The man bows humbly
Its Mike here, back from China. We headed straight to visit our partners Mozo to see where we stand with the Sleeves!
After listening to your most valuable feedback, we’re now approaching the design questions with a multi disciplinary method, looking at each choice through functionality and aesthetics (look, feel and function).
Speaking of the development method you are such a big part of, Mozo guys really really like you guys!
They have told us over and over again how much they enjoy reading your feedback so keep it coming guys You rock!
Konsta, Dario & Olli evaluating Propeller’s feeback
We’re progressing according to planned timelines in terms of sleeve production, and the current prototypes we have are approximately: getting close to being ready-for-production.
Magnetic Sleeve is at around 80% readiness, while Zipper needs a bit more fine tuning, being at around 65% readiness respectively.
As you have requested from us, today we were discussing the following main points:
Increasing the flap more towards the edges.
- We’re going to prototype this and see how much extension we can do.
- We’re also going to reduce the reach of the flap on x axis, making it a little smaller.
We liked the color or the felt very much, it had this cool “camouflage” look into it, but simultaneously the texture was a bit too “hairy”. We’re considering
to apply pressure on the fabric on manufacturing to make it smoother to touch.
Zipper Sleeve in Dario’s hands, portrayed in a horrible picture taken by Mike
We also liked the idea of waterproof zipper, but in actuality it seems to be hard to implement. Also constructing the zipper from non-metal materials takes off the premium and makes the zipper harder to open - you actually have to use more force to open it. If you take a look at any premium bag, high quality metal zipper is always used.
Seems like the original idea needs some rethinking. After all, people will be putting the V into and pulling it out from the sleeve many many times. We don’t want the “Zipper” to be hard to use
As such, we concluded that it would be worth taking a look into how we could use a premium metal zipper. This would improve the functionality: it would be easier to open and close. It would also create a luxurious feel to the product. It could also be a nice eye catcher! We will need to create a prototype to figure out how we elimiate the threat of scratching
your precious Vs inside
Let us hear our thoughts below. Please note that while I wrote this post, @konstantinos has actually been in the Sleeve creation process more intensively, so I may have said something above that’s sounds contradictory to what’s been decided or said earlier, so in those cases ping Konsta here
ps. Next time I will take better pictures haha