Recent History

I started DayMakers in 1995 with the world's first HipSafe™ anti-theft security waist pack. 

By 2005 DayMakers anti-theft waist packs, crossbody and shoulder bags, day packs, straps, wallets and accessories were in 200 stores and two major catalogs (Magellan's and TravelSmith Outfitters). Supporting retailers was my job.

Competition arrived in January 2006 in the form of PacSafe. Their products, merchandising expertise and capital led directly to a shrinkage of my market share.

The economic collapse of 2008 hit everyone very hard and retail stores that stayed in business generally chose to offer PacSafe products instead of mine, choosing to afford only one line of such products. PacSafe offered well developed merchandising displays, sales materials and hang tags for the retailers, where I simply had great products. 

In 2010 Travelon entered the market making private label security bags for Magellan's. This was the end of a 15 year relationship with Magellan's. 

In 2016 TravelSmith Outfitters was sold and the company that bought them did not continue buying my products. That was the end of a 19 year relationship. 

Where some family and friends saw catastrophe I saw a Blessing. For two decades I have had to support full retail pricing. If Magellan's, TravelSmith, or other retailers were selling a bag for $79 then that was my price. For 20 years I had been handling design, operations, financing, logistics, etc. Keeping retailers supplied sometimes meant bringing things in by air. Now and then a strike at the Port or an in-depth Customs inspection created challenges related to deadlines. This new situation is more than doable.

With the complete collapse of my wholesale business I am liberated to reinvent DayMakers, selling my designs directly, at a discount, with free shipping ($29 minimum order), and additional quantity discounts available. 

My prices are discounted 20% to 30% below the current retail. (2019 will be higher) Additional quantity discounts are automatically applied when four or more pieces are placed in the cart. Supplies are limited. I will not be able to re-stock all products. I hope to always have my most popular models in stock or on the way. My cost to restock will go up 25% next year and this will affect pricing on such items.

I support brick and mortar stores as integral parts of America. I give them free shipping and they are accepting a smaller margin. They can match my online price and still make a decent profit. If there is a store near you please tell them about DayMakers. Ideally you will find my products locally. If not, then buying direct from DayMakers is the online source.

This is a new beginning and I am feeling joy in it. I hope you are feeling some of this. Whether in touch directly or indirectly this is a result of your interest. DayMakers will never again be priced at retail. 

Where once I was operating a foot-treadle sewing machine facing the sidewalk, Cabrillo Boulevard and the mountains at the Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show, today I am turned around, facing the ocean, and offering DayMakers directly to you, wherever you are!