Manual bag

To create accessories that are compatible with the owner and their belongings

The project

To create accessories that are compatible with the owner and their belongings

THE CHALLENGE
As men often find themselves short of pocket space, the popularity of the man bag is growing.

THE SOLUTION
The idea behind the Project is to develop a handbag designed to carry small items that are usually kept in pockets or wallets. The handbag will include an innovative opening mechanism for more convenient carrying of small personal items. The Project provides an opportunity to apply engineering principles to enhance the bag’s functionality, through an automatic system to open and close using just the touch of the palm.

LUKAS AVĖNAS (Lithuania)

Lukas is an industrial designer working with various brands in Europe, currently involved in developing concepts for interiors, watches and other accessories.

NEDAS VILKAS (Lithuania)

Nedas is an entrepreneur currently working on an active printing press for the clothing market. After setting up his first company, SPAUDOZA, he is now exploring new opportunities to grow his business with the next venture.

ARTISANA LLC (Estonia)

The Stella Soomlais studio makes leather bags & accessories. In addition to its good quality, long-lasting design, the company has implemented circular economy principles and became the region’s pioneer in sustainable bags.

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

AfIn the days of my childhood, I remember my father having a handbag, where he used to carry all hisIn the days of my childhood, I remember my father having a handbag, where he used to carry all hisessentials. I even remember the feel of it, as I tend to sneak in it and secretly grab a coin or two. I must mention, that I learn my lessons not to steal at the time. Anyway, back in the late 90’s such type ofbags were popular in Eastern and Middle Europe among men. So pretty naturally, it seemed to me thatevery grown, solid and respected man should have one in his hands. As I reached age of 20, my on-goinventory increased, I figured that such concept of carrying things in one place could be practical. Butsomehow, man was not carrying handbags anymore, so I wondered why. As I kept looking for bags thatwould fit me as a person, I did not find any interesting options. So business idea stroked me.
I became passionate to create handbags that would suit and reflect style of the modern men. The problem wasthat I was not a designer, nor a bag crafter. But youthful positivity altogether mixed with somesentimental emotions took over, so I decided to do it.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

Handbag industry was always design focused primarily to females. And it is one of the reasons why men are not attracted to it anymore. Market is over flood with various models made by various brands. All of them look different, but actually are the same. Moreover this is one of the fields that is not innovating in a ways of manufacturing. As for this day bags are made by the same principles as century ago. Some industry reports claim that handbag market has lost its excitement, as manufacturing is limiting to create something new and yet unseen. So all this seem to be a critical point for a handbag evolution. We want to show the world that with engineering and redefined craftsmanship, handbags could breach to new level of convenience and versatility. Our focus in creating innovative controllability mechanism with priority to ergonomics is resulted in design itself. Thus brings our bag on the table, which could be carried by men and women.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

It was pretty brave and unmeasured move to take on into this venture, as I had little understanding of the bag making process. In the beginning I was all alone, so I worked the best I could imagine. After half a year I had my first result and it was terrible! I realized that I am not a designer by nature. I understood that my product would not sell, as it was more annoying then satisfying and on top of that, it was really bad quality. So I actually quit. But somehow the idea was still with me. And it turned out, that the effort put in this this stage, was crucial in terms of project development, as I came up with unique bag form and noticed the opportunity to create not just a traditional bag, but the one which could potentially be controlled in an uniquely effortless way. Then it all shifted to engineering. As my partner Lukas Avenas joined me, he brought more depth and justification into our design solutions. Together we agreed on product and design development principle, which was finding the sweet spot in combining stealthiness with ergonomics. The technology behind our product could be sort of described as combination of watchmaking and bag crafting. As it is one of the kind, we had to experiment and connect the dots ourselves.

THE COLLABORATION:

Worth project was like super glue in finding and sticking team all together. As high level skills such as engineering and product designing was needed, opportunity to attend WORTH project brought an excitement for all of us. As a result it was much easier to form partnerships. Merging different competences helped to escalate working process and envisioned result started to show up quickly. In less than a year we brought much bigger results, than I manage to deliver in two years alone. Partnership is a must, especially on a high complexity projects like this. Sharing responsibilities and ideas as a diversified team, usually armors projects from many mistakes and errors. Furthermore it brings much more fruitful results. Hours of online sessions and practical iterations lead us slowly to our goal. It seems that we have faced number of dead end challenges. Thankfully, we have managed to deal with them, as partners brought their working experience and insights, which was helpful in selecting the right solutions.

THE FUTURE:

Next month we will start to showcase our product to the target groups and hopefully we will gather some measurable impressions, which will validate the need for our product. After validation, we will scout for investment, as it is necessarily needed for more extensive marketing, business and manufacturing operations. Also creative people related to marketing field are welcome to join us. We are determined to get through these stages in the first half of the year, so on spring/summer 2021 people would be able to order RMATURA.

THE MESSAGE:

Be patient. Don’t be afraid to share your vision to the outside people. Do not procrastinate collaborations, if you do not have the right competence. Share project autonomy with partners you chose. Be ready to adjust your vision, if it is obviously for the better. If you live with the idea whole time, but feel uncertain, just start and do it, you learn your way through.

 

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

The vase

The vase

Lumimóza

Lumimóza

3D metal panels

3D metal panels

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Tagenea

Tagenea

Loom-State

Loom-State

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing

NO/thing

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Freskos

Freskos

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

SEISMIC GARMENT

SEISMIC GARMENT

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Manual bag

Manual bag

Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

BioChromatic

BioChromatic

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie – Hope Blooms

Beaggie – Hope Blooms

Ignorance is Bliss

Ignorance is Bliss

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha TSUGI

Kombucha TSUGI

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

FreyZein

FreyZein

Step Smart

Step Smart

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Recontile

Recontile

Fashion Colada

Fashion Colada

SCALA

SCALA

New Matters

New Matters

Not 2 Forget

Not 2 Forget

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Biolea

Biolea

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space in Between

The Space in Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

Hi-LAMP

Hi-LAMP

Lucid

Lucid

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

Spell My Name

Spell My Name

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

Planned Space Pooling

Planned Space Pooling

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

PULSAR

PULSAR

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Multifunctional Textiles

Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

KICS

KICS

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Circular Bags

Circular Bags

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair