Hand Made Bags in Los Angeles
In this time of cookie-cutter designs and mass productions, a market is developing for quality, handmade goods. A leading producer of such products in Southern California is Road Runner Bags. Located in the middle of Downtown L.A.’s garment district, this crew of five is producing high quality, durable, handmade bags designed with cyclist in mind. Whether you’re a local crit/alley cat racer, a purpose-driven commuter, or a recreational rider, they will have a bag to fit your needs at a level of quality and durability you can count on.
Within the crew each one of the seamsters has their own speciality and skills. Brad, Juan, Justin, Ashley and Esther take rolls of fabric and create their products one bag at a time. Aiding them is the support squad: Warehaus, Pierre and Bombom (it’s mostly moral support. They are cats). Whether the focus is on creating small bags and accessories from start to finish, or staging the materials for all of the larger bags, watching the team work seamlessly is an amazing sight. Everyone one of them rides a bike daily, which affirms their motto. All of the bags are made to order, which allows the seamsters to give their attention to every detail. It is also an efficient use of space for their small operation.
The range of sizes for their backpacks is extensive, from the Small Roll Top Bag with a 24-liter capacity, to the Americano which has a whopping 110 liter capacity Such ample range of products accommodates smaller framed individuals as well as those whose size exceeds the norm. Their debut Medium Roll Top Bag is still their most popular bags by far. When making this particular bag, their goal was to meet the needs of cyclists who wanted a high quality bag with a great warranty, but at a more reasonable price than was currently available. Their line of accessories is just as large, including tool rolls, Burrito bags (handlebar bags), wallets, key fobs, and even a Goodie Handlebar Bag with a right/left specific three-point mounting system that allows for zero sway and sag.
The growth of this local company has been due to its involvement in the local community. Brad started the company in 2011 by making small hip bags and various accessories for himself and friends. Soon he began getting orders from friends of friends and eventually a steady stream of orders were pouring in. Shortly after that, they debuted their Medium Roll Top Bag. Now they have eleven different backpacks and nearly fifteen different accessories. All of their development over the years has come from their desire to “find a need and fill it”.
When we asked the crew about their favorite story related to his bags, Brad stood up and walked over to a particular bag hanging from the ceiling. There were a few broken buckles and a hole worn straight through to the side panel. It had belonged to a rider who sent the bag back to be repaired after being hit from behind by a car. All bags are backed by a one year, no-questions-asked warranty on all stitching and a full, lifetime warranty on fabric. The bag saved the rider’s life by protecting their spine during the incident. Had the rider not been wearing a bag at all, the story may have ended very differently. Every Road Runner product that can be repaired, will be repaired. If they cannot fix it, Road Runner will provide a new one.