Life during lockdown

Day 28, Apr. 13 - The Air Duffel helps customer make a move
The Air Duffel came in handy for this customer's move from one country to another in Southeast Asia:  "All the best for the shelter in place. I moved countries during this period as...
DAY 26 & 27, Apr. 11, 12 - Lockdown in Iowa
Longtime customer Bill H. shared some nature photos taken around his home in Iowa as he shelters in place.    "My adult kids are in Minneapolis so I haven't traveled...
DAY 25, Apr. 10 - Gary reaches out
It's Week #4 of the San Francisco lockdown, and we miss you. We thank everyone who have ordered and are patiently waiting for their bags to ship after lockdown. Your support...
DAY 24, Apr. 9 - Let's do our part. Stay 6-ft apart.
Social distancing helps. This just in from our customer inbox: "I'm a radiology resident in the ICU. COVID is a terrifying disease. Coming from a frontline worker I want to...
DAY 23, Apr. 8 - Sayings for these times
Customers have sent along some sayings relevant to these times. We thought we'd share a few: "If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere."- Seamus Heaney, Northern Irish...
DAY 22, Apr. 7 - Crowd-sourced film made while socially distancing
Very much like our community-sourced design projects, over 250 filmmakers from around the world came together to bring life to a poem by Brother Richards of Ireland called "Lockdown." Members...
Day 21, Apr. 6 - Guten Tag from Germany
Here's a peek at how Germany is managing these times:   "I guess these must be strange and uncertain times for companies like yours. Here in Germany we started to cope with...
DAY 19 and 20, Apr. 4,5 - Dispatch from Norway
A customer from Oslo lends his support. We're fortunate he's part of the WaterField community:  "I ordered even though I read about your temporary lockdown. When I find a product I believe...
DAY 18, Apr. 3 - The Small Business program launches
Many of our small business brethren clogged the internet today to apply for the newly-launched Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The US government authorized up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to...
DAY 17, Apr. 2 - The LIMITED EDITION CITYSLICKER - Extended
We have extended our limited edition waxed-canvas and chocolate leather CitySlicker promotion through April 30! We had hoped to be back in the office by now, but the shelter-in-place order...
DAY 16, April 1 - Live from Hawaii (Not!)
It's April Fool's Day! We're learning how to jazz up our kitchen-made coffee. No foolishness this year, so here's a look at some past fake product introductions:  https://www.sfbags.com/pages/april-fools-day. 
DAY 15, Mar. 31 - Another month in Lockdown
We just received word that the San Francisco shelter-in-place order has been extended through May 1. The hope and intent are to flatten the curve. All order shipments will be to be on hold until...
DAY 14, Mar. 30 - Domo Arigato, Japan
From Japan: "It has been expanding rapidly in our country. Big cities in Japan also could be lockdown. I'm working in hospital as orthopaedic surgeon. Unfortunately we don't have any...
DAY 12 & 13, Mar. 28,29 - NY is overwhelmed
We're entering Week 3 of the San Francisco temporary lockdown, and it looks as though we'll be sheltering in place for a few more weeks. To our NY customers, our hearts...
DAY 11, Mar. 27 - Well wishes from Milan
Our global WaterField community reminds us that we are all in this together:  "Hi Gary, Nice to meet you. Surfing the internet, I discovered your site. Very nice what you do....
Day 10, Mar. 26 - Top Seller during Lockdown: CitySlicker in Canvas
Maybe because this is a LIMITED EDITION. Maybe because it comes with a 10-Game Card Holder. Or maybe because the waxed canvas CitySlicker is just too good-looking to pass up....
DAY 9, Mar. 25 - Thank you for your support. Orders will ship when we return.
UPDATE: May 23, 2019 - We'll be back in the shop June 1, 2020, and will start sewing and shipping your orders. Orders with product on-shelf will ship out first;...
DAY 8, Mar. 24 - Customers Share Shelter-in-Place Tips
As other states and countries join California in lockdown, our customers shared some of their personal recommendations about what to do while you shelter-in-place:  "If you are waiting out COVID-19 with others, I recommend any of...
DAY 7, Mar. 23 - Strange not to be hands-on
David Pierini from Cult of Mac interviewed Gary, as well as leaders of other small businesses in the Apple ecosystem, to see how the company was coping. It has only been a...
DAY 5 & 6, Mar. 21/22 - Shall we make masks?
The nation has a shortage of protective masks and the public is responding. We wanted to as well so we spent time researching how we might start. Unfortunately, we are not...
DAY 4, Mar. 20 - All of California is in lockdown
The SF lockdown was scheduled to last until April 7. But, today Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all of California will now practice shelter-in-place.  We realize there is a strong possibility we may be out of the...