Michael Wertz Talks Design

 Michael S. Wertz is an editorial, advertising, product and book illustrator from Oakland, California. He creates images for books, products, designers, ad agencies, musicians, publishers, movie trailers, and fortunately for us, Rickshaw Bagworks.  Michael’s bold and exuberant illustrations definitely express how much he loves his job, and we love to showcase his work!

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Topics: collaboration, Rickshaw Bagworks, american made

Max Allbee Talks Grocery Totes

 Check out Max's portfolio

Max Allbee currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, but originally hails from San Francisco, CA. His illustrations capture the minute details and unique personality of city neighborhoods, and how it feels to roam a given neighborhood on any given day.

We emailed him to catch up, and ask a few general questions: 

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Topics: SFMade, collaboration, Rickshaw Bagworks

La Scuola's Custom Grocery Totes

When someone from La Scuola International Italian School contacted us for some custom bags, we were intrigued. Instead of simply getting their logo put on our bags, they wanted to feature their student's artwork. "How cool!" we thought to ourselves, then clicked reply. 
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Topics: made in sf, community, custom design, collaboration

Take A Hike For Homeless Youth With At The Crossroads

At The Crossroads is a local homeless youth outreach program that we've been supporting for over ten years. They host an annual fundraising hike on Mount Tamalpais (Sunday, July 19 this year). For the fourth year in a row, we're donating custom bags for the hikers. This year, their own in-house hiking team is raising money, and they will each be rewarded for their efforts with a fancy Sutro Backpack featuring a custom reflective logo. If you'd like to make a donation, you can do so here:


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Topics: Local Love, At The Crossroads, community

Triple Voodoo Happy Hour

When Triple Voodoo Brewery offers to bring over a couple of kegs, you definitely say yes. 

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Topics: Beer, dogpatch, collaboration, american made, local makers

A Picture (Or Two) An Hour

8:00 am.

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Topics: rickshaw factory, american made, behind the scenes

Behind The Scenes: Cathy Cathi Cathe!

Meet Cathy! She is our Office Manager guru. Without her we wouldn't get paid, the coffee wouldn't get made (we really love our coffee around here) and our sporadic office dance-a-thons would be more far and few between. We decided to take a walk around the Dogpatch and talk about her role at Rickshaw. 

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Topics: sf headquarters, behind the scenes

San Francisco Zoo Trip

Who says work isn't fun? We recently got the opportunity to make custom bags for the San Francisco Zoo. Of course we gladly (okay, we were really excited) offered to deliver them! 

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Topics: made in sf, community, in the wild, SF sustainability, american made, behind the scenes

Behind The Scenes: The Embellishment Wizard

Meet Brennan! If you've ever had the pleasure of taking a tour of our factory, he is the friendly, bearded face you may have met.  Aside from the dozens of requests from (ahem) shorter folks needing help fetching things off shelves, Brennan holds down the entire digital printing and embroidery department. It may have taken some coercing, but we got the scoop on his his day-to-day! 

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Topics: behind the scenes

Doughbies: The Largest Local Bakery in the World

Freshly baked cookies-- the warm, melt-in-your-mouth treat that can bring you back to childhood in an instant. That’s exactly the feeling Daniel Conway, co-founder of Doughbies, wanted to emulate in his business. For this installment of our ongoing series about inspirational makers and doers, we teamed up with Doughbies to find out what motivates them, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the magic in the making! This on-demand delivery service drops handmade cookies to offices, houses, or any place imaginable in San Francisco in under twenty minutes.

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