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    New Ultrasuede Cafe Bag

    Took a tour of Tom Bihn's factory in Seattle today, thanks to Darcy - escorted by Tom himself - thank you, Darcy! Thank you, Tom!

    I highly recommend making arrangements to see it if you're in Seattle. If you're a sewer, just seeing all those industrials (each station set up for a specific purpose) can make your heart go pitter-patter with serious lust. Let me not mention the cutting table - if that fit in my living room I'd get one tomorrow.

    Anyway, one of the perks of such a tour is the possibility of seeing a new item. This is the second time I've been so lucky; the first time I lucked out and saw the prototype Western Flyer.

    There's a Ultrasuede Cafe Bag coming (Yes, Darcy gave me permission to tell everyone about it). The Ultrasuede is waterproofed on the outside, sueded side, with DWR coating, and also on the inside with a heavier coating like the other fabrics use. This is truly Seattle-rain-proof stuff, here. If you've had other non-animal suede items from other companies, and had to worry about getting it wet, forget the worries with this bag. The bag I saw was a Cocoa Ultrasuede with a Wasabi liner, and it was.... GORGEOUS.

    It's hard not to pet fabric of this quality; it snuggles up to your hand and body just begging for attention. I don't have any colors to state; the Cocoa might not be a production color, Tom stated, but with fabric this nice it won't matter. The Wasabi was not Ultrasuede, by the way, just the outside Cocoa. No other changes were made to the bag.

    If you'd like to see Ultrasuede's own website, click HERE .

    If you've always wanted a Cafe Bag but wondered if the current fabrics would blend into your office or work environment, worry no more. This bag rocks!
    Indigo Co-Pilot w' Cache, Sapphire/Olive Medium Cafe bag, Sapphire/Black and Indigo Ballistic Swifts, 50+ assorted Stuff Sacks/Pouches/Key Straps, 4 Shop Bags. 2 Absolutes, 2 Strap Wraps, a #5 Brain Cell, 3 Clear Quarter Packing Cubes , 3 Aeronaut cubes, a 3D, a Kit, a Convertible Shoulder Bag and Convertible Backpack for my Indigo/Solar Aeronaut. Last, 3 Lifefactory Bottles and my Plum Field Journal! Plus a blue (natch) FOT. All bags decked out with Tom Bihn luggage tags .

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    The current fabrics do blend into an office or work environment, but if
    you're unsure go with navy (the power color) or black cafe bag.
    Tom Welch > Mesa, Arizona, USA
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    A mini-cafe bag in this material would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aiethabell View Post
    If you'd like to see Ultrasuede's own website, click HERE .

    If you've always wanted a Cafe Bag but wondered if the current fabrics would blend into your office or work environment, worry no more. This bag rocks!
    Any chance of making the Ristretto with Ultrasuede?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moriond View Post
    Any chance of making the Ristretto with Ultrasuede?
    It's unlikely. It's more likely that you will see the Mini Cafe Bag in Ultrasuede.

    I've had the pleasure of using the Ultrasuede Cafe bag for over a week now. It's so luxuriously soft that it's hard to stop touching it. It feels nice against the side/hip. We were concerned that the Ultrasuede fabric might not have enough weight to help the bag keep its shape, especially if there were hard or pointy objects in the main compartment of the bag. That hasn't turned out to be a problem: the bag keeps its shape quite well.

    I hope to take some sneak peak preview pictures soon (if Tom will let me!)
    Current Carry: Skookum Dog Citizen Canine prototype, Founder's Briefcase (every day carry), Small Cafe Bag (every day carry), Shop Bags (groceries, extra random stuff), Aeronaut 45 (travel), Synapse 19 (day hikes), Smart Alec (longer day hikes), Skookum Dog Road Duffel (Medium) (travel), Clear Organizer Wallet, Travel Stuff Sacks, Organizer Cubes

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    Any chance you'll be posting those pictures soon, Darcy? I'm really interested in a small Cafe Bag in Ultrasuede -- I've been thinking about getting a small Cafe bag for a while, but my boyfriend has one in Cordura and I'm sure he wouldn't be too keen on our having matching bags. The Ultrasuede might make it just different enough =) And it would be nice to see it the Mini Cafe also.

    So I'll have to ask the irritating question -- when might we be seeing the Ultrasuede Cafe bags? (And what is the estimate on the Mini Cafe, while I'm at it?)

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    Somehow missed this thread previously but I am evidently holding off on a purchase... the Ultrasuede is tempting... and I'm trying to decide on a size.

    Hopefully, the release will be soon!
    Imago in cocoa/cocoa/wasabi, Medium Cafe Bag in plum/wasabi, Swift in cork, steel stuff sack, steel pen/pencil pouch, plum clear organizer wallet, small cork pouch and steel/cork/wasabi Imago

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    Question Ultrasuede bag questions

    I watched the video on the Ultrasuede website. Looks really cool. I am planning my purchase of a Large Cafe bag and am now leaning toward Ultrasuede. What colors are going to be the Ultrasuede material? Is the current Cocoa/Wasabi combo in Ultrasuede? Will there be a Cocoa/Cayenne combo? I feel my Tom Bihn bag fever ramping up again! So much more fun than Malaria.
    Bags: Super Ego (Black/indigo w/cork seatbelt); Aeronaut (Crimson/Steel); 2 Medium Cafe Bags (Navy/Cayenne, Linen/Olive), w/an Ultrasuede Shoulder Strap Wrap; Large Cafe Bag (Cocoa/Wasabi) w/Absolute Strap; Imago (sadly lost to hazmat); a Brain Cell w/ another Strap Wrap; and a Shop Bag (Steel). Accessories: Bunches and bunches.
    Wanted: Zephyr or Empire Builder.
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    I am really excited for the Ultrasuede. I love the feel of suede. I'm also still really excited for the mini cafe bag!
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    Imago in Cocoa/Cocoa/Wasabi, Large Cafe Bag in Black/Wasabi, Various organizer pouches, Shop Bag in Steel Dyneema (love it!), Synapse in Steel/Steel (love it too!), and a Medium Cafe Bag in Plum/Wasabi.

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    Question Fabric Question

    Is the Ultrasuede in the clear wallet the same material that will be used in making the Ultrasuede Large Cafe Bag? Will it have the same feel?
    Bags: Super Ego (Black/indigo w/cork seatbelt); Aeronaut (Crimson/Steel); 2 Medium Cafe Bags (Navy/Cayenne, Linen/Olive), w/an Ultrasuede Shoulder Strap Wrap; Large Cafe Bag (Cocoa/Wasabi) w/Absolute Strap; Imago (sadly lost to hazmat); a Brain Cell w/ another Strap Wrap; and a Shop Bag (Steel). Accessories: Bunches and bunches.
    Wanted: Zephyr or Empire Builder.
    " ...all [that] you have to depend on is yourself and your luggage." - The Luggage Salesman (Joe Versus the Volcano)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ex machina View Post
    Is the Ultrasuede in the clear wallet the same material that will be used in making the Ultrasuede Large Cafe Bag? Will it have the same feel?
    No, it's not the same. The Cafe Bag Ultrasuede is designed more for exterior use and while it still has that amazing Ultrasuede feel, it's more substantial.
    Current Carry: Skookum Dog Citizen Canine prototype, Founder's Briefcase (every day carry), Small Cafe Bag (every day carry), Shop Bags (groceries, extra random stuff), Aeronaut 45 (travel), Synapse 19 (day hikes), Smart Alec (longer day hikes), Skookum Dog Road Duffel (Medium) (travel), Clear Organizer Wallet, Travel Stuff Sacks, Organizer Cubes

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    Question Tnx and a follow-up question

    Thank you Darcy. I do have an additional question: Is the current Cocoa/Wasabi bag (offered via the website) a Cordura bag or an Ultrasuede bag? I suspect the answer is Cordura, but I want to confirm that as I am gearing up my next purchase and read that the Ultrasuede will be in Cocoa. If it is not the Ultrasuede, when will Ultrasuede be available (ballpark, not specifically)?
    Bags: Super Ego (Black/indigo w/cork seatbelt); Aeronaut (Crimson/Steel); 2 Medium Cafe Bags (Navy/Cayenne, Linen/Olive), w/an Ultrasuede Shoulder Strap Wrap; Large Cafe Bag (Cocoa/Wasabi) w/Absolute Strap; Imago (sadly lost to hazmat); a Brain Cell w/ another Strap Wrap; and a Shop Bag (Steel). Accessories: Bunches and bunches.
    Wanted: Zephyr or Empire Builder.
    " ...all [that] you have to depend on is yourself and your luggage." - The Luggage Salesman (Joe Versus the Volcano)

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    No Cafe bags are available in Ultrasuede at this time, and I'm not sure when they will be: Tom is working on a different bag to be our first Ultrasuede bag, but details on that aren't available yet.
    Current Carry: Skookum Dog Citizen Canine prototype, Founder's Briefcase (every day carry), Small Cafe Bag (every day carry), Shop Bags (groceries, extra random stuff), Aeronaut 45 (travel), Synapse 19 (day hikes), Smart Alec (longer day hikes), Skookum Dog Road Duffel (Medium) (travel), Clear Organizer Wallet, Travel Stuff Sacks, Organizer Cubes

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    Smile Tnx! :)

    Tnx Darcy, I'll keep an eye for that.
    Bags: Super Ego (Black/indigo w/cork seatbelt); Aeronaut (Crimson/Steel); 2 Medium Cafe Bags (Navy/Cayenne, Linen/Olive), w/an Ultrasuede Shoulder Strap Wrap; Large Cafe Bag (Cocoa/Wasabi) w/Absolute Strap; Imago (sadly lost to hazmat); a Brain Cell w/ another Strap Wrap; and a Shop Bag (Steel). Accessories: Bunches and bunches.
    Wanted: Zephyr or Empire Builder.
    " ...all [that] you have to depend on is yourself and your luggage." - The Luggage Salesman (Joe Versus the Volcano)

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    Yummmmm! An ultrasuede Cafe Bag! Ohhh, I can hardly wait. It will be perfect for all environments -- work, play, travel, etc. Thanks, Tom & Darcy and team! Any idea when we might b able to order this luscious bag?
    Ego in Black, Steel, Wasabi, Empire Builder in Black, Black, Sapphire (Husband), 2 Brain Cells (Black), 2 Medium Cafe Bags - 1 in Black, Wasabi & 1 in Navy, Cayenne, 2 Large Cafe bags w/Absolute Straps - 1 in Linen, Olive and 1 in Cocoa, Wasabi, Guardian Dual Function Light & Lots of pouches!

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