Next time you're in the Dogpatch neighborhood of SF, don't miss the chance to swing by Rickshaw and create a custom bag. Tucked away in your Rickshaw bag you’ll find a tag with their special heart symbol, something called the Rickshaw “PCQ Tattoo”. This graphic represents three things that are near and dear to the team at Rickshaw (Passion, Craft and Quality) and when you own one of their bags, it's apparent in every stitch.
They'll do pre-arranged tours to highlight their facility and even let you host your own design-it-yourself bag party. You can even bring your own fabric to contribute in the design of your bag! The options are endless. Support this fantastic Bay Area company and design that bag of your dreams!
I'm certain the founder of this fabulous Bay Area company (Mark Dwight, former CEO of Timbuk2) has direct access to my brain. This store is my dream space and I can't imagine a cooler place to design your dream bag, or pick out a few that have already come to be.
Since my bags were the only thing consistent in my life on the road for over a decade, I became pretty critical of their abilities, limitations and level of quality. I discovered Rickshaw bags my last few years out there and their 'Zero' messenger bag became my daily go to.
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A New Model of Manufacture
Rickshaw Bagworks, a shop in the Dogpatch neighborhood, also hosts the factory and offices of the cycling-oriented accessories line. Here, laser-cut patterns are expertly sewn together by seamstresses, many of whom used to work at the since-closed Esprit factories. The store demonstrates a new model of micro-manufacture, embedded in a local economy and community, that points one way to counteract the predominance of mass manufacture companies with outsourced labor. Beyond the admirable social structure, the designs are sleek and functional. I love the casual Musette screenprinted tote bags (only $15!).