2020 Holiday Stock Updates & Schedule
Above: the Design Lab Packing Cube Shoulder Bag in Acuity 200d Halcyon.
We’re currently shipping orders for masks and bags within 2-7 business days; most folks will receive their orders promptly. Out of an abundance of caution and due to possible shipping carrier delays due to high package volume, we recommend placing any orders needed by December 24th on or before December 7th.
If you order after December 7th, expedited shipping options are available and choosing one of those will increase the chances of arrival before December 24th. If you’d like our help estimating when your order will arrive, firstname.lastname@example.org or live chat us up.
Below is our debut/restock schedule for the remainder of 2020. A couple of noteworthy notes:
We’re continuing to sew — and design new — reusable cloth face masks. A mask head strap is also in the works. We hope to debut our latest mask design and the mask strap in December.
We’ve posted an update from our Seattle factory with some hints about new bags coming in 2021; read that here.
Bags available for order on Monday, November 30th
We’ll debut or restock the following bags on 11/30 —1/2 of the inventory for each bag will be stocked at 7:00am Pacific Time and the other 1/2 at 1:00pm Pacific Time. We’re releasing the inventory at two different times on the same day to give folks in different time zones or with different work/family schedules more opportunities to order.
All of these bags will be in-stock on 11/30 and orders will ship within 2-7 business days.
It's possible that some of the bags listed could sell out quickly in some color combinations. That sometimes happens during the holidays. We have made an effort to make what we could make and would like to ask for your understanding that we are a small business working to do our best to offer a very large number of designs and various color combinations.
Read on for our mini 11/30 Release FAQ with all of your important questions (including questions about winter squash)
Do you expect any of the bags or colors of bags stocked on 11/30 to sell out?
To be honest, we can't know for sure. We can make our best guesses informed by our experience over the last 20+ years and we can look at email sign-ups, but both of those indicators can sometimes be more Magic 8-ball than reliable data. Forecasting these things is more of an art than a science.
If you’re interested in one of the bags being stocked on 11/30, we’d recommend placing an order as close to the two debut times as possible. And if you’re ordering multiple bags, add them to your wish list and then check out from there — folks tell us this is a faster way to checkout with multiple items in the cart.
Of course, it’s always possible that stuff won’t sell out the day of — sometimes our guesses as to what will be most popular are right on, and in those cases, we’ll have made enough bags.
If any of the bags sell out, will you or can you make more?
We expect that, if there's enough demand, we will be able to make additional production runs of each bag in most of the colors we're offering, if not all. So, if a bag or color combination you wanted to buy sells out quickly, it's likely there will be another chance to order one in 2021. We will be making every effort to make sure that happens.
One thing is: the Small and Large Original Shop Bags use a lot of each limited edition Halcyon fabric, which means there's less fabric to use as linings or smaller bags like the Packing Cube Shoulder Bag. Depending on what's most popular and what we feel we can reasonably make and offer, we may or may not offer another run of Original Shop Bags in Acuity, Sitka, Solaris, or Coyote.
One of the bags we've received the most questions about is the Design Lab Edition Packing Cube Shoulder Bag. If it's popular, we will make additional production runs of the very same Design Lab edition bag, so there will be another chance to order!
Is there more you can do to prevent bags from selling out?
At this time, we have made our best effort to make the bags we can for the holidays. Sometimes we think we might seem like we're a really big company because of all of the different designs, colors, and fabrics we offer — we’re actually just 47 people in Seattle! We pride ourselves in being efficient in our work, but at the end of the day, we’re a small crew — small but mighty! We'd like to ask for your understanding that we really are doing the best work we can.
One way we can reduce the amount of stuff that's sold out is to significantly reduce the number of designs and colors that we offer at any given time. We're working on a plan for that right now and hope to share it with all of you in 2021. As always, we will do our best to give everyone a heads-up on what's retiring and if a last production run is a possibility.
Why didn’t you offer these bags for pre-order? Wouldn’t that prevent them from selling out?
There’s a few reasons why — first, we don’t typically offer pre-orders close to the holidays. Many people make purchases around this time that they’re hoping to receive by a specific date — and though we aim for surprising folks by sending out pre-orders earlier than expected, that isn’t always possible because there can occasionally be production delays. Add to that the fact that shipping carriers often experience delays during this time of year — well, the holidays are a deadline that can be tough to meet.
We’ve also decided not to offer pre-orders for the time being because.... well, it’s 2020 and that means things are a bit unpredictable.
We typically make the same quantity of any bag whether it’s offered as in-stock or as a pre-order. So, offering a bag for pre-order wouldn’t make it sell out less quickly — it’d just be that the pre-order sells out instead of the stocked bags selling out.
One benefit of pre-orders is that, assuming the pre-order hasn't yet sold out, you're able to choose the color you'd like and we'll make that color for you. We think that aspect of pre-orders is pretty awesome. At the same time, overlapping multiple pre-orders present a bit of a logistical challenge for us, and we're sorting out whether that's something we'll be able to do in the future. If not, it may limit the number of pre-orders we can offer.
The Monster Truck is going to be restocked on 11/30 and I’d like to know before I place my order — how many winter squash it can fit?
About 35lbs worth. Here’s photographic proof:
Do you have any suggestions on what I could do with all of that winter squash?
Absolutely. Here’s some of our favorite ways to eat it:
Roasted squash & caramelized onion tacos
Oven roasted with coconut oil or ghee; a bit of salt
Brown Butter Squash Cake (recipe from Cannelle et Vanille)
Roasted and pureed & added to a basic marinara sauce, served over pasta
If all else fails — put a bow on that squash and gift it, nicely packed in a Monster Truck!