Packattack Bags, Berlin
The Housefish crew is on a fact finding mission to Berlin this week. Tonight we wandered into Packattack, a little bag shop in the trendy Friedrichshain district in the former East Berlin. They make cool, very graphical, bags from industrial fabrics like rubberized canvas (not sure what the technical name for this is), ripstop nylon, and seatbelt straps. I needed a new small laptop bag, and I liked these, but wasn't seeing exactly the colors I wanted. No problem- they do custom bags on the spot. We decided on fabrics and colors in a few minutes, I left the finer details of the design up to the designer/maker, and two hours later (after dinner at the great YoYo Foodworld across the street), I had my bag. Walked in off the street at 6pm, and walked away with a custom bag made by the designer at 8pm. Incredible.
This almost unbelievable achievement was an almost unbelievable bargain at $115. I could easily have paid more than that for an off-the-shelf bag sewn in China back home.