Timbuk2, the San Francisco messenger bag maker, is expanding their brick-and-mortar store presence outside San Fransisco. And what city is first on their list?
This is according to Seattle Met, which says the company has plans for a 1,400 square-foot space downtown.
We have attempted to contact Timbuk2 to learn more about their plans. We’ll update when we learn more.
UPDATE: They are planning to open at 7th and Pike. CEO Mike Wallenfels cited Seattle’s “thriving bike-friendly culture” and plans to be involved with Bike to Work Day in May. Here’s the press release from Timbuk2:
Timbuk2, the original San Francisco messenger bag company with a wide range of bags and accessories for global individualists on the go, today announced it will open a retail store in the heart of Seattle, as the first retail store outside of their hometown.
Timbuk2’s new 1,400 sq. ft. retail store will open in Spring 2013 in downtown Seattle at 1532 7th Avenue at Pine Street. The space will showcase its entire product line, including their interactive custom station where you can design a one-of-a-kind bag or accessory made to order in their San Francisco factory.
“Seattle is the ideal city for Timbuk2’s second retail location because of the city’s roots in an active lifestyle and their thriving bike-friendly culture,” said CEO Mike Wallenfels. “We have been looking at Seattle as the destination for our first retail store outside of San Francisco for quite some time, but we wanted to make sure we had the right location before entering this dynamic market.”
Born and bred in 1989 in a San Francisco garage by a bike messenger Rob Honeycutt and an old sewing machine, Timbuk2 is a pioneer of original thinking, pride in individuality, and uninhibited creativity. Timbuk2’s first and only flagship store opened in San Francisco in Hayes Valley in 2006. Known for its comprehensive customization offering, the store quickly became the spot to design one-of-a-kind bags and accessories, in addition to a hub for local bike commuting enthusiasts. Timbuk2 regularly hosts parties, happy hours, bike events and more. Timbuk2 hopes to be a similar go-to destination for bike loving and active lifestyle enthusiasts in the Seattle community.
Timbuk2 has partnered with Bay Area-based design and architecture firm Form3 for the build-out of the Seattle store, and they plan to incorporate locally-sourced design features and sustainable elements to preserve Timbuk2’s commitment to personalized products.
As part of the store opening, Timbuk2 plans to participate in Bike to Work Day in Seattle on May 17, 2013, as well as host a variety of opening events.
For more information about Timbuk2, visit www.timbuk2.com.