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canada goose coats Renowned in the industry for her innovation, Pat McGibbon of PAC Designs designs and manufactures bike courier messenger bags from her home based shop in Mindemoya. canada goose coats

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On leave from work as a bicycle courier because of a back injury incurred while navigating the busy streets of Toronto, McGibbon started stitching together the bags as Christmas gifts for friends and co workers. Before long, others in the industry were clamouring for her bags, and PAC Designs was created.

“I always thought sewing was kind of boring,” McGibbon laughed while guiding a tour of her Mindemoya shop. “My whole sewing experience was in Grade 9 home ec: I made a pencil case and a bean bag chair. But I’m creative, so I just kind of figured it out.”

Fifteen years later, the Manitoulin Island based entrepreneur is renowned amongst bike couriers for her practical, durable, and intuitive bags, which are shipped across the globe.

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Canada Goose Coats On Sale And McGibbon is constantly innovating. She was the first to introduce padded backs, anti sway straps to keep the packs in place, and the use of military grade Ballistic Cordura nylon for the pack bottoms. She found ebay uk canada goose that adding two inch, plastic D rings to her designs allowed canada goose black friday discount for easier adjusting, and a removable ‘X’ shoulder strap offered riders additional support. Canada Goose Coats On Sale

canada goose factory sale All this is done from her home based shop on the shores of Lake Mindemoya, where she and three employees take orders, field custom requests, and stitch together small batches of the bags at a time. canada goose factory sale

McGibbon estimates five per cent of her orders come from Canada, while the rest hail from the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, and Europe.

canada goose black friday sale “I’m certainly not the biggest, but I’m still the most respected, because we come up with these ideas that nobody has ever thought of,” McGibbon said. “I think that’s perhaps because I’m untrained and I come and look at things from a different direction. So in a sense I don’t really know what I’m doing; I just go and do it and it ends up working out.” canada goose black friday sale

Raised in British Columbia, McGibbon came to Ontario on scholarship to attend the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), but dropped out after “I fell in love with the bicycle and I had to ride my bike all day.”

Six years ago, she was lured canada goose shop new york city to Manitoulin by inexpensive real estate, and she settled into family life. Now, as a single mother of two pre teen girls, working from home allows McGibbon the freedom to be available to her kids, while living in an area canada goose outlet toronto location that caters to her active lifestyle.

PAC Designs’ acclaim has come mostly through word of mouth. Two years ago, McGibbon was commissioned by the Manitoulin Sudbury District Services Board to create a pack for Island area paramedics, and she’s now been approached by the Canadian Armed Forces to adapt the canada goose jacket outlet store design canada goose langford black friday for the military.

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canada goose clearance sale Despite fostering worldwide distinction amongst devotees, financial success still eludes PAC Designs. McGibbon’s current four person workshop is inefficient, she said, and as such she finds herself at a crossroads. canada goose clearance sale

canada goose uk black friday With fewer than five employees and less than $500,000 in annual sales, PAC Designs doesn’t qualify for government subsidies, and McGibbon is critical of the criteria by which SMEs are evaluated. Assistance with travel expenses or sales and marketing expertise would be a big help. canada goose uk black friday

“I’m at a turning point,” she sighed. “I’ve got to decide how I’m going to make it a bit better. I think we’ve got a good product, but I just think I’ve got to take a step forward.”

Designing remains her passion, so wherever her next move takes her, McGibbon said she’ll always be creating.

She’s just recently developed a laptop canada goose wholesale uk bag insert that allows the computer to be pulled from its case more easily, and she’s mulling over ideas for how to design a camera strap that would protect expensive lenses from wear and tear.

Some of her original innovations are now appearing on the products of big name manufacturers and while it’s flattering to see her ideas being used elsewhere “Sharing is cool, and it’s canada goose cheap uk cool that all those guys have my ideas,” she said it’s hurtful that she can’t enjoy similar success.

Canada cheap canada goose Goose Parka “Generally we can’t compete with China, but I think, as Canadians, we just have to make the best product that we can, using the best materials out there,” she said. “That’s our only way to compete: just do your best and be as ethical as you can about it.” Canada Goose Parka.

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