Photos: Aeronaut, Kit in Navy 1050d + pre-order now

TOM BIHN Introducing our custom 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy

TOM BIHN Introducing our custom 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy

Available for pre-order in our new Navy 1050d ballistic nylon:

Aeronaut in Navy/Solar, Navy/Iberian (Shipping by early June!)

Tri-Star in Navy/Solar, Navy/Iberian

Kit

Little Swift in Navy/Navy

Super Ego in Black/Navy/Cayenne

Swift in Navy/Steel

Checkpoint Flyer in Black/Navy (13″, 15″, and 17″ sizes only)

TOM BIHN Introducing our custom 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy

TOM BIHN Introducing our custom 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy

TOM BIHN Introducing our custom 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy

Introducing our custom 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy

TOM BIHN Introducing our custom 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy

We’ve received shipment of our new custom 1050d ballistic nylon color: Navy. A rich, deeply hued blue, Navy is the result of months of back-and-forth with our fabric mill, ensuring the color met our exacting standards. We’ll introduce various bags for pre-order in Navy tomorrow (there may even be a few photos of actual bags to show you) but wanted to give you a sneak peak at the new color today.

TOM BIHN Introducing our custom 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy

More about our custom-produced fabrics:
We use only the best quality 1050 denier ballistic nylon. It’s made in the U.S.A and finished (dyed and coated) to our specifications. This cloth is available off-the-shelf in Black, but because there’s virtually no domestic demand for colors, colors other than black are made only to order. The minimum quantity we need to have dyed (a “dye lot”) is relatively quite large, especially for a small company like ours that enjoys offering a wide variety of colors. Currently, that’s over 21 different colors and fabrics, and we plan to add more.

TOM BIHN Introducing our custom 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy
Candi, Irma, and Tom inspect our new Navy fabric.

The high-tenacity nylon yarns from which 1050d ballistic nylon are woven can be very difficult to dye, compared to, for example, the standard nylon typically found in imported 1680 “ballistic”. (One of our fabric mills tested our 1050d ballistic nylon against the 1680 stuff; see the results of that test here.) We’ve had to reject more than a few batches of 1050d because it was streaky, too soft, or simply not the exact color we envisioned. And because we can’t just run down to the corner fabric store and pick up a roll in some stock color, we’ve decided not to announce new colors until we actually have them in-house and they’ve met our strict standards.

We’re very impressed with the quality of our new 1050d ballistic nylon in Navy and plan to share more photos with you over the next weeks as various bags become available in the new fabric.

Watercolor (in the FJN!) by DrawnToDevour: the Medium Cafe Bag

Watercolors by DrawnToDevour, created on Crane’s Crest paper in our Field Journal Notebook.

Watercolor (in the FJN!) by DrawnToDevour: the Medium Cafe Bag
The Medium Cafe Bag.

Watercolor (in the FJN!) by DrawnToDevour: the Medium Cafe Bag
A gin fizz.

See DrawnToDevour’s latest works, posted to Twitter.

One Bag, One World Review: Guardian Dual Function Light

One Bag, One World Review of the Guardian Light

One Bag, One World Review of the Guardian Light

“The uniqueness of this light is the ability to keep it close and hands free. You can use the belt clip to attach it to your belt or strap of your messenger bag or backpack.”

Read the entire review at One Bag, One World.

Video by Beck Trench: Wine in my Ristretto

Janine: Packed for the hospital

“The contents of my hospital tote. One of these bags is not like the others, I know. Just ignore it for the time being, it contains my toiletries and they are boring. My going home clothes are in the Ultraviolet Packing Cube Shoulder Bag and the kids’ going home clothes are in the Iberian one.”

Read Janine’s entire post — with more photos — in the TOM BIHN Forums.

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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.

In stock: Clear Organizer Wallet

The Clear Organizer Wallet is now in-stock in all colors.

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Photo by Skylark: Clear Organizer Pouches w/Signature dpns and cable needles

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Skylark posted the above (awesome) photo on Ravelry with this note: “Signature dpns and cable needles snuggle nicely in the Clear Organizer Pouches – sizes pen/pencil, small and mini.”

Customer Gina and her Ristretto on a national tour

Customer Gina Spadafori writes:
“This is McKenzie, my dog and the official tour dog of Dr. Marty Becker’s national tour for “Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual” (I’m the co-author). We’re traveling the country for seven weeks in a custom-wrapped bus that has previously been used by Lady Gaga and Dog The Bounty Hunter, among others. My bag is the Ristretto, which holds my MacBook Air, iPad2, iPhone and all the chargers, etc. This pic was taken in downtown Miami last night. LOVE YOUR BAGS!
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