research will change the game. Lets work together to stop the suffering – Donate Today!

      The reasons we are planning this testing is because part of the problem in developing effective solutions to some of the most common viruses and bacteria lies in the way the medicines are delivered into the human body.

      For decades the standard for dispensing medicines and even dietary supplements has been:

      • Micrograms
      • Milligrams
      • Nano meters.

      These types of unit may contain trillions of total atoms content, which means that they are huge and bulky and cannot be absorbed by the body easily, nor can they penetrate a virus.

      Viruses and Bacteria size can exceed 200 nm (nanometers) or more in size, making the solution very simple:

      The production of single ATOM Particles of elements that are known to be antiviral and antibacterial, such as Silver, Copper, Zinc, and others.

      At GoldenGevity We have developed a process to produce high parts per million (PPM) atom size particles of these metals and other noble elements that by themselves are pure antioxidants in nature.

      Because Atoms can seamlessly slide right into the pathogens at the cellular level, they can produce astonishing, fast results without any reported side effects.

      It would appear that, the atom particle size supplements are the answer to ever mutating antibiotic resistant strains, providing for the first time, a real solution to modern medicinal problems.

      We know that there is still a long way to go and hopefully with your help we can complete our crucial testing and take a huge step forward in the use of noble metals in the treatment of serious viruses and disease.

      Every year we hear of Revenue Generating Campaigns for causes like cancer, with no real results, we believe we have answers! So do whatever you can and help us to get this testing done. Together we can really make a huge difference to the treatment of major viruses that are affecting humanity around the world.

      Check out the perks on the right and purchase your very own bottle of Colloidal Silver and see what a difference it will make to your life – and the lives of millions of others.

      As a company, GoldenGevity is a market leader in the field of Colloidal noble element remedies. We started by selling colloidal silver 3000 PPM, and as time progressed we added the other elements and combination of elements.

      We were the first to introduce Atom Particle sized Colloidal Silver, then added Gold, Iridium, Platinum, Rhodium, Ruthenium which are known to be antioxidants and have anti cancerous properties and we continue to be #1 in atom particle production of trace mineral dietary supplements.

      Noble Metals

      In chemistry, the noble metals are metals that are resistant to corrosion and oxidation in moist air, as opposed to most base metals, the short list comprises:

      ·  Ruthenium

      ·  Rhodium

      ·  Palladium

      ·  Silver

      ·  Osmium

      ·  Iridium

      ·  Platinum

      ·  Gold.

      These metals are found in the body and when we are low on any of them we can become ill. Many of these noble metals are also the core elements in natural anti-oxidants found in herbs and plants.

      Noble Metals especially in atom-sized particles are not heavy metals, heavy metals are considered to be toxic such as Lead, Mercury, Cadium and others.

      About Atoms vs Nanotechnology 

      Nanotechnology is the rapidly advancing ability of humans to manipulate and use materials at the Nano scale; Nanotechnology is of significant interest because materials at this scale can exhibit novel properties that are different from the same substance’s properties at the macro or even Micro scales.

      For instance Nano scale particles are being developed into mechanical “machines” that can be used for many industrial and medical applications that are small enough to be tiny robots that can be controlled externally.

      Nanoparticle Silver has antibacterial properties and is currently being used in consumer products such as socks, washing machines, and bandages, but still has setbacks since Nano particles cannot penetrate the pathogens because they are too large, millions if not trillions of times larger than a single silver atom particle.

      GoldenGevity’s products

      GoldenGevity produces the highest quality atom sized colloidal silver, gold, and other noble metal products that can be used for anti-aging and for general health and well-being.

      Most uses of noble metals use the metals at a size such as Nano particles, milligrams and micrograms that cannot penetrate the virus cells or be absorbed efficiently by the body.

      GoldenGevity have developed technology that allows the production of colloidal silver at 3000 particles per million to well over 18,000 parts per million, and are at least 2,500,000 times smaller than the smallest Nano particle that has been achieved by their competitors. Making their solutions thousands of times more effective in the human body.

      GoldenGevity products are:

      • Pure
      • Powerful
      • Effective
      • Market leaders
      • Include many noble metals that are found in the body

      Won’t you donate what you can today and spread the word to everyone you know with an interest in medical research, healthcare and the global fight against disease.

      Our perks are great – they will make a huge difference to your life and help us to help millions of others around the world

      Noble metal Products, in particular gold and silver Products, are among the most extensively studied such-materials and have led to the development of in-numerous techniques and methods for molecular diagnostics, imaging, drug delivery and therapeutics. The inclusion of testing of ATOM particles could have a huge impact on the health of the world’s population.

      The world's growing population demands increasing access to advanced healthcare treatments.

      According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the global population will reach over 9 billion by 2050 with nearly 90% of the world's people located in developing countries.

       

      Biomedical technology is an evolving field having enormous potential to positively impact the health care system, through the development of treatments that can penetrate and disarm resistant strains of viruses and bacteria.

      Important biomedical applications of atom particle technology that may have potential clinical applications include targeted drug delivery, detection/diagnosis and imaging.

      Basic understanding of how atoms, the building blocks of the body, interact with the cells and their biological consequences are evolving, and Noble metal atoms such as gold, silver and Ruthenium are particularly interesting due to their size and shape and anti-microbial, and anti-oxidant properties.

      Furthermore, recent investigations are demonstrating promising application of these atoms as self-therapeutics as natural dietary supplements.

      To realize the potential promise of these unique particles for future clinical translation, it is of utmost importance that further efficacy testing be carried out. With the right level of testing we can produce medical grade noble metal products that can provide a real solution in the war on disease. 

      Atom Particles and Cancer

      Today, 1 in 2 males and 1 in 3 females in the United States will develop cancer at some point during their lifetimes, and 1 in 4 males and 1 in 5 females in the United States will die from the disease.

      New methods for detection and treatment have dramatically improved cancer care in the United States. However, as improved detection and increasing exposure to carcinogens has led to higher rates of cancer incidence, clinicians and researchers have not balanced that increase with a similar decrease in cancer mortality rates. This mismatch highlights a clear and urgent need for increasingly potent and selective methods with which to detect and treat cancers at their earliest stages.

      The use of materials with structural features ranging from 8 to 100 nm in size, has dramatically altered the design, use, and delivery of cancer diagnostic and therapeutic agents. The unique and newly discovered properties of atom particle structures can enhance the specificities with which biomedical agents are delivered, complementing their efficacy or diminishing unintended side effects.

      The next waves of studies must include Atom Particles since size is everything when it comes down to penetrating pathogens and cancer causing free radicals.

      Gold, silver and other noble metals such as ruthenium afford a particularly unique set of physiological and optical properties which can be leveraged in applications ranging from in vitro/vivo therapeutics and drug delivery to imaging and diagnostics, surgical guidance, and treatment monitoring.

      All of this evidence strongly suggests that the use of noble metals in products such as colloidal silver atoms can be a great source of treatment against viruses that are traditionally challenging and produce resistant strains.

      By increasing our testing and efficacy research with the noble metals we will be able to join forces with these medical professionals by providing products that are proven to be effective in the fight against these viruses.


      With your help we can achieve all of our goals and impact the lives of billions of people around the world.

      You can contribute in many ways:

      • Share our message extensively on social media
      • Contribute and purchase the perks below – you can improve your general health and well being like so many others by investing in our wonderful products
      • Send the gift of good health to someone you know that can truly benefit from our products, be purchasing one of the perks to the right and support this campaign in the process
      • Tell everyone you know about the pending breakthroughs in noble element atom particle technology
      • Watch this space – follow our progress here, on social media and check out our website www.gold2live.com

      GoldenGevity’s ground-breaking research will change the game.

      Lets work together to stop the suffering – Donate Today!

      **Delivery of the above items may take up to 12 months; you must register on line at the storefront with a promotional code 
      that will be provided to you after the campaign is finished. 

      Follow our campaign on social media and remember to share the message

      https://www.facebook.com/GoldengevityHighPpmColloidalSilver

      Twitter:  https://twitter.com/silvercolloids

      Contact us for more information or to enquire about your perks.

      Email: sales@gold2live.com

      Tel:  619-752-6777

      CrowdFunding promotion Neuropsychological Center for Children with Cancer

      posted Jun 18, 2015, 12:34 AM by J Shaw   [ updated Jun 18, 2015, 12:35 AM ]



      Short Summary


      • I am an active volunteer at Aura Ion Foundation in UK and Romania. I am a clinical psychologist working with newborns, infants and children in the morning and a fundraiser in the afternoon for Aura Ion Foundation. 
      • I spent each minute of my student time studying neuropsychology on my own because in Romania it doesn't exist. Every day I try to make the lives of many children diagnosed with brain tumors a little better, but I can't due to no financial resources.
      • You will change the life of many children diagnosed with cancer and brain tumors that have no access to neuropsychological services.

      What We Need & What You Get

      • We need about £ 50 000 to open this center.
      • Money goes to supplies, psychological tests needed, rent for the place and other facilities invoices. Because this project will run in Romania, unfortunately, we can't approach companies that produce psychological tests worldwide like Pearson, PAR because they have these tests mostly in English and we need them in Romanian. We've reached local companies that have translated and adapted those tests on Romanian population and are willing to offer discounts so each penny is important to keep the center alive!
      • We will open this center even if we don't reach this goal. We will use every penny to make better many children with cancer. We hope to raise as much as we can to keep it open for the longest time possible. 

      Neuropsychological evaluation objective:

      Assessing competencies and different areas of cognition and their possible impairments in areas like memory, attention, language, visualization function, executive function (decision-making, behavior, planning skills).

      Such psychometric testing methods allow accurate assessment of cognitive disorders, a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the current cognitive and affective state. Unlike imaging techniques, test results also provide information about the extent and nature of the deficiency, identify neuropsychological issues associated with neurological disorders, effects of chemotherapy and radiation on the brain.


      The Impact

      Psychological services are very expensive in Romania. On private practices, one hour of psychotherapy starts from  € 25 when the majority of people have salaries between €200-300. The National State Insurance doesn’t want to reimburse directly psychologists for their services offered, even though the individual is paying a monthly fee to the state insurance. Each psychologist must close contracts with doctors that get reimbursed for their psychological services. In this case, the patient is unable to choose his psychologist. The patient is forced to go to the psychologist contracted by his doctor, even though this means a violation of his right to choose the psychologist. The extreme low budgets offered for the health system also caused a lack of psychologists in hospitals. Therefore, the patient diagnosed with cancer, with extremely limited financial resources, spent mostly on medication and medical supplies, is unable to find support, remains with cognitive deficits after chemotherapy and radiation and barely have a neuropsychological treatment available. 

      Inexistent services

      Neuropsychological services are almost unavailable in Romania. They are provided by one of our members on the Neurological Ward at Marie Curie Hospital in Bucharest.

      Unfortunately, that ward is dedicated to children with neurological problems that require surgery. Therefore, many other children with cancer not related to nervous system are left without those services

      Chemo brain

      People that go through the cancer treatment notice a mental cloudiness. Doctors have known for years that radiation treatment to the brain can cause thinking and memory problems. Recently, they have found that chemotherapy is linked to some of the same kinds of problems. Though the brain usually recovers over time, the sometimes vague yet distressing mental changes cancer patients notice, are real, not imagined. They might last a short time, or they might go on for years. These changes can make people unable to go back to their school, to work, or social activities, or make it so that it takes a lot of mental effort to do so. Chemo brain affects everyday life for many people, and more research is needed to help prevent and cope with it.


        Be a doctor for one day! 

        Some people just can't contribute, but that doesn't mean they can't help! Pleaseshare this campaign to all your family members, friends, social media followers tohelp us save the lives of many children diagnosed with cancer.

        The more money we will raise, the longer will be the time we will provide free neuropsychological services for children with cancer.

        Aura Ion Foundation" is a non-profit private company limited by guarantee registered at companies House, Company Number: 9544768.
        43 Broomfield Road, CM1 1SY Chelmsford, Essex
        +44 (0)7772 948903

        CrowdFunding promotion Cat Talk Show - Domestic Cat Diary

        posted Jun 18, 2015, 12:09 AM by J Shaw   [ updated Jun 18, 2015, 12:10 AM ]


        YouTube Video


        A Cat is trying to have his own web show or better, TV show, now that he learn to speak.

        Cat Talk Show?

        I know it's hard to believe, but it is true. I'm a cat with lot of knowledge, which I've gain with observation of my human slave.... I mean companion. At first it was hard, especially learning human language, but with perseverance I've manage to succed.

        Now it is time to take step forward, it's time for an upgrade. I want my own talk show, but for that I'm a little bit short on human money and skills. I want for my show to be superb.

        For now I've recorded some Diary of mine, but now it is time for real shit.


        I need a support from you humans.

        My plan is to:
        - Buy more and better video equipment
        - High performance computers with acme software
        - Recruit new staff (especially humans)
        - Make really badass web talk show (eventually fox will have to contact me)

        With that my dreams will come true. I'd like to be first cat ever with his own Talk Show. We've all seen a dozen of talk shows on TV and WEB, but none of this are as hairy as mine will be with your help.


          I know you want to see that kind of show... But remember, the more we raise, more cooler show it is. 
          So please donate as much as you can, if you can't, I get it. You probably have to save for cat food budget. But you can indeed help in other way, to share my campaign on social network (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest).
          You wan't to get involved more personally? (with any kind of skill)
          Contact me on:
          domestic.cat.diary@inovativa.si

            CrowdFunding promotion My Little Banker Books: Creating Financially Savvy Kids

            posted Jun 11, 2015, 12:19 AM by J Shaw   [ updated Jun 11, 2015, 12:19 AM ]



            My Little Banker is a collection of children's books that teach children ages 1 to 10 financial lessons using fun diverse characters.

            The Books

            I've created a lively and inspiring array of characters who will teach your children important financial lessons that will stay with them through life. These books are great tools for parents as they start conversations about debt, earning, saving, investing, and giving.

            Nathan and his familyNathan and his family

            Book 1: Nathan, who is spoiled rotten, gets everything he wants from his parents and g-mom, until his parents finally say No. It is then he gets the opportunity to learn what it means to Earn, Earn, Earn.

            Christian and her sistersChristian and her sisters

            Book 2: Christian, a 9 year old girl watches as her older sisters demonstrate the need for balance in their lives through spending and saving.

            Tim and his motherTim and his mother

            Book 3: Tim’s mom uses the skill of negotiation to teach him how hard work pays off.

            Financial Goal

            My financial goal is $17,500 this will cover the printing of my books, the cost of giving away the books, and the Kickstarter Fees. I have already had the first 3 books illustrated. However, every extra contribution will help me create more books, and give more books away. 

            Thank you

            Thank you in advance for your donations. I appreciate your support and ask that you share this Kickstarter Project with your friends and family via your social network links.

            Risks and challenges

            Please help me Give, Give, Give the next generation a helpful tool to teach them how to navigate their financial future. We're excited to host free teaching workshops for kids and parents.

            The risk is that if my project does not get funded these books will never reach the hands of underprivileged youth and their families.

            CrowdFunding promotion Publishing and Marketing for Danger Awaits, A Romantic Novel

            posted Jun 11, 2015, 12:12 AM by J Shaw   [ updated Jun 11, 2015, 12:13 AM ]


            Publishing and Marketing Danger Awaits, a contemporary romantic suspense.

            Publishing and Marketing Danger Awaits, a contemporary romantic suspense.

            About this project

            This a romance novel that I've worked on (one of many) and am looking to publish through a top POD publishing company.  I am going to be thoroughly editing this book and putting it through the top publishing package and marketing package.  I take this very seriously and have every desire to put out a good story and quality product. I want to thank everyone who helps with the completion of this project.  It's very much appreciated.  

            Here's the synopsis:

            After the mysterious death of her parents, Jessica Harper encounters a flash from her past. Now it seems there’s something evil lurking and will stop at nothing to get her. Then there’s Philip, the flirtatious bad boy whose appetite for women is unparalleled and is the only one willing to help her. The problem is… Who will protect her from him? Philip Thyler believes he has finally escaped the shadows of his father’s scandalous past, one he wishes he could forget. Of course the past always has a way of catching up. Being a regular at Mitsy’s restaurant, he is enthralled with a waitress whose character is as appealing as she is easy on the eyes. Though the attraction is mutual his carefree lifestyle conflicts with her conservative nature. The more she resists him the more complicated things become until he realizes that to have her he must give up the thing he values most, his wild and reckless ways.

            Risks and challenges

            After the book is published there will be marketing and placement issues as far as who/what stores will accept the book. It will take time to go through the process due to editing and selecting a proper cover photo, etc... A lot of back and forth. If all goes well, it will hopefully be available through Amazon, B&N, and many other online stores. If I'm lucky, some physical stores may pick it up as well.

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