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Alchemy Goods

Alchemy Goods

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1723 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

(206) 484-9469
Mon. - Fri. 10:00am to 5:00pm

U-PASS members receive 20% off the entire store!

About Alchemy Goods

Alchemy Goods makes messenger bags, wallets, belts, purses and other accessories from reclaimed bicycle tubes. Our products are hand-crafted in Seattle and carry a lifetime warranty.

The Alchemy Goods Story

People say that “necessity is the mother of invention,” and that’s exactly how Alchemy Goods got started. My messenger bag was stolen and I needed a replacement. There were a few considerations: the bag had to be totally waterproof, it had to look cool, and it definitely had to be environmentally friendly. Nothing I saw met all three criteria. After a couple days of hunting, I gave up. Since I biked to work on a regular basis, there were always extra inner tubes lying around my apartment, and I realized that I could probably build the perfect bag out of stuff I already had. The first prototype was born, using only recycled inner tubes and parts. It wasn’t perfect, but it was exactly what I needed. People saw me wearing the messenger bag around and commented on how much they liked it. A few of my friends wanted their own, and then one of the local bike shops caught a glimpse and expressed interest as well. Each bag improved over the last. Thanks to my friends, demand grew and grew, which led to the founding of Alchemy Goods. So, to whoever it was that stole my bag… you were the inspiration for my imagination.

Thank you,
Eli Reich

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