The Bike to the Beach Bag went to Gravel & Gold one day and it hasn’t been the same since. Gravel & Gold is a much-loved Mission boutique located less than a mile from the Alite Designs office, so it was only natural that we join forces and create some of our own shared gold!! AND BOOM – a print from G&G’s first collection in 2011, called Panda Face, collided with the Bike to the Beach Bag to make sweet California love. Inspired by simple design, local talent, and biking to work and/or the beach, this San Francisco collaboration is bound to induce Yuba River dips, Nevada City trips, and straight up city slickin’ while coffee sippin’.
Follow the photo journey below to see how “Panda Face” was originally created by Gravel & Gold, and then how it ended up on our Bike to the Beach Bag here at Alite Designs.
Gravel & Gold initiated the collaboration project, and thought it would be fun to put one of their prints on the Bike to the Beach Bag. The print chosen is called "Panda Face", and the story behind it entails a joyful feelings and evil eyes:
"I designed "Panda Face" for our first Gravel & Gold collection in 2011 and it's made several appearances since then. The influences that went into the pattern design are hard to pinpoint: it's a little bit evil eye, a little falling water, a little Art Deco, some folks seem to locate panda faces in there. Who knows exactly? It's a joyful thing," explains Cassie McGettigan, designer and store owner for Gravel & Gold.
Zoo-Ink is a local custom printing service located less than three miles from both Gravel & Gold and Alite Design HQ's. The "Panda Face" custom print was screened on 87 yards of 18oz sturdy duck canvas by Zoo-Ink, and the fabric then proceeded to the Alite Designs studio. Our talented seamstress Jean Saung waited patiently for the fabric to arrive as she prepared to do her magic and produce the first run of these amazing bags!
The riveting process, as seen above, is yet another skill that Jean has acquired and grown upper body strength from.
The inside pocket and u-lock pocket also feature the print, as well as a pop of yellow trim around the interior. The adjustable straps are made of veg-tanned leather that gracefully soften and darken with use, and the paneling is 18oz sturdy duck canvas.
And just like that, a Limited Edition Bike to the Beach Bag with the "Panda Face" print was born!
Collaborating with Gravel & Gold was an absolute joy, and we are looking forward to more collaborations in the future!!
“Gravel & Gold express a type of lifestyle that we here at Alite can draw complete parallels to, such as smart and simple designs for both city living and weekend crusades," adds Liz Clark, designer for Alite and project coordinator for the collaboration.