Meet Jessica, our in-house one-woman product-design dream team! With both her interests in design and cycling she's proving to be a great new addition to the Rickshaw Team. Between designing and perfecting a new backpack (keep your eyes peeled!), going on bike adventures through the Marin Headlands and visiting Las Vegas for the Interbike convention, she was able to sit down and let us in on some fun facts.
Mobile advertising has been around a lot longer than smart phones. Retailers have used their customers as mobile billboards for decades, by printing branding messages on their shopping bags. Some shopping bags even become status symbols themselves, rivalling the most popular fashion brands. Bloomingdale’s iconic “Brown Bag” and Tiffany’s trademark blue bag are great examples. Shopping bags from luxury brands like Chanel, Hermes and Louis Vuitton have always carried special prestige.
Recent bans on disposable shopping bags have resulted in even more attention from retailers. The reusable shopping bag now has the potential to be used as an everyday, all-purpose carry-all. Witness the popularity of Whole Foods two-dollar grocery totes, and Lululemon’s little red “manifesto” totes, which are commonly used as second purses. The fact is, people have stuff to carry, they need bags, and there’s intense competition among “bagvertisers” to get all of us to carry their branded bags.
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The Maker Spirit is alive and well at Rickshaw Bagworks, as evidenced by the fantastic turnout for our SF Etsy Pop-Up event last weekend. Rickshaw has been collaborating with the SF Etsy Street Team for two years now in an annual “craft your own” messenger bag project. SF Etsy members create their own “flap” designs, and Rickshaw assembles them into one-of-a-kind messenger bags. The latest round of bags are on display at the Rickshaw Factory Store in Dogpatch through August 15. The project is coordinated by Rebecca Saylor, founder of OodleBaDoodle and team captain of the SF Etsy Street Team. Rebecca is also one of the participants in the custom messenger bag project. I had a quick chat with Rebecca to learn more about her maker spirit.
After thousands of miles of testing, Rickshaw Bagworks is finally launching their long-awaited bicycle panniers. Rickshaw's new Duo Pannier is a double-sided design that mounts over the top of a standard rear cargo rack. "Our friends have been asking us for panniers ever since we started the company seven years ago," says Rickshaw founder and bag designer, Mark Dwight. "Our design is intended for everyday urban commuting, but I've put it to the test on my last three 500-mile rides from SF to LA, and it has worked perfectly for my style of credit-card touring."
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