Beyond US Made, we’re Northwest by Nature

At its core, Swift Industries is a bicycle bag company in Seattle, Washington. All of our products are designed and manufactured from a beautiful industrial workplace in the heart of Seattle. We love bicycles, chase adventure, and have deep admiration for high quality craftsmanship.

We started in 2008: two kids with a sewing machine, some chicken scratch sketches, and an insatiable obsession with bicycles. With our basement as a workshop and Cascadia as our backyard, Swift Industries was born. In the beginning we really roughed it—we were dirtbag adventurers and our company was homespun, vibrant, and delightfully unconventional.  As cyclists around the world have caught wind of Swift Industries we’ve loved navigating slow-growth, bringing in a team of amazing seamstresses, and working long, hard hours to get people travelling by bicycle.

Since day one we’ve strived to make stellar bags and keep it in-house. As we’ve grown, everyone at Swift has committed to rethinking the way gear is designed and produced in the United States. Each custom product is made from start to finish by one of our accomplished seamstresses, a company trademark that is nearly extinct in modern manufacturing.

We learned to sew because it’s dynamic and compelling work. We give textile dimension, transforming flat and lifeless materials into tough, functional, beautiful adventure bags.

Your adventure bag.

 

We figure that the best way to make the bags we dream about is to chase the open road. As gear makers, an ulterior motive lies in each adventure we head out on: it’s a quest to make better and better bicycle bags.

Wanderlust influences more than the durability and function of our designs. The whole big picture at Swift Industries is shaped by our experiences on the open road.

On a tour down the Pacific Coast ten years ago, we drafted what we thought was our traveller’s edict and has turned out to be the tenets of our working philosophy.

Trust that you’re capable of going the distance
Let the experience fuel your creativity
Have a plan, and plan not to stick with it
Enjoy your encounters with the people you meet along the way
Move steadily and with purpose
Heighten your sense of place
Find inspiration in the little things
Get lost every once in awhile
Be aware of the impact that you make

 

Meet the Makers

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Martina, cofounder and creative director

When Martina turned 26, she started Swift Industries and embarked what was has been the biggest adventure of her life. She’s applied the very same passion, curiosity, and innovative problem solving that are demanded in the great outdoors to building her company. Her design skills and sewing accuracy move forward with every new bicycle adventure she takes on. Each year Martina ups the antics as a backcountry explorer and her delight in cycling drives her pursuit of mountain single track, high alpine passes, quiet country roads, and weaving through Seattle.

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Jason ‘Goods’, cofounder and shopkeeper

Jason ‘Goods’ brings fifteen years as a bike mechanic, the skills of a mountaineering guide, and the contagious stoke of an educator to Swift Industries. He searches high and low for the best outdoor gear to stock our Adventure Headquarters (the Swift Showroom), and scours roads and trails in search of Washington State’s hidden gems and quiet destinations. Jason’s degree in Outdoor Education fuel Swift’s Get Lost Academy and the Stoked Spoke Adventure Series. Every spare minute finds Jason fiddling with gear, refining Swift designs, and on his way to the waters of local rivers for a few peaceful hours of casting. He works best with Loki at his heels.

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Ilana, production manager

Ilana left NYC for Seattle in Sept of ’08. With a background in museum and gallery work, she was looking for a new career path and greener, more mountainous surroundings. Soon after moving she bought her first sewing machine, her first road bike, and had the good fortune to land in a house next door to the owners and founders of Swift Industries, Martina & Jason. After years of bonding with both machine and bicycle, and some introductory classes at the New York Fashion Academy in Ballard, she approached Swift for a job and was ecstatic to land one. Ilana spends much of her free time watching and studying film, riding her bike, sewing things for her nieces and nephews, and generally enjoying the city she lives in and the company she keeps.

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Mary, pre-production director

Motivated by a sheer terror of city driving, Mary first started commuting by bicycle back in 2007. Necessity turned to enjoyment and bike camping became a favorite pastime. Mary became familiar with Swift Industries from fellow cyclists and jumped at the opportunity to apply for a production job in the Spring of 2013. Mary’s degree in Apparel Manufacturing Management and her love of bicycles made her a natural fit at Swift. As our pattern cutter and prep queen, Mary holds down the fort with her incredible organizing and problem solving skills. Oh, she also loves modern dancing, drawing and almost any kind of candy.

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Loki, keeper of the gate

Loki has run security at Swift Industries since 2010. His alert and discerning nature is balanced with a sheer delight and optimism for life. When he’s not guarding the door, he’s close at Jason and Martina’s heels on the wild trails of the Pacific Northwest.