One of our customers recently contacted us to tell us that he’d seen
reviews posted on the Web that critiqued another laptop
manufacturer’s product: users were saying the dyes from the
lining fabrics were bleeding onto the laptops being carried inside.
Concerned that our laptop bags could have the same problem, he asked: are the fabrics that Tom Bihn uses colorfast, or might they bleed too?
The answer? No.
We use the best quality fabrics from U.S. mills that
follow government (read: EPA) regulations. In fact, when our fabric mills
aren’t making fabric for us, they are usually making the same fabric to meet rigorous military specifications.
Overseas fabric mills aren’t subject to the same rules and
regulations. If you buy nylon fabrics overseas, it’s a lot cheaper than
you’d buy from U.S. mills, but it often is of significantly lesser
quality, and could potentially
have problems such as “fugative” dye.
Sometimes people ask why our bags are so expensive. One reason is because we spend more on higher quality fabrics, zippers, buckles,
webbing, thread, and every other part that goes into the bag. The price
we pay for that higher-quality material and those tougher zippers and
buckles gets passed on to you, but you’ll also have a bag that will last
years and won’t bleed dye on your stuff!