Alice’s Bag Company

Luxury accessories for social good; to support the education of girls in developing economies

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Project Description

Alice's Bag Company is different.

We're a new luxury accessories brand with a difference—20% of the price goes towards the education of girls in developing economies.

We believe that a balanced, compassionate, and successful society needs more women leaders in positions of influence - that's why, when you buy one of our bags, you're helping to fund the education of girls in emerging economies through our network of charitable partners. Handily, our logo "Abc." is also the universal symbol for learning.

One Girl

For launch, we're proud partners of One Girl whose goal is to educate 1 million African girls through secondary school. They work in some of the toughest environments where almost half of female youths (aged 15 to 24) are illiterate. And the biggest cause of death is pregnancy for girls aged from 16 to 19.

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However, an educated girl is also more likely to marry when she's ready and have a smaller, healthier family. Plus her children are 50% more likely to live past the age of 5 years old. For every year she stays in school her income will increase by 10-25% and further, 90% will be invested back into her family.

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Who the heck is Alice?!

Our founder, Alice Rock, is an expert in luxury bags from the school of L.I.F.E.

As a busy executive in the tech industry, and despite being a high performing and well organized human, she would often find her athleisure gear stuffed under the desk (when it was supposed to be at home), rummaging around the bottom of her bag for that god-foresaken travel pass right when she needed it and her stilettos being carried separately in a dust bag! Just because that's how life is.

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During her time at Google, she was able to play a pivotal role in supporting the development of women into senior positions, and girls into the study of STEM subjects. Alice's driving belief is that every girl in the world should have access to an eduction. This became the founding-thought behind her equal but less lofty desire for the perfect, beautiful and yet practical, range of luxury leather bags. Finally, she decided to study at The London College of Fashion so that you can reap the benefits!

Personalization option

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You can even have your motto hand-written into the lining of your chosen design, inspiring you to live your best and fullest life everyday, while knowing that you're also helping to give another girl somewhere in the world the same chance in life as you've had. In fact, our tote and backpack are designed with professional women in mind, both fit a 13" macbook or similar sized laptop.

Your sponsorship

We're doing a crowd-funding campaign to bring this new business to life, forever. Simply choose your reward, you can either order your bag or make a contribution, then sit back and watch the total sponsorship fund grow. At the end of the campaign we'll release this sponsorship fund to One Girl. Over time, we plan to expand the community angle to include more charities with the same shared goal working across the BRIC region (Brazil, Russian, India and China).

Rest assured that 90% of our donation goes directly to the girls who need your sponsorship. Any contributions will go towards the fulfillment process (we have bronze, silver and gold solutions ready to go!) and enables further product development for a range of cross-body bags in the pipeline.

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Shipping details

Shortly after you purchase one of our bags, we'll send an email with color options and also ask if you'd like your bag personalized (up to 150 characters). Note that only The Parisian and Fashpack are personalizable at this time.

Additionally, we support orders from anywhere around the world. When you order one of our bags you’ll get FREE global shipping included. Please expect to wait 6-8 weeks to receive your purchase. We’re new to this and your patience is greatly appreciated :)

Lastly, a note on pricing

If you're reading this far, THANK YOU! It's costly to make a luxury product and the economics become much more challenging when you give away a huge chunk of the profits to an awesome cause. Despite this, we believe in using high quality materials without compromise to give you the best experience possible - because we want you to spread the word and come back for our next range! Plus our bags are designed for professional women and anyone with a busy life. We're over cheap bags where the handles come away and the hardware chips and suspect you are too. Our bags need to fit into your life and not the other way around. For full transparency, we're including an example breakdown of costs;

The Parisian (tote) -

Platform and payment fees @ 8% $24
One Girl donation @ 20% $59
Sales tax @7.5% $22
Manufacturing labour $70
Leather $55
Lining $5
Hardware $12
Packaging & shipping $20
Total cost  $267

THANKS for visiting our campaign page! We're excited to see what we can achieve together.

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REWARDS

The Parisian

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The Parisian is our large, landscape tote designed for busy lives. This bag comes with large front inside pockets, strong handles which fit over most shoulders and feet to protect underneath. You'll never want to be without it. (length 20" x height 16" x width 6")

Fashpack

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Fashpack is the ultimate, classic satchel in soft leather. The magnetic flap and deep inside front pockets make it addictively usable. An external zipper pocket on the back is provided for your essentials.  (length 13" x height 11" x width 3.5")

Drop Of A Hat

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Our smallest bag is your biggest weapon. Designed for day to evening; head out with your essentials tucked under your arm or use inside The Parisian. Made from soft leather and lined to perfection. (length 0.2" x height 9" x width 12.5")

Because it takes a village; credits for video - Red Eye Digital Inc, product shots - Chad Carico, streetstyle shoot - Elin Johnsson-Echávarry

Updates

The Project FAQs

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What's behind the name, Abc?
Abc is the universal symbol of learning—it captures our mission because we believe education is a human right; it broadens the mind, makes us more tolerant and gives rise to opportunity. Handily it also stands for Alice's Bag Company, named after our founder, Alice Rock.

What organizations make up the charitable network of partners?
We're working hard to bring together a scalable solution across continents, covering critical aspects of the education of girls and young women. We're proud partners of One Girl and hope to attract more charitable collaborations through our crowd-funding efforts. If you're a charity who would like to collaborate then please reach out to info@alicesbagcompany.com. Watch this space!

In the future, how will Alice's network of charitable partners work exactly?
We're creating a network of partners who all share the same vision as we do and whose work contributes in a meaningful way to our broader mission. In the future, your contribution (20% of the price) will be divided equally amongst our partners. That's the fairest way we can distribute funds to the important work that each of them do.

Do I need to choose a motto?
Nope, you can simply choose one of our standard bags. But if you'd like to personalize it with your motto, then we're excited to customize it for you! Need some inspiration? Then check out our Instagram @alicesbagcompany where you'll find #MyMotto

If I don't choose to personalize my bag then will my purchase still contribute to the education of girls in emerging economies?
Yes absolutely! Right now, 20% of every purchase goes towards our charitable network of partners who serve to support the education of girls in developing economies. 

Where are Abc. bags made?
Right now, our beautiful bags are designed in Britain and made in USA (Los Angeles's fashion district). The majority of our leathers and hardware are currently shipped from Italy and assembled here. Over time we plan to move all production to Italy in order to leverage the heritage of the luxury fashion industry and ensure we're able to deliver the highest quality product - to improve your life, and at the same time, the lives of girls who have access to less resources than you do, across the globe.

I'm purchasing from outside of USA, will I still be charged in US dollars?
Nope, although you are being shown the price of a reward in US dollars you'll actually get the chance to check out using local currency.

How long will it take to receive my bag?
We're advising everyone of a 6-8 week leadtime from this campaign. However, we do hope to get your bag to you sooner and will be fulfilling orders chronologically in the order that they're received so getting in early definitely helps! Please keep an eye out for our email asking you to confirm which color leather you'd like to choose and any personalization (up to 150 characters) since this could hold up your order fulfillment.

Do you accept returns?
Unfortunately, we won't be accepting returns or giving refunds for this campaign. However, we want you to be happy with your purchase (and tell the world!) so will plan to do all that we can to provide you with great customer service.

Your margins look thin, am I backing a viable business?
Yes, absolutely! In any physical production business, the costs are always higher when you're buying in small quantities. Once we invest more into our marketing efforts and sell more bags then we can lower the costs. Which we hope to do one day real soon!

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08/04/2017
The Parisian
$279
08/04/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$280
08/05/2017
Drop Of A Hat
$129
08/05/2017
The Parisian
$279
08/06/2017
Drop Of A Hat
$150
08/06/2017
Fashpack
$349
08/06/2017
The Parisian
$279
08/06/2017
Drop Of A Hat
$129
08/08/2017
Drop Of A Hat
$129
08/25/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$125
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Monetary Contribution With No Reward

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$279
The Parisian

The Parisian is our large, landscape tote designed for busy lives.

4 Supporters
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IMG_2563
$349
Fashpack

Fashpack is the ultimate, classic satchel in soft leather.

1 Supporter
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DSC_0479-2
$129
Drop Of A Hat

Our smallest bag is your biggest weapon.

5 Supporters
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Rewards

IMG_2507
Monetary Contribution With No Reward

Like what you see? Help us bring more designs to life.

2 Supporters
Contribute
IMG_2531
$279
The Parisian

The Parisian is our large, landscape tote designed for busy lives.

4 Supporters
Select this reward
IMG_2563
$349
Fashpack

Fashpack is the ultimate, classic satchel in soft leather.

1 Supporter
Select this reward
DSC_0479-2
$129
Drop Of A Hat

Our smallest bag is your biggest weapon.

5 Supporters
Select this reward