904 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Today was a real treat, as I went to visit Rickshaw Bagworks in the Dogpatch area of San Francisco. As I wandered into the large open garage door, I was immediately welcomed by two smiling faces behind the counter asking if they could help or answer any questions about the shop. I was there to meet with Mark Dwight, owner of Rickshaw Bagworks, who also happens to be the President of the Small Business Commission at City Hall, and is on the Board of Directors of the SF Chamber of Commerce, and founder of SFMADE.org. Mark generously took time out of his Sunday to give me a personal tour of the factory and all his products, such as messenger bags, totes and laptop cases just to name a few, all of which can be customized to your personal touch. He also went step by step through his workshop and explained in great detail how they design and fabricate their bags. It was amazing to see how they put together up to nearly 200 beautifully handmade bags a day!
For me, not only has this project given me the opportunity to meet all these great shop owners who are embedded in the fabric that make up this city, but has also allowed me to venture out and see the impact they have on their communities and our local economy.
I’m glad 52 Pick Up could play a small role and help bring some recognition and awareness to their businesses. It’s my weekly reminder to keep going and know a project like this can hopefully make a difference.
As an artist, I’m inspired by people who are passionate about their craft and what they do. After spending time walking through the workshop with Mark at Rickshaw Bagworks, I could see that he is very passionate about his product and sharing it with his customers.
If you find yourself in the Dogpatch area of San Francisco, stop in, say hello, find a bag you like and pick up this week’s drawing. Have a happy and safe Independence Day! :)
From Rickshaw Bagworks
We’re a new company, but we have many years of experience designing and manufacturing great bags and providing unique customer experiences. In addition to our passion for bags, we share a strong set of humanistic, environmental and social values that guide the way we conduct every aspect of our business. The name of our company derives from three Japanese characters meaning “human powered vehicle”–delightfully apropos for a company making bags for bicycle enthusiasts, and our metaphor for the strength of the human spirit.
Hours of operation: Monday–Friday 10-6pm, Saturday-Sunday 12–4pm
Week 38 Art
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