SAN FRANCISCO (July 3, 2014) - Timbuk2, a pioneer of made-in-America customization and industry leading designer of urban gear, today announced they have been selected by Citi for their Progress Maker Stories initiative. In conjunction with the release of national advertising, Timbuk2 will celebrate this exciting partnership by launching “Make a Statement,” a platform featured on the Timbuk2 website and in retail stores encouraging people to support urban manufacturing while expressing their personal style.
Progress Maker Stories highlight Citi’s commitment to leveraging the capabilities of the leading global bank to empower its clients to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Timbuk2 is the second largest manufacturer in San Francisco, producing 70,000 custom bags a year in its 23,000 square foot factory and continuously manufacturing in San Francisco’s Mission District since the company’s inception in 1989.
“As our longtime banking partner, Citi has been instrumental in supporting Timbuk2’s growth over the years,” said Timbuk2 COO Tony Meneghetti. “With financing and advice from Citi, we have expanded our product line and established a stronger retail presence in the U.S. and abroad, while also extending the capability of our San Francisco manufacturing facility. Our made-in-America custom bags remain the cornerstone of Timbuk2’s offerings, and we look forward to the next 25 years of manufacturing in the city.”
“Since its founding, Citi has been committed to fueling big ideas and supporting our clients on their journeys from ambition to achievement,” said Gerry Barredo, Citi’s San Francisco Commercial Bank Market President. “We are proud to support Timbuk2, a company that embodies American urban manufacturing, and help them expand their factory and broaden their global reach.”
Timbuk2 will celebrate this exciting milestone by launching “Make a Statement” on www.timbuk2.com, at their retail stores in San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, and Seattle, and at the soon-to-open Toronto and Los Angeles stores. Highlights include:
- Launch of the Prospect Pack, the first everyday backpack designed for customization and hand made in San Francisco.
- New specialty fabrics and a new category of canvas fabrics in the Custom Bag Builder.
- Expanded capabilities to customize bags for businesses, including a special bag created just for Citi employees.
- Building a studio space blending design, manufacturing and shopping next to the Timbuk2 HQ in San Francisco to enable people to visit Timbuk2’s HQ in the Mission District to design their own custom bag and see the manufacturing in action.
- A new urban cycling travel pack created in conjunction with the urban cycling race Red Hook Criterium Founder David Trimble.
- A 25th birthday celebration this summer.
The Citi campaign will include national television commercials, print and digital advertising, and content on prominent social media outlets. To see the television commercial, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwV61q0ZSDs.
Timbuk2 is a San Francisco original, founded 25 years ago by bike messenger Rob Honeycutt in a garage in the city’s Mission District. Since its inception in 1989, Timbuk2 has designed quality bags, packs and accessories built to last a lifetime, evolving from the original bike messenger company to a pioneer of made-in-America customization and an industry leader in forward-thinking, sustainable manufacturing. The relentless drive to inspire urban mobility, enable individuality and promote responsibility has propelled Timbuk2 forward as it continues fusing passion and style to create durable, functional products informed by the company’s longstanding cycling roots and today’s vibrant city landscape. Timbuk2 products are sold at its retail stores in San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and Chicago, specialty retailers, and online at www.Timbuk2.com.
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi works tirelessly to serve and enable progress for individuals, communities, institutions and nations, striving to create the best outcomes for clients and customers with financial solutions that are simple, creative and responsible. For more information, visit www.citi.com/progress.