“I had to travel to NYC this past weekend. For a two day trip I definitely had more gear than clothes. The Ego and the Aeronaunt were perfect for the job. We’ll have a FirstUse write-up later on this month. We think most will be surprised at the amount of gear one can managed to pack in the Ego ” – Wan Chi Lau
“Bought my ultra-stylish tote-bag-loving niece an all-black LUX for her birthday. She adores it. Sophisticated enough to carry to a job interview (which she did just today). Stunningly roomy for such a sleek bag. She’s quite petite (just 5’2″) and even well-filled the LUX does not overwhelm her. She’s hooked (Oooooh noooo. The pun. I’m so ashamed.) on the convenience of the key strap. Delighted with the full-across pocket. Thinks it’s so cool that the bag stands up on it’s own. The LUX has definitely climbed in our personal Birthday Gift Hall of Fame.”
“It finally struck me that Tom Bihn and Apple, Inc. are definitely on the same wavelength, and have a lot of the same ideals. Tom’s bags are meticulously hand crafted, with design and functionality seamlessly blending into one. The workers on the floor obviously take pride in recreating the art pieces that Tom has designed. I emphasize again something that I pointed out last time with the Smart Alec review, the craftsman on the floor aren’t in another part of the world, where workmanship can be questionable and no oversight committees are needed to make sure things are done correctly. These people work alongside the actual designer in Seattle, Washington. That not only keeps quality high with fewer QC issues, but perhaps even inventiveness and innovation can spring from such a relationship, furthering these exceptional bags.”
Care instructions have been added to our F.A.Q. Thanks, Lisa, for your suggestion!
You love your TOM BIHN bag. You take it everywhere with you, and soon it begins to show a little dirt, or at least you figure it must be getting dirty. So how do you clean it?
We recommend hand-washing your TOM BIHN bag with a mild soap — environmentally-friendly dish soaps work well, but as always, with any soap, test it on a small, inconspicuous area of the bag before you use it on the entire bag. Fill your sink or bath tub with warm water, add a little soap (a little goes a long way!), and let the bag soak for a half hour. If there are visible spots of dirt, gently rub the area with a wash cloth, or you can apply a little soap directly to that spot and let it soak. Rinse your bag thoroughly (this is a lot easier if you’ve only used a little bit of soap!) and lay your bag flat to dry on top of a bath towel.
Methods we DON’T recommend:
Having your bag dry-cleaned or putting your bag in a washing machine or dryer will void the guarantee, and make your bag look funny. We don’t want either of those things to happen.
Your TOM BIHN bag will last for years. The fabrics we use to make our bags are treated with a water-resistant coating, but over time, that coating will start to dissipate. If you live in a rainy climate like we do, we’d recommend treating your bag with Nikwax after one year of use.
“This summer, I am commuting from uptown Manhattan to SoHo for a part time job. I am also going to school part time as well. On the four days I am working, the Cafe Bag carries everything I need to stay occupied during the long commute while keeping things out of my pockets (I’m not a big fan of having stuff in my pockets). I have taken it with me on several trips back to California and it has become my default daily bag. Where I used to shuffle things from one bag to another, I no longer need to do that with my Medium Cafe Bag, and I’ve in fact given away some of the bags that my Tom Bihn products are slowing replacing! With my cafe bag, I know that when I am carrying it, everything I need is within arm’s reach.”
Just like our regular Organizer Pouches but with added padding, Padded Organizer Pouches will add an extra pocket of organization to any bag. Because they are lightly padded, they are great for protecting and organizing small electronics. And like all of our Organizer Pouches, the Padded Organizer Pouches zip shut with a #5 YKK coil zipper with a plastic slider which is less likely to damage sensitive electronic gizmos. Available in sizes Mini ($7), Small ($9), and Large ($11).
Customer Jim D. recently posted a rave about TOM BIHN customer service (we’re so flattered!) on his blog, Real Central VA:
“What the Tom Bihn company did was provide “Raving Fan” customer service. This is one of my real estate goals – to provide service and value so exceptional, so out of the ordinary that people want to talk about it – tell their friends, write about it, and above all, as I will do with Tom Bihn – use my service again.”
The Convertible Packing Cube is designed to be used just like our regular
End Pocket Packing Cubes: to organize the inside of your Aeronaut for easy packing and un-packing. When you reach your destination and it’s time to leave the Aeronaut in the hotel or hostel, re-pack this cube with a windbreaker, lunch and your map, add a shoulder strap, and you’re ready to go out and explore: no need to carry along an extra bag for day use. $20. In stock and ships within one business day.
The Passport Pouch is a simple pouch designed to carry your passport or other documents while traveling. Made of light-weight Dyneema ripstop fabric and trimmed with soft polyester knit material, the Passport Pouch can be worn under or outside your clothing, or around your neck or your waist, whichever works best for you. $10. In stock and ships within one business day.