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Timbuk2 Opens in Seattle on May 4, its First Retail Store Outside of San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO (May 1, 2013) – Timbuk2, the original San Francisco bag company, today announced they will open a retail store in the heart of Seattle on Saturday, May 4, the first retail store outside of the company’s hometown.

Timbuk2’s new 1,400 sq. ft. retail store is located in downtown Seattle at 1532 7th Avenue at Pine Street. The space showcases its entire product line of more than 100 styles of bags and accessories, including their new Spring 2013 collection and their interactive custom station where customers can design a one-of-a-kind bag or accessory made to order in their San Francisco factory. In addition, Timbuk2 Seattle prominently displays the original Singer sewing machine used to create the first Timbuk2 bag. A bike share program will also launch later this summer.

To celebrate the opening, Timbuk2 Seattle will be hosting a variety of festivities throughout the month of May and invites locals and travelers to participate. Highlights include:

  • Timbuk2 Opening Party – On Saturday, May 4, Timbuk2 Seattle will be throwing a shindig from 12-8 p.m., including complimentary refreshments, music, photobooth and enticing giveaways.
  • Seattle Bike to Work Day – On Friday, May 17, Timbuk2 Seattle is joining forces with KIND Healthy Snacksto celebrate Seattle Bike to Work Day. Commuters are encouraged to stop by Timbuk2’s Energizing Stations both at the Timbuk2 Seattle store and on the Burke Gilman Trail for tasty KIND snacks, bike commuting information and product giveaways.

Timbuk2 partnered with Bay Area-based design and architecture firm Form3 for the build-out of the Seattle store, and they’ve incorporated locally sourced design features and sustainable elements to preserve Timbuk2’s commitment to personalized products. Store design features include native Douglas Fir paneling, custom handmade steel fixtures, and tailored shelving to display Timbuk2 bags and accessories.

“We’re thrilled to open our doors in Seattle,” said Timbuk2 CEO Mike Wallenfels. “As our first retail store outside of our hometown, we know that going to a new market is no small feat. We’re committed to supporting the Seattle community by regularly hosting events, promoting bike commuting and supporting local organizations that boost the already thriving bike-friendly culture of this city.”

A pioneer of the messenger bag, Timbuk2 was born in a San Francisco garage in 1989 and raised on the backs of hard-working bike messengers. Today, Timbuk2 offers stylish messenger bags, backpacks, laptop bags, luggage and accessories, in addition to their Custom Bag Builder, for any kind of commuter regardless of their mode of transportation. Offering 10 different bag and accessory styles, countless specialty fabrics, liners and bindings, and innovative inserts to create a truly one-of-a-kind, personalized bag made to order in San Francisco, Timbuk2 bags are backed by legendary quality and a lifetime warranty. The results are one-of-a-kind products that are worn loud and proud for decades. 

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 Seattle is located at 1532 7th Avenue at Pine, Seattle, WA 98101. Starting Saturday, May 4, Timbuk2 will be open on Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.. For more information about Timbuk2 Seattle, visit or call (206) 205-1111.

About Timbuk2

Timbuk2 is the original San Francisco bag company known for creating products for global individualists on the go. 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 has been building bags and accessories for urban adventurers for more than 24 years with one simple philosophy – create good-looking, durable bags you can truly make your own. They’re sold at specialty retailers and online