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Q&A with Timbuk2 President, DPK

Deborah Palmer Keiser (aka DPK) is the President of Timbuk2, a mom, a wife, an endurance athlete, a global traveler, oh and a certified Pilates instructor. For Women’s History Month, we wanted to spotlight her with a Q&A. Special thanks to everyone who attended Deborah’s Zoom Pilates class on 3/8 and 3/13. Keep an eye out for more classes in the future by following Timbuk2 on Instagram

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DPK's Favorite Packs

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Never Check Day Pack

"Perfect for motorcycle or scooter days out!"

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Vapor Crossbody

"I love the size and comfort on my body for long-wear and city walks."

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Lane Commuter Backpack

"I love the fabric, the hit of reflective and how tailored it looks."

Q&A

T2: How did you come to work for Timbuk2? 

DPK: I have known of Timbuk2 since its founding by Rob Honeycutt. I was a bike commuter for 15+ years and carried a messenger bag – of different generations. Wearing the bag against my body for so many years, while using my commute to build my competitive cycling strength, I have had a deep appreciation for and emotional connection to the brand. So, years later, when I learned of the opportunity to play a leadership role with the brand, I jumped at it.

T2: What women motivate you and why?  

DPK: Gloria Steinem & Shirley Chisolm – trail blazers, at a time in our history when women were thought not to be so. I watched their struggles and victories in stark contrast to the reality around me, where my mother was discouraged from pursuing her Master’s Degree and was constrained in a system meant to control her, mentally, emotionally and physically – because she was a woman.  

Jeanne Jackson – former Banana Republic CEO. Authentic, tough as nails, leader who never shied away from her female-ness in order to be accepted or taken seriously.

T2: What’s your favorite Timbuk2 gear?  

DPK: Since joining TImbuk2 in Oct 2019, I have been working my way through the assortment, carrying each bag to know, to critique and endorse, the features, the function, and the aesthetic. My current favorite is the Vapor Crossbody in Cocoa. My color scheme is beige/brown and I love the medium tone. I am a cross-body bag wearer and I love to be compact, ready, and nimble.  

I need a bag that carries essentials like my passport (one never knows…), wallet, glasses/sunglasses, lipstick(s), lip moisturizer(s), eye pencil(s), medical and Timbuk2 mask(s), dental floss, a notebook for writing, and an array of keys – the doors for which I don’t know. Because of my life-long travel, I always consider what I would need if I had to get on an airplane at the last minute and arrive in a country where I would have to survive for two days. Yep, that’s how I think.

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Vapor Crossbody

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Timbuk2 Reusable Face Masks

T2: How did you come to work for Timbuk2? 

DPK: I have known of Timbuk2 since its founding by Rob Honeycutt. I was a bike commuter for 15+ years and carried a messenger bag – of different generations. Wearing the bag against my body for so many years, while using my commute to build my competitive cycling strength, I have had a deep appreciation for and emotional connection to the brand. So, years later, when I learned of the opportunity to play a leadership role with the brand, I jumped at it.

T2: What women motivate you and why?  

DPK: Gloria Steinem & Shirley Chisolm – trail blazers, at a time in our history when women were thought not to be so. I watched their struggles and victories in stark contrast to the reality around me, where my mother was discouraged from pursuing her Master’s Degree and was constrained in a system meant to control her, mentally, emotionally and physically – because she was a woman.  

Jeanne Jackson – former Banana Republic CEO. Authentic, tough as nails, leader who never shied away from her female-ness in order to be accepted or taken seriously.

T2: What’s your favorite Timbuk2 bag?  

DPK: Since joining TImbuk2 in Oct 2019, I have been working my way through the assortment, carrying each bag to know, to critique and endorse, the features, the function, and the aesthetic. My current favorite is the Vapor Crossbody in Cocoa. My color scheme is beige/brown and I love the medium tone. I am a cross-body bag wearer and I love to be compact, ready, and nimble.  

I need a bag that carries essentials like my passport (one never knows…), wallet, glasses/sunglasses, lipstick(s), lip moisturizer(s), eye pencil(s), medical and Timbuk2 mask(s), dental floss, a notebook for writing, and an array of keys – the doors for which I don’t know. Because of my life-long travel, I always consider what I would need if I had to get on an airplane at the last minute and arrive in a country where I would have to survive for two days. Yep, that’s how I think.

T2: How did you get involved in Pilates?  

DPK: I am a life-long ‘pīlate-r’. When I was young, I studied a lot of modern dance and was introduced to Pilates for targeted strengthening. After many years participating in competitive, endurance sports, I returned to Pilates to heal tendinitis in my left hip. At the time I lived in Singapore. Shortly after, I moved to Paris where I sought a studio to continue my practice. I ended up buying that studio and over the course of 4 years developing it into an integrated wellness & fitness studio. I continued as a Pilates practitioner, teaching barre and cycling, while getting certified.  

Pilates is foundational for me – building strength, length, and flexibility in our muscles and tendons on a deep and structural level. Pilates also demands that we develop the strength to carry and move our own body mass. This can be more challenging than one thinks 😊.

T2: You’ve lived all over the world – where is your favorite place? 

DPK: My favorite country is Sri Lanka. The culture, the landscape, the food, and the water. It is a stunning country.  

I moved a lot as a child. My father was British, an educator, and always on the move. I was born in PA and lived in the UK when I was young. We traveled throughout Europe as kids (my bro, sis, and me), navigating on Eurail passes and our old Morris Minor car. We moved to NYC for High School. My formative years were spent in NYC; I left for college and quickly returned (thinking one fell off the planet when one leaves NYC).  

I moved West to LA in the 80’s, had an 18-month stint in Columbus OH, and then moved to Nor Cal, San Francisco. Coming from London and New York, I thought the West Coat was heaven. Coming from LA I thought SF was the perfect combination of East Coast class and West Coast eeeeez.

I chose a career in supply chain that took me all over the world. 20+ years traveling through and working in 167 countries showed me life through a lens that very much shaped who I am and how I look at life.

When my daughter was 5 years old, we moved overseas for 10 years – Paris, Singapore, and back to Paris – during which time I worked, and we traveled throughout East and Western Europe, and North and Southeast Asia.  

In 2015 we moved back to Marin County.

T2: What future do you see for Timbuk2?  

DPK: Growth! We are building on the brand’s legacy to increasingly answer some of the biggest challenges in the world of carry – across product categories, end-use(s), and lifestyles. We were founded on the principles of intuitive function – we’ve barely scratched the surface!  

Timbuk2 has the opportunity to change the bag-making game - not only through exceptional quality and crazy-intuitive function – but with owner / partners we are poised to re-shape the industry model.

Community & Culture engagement - We have an incredible history in San Francisco. There are so many creative people, brands, and companies that have contributed to and collaborated with Timbuk2. We have yet to really honor and applaud these partners; we have yet to include them in our growing success; we have so many opportunities to expand our shared platform(s) of expression. We are working to deepen our connection with and contribution to the Bay Area community of creatives who have been part of our evolution. Our partners are our customers, and we are customers of our collaborators.

T2: What are you listening to right now?  

DPK: Throughout my adult life my go-to’s have been Public Enemy, U2, and Pearl Jam. These days I am more apt to listen to Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Alt-J, and Belly Dancing drums. I listen to a really broad range of music – and all at once, meaning, on iTunes and Spotify I created a big ‘dump’ of music and play it on random. I love the surprise, I love the mix, and I love the discovery. I am always on the hunt for music. I have made friends with DJs around the world, Shazam’d like a crazy person, and am constantly asking people for their faves. I have music playing all of the time.

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