Beyond US Made, we’re Northwest by Nature

At its core, Swift Industries is a bicycle bag company in Seattle, Washington. Our products are designed and manufactured in Washington State. 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 US-MADE. 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

Kelly Andersen, Head of Operations

Kelly moved from Colorado in 2007 and hasn’t been able to leave. As the Head of Operations at Swift, she likes to get her hands dirty problem solving, nerding out on processes and making sure everything runs smoothly. Outside of Swift, she loves all things outdoors. Most of her free time is spent adventuring in the mountains, climbing, biking and surfing.

Martina Brimmer, Cofounder and head honcho

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.

Mary Ferrario, Cutting 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.

Nein Frankenstein, Books and Accounting

Bookkeeper at Swift and current chairman of the Nerd Club, Nein specializes in keeping track of things, giving long winded answers, organizing, and learning new formulas in Excel. When not deep in the books at work she can be found getting dirty in the veggie garden, in the kitchen perfecting her sourdough technique or at the table winning yet another round of cards. Nein was born and raised in occupied Duwamish territory, so called “Seattle.” Her past lives include festival production, bartending, farming, and punk.

Todd Gillman, Marketing

Back in Fall ’19, Todd, aka “TG”, agreed to help Martina strategize Swift’s upcoming Holiday campaign, and then quickly amassed more and more assignments until at last he relented and agreed to become an actual Swift employee. As Swift’s marketing department, he is head of content, copy, and campaigns, often juggling laptop and smartphone formulating words and images into that sweet internet content. Known to be a people-connector, idea-generator, line-blurrer, opportunity-manifester, and general fanner of the flames of other peoples’ creativity and adventures, TG aims to keep the Swift brand inclusive, fun, and somewhere within spittin’ distance of “the action.” He works (truly) remotely from a tiny hamlet deep in the San Juan Mountains of SW Colorado, surrounded by endless singletrack, gravel, and backcountry routes to explore.

IG: @toddgillman

Jason ‘Goods’, Cofounder and founder of Swift Adventure Co.

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 Adventure Co. 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.

Weston Hein, Sales

Weston is a PNW kid at heart. He loves spending time in the Cascades and the San Juans, where he feels most at home. When he’s not there, you can find in the the Swift Showroom or on the digisphere answering emails at info@builtbyswift.com. Outside of bikes, he’s intrigued by interior design, all things mechanical, and enjoys a cheesy action flick.

Ilana Holmes, Senior Designer

Ten years ago Ilana upended a career in non profit arts administration to pursue a passion for gear manufacturing and design at Swift Industries. The second employee hired at Swift, Ilana has worked her way through production line sewing, to production management, to technical design and new product development. Her education has taken place on the job, and she is constantly driven by developing new skills and absorbing knowledge from the excellent colleagues and outdoor enthusiasts that surround her. Outside of Swift she is riding bikes, gardening and generally enjoying the Pacific Northwest outdoors.

Ian Hunter, Head of Sales

After completing ninja school at the early age of 2, Ian moved to the states to try and have a normal upbringing in the Midwest. During his teens he had to move to the NE coast to complete his wizard training, and high school. After a few years of art school in Boston, he moved to Chicago to ride fixie conversions… Now Ian knew everything there was to know about bieks. He moved to the NW a little over a decade ago for Bigfoot research, and has never been happier. He enjoys riding around with his daughter, crying when lost on solo rides, bad gas station food, and testing all the beer for poison. Here at Swift, Ian manages Swift Industries’ wholesale and collaboration accounts, spending his day spinning yarn with bike shops all over the galaxy.
IG: ilovebigfoot

Sky King, Sewing Associate

Lily Tatge, Production Assistant

Eric Wilkins, In House Production Manager

In late 2014, Eric left his home state of Dela-where? and drove across the country to pursue a career in sewing and design in a city he barely knew but felt strongly about. Since making it to Seattle he has worked for a few small design companies and makers growing his skills, knowledge and street cred along the way eventually landing at Swift as the Sewing Floor Manager. He is a self-proclaimed newb in the cycling scene and strives to stay rubber side down both in the saddle and in life. An amateur photographer obsessed with shooting on film, you can generally find him with some old camera slung around his neck tentatively snapping pics. Along with shredding bikes and taking shots, he has been known to work on his own design ideas and create custom backpacks and bags in a secret lair somewhere deep below the damp, dreary streets of old Seattle.
Peep them pics: @ericrwilkins

Jessica Wahlund, Shipping

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. JK–he’s a total grump. In his younger years, he was close at Jason and Martina’s heels on the wild trails of the Pacific Northwest–these days he’s living his best life snoozing on the couch.

Trip, Certified Lap Warmer