Before founding IVAR, I observed how traditional backpacks let your cargo fall to a disorganized mess at the bottom with the weight focused on your lower back. Imagining a better backpack for comfort and organization, I developed and patented the IVAR-LIFT Design — a unique structural design for file-like organization, weight distribution, and load balance.
IVAR launched in July 2006. Over the years, the brand’s distributional height reached over 300 retail doors in the USA and internationally. We've evolved with a commitment to design, innovation, and quality. A family-owned business, great product is our passion. Finally, we've given back significantly, with over 2,000 bags ($120,000+ in value) donated primarily to in-need youths.
Since our start, we’ve been giving back with a focus on in-need youths. To date, we have donated over 2,000 high-quality IVAR backpacks (more than $120,000 of in-value product) to youths via charities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and abroad. A vast majority of our giving has been to youths throughout Africa. We’ve donated so much that, in some villages, the IVAR brand is the most popular backpack on kids.
Pictured: IVAR recipients at The School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania.
Current/Past Charities Supported
• Mike’s Bikes Africa Program
• The Guardsmen of San Francisco
• The Breast Cancer Emergency Fund
• Ivarson USA LLC Charitable Giving
• The Ritter Center (San Rafael, CA)
• The San Pedro School (San Rafael, CA)