Tired of the typical boring black laptop or messenger bag?
Look no further than Rickshaw Bagworks in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, maker of functional bags inspired by the city's urban cycling culture. Rickshaw's bags come in a variety of sizes and colors, with lots of divided pockets for gadget freaks who drag around chargers, iPhones, headsets and digital cameras.
But what makes Rickshaw Bags truly unique is that you can "skin" them. You can personalize your bag by bringing your own fabric to their sewing atelier (yes, the company does part of the manufacturing in San Francisco). If you prefer to rely on their vast collection of fabric, they have an astounding selection to choose from, in patterns and textures ranging from pieces made out of 100 percent post-consumer recycled beverage bottles to high-performance sailcloth used by racing boats.
Founder and CEO Mark Dwight is himself a product of the Bay Area's tech and bike communities. Dwight worked at Cisco for several years, then went on to become CEO of Timbuktu before starting Rickshaw Bags. He is an avid cyclist and a supporter of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Rickshaw has recently expanded its product line to include Moleskin folios for fanatic Moleskin journal owners, and baby bags for parents who want to look more urban than suburban.
Check out Rickshaw Bagworks at 904 22nd Street (at Minnesota), San Francisco, CA 94107, (415) 904 8368, www.rickshawbags.com