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.
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.
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!”
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.
“One of the best parts about this bag is that it’s not a backpack per se, but it can be worn as one with a similar amount of comfort by way of a pair of straps that zip inside when not in use. And when you set it down, it doesn’t do any of that clumsy tipping that annoys me so much about backpacks. It sits up like any suitcase you’ve ever seen ready to be grabbed and thrown into a tuk-tuk with a minimal amount of effort.”
“I used the bag throughout the night and was completely sold on it by the end. It was easy to get into the front side pouches when needed and took up far less bulk than my coat (can it please be spring?). I removed the waist straps for now, but will use them during airport hikes.”