Everybody has a place that they come from and each place has its own story to tell. What better way to tell those stores than in the bags that haul our gear from place to place. In this week’s Bag Roundup we’re looking at two companies, Ornot and Timbuk2, (with a tease to a third – Braasi) that have partnered with local artists, mostly from the San Francisco area bringing their experiences and art to the companies products. Check out their stories in designs past the break…
Ornot Commissions x Chris McNally
Ornot recently partnered up with San Francisco based artist Chris McNally releasing a bar bag ($78) and MacGyver (seat or bar or… anywhere) bag ($33). It’s all possible thanks to Ornot’s new Commission series that brings artists with a passion for cycling in to design different products. McNally focused on his watersketching abilities when composing the prints, with various scenes from around the SF area.
Timbuk2 x Apexer
Timbuk2 has kicked off a new series of artist partnerships called Future Shapers that will produce special edition Capsule Collections. The first artist featured is Apexer, a street artist located in San Francisco. Abstract art and graphic design are only a few of the inspirations for his spray paint creations, and it can be seen in his print designs on these bags. The patterns are inspired from previous work Apexer has completed at the TB2 headquarters. The bags include a roll-top pack, messenger style bag, and a convertible backpack/messenger pack, each priced at $120.
We just saw a few new designs from Czech-made Braasi at the Berlin Bike Show last weekend. And while they aren’t entirely ready to hit the market, we’d be remiss to not add this one here. This bag is also an artists collaboration telling a story, and while this iteration offers an interpretation of the designers memories and impressions of getting around Paris in tunnels underground, there are more projects underway that do more to map the imaginary cities of the artist’s mind. All i an easy to carry map-pack that can guide you through your own city. Can anyone say ‘dérive‘? We’ll hopefully have more info in the coming weeks on this one.