The Vaya Bags Story

Once upon a time there was a girl whose messenger bag broke. To her dismay stitches began to tear and holes began to form. Having places to go, people to see and things to bring with her she began the hunt for a new bag. It was a long and tiresome journey. She saw many bags, all fine and dandy, but too expensive! Being that she lived in Allston and had a low paying job none of these bags would do. She just could not afford them. She was forced to continue using her old bag with holes. She tried to patch them up but many a times her belongings would fall through the holes as she biked down the streets of Boston. One day, a brilliant idea popped into her head. She would create her own messenger bag! She did have extensive sewing experience from years of making clothing. So off to the fabric store she went. She gathered her supplies, sat by the sewing machine and in a few hours her masterpiece was complete. A messenger bag with multiple pockets, waterproof fabric, easy release buckles and padded strap! Many village folk took a liking to her new bag and asked for her to make them one of their own. And so "Vaya bags" were born...

Vaya Bags are all handmade by Tianna Meilinger with the occasional help of her family and friends. As an environmental scientist Tia believes in reusing and recycling materials. That is why Vaya Bags are made from recycled canvas. The canvas used to make the bags is scrap and surplus material that is recycled from local sailboat factories. Tia also uses recycled bicycle tubes to make all of her bike tube gear.

All-Purpose Bags Designed
with the Biker in Mind

  • Made with waterproof marine canvas and 18 oz vinyl coated fabric
  • Waterproof inner lining
  • Over the shoulder strap with side release clip
  • Quick release D-ring strap adjustor
  • Super padded Velcro strap cover
  • No-swing stabilizer strap
  • Easy access front pockets
  • Velcro front flap with side release clips
  • Extra padding against your back
  • Front panel reflective tape
  • Available with custom pockets, sizes and colors


The canvas we use is recycled and scrap Sunbrella® Fabric from local sailboat factories. Sunbrella® is a waterproof marine canvas that is typically used for boat awnings and covers. Due to the highly resistant acrylic yarns, Sunbrella® will withstand many years of harsh climates such as heavy rains and the hot sun. The 100% solution dyed acrylics prove Sunbrella® to be fade resistant as well as resistant to multiple stains.

In order to ensure that your bags are waterproof we line all of the bags with an 18 oz vinyl coated polyester, which is a highly durable, weather proof material used for truck tarps.

Since Vaya Bags loves to recycle as much as we can we also used recycled bicycle tubes, donated to us from local bike shops, to make all of our recycled bike tube bags and gear! Even our logos are hand screen-printed with eco-friendly inks curtesy of Bird Apartment Printing and Design.

Each bag is hand made with love and care. You can shop for bags and other stuff by clicking on the shopping categories listed to the right. Please contact us with any questions you may have. We're always happy to help.