About the Maker
Makeshifter Canvas Works is a one-woman canvas bag company in Portland, Oregon, founded upon the belief that there is a place for handsome, characterful handcrafted items in the bicycle industry. USA-milled canvas and wool are the primary materials used, creating bags that are as durable and functional as they are pretty.
I started Makeshifter Canvas Works with a mission to bring alternative products to a male-dominated industry, and to help women and casual cyclists feel more welcome, represented, and inspired by the cycling world. Makeshifter bags channel the love for a slow and rambling ride, a disregard for lightweight and competitive ideals, and a sense of whimsy and humor that I hope will invite all to ride more.
When I started bike touring years ago, I was disappointed by the existing options for cycling bags--mostly synthetic, characterless, techy--and began designing and constructing my own bags. I sought an aesthetic that would pay homage to the cultures and places through which I pedal: the vibrant, art-filled city of Portland, rich Northwest forests and high desert, and a historical landscape that includes indigenous cultures, pioneers, and traditional handcrafts. The materials, colors, patterns and design details you see in every Makeshifter product are a celebration of these roots.
If you live in the Portland area and don't want your item shipped, choose "Local Pickup" as your shipping option and you will not be charged for shipping. You'll receive an email when your order is ready for pickup. The workshop is located inside Golden Pliers Bicycle Repair & Supply in North Portland. Golden Pliers also carries a full selection of bags for purchase, and sometimes has colors or products not available online.
Lead times per order generally run 1-2 weeks. Sometimes, especially in the case of smaller products like Snackholes and Hangdowns, I have them readymade and they will ship within a day or two. To inquire which colors are readymade, or if you need your order by a specific date, you can always email me.
Bandanas are readymade and ship within a day or two.
Wholesale orders have longer lead times, depending on the size of the order. 4-5 weeks is typical.