Serendipity. As much planning and research one does to start a business, it seems that luck is a most under-reported factor in business.
Our luck was in meeting Andrew Chin. Andrew regularly strolled by our shop on his way to coffee or lunch with little daschund Roxy in tow.
I think it was Roxy that first pulled Andrew into the shop. Little Roxy had to meet our Brewster, the H+B shop dog. As we got to know Andrew we learned of his many talents and interests: fencer, leatherworker, wood worker, metal smith and some work with textiles. That’s a classic Renaissance artisan, right?
Andrew told us he could build us some leather bags for bikes, what did we need? His first product for us is an elegant top-tube satchel shown here.
It’s designed with the least amount of hardware to keep it safely in place while carrying maybe a 13.5” computer and papers. Ideal for the rider who doesn’t have or want to carry the essentials on a back rack. Head to a meeting at the local coffee shop ready for business! ($250 with custom orders available).
Today Andrew delivered a lovely handlebar bag. Handmade of latigo leather commonly used in western-style saddlery it is durable and weather resistant. Andrew selected saddle hardware that permits easy on and easy off. An ideal bag for carrying the bare essentials: wallet, phone, + a few more of your particular essentials. ($150 and a smaller one for $125)
Andrew brings an old-world aesthetic to modern life. Come see them in person.