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Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Guide to Messenger Bags in San Francisco

Posted on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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SF Weekly's Matt Smith observes that "bags the size of throw pillows have been slung over Americans' shoulders since Pony Express days. But they became a fashion statement during the early 1980s, when enterprising bike enthusiast Erik Zo created a messenger-specific pack similar to a telephone lineman's satchel made by New York's De Martini Globe Canvas Company. His now-rare 1980s and 1990s creations are key signifiers of local hipster fashion cred, selling secondhand for hundreds of dollars each. But the cottage industry he helped spawn is still around and growing, with at least half a dozen San Francisco companies now designing and making messenger bags. Producers see them as the best bags in the fashion industry: They don't have to change with the seasons, and they don't have to create separate lines for men and women. The local businesses mean buyers benefit from good prices and innovative designs."

Read about the four San Francisco manufacturers and their products in the Best of San Francisco 2011.

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