September 12, 2022

Fall 2022 Updates

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TOM BIHN Monster Truck Fall Picnic

It's a little weird to think that summer is coming to end (it hit a high of 91 degrees in Seattle this past weekend!). But nevertheless, we're looking forward to all the great things fall brings, like mooncakes (more on that below), pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and pretty fall foliage.

In this edition of updates...

 

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival from the TOM BIHN crew!

A few weeks ago, Kim and Cindy discussed what to do for our September crew event. So far, everything we've planned is not-surprisingly food related: veggie pizza party, tofu banh mi lunch, bubble tea, and ice cream truck (all from local Seattle small businesses of course!). With the Mid-Autumn Festival happening in September, it seemed like a no-brainer to do a mooncake event at the factory! For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is an important holiday in Chinese culture (with similar variations in other Asian cultures as well) to celebrate the harvest on the night when the moon is the largest and brightest. It's part of a heritage shared by many on the crew. We closed out our Friday afternoon by eating mooncakes: a sweet, glutinous pastry made with yummy fillings like salted duck egg yolk, custard, red bean, sesame, and more. 

TOM BIHN CREW mooncakes

Irma, Velia, Cody, and Kat choosing their mooncakes

TOM BIHN showroom

 

Lots of Fabric Updates!

200d Halcyon News

At the beginning of this summer, Zest made a mighty return, and you guys completely blew us away with your excitement! We will start with the bad news: we have essentially used up all our Zest. A few final batches of bags containing Zest are in the works, but after that, we won't have anymore readily on-hand. In the meantime, in place of Zest, you can expect to see more Solaris (a shipment of Halcyon containing Solaris recently arrived in our factory!). And if this is all disappointing news to you, here's the good news: we are now planning out our Halcyon orders for the next 12-18 months, and you can be sure that Zest will be part of that order, so expect Zest to come back in the near future. (Any other colors that you want to see? Pop it in the comments below!)

More exciting news! There's also a new Halcyon color that we selected at the end of last year (yes, that's how dragged out international supply chains have been in 2021 and 2022) that will hopefully arrive in time for the holidays! 

And finally...we've been doing a little bit of housecleaning in our factory and are discovering some fun treasures along the way. One of them is a lovely box of Halcyon Key Straps! These are long retired, and we don't have any plans to make them again, so finding this box was truly a lovely surprise. We're sorting them out now and will update you all once they're ready for ordering.

400d Halcyon News 

At the beginning of this year, we shared an early heads-up that the mill that helped produce our 400d Halcyon in Japan is no longer operating. As of now, our supplier has not provided a new update. They did however send us one final shipment of Night Walk that was in their possession. It's not a ton of Night Walk but enough to make a variety of bags. Here's what we have in the works so far: Synapse 25, Techonaut 30, Techonaut 45, Synik 22, Synik 30, and Daylight Backpack.

Cerylon & More

This one is for the Cerylon fans, we have three new colors in the works! We're tentatively expecting them to arrive by the end of this year, maybe in time for some last minute holiday goodies? We can't make any promises in this current supply chain environment, so if we can't get the fabric on-hand in time for the holidays, we will definitely aim for early next year!

And finally, we've been testing out some new fabrics this year, and we've found one that we're really excited about. Expect to see it in at least one new bag in the near term! 

 

What's Coming!

We're really happy we got the Aeronaut 30 and Aeronaut 45 back on the shelves—finally! Next up, the Western Flyer will be making a return! Production has been very busy working towards putting this timeless, classic design back into our collection. There are no major design updates, except switching over to our Edgeless Shoulder Straps and YKK Racquet Coil Zippers. If you're interested, make sure to sign up for a restock alert.

Our Fulfillment crew is busy getting the Cambiata pre-order out the door this week! If you pre-ordered a bag, we can't wait to hear what you think! Our plan is also to restock this bag soon after as well.

By popular request, the Yeoman Duffel and the Swift, which we launched for pre-order earlier this year, are also in production again! We look forward to having these in time for the holidays.

And aside from that...we have a new bag in the works and several new accessories...more to share soon on this! Oh and aside from Halcyon Key Straps, we also found a couple other things while cleaning. The only hint that we can give right now is that we haven't made these things in a while either....

 

Update on Low Quantity Restock (LQR) process

For those of you who are new, LQRs are collected from returns, cancellations, inventory miscounts and other reconciliations. Some of you may have noticed, we are now restocking LQRs on a more regular basis, as frequently as weekly, without advanced notice (we do drop a comment in the Forum when it happens).

Why did we make this change? As recently as four months ago, we were still announcing LQRs via the blog and listing out 50-100+ bags with their individual color and fabric combinations. Often times, we only had as few as one of each and at most five in total, so it wasn't surprising that a customer visiting our site promptly at the time of the restock would still miss their opportunity. It wasn't the greatest experience for many customers, and accumulating so many low quantity items over the course of many weeks led to a higher chance for human error on our side. We hope that more frequent, unannounced restocks of low quantity goods will create a more smooth process for everyone. We do plan on still announcing new debuts, key restocks, and pre-orders!

 

We're hiring!

We have been busier than ever and are looking for someone local to join our Customer Service Crew! Primary tasks will include managing the Factory Showroom, greeting and helping out customers, and assisting the rest of the Customer Service Crew with emails/chats/requests as needed. Know somebody that might be a good fit for us? Let them know to shoot resumes over to jobs@tombihn.com. 

Questions? Thoughts? Leave us a comment below. 

43 comments

Kristin - September 22, 2022

My vote goes to Nordic white grid accessories (3D cubes, cubelet, travel stuff sack, travel tray.) I’d love to see Yeoman packing cubes to go with the Yeoman Duffels. They’d make wonderful complete presents for gifting!

Becky - September 20, 2022

I’d love a bag with an Ultraviolet Halcyon interior, and a more earthy neutral exterior! Maybe a travel or crossbody model?

Laura T. - September 17, 2022

Put me down as liking neutral and earth tones best in the halcyon fabric. My favorites are Taiga, NW Sky, Coyote, and Moab. I find these colors elegant and calming. The bright colors are too bright and jarring. Our tastes are all different! I’m glad so many choices are offered.

Ben - September 17, 2022

I would love to see a lavendar and bright turquoise combo (think Miami Vice). The return of the yeoman packing cube. For the original color comeback, I would love to see Iberian come back, It’s great paired with navy / deep blue.

Jenna - September 16, 2022

-Please, please bring back/keep Ultraviolet as both a lining and for accessories/small bags! It is SO beautiful and an all time favorite.
-Fjord is amazing and subtle as well-between this and Island-Fjord wins in my book.
-Also, would LOVE to see small accessories in Night Walk. Please don’t dedicate all the remaining Nt Walk fabric to only large bags. I, like many others, have numerous large TB bags and might not be in the market for yet another. However, I am always on the lookout for accessories and small bags in colors I don’t already own. Can we really ever have too much organization? I say never!
-Specifically, would love to see a Night Walk All Fabric 3D Organizer Cube, Cubelet, Everyday Cubelet and (in a return of) the Halcyon Organizer pouch. The Halcyon (Dyneema) Organizer pouches and key straps are my most used pouches/straps. IMHO, Dyneema key straps are far superior to the webbing ones.
Thank you so much!

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