The first Chrome bag came off of a Juki sewing machine in a Boulder, CO garage in 1995. Even back then we were driven by the idea that making things ourselves wasn't just about a better quality of product but could actually create and encourage community. Over 20 years later we are still keeping that commitment to bringing people together and fostering the creative spirit.

We sat down with Stephen Willis, Custom Sewer at our Seattle Hub, and got in-depth on personalizing the process of building custom bags and creating community by making (and repairing) bags by hand.

“Every day I get to come in and make something from start to finish. Sometimes it’s messenger bags, sometimes it’s accessories, sometimes it’s just doing repairs, but, to me it’s really about making stuff that people actually use and not just another throwaway product.”

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