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Stylish, durable, waterproof canvas and leather bicycle bags for the city commuter.
Stylish, durable, waterproof canvas and leather bicycle bags for the city commuter.
21 backers pledged $4,670 to help bring this project to life.

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With all of the utilitarian bags out there, isn't it time we had something that is classy and stylish as well as functional?

The "Paris" Double Panniers - Black, Olive and Tan
The "Paris" Double Panniers - Black, Olive and Tan

Ride freely. Our Panniers strap onto any front or rear bike rack and secure in place with brass hardware and adjustable leather belts. 

Easy on, easy off. 

1,161 total cubic Inches! Each compartment is roomy enough to store groceries, books, a change of clothing, shoes, laptop or any other essentials you would like to carry. Size of each compartment: 10 3/4" W x 12" L x 4.5".

All of Carmichael & Co. products are made the old-fashioned way, using heavy waterproof canvas, leather belts, reinforced seams with canvas trims, and brass rivets and hardware. 

We DO NOT use Velcro®, magnetic snaps or plastic fasteners on any of our bags.  

Metal D-Rings with reinforced rivets allow you to take the pannier with you using a cross-body strap.

Inner compartments feature soft, micro-suede lining to protect all contents, zippered pocket and rain flaps.
Inner compartments feature soft, micro-suede lining to protect all contents, zippered pocket and rain flaps.
Solid brass hardware lobster claw clasps are used for ease of use, while the leather belts adjust to the size of your rack fixture.
Solid brass hardware lobster claw clasps are used for ease of use, while the leather belts adjust to the size of your rack fixture.

The Carmichael family motto is, "Tout Jour Prest", which means "Always Ready". In business and in life, one should always be ready to adjust accordingly and make changes wherever necessary as well as always be ready to stand behind the products you create with integrity and quality. 

ABOUT ME:

Hello! I’m Ava Marie Carmichael, designer and owner of Carmichael & Co.  I have been a professional fashion designer for over 9 years and I now live in the beautiful, bike-friendly city of Philadelphia, PA.

My project began in my tiny apartment in Denver, CO in the summer of 2012. I had a really tough time finding a stylish, durable bike bag that didn't cost $400 or more, so I decided to make my own.  With a small start-up cost and two home sewing machines, I drafted the first pattern and made my first prototype.  We originally launched last year using Kickstarter but the project didn't meet it's goal. It was a blessing in disguise because it allowed us to go back to the drawing board and perfect the designs. After a little adjustments, fine tuning and re-branding, we are ready to go!

WHERE I'M AT NOW:

It's time to do our first production run!

In the last year, we have re-branded, improved the look of our bags and enhanced the construction. We feel as though they are better and stronger than ever before!  Everything is in place and now we need your help to take it to the next level.

With your help, we can offer these stylish bags in your choice of Black, Olive or Tan at the exclusive Kickstarter prices, and get these out to everyone in time for the holidays!

The "Paris" Double Pannier. Choose your color: Olive, Tan, Black or Slate Blue!

STRETCH REWARD  = $4,000
If we reach our $4,000 Goal, EVERYONE who pledges $25+ will receive the 25 oz. BPA-Free Aluminum Water Bottle!

REWARD UNLOCKED! The "Prague" Messenger Bag!!!

Thanks to you, we have exceeded our $4,000 goal!! As promised, we have now unlocked our Messenger Bags rewards!  

This stylish messenger bag brings you the same great quality and styling that the "Paris" panniers do, only it's a cross-body messenger!  

THE PRAGUE (canvas/leather): Medium Messenger Bag with removable, adjustable leather shoulder straps.
Dimensions:10 3/4" W x 12" L x 4.5" D

Available in THREE COLORS: Black, Olive and Tan

US and International Shipping:


Shipping within the lower 48 states in the USA is FREE, however, the shipping cost to anywhere else Canada/Worldwide will be a $39 flat rate fee.  I will use the United States Postal Service, International Priority with tracking and insurance (5-7 business days).  I could ship it at a cheaper price, but packages can take a long time in transit, or be lost or stolen in the mail and there will be no insurance to cover the product.

Thank you!
I am forever grateful for your support!

Risks and challenges

With 9 years as a professional designer, I feel as though my extensive experience and background has prepared me for the challenges ahead in both design and production. I have worked with both domestic and foreign factories in all aspects of design, sourcing, manufacturing and shipping.

Our biggest challenge (and blessing) is if the demand exceeds our ability to produce quickly enough to deliver in time for Christmas.

As a result, I have already submitted my projected production order in advance to prepare ahead and I have extended the ship time through December to allow the maximum amount of time. Additionally, I have prepared our production team for a larger quantity should the demand arise.

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    FOUNDING BACKER: A big THANK YOU!! Showing our deepest appreciation, you'll be listed on our website with your name linked to your website (if applicable). You'll also receive exclusive updates about the project! Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

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    BRAND AMBASSADOR: You will receive a special 'Thank You' card and Carmichael and Co. BPA-free aluminum water bottle with carabiner clip to keep you cool and hydrated!

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    STRETCH REWARD UNLOCKED! The "PRAGUE" Messenger Bag!! Free US Shipping! Colors: BLACK, OLIVE, TAN (please specify) Dimensions:10 3/4" W x 12" L x 4.5" D

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    EARLYBIRD | We want to thank the first people who back this project by offering our Pannier at the lowest price possible! Free US Shipping!
    "PARIS" Double Pannier,
    Color: BLACK
    Dimensions: 10 3/4" W x 12" L x 4.5" D

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    EARLYBIRD | We want to thank the first people who back this project by offering our Pannier at the lowest price possible! Free US Shipping! "PARIS" Double Pannier, Color: OLIVE Dimensions: 10 3/4" W x 12" L x 4.5" D

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    EARLYBIRD | We want to thank the first people who back this project by offering our Pannier at the lowest price possible! Free US Shipping! "PARIS" Double Pannier, Color: TAN Dimensions: 10 3/4" W x 12" L x 4.5" D

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    EARLYBIRD | We want to thank the first people who back this project by offering our Pannier at the lowest price possible! Free US Shipping! "PARIS" Double Pannier, Color: SLATE BLUE Dimensions: 10 3/4" W x 12" L x 4.5" D

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    EARLYBIRD | We want to thank the first people who back this project by offering our LARGER SIZE Pannier at the lowest price possible! Free US Shipping! "PARIS" Double Pannier, Colors: BLACK, OLIVE, TAN, SLATE BLUE (please specify) Dimensions: 17" W x 12" L x 4.5" D

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