3x3x365: Emma’s new bag (and box art)

Emma's new TOM BIHN bag + box art

3x3x365 is three friends in three states sharing one photo every day. This photo of Emma is by the (awesome) Patti Digh (Asheville, NC; Emma’s mom). Patti likes raw fennel, kind people, cardamom lollipops, and the smell of lavender. She spends her free time watching movies starring Johnny Depp. p.s. She likes to laugh. A lot.

Patti writes:
“I love Tom Bihn bags. Sturdy, practical, beautiful.
I ordered one for Emma to take to London this summer
(she leaves Thursday on her excellent adventure!)
and on the order form, I wrote that it was going to London with her.
Imagine our delight when the box arrived,
complete with a hand drawn London on the front of it.

That is what customer delight looks like.”

More at 3x3x365 and 37days.

hibell: Synapse on Kauai

hibell and the synapse in kauai

See more of hibell’s photos in the Forums. See also: the Synapse 19.

The Brooks Review: Clear Organizer Pouches Make Great iPad Mini Stashes

“I was packing up the diaper bag for the day today, and realized that I should bring a battery backup charger for my iPhone, which meant a cable too. And since I was at it why not grab the iPad mini in case an opportunity to use it provides itself. Normally this crap would have just been floating around in the the diaper bag, but then I had a thought. Why not use a Tom Bihn clear organizer pouch to store everything in. Bingo.”

Full post at The Brooks Review. See also: Clear Organizer Pouches.

“The man bag done right”

The man bag done right

The Ristretto modeled by @mattmedeiros; photo tweeted by @stylebytiffani

Jess on the Synapse: Style/Maturity meet Efficiency/Comfort

Jess emailed us this review of her Synapse 19:

Dear Customer Service rep at Tom Bihn,

I hope this note finds you well! I just received my first Tom Bihn backpack, the Synapse 19 in black and wasabi, and I am writing to thank you and all of your fellow employees for working for and supporting a company that really knows how to design a bag. I am 28, a woman graduate student at Yale University studying Biochemistry of biofuels. I wear makeup to a polished finish on my face with a labret stud to match, I also care about having the right color-coordinating clothes and cute shoes, but on my left hand I don a calculator watch. Maybe those aren’t the perfect examples, but I appreciate when style and maturity meets efficiency and comfort. Also, you can guess I don’t wear a purse or have a shoulder bag. My daily commute consists of driving, taking the train, followed by city biking and sometimes a shuttle. It is a commute that needs a bag to suit it.

The Synapse 19 is the most ergonomically, well though out designed backpack I have ever seen and worn. I adore the flexibility of all of the well positioned loops that are found in every pocket fast organization, less digging, and I can’t wait to get mini carabineers to hook up coiled power cords or to hang my rock climbing shoes on the outside. The way that the laptop sleeve slides out on its tracks while staying attached is genius. I did not realize it can be used as its own anchor when placed underneath the laptop, letting the empty bag hang conveniently down the side of my lap or small table. The pocket designs are genius as well, the little shallow pouch on the front is perfect for my small wallet and train pass, and the soft-lined pocket in one of the side pouches takes care of my glasses. I love the flexibility of removing and storing extra straps easily for low-key commutes, although they come in super useful when sprinting to catch a train.

All in all, I love my backpack and wanted to thank you.

– Jess, 28, a scientist who commutes to her lab at Yale by car, train and bike.

holoholo: TB on Kauai

holoholo - TOM BIHN bags in Kauai

See more of holoholo’s photos in the Forums. See also: the Ristretto.

EricSB: Synapse 25 is currently my favorite pack… (photos)

The Synapse 25 is EricSB's current favorite backpack

See more of EricSB’s photos in the Forums. See also: the Synapse 25.

SMH: Fifty things we love about travel right now

The Aeronaut made the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of the “Fifty things we love about travel right now”

“The Bear Grylls of carry-on bags, this tough, stylish and lightweight nylon bag sneaks in under the maximum dimensions yet holds a whopping 45litres. It has no wheels, however, and the $US250 ($261) price tag limits its appeal to demanding frequent flyers with a penchant for quality engineering. See tombihn.com. MG”

Read the full article at the Sydney Morning Herald.

50 things to love about travel right nowAeronaut in China.

Recoram on the Ristretto

Recoram on the TOM BIHN Ristretto

“Sometimes (well, most of the time, actually), you prefer not to carry a behemoth of a laptop bag, especially if you’re only going to the local café to do a bit of work web surfing. Plus, if you plan on doing something else later and don’t want to leave your computer in your car (bad idea), you want something that travels light and looks good. The Tom Bihn Ristretto 13″ fits Macbook Pro or MacBook Air perfectly. Fully padded for protection, the Ristretto 13 is also lined with soft brushed tricot to bathe your precious machine in softness, and the asymmetric flap that covers the main compartment secures with a one-handed buckle. There’s also a water repellent zipper on the convenient front pouch that holds your phone, wallet, etc.. And lest you think the Ristretto is too compact, there’s also plenty of room for your power cord, sunglasses and other chargers. Never short on versatility, Tom Bihn added three O-rings, one key strap, a shoulder strap and a fully removable waist strap (should you need to get around with your bike or go truly unencumbered). We love what Tom Bihn is doing for travel and transport. Everything they make is done here in the USA and made with some of the best quality we’ve ever seen.”

Read more at Recoram. See also: the Ristretto.

Block Party at the TB Seattle Factory: You’re Invited

Every year, we get together with our neighbors here at our Seattle factory to take part in a summer block party — and you’re invited. We’ll be serving Bee Pollen Ice Cream (and maybe Honey Ice) from the local Several Gardens Farm, talking about bags, talking about things other than bags, and just having a good time. It’s also a chance for you to meet our awesome neighbors (Grand Image, 3form LightArt, Two Beers, Resolute, and others).

When/Where/Why:
Thursday, July 18th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm
TOM BIHN Factory: 4750A Ohio Ave S, Seattle, 98134
And we think we covered the why part, but we’ll just say it one more time: Bee Pollen Ice Cream.

P.S. Our Seattle Factory Showroom/store will be open that day from 10:00am – 8:30pm.

You're invited to our block partySampling the test batch of Bee Pollen Ice Cream. Best ice cream we’ve ever had, made with Several Gardens Farm’s own honey and bee pollen.