Anicca Bags are unique handcrafted items made with simplicity and utility in mind. From the first stitch to final touches, each bag is carefully constructed with passion and purpose. The authentic dialog between the different fabrics, colors and textures combined with utility and durability is what makes Anicca Bags unique.
Jeremy has called Idaho home for most of his life. A passion for cycling, backcountry skiing and being in the wilderness stole his heart at an early age. It was after a devastating skiing accident that Jeremy began sewing. He found himself with a lot of downtime during the healing process. As his mobility was limited, he decided to channel his adventurous spirit into creating with his hands. His grandparents had given him a sewing machine and he soon found himself making a backpack with materials he had on hand. He began experimenting with different fabrics and techniques while collaborating with friends on custom designs that fit their needs. The outcome was a plethora of durable colorful multi use packs, bags and purses. Anicca Bags was born. Anicca ( Ah-Knee-Cha) is a word he learned at a Vipassana Meditation retreat which means "always changing." It coincides with the way Jeremy wants his company and products to constantly grow and change. The authentic dialog between the different fabrics, colors and textures combined with utility and durability is what makes Anicca Bags unique. Each bag is marked by a personal touch placing emphasis on a high quality finish. "There are so many bag companies out there already. I don't just want to make you a bag; I want to create something for you that is unique and meaningful, as well as useful." Jeremy currently spend his winters skiing in the Tetons and the summers traveling around the Pacific Northwest in a 1972 Ford Econoline Camper van.
Mark Ortiz graduated from Westminster College in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics and immediately rejected the meretricious allure of the business world. Instead, he opted to pursue the vagrancy of seasonal employment, supplementing his permanent recreational pursuits with temporary jobs as he hopped over state lines and scampered across time zones. He became an Anicca Bag Company team member in 2012, assisting with fabric preparation, product design, and product testing. He began assembling bags in 2014 in addition to his other responsibilities. "Sewing is a natural addition to my lifestyle," he waxes philosophically while gazing at the sunset with his tobacco pipe clenched between his teeth. "It's a highly functional and flexible craft, applicable across recreational disciplines, transportable and allows for creativity and mastery within its confines." We're pretty sure he started sewing because we offered him a job but we're happy to have this vibrant fellow tagging along with us regardless.
Forrest Rodman spent his younger years as a desert rat in the absence of street lights. Born in Humboldt, Arizona, he moved a total of five times before his family finally settled in Meridian, Idaho. As a child, his family took all vacations in the form of car camping in National Parks around the Southwest. This upbringing from then-hippy parents helped instill in him a deep respect for Mother Nature and an appreciation of the outdoors that has continued to grow with him to this day. His love for adventure (and also a lack of money or scholarships to attend college) found a major stepping through the United States Navy. He became a U.S. Navy corpsman (medic), specializing as a surgical technologist assisting in the operating room. “I wanted to travel and I figured, what better of a way to see the world then to sail around it?” After three years in the Navy without ever stepping foot aboard a ship, he was able to take orders to the aircraft carrier U.S.S Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). While serving aboard the carrier he visited countries he otherwise would have never been afforded the opportunity to visit: Cuba, Bahrain, Thailand, Singapore, Guam, Hong Kong, UAE, and Japan. Notably, Forrest took part in Operation Tomodachi, the humanitarian efforts provided to Japan after a 2011 tsunami devastated the Fukushima-Diiachi nuclear power plant and surrounding civilian areas. After his discharge in 2011, he began the Nursing program at Lewis and Clark State college in Lewiston, Idaho. “I should have taken a break after getting out of the Navy and instead I jumped right into another institution that I wasn’t really happy with.” Forrest decided to take a break from The Man and went to work in the mountains of Stanley, Idaho. It was there that he meet his wife on the docks of a lake and has been in love ever since. Forrest and his wife spend their summers in Stanley and winters in Driggs, Idaho. It was here that he was introduced to sewing through his friends Jeremy and Mark. “Sewing provides an outlet for creativity that I haven’t found in anything other than snowboarding and the outdoors.”