Treason Toting Co. Moves to City Garage, Announces Fells Point Store After Sagamore Investment

| August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Today Sagamore Ventures LLC announced it invested in Treason Toting Co., a Baltimore-based accessory maker which recently moved to City Garage in Port Covington. Treason Toting Co. joins The Foundery, Under Armour Lighthouse, Bustin Boards, Hungry Harvest, Sagamore Spirit, Social Leagues, Tapologie, and Workbench at the 133,000 sq. ft. facility in South Baltimore.

Treason Toting Co.’s latest product lines are available for purchase at its new retail location, which opened on August 6th, at 1714 Thames St. in Fells Point.

Treason Toting Co., which was founded in 2013, designs and manufactures leather and canvas accessories and lifestyle products including duffel bags, wallets, and weekenders. The company was founded by Jason Bass and Aaron Jones, Baltimore-born craftsmen with a passion for creating fashionable and practical products.

Sagamore Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of Plank Industries, earlier this year invested in the company and will provide Treason Toting Co. the resources necessary to manufacture nearly all of its products in Baltimore, increase production speed, and market its products.

“With this investment in Treason Toting Co., we are excited to raise the profile of a brand born right here in Baltimore,” said Tom Geddes, CEO of Plank Industries, in a press release. “Beginning with its move to City Garage and its new retail location in Fells Point, we will help Treason Toting keep and grow its operations in Baltimore, creating many local jobs over time and inspiring other minority entrepreneurs. This is central to our mission.”

Sagamore Ventures’ investment will allow Treason Toting Co. to increase distribution channels and improve quality control by bringing in house many of the projects the company previously outsourced. All bags are currently prototyped and manufactured inside Treason Toting Co.’s 1,680 sq. ft. factory, space the company has leased inside City Garage.

“We’re thrilled to have the support of Sagamore Ventures,” said Jones in a press release. “We want to be able to leave a legacy in Baltimore, something our grandkids can point to and say ‘our grandparents started that.’ Sagamore’s support is giving us resources and expertise to improve every aspect of the business, and begin building that legacy.”

Sagamore Ventures managing partner, Demian Costa, was initially attracted to Treason Toting Co. through his search for investment opportunities in the manufacturing sector. “Treason Toting Co. was founded with an incredibly authentic story,” he said. “Jason and Aaron have created an amazing product that exemplifies the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Baltimore City. We are very excited about this new partnership and look forward to helping grow this brand nationally while continuing to shine a light on great things happening in Baltimore.”

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Photos Courtesy of Treason Toting Co.

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