Knapsack maker finds its niche
A Seattle manufacturer that’s staying put
By BILL VIRGIN
“As quirky companies go, Seattle-based bag and briefcase manufacturer Tom Bihn would appear to have an abundance of qualifications for the title: the two large dogs — Lily and Riley — that roam the halls of the company’s offices, checking out visitors and cadging treats from employees on breaks; the company motto in Latin, “Siquid mantica non capit, domi relinquendum est” (“If it doesn’t fit in your knapsack, leave it behind”); the unconventional colors and materials, such as cork, used in its products.
The quirkiest feature of Tom Bihn, though, may be this: It still actually makes its own products — and in this country.”
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