Carmichael & Co. is a brand, owned and operated by Ava Carmichael Brands, LLC. The company designs and manufactures classic-styled bicycle bags for the refined, modern bicycle commuter.
Carmichael & Co. Bike Bags were created in 2012 by Ava Carmichael from her Denver apartment. When the designer couldn't find a bike bag that suited her style and budget, she decided to create one. With a little time on her hands between her full time job, she designed and sewed her first prototype and later took what little she had in savings to have them professionally created. Within a year, the collection of Carmichael Bike Bags was realized, and one year after that, Carmichael bags launched officially via the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform.
Ava has spent nearly ten years working as a fashion designer in LA, Dallas, NYC and Denver. Her career emphasis in the premium denim market as well as in equestrian lifestyle has helped her to merge the style, quality and functionality of the Carmichael & Co. bike bag line.
The bike bag collection features elements inspired by old fashioned methods using durable, water proof canvas, leather and brass hardware. No magnetic snaps, Velcro® or plastic is used on any of the products. Designed to be sturdy, secure and to last for many years, the inspiration was taken from the original messenger bags used by the French and Swiss Army. And just like many of these vintage bags that are still around after 50 years, Carmichael & Co. products offer the same quality.
"The Carmichael family motto is, "Tout Jour Prest", which means "Always Ready". In business and in life, one should always be ready to adjust accordingly and make changes wherever necessary as well as always be ready to stand behind the products you create with integrity and quality.
What Customers are saying:
“I couldn't leave much of a review in the 80 characters allowed, but I want to make sure to say that these panniers FAR exceed what I was expecting to receive. They are beautifully designed, just the right size, and clearly constructed with care”. – H. Moore
Thank you very much for making these available. I’m impressed, and happy to have discovered you.
“I got my double bag and love it!” - Stephanie
“This is a very nice high quality product” -Glenn
“I really love the design of your bag” - Joel
“Your bike bags look awesome and I’m excited to see them on the streets in the next few months!” -Matt
“Your bags are so gorgeous and my brother in California has been looking at vintage bags with a similar feel. His sole form of transportation is his bike. Your bags are so much more beautiful and well designed than any others I could find. Congratulations on successfully funding your business. I think you are really entering this at the right time, when so many people are moving to using bikes and the design and workmanship look amazing”. - Eleanor
“Love the design of your panniers, they look great.” - Matthew
“I really like the design and choice of materials.” - Colin
“I got my pannier and my messenger bag. The products just scream craftsmanship. The stitching is nicely lined up. The materials look and feel first rate”. – Matthijs