Started by a bike messenger in 1989, the Timbuk2 brand has grown from its simple roots to a reliable brand that provides great quality customizable messenger bags. They started with custom messengers but have now included luggage and laptop bags in their products. Their office is based in San Francisco, made up of a talented mix of workers who strongly believe in the brand’s vision.
Although the messenger bag is a style greatly popular in men, the website also has several cute messengers for women. Majority of the bags are fashioned for sporty men, travelers and backpackers or bikers. They have a good variety of these bags and different collections, with even eco-friendly options and other special selections. Not all of the bags displayed on their site are customizable, though. Currently, there are only about 8 styles that are customizable, which are available in sizes extra small to large. Prices range from $39 (for enveloped tablet sleeves) to $159 (laptop messenger bags). This price point is pretty reasonable, considering the style and quality of the bags.
They have a pretty nice design studio that displays an accurate 3D image of the bag you are designing, with different angles and views available. The particular parts that you can customize will depend on the bag style you choose but most of the time, you will be able to customize the front panels of the bag (three panels for the classic messenger), the inside lining, logo, binding or trimming and the strap pad. There are various fabric styles available, from fashionable prints to performance-enhancing options like reflective fabrics. These specialty fabrics will have an added cost of about $15 – $25. Essential information about the bag styles and the fabric options are also readily accessible with just a few clicks.
Most of the custom bags ship in just 2-4 business days and ground shipping is free for orders over $75. Only non-custom bags are returnable but they do have a lifetime guarantee if your bag gets broken or damaged.
This is a fantastic specialty site that provides great products and top of the line customization services. Their bags are not super expensive, but also not the cheapest custom bags available online. For bikers, backpackers and just anyone who loves casual-styled messenger bags, this is a great go-to shopping place.