December 11, 2022

New Color Alert! Açaí 200d Halcyon

New Color Alert! Açaí 200d Halcyon

We are excited to announce the addition of the newest 200d Halcyon color. Meet Açaí, debuting on 12/13/22 at 7am PST.

A few words from Darcy, Advisor at TOM BIHN:

"Like Moab, our newest 200d Halcyon color Açaí was inspired by nature. We see it in the berry stains on our fingers in the summer, in the deepest possible dusk, in our favorite dahlias. Interestingly, we chose this particular shade of rich purple around the same time as we chose Moab. Moab was a departure for us — earthy, neutral, grounding — and, depending on one’s perspective, Açaí may or may not be. It’s a deep, rich, jewel purple that is at home alongside classic and current colors. Yet, like many of the colors we find ourselves choosing, it’s not that simple — there’s a depth to Açaí that makes it more than just a purple. Some eyes may see that depth as an undertone of brown, while other eyes may see it as an undertone of red. As always, tell us how your eyes see this new color. One of the joys of introducing a new color or design is that we get to see it through your eyes, not just ours. 

It’s darker than Ultraviolet, more red than Aubergine, less blue than Plum. It’s Açaí."

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If you're new to us, 200d Halcyon is our ripstop fabric woven of 200 denier nylon (base fabric) with a square grid of 200 denier UHMWPE (ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene) yarns every .25" / 6mm. The white grid of UHMWPE adds no additional weight, yet makes the fabric virtually impossible to tear. Plus, we think it adds a nice look.

All our Halcyon colors are custom-dyed just for us in Japan. We share our desired vision with our mill, and they come back to us with “lab dips” to choose from, each a very slight variation of our original request. We look at the swatches under the bright factory lights, outdoors on sunny and cloudy days, at night under the moon, against our current color offerings, eventually picking the just-right swatch. The entire process, from when we convey our desired color to the mill to when we receive the final delivery at our factory can take anywhere from 8 months (pre-pandemic) to 12+ months.

Check out all the bags we currently have available in Açaí.



Cristina - December 11, 2022

Aahhhh a new purple! Looks gorgeous, would like one of everything in it. XD

Mary - December 12, 2022

I wish there was a better photo of this color. It looks to me like Moab; I’m a purple fan, too.

On a side note, have you considered a long, horizontal FS for the PCSB? I want to use it as a shoulder bag, but don’t like it bunching up from lack of any structure. So, I end up not using it as I’d love to.

TOM BIHN replied:
Hi Mary! We’d suggest taking a look at any of the items coming soon in Açaí for more pictures, which are linked at the bottom of the blog post. :) As for the Packing Cube Shoulder Bag, it’s likely that a Freudian Slip could potentially add a bit of structure, and would definitely add organization, but not as much as say, the Side Kick, which we offer in heftier fabrics. Overall, we stick to very flexible and light fabrics for the PCSB so they can also be used as a Packing Cube and not add much weight for folks who are traveling, but this overall means the bag will have a more flexible nature, wrinkles and all.

Cindy M - December 11, 2022

I love the new Acai color! It’s very neutral and so “on point” for Tom Bihn. Can’t wait unti 12/13 to purchase!

Laura Turner - December 11, 2022

This small photo makes the new color look exactly like Moab (which I love). I’m excited to be able see what it looks like in a larger picture and in a completed item.

Jennifer H. - December 11, 2022

I’m so excited! Purple is my favorite color, but I never got into Ultraviolet or Alphaviolet. Just too bright for me. This, this is my kind of purple.

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