The Origin Story

The original idea for Esperanza Workshop came during a time when I was cycling a lot. I don’t have a car, so my bike and my feet are my major modes of transportation.

In addition to commuting, I have also taken my beloved steel frame on some gorgeous long rides, including an epic tour of the California coast. The freedom to go as you please and the challenge of overcoming miles and miles of climbing have been inspiring and motivating emotions that have impacted every area of my life. 

My dear friend Mark is also an avid cycling buddy and has some really unique bike bag designs. But when I tried the one I admired most, it simply didn’t work for me. So Mark started talking and sketching to develop a more female-friendly design.

Of course, at this point, I wanted to see what else was available. After all, it would have been easier to buy something already made, so I started looking for something similar. What surprised me was that very few functional and beautiful bags are made for the female cyclist. When I dug a little deeper, I also realized that there are very few female designers in the field. And, there are very few products that are aesthetically pleasing that serve multiple purposes, with cycling specifically included. This made me determined to change this. 

So, with Mark's patient teaching, I learned to sew and developed prototypes for bags that I would want to use every day. I enlisted the help and advice of others along the way. They were cyclists and pedestrians alike, who gave me great input on my prototypes. Right now, I'm thrilled to launch Esperanza Workshop as a brand that stands for two elegant, beautiful and functional bags.

The Dorothy tote literally goes everywhere with me. I carry her to work. She’s also spent some time with me in France, India and Vietnam. She’s great for my laptop heading into a business meeting and she gets compliments at the grocery store. She is even great as a beach bag. 

I hope to provide you with products that you can put your stuff in and go about your life and never have to think about it working for you or looking good. I want the bags to last, which is why I'm providing an unconditional warranty on the first 100 products of each style sold.

And what I really want is for you to feel the freedom and inspiration which comes from doing what you love every single day. As Esperanza Workshop grows, please let me know this: What are you hoping for? 

With gratitude,

Jen