My name is Eriko Higuchi. I was born and raised in Osaka, Japan where I attained a degree in fashion design, and for the past thirteen years I have called the U.S. my home. I grew up in a family who believed passionately in crafting items for use rather than buying them, and having parents who were artists instilled in me the desire to create things which were not simply well made but also beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. Whether making my own toys as a young child or helping my father build driftwood furniture as a teenager, my life has always involved devoting myself toward creating functional pieces of art.
A lifetime of cultivating this creative ingenuity allowed me to personally solve the problem of shoulder and back pain I previously experienced from using typical purses and bags.
Because of this, I was inspired to create a way to carry my belongings without such drawbacks. Out of this inspiration my Saddlebags design was born, and the end result was something which proved to be comfortable, stylish, and practical. Worn like a belt, they sit securely on the hips, making your gear easily accessible with the weight evenly distributed and supported by the legs rather than the back. Although the design was initially created for my own personal use, I have received countless inquiries from friends and strangers about how others can purchase Saddlebags for themselves. This has driven me toward the goal of making my Saddlebags a product I can share with the world. With your help, I hope to be able to manufacture and distribute this product on a much larger scale so that others can enjoy the functional fashion of these Saddlebags as much as I have.
What we need and What you get :
In order to turn this dream into reality and for Saddlebags to become something that is accessible to everyone, I need your help in funding the large scale production of my creation. The design process is complete, so all that is left to manifest is the financial backing required to put this dream into action. By contributing toward this goal, you will be making it possible for people everywhere to acquire a product that is both stylish and useful for men and women of all kinds.
What’s great about Saddlebags?
- Storage for your gear in a convenient location, right by your hands
- Saddlebags are worn like a belt rather than carried like a purse or bag, so it's easy to always have your things within arms' reach. You won't feel the need to set these down or hang them from your chair.
- Large flaps cover, hide, and protect your belongings and fasten with a magnetic closure - easy to open, easy to close
- Unlike pockets, your stuff stays accessible in a variety of positions - no more moving or stretching to fish items out of your jeans!
- Stylish designs for men and women sculpted from supple, high quality leather in a selection of colors
Saddlebags are also backed by a warranty. I am so confident about the quality and durability of this design that if something were to happen within the first 2 years - excluding normal wear and tear/aging of the leather or damage resulting from abnormal/abusive use, lack of care, or negligence - I ask that you would send it back to be repaired.
For all of this to become possible, I am depending on your contributions to provide the necessary funds. In gratitude, I am offering a selection of items I’ve created as a reward for your support. Whichever you may choose, each piece will allow you to support my brand and show that you are an important and appreciated part of Echowear Designs.
By helping fund this campaign you will be allowing people everywhere the opportunity to own for themselves something which has already become a sought after commodity in the eyes of people who have seen the original Saddlebags I made for myself. Launching my line of Saddlebags is only the beginning, however, and ultimately by contributing to this project, you are watering the seedling of Echowear, a fashion line I envision blossoming much further.
I have been passionately designing and creating wearable art for years and making all sorts of fashion, ranging from everyday clothing to avant garde costumes for performance. I believe in the quality of my work, and my vision and attention to detail has already earned me the success and honor of working as the lead costume designer for an increasingly popular performance group known as Quixotic Fusion. I want to see ECHOWEAR flourish so that a plentiful variety of my designs can be made available to the public. In order for that dream to come alive, I am starting by humbly asking for your support in this Saddlebags campaign. Every bit of help is greatly appreciated, and whether by donating or simply spreading the word to your friends and communities, you are what I need to make this happen.
Sincerest thanks for being part of my dream...