Memorial Day Weekend

We will be closed through Monday for the Memorial Day weekend, opening again on Tuesday, May 31st. All orders received this weekend will be shipped on Tuesday. Over the weekend, we’re going to hike, go to the beach, hang out with friends and family, think about what Memorial Day is all about, and do some work, too. We hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend! See you Tuesday.

TOM BIHN New colors of Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth: Lapis and Asphalt
The Co-Pilot made a great camera bag for our trip to the beach.

Seattle Store Open 05/12 from 11am-3pm

Though it’s not quite ready, we know many of you have been waiting patiently to visit our new Seattle Store/Factory Showroom, so we’re opening it (again) just for you from 11am – 3pm on Thursday, May 12th.

Address: 4750A Ohio Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98134
(Plenty of parking right in front of the store!)
Need directions? Start here.

Ristretto for iPad/iPad 2 In-Stock, Backorders Shipped Today

Those of you with Ristretto for iPad/iPad 2 backorders will be pleased to know that we shipped your orders out today — weeks ahead of schedule. The Ristretto for iPad/iPad 2 is now in-stock in most colors..

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Above: the Ristretto for iPad in Cocoa/Cayenne.

Updates on new and upcoming designs

A local friend who knits has given us good feedback on the Knitting Needle Case and Tom is continuing to refine its design.

Tom will be working with the Seattle factory today on some minor manufacturing issues regarding the Camera Insert. It’s still in development and we hope to release it soon.

The Diaper Bag concept is something Tom has been working on for several years; it consists of a few components that are completely new to our manufacturing process. One non-sewn component, which will hopefully be made to our specifications in California, has a sub-component that we were promised delivery on almost two years ago. This sub-component has no comparable replacement anywhere in the world and we just last week received an updated sample. Sure, we could have released something sooner, but it wouldn’t be the hyper-cool thing we envision. Bottom Line: the Diaper Bag is still under development and due to circumstances beyond our control, its release date is unknown.

There’s lots more in the works, but these are the three designs that you most often ask us for updates on. Stay tuned!

Seattle Showroom Open Tomorrow (04/16) 11am – 4pm

Though it’s not quite ready, we know many of you have been waiting patiently to visit our new Seattle Store/Factory Showroom, so we’re opening it just for you from 11am – 4pm tomorrow, Saturday April 16th.

Address: 4750A Ohio Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98134
(Plenty of parking right in front of the store!)
Need directions? Start here.

Update on our new Seattle factory

We’ve been in our new factory for two months now and we find more reasons to love it everyday. Having extra space (while it lasts) is grand — we have plenty of light, plenty of power, and extra parking. Though we seem to be in a Bermuda Triangle as far as convenient espresso goes, we are in all other ways very happy to be where we are. We’re getting folks trained and certified on the forklift, optimizing how sewing machines and finished product fit into the new space, and finishing up sorting through rolls of fabric and boxes of parts; all of the things you might expect after a big move. We’re putting the finishing touches on our new Seattle Retail Store/Factory Showroom and, while we are planning a grand opening later this Spring, we will be open on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00am – 4:00pm for everyone who has been patiently waiting to see our new location.

Stay tuned to the blog for more updates on our factory, including new photos and video.

April Fools! We’d never quit making bags. It’s what we do.

A few people have called, concerned we were really going to stop making bags and go on tour instead. It’s not true: we’d never quit making bags. It’s what we (love to) do.

No More Bags, We’re Starting a Band (April Fools!)

TOM BIHN Top-Stitches
The Top-Stitches from left to right: Aracelia, Irma, Lisa, Tom, Aravelia, June, Fong

Tom Bihn and some of his top production crew announced today that they are giving up making bags to focus on their musical aspirations. “There comes a time” said Tom, “when the Muse calls and you must answer.” Their band, the “Top Stitches”, will perform not only Tom’s favorite tunes from French Canada, but also traditional songs in Cantonese, Spanish and Tagalog. “We figured if we can make great bags as a team, think of what could we do with a fiddle, a banjo and an accordion!” Though the rest of the TOM BIHN crew initially advised Tom against quitting his day job, they were ultimately inspired to follow his lead and pursue their own dreams. “I’ve always wanted to break in to the movies” said one seamstress, who wanted to remain anonymous, as she clocked out for the last time. “I’m going to become a dentist!” exclaimed an unidentified customer service representative. “The sky’s the limit!”

Forums Down for Upgrade on 04/02

We’re upgrading the TOM BIHN Forums and adding some new features on Saturday, April 2nd from 9:00am – 12:00pm PST. During that time, you will not be able to access the forums. We hope you’ll check back later that day to see the new forums and we’ll post on Monday a list of all the changes. Thanks for your understanding.

New Seattle Store Update

Since our move to a new, larger Seattle factory space in late January, we’ve been working on ramping up production to meet the demand for our bags. That means hiring new sewers, figuring out which new sewing machines we need, and planning how to optimize our production schedule.

We’ve also been thinking of our Seattle retail store/factory showroom (the only place to buy a TOM BIHN bag besides through our website) and working to make real that vision of a larger showroom with enough wall space to showcase all of our designs while giving you enough table space to try them out. It’s a work in progress, and while we don’t yet have a Grand Opening date, we will open on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00am – 4:00pm for those of you who have been patiently waiting for our store to open. The new address is: 4750A Ohio Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134. We’ll post directions and more information as April 16th approaches. Excuse our dust, and trust that, once the store and factory are finished, we will extend an invitation to you (and everyone else) to join us for a Grand Opening party. If you will be in Seattle from out of town between now and April 16th, or you really need to visit the store, email Katy and we’ll see what we can do. Thanks for your continued patience!

The TOM BIHN Super Ego Messenger Bag in Las Vegas. Picture by Imago Metrics.