You can now snag your own custom-designed messenger bag from Chrome, the local maker of messenger bags you’ll recognize by their signature seatbelt buckle shoulder straps. New color options and a variety of trims and materials are available for customizing the Mini-metro ($120) and Citizen ($140) models, both made in the company’s SoMa store.
Bicycling in San Francisco has increased by over 50 percent since 2006, so it’s no wonder that the quintessential urban cycling accessory – the messenger bag – has increased in popularity as well. An urban fashion trend to some and necessity to others, the messenger bag is now a staple within the cycling community and among non-cyclists alike. Read on to find one that’s just your style.
If a jealous woman is a dangerous thing, then at least one local company is making the City streets safer this month. After more than 14 years of outfitting urban bike messengers, skaters, cyclists and just plain ‘ole regular dudes seeking functional gear with street-style appeal in its locally-designed line of men’s apparel, messenger bags and — most recently — footwear, Chrome has launched its first piece for the ladies.
In our ongoing quest for apparel and accessories from independent San Francisco designers, we’ve found that footwear is among the more challenging categories to hunt down within Bay Area bounds. But that doesn’t mean local footwear companies don’t exist. Here are five local footwear lines well-worth stepping out in: