The Mission is where we design, develop, and work in San Francisco. Our workshop was created out of the desire to build gear as tough as it is beautiful. It’s this pursuit that has kept us at it for more than 20 years.
In 2009, down an alleyway in what was once referred to as “The Messenger Ghetto,” surrounded by taquerias and dive bars, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work refurbishing an old warehouse to call home. After a few months of being covered in steel splinters, sheet rock dust, and moldy insulation, we cut the ribbon on our shiny new workspace, storefront, and headquarters. (We’re still in the same spot today and invite you to stop by any time and share some stories and a beverage of one sort or another).
Along the way we’ve worked with our best friends, made new friends, and created a community of folks who share a similar outlook on life. Our full history goes way back to 1994 when my co-founder Mark Falvai and our good friend Doug Hudson started the company Chrome Industries which helped spark an entire movement in technical lifestyle cycling bags and apparel.
For us it’s always been about product. The first bag we launched at Mission Workshop was an expanding pack called the Vandal. It’s had many updates and revisions over the years but still remains one of our most burly and popular packs. Bags overall have always held a special place for us. Mark designs each new bag himself, hand cutting the patterns and sewing every prototype to perfection before passing along to our small U.S. factory for production runs.
Apparel is our other big passion. My other partner, Jeff Roberts, runs our apparel design team. Before joining us at Mission Workshop, Jeff was co-founder and CEO of Massif Mountain Gear Company, a manufacturer of advanced combat apparel for the world’s most elite teams, including the CIA, Navy SEALs, fighter pilots, snipers, SWAT, FBI, NASA, and other classified units that “don’t officially exist.”
Today, the Mission Workshop team is made up of Mark, Jeff, myself, and about 20 other folks who love what we do, and are passionate about making great gear for people who love what they do too. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for improving our products, feel free to email me directly at Bart.K@missionworkshop.com