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BRO6 Makers Market | Pack Animal

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

Babes Ride Out will be hosting our Makers Market at BRO 6 this year. The BRO Makers Market is a curated group of female makers that will be on site showcasing their talents and  providing a unique experience for attendees. Meet Jenny Linquist of Pack Animal; Leather Craft.

“We're super excited to bring the Pack Animal booth from Seattle back down to Babes Ride Out 6 for the Makers Market! We’ll have a range of small leather goods available with an assortment of brass stamp designs for you to get your hands dirty with on-site. Stamp your initials into a keychain or try out hand stitching your own card holder on one of our stitching ponies! Maybe you'll get hooked on this craft too, and feel that same freedom that comes with learning to make and repair your own leather goods.”

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A few years ago when we started Pack Animal, I was working full time as a photographer and didn’t know a thing about working with leather, let alone designing and manufacturing bags. It was unknown territory, but I love thinking about unknowns simply as challenges to overcome. Much like my start in riding motorcycles, I thought, “If these other people have learned how to do this, couldn’t I learn, too?” 

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I started to learn leathercraft from my more experienced business partners, but it wasn't long before I was learning new skills by just messing around with leather scraps and trying things out. After making myself a belt, I realized I could also make my own camera straps, wallets, purses, repair my leather boots, and make gifts for friends and family. A world of creative possibilities opened up after learning a few basics of the craft, and I fell in love with the independence that came from making things with my own hands.

At Pack Animal, we make our bags with leather sourced from North American cattle through a tannery in Pennsylvania that values the eco-friendly tradition and craft of vegetable tanning. This process makes our bags more expensive, but it’s important to us, as roughly 90% of the world’s leathers are chrome tanned — a cheaper and faster processing of leather using acids, chromium sulfates, and other chemicals that are harmful to the environment. 

Veg Tanning is fascinating and has been around since the dawn of civilization. Essentially each hide spends weeks soaking in a bath of natural tannins from the bark of Mimosa and Quebracho trees and is later stuffed to the core with nourishing waxes and tallows that result in a material that’s rich in color and extremely durable. With exposure to the elements and oils from your skin, the leather takes on a lovely patina and when properly maintained, can last lifetimes. 

Pack Animal | Dare to Go Further

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Needless to say, here at Babes Ride Out, we are big fans of the moto road trip! Packing your bike with your camp essentials and taking down some miles is what we live for. Sometimes the perfect gear can help to inspire you to take off and hit the road even more! The talented Jenny Linquist and her Husband Mike have created some of our favorite moto luggage essentials! Style, Function, Durability and made right here in the USA! Read on to learn more about Pack Animal! They will be joining us as a part of the BRO6 Makers Market this year. Stay tuned to see what they have in store!

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Pack Animal is a motorcycle luggage and accessory company for both the daily rider and the road tripper. With waxed canvas and harness leather exteriors, waterproof vinyl-lined interiors, and solid brass hardware, Pack Animal bags are perfect for commuting into the office or long motorcycle trips across the country.

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Co-founders Mike and Jenny Linquist started out with the sole intention of making saddlebags for themselves to go on long trips on their vintage Hondas. After realizing there was a wide gap in the market for riders who want quality-made bags for their bikes without sacrificing quality aesthetic, they started Pack Animal to share their passion with the rest of the motorcycling community. Three years later, the company has a lineup of saddlebags, duffle bags, tool rolls, and backpacks in a range of colors shipping worldwide from their headquarters in Seattle, Washington. 

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Pack Animal is thrilled to be a part of Babes Ride Out 6! Stop by their booth in the Makers Marketplace to see their current line of bags and check out a few new products that are launching later this Fall. 

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Pack Animal at Babes Ride Out 5

PeopleAnya Violet

Pack Animal started after a three day motorcycle camping trip through Washington’s North Cascades — the first moto trip my husband Mike and I went on. After getting home all we wanted to do was head right back out again, but we knew we needed proper luggage since the big backpacks we used left us feeling super sore. Both of us ride old Hondas and didn’t really expect it to be difficult to find luggage that would carry everything we needed and fit with the vintage aesthetic of our old bikes. 

We searched to the ends of the internet and only found two options, neither of which were very promising. With the help and encouragement of some friends we decided to try our hand at making saddlebags for ourselves. The first bag was finished just in time for me to head south to the second annual Babes Ride Out. 

Babes Ride Out is pretty special to me because it marks the beginning of a lot of things, personally and for Pack Animal. It was my first big solo moto trip and I remember heading home feeling inspired — it boosted my confidence as a motorcyclist and introduced me to this group of badass, diverse, and super friendly lady riders who are now some of my closest friends.

After bringing that first saddlebag to BRO2 and sharing a few photos online, the requests to make more started pouring in and we realized we weren’t the only ones looking for a new kind of luggage system. We spent a year planning, prototyping, and testing, before we launched Pack Animal on Kickstarter one week after Babes Ride Out 3, and it’s been a whirlwind ever since.

Today, all of our luggage is made by hand in our Seattle workshop with a small team of four (including Mike and I). We’ve learned so much and we’ve made a lot changes since that first saddlebag. It’s been three years and we’re excited to now offer saddlebags, tool rolls, backpacks, a collection of small leather goods, and so much more to come.

We’re SO pumped to come to Babes Ride Out 5 this year with a booth to show everyone what we’ve been up to, and I can’t wait to give all these ladies an opportunity to see if our bags might be the right fit for their next moto adventure!