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Backpack Design Workshop

Backpack Design Workshop

Our first Outside Made Simple Workshop Series is SOLD OUT. Class size is limited for this workshop BUT we will be hosting another Backpack Design Workshop in just a few short weeks! Sign up for the waitlist on Eventbrite in the "TICKETS" tab to be the first to know when tickets become available for our next class in December. Thanks for your support!
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We are excited to kickoff our "Outside Made Simple Workshop Series." The series will aim to teach skills that help and inspire folks to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. For the first event, Alite Founder and Creative Director, Tae Kim will lead a backpack design workshop.

This all-day, small hands-on workshop will guide you through the history of backpack design, pattern making basics, and sewing techniques while you produce your own backpack. This is a unique opportunity to spend the day with the founder of Alite Designs and pick his brain on anything from design topics to starting a business. You'll leave the workshop with new backpack making skills and a pack of your own.

No supplies, tools, or previous sewing experience required. All supplies and a delicious lunch will be provided in Alite's Sewing Workshop in the Mission. Workshop class size is limited. Please email for any questions.

Alite's celebrated Made in California bags are made from locally sourced canvas and leather. You'll get a chance to work with these beautiful raw materials to create your own Alite Bike to Beach Bag ($175 Value).

Check out this video of our team creating Bike to the Beach Bags for a preview of what you'll learn in the workshop!

Making of Bike to the Beach Bag from Alite Designs on Vimeo.

Take a peek into our design studio. Get excited to work with these beautiful raw materials at the workshop in a couple weeks. 


You may not know that Tae Kim was a design director at The North Face before he founded Boreas Gear and Alite Designs. Or that he recently had his first baby, Jaelin Kim!

There's MUCH more to learn about and from him, and you can get the chance to hear it from him in person at one of the classes in our workshop series. Things such as the process of starting a business, how to fish, and how to put your hair in a bun to name just a few.

The third best part of this project (after creating it yourself and hanging out with Tae) is getting to wear your handmade bag out and about! Here's what the finished Bike to Beach bags look like in their natural environment: