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I want to say thank you to the bicyclist for liberating Violet of her purpose.  Violet is a sewing machine I bought from a friend of mine (she was name Violet after his grandmother.)  It was a nice sewing machine that had been cared for and maintained.  It is funny.  My dear friend and advisor was so pleased when she saw it.  It was amazing to hear that her mother bought her the very same sewing machine when she graduated high school and she was still using that very same machine until 1987 or 89.  It was awesome to see her expression as she when back in time and through the course of her relationship with that sewing machine.  She left the nestles of home & known to pursued her passion, start a career, marry, have & raise her children; sewing them Christmas stockings and raising them to the best of her ability. All the her Signer aided her by it's purpose and keeping her occupied & in good company during dire straits.  The Signer would never talk back, be defiant, or do anything more or less than she asked it to, as long as she respected and maintained its abilities.  Seeing that expressional and viewing her gestures shortly following is what I have come to know as the definition of cognition.  Cognition is where I am at with lighting & environment design (I find it hard to explain in words written or spoke what cognition is.)  Off topic....

I shared that story with the bicyclist who I met while attaining & honing bicycle mechanic skills down at Working Bikes.  (I love that place and am very grateful for everything that I learned and will continue to learn as a volunteer.  If I am still welcome?)  I asked said bicyclist to be very careful and he should wait until I find an instructor to help him with his sewing skills.  I very much would like to see some Bicycle bags being manufactured in Chicago (I was just informed about Wig Bags "a big thumbs up".)  I bought that sewing machine for the purpose of encouraging the production of clothing, utility accessories, & bicycle pouches, bags, & ...  To encourage Chicago's presence in the national and international bicycling community.  There are some great Chicago bicycle & bicycle accessory or artifact producers in Chicago right now.  I celebrate them for their care & craft in Chicago produced products.  Kudos to you all.

Paul come back and make some bags.  I would love to further encourage you to make some great bags.  I have no working sewing machine but Violwe

Blue City haling from Bridgeport.  I saw a great front loader downtown and the cyclist was proud to say where he had gotten it.  Great design; low center of gravity, proper weight distribution, regard to riders posture & comfort and good style.   Awesome!!!

"Wig Bags" I here good things from lots of people.  Kudos to Wig!!! wigbags.com

Any others that should be brought to the attention of Chicago cyclists.  Please let me know.  

Safe riding,

Skip

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Although Chrome is not a Chicago based company, if you walk into their store and order a custom bag it is made on site. Does that count?

Po Campo is Chicago based, (even though some of the manufacturing is now done overseas).

Doesn't Elliot from REI make bags?

I have a chicago-handmade frame bag for my BG.

Hell No!  

Chrome does not count.  What the fuck?  Chrome is a California brand and drips of California.  Even the name is peacocky. 

I by no means wish to discredit the artisans working there.  Or the craft and quality of construction and the care for quality and preserving their brand.

A guy and a girl stopped by from Crome.  Good folks he was from Northern Illinois and her from Minnesota.  When they told me where they worked I cockily said I would put them out of business.  They both laughed and offered encouragement and support.  Good style.  Good people.  They said they host events sometimes.  I need to go in and talk to them about something.  

But no that shit does not count 



Michelle Loomis said:

Although Chrome is not a Chicago based company, if you walk into their store and order a custom bag it is made on site. Does that count?

REI is a mountain climbing, great outdoors company.  Is there anything about Chicago and Cycling in this city that plays on that brand.  They could not be more opposite. 

Their logo is a coniferous tree and mountains.  For fucks sake!!! 

Ridiculous. 

Absolutely ridiculous.

But they make and sell fancy toys for the outdoorsman.


Kelvin Mulcky said:

Doesn't Elliot from REI make bags?

I have a chicago-handmade frame bag for my BG.

You misunderstood me, Elliot makes custom handmade bags on the side. I forgot what his business is called. 

Skip Tooth said:

REI is a mountain climbing, great outdoors company.  Is there anything about Chicago and Cycling in this city that plays on that brand.  They could not be more opposite. 

Their logo is a coniferous tree and mountains.  For fucks sake!!! 

Ridiculous. 

Absolutely ridiculous.

But they make and sell fancy toys for the outdoorsman.


Kelvin Mulcky said:

Doesn't Elliot from REI make bags?

I have a chicago-handmade frame bag for my BG.

Cool I had no idea about their bags.  That is super awesome.  But fuck them for not putting Chicago citizens to work.  A messenger aquaintance works for $40 a day, no insurance & no job security.  I am happy to see things being produced in this city, but at the same time.  There are a lot of people here who are struggling and the people who have the means to buy a fancy bag could do so in such a way that puts Chicagoans to work.  

Pro Campo has my support but maybe they should have a line of products that is native Chicago crafted?  Maybe?  I would pay extra for that if I had any money.

Thunder Snow said:

Po Campo is Chicago based, (even though some of the manufacturing is now done overseas).

Poser Messenger bags in the works with a series of small phone pouches.

Ah then you should have said Chicago based companies. There is a difference between where the company is based and where they manufacture. My Chrome bag was manufactured in Chicago, I am very aware that it is not a Chicago based company. 

Your original post says manufacture. So like Po Campo manufactures over seas but is Chicago based. 

Skip Tooth said:

Hell No!  

Chrome does not count.  What the fuck?  Chrome is a California brand and drips of California.  Even the name is peacocky. 

I by no means wish to discredit the artisans working there.  Or the craft and quality of construction and the care for quality and preserving their brand.

A guy and a girl stopped by from Crome.  Good folks he was from Northern Illinois and her from Minnesota.  When they told me where they worked I cockily said I would put them out of business.  They both laughed and offered encouragement and support.  Good style.  Good people.  They said they host events sometimes.  I need to go in and talk to them about something.  

But no that shit does not count 



Michelle Loomis said:

Although Chrome is not a Chicago based company, if you walk into their store and order a custom bag it is made on site. Does that count?

Wow

Who would have thought that this stirred up this much commotion.  I will keep you posted on the continued development of Poser Bags and all other things that are bad ass.

 

Based on this thread I would not purchase a Poser Bag, or sell one to anyone, on a bet.

Skip Tooth, you're a class act.

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