Based in downtown Santa Cruz CA since 2015, Agency highlights contemporary home design and lifestyle accessories. Agency is the US importer of Christiania cargo bikes from Denmark. Agency produces Telegenic California furniture, designed and manufactured on the Central Coast.
In 2015 Peter and Linnaea James established Agency. Linnaea, with 20 years of retail experience from their other store Artisans and Peter a furniture designer opened Agency, with a focus on modern home décor and lifestyle accessories. They combined a mix of influences, from West Coast living, Scandinavian design from Linnaea’s heritage and Detroit modern design from where Peter grew up.
After opening Agency, Peter and Linnaea decided to take a trip to find more Scandinavian design and visit Linnaea’s family. While in Copenhagen they rented a Christiania bike to explore the city with their kids and fell for the distinctive Danish cargo bikes. Linnaea explained, “With small children half the battle is getting from point A to point B. The bike took so much of that out of that. Being able to keep my eyes on them and interact with them easily as we rode made for some of the sweetest moments of our trip. Our kids could sit with snacks, books, toys and be entertained while we moved at a pace that could get us somewhere, but also allow for stopping at a moments notice. We could roll right up to park and let them play or a café for a drink. Our son even napped in it! It was such a win, win!”
They flew home from and still rather high from the success of their family vacation, immediately started researching getting a Christiania of their own. They had visions of integrating Scandi-style into school drop off, grocery shopping, visits to the library and beach trips in the bike. At that time Christiania bikes were not available in the USA. There were lots of other cargo bikes, but the Christiania story, quality of the design, style and magic of their time together stuck with Peter and Linnaea. They reached out to the company with an email and heard back that Christiania wanted to sell bikes in the USA and their store and family seemed to embody the Christiania concept. How about Agency sells and represents the bikes in the USA?
They ordered their first batch of bikes and have been steadily selling Christiania’s ever since. They have sold Christiania bikes to people with kids (sometimes the furry kind) and companies who use the bikes in their work. Most recently they have been working to bring the taxi bike to retirement communities and tour groups so that people of all ages can enjoy a bike ride. Never could they have imagined that a vacation bike ride would have led to this!