Introducing Rickshaw Bagworks, the new brainchild of the popular messenger bags by Timbuk2 CEO Mark Dwight
Not only is their factory store in Dogpatch, San Francisco, but you can show up, design your own bag, go down the street for a 20 minute break at Piccino Cafe, and then return to pick up your custom beauty. Your new Rickshaw bag is US made and officially SF Made. Rickshaw is part of a band of Dogpatch merchants dedicated to the SF Made cause.
2013 UPDATE: Rickshaw Bags has become so popular that you can no longer expect your bag to be completed while you wait. If you order a custom bag you will have the option of picking it up at the store or having it mailed to you. The perfect gift to yourself.
The Rickshaw product line includes messenger bags, notebooks, cute little bags and hardy all weather backpacks.
As you can see, there’s a strong design link to the bicycle lifestyle. Mark Dwight says the company name refers to the original two-wheeled cart invented by an American missionary in Japan in the 1860’s, which later evolved to a three-wheeled pedal-powered vehicle, the well known human-powered rickshaw.
The above bag is named the “Zero“, meaning zero waste. It’s available in four sizes and an infinite variety of colors and fabrics. In fact you can bring in your own vintage swatch, as long as it’s of sofa weight thickness.
Rickshaw takes the zero waste movement seriously. They have an impressive laser pattern cutter that creates rectangles that require no scraps to produce the bag.
I’ve seen the Rickshaw‘s distinctive “r” logo in a couple of shops, but I highly recommend a trip to the mother factory.
Store hours: Monday through Friday, 9-5 pm;
904 22nd Street @ Minnesota, Dogpatch, SF, CA 94107
For more information about the company, contact