We started making messenger bags in 2005. I was working as a bicycle messenger at the streets of Budapest and I didn't find a decent bag for myself to work with - so I created one on my Mom's sewing machine at home. Being a bike messenger taught me a lot about bags to work with. We always work with the toughest, hardest materials that we can find on the market. Some of the materials are from the military industry so they can take all the abuse you can put on them. Nowdays we are making bags and accessories not only for bike messengers but for a larger community, including commuters, bike enthusiasts, pedesterians also. But we never will forget where we came from. Our nest is the bike messenger community. We always try to sponsor messenger-related events (CMWCs, ECMCs, alleycats). We have our own workshop and we do not outsource any work to the far east. All of our bags are proudly made in our hometown, Hungary, Budapest, EU. Being a small scale manufacturer, we can pay extra attention on every product and this is how we can offer almost unlimited possibilities to customize your bag - with extra options, custom colors, custom designs. We are happy if you are happy with your bag that you purchased and you wear it with proud.
It is quite a hard job to make a decent messenger bag. Bicycle messengers put a tough abuse on their gear and it needs to take this, 24/7 a week, long years. They take it off and on 30-40 times a day. Using the pocket zippers and adjusting the shoulder strap in every 15 minutes during their 8 hour shift. Our products can take this. This is the quality that you're buying when purchasing a bagaboo. We are always using the toughest materials to make our bags and accessories. No compromise on this. Our bags are designed to wear during hard conditions, cold winter, rainy spring and hot summer days. Manufacturing is done in our own workshop. No work is outsourced, everything is made in Budapest, Hungary. We cut the materials with a scissor - no mass production. One person makes your bag from stratch till the end. We do final check every single piece again before packing it. This guarantees the best quality that we can make. Small manufacturing helps us to make customized products. You can choose your own colors for a custom made bag - no extra cost for that! We can also make custom designs, prints, embroideries on your customized bag for an extra fee. We have in-stock bags and accessories in our webshop and you can always create your own, custom bag with unique colors. Turnaround time for the custom items may vary, but usually between 3-4 weeks.
We use CORDURA® material for the outer layer of our bags. Military bags and gear are also produced from this UV-resistant, impregnated and coated material. For extra waterproofness, we make the inner layer from truck tarpaulin. Larger bags has a thicker, smaller bags has a thinner inner tarpaulin layer, both are totally waterproof. The main strap of the messenger bags is seatbelt webbing. Plastic buckles are from Duraflex and YKK. Velcros and zippers are also from YKK. The reflective stripes on the bags are from 3M. Altough we have our online bag designer, colors are better here in these scanned color sheets. Click on to open the colors in scanned pdf files:
truck tarpaulin colors
lightweight tarpaulin colors
Altough we also have stock items, we are about full customization. We make most of our bags after personal orders. You can customize your bag in a lot of ways.
You can choose the main outer color, the inner color, the trim color and the velcro color of your bag.
We can make almost any custom embroidery design on you bag also. There are two ways of making the design. For the larger patterns, we cut every part from CORDURA®, and stitch them on the bag to make the design. For small, detailed designs or text embroideries, we use an embroidery machine. We use both methods together to make a complicated design. If you are placing and order for several bags with the same design (messenger companies) we can also print your logo on the bag flaps.
The surcharge of the embroidery/print work depends on how difficult the design is. Send us a picture, a sketch about it and we’ll give you the exact price.
You can work on these blank bag pictures with your graphic software, or just print it out and draw on it.
For graphical softwares: vector based PDF
To draw on: PNG
During the years we've made tons of nice custom designed bags. You can find the best ones here: custom bag gallery
You can customize any of our products under the customize menu in the webshop.
We have our Budapest showroom at Bajnok fixed gear and single speed bicycle shop (Budapest 1063 Szív str 11). The shop is open on tuesday 15-19, wednesday-thursday-friday 10-15, saturday 9-13. Sunday and monday closed. You can always find bags and accessories there. If you want to check out sizes, colors, or place a personal order, you can find the bagaboo crew in the shop on tuesdays between 15:00 and 18:00'o clock.