After making messenger bags for 17 years, the folks at Timbuk2 decided it was time to open a store. Their warm but minimal Hayes Valley space is more about brand building than volume sales as it features one-of-kind and limited edition messenger bags as well as a make-your-own bag option. All of these are available in three sizes and can be made from premium fabrics supplied by Maharam.
As a testament to their continued commitment to their home-base in San Francisco (all their bags are manufactured at their own factory) there's an ongoing rotation of artist customized canvas bags, often from local street art stars. The space was conceived by Avantgarde, designed by William Duff, Architects and includes fabrications by Linden (the dudes whose workshop is behind the Blue Bottle Coffee kiosk). All locals.
I ordered an extra small all green wool bag with a white vinyl lining when I was there a couple weeks ago—I look forward to seeing how it turns out.