Grand Opening June 14th

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We’ll be celebrating 7 years and the Grand Opening of our new store and workshop on Saturday, June 14th!

Our 7th anniversary sale starts at 10am & the party starts at 7pm. We’ve got a few things up our sleeve, including:

Live screen-printing featuring screens by Rx SkullsSkam, Dr. Rasterbator, Voxx Romana and Gadzoox. Bring a shirt to get printed! We’ll get started at 7pm and keep printing for the rest of the day.

Open mural wall, bring your own art or post up one of our friends pieces for them. Everyone’s welcome but it’ll be indoors so if you paint you can’t spray it (this time).

Wolfgang sfx and Matt Schlosky will be drawing caricatures starting at 7, you definitely can’t miss out on this.

Live music at 6pm and a DJ set beginning at 7.

Raffle drawing at the end of the night, make sure to stop in and sign up anytime on Saturday! Someone is going home with some stenciled posters from Rx, Skam, Rasterbator and Voxx; these are never for-sale and are generally un-obtainable, except for this raffle. We’ll also have sticker packs, blaqpaks goods and a few surprises to win.

We’ll tap a keg around 6 and have some snacks & n/a beverages too. We’ll be drawing the raffle after 10pm and ending the night with a ride, leaving from blaqpaks by 11.

Join the FB event here!

Win this backpack!

The Lost Cause giveaway

Enter via our Instagram by 4pm pacific standard time, Tuesday June 3rd.
This one-off backpack was printed by The Lost Cause and stitched up by us for you to win, make sure you get entered in-time!

New tools for a new year at blaqpaks

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Thanks to Mike at District Fabrications even our new CNC fabric plotter is handmade in NW Oregon.
It’s hard to guess how many miles we’ve traced and cut by hand since 2007 so you’ll have to imagine just how excited we are to get everyone’s bags finished just a little bit quicker!

Happy new year!

 

Holiday shows

If you’re in the area we’ll be setting up at several shows this year.

Bike Craft
Saturday November 30th & Sunday December 1st
11am – 6pm @ Velo Cult

Handmade NW
Formal Holiday Artisans Fair
Sunday December 8th
11am – 5pm @ The Leftbank Annex

Crafty Wonderland
Saturday December 14th & Sunday Dec. 15th
11am – 6pm @ Oregon Convention Center

We’ll have lots of inventory and smaller items on hand at each show, stop by, say hi and see some items you won’t find online. Our shop at SE 11th and Division will also be open 10am – 6:30pm daily with limited, extended hours TBD through Dec 23rd. Happy Holidays!

Render your dreams

It’s true, you can now visualize your color selection on all of our products!v3_customizer_notext

Integrated electro-luminescence

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Our integrated E.L. lights run on twin AA batteries and can flash for 60 hours, they are
incredibly bright at night. Right now we’re offering single strips in aqua, white, red, blue
and green on our entire line of Messenger bags. Panniers, backpacks will be available
in the near future and they can be integrated into cargo bike canopies on request.

We’ve been working with and testing Electro-Luminecent tape since integrating it into
the panniers on Rob Tsunehiro and Silas Beebe’s 2011 Oregon manifest bike. They’ve
been sneaking out in bags for awhile now, most recently on the concept Porteur bag for
Breadwinner’s Arbor Lodge. It’s the best active safety feature we could add to our bags.
Paired with passive reflective material and a tail light for your bike you can always count
on being as visible as possible at night.

Cobra buckles

Cobra buckle’s are now standard hardware for all Messenger bags.
We set out to find a buckle that spoke to the quality of our bags and found the perfect match.

We’ve been testing them out on bags for over a year now, and using them for the last 3
on our Last belts. We can’t overstate how much we love them, no hardware comes close to
the form or function of these buckcles. Stop by the shop and test ride a bag if you can!

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7075 aircraft aluminum, CNC’d in Austria to the highest standards and rated to 9kn.