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What it's been like at our Seattle factory as we've made face masks

What it's been like at our Seattle factory as we've made face masks

Behind the scenes of our mask-making efforts. Plus, our philosophy on how the actual work we are doing right now is more important than any words we can share with you, and a link to a public spreadsheet tracking our efforts that shares what we've been able to do so far.
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Q&A with Di

Q&A with Di

Di has been a Sewing/Joining Professional at TOM BIHN for over 10 years. Joining is a skill that requires focus, strength, ability, and talent, and Di is a master at her craft. Last week, we had a company lunch to celebrate her retirement. We are all sad that we won't get to work with Di every day like we have for so long, but we're also glad that she gets to enjoy her retirement! Below: Lisa and Kim's interview with Di about what her next plans are. [caption id="attachment_18006" align="alignnone" width="1200"]Di recently retired after 10 years with our company; here's...

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Up close with the Synik

Synik 22/30 Pre-Production Batch Notes

The Synik 22 and Synik 30 pre-order opened on 08/13 and it sold out less than 12 hours later. We opened a second pre-order on 08/15 and it sold out this Monday 08/19. Pre-order is now officially closed and our factory crew has already started making the pre-ordered Syniks. Several weeks from now, after the pre-order bags are nearly completed, we will begin an additional production run of Syniks for stock; we expect those to be ready for order sometime early-mid December. Thank you to everyone who placed a pre-order for the Synik. We've all been working hard on the...

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Box art by Kat | TOM BIHN

Q&A with Kat

Kat is a Bag Expert here at TOM BIHN. If you've emailed us, chances are you've spoken with Kat. She's famous amongst our crew and the people who buy our bags for her service as well as her box art and doodles. What are your box art tools of the trade, so to speak? Usually I do an outline in pencil, do an outline with a sharpie and color in colored pencil. Colored pencils seem to show up the best on the boxes. Do you have an art style that you prefer to work in for box-art? I have a...

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Tam | TOM BIHN Bags

Q&A with Tam

Tam, we wanted to post Q&A with you on our blog. We’re grateful for your skills as a sewing machine mechanic and we think our customers would be interested to learn about what you do here. How did you learn to repair sewing machines? I learned to repaired sewing machines in Vietnam over the course of 4 years. During that time, I learned to repair all types of sewing machines — single needle or double needle, overlock, binding, bartack, etc. Pretty much all kinds of machines! You also sew and bartack in our factory. In what ways does your knowledge...

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Luminary Pre-Production Batch (PPB) Notes

Luminary Pre-Production Batch (PPB) Notes

Note: for details on the Luminary 12, 15, and 210 ballistic bags pre-order, see this post. Pre-order opens 02/26 and closes 03/05. Tom, Nik, Mike and Velia (not pictured) at the final Luminary 12 and 15 Pre-Production Batch meeting.   Ever since we first mentioned our pre-production batch (PPB) system in our Pre-Order FAQ -- "I placed a pre-order and it shipped earlier than expected! Nice. How’d that happen?" -- You received one of the few PPB bags available — congratulations. What, you may be asking, is the pre-production batch (PPB)? A pre-production batch (PPB) of any new design is...

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TOM BIHN Crew 2018

2018 Recap

This is us at our holiday party! Note the guest of honor in the photo: June Johnson, TOM BIHN Production Manager Emeritus. Pre-Orders How we used to accept backorders and pre-orders, why we stopped, and why we began again to do so. The really long FAQ all about how our new pre-order system works. You guys told us you like the new pre-order system for new design debuts and we worked hard to make it as efficient as possible on the production/shipping/customer service side of things. To us, that means it was a success. We expect most major design debuts...

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Holiday Inventory Update + Seattle Factory Showroom Open Saturday

Holiday Inventory Update + Seattle Factory Showroom Open Saturday

Seattle folks: come hang out with us! Our Factory Showroom will be open Saturday, December 8th from 10:00am until 2:00pm. We’ll have hot coffee, Darcy’s homemade chocolate chip cookies (gluten-free, vegan, and we swear they’re still really good), Tom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies Tom’s homemade biscotti (definitely lots of dairy and gluten and also very good) and, of course, bags. This is the only Saturday we’re open all year. Hope you can come down and join us! Kat and Cody have decorated the showroom with lots of reindeer. Apparently, reindeer are as fond of O-rings as we are. Holiday Inventory...

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Pre-Order, The Truck, Zip-Top Shop Bags, Original Small Shop Bag

Pre-Order, The Truck, Zip-Top Shop Bags, Original Small Shop Bag

There's lots of news and information to share, so let's get right to it. New Pre-Order System This debut's offerings -- The Truck, Large Zip-Top Shop Bag, Small Zip-Top Shop Bag, and Original Small Shop Bag -- will be available for pre-order on July 24th with an estimated ship date of early September. All four bags will ship on the same day. Each bag will be available for pre-order from July 24th until July 31st OR until the maximum production batch quantity sells out. Those of you who've known us for a while know that we used to offer new...

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Pre-Orders: Frequently Asked Questions

You don't need to read this FAQ to place a Pre-Order: it's a pretty straight-forward process, so just go for it if that's what you'd like to do. If you'd like to know in advance everything there is to know about Pre-Orders, here you go! Below is a list of questions that we anticipated might be asked. If you have a question that wasn’t answered here, feel free to emailus@tombihn.com. Can you give me a quick summary of how pre-order works? How do you define “pre-order”? When is my credit card charged for a pre-order? Can I ask you for...

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