In stock: Tri-Star, Swift, 4Z Brain Cell, Small Cafe, more

In-stock and ready to ship:

Tri-Star in Black/Steel, Black/Iberian, Navy/Solar, Navy/Iberian, Steel/Ultraviolet, and Steel/Solar.

Swift, all colors: Cocoa/Olive, Olive/Plum, Olive/Linen, Plum/Black, Black/Black, Kiwi/Black, and Navy/Steel.

Size 4Z Horizontal Brain Cell

Small Cafe Bag, all colors: Olive/Wasabi, Black/Steel, Black/Wasabi, Cocoa/Wasabi, Plum/Wasabi, Navy/Cayenne, Linen/Steel, Linen/Olive, Crimson/Steel, and Conifer/Steel.

3D Clear Organizer Cube, all colors: Black, Steel, Indigo, Olive, Conifer, and Plum.

Swift in Cork

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Black/Iberian.

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Steel/Solar.

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Steel/Ultraviolet.

Visit the Aeronaut (our maximum carry-on travel bag) page. Click through Read More to see photos of Black/Steel, Navy/Iberian, Navy/Solar, and Steel/Steel.

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors

Black/Steel.

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Navy/Iberian.

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Navy/Solar.

New Photos: Aeronaut exterior/interior colors
Steel/Steel.

Welcome Back, Storm 1000d Cordura

Welcome Back, Storm

Storm 1000d Cordura is a light-to-medium blue color. Storm isn’t the new color we’re set to debut Tuesday; it’s a longtime friend that we’ve decided to bring back for another visit. Available in our Color Key Straps and Medium Cafe Bag.

Photo: Kit in all colors (sixth new ballistic nylon color greyed out)

Photo: Kit in all colors (sixth new ballistic nylon color greyed out)

From left to right: Steel, Kiwi, Mystery #6 1050d ballistic nylon color that debuts on Tuesday, Black, Navy, and Cardinal. See: the Kit.

The Travelite® FAQ on our new Cardinal 1050d ballistic nylon

“The cardinal red color was introduced today on Bihn’s blog. While Bihn fans may already be familiar with his previous crimson ballistic nylon, his blog entry includes a photo comparing the two reds side by side, and it’s obvious that the new cardinal red is a much deeper hue. If you’re looking for a travel bag that’s not your ordinary neutral tone, but you shy away from the really bright colors, you’ll want to take a look at the cardinal. It’s a big pop of color, but it’s deep and rich. If you’re looking for a bag with standout color, the cardinal red is an instant classic.”

Read the entire post on Travelite®.

The Travelite® FAQ on our new Cardinal 1050d ballistic nylon

Introducing Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon

This is the red of my dreams; the red I’ve quested after for years. It’s a deep red, rich and dark. A hint of black, and perhaps a bit of blue, distinguish our previous Crimson 1050d ballistic nylon from our new Cardinal 1050d ballistic nylon. Working with the dye works to create this color was no simple feat, and we rejected countless iterations of the new red before finally approving Cardinal two months ago.

After choosing our new color, we had several brainstorming sessions to come up with its name. Many would call it “Cherry” or “Stanford Red”. I thought it’d be funny to call it “Bolshevik Red” but more reasoned voices prevailed. Someone (we can’t remember who) suggested Cardinal, which is defined as a deep, vivid red. Perfect. And it’s the name of a train. Even better. (Our Empire Builder and Zephyr briefcases are also named after trains.)

We’re excited to offer Cardinal for pre-order in the following bags: Aeronaut, Tri-Star, Breve for iPad/iPad 2, ID, Empire Builder, Kit, Super Ego, Co-Pilot, and Checkpoint Flyer.

In the process of choosing Cardinal, which is our fifth color of 1050d U.S. ballistic nylon, we came up with a sixth color that everyone agreed we couldn’t leave behind. We’ll be unveiling 1050d Ballistic Nylon Color #6 next Tuesday. Stay tuned!
– Tom

Introducing TOM BIHN Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
Our previous red – Crimson – is on the left. Cardinal is on the right.

Introducing TOM BIHN Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
The Tri-Star in Cardinal/Steel.

Introducing TOM BIHN Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
Handles of the Cardinal Tri-Star cut and ready to sew.

Introducing TOM BIHN Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
The Kit.

Introducing TOM BIHN Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
The Kit in Cardinal, with a Vulcana Hemp/Recycled Rubber background.

Introducing TOM BIHN Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
A roll of the Cardinal 1050d ballistic nylon in the factory.

Introducing TOM BIHN Cardinal Red 1050d ballistic nylon
A close-up of the ballistic nylon yarns.

A Surprise Tomorrow

We’re going to announce something new tomorrow, so keep an eye on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter. Here’s a hint.

A Surprise Tomorrow

Feedback on the Aeronaut Grab Handle

In response to our post on the blog and Facebook featuring the grab handles on the end of the Aeronaut, you wrote:

Trina:
“I sure appreciated both of them one time I had to hustle with the bag … I had the absolute strap across my body and kept the Aeronaut steady by holding on to the side handles. I was wearing a different backpack on my back, otherwise it would have been secured there!”

Jennifer:
“I adore all the thought put into these awesome bags!”

Brian:
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used all of those handles in various situations. My Aeronaut is my rock.”

Read more feedback on the Aeronaut grab handles — and post your own — on Facebook.

See our factory in action tomorrow in Seattle!

Visit our Seattle Factory Showroom/Retail Store tomorrow (Wednesday, 06/15) during our open hours of 11am – 2pm and you’ll catch a glimpse of our factory crew making bags. We’re at 4750A Ohio Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98362. Want to see a map?

TOM BIHN Top-Stitches

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Photos of Monday's Cut: Large Cafe Bags

TOM BIHN Imago reviewed by Whatever

Lisa and Lee at the new TOM BIHN Seattle Factory

Design Features Explained: Aeronaut Grab Handles

The grab handles at either end of the Aeronaut were designed to be in the right place at the right time. Specifically, they provide an inviting and obvious place to grab and give the Aeronaut a yank to extract it from an overhead compartment of a plane or other tight spot. They’re reinforced, so if you need to pull hard, go ahead, and because they’re padded, the whole process will be as comfortable for your hands as possible.
- Tom

TOM BIHN Design Features Explained: Aeronaut Grab Handles