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In the age of entrepreneurs, various digital means are available to make ingenious ideas come to life. One such method is crowdfunding, where strangers come together to support your idea that they believe in as well. Although various crowdsourcing means exist, the most-renowned avenues are Kickstarter and Indiegogo, where many projects that were merely virtual before have to come life since.
In recent years, Malaysian entrepreneurs have taken advantage of these opportunities to grow their own businesses, making a mark for themselves both locally and internationally. In the spirit of being inspired for the coming year, let’s take a look at 5 homegrown brands that have come to fruition via crowdfunding.
A resourceful initiative to turn palm oil waste into something useful, Palm Republik creates stationery out of leftovers from the frowned-upon industry. It is estimated that for every tonne of palm oil processed, nearly five tonnes of biomass – also known as agricultural waste – is produced. When left unattended, the waste significantly contributes to greenhouse emissions and ultimately global warming.
Having grown up amongst oil palm plantations and seeing the issues plaguing the industry first hand, Peisy Ting was inspired to embark on a project to address the problems. After finding the existence of sustainable, tree-free paper called palm paper which was merely used as a boxliner, she decided to create a line of consumer products using the paper.
As an environmentally-friendly brand, The Palm Republik carries soft cover notebooks, hardcover journals, poster prints, notecards, bookmarks and gift tags, all made from palm paper.
Check out Palm Republik’s Kickstarter campaign here.
Scuro Watches aims to provide consumers with the option of owning a high quality pilot/dive watch at a fraction of the price in the market. One model by the watchmaker to take note of is the Scuro Bronzo, which like the many dive watches that came before, keeps things simple with a strong focus on reliability, which of course, is one of the most important qualities in a watch meant to serve both pilots and divers.
Boasting features like a bronze Super Compressor-style case and vibrant dial colours, the Scuro Bronzo also aims to offer tool watch lovers something a little different. In addition, the timepiece is crafted from CuSn8, a marine-grade bronze alloy that is known to patina nicely with age. Started by Terrence See of Langkawi, the maison prioritises small but complex movements as well as compact yet intricate designs when crafting its timepieces.
Whatever situation you find yourself in, all Scuro timepieces are backed by a one-year warranty.
Find out more about Scuro Watches via its Kickstarter campaign here.
*Featured image by Scuro Watches.
Although not founded by a Malaysian, Volo Goods are all entirely hand produced in Malaysia. Started with the goal of creating long-lasting minimalistic leather goods with carefully considered details, the brand ensures that its items are made only using tried and true traditional Italian craftsmanship.
One of the leading products by the maison is the Volo Non-Wallet, which is a minimalist wallet that aims to simplify your life by safekeeping your essentials and limit what you carry to only what you need for daily use. The Non-wallet is essentially a simple one piece construct using butter soft high quality leather and good quality elastic bands. It has the compartment for your cards and a compartment for your cash.
Apart from the Non-Wallet, Volo also makes other types of wallets, unique card holders and accessories such as belts.
Check out Volo Goods on Kickstarter here.
Malaysian eco-brand Ultra made waves all over the world when they debuted with funding from Kickstarter. Their environmentally-conscious approach to fashion won the hearts of many in the industry, even gaining them a spot at Paris Fashion Week.
Merging the ultimate duo of sustainability and style, the fashion brand also emerged as the Winner of the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF) at the 2011 Innovation Award. The award was well-deserved as the pieces produced by the fashion house were only made with recycled and organic materials. Another interesting aspect of Ultra was that you could return your Ultra items after a year of using as the brands highly emphasises on a zero waste concept.
A project by designers Jonathan Liang, Tengku Jamidah, Syahmi and Anita Hawkins, the label made its garments using Tencel, recycled polyester, biodegradable thermoplastic polyurethane and even salmon skin.
Read more about the brand on its Kickstarter pitch here.
A Kickstarter Staff Pick, Tiga is a line of sketchbooks that embody beauty, art and soul. Conceptualised by artists Vince Low, Kerby Rosanes and Peisy Ting, Tiga – which means ‘three’ in Malay – bring together the trio’s biggest passions: sketching, beautiful paper, and inspirational art.
Through the sketchbooks, the artists aim to spark the creativity of budding artists, be it in the form of simple doodles, elaborate colour drawings or everyday musings. The beauty of the books begins at the cover, which is made from natural fibres such as cellulose, algae and fruits and sourced from Favini of Italy.
The cover is also where the artists showcase their own talents; each range of Tiga sketchbooks bearing the unique style of each artist. The art is then hot stamped in black foil which not only makes it elegant, but also permanent. Other aspects of the book has been well thought-out too, including the 128 blank inlay pages by Favini which carry a fine line of ink without feathering and the use of Smyth Binding which allows the book to open flat in hard case.
Be inspired by Tiga by looking at their Kickstarter campaign here.