Women’s handbags have become the mainstay of the luxury industry, generating well over $10B a year in revenues. San Francisco has no dearth of companies designing, and sometimes manufacturing, bags locally, but most have an urban, not luxury sensibility. We have more manufacturers than any place with the possible exception of Australia. To mention but a few (ones I have bought bags or pouches from are highlighted with the backpack emoji 🎒):

  • 🎒 Waterfield Designs (motto: No mass production or overseas workforce. WaterField bags are designed and made in San Francisco, where rent is high, labor is expensive and competition is intense. We wouldn’t go anywhere else!)
  • 🎒 Chrome (Note: moved to Seattle in 2019)
  • 🎒 Timbuk2
  • 🎒 Hlaska
  • Mulholland
  • April in Paris

There is a newcomer to this list:

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Add to the list:

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And some more:

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It never ends: