Carter Tablet Shoulder Holster

Accessory Design Award Winner.
Awarded Golden for Good Fashion and Travel Accessories Design.

Carter Tablet Shoulder Holster
by Paul Stet

  • Awarded April 15, 2016
  • CLIENT: Carter Gear
  • 2.642

Carter solves for balance and slickness of movement. It is a crossbreed between a pocket and a handbag that has braces. The braces are highly adjustable and super comfy. It is special tailored to safely host an iPad mini or other 8' tablets. Alternatively it can hold a wallet, a passport and a phone, a book or even a game console. The holster has no opening on its outer side, making it theft proof and very convenient for the commuter’s lifestyle.

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Carter Tablet Shoulder Holster

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Carter Tablet Shoulder Holster

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Inspirational Tablet Shoulder Holster Design

Carter Tablet Shoulder Holster

Inspirational Tablet Shoulder Holster Design

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Carter Tablet Shoulder Holster

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Carter Tablet Shoulder Holster

Paul Stet

Designer of Carter Tablet Shoulder Holster


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Interview with Paul Stet on Carter Tablet Shoulder Holster

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
Soldiering on the daily tasks we often need to carry all sorts of items: a tablet, a book, a notebook, phone, wallet. The containers for that are often too large, too sloppy, too heavy or simply dull. Sometimes all you need is simply an XL pocket tight to your body.
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
Being able to safely and comfortably carry just a few essentials and not sacrificing the look.
How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
It took a year, from first sketches and prototypes to getting stock of components and building the first batches.
Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
I designed this particular concept because I saw a lot of potential to it's uniqueness and problem-solving. I had this idea and decided to take action encouraged by tons of good feedback.
What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
The suspenders and the connecting system are unique to all the other shoulder holsters, the secured magnetic closing and the overall look.
Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
Sketchup, Solidworks, Keyshot, scissors, thread and needle, cutter, etc.
What is the most unique aspect of your design?
The strap system, it is very comfortable, adjustable and versatile. The long suspender can be clipped in many positions (front-side-back) or even detached. It is great for servicing reason or if user wants to wear the holster just as a bag.
Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
I collaborate with a fashion Designer and a leather specialist (shoemaker).
What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
Working with leather is different than working with any other material. We had to create a bespoke manufacturing flow for the holster, particularly the thermo-forming of the wall hardener required refined craftsmanship.
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
I received very good feedback from anyone who saw the holster and tried it/buy it and because it was a personal project I decided to see if a specialized board would appreciate it too.
What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
I basically learn from the scratch how to work with leather, I wasn't working with this technology before

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