Black Star Bags

Cycling specific backpacks and messenger bags custom made in Portland, Oregon

by Hunter Hess Based in Oregon’s cycling epicenter, Portland’s Black Star Bags has been producing bike-specific backpacks and bags for five years, gaining a strong following throughout the Northwest. Starting with a belt-driven sewing machine his friends found in an alley, owner Dave Stoops has built his company from the ground up by providing high quality, functional bags for everyone from working messengers to weekend …

Matt Singer and Rivendell Mountain Works

A limited-edition backpack benefiting the Million Trees NYC initiative

With a solid repertoire of collaborations and accessories under his belt, designer Matt Singer is now using his creativity for good. For his latest venture, he has teamed up with the recently revived Rivendell Mountain Works on a limited-edition backpack benefitting the Million Trees NYC initiative. Handmade at the foothills of the Washington Cascades, the durable Cordura nylon bag sports a custom Million Trees patch, …

VAGX Lumisac Series

The Korean bag-makers' latest collection of carryalls designed for high-visibility city cycling

South Korean label VAGX, maker of highly functional bags for the urban cyclist, introduces the Lumisac series with more understated branding and a fresh new design concept from its previous lines. Named for illuminating strips affixed across the bag exterior, the hi-vis collection may propel VAGX’s status as a solid, design-focused commuter style. Besides the sleek look of the backpack, messenger bag and waist bag …