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Harmattan Leather

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4.8?
Discovered on 2015-07-30

Harmattan is a leather bag collection of 14 Designs. The concept behind the brand is quality in every aspect as an exercise of design. With the idea of making no manufacturing compromises these bags are Guaranteed for Life. 5 Messengers, 2 shoulder bags for ladies, 3 backpacks and a bag made for travel, one for cyclists, a photo bag and an tube for architects and artists, the Harmattan collection has tried to cover as many options in leather as possible. Harmattan uses the thickest leather that can be sewn, the strongest thread and only iron cast simple fittings. A Pre-Sale Campaign is now active on Kickstarter, a good chance to get them for an important pre-sale discount.

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Bernard Kerckenaere
Review from Kickstarter
In the end I used "antique wax" on basis of beeswax. The bag colored a bit darker thanks to the wax, which makes it look even better in my opinion.
Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi
Review from Kickstarter
@Ron: I had asked the same question earlier. The leather seems to be lightly treated or untreated in my view. Leather cream seems to work but any cleanser creates discolouring on leather. I applied a light coat of beeswax to make it a bit rain and smudge proof. It darkened the bag but works well! The wax or even oil when applied generously does bleed to the other side and hence it needs a very light coating. I had to apply it as it does rain here and the bag will get very fast.
Ron H
Review from Kickstarter
My wife's bag showed up 4 months after shipping. It's nice to have it, but it's streaked and scratched it's so dry. Was there ever a decision made from the creator on what to treat the leather with? What was the bag treated with at the factory?
Bernard Kerckenaere
Review from Kickstarter
Any news as to the guide how to care for our bags? (And how to properly treat it to protect it from rain etc...)
Holt Evans & Radu Zarnescu
Review from Kickstarter
Well, out of the 50-60 parcels sent to the US in mid-December 3-4 have been reported as caught in a black hole with USPS still. The tracking numbers show no activity because they have not been registered with USPS but they are in fact with USPS for almost 2 months now. This USPS black hole is generalised for random international parcel US inbound from December. A sign of hope is that one of 5 parcels (to our knowledge) has been spat out and finally delivered. We wish to apologise for using USPS and promise to never do it again, it has been stressful for you as well as for us. If there are other backers with that have yet to receive the parcel please tell us. We are working on a way to resolve this, but we are hitting dead ends on recalling or claiming insurance on the black hole parcels, only promises that they will get to you. Will keep you posted and hope that they will get to you soon.
Dave Graham
Review from Kickstarter
nothing received here in the US. tracking # doesn't show any movement from beyond Bucharest.
iH@b
Review from Kickstarter
Post Campaign Review: •Thumbnail: 8
•Title: 7
•Description: 8
•Outreach: 5
•Interaction (During): 8
•Interaction (Post funding): 6
•Updates: 7
•Pledge Levels: 7
•Stretch Goals: N/A
•Add-ons: 5
•Media Usage: 7
•Survey: 6
•Shipment Handling: 5
•Packaging: 9
•Timeline Compliance: 8 •Overall: 7 •Most importantly "Final Product": 8 •International Backer for 3 Pack
Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi
Review from Kickstarter
@Michael: I do have Otter Wax with me but for fabric. Hence I applied leather conditioners from Ecco and then Mink oil with bee wax for treatment. There is a school of thought that boot wax and mink oil should not be applied to leather handbags. However I took the risk of applying mink oil to water proof leather without which bag will spoil very fast outdoors. The reason why I wanted Creator to be specific about the product recommendation for maintenance of the bag is to ensure that we use the right product.
Michael Thorne
Review from Kickstarter
I ended up buying a leather care kit from otter wax. It is all natural and comes with saddle soap, leather salve, boot wax and oil. I did not use the oil, but did clean, condition and wax the bag. The color did darken a little, but nothing too bad. The bag is now soft and supple, and it really feels nice. The process took a couple of days to complete, but I'm VERY happy that I took the time to do it.
Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi
Review from Kickstarter
@Creator: Can you post the maintenance routine and products suggested for these bags?
Holt Evans & Radu Zarnescu
Review from Kickstarter
@Kokobin: As we have said some time ago, the parcel was returning because of an issue with the address, arrived today, will resend tomorrow. Thank you.
J L Perez
Review from Kickstarter
@Creator: The tracking number you provided on Jan 8th is not valid. Can you please verify and respond to my messages? Thanks.
kokobin
Review from Kickstarter
Nothing received here in the UK.
Nothing received here in the UK.
Nothing received here in the UK.
Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi
Review from Kickstarter
@Creator: The leather is really dry and untreated. I applied leather conditioning cream to nourish it. I did try foam cleaner for leather from Ecco on the leather pocket in Dreamer and it discoloured it by reacting with veg tanned leather. I guess the foamer got a bit of bleach to remove dirt and it gave weathered look in patches. I applied the conditioner after that to the full bag and it worked fine. ( Ecco leather cream) I do not think the bag is really an outdoor item without treatment. I applied red wing mink oil which uses beeswax as the base. The Colour darkened a bit as expected but now the bag looks much better cared for instead of a dry look. So it seems to work for me! Are you from leather design or leather tech background? It is unusual not to get a maintenance manual or instructions for a bag like this. Unless we know what kind of vegetable tanning it is, it is tough to know what chemicals react with it! Hence my view is people should not use any foam based cleaner meant for leather on this bag. It will be good if you can provide specific do's and dont's for this leather.
( petroleum based chemicals versus plant based oils versus animal based oils)
Holt Evans & Radu Zarnescu
Review from Kickstarter
I recommend using wax, a light and soft wax as opposed to a hard wax. A softer wax is more prone to spread uniformly without excess application stains. Apply the wax to a towel, rub to any surface other than the leather itself to reach a homogeneous impregnation of the towel, after which, test it on the leather sample. For cleaning, leather milk should work fine without much darkening. Whichever product should you choose to use please test it on the leather sample included. after testing, whatever satisfies your preference is adequate.
Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi
Review from Kickstarter
@Creator: I sent you a direct message on the same topic of care and maintenance. As this is a bag which is expected to be taken out for work or leisure, some kind of treatment may be needed for it to weather the elements. I assume the current bag is not treated for water resistance. Your advice is valuable in this as you know how the leather is processed till date for this product and please suggest brand options for treatment and conditioning which are globally available and not limited to US or Europe.
Berent
Review from Kickstarter
Dear Holt and Radu, did you find time yet to write a maintenance guide. What kind of product to use, etc?
Holt Evans & Radu Zarnescu
Review from Kickstarter
First of all, please excuse the delayed response, I have not been able to be in contact for the last week due to personal reasons. All Comments and messages will be addressed today. Thank you for understanding. @ Fredo Cheung: There has been a failed delivery attempt on the 4th of January. They say that there is an issue with the address or the "addressee" not beeing available. I am not sure which, both issues are specified by SpeedPost Hong Kong. I have sent you a message with all the details and contact info for Speed Post HK so you can correct or modify the address. @ Richard: You are correct about the two issues. We attempted to calibrate the cutting machine for more than 3 hours at the time to no avail. Where some holes were cut perfectly others were not. After all the calibration we managed to get the error to 1-2 mm for the holes. We decided to go ahead because making the holes manually was not an option available to us because of time constraints. The centering mark was a surprise because the marker used was one specifically designed to be easily erased from leather, but as we found out, not our particular custom made special leather. The decision was made to go ahead and ship as is as we believe that these details will most likely fade into the character of the bag after a month or two of wear. We have the prototypes and they have seen wear and I am confident that you will be satisfied with the result. All the bags made with this type of leather are really half way into the final look they will have. We apologise if the marks have been disappointing.
Cheung
Review from Kickstarter
My bag seems to be stuck in the Romanian post office since 28 November according to the tracking codes provided. But I had not received any updates whatsoever from the campaign creator despite repeated queries. I find this quite distressing!
Richard Garland
Review from Kickstarter
@creator My Dreamer bag finally arrived, but there are two things that bother me somewhat. The circular hole detail on the straps is not clean on 5 of the six holes. I'm left with "tags" a little of a quarter of an inch where the blade did not cut cleanly. The problem is if I cut them myself, the circle detail will be loop-sided. I hoping I to get a local leather guy to address that without taking any stitching out. The bigger issue to me is the silvery grey 1/4" mark at the very top center of the notch cutout on the flap. This is obviously a mark used as a guide for cutting the detail as it is perfectly centered. If it were on almost any other part of the bag, I could live with it. Where it is though, it has was immediately noticed by 3 people when I opened my box. How to do I handle this? Thanks, Rich
Holt Evans & Radu Zarnescu
Review from Kickstarter
Happy new year to all backers ! @ Jessica: Sorry for the delay, you have a message in your inbox about the rivet, there was nobody monitoring the inboxes yesterday being the 1st. @ Vijaya - water based for cleaning, wax based for treatment. we are currently experimenting with dropforge products. Have a good week.
J L Perez
Review from Kickstarter
@creator, I send you a message yesterday. I opened my packages yesterday and one of the rivets on bottom of my Traveler is missing! Can you please let me know how I should get a replacement? And where would you like me to send the defective item? Thanks.
Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi
Review from Kickstarter
I have applied the red wing mink oil on half of the patch and daily cream for leather from Ecco on the other half. The oil appears or bleeds on the other side of the patch indicating that this leather is not oiled before and it absorbs everything that is applied. The other half is clean and no bleeding on the back side of the patch. I assume we need to use water based creams to clean the bag and not use oil based ones. The colour did not change with cream applied but it did when mink oil was applied. Let me know if anyone else tried other options.
Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi
Review from Kickstarter
@Roger: Thanks. Yes, I have got the patch in the bag. The leather is custom tanned with vegetable dyes and hence I do not know what products well for conditioning and water proofing. Mink oil is often suggested but there is a contrarian view that it should be used only on boots for industrial wear and not for fine leathers. I have got Otter fabric wax bars but do not know whether a fabric wax can be applied on full grain leather. Most of us will have shoe care products like Ecco daily cream etc but it is a debate between shoes versus bags. Most forums seem to suggest that bags need to be treated differently to avoid the oils getting rubbed off on our clothes. Any comments or suggestions from members are welcome as all of us have got an expensive and a well made bag now!.
Amos
Review from Kickstarter
My shipping guy called me today, letting me know I had a "large package from Romania" come in today. I immediately knew what it was and rushed in to go get it. All I can say is, "WOW". Well worth the wait. Quality and construction are top notch. These bags are gonna last forever! And so classically handsome. By the way, I just checked the tracking number and according to USPS, these bags that I'm currently looking at are still in Customs up in New York. So to those who are looking at the same message, have a little faith. Your bags will get to you soon! +creators, thanks for executing so masterfully on this project of yours. Y'all must have truly been inspired!
Amos
Review from Kickstarter
@michael thorne, I'm in the same boat. Stuck in customs. Been there since the 21st.
Roger Sharp
Review from Kickstarter
@ Vijay: The leather patch is so that you can test any treatments. This text is from the campaign page:- "Once you receive your bag, it will be as shown in all our presentation images. That is the lightest color it will ever be. Once you are in possession of your bag you can apply a large variety of treatments that can darken it to various degrees. Wax will darken it the least while oils will darken it the most. We recommend trying these treatments on the leather sample found in each package first. We also recommend applying moisturizing treatment at least every 3 months to keep the leather hydrated and in good shape. Time will add character to your bag, it will only get better with time. Enjoy it and take care of it so that your grandchildren will have the opportunity to do the same."
Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi
Review from Kickstarter
After waiting for more than a month ( shipped from Romania in the last week of Nov), I have collected my Dreamer bag from post office today. As far as the product is concerned, the bag looks and feels great. I thought it would be a hard case like feel but it is super soft and flexible. Congrats to the Creator for building a bag of lasting quality and superb finish. I have got a very similar bag in a darker colour (chocolate brown) from one of the leading Indian leather designers (Hidesign) who make the bags in an old fashioned way with vegetable dyes and brass hardware. The big difference is in the thickness and softness which is a little more in the Dreamer bag. As it is supposed to last a long time, Dreamer does not have any zipper pouches and got only buckles. The Hidesign bag is equally simple but got one zipper pouch inside and a few open inner pockets. I am not sure about the maintenance routine for this bag. I have got Mink oil and other leather creams with me but I assume the colour will change if I apply them. Perhaps someone can comment on this as there is no booklet or manual for the bag in the package except the cloth bag to store it. If there is one significant improvement the Creator and KS can make here, it is about shipping the product to the backers. I paid more than 420 USD for this bag now including customs for a 260 USD bag and waited for more than month to get it. If I cannot avoid duties, I can at least get it sooner than an agonising wait for more than a month. My learning is that there should be an invoice method to declare the discounted cost or nominal cost so that the same voucher can be used to clear the customs. I had to produce a print out of KS confirmation to clear the customs even though the amount shown in AWB is much less. I have got a key fob in the package and an additional patch as well. I am not sure what is the leather patch is meant for. Overall, it is a good product inspite of all the agony it came with in terms of shipping delay, duties and endless followup from my side.
JGMyers
Review from Kickstarter
Same holding pattern in New York.
Michael Thorne
Review from Kickstarter
Have any US backers received their bags yet? Mine appears to be spending the last couple of weeks of the year in NYC with customs.
Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi
Review from Kickstarter
@Creator: Thanks, I am asked to produce the proof of payment for customs calculation. Hence, I had to produce the kickstarter receipt which shows the split of bag cost and shipping cost. The duty is on the total cost including shipping. The bag is now at Bangalore Postal customs waiting for the calculation of duty post my submission. There needs to be an invoice copy which shows the item details, costs and proof of payment by me as it amounts to import by the consumer. For books or small items like straps, I do not have to pay anything but all parcels need detailed docs. Incidentally, Harmattan is the first project I backed on KS and hence I did not know the docs and proof of purchase I get on KS. For the later projects, I have specifically instructed to ship it by top courier firms. This may not solve the customs cost fully but fixes about 2 to 3 weeks of delay in delivery time.
Holt Evans & Radu Zarnescu
Review from Kickstarter
@Vijaya: I have finally managed to do a search of the shipping forms, and found yours. Unshipped parcels were a priority as you can understand. The form is, however, the same as the one that accompanies the parcel, a carbon copy so, India post should have it. The value is, as in all postal forms, that of the sending country, 200 RON, equal to a little less than 50 $. You have a link in your KS Inbox. I regret not being able to help more, but, once a parcel is sent it is really out of my hands. We hope it all works out.
Josh Wiggins
Review from Kickstarter
Hey Team! Thanks for the update. Not sure if my tracking email was lost, still haven't received it. Is there any way you can check that for me? Have an awesome week. I look forward to seeing my bags soon!
Holt Evans & Radu Zarnescu
Review from Kickstarter
All shipped! 6 - 7 days to get to you, getting trackers now, distributing in the next 24 h. Have a good one.
Josh Wiggins
Review from Kickstarter
Just curious if you made progress on shipping to US? One of the bags I ordered is a Christmas gift and if it's not going to be here in time I want to get a stand in gift. Thanks for being awesome!
Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi
Review from Kickstarter
@Creator: I checked ipsweb site just now and it shows the package is now in Delhi foreign post office from today. It will take a few more transit points in Delhi and Bangalore before I can get to it. A week more I guess! Can you forward the document which shows 50USD to me? Given the new checks, no international parcel gets through without ID proof and invoice proof at customs. When I cleared the Peak Design bag, I did check the process and I am told to produce the invoice for your shipment as well. Vijay
Josh Wiggins
Review from Kickstarter
Any updates?
Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi
Review from Kickstarter
@Creator: I have checked with the General Post office in Bangalore using the tracking number given by you. They have told me that the shipment is not in India yet. Can you send me the following? 1. Trace of your status data which informs you that my shipment is already in India. 2. Copy or any document which proves that the value of the shipment is only 50USD and that is paid for. I am told by the post office customs that I have to produce an invoice which shows the total cost of package incl shipment for customs clearance. I have just got my Peak Design EDM cleared today and the duty is slightly more than 100USD! For Harmattan bag, it is going to be even more! I cannot explain Kickstarter model to a customs officer and they will just go by the document proof I produce for clearance. Hence, I cannot get it cleared at 50USD if I do not have such a doc from you. Vijay
Engr Johannesber
Review from Kickstarter
@Holt and Radu,
Thanks!!! The first one already arrived. Superb! :) Waiting for the other 2 goodies.
Happy Christmas to you guys!
Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi
Review from Kickstarter
@Creator: Thanks for the update. When I use IPSWEB tracking, it shows the last update as on 04/Dec and next destination as Delhi Foreign Post office. As per the general procedure in India post for inward shipments, the parcel will be sent to the foreign post office in Bangalore for customs clearance. The time taken for this is uncertain as the tracking does not work once it gets inside the India Post. I assume it will arrive today at Bangalore Foreign post office. As per the new rules, I may be required to produce my ID details for clearance. If I have to take a proactive step of contacting them, I need the support documentation you would have sent with the packet. Otherwise, I need to wait till they alert me or just deliver the package in some time. It is a waiting game.
Josh Wiggins
Review from Kickstarter
I am with Jak. I am willing to wait if that makes it easier on you guys. Even though I really want my bag, I don't want to do anything that would cause the lack of future products. I want to see so much more from you guys!
Jak
Review from Kickstarter
As long as we receive our bags, I for one am ok with being patient. There are always obstacles to deal with ,the harder ones being those you did not know of or understood as fully as first thought. Thanks for all of your hard work so far.
Holt Evans & Radu Zarnescu
Review from Kickstarter
@ Engr Johannesber Your 3 packages have been in Singapore, at the SpeedPost Service Center for 48 hours now. This is a link for tracking one of the packages, I am assuming the other 2 are there also. http://www.trackitonline.ru/… Sorry everybody for the late responses.
Holt Evans & Radu Zarnescu
Review from Kickstarter
For US and Canada: We have been waiting for an EORI export registration number for the last 2 weeks.
This number is necessary for any export out of a EU country. Bureaucracy was not something we gave enough thought when we set up shop here. If we will not receive it by Monday evening, we will ship parcels individually over Tuesday and Wednesday. The cost difference is is very significant and we are close to running at a loss for this campaign. That beeing said, we will not make you wait any longer as we do not think that abusing your patience is fair. Thank you and have a good week.
Holt Evans & Radu Zarnescu
Review from Kickstarter
@ Vijaya: Your package has been in India for 3 days now. The tracking number you have received, used with India Post as instructed in that same message shows that the package has been in India for the last 3 days. I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you.
You will receive your package as other backers have. The tracking number registers activity inside the sending country and the receiving country only. I can not do anything else. For the future we will have different shipping options. All the best.
Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi
Review from Kickstarter
The package status is still showing Romania (Bucharest). I lose all my hope I will ever get this package now. I will never back a project in future on KS which uses postal services to ship their packages to countries like India. It is a nightmare and I have got three packages now in this status across all my KS projects. There is a min courtesy on creator to respond to posts like this and update the status.
Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi
Review from Kickstarter
My package is still showing Bucharest and ready to export status. This seems to be cheapest form of shipment with no control or visibility of timeline. I wish I was told about this and would have opted for UPS or something similar for speedy delivery even if I have to pay more. It will be at least 10 days after it reaches Delhi for me to even get to the post office to clear customs. I will never back a project on Kickstarter again any project which uses postal network to ship these expensive products. I have alerted about this to Creator very early in the process but nothing happened. As on today, I have got three packages in the global postal networks which use India post as last mile delivery and all are held up more than 3 weeks somewhere or the other and the irony is that one such product is a few blocks away from home but it has to be home delivered. The people in the developed countries do not understand that speed and reliability are closely correlated in countries like India unlike the West. I assume I have lost this package and the money I funded. The min courtesy I expect is to get a response from the Creator to my messages.
Josh Wiggins
Review from Kickstarter
Has anyone in North America received a tracking number? Really hoping to get this before holidays.
Michael Thorne
Review from Kickstarter
Has the single shipment to the US & CA backers left the workshop yet?
Engr Johannesber
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Holt and Radu,
Can you also send my shipment docs because we still haven't received it in Singapore and the tracking numbers also dont work? Thanks,
Johan