Unfortunately Tom Bihn isn't a common household name of luggage such as Samsonite, Tumi, etc. So I'm really curious on how each of you first discovered and fell into love with Tom Bihn bags. I'll start off with my story...
It was the mid 2000's and the hand-me-down laptop my dad let me use for college died on me. So this was the first time in my life I actually purchased a brand new laptop for my own use. Naturally I wanted to protect my investment however I was not impressed with the various laptop cases that were available. To be more specific, I was searching for a laptop sheath that offered an actual hard plastic inner layer. Not just padding which everybody else was offering, but a hard, rigid layer of plastic inside to protect the laptop. This internet search criteria brought me to the Tom Bihn Monolith and Brain Cell. They were perfect! Exactly what I was looking for! Also since they were made right here in Seattle, buying one was a no brainer so I drove to the showroom and picked up a Monolith to use inside of my existing backpack.
The Monolith worked perfectly and it's high quality put my JanSport backpack to shame, so I got curious to all the other products Tom Bihn had to offer and started searching around on the website some more. I loved the thoughtful design, colors, and high quality materials that were put into these bags. I also liked how the brain cells could be clipped inside most of the bags allowing you to change brain cells depending on the size of your laptop while keeping your existing Tom Bihn bag, very cool! I ended up ditching my JanSport backpack and got a Super Ego with various mini pouches inside to keep me perfectly organized.
My Super Ego has been my trusted companion throughout college and my professional work career afterwards, I litterally take it everywhere with me! I appreciate that it's not a "mainstream brand" that everybody else wears, I feel like I'm a member of a prestigious secret bag society when I cycle or walk down the street with it but I'm more than willing to spread the word and direct those interested in it to Tom Bihn's website. All in all my Super Ego is a very versatile bag that I cannot imagine ever replacing!
So there it is, my story on how I got into Tom Bihn. I would really like to read about all of your stories on how you got into Tom Bihn as well!