The Making of the Traveler

In May, as we began creating samples for the Mod and designing the first inserts, we hopped on Skype with one of our Adventure Project collaborators, Hanni (aka @justhanni). He had an upcoming trip to Iceland in the works and had been training his keen eye on our first, vague previews of the Mod on Instagram.

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Mike and our head designer Nisha spoke with Hanni, showing him the first working prototypes of the Mod and inserts that Nisha had made in our studio just a few days prior.

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In turn, Hanni walked us through the gear he was planning on taking on his upcoming trip. The roster included all his mobile shooting gear: OLO clip, Griptight Micro Stand, reserve Power Bank batteries and chargers galore.

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All of this was handy feedback for our Shooter insert, but what we ended up discovering was that most of all Hanni needed a solution to help him easily transport all his travel credentials from point A to point B. He showed us a nylon zip case he used that was designed with a single outer pocket long enough to place his boarding passes in for easy accessibility at the airport.

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With that in mind, Nisha got to work prototyping a Mod with an exterior pocket. She sewed this one up with a pocket large enough to fit a passport and boarding pass as well as accommodate pens or pencils on the sides.

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We shot the photo over to Hanni and while he liked that we had mimicked the exterior pocket of his other case, he told us he preferred the clean look of the exterior of our original Mod.  He sent over a sketch us an insert idea for the “world traveler” that he cooked up himself.

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Hanni’s design included a front-facing pocket able to hold up to 3 boarding passes with the idea that they would still be readily accessible by unzipping the top portion of the case. The front would also hold a pencil or pen to fill out the customs forms and small pockets to hold keys or foreign currency. The back included two pockets to hold passports and he suggested creating a large single pocket to hold a bunch of passports.

With Hanni’s sketch in hand and the exact dimensions for the insert in mind, Nisha whipped up our final Traveler insert, which holds multiple boarding passes, pen or pencils, and 3+ passports, notebooks or other misc. items on a tiered pocket system on the back. The ability to hold multiple passports makes it ideal for traveling in a group or with family.

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The Traveler Mod is the perfect carry-all for stress-free international travel– no rifling around in your bag for your boarding passes or passport.

Look forward to the Mod’s adventures in Iceland with Hanni next.

Welcoming the MOD

It’s finally here!

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This Monday, we launched the Mod and have been so excited by the amazing response from all our friends and customers. The Mod is our refined take on the folio case, filling the gap between a slim wallet and a backpack while carrying all the modern essentials.

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Although our Toffee Tan Mod has been the star on our Instagram feed, the Mod is also available in a rich, sturdy Tobacco Brown leather and shiny Silver Dollar.
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Our lifestyle inserts easily snap in and out of the Mod shell along its magnetic spine, allowing you to transform your Mod into a totally different beast on the inside with the same beautiful, minimal exterior.
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In addition to the Executive insert pictured above, we have 9 other lifestyle inserts (with more to come!) for every persona out there: the Writer, Explorer, Designer, Musician, you name it. Even the tech maven in need of a charging battery.

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For more information on the Mod and all our inserts, check out:

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Our first run of Mods is small and quantities are limited, so buy yours now at thisisground.com.

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Photos by Melanie Riccardi

Mod Madness

We know, we know.
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We’ve been teasing you with the Mod for about a month now, but the end is in sight! We’re still putting the finishing touches on the Mod, but we’ve loved seeing your enthusiasm and excitement surrounding our latest product and want to make sure it’s just right before we release them into your hands.
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We’ll have an update on the release date for the Mod sometime this month, so enter your e-mail on this sign up page to get the latest:

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