South of Oakland and east across the bay from San Francisco is the city of Alameda, California, home of May M. Lo of Timmy Mays. Named in honor of May’s father, an avid musician and artist, May’s creations under the Timmy Mays name—distinctively designed wallets, clutches, bags and backpacks—are celebrations of craft, creativity and the dedication to pursue your passions.
An avid drawer and creator as a child, May’s artistic nature led her to study illustration and animation in college. Over the course of her studies, May became interested in three-dimensional patterns and projects; even before the makers movement was in full swing, May’s creative drive led her to create her own bags after being disappointed by the mundane, mass-produced pieces available to her on her student’s budget. Even as she pursued a full-time career after college, May continued to explore and push her creative projects: today she employs a wide range of materials, from leather and wool to vintage materials and one-off textiles. The results are adventure-ready accessories and everyday carriers, informed by May’s background in illustration and design, and imbued with her joy of creating meaningful pieces of functional art.