September 20, 2014

Lots of Baggage: San Francisco Messenger Bags

Standard Commuter Bag by Rickshaw

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.

Known for their extreme versatility, messenger bags are not only practical, but have other perks as well: most of those made by local companies embrace the spirit of the many alternative transportation-loving, eco-conscious, sustainably-minded Bay Area consumers who wear them. For example, Rickshaw produces custom bags onsite in San Francisco’s Dog Patch neighborhood and has developed a process that produces zero manufacturing waste. We suggest you try out the label’s recycled polyester: it’s waterproof, eco-friendly and locally made (you can even watch them make it).

Each company below has a different style to fit your needs. Many offer custom designs. Check them out online or in various stores throughout the Bay Area:

Here are San Francisco messenger bags sources worth checking out:

Rolltop Bag by Freight Baggage

The Shed by Mission Workshop

Citizen Buckle Bag by Chrome

Commute 2.0 by Timbuk2

Photography courtesy of individual companies