Introducing: LAVNG Leather Goods (Currently live on Kickstarter!)

Hello everyone! This week, I’m introducing LAVNG, a homegrown leather goods label currently live on Kickstarter. At current point of writing, LAVNG has already reached their funding goal, so congratulations to them!

LAVNG’s top of the line offerings: the Backpack (pictured left), and the Briefcase (pictured right).

Currently, LAVNG offers a whole host of full-grain leather products on their Kickstarter campaign. Let’s take a look at their offerings!

LAVNG – the Brand

According to founder Geetanjali, LAVNG was established “with a purpose to make leather goods with environment-friendly production from finest natural leather and perfect design available to all.” On the topic of their debut collection, Geetanjali states that “This collection is rife with sophistication and offers something for everyone. The smaller goods feature a card case, key and coin purse, slim wallet, and a long zip wallet. Likewise, the larger leather goods include a backpack and a briefcase. All of the LAVNG leather goods feature full grain, organically tanned, naked leather. Ultra soft to the touch, the LAVNG leather goods also use high-quality hardware and are complete with exemplary craftsmanship.”

LAVNG’s USP.

Browsing through LAVNG’S Kickstarter campaign, it seems to me that LAVNG tries to differentiate themselves from their competition (mass-produced brands such as Pedro, Braun Buffel, Mr Porter, etc) through several aspects. Firstly, LAVNG highlights the environmental consciousness as one of its brand ethics – all materials are ethically sourced, and production environmentally friendly. Secondly, LAVNG stresses that the quality of their products is superior to those one would find in the same price range – leather used in LAVNG’s products are all full-grain, organically tanned leather, with attention paid to using quality components such as YKK zips. Lastly, LAVNG believes that they are offering their products at the “most honest price” by cutting out the middle-man and celebrity endorsement. Basically, LAVNG posits that they are offering quality, ethically sourced leather goods at affordable pricings.

Features of LAVNG’s products.

Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the products they offer in this campaign!

LAVNG – the Kickstarter campaign

1) Card case

LAVNG’s card case, priced at $29.

Priced at just $29, LAVNG’s card case is the most affordable item offered on their campaign. I’ve actually recently bought a card case for myself, made out too of full-grain leather, for $49. As I’m enrolling in university soon, I thought a card case would be handy in storing my student card/debit card, and some spare change for the few areas of the school that’s not already cashless. At just $29, LAVNG’s card case is almost half the price of what I paid for mine! I think that at this pricing, getting a card case made out of vegetable tanned, full-grain leather is superb value. I like the hand-stitched elements at the tip of the case as well! If you’re a minimalist who dislike carrying around bulky wallets, I think the card case from LAVNG offers you a quality leather product at a steal.

Design and Features

Dimensions:  3.9”W X 3”H

  • 2 card slots at front
  • 2 card slots at the back
  • 1 center compartment to keep folded bills and receipts
  • RFID Protection

2) Key and coin purse

LAVNG’s key and coin purse, priced at $47.

If you’re more of a heavy duty user, and feel that the Card Case lacks functionality for you, you can perhaps consider LAVNG’s Key and coin purse! It too comes with storage for cards (as pictured above), but with a full length width compartment for your cash/coin needs. It also comes with a key loop for you to attach your keys onto! Again, at $47 SGD, I think the price point is great for a vegetable tanned, full-grain purse that will patina beautifully. Also, men can consider getting this too – it’s 2018, ya’ll.

Design and Features

Dimensions: 5.8”W X 4”H

  • 1 full-length and full-width key and coin compartment
  • 1 key loop attached to a leather string
  • 1 snap fastener closure pocket, big enough to carry your daily need card and cash.

3) The Slim Wallet

LAVNG’s slim wallet, priced at $53.

LAVNG’s slim wallet is one of my personal favorites in their collection. Leather and wallets are a natural pairing – there’s nothing quite like a good quality leather wallet! For LAVNG to offer vegetable tanned, full-grain leather wallet for just $53 is unbelievable. I don’t think you can find full-grain leather wallets for ~$50 anywhere – believe me, I’ve tried! Personally, I love seeing how full-grain leather patinas on a wallet – the aged aesthetics makes a wallet such a looker. The wallet from LAVNG is designed to be slim as well, so you will have no problems fitting it into your pockets! One of my picks from this collection, the Slim Wallet from LAVNG comes in two colours, Tan (pictured above), and Black.

Design and Features

Dimensions: 4.3”W X 3.9”H

  • 1 currency compartment
  • 6 card slots
  • 2 receipt compartments
  • RFID Protection

4) The Long Zip Wallet

LAVNG’s long zip wallet, priced at $83.

Something for the ladies! Despite it’s slim profile, LAVNG’s long zip wallet has multiple compartments for card, cash, and coin needs. Similarly made out of vegetable-tanned full grain leather, this wallet should last one easily for years – a stark contrast to the multitude of “fashion wallets” for ladies commonly found at this price point. Another bang-for-buck product at $83!

Design and Features

Dimensions:7.8”W X 4.1”H X 0.6”D

  • 8 Vertical card pocket and 1 vertical ID card pocket
  • 6 horizontal card pockets
  • 1 Full-width zip pocket for key and coins
  • 3 full width slip pockets for currency and bills
  • RFID Protection
  • Leather flap with snap fastener button to keep your wallet organized

5) The Backpack

LAVNG’s backpack, priced at $239.

Ladies should appreciate the features of LAVNG’s bacpack! LAVNG has designed the backpack to be versatile, with the choice of carrying the bag as a handbag, a single-shoulder bag, or as a regular backpack due to its removable leather straps. There’s a whole host of other functional features as well, such as easy access vertical zips pockets at the sides, a string hook for keys, leather loop for drawstring closure, and use of YKK zippers for hardware, not to mention the same vegetable tanned, full-grain leather utilized in the aforementioned products. There’s also a “safety closure” with magnetic closure that fits a 10 inch Ipad! For the build quality and functional features, I think the price tag of $239 is a steal.

Design and Features

Dimensions – 12”W X 13”H X 7”D

  • Removable straps allow the bags to be used differently at different occasions.
  • Front Inside Pockets: 2 Slip pockets
  • Back Inside Pockets: 1 Slip pocket, 1 Zip pocket
  • Front Outside Pocket: 2 vertical pockets for easy access
  • Back Outside Pocket: Full width, full-length Safety pocket with magnetic closure, fits 10″ iPad.

6) The Soft Leather Briefcase

LAVNG’s briefcase, priced at $257.

The Soft Leather Briefcase is LAVNG’s top of the line offering, and my pick out of the bunch. Here’s why: firstly, full-leather briefcases are extremely uncommon at this price point (~$250) – vegetable-tanned, full grain leather? Even less so. Secondly, the briefcase is designed to store as daily essentials (see picture for reference above), and also comes with a removable laptop organizer pouch (fits 15-inch laptops)! At this price point, finding a briefcase with a dedicated padded laptop compartment is another rarity – the fact that it’s removable means you can use it as a laptop sleeve too, thus increasing the functionality of the briefcase. As with the backpack, LAVNG’s Soft Leather briefcase comes with YKK zippers, as well as a string hook for keys. Looks-wise, it’s minimalist and classic – reminiscent of Linjer’s briefcases, especially Linjer’s own identically named Soft Leather Briefcase. Visually, I can see that the handles on the briefcases are hinged, rather than stitched on, which improves durability at a key stress area. In addition, the briefcase even comes with a removable leather strap! Again, this is a feature rarely seen at this price point, as lower-priced briefcases usually comes paired with a fabric strap instead. All in all, I think LAVNG’s Soft Leather Briefcase might have the strongest value proposition amongst all the offerings – at $250 thereabouts, you will be very, very hard-pressed to find a briefcase with better build-quality! The briefcase comes in two colours currently – Tan (pictured above) and Black, though Forrest Green is a stretch goal.

Design and Features 

This Slim Briefcase is a smart way to carry your daily essentials, including a 15-inch laptop. This practical and stylish briefcase is perfect for your busy day of balancing work and fun!

Dimensions – 15.5”W X 12”H X 2.5”D

  • Removable organizer laptop sleeve made of fabric with leather lining
  • Front Inside Pockets: 1 Slip pocket, 1 Gusset pocket, 2 card pockets, 1 ID card Pocket, String with Key loop, 2 Pen pockets
  • Back Inside Pockets: 1 Full-width zip pocket Hidden ‘sim card’ and ‘Sim Eject Pin’ pocket
  • RFID Protection on selected pockets
  • Outside Pocket: Full-length easy access pocket at back

Conclusion

I think that LAVNG has a strong debut collection on their hands. All their products utilizes full-grain vegetable tanned leather, are functionally designed, and offer great value for money. My personal pick out of the bunch would be the Slim Wallet, as well as the Soft Leather Briefcase – they represent the greatest bargains for me, especially when compared to their similarly priced counterparts in the market!

Coupled with the Slim Wallet, the Soft Leather Briefcase is definitely one of my favourites.

Just for you guys, LAVNG has generously offered my readers a special reward: for backings above S$50, LAVNG will include a free leather key ring, whilst for backings above S$100, a free leather card case will be included! To claim the free items, simply send an email to support@lavng.com stating that you’re a reader of Wah So ShiokGiven that prices (unsurprisingly) hike up quite sharply once their Kickstarter campaign ends, I suggest backing quickly. At this point of writing, there’s only just over 10 days left on LAVNG’s Kickstarter campaign, so act fast if you want one.

LAVNG’s Kickstarter campaign can be viewed here.

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