Timbuk2 Bags New York

Timbuk2 Bags New York

My boxy tote from Timbuk2.

Every woman has that one bag they rely on for any situation. For me, it’s a boxy tote from Timbuk2. With its bright tan leather base, black canvas body and snakeskin-printed black leather straps, the tote’s clean, modern aesthetics complement any outfit. The design also has function at front of mind: The interiors are split into two departments, allowing me to slide in my laptop on one side and my makeup, headphones and other essentials on the other; the zip pocket in the center perfectly stashes my wallet; a smart hook keeps my keys handy; and a faux-fur lined pocket in front (my favorite feature!) protects my sunglasses and iPhone from scratches. From the office to happy hour and the airport to weekend brunch, this versatile bag works hard to carry my stuff everywhere I go.

The tote is somewhat of a style deviation from the cycling bags, messengers, backpacks and duffels Timbuk2 has built its reputation on, but it shows just how multifaceted the brand can be. Fortunately, shoppers can view the San Francisco-based brand’s entire collection at a shiny new boutique in NoHo. The store packs a serious stock of bags (more than 100 styles!) into a compact space with entrances on Lafayette and Mulberry streets. For shoppers with very particular sensibilities, the Timbuk2 store allows them to design their own bag through its Factory2 program. Time zones work in shoppers’ favor in this instance: customize your bag design in store by 3 p.m. EST and the Timbuk2 factory in San Francisco will hand-make it and get it to your door the very next day.

Timbuk2’s new store in NoHo.

Timbuk2 gives shoppers an experience beyond bags, though. The store’s bicycle program allows visitors to borrow a bike to test out a new cycling bag or just cruise the city—for free. Take some of that money you would have spent on a Citi Bike rental and put it toward a new bag!

While the store quietly launched this week, it’s hosting a grand opening this Saturday. The first 100 shoppers to stop by and recycle one of their old bags will receive a limited-edition messenger with lining designed and signed by NYC artist Dave Ortiz. Score!

Timbuk2, 325 Lafayette St. www.timbuk2.com