North St. Bags, producers of made-in-Oregon backpacks, bags, and travel accessories, announced today a move of their headquarters into Portland’s bustling Hawthorne District.
“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to grow North St.,” said North St. Bags founder, Curtis Williams. “This expansion will allow us to hire more talented makers and increase our production volume so we can better serve our customers. Our new location just off of Hawthorne will mean better access and visibility. It will make it easier to get more quality bags out there. We build most bags to order which allow us to have less storage, inventory and waste, but at a certain point, it became clear that we’ve outgrown our Clinton St. shop.”
North St. Bags began in Williams’ basement on Portland’s Woodward St. With a single sewing machine and just a few bolts of fabric, Williams invited customers over to his house to look at fabric swatches and even delivered bags himself by bike.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled at the scale we’ve reached these past 8 years since I worked in that basement shop, and at the chance to continue our mission at our new space on Hawthorne Blvd.”
On March 8th, North St. Bags will close their Clinton St. shop. The new shop is planned to open on March 12th at 11 am at the corner of SE Hawthorne and Poplar Ave (1551 SE Poplar if searched via GPS).
Once the team settles into the new space they plan to celebrate with a new product launch and a grand reopening party. Stay tuned to the North St. Bags website for more details.
For more information on North St. Bags, log onto, www.northstbags.com