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SF HUBS / Stories / custom bags / San Francisco / Nov 12, 2014

Meet the Maker: Chrome Customs SF SOMA Bag Maker, Angie


NAME + INSTAGRAM:

Angela Victoria Hathaway (@angiepantsgalore)

Angie Interbike


HOMETOWN: 

Although I’ve lived in San Francisco almost half of my life now, my hometown-hometown would be Huntington Beach, CA. SURF CITY BRO!


SIDE GIG:

Spirits Hustler (waitress/barback/bartender) at Slim’s, one of the sweet-ass music venues here in San Francisco. I also do freelancing sewing gigs and cartography jobs here and there. You could call me a Jack of All Trades, and master of at least one.


BIKE(s):

  • 2007 Red Bianchi Brava: STOLEN
  • 1980’s Red Giordana Capella: STOLEN
  • 200_? Blue/White Specialized Allez: NOT STOLEN YET!!

5 SONGS ON YOUR PLAYLIST AT RANDOM:

  • The Mountain Goats – “Up The Wolves”
  • Cave In – “Big Riff”
  • Les Savy Fav – “Obsessed With The Excess”
  • James Blake – “CMYK”
  • Four Tet – “Pyramid”

HOBBIES:

Knitting, crochet, sewing, making my own clothes, yarn, textiles, embroidery, quilting, cooking, roasting Zuni chickens, music, making dried fruit roll-ups, knitting, biking, soaking up sun, cartography, maps, more maps, hoarding craft supplies, knitting, yarn, more knitting, gardening, trying to learn any new hobby or craft.


How did you get started sewing and making things?

My mom used to sew when I was a kid, so when I was in my early teens I started trying to make my own clothes. My first memorable project was trying to replicate a really short 1970’s “Brownies” uniform jumper I found at a thrift store and had outgrown. Yes, I wore thrift children’s clothes as a teen, and I thought that was really, really cool too. I pretty much taught myself how to sew, I didn’t use or utilize patterns properly until I was in my early 20’s. Until that point, my mother called all of my textile works of art “Culos de Pollo” which literally translates into “Chicken Assholes” (which when basically translated further, means “You didn’t use a pattern, what you’ve made is a piece of crap”). I thought everything I made was AWESOME. Still do. That Brownies jumper turned out RAD dammit!

Angie Customs

Your favorite DIY project?

My favorite would definitely be this PIZZA PILLOW that was my first quilting project ever. My dude loves pizza, and his mom is a major quilter, so of course I had to prove myself. Years later yes we still are rockin’ it on the sofa!  And yes, the fabric is prints of tomatoes, mushrooms and broccoli. Pizza essentials! DIY project I’m most proud of is the custom knit SF Giants cardigan I made for my best friend Sarah, she cries at baseball games so she definitely deserved a hand-knit sweater.


What Chrome Customs project has been your favorite and why:

Honestly I’d say ANY #salvage Chrome Customs bag is always my favorite to work on. I get to break the mold and get more creative with salvage bags, and most times the customer gives me complete creative freedom! It’s an honor to have someone trust you that much with their uniform (or other salvage materials) that carries so much sentiment, and it’s an even better feeling when you see their face as you present them with their new Chrome Custom bag!! I’ve never had a salvage customer who was anything less than 100% stoked upon receiving their bag, LOVE IT!


Have you encountered any odd #ChromeCustoms bag requests? Has there ever been anything really crazy?

Someone asked me once to make them a suit out of cordura and tarpaulin, but I’m pretty sure they were kidding? I mean, I hope they were. That would be so uncomfortable.

Another time a guy came in looking for a dry-bag for swimming and scuba diving … I gently informed him that the scuba diving store was next door to Chrome, and he was like “I know, I want you to make me a CUSTOM one though!” Hah! Oh, people.


What made you want to work at Chrome? How’d you get this Chrome Customs gig?

I have always been a follower of Chrome. I got into urban cycling about 10 years ago. I’ve had my Chrome Citizen bag for a good eight years now. I became friends with one of the HQ guys a few years back when my good friend started dating him. He told me Chrome needed a part-time sewer a couple days a week, so I jumped at it. I totally thought I blew it in my interview, and never thought I’d get hired. A year and a half later, here I am. I’m full-time and heading up Chrome Customs at our SOMA HUB! Plus those two buddies of mine got married, and we all lived happily ever after! <3

Angie SOMA


 

What’s your favorite off-the-shelf Chrome product and why?

My hip pouch! I just got it a few weeks ago and literally use it ALL THE DAMN TIME! So convenient to be able to carry a few things around with me (and my U-Lock) without having to always bring a big ‘ol bag.


What keeps you up at night?

Absolutely nothing, I can (and will) fall asleep standing up and at the drop of a hat. Rip Van Angie they call me. You know, them.


Any shout outs?

First and foremost, a shout-out to Brewster, the best and most supportive partner anyone could ever ask for <3. I couldn’t do most of what I do without him! I can’t forget Kristy, the best manager anyone could ever have (HUGS, KRISTY!). Greg (the HQ guy) for making me apply at Chrome after all of my doubts. My entire Chrome Familia, and the many friendships I have made in my time here! Last but not least, shout out to the ChromeCoffee crew for keeping my veins pumping with caffeine!
angie Chrome