We have a brand new intern with us at The Minimalist. The lovely Tash who is best described as a curious beast, Arts and Multimedia graduate who loves words and the beautiful universe of small business and independent publications. She is now an intern for three different companies, and hopes this work ethic will one day land her a job she loves.
Tash has been following the progress of Eric Heins for a while now and we love his concept too. Watch out for more from Tash on The Minimalist blog.
Eric Heins is a fellow in the US, the one-man manufacturing machine of his hand-made leather business, Corter Leather. He uses no electricity, no templates and no machines in a small studio apartment in Boston to create a range of leather accessories – wallets, belts and even (leather) guitar picks.
Recently, he designed a bottle hook, and then went to Kickstarter – the self-proclaimed “funding platform for creative projects.” You propose what you’re going to do, and in return for access to the product/service being proposed, you pledge some money. In three weeks, Heins wanted to raise $2200 to help him develop and produce his bottle hook.
The plated steel bottle hook is both a key ring and a mechanism to open your bottles. It’s a little bit beautiful – originally offered in Copper and Aged Pewter (an ice blue), he’s most recently developed a red powder coated version. The bottle hook comes with a hand cut, stamped leather tab to write down your details, just in case.
Heins Kickstart Campaign took off – he was 700% funded within a week of his initial post, and finished with 1247 backers (across a variety of pledge levels) – to raise almost $60,000.
For more about Corter Leather and to see more of Heins product range, please visit the website!
Cheers - Tash