The Carry Award – Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame – PAC Designs Pro Series Messenger
“PAC Designs have influenced almost every messenger created since”
We essentially saw this year’s Hall of Fame as a weigh-up between ubiquity and influence. For instance, the IKEA Big Blue has helped shoulder millions of loads, but its influence hasn’t pushed beyond its own success. Meanwhile, the PAC messenger has remained a relatively cult bag, but that little stabilising strap so widely copied has helped create an entirely new category of bags, bringing stability to shoulder bags that never previously had it.
When you add this influence to all the other innovations from Pat McGibbon’s humble brand , you start to see PAC Designs a little like the Xerox PARC of the carry world. Professional messengers still run with her Pro Series Messengers as their daily workhorse, and almost every other messenger brand continues to benefit from the ideas these bags shared.
We salute you Pat, for a very worthy entry into the Carry Awards Hall of Fame.