Those of you who've known us for a while know that, at any given time, you can count on at least some of our bags being on backorder. Most of the time it’s just a color or two that’s unavailable, but these days some bags are on backorder in every color. Basically, demand is outpacing production. (Hey, we're not complaining! But it's still something we need to figure out how to solve.)
We've considered many options for increasing our capacity. We've debated them. We have lost sleep, drunk one too many ciders, eaten three too many cookies. And, ultimately, what feels right to us is to expand our current production crew in our Seattle factory as quickly as we can, while remaining true to the vision and mission of our company. That vision is: to make the best quality bags out there and to never sacrifice the fun of it all just for short-term success. And, while there are some great contract factories in the U.S., there's really only one we trust to make our bags. They're small like us, and at capacity already working just for us.
So, what does all of this mean exactly? We're hiring production crew on an ongoing basis (see our Jobs page). We're buying even more new sewing machines. Getting smarter and more efficient about things we already do so our existing crew can make more bags in less time. It's what we've been doing all along, but we're pushing it that much harder now.
This is all good, but it's stuff that's going to take time. So, for the first time ever, we are taking the radical step of choosing—temporarily—to not take backorders for some bags and accessories. That means when a color runs out, it'll be removed from the website, and when all the colors run out, we'll update that bag's page with a notice letting you know it's not currently available for order or backorder. We will give you the chance to sign up for a product-specific mailing list to be notified when it's back in stock.
Yeah, we know—this is tough. We hope this is simply a temporary measure that will allow us to catch up on current backorders, and we'll keep you as informed about that as we can. Ultimately, we chose to do this because we didn't want to promise things we couldn't deliver. With the volume of orders and backorders we have now, our production crew is booked solid for the rest of this century (ok, not really, but we're booked out pretty far).
Below are bags that will continue to be available for backorder, and below that is a list of the bags that won't be.
You'll still be able to backorder these bags:
Aeronaut 30 + any/all other new designs
Vertical Freudian Slip
Horizontal Freudian Slip
Vertical Brain Cell
Horizontal Brain Cell
Travel Stuff Sacks
RFID Blocking Passport Pouch
These bags won't be available for backorder for the time being:
Medium Cafe Bag
Small Cafe Bag
Large Cafe Bag
Clear Quarter Packing Cube
Packing Cube Shoulder Bag
Ristretto for 13" Macbook Pro or Air
Ristretto for 11" MacBook Air
Ristretto for iPad
Packing Cube Backpack (Aeronaut)
Packing Cube Backpack (Tri-Star/Western Flyer)
3D Clear Organizer Cube
Field Journal Notebook
Travel Money Belt
Tripod - Lighting Kit Quivers
3D Mesh Cube
3D Fabric Cube
Smart Alec Modular Pockets
The Guide's Pack
Yarn Stuff Sacks