2/22/18: Moab Bag Co. is currently on a long break - I am exploring the wilds of the American southwest! I expect to return by the end of March. Thanks as always for your support, and see you in a month when the shop reopens!
WHAT WHERE WHY
Moab Bag Company is a one woman operation born in 2013 with the goal of creating practical goods from an abundant yet overlooked local resource. All products are handmade one at a time in Moab, Utah using solar power.
Late 2012: I moved to Moab with no plans but a strong yearning to make. My new roommate invited me to go yard sale-ing, impulsively I bought a sewing machine, having no idea that I just made one of the most influential purchases of my life. A series of events led to me making a crude set of panniers using old bike tubes I'd scavenged at the neighborhood bike shop. Due to Moab's seasonal economy I was still unemployed and realized I had stumbled onto an idea for a product that might go over well in my new bike-crazed home. First wallets, then pouches, then a whole series of other bags, some that sold, some that didn't. All of a sudden, I had a business and people were excited about what I was doing. My lack of plans or employment turned out to be a boon, the openness allowed me to explore this exciting new possibility. Over five years later I'm still looking forward. I'm feeling wiser, smarter, more experienced and still excited to be making cool products from recycled materials that people love.
I'm a big fan of those little details, those things that let you know a maker has really thought a product through. I pay a lot of attention to these things, so I can be confident in the quality and uniqueness of the products that I offer. I hope that you will appreciate this too!
The recycled bike tubes I use to make my products are sourced from bike shops in Moab. Old tubes pile up in corners, boxes, and bins, and eventually shops have to throw them out. This is where I come in. The bike mechanics and shop owners seem to be happy to see me coming, and I'm happy to help them reduce their waste and keep this great resuable material from ending up in Moab's landfill.
I take the tubes to my studio, where I cut off the valve stems and cut open the tubes. Next, into the wash they go to be thoroughly cleaned of dirt and talc (talcum powder is put into tubes during manufacturing to keep the rubber from sticking to itself). They need several washings, that talc is tenacious! Once dry, they finally enter my workshop where they are sorted by size and then sewn together to create the final products.
Along the way, holes and imperfections are cut out. I leave all the factory markings, brand stamps, and any patches still in good shape. This adds to the uniqueness of each bag and wallet, and serves as a reminder of your bag's origins.
When cleaned, bike tube rubber has a lovely, supple feel. It is durable, flexible, and strong and it is easy to clean and care for. There is a slight rubber smell, but you really have to put your nose up to it to notice.
Yes, I do sell wholesale, and would love to work with you! Contact me using the form on this page and I will send along my linesheet.