“The original one was a Christmas present for Carol,” said Keith Kimura. “I wanted to make something she could put into her ukulele case that was convenient and easy to use.” Thus the name “K-Stand (case stand).”
“It was a surprise,” recalled Carol about the first K-Stand. “It brought tears to my eyes, I love stuff like that.”
The evolution of the K-Stand from a handmade Christmas gift to full-fledged product didn’t happen overnight and the system to create every K-Stand our company CKDream now sends out to excited customers holds true to the meticulous process that created it.
K-Stand, is much like us – many parts coming together like pieces of a puzzle to fit perfectly. The sleek and flowing design follows the shape of the instruments it is designed to hold, an ukulele or guitar. At first glance the K-Stand might appear to simply be a wood sculpture of a guitar, but its aesthetic appeal is actually just the beginning.
In a few steps, the slim piece folds out to become a sturdy instrument stand and the flat-lying design allows the K-Stand to be placed inside a soft carrying case or “gig bag” so that the musician can always easily store and keep the stand nearby. Carol Kimura sews the the soft, flannel case for each K-Stand to prevent any possible scratches or dents herself.
“It’s labor-intensive and meticulous, everything has to be a certain way or it doesn’t work,” explained Carol.
K-Stand also brings new ideas to the industry while keeping in mind the needs of musicians. Keith created many first versions of K-Stand. “Musicians really care about their instruments,” Keith explained. The first eight versions were all cut by hand and pieced together and tested for fit and function.
The innovative K-Stand design is now protected by a Patent Pending as of July 2018. Our Patent Attorney even remarked when he first saw K-Stand, “I’ve been a Patent Attorney for fifteen years and a Guitarist for twice that and I’ve never seen anything like this!”