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TOM BIHN and Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." - E. B. White As outdoors people, we have a responsibility to prepare ourselves for the adventures on which we embark -- to do our best to ensure our own safety and that of others. Navigational abilities, common sense and the ten essentials can avoid a situation that's dangerous for us and the rescue personnel who might be called upon to save us. And carrying a few additional supplies can help us...

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Guest Post: Hollie's Thoughts On The Luminary 15

Guest Post: Hollie's Thoughts On The Luminary 15

Hollie is a longtime user of TOM BIHN bags, she's a former employee, and she was the main tester of the Luminary 15 (L15) design. Tom would like to thank Hollie for her valuable feedback -- it helped finalize some key details of the fit and features of the pack. - TB Crew When I first heard that Tom was designing a larger Luminary, I was excited to hear of a new bag (like any Bihnion, I’m always happy when I know something new is coming down the pike), but having been obsessed for so long with my versatile and...

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Seattle Snow!

Seattle Snow!

Lisa and Fong (Sewing Supervisors) at our Seattle factory/headquarters checking out the snow as it began to fall on Friday We closed early at 1:00pm on Friday and good thing: as predicted, the snow started falling just around then and by Saturday morning many of us had as much as 9" of snow at our homes around the greater Seattle area. More snow is predicted for Sunday night, Monday, Tuesday and even later in the week; some are estimating we could see as much as 16" of snow before the week ends. As of today, we don't foresee any delays...

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2018 Knitted Wearables For Our Crew

2018 Knitted Wearables For Our Crew

For several years now the wonderful people over on the TOM BIHN Ravelry group have made us a trove of hand-made gifts — hats, gloves, scarves, shawls and other wonderfully knitted, crocheted, and woven items. The day of the holiday party is a busy one here at the TOM BIHN headquarters and factory in Seattle, and this year was no exception. We had vegetarian Chinese food (salt and pepper tofu, chow mein, fried rice, vegetable braised dry stir fry chow fun) and egg tarts and gluten-free, vegan red velvet brownies for dessert. It was also the day of our annual...

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TOM BIHN Blog - Patti Digh Camel

TOM BIHN Bags Create Community

"Community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another. The question, therefore, is not 'How can we make community?' but 'How can we develop and nurture giving hearts?'" -Henri Nouwen Photo by Lynn Buckler Walsh on her Moroccan adventure with her TOM BIHN special edition Life is a Verb Camp bag. First there was the photograph of a camel in Morocco onto which an orange TOM BIHN medium cafe bag was secured. If you look closely, you can see a small grey “Life...

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An Interview with Chef Simoni

An Interview with Chef Simoni

Last year, Chef Simoni Kigweba made his TOM BIHN debut in photos of the Moveable Feast shopping bag, and he kindly shared a recipe with us (the now-famous Tomatoes and Bread).  Now he's busy cooking in Nashville, Tennessee: he's the executive chef at a new restaurant that will open later this year. Chef Simoni's helping us out again this year by modeling The Truck—and he's also got another recipe up his sleeve, too.  We sat down with the chef to ask him how he learned to cook, his favorite ingredients, and where he spends his Sundays. You can follow Chef...

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Recognition for our Crew from Andrew

Thank you all, I found you after one of the other coaches for my company showed off his Brain Bag while we were traveling to support a new contract. I subsequently managed to grab one of the last few red Synapse 25 specials and its made a huge difference in my daily work. I'm in a suit most of the time and the bag stands out, in an awesome way. It has literally removed pain from my daily commute, and opened a few conversations that became contacts for my next project. The design and immaculate craftsmanship is wonderful. I used...

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TOM BIHN Limited Edition Cafe Bag for Birds & Beans

Birds, Coffee, and a Limited Edition Cafe Bag

The limited edition Birds & Beans Cafe Bag out in the wild. I grew up on the central coast of California, and remember being particularly excited to see any birds of prey. Mostly I’d see red-tail hawks and sparrow hawks—now called American Kestrels. At the time I didn’t realize that all was not as it should be in the world of raptors; I didn't know that these were the days when farmers still used DDT, and the paucity of birds of prey was the sad effect of DDT’s biomagnification. Happily DDT was banned in the U.S. in 1972, and now...

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Tom Bihn in the Dave Meeks Bee Barn, Santa Cruz

Some Thoughts for the Prospective Bag Designer

In my garage, Santa Cruz, circa 1983. The other day, someone stopped by the factory just as I was leaving – they are learning to design and make bags, and were hoping to look around. I was glad to give them a brief tour and answer some questions. Surprisingly, this request is not that uncommon: we've recently had more and more inquiries from people who’d like to start their own bag businesses or become bag designers, and are hoping I might give them some advice or wisdom to help them down their path. Of course, the thing about any map...

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Recognition for Our Crew from Henrietta

Thank you to all the hands and hearts that went into repairing my bag for me. I love this bag so much. I wear it everyday no matter where I go. Without it my entire body rhythm was off. I am proud to know that hard working people make and repair bags that they take pride in. So everyone - mail handlers, admins, folks that sew, wash, fold, package, add handles, sweep the factory floor, clean the break room, pay the light bill, show kindness to co-workers, to all of you I salute you. most sincerely, Henrietta The above was...

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