Drumroll please: the very first KYT is on a plane to New Zealand as I write this.
I'm bubbling with excitement to see the bag in person, feel (and smell) the leather and show you.
I shared this teaser picture over social media today and have been blown away with the lovely things people have said about the bag, as well as how excited you are for launch. Any time I get nervous about putting these bags out there, I'm reminded of how many supportive, genuine people are at the other end – in support of me and KYT.
Once the bag arrives here, I'll be able to set the wheels in motion for launch – not long now!
Throwback to some early KYT patterns. These were first designed on my lounge floor and patched together with paper scraps.
Many, many hours were spent laying out different bits of equipment at lots of angles to work out the most compact way to organise it all together. Because there's so much variance between the equipment we all use, I wanted to make sure the lining would nail functionality for everyone.
These patterns have come quite a way now, and thankfully I've found a better working set-up that gets me off the floor!
Q&A time: this week I answer some of the questions I hear most often about KYT. If there's anything else you would like to know, make sure to ask in the comments section!
Here's a little behind the scenes shot of myself and JP shooting some Instagram pictures.
My hat goes off to people who make social media content for a living - boy does it take a long time! Currently we're filming videos of me and taking pictures in my co-working space after hours because it's nice and quiet.
Is there anything you are interested to see or hear about from me?
Happy International Women's Day!
There are three women I'm thinking of today, especially in relation to what I'm trying to create with KYT. They are my Oma Gerda, Grandma Erin, and Mum Geraldine.
They are all talented seamstresses, and got me interested in fashion from a young age. I wanted to be able to talk about things like 'cutting on the bias' like they did – so I studied fashion.
I credit these three with showing me how much people can create with their own two hands. They use theirs in nifty ways all the time, and I've taken the same approach with creating KYT.
Here's to the women who shape and support us. x
Another video update: hear how KYT went from drafting patterns on my lounge floor to an actual product with a looming launch date.
Still not sure how I feel about seeing myself on camera (especially this one - we filmed quite late at night and I was past my best) but I hope you like getting to know me and the bags a bit more!
The roll of foil in this picture is used for embossing - it's a finishing touch that we add to each bag to leave our KYT mark.
We use a plate that gets heated and then stamps the leather with the foil to leave a lasting print. I'm a big fan of this finish, and it takes a lot of skill to get right! I'm looking forward to seeing that first golden 'KYT' hot off the press.
Today has been a big reminder of how cool the diabetes community is. I've spoken to a couple of lovely ladies who reached out over Instagram – not only to offer lovely feedback about the bags, but to offer personal help in building some excitement about KYT.
I often worry about how long the process to launch has been, and that you'll lose interest in these bags. But it's such a boost to hear that, even at the stage KYT is at, there are people excited about what we're working on.
[virtual hug] x
Happy Monday! I have word that the FINAL bag sample is being made as I write this - can't wait to see it and share it with you shortly.
I spent a good chunk of Sunday taking pictures to share on social media over the next few weeks. Man – these things take time. Last night I shared a picture of my medic-alert, jazzed-up with a few other bracelets. Not pictured is the sellotape we used to stick the bracelet down to stop it flopping out of shot! More pictures with familiar medical items to come – which would you like to see made-over?
The first in our video series is up! Have a watch below. I've set a goal to make weekly videos with developing information in the lead up to launch. Is there anything that you want to know? Send me an email at email@example.com.
Meet the man behind the lens: my partner and KYT co-founder JP. He's been on the diabetes journey as long as I have, and helps with our creative direction. It's a huge help to have someone to bounce ideas off, weigh-in on decisions and pre-read important emails before I send them!
The first edit of our KYT video is done and I'm planning to share it tomorrow. I talk about the story so far, and what's to come. I started learning to make leather bags in April 2017 and sometimes it feels like a very long time between then and our impending launch date. But we're almost there and I have a feeling it will be worth the wait (and worry!).
I'm building the section you are reading today. I'm a little nervous about starting the countdown, but I'm excited to hear your feedback!
We also have filming planned for this evening, so I can share a bit more of the KYT story over social media. Make sure to check out my Facebook and Instagram pages and show your excitement for our launch.
Big brainstorming session yesterday and today about how to build some excitement for the bags over social media. I'm so amazed at how many people openly share their journey with diabetes online – and it's taught me a lot about my own diabetes. I hope you like what I'm building and, if you do, please share our page with others over Facebook and Instagram so we can spread awareness about KYT!
Lots of work has been done on the 'launch' bag and it's looking close to perfect. I saw pictures of the latest sample today and it's keeping everything together just as I had hoped. Now we have some decisions to make around final materials and hardware. We're planning on black leather with gold hardware – classic and elegant.
It's Valentine's day and I wanted to share the love over social media (because I don't have any new product pictures yet). So I went to a local art shop for some red card and tried five different places before finally finding some roses to fill one of the bags with. I staged the picture in the corner of a meeting room at my office, hope you like!
My final design flies to Bali to meet with new friends and production partner Duffle & Co. Their leather artisans begin to re-create the bag, with a few key changes as suggested by our conversations with you.
Note: Duffle & Co prioritise ethical and sustainable manufacturing that supports local communities. They're an awesome company, and we'll be talking about them more over social media in the next few months.