New Ristretto for iPad Photos (all colors)

Photos of the Ristretto for iPad in all color combinations — Black/Steel, Steel/Iberian, Navy/Solar, Forest/Steel, Olive/Cayenne, and Cardinal/Steel — are up. Note: Black/Steel has already sold out and is available for backorder with an expected shipping date of late April.

TOM BIHN Ristretto for iPad in Steel/Iberian
Ristretto for iPad in Steel/Iberian

TOM BIHN Ristretto for iPad in Navy/Solar
Ristretto for iPad in Navy/Solar

TOM BIHN Ristretto in Forest/Steel
Ristretto for iPad in Forest/Steel

Popwuping: Tom Bihn on design (2009)

“The design process is always evolving and varies from one bag to the next. The constant operating principal behind the process is this: I don’t want to make something that is already out there. It has to be unique – work better, look better, last longer, fills a niche that no one else has filled. I keep in mind that, because our products last (almost) forever, I have a responsibility to make them be very useful and as handsome as possible as well: I personally don’t like being around things that are not please to the hand and eye, especially on a semi-permanent basis. I feel in a small way like an architect.” – Tom Bihn

Read the full article on Popwuping.

Tom Bihn (with Riley) works late on a new bag design

Tom (with Riley) works late in our Seattle factory on the design that would become the Citizen Canine.

Bags for the new iPad

The new iPad will fit the:

Ristretto for iPad
Cadet (11/iPad size)
Synapse
Co-Pilot
Cache
Breve

And, of course, the new iPad will fit in just about any of our briefcases, backpacks, laptop bags and messenger bags (you’ll likely want to put the iPad in a Cache first for padded protection.) See the full list of bags for the iPad here.

Ristretto for iPad 2 in Olive/Cayenne

Ristretto for iPad in Olive/Cayenne.

Ristretto for the new iPad

Ristretto for iPad in Black/Steel.

Ristretto for the new iPad

Ristretto for iPad in Steel/Iberian.

Smart Alec Packing List for 1 Week Trip to Mardi Gras

Posted by dboredom in the TOM BIHN Forums.

I recently took a road trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and packed a weeks worth of stuff in my new Smart Alec.

7 T-shirts
7 pairs of boxers
7 pairs of sox
1 pair of jeans
1 hoodie
1 iPhone charger
1 iPad
Olloclip
1 mach 3 razor
1 toothbrush
Travel size shampoo
Travel size deodorant
Travel size toothpaste
1 diatonic harmonica

Overall I loved the bag and it worked out really well. It was my first Tom Bihn bag and my first trip with it and I couldn’t be happier.

-Chris

Smart Alec Packing List for trip to Mardi Gras

Photo: Makes you feel like a Ninja Turtle

Photo: Pulling an umbrella out of a Synapse's water-bottle pocket makes you feel like a Ninja Turtle. True Story.

@TomBihn: Pulling an umbrella out of a Synapse’s water-bottle pocket makes you feel like a Ninja Turtle. True Story. – Jon ‘Geo’ Camp

A Search for Heartbreaking Beauty

TOM BIHN and A Search for Heartbreaking Beauty

Sonya Louise and the Smart Alec backpack she’s carrying on her journey. Here, she’s hiking the Himalayas of Nepal.

A Search for Heartbreaking Beauty is a photo essay by Sonya Louise about her journey around the world. In her own words: “This trip is not about trying to find the perfect beach, or the best sunset, or the wildest stories, it’s about seeing in a whole and complete way, not editing out the bad or the mediocre…” Follow Sonya’s journey over at A Search for Heartbreaking Beauty.

Smart Alec backpack: TOM BIHN and A Search for Heartbreaking Beauty

TOM BIHN and A Search for Heartbreaking Beauty

Photo: “I wanted to see more of my sketches”

Photo by Beck Tench: I wanted to see more of my sketches

Photo by Beck Tench. Hanging on the doorknob is a Ristretto.

Photo: On the ground in snowy Sendai with our Tom Bihn bags

On the ground in snowy Sendai with our Tom Bihn bags

Photo by J.W. Clarke. Left: the Brain Bag. Right: the Aeronaut. See the original photo here.

New: Tall Yarn Stuff Sacks, All Fabric, in Iberian and Ultraviolet

TOM BIHN Tall Yarn Stuff Sack in Iberian and Ultraviolet

The Tall Yarn Stuff Sack, All Fabric, is now available in colors Iberian and Ultraviolet. $19; ships within one business day.

TOM BIHN Tall All Fabric Yarn Stuff Sack

Good stuff for the world: Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center

The Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center in Sequim, Washington is a nonprofit organization devoted to rehabilitating and caring for injured, orphaned, abandoned, or permanently incapacitated wildlife. We were glad to donate a Tri-Star as a silent auction item for their 2nd Annual Wildlife Mardi Gras fundraiser. Follow the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center on Facebook and stay up-to-date on their latest wildlife rescues and rehabilitations.

Northwest Raptor Center